Held on Koh Phangan‘s most scenic beach, the Full Moon Party is one of Thailand’s most infamous events. With some nights having up to 40k party goers, this is a one of a kind great night out if in the South of Thailand around the full moon dates. Check Koh Phangan Full Moon Party dates here.
The location of the Full Moon Party is Haad Rin where the beach turns into a huge energetic, chaotic and vivacious dance floor. With the bars all lined up along most of the beach and thumping a different kind of music, here you will surely find the beat that suits your tastes most.
Although we were quite skeptical on what the Full Moon Party would really turn out like, I must say the night was a blast and surely would have regretted not going.
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Full Moon Party tickets
The admission fee payable just before entering the party area is 100 Baht per person. The fee was introduced to clean up the beach after the party.
What to wear
The best part is that you can wear what you want, and to be honest no one really cares what you’re wearing. The most common dress code is beachwear with bright highlight colors and neon body paint tattoos.
As the beach gets crowded and littered with bottles of beer, there is a chance of getting yourself injured if wearing flip flops. So the best option would be to wear sneakers.
How to get to the Full Moon Party
The best and cheapest option if not staying in Haad Rin is finding a hostel offering shuttle service to and from the beach. We were staying close to Mad Monkey hostel and after the preparty we hopped onto a songthaew organised by the hostel to get to Haad Rin. The shuttle cost is 200 Baht per person including return.
Another option would be to gather a large group enough to fill a songthaew and negotiate a good price.
Getting back from the Full Moon Party
If you have a prepaid round trip ticket, your songthaew back will be located near the police station just around the corner from 7-Eleven. Otherwise there will be loads of songthaews further up along the road of the 7-Eleven.
How to get to the Full Moon Party from Koh Samui
It is also possible to head to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui for the Full Moon Party only and then back the next morning.
Ferries operate daily and it is quite easy to get to and from the islands. Also speedboats operate between the islands but are known to overcrowd the boats and not use safety standards making this a dangerous option.
We wouldn’t recommend this option mostly for the fact that heading back to your accommodation will take an hour or two and will seem like a nightmare.
Staying in Haad Rin for the Full Moon Party
Around the Full Moon dates accommodation in Haad Rin is usually fully booked well in advance and also reservations must be made with a minimum of 3 nights booking.
What to expect
The best advice will be not to have expectations and just go and enjoy yourself. Expect loads of neon body paint, some dangerous fire games such as skipping a gasoline drenched fire rope, a great atmosphere, loads of booze and as any other party, that drunken/annoying idiot.
Full Moon Party Do’s and Dont’s
Pre drinking: as drinks from the beach are more expensive, also can take booze with you. 7 eleven is just around the corner, but ice will get sold out fast
Get neon body paint: not that its gonna make anyone stand out as everyone has it but its a cool thing to do and looks great in photos
Make new friends: as everyone is so joyful with booze, its quite easy getting to know other people
Grab something to eat: this helps your body control alcohol levels, so if thinking of drinking all night, grab a bite you’ll feel much more energetic
Wait for the sunrise: one of the best things after a long night is to just chill and enjoy the sunrise from the beach
Don’t get so pissed pre drinking: loads of people get so drunk pre drinking that they can hardly stand by the time they arrive at the beach. Remember that you’ll ruin this night and maybe also your friend
Don’t go with your bike: one thing that is complete insanity is riding a bike, drunk, no helmet and apart from that not really good at driving a bike anyways. So please don’t be stupidly insane, try bungee jumping if you’re a thrill seeker Avoid drugs: although drugs seem tolerated, they are still illegal even on the islands and consequences can be harsh.
Don’t play with fire: with all the fire games going on here it might seem crazy fun to go try to jump a burning rope, not so much if you don’t manage to jump the rope and get whipped on some part with gasoline drenched burning rope
>>Other Gulf islands include Koh Tao and Koh Samui and reaching these two other islands from Koh Phangan is easy. We island hopped from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui by ferry. Check the ferry schedules for the 2 major ferry companies, Lomprayah and Songserm here.
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