The world over, islands are known to have the best party atmosphere. So be it the Caribbean, Hawaii, Sri Lanka or the islands of Thailand, the night atmosphere always remain festive and more so during the high season when a lot of tourists can be found on these tropical islands.
The atmosphere is the same on Ko Phi Phi, a group of islands located in Thailand’s upper Andaman coast. Like the rest of Thailand’s islands, the atmosphere begins after sunset. And that is why you will see people hit the roads fresh after a shower and all decked up to party.
The first stop for most of these people is a couple of beers (singha or chang) and then most of them pick up a bucket of alcohol with coke and ice. These buckets have an iconic status in Thailand. Local and international liquor end up in these buckets, though the local ones are preferred by the backpackers owing to their lower cost.
The popular local alcohol brands are Hong Thong Whiskey, Sang Som rum and Similan whiskey. All of them contain 40% alcohol and cost between 80 THB and 140 THB for half a bottle (360 ml). While the beers and the buckets are being consumed with fervor, pamphlets are distributed by almost all of the bars, pubs and beach bars. Some have a fire show extravaganza, some have Brazilian dances, some have wet dances, some have beer pong games, some have muay thai boxing matches, while the others offer a discotheque and loud music with a local DJ mixing the music.
Most of the shows and events begin at 9 or 10 pm and go on for a couple of hours and then all the focus shifts to the dance floor. For people who prefer a quieter night, they head with their drinks and huddle together at the beach, engage in conversation and listen to the waves lapping their feet.
On most of the islands and Phi Phi included, there are a lot of places where the parties continue well into the morning and people end up having breakfast and then hitting the bed. Personally, I am a big fan of the shows, especially the fire shows which are very well organized and contain a lot of mojo and artwork.
If you plan to be in the islands, do try and explore most of the places and enjoy their shows before letting the alcohol take over. Cheers!