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All You Need To Know About The Crazy Full Moon Party In Thailand


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Planning a trip to Thailand? Do check if it coincides with the exhilarating Full Moon Party as this modern event has become a part of the itinerary of many travellers in Southeast Asia.

The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, on the night of every full moon. The event draws a crowd of around 30,000 partygoers every month and carries on until the sun rises the next day. The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year and takes fame with the attractions of fire skipping ropes and alcohol “buckets”. What is it about this event that attracts such crowd? Perhaps the magic of the moon and the dancing frenzy that the beach turns into overnight. As the party-faithful return each year with their mates, this party gains the title of the biggest and best beach bashes in Asia. Famous for its sunrise, Haad Rin beach hosts this party and different bars entertain guests with psychedelic trance, R&B, drum and bass, house and reggae music.

Photos of All You Need To Know About The Crazy Full Moon Party In Thailand 1/6 by Sonali Thapar
The Full Moon Party, Koh Pha Ngan.

Getting There

Koh Pha Ngan is a very special place with dreamy palm trees and white sand beaches. With the global notoriety that the Full Moon Party has gained, people often forget the quaint nature of this island. The islands nightlife capital, Haad Rin, is home to the Full Moon Party and contains the largest concentration of beach clubs that run the length of the beach.

Depending on where you’re coming from, Koh Samui and Koh Tao are the two closest islands to Ko Pha Ngan. There are inexpensive ferries running daily between all the islands and one doesn’t necessarily need to buy a ticket in advance. The fastest way to reach from Bangkok is a short flight to Koh Samui and then a ferry-ride to the island. One wouldn’t recommend the budget friendly overnight bus & boat options one can purchase in Bangkok due to the lack of clarity of quality.

Photos of Ko Pha-ngan Surat Thani Thailand 1/1 by Sonali Thapar

Where to Stay

Accommodation typically sells out at Koh Pha Ngan the week before and after the Full Moon Party. Book in advance to make sure you have somewhere to stay. If you’re the adventurous kind who plans to stay up all night, do find a safe locker for your belongings as trudging through the beach with them isn’t recommended! A list of recommended hotels can be found here.

The Full Moon Party by nightfall.

What to pack

You don’t need to pack anything specific as everything is available on the island is a short five mile radius. Carry old tank tops (girls) and shorts (boys) to engage in the ritual of covering yourself in neon paint before the party begins. A mysterious mustache, wings on your back, vines down your arm of a simple ankle tattoo; walk through the beach to choose your favourite design for the night. Painters are plenty so one is definitely spoilt for choice. Tshirts, crop tops, shorts, hats, bracelets and other Full Moon Party items can be bought from street vendors for fewer than 400 Baht. All along the beach vendors sell little plastic buckets (yes, the kind kids build sand castles with) filled with giant cocktails with five straws to share. They are around 350 Baht and a teamwork sort of drink – do not attempt one of these alone!

Photos of  1/1 by Sonali Thapar

Safety

Drug laws are strict and police enforcement is ramped up during the parties. Although many travellers consume drugs, be wary of the undercover police on patrol and locals looking to rat you out for a reward. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of assaults and robberies at the party and in bars in the surrounding area. The British government even officially warned tourists to be cautious at the Full Moon Parties.

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Dates

The expected dates for the Full Moon Party this year are:

10th July

7th August

5th September

6th October

3rd November

3rd December

The entrance fee is 100 Baht.

The legendary all-night beach party ends with the beach covered in a sea of plastic rubbish left by all those who took part. Remember to stay calm as the chaotic scene with disturbingly drunk individuals can get to some. It’s worth experiencing to witness the sheer level of happiness and freedom that the travellers exhibit as they party into the wee hours of the morning. After all, the Full Moon Party is infamous. Make sure you stay out of the Ocean all night!

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