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Although in Thai and Buddhist Culture, Christmas is not a holiday that is celebrated, it IS, however, a time that people from other parts of the world like to visit and so this creates the start of HIGH SEASON. Pair this up with New Year's Eve which although having their own New Year in April (Songkran), Thais join in this celebration too. Meaning, that in late December the island is usually packed and busy with tourists and visitors.
November on Koh Phangan is a perfect time to visit if you prefer to do non-touristy things and really discover a place for its more authentic side.
The roads are clearer to drive around and discover the island, the beautiful beaches, waterfalls, viewpoints, snorkelling and swimming spots and amazing nature on Koh Phangan due to the majority of the land being protected.
Restaurants are less busy so you can get a table at even the most popular spots and experience a more personal service from the staff there and at other establishments such as coffee places, bars and shops.
As always the Full Moon Party will take place bringing with it its accompanying army of parties during that week. If you are planning for November then here are some dates for you,
The Full Moon Party will take place on November 22nd
Waterfall Party is 2 days before and 2 days after the full moon so this month it is November 20th and 24th.
Jungle Experience takes place 1 day before so is November 21st.
Loi Lay party usually takes place every Sunday however for the month of November it will take place twice, first being this Sunday 4th (stay tuned to our events listings for the second).
Maya is a great party in the Jungle where the design and setting capture the party spirit of the island. Maya will happen on November 13th and 27th.
If you fancy something completely different to partying here on Koh Phangan then why not try out a Vipassana Meditation Retreat at Wat Khao Tham Temple. Registration for this month is on November 7th and it lasts for 10 days.
Yoga schools continue to run classes, workshops and teacher training and you can expect smaller class sizes at this time of year before the rush of high season so maybe grab your spot for November before it gets busy!
So if you like to discover a place when it is quieter and you will get quality over quantity then be sure to stop by Koh Phangan during your November Thailand travels.