The Experience Festival has been around for a decade now, and has been considered as the ultimate way to ring in the new year in the Gulf of Thailand. Curated trance DJ’s and artists from all around the world will fly in to keep your feet busy dancing and your ears entertained. No less than the paradise destination of Koh Tao is the backdrop to it all; a magical island where, for four days, trance, dance, love, and peace are king.
‘Year after year, the event doesn’t fail to impress with a stellar lineup of international acts plus mind-blowing audio and visual treats that ensure the pilgrimage to The Experience Festival is the best choice you’re going to make.’
Party with thousands of other ravers as Koh Tao transforms into a high-energy psy-trance heaven during the event thanks to the music of Apnea, E-Clip, Overload, Scotty, and much more. Juggling performers, out of this world décor, and insane visuals make this a treat for every single sense, guaranteed.
The Experience is aptly named. After all, it truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. Seventy four hours straight of nonstop psychedelic trance and partying: can you handle it?
The Experience Festival takes place at the Magic Garden, located halfway between Mae Haad pier and Chalok Ban Kao. Tickets are available for the entire event; no day passes won’t be available.
The event schedule is as follows:
December 30: festival kick-off at 12 noon onwards
December 31: New Year’s Eve celebrations
January 1: welcome the new year
January 2: closing celebrations, doors close at 4PM
To get to the event venue from your hotel, it’s as easy as hiring a taxi driver unless you’re billeted in accommodations that are within walking distance.
Koh Tao is a relatively small island, and getting around on foot is fairly easy. The distance between most beaches and towns are just 5 kilometers on average, but if you need to visit more remote places, you can hire a taxi service. The longtail boats serve as a water taxi service, and can be found on Koh Tao’s beaches; these are a great way to explore the outlying islands. Motorbike and bicycle rental are available too.
Koh Tao has a wide range of accommodation options including beachfront bungalows and luxurious villas. However, keep in mind that the event will be on super-peak season, so it’s in your best interest to book those hotel rooms as early as you can.
Koh Tao is famous worldwide for its incredible diving. This is a great place to take up scuba diving, or at least snorkeling. Take a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan for some of the most unique views in the Gulf of Thailand; you’ll get to see a place that is one of the most widely photographed and used in postcards – for good reason.
Sweat out the booze by taking a hike from Mae Haad to Chalok. The trail is free from traffic and is accessible for all level. Visit the famous John Suwan Viewpoint, one of the most picturesque sights on the island. Head to Freedom Beach for sunset; the laid-back bohemian vibes and inexpensive booze are perfect for welcoming the night in Koh Tao. For nightlife, it doesn’t get any better than Sairee Beach!
The Experience Festival Dates
The Experience Festival takes place from December 30, 2018 to January 2, 2019.
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