For many backpackers, experiencing one of the wild all-night beach parties tops their list of things to do whilst travelling around Thailand. We came across so many legendary stories from the famous full moon parties that we just had to plan a visit!
Thailand’s original full moon party takes place on Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan and occurs every month on the night of the full moon. One of the most famous beach parties in the world, thousands of visitors gather from all around the globe to witness an incredible party atmosphere like no other.
On the evening of the party, the streets are alive with loud music, cocktail stalls and all the neon merchandise you could imagine. We headed to the beach around 10pm, giving us plenty of time to soak up the festival atmosphere and cover ourselves in neon paint!
Entrance to the beach is 100 baht per person and in return you get a fancy wristband to take home. The atmosphere on the beach is buzzing, with people of all ages joining in with the party and having fun.
We had an amazing time strolling up and down the beach, dancing to the music and watching the impressive fire shows but unfortunately, we didn’t stay long enough to see the morning through!
– Make sure you book your accommodation early as rooms get booked up and prices hike around the date of the full moon party. The other option is to catch a boat from Koh Samui, as we saw many companies offering round trips where you can jump back on a boat from Haad Rin once you have finished partying.
– Soak up the atmosphere on your way to the beach by having a drink with fellow party-goers, buy yourself a full moon t-shirt and cover yourself in neon paint to get into the full spirit of the party!
– Be careful around the fire shows and don’t attempt them if you’ve had one too many. We saw a lot of close calls which were quite scary to watch and health and safety definitely doesn’t seem a top priority.
– Our final tip is not to be put off by the wild stories and pictures on the web. In our experience, the party wasn’t as crazy as we were expecting and everyone seemed relaxed and friendly. Even if you’re not the biggest party animal like us, the atmosphere is fun and we even saw families with young children wandering around enjoying the music.