Explore Thailand’s Full Moon Party: A Simple Guide￼
Explore Thailand’s Full Moon Party: A Simple Guide￼
“Humble beginnings, playing with fire, alcohol, dancing, insane and unforgettable moments – all under the Full Moon until sunrise.”
That short sentence is enough to get party-loving adventurers off their feet and go to Thailand to experience the legendary Full Moon Party. If you’re planning a trip to immerse yourself in this insane party experience or are just curious about what it is, this simple guide is for you!
“WHAT IS THE FULL MOON PARTY?”
Legends say that the first ever Full Moon Party was a humble improvisation on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand in 1983 as a symbol of thanks to around 30 adventurers. The Party may have rocked too hard that it gained fame JUST BY WORD OF MOUTH.
Almost every month, on the night of the full moon, thousands of people come from all over the world to indulge themselves in the vibe and dance until sunrise. Each bar blasts different music from its sound system, and the beach is filled with alcohol vendors, glow-in-the-dark paint stands, fire dancers, and things that may be too extreme for some (we’ll get to that in the following article).
Expect anywhere from 5,000-30,000 people, varying for each time of year. Depending on how you plan to interact, this is one of the perfect avenues to connect, socialize, and share moments that could last beyond the full moon.
“WHEN IS THE FULL MOON PARTY?”
With the pandemic slowing down and more partygoers vaccinated, restrictions have finally eased – bringing the Full Moon Party back to life this year. Take note of the dates for this year:
- Monday, 16 May 2022
- Tuesday, 14 June 2022
- Friday, 15 July 2022
- Saturday, 13 August 2022
- Saturday, 10 September 2022
- Tuesday, 11 October 2022
- Tuesday, 8 November 2022
- Thursday, 8 December 2022
Half Moon, Quarter Moon, and Black Moon parties are thrown between these dates. You can check these out if you can’t make it to the Full Moon Party. You also need to consider that some Thailand religious festivals may coincide with the dates so that the Full Moon Party can be postponed for a day.
“HOW CAN I GET TO THE FULL MOON PARTY?”
You can find the beach party on Haad Rin beach on Koh Pha Ngan Island, on the eastern side of Southern Thailand.
If you’re coming from Bangkok, the easiest and fastest way to reach Koh Pha Ngan is to take a short flight to Koh Samui and catch a ferry to the island. There are also budget-friendly overnight bus & boat options you can purchase from travel agents in Bangkok.
You don’t have to worry that much, though. You can choose travel agencies around Thailand that will help you book transportation from wherever you are in Thailand to Koh Pha Ngan. Let them handle the transport. You focus on getting your game face on for the party!
“WHERE CAN I STAY DURING THE FULL MOON PARTY?”
If you want to stay in Koh Phangan, look for accommodation nearer to Haad Rin. This will place you in the middle of the action and save on taxi rides. However, if you wish to stay somewhere slightly removed from the music and crowds, here are some places to consider.
House of Sanskara – This stylish backpacker accommodation exudes rustic vibes and has spacious rooms and an in-house restaurant, bar, and lounge. Sanskara, too has great Full Moon party packages. Opt for the beach bungalows, a favorite among tourists.
Echo Beach Hostel – Located in the vibrant area of Ban Tai, Echo Beach Hostel is a 15-minute walk drive from Haad Rin, and they also offer free transfers to Full Moon parties for guests.
Phangan Bayshore Resort Koh Phangan – Situated on Haad Rin Nok, the resort has a private beachfront where guests can play beach volleyball during the day and join the party scenes at night. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee at the beachfront restaurant to get through those hangover mornings.
“WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE PARTY?”
Remember: you’re going to have fun on the beach. We all know the party goes hard at night, but the beach is still humid and hot, so you should opt for breathable clothes. It’s also a great idea to rock swimsuits under your gear since, often, the swimsuit is all that’s left by the end of the night. This is not the place to wear clothes you love and don’t want to see ruined or lost.
We also recommend wearing sneakers or any type of closed footwear that you’re willing to get scratched or punctured. This wild party might include a couple of broken glasses and bottles, possibly debris scattered at random parts of the beach.
Once in Haad Rin, you can deck yourself out and begin the artistic ritual of covering yourself in neon paint. Prepare to glow from mustaches to painted vines and all sorts of funky designs.
There’s no need to pack anything special for the party. You can get all your FMP swag from street vendors for about USD $10-15.
“HOW MUCH TO GET IN THE PARTY?”
Partygoers must pay an entry fee worth 100 baht to get the wristband which also serves as your ticket inside. Tour companies also offer Full Moon Party packages, including entry, transportation, and other gimmicks depending on the company. Hotels and hostels also offer reliable packages.
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The Full Moon Party is one of the biggest and best parties in the world. Most travelers in Southeast Asia attend at some point and even people of all ages and nationalities. The party is a unique and exciting time, but if done wrong, it can also be expensive and dangerous.
Read this article (redirect to survival guide) to learn a few survival tips and tricks so you can party hard but responsibly at the Full Moon Party.