The Full Moon Party on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand is an all-night beach party held on the night before or after every full moon. What started as an impromptu party in a shabby wooden club in 1985 has morphed into an epic tradition drawing up to 30 000 travellers.
This party is not your average bring and braai – in fact it has been dubbed one of the most raucous mass beach parties with music pumping and booze flowing ‘til the sun rises over this idyllic holiday spot.
Over the years, The Full Moon Party has gained a reputation as being the meeting place of carefree tourists and indulgence. The island is home to a myriad of bars and clubs catering to the diverse cross-section of partygoers. Just like the party vibe, there is no shortage of accommodation. Whether you’re on a backpackers’ budget or can afford to splurge, you can expect hospitality and stunning scenery.
Although Full Moon is an all-night beach party, organisers (and past travellers) do not recommend sleeping on the beach. A better option would be Sarikantang Resort & Spa, located on the private Seekantang Beach (Leela Beach), and a convenient five minute walk away from the party venue. Beer Bungalow on Baankai Beach is less exclusive but still comfortable and a great spot to crash after your all-nighter. A 10-minute taxi drive will get you to Full Moon Party beach. For more information on accommodation in the area, click here.
If you are staying on neighbouring Koh Samui, catch the last boat at 6.30pm to Koh Phangan and zip back to your digs on the first boat at 7am. Entrance fee to the party is in the region of 100 baht and, naturally, a variety of alcoholic beverages are on sale throughout the night. Keep your money and a copy of your passport on your person and leave your valuables at the hotel or bungalow. Remember to wear comfortable shoes or sneakers to protect your feet from broken bottles on the beach. Stick with people you can trust and most importantly, soak up the full moon to the tune of 30 000 fellow free spirits and paradise at your fingertips.
The next Full Moon Parties take place on March 8 and again on April 6. For a full schedule 2012’s party dates click here. Check out the Full Moon Party Facebook Page or follow the party on Twitter @fmpthailand.