|Santhiya - Thai dancing
Cool Sands Pub - live music
Middle School - fund raising festival
Baan Panburi - Thai dancing
Thong Nai Pan Noi:
Thong Nai Pan Yai:
Songkran is the most important festival in Thailand. It marks the start of the traditional calendaer and also the end of the dry season. All over Thailand people have a holiday and take to the streets to party. The celebrations of Songkran involve lots of water. Water is thrown at everyone (except monks). It is great fun.
Songkran is celebrated between 13th and 15th April every year. In Thong Nai Pan you get a few people going round with water pistols looking for a water fight. The Songkran celebrations in Thong Nai Pan are tame compared to the main event in Thongsala. This is where to head if you want to experience real Songkran mayhem. Be careful riding a motorbike during Songkran.
Another important Thai festival is Loi Kratong. This is when small vessels are set afloat carrying candles and gifts for the gods. Loi Kratong occurs during the full moon of November - in the middle of the monsoon in Koh Phangan - and so is not really celebrated.
When Thong Nai Pan hosted the German techno festival called 'Thai Break' the school fair was the culminating event of the 10 day minimal techno party. The Germans stopped coming to Thong Nai Pan in 2010 but the middle school in Thong Nai Pan Yai has continued to hold a fund raising event.
In 2012 the event was held February 16th. As with previous fund raisers lots of people gave up their time and money to put on a fair with cheap food and drink and some entertainment.
If you are in Thong Nai Pan at the time you should go. You will be very welcome and it is good fun. The fair is held in the school yard which is at the northern end of Thong Nai Pan Yai beach.
Thong Nai Pan used to be quite a venue for musicians and DJs. The Jungle Bar in its heyday had a few professional DJs jump on the decks. Also Thai bands used to turn up and play. Sadly, this spontaneous music scene has faded out in the last few years.
The best DJ events are now held at irregular intervals at the Funky Buddha in Thong Nai Pan Yai (see our nightclub section). In 2017 Paradise Garden Resort started holding DJ parties on a Saturday during the hgh season.
Most nights of the week the Cool Sands Pub belonging to Panviman have cabaret style performers as well as karaoke. It hasn't really taken off as a musical event.
Finally, some resorts such as Baan Panburi and Santhiya will put on Thai dancing shows during the high season. See the video in the right hand column.
There was an explosion of interest in Muay Thai in 2007 / 2008 in Thong Nai Pan Noi. The result was Pech Rung Ruang Stadium was built. The stadium included a training gym and some cheap bungalows.
At first Thong Nai Pan Noi stadium was a great success. They held popular fight nights and the PA announcements blaring from a jeep made most people laugh.
In 2012 the Pech Rung Ruang Stadium was torn down. You now have to go to Thongsala, Ban Tai or Haad Rin to see Muay Thai fights.
|Christmas and New Year's Eve|
Christmas and New Year's Eve are the peak times for Thong Nai Pan. Party organizers in Haad Rin throw their lunar calendar out the window and hold parties on both Christmas and New Year. These are the biggest parties of the year.
The resorts in Thong Nai Pan, like elsewhere on the island, often force guests to buy a Christmas meal. I don't know why they bother - it makes extra money, but creates customer resentment.
On a positive note, Santhiya, Panviman, Baan Panburi and other resorts put on a fireworks display for New Year's Eve. Get down to the beach for 12am to see ther show and then head off to a party. You are sure to have a New Year you will remember in Thong Nai Pan.