I’m very curious about Full Moon Party Koh Phangan because I was finding it as a must do in Thailand while searching for things to do in the country.
It seems to be the wildest party ever and very colorful too. Full Moon party happens every time there is a full moon every month. I guess they enjoyed this party so much that there is also a Half Moon party, another reason to have fun. I heard that the origin of this party was a foreigner that stated that the full moon in Thailand was the most beautiful in the world so there should be a party to celebrate it. And so it was since those times.
Full Moon Party Koh Phangan is a party at the beach with electronic music, commercial one, depends on the spot you are because the different bars along the beach coast have their own music. This is truly a wild party! I found people from all over the world and even Thai people come from all over the country to the mythic party.
I’m staying close to the Pier that isn’t close to the beach where the party happens: Haad Rin, but this is not a problem… From all over the island there is transport provided to the beach party. In Thongsala, where I was staying, there are several pickups specially dedicated to taking the party beasts to the Full Moon Party. Coming back is the same. The pick up sometimes is so full that there are people seating on the floor. That was my case…
I went with my two British friends but came back alone. One fun thing about the Party is the colorful sight! This is one of the unique features of this party. You should paint your body with fluorescent paints that will glow in the night and your imagination is the limit. You can paint yourself the way you want!! There is also Full Moon party t-shirts and other clothing so you can go dress properly. Of course they also very colorful.
Finding this merchandise isn’t hard, believe me. There are places where you can paint your body and use the provided paints for 2€ and there are also places that can paint you in a more artistic way. There are drinks being sold outside the party at the entrance, but they are truly expensive, even more, expensive than in Portugal, that’s the reason why the waiting line on 7 eleven just in front of this stand with drinks, is huge. And I advise a shop at 7 eleven.
It’s usual that the prices per night rise during the previous 5 days, and the next 5 days after the party. Actually, at the Hostel where I was staying, it went full for the night of Full Moon party and got totally empty 2 days after, and the Hostel staff told that is super normal.
Inside the sealed area you have to pay to use the toilet which is very inconvenient for women, but men just use the sea. Everyone is going crazy and drunk. Beware of the pickpockets!!! There are also special areas to sleep but you still see people laying on the ground all over.
There is also a jungle party that precedes the Full Moon Party Koh Phangan that people say it’s better and more unique for being a party on the jungle, but is even more expensive than the Full Moon!
Everyone is having fun and so am I, but under such a reputation I was expecting it to be better.