The Full Moon Party Guide 2024 | Koh Phangan Thailand

Want to know more about the full moon party on Koh Phangan?

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 party dates.

During the day, Haad Rin beach is the definition of paradise. A stretch of sand with crystal clear water nestled in a tropical landscape. At night it’s just chaos and madness. Bars, pop up stall selling all kinds of alcoholic buckets, deafening music from every corner and in every genre. It’s crazy, it’s fun and it’s a great story to tell. Just don’t get too hammered that you have no idea what happened. That’s would be stupid.

Haad Rin beach during the day is a tropical paradise

Where to Buy the Full Moon Party Tickets

Don’t worry. Tickets for the full moon party don’t sell out and don’t need to be purchased in advance. The tickets are purchased from the main entry into the beach. And as proof of payment you’ll also get a cool wristband. The admission includes access to all venues along the beach. A ticket costs ฿200 ($6) per person.

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party Dates 2024

  • April 23, 2024
  • May 23, 2024
  • June 21, 2024
  • July 22, 024
  • August 19, 2024
  • September 17, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • November 15, 2024
  • December 15, 2024
  • December 31, 2024 (NYE)
Getting to Koh Phangan

Below are the best affordable travel options to reach Koh Phangan from other popular destinations.

Bangkokbest Bangkok to Koh Phangan transport (combo)
Phuketbest Phuket to Koh Phangan transport (combo)
Krabibest Krabi to Koh Phangan (combo)
Koh Samui30 minute ferry to Koh Phangan (direct)
Koh Tao1 hour ferry to Koh Phangan (direct)

Something about accommodation

While the full moon party tickets don’t sell out, accommodation often does. And if not, the few places left charge high prices. To find the best places to stay and best prices make sure to book in advance. →Tommy resort in Haad Rin is arguably the most famous place. And try →Paradise Bungalows as a budget option. →Or read this guide for the best places and areas to stay in Koh Phangan

Avoid excessive roaming fees and stay connected

What to Wear for the Full Moon Party

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.

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A bright colorful and wild night in Haad Rin

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 ฿250 ($7.50) per person including return. 

Another option would be to gather a large group enough to fill a songthaew and negotiate a good price. 

Still not in Koh Phangan? Here is how to get there from Bangkok

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. Then the next morning head back to Koh Samui.

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.

If you’re in Koh Samui and only plan going to Koh Phangan for the full moon party, the best thing to do is take a fast ferry which only takes 30 minutes and costs around ฿350 ($10). Book a cheap accommodation in Koh Phangan, and then the next day take a fast ferry back to Samui. This seems like the most sensible thing to do.

Where to stay the night:Phangan Dream Box

Staying in Haad Rin for the Full Moon Party

Haad Rin is the most popular area in Koh Phangan. Not just with backpackers but many other tourists. This is after the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan. And personally, few beaches in Thailand comes close to this.

So this part of the island is popular year round and even more around the full moon party dates. Budget options are quickly sold out, then slowly everything starts to sell out. If you know your travel dates and especially if you’re also on a budget, book your accommodation at least 1 month in advance. There is also a minimum of 3 nights stay during the full moon party dates. At least most accommodations have implemented this.

If you already know the dates you’ll be in Koh Phangan, my advise is to book your accommodation in advance. Leaving until the minute means limited options and inflated prices. →book accommodation here.

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A fire show at the full moon party Koh Phangan

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. more on this

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.

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