Regular parties just don’t feel the same after attending Koh Pha Ngan’s world famous Full Moon Party. The party on the beach that will out do any other party, any day, and sometimes every day, of the week. Koh Pha Ngan welcomes thousands of people every month hoping to have the time of their life at a Full Moon Party.
The biggest party is the New Year’s Party, attracting around 30,000 people every year! I would like to add in at this point that Koh Pha Ngan has a lot more to offer than only the Full Moon Party. Granted, even if it didn’t that would be enough to warrant a visit. You’ve got a Half Moon Party, Waterfall Party, Black Moon Party. They like to party. As you can probably tell. Although, most things you would typically expect to be able to do on an island, you can do here.
I would highly recommend you book your transport a few days early. We planned on taking the train, but had to settle for the bus due to it being sold out; and we got the last remaining tickets for that! Having taken the over night bus, I would recommend it only as a last resort. I’m sure there’s worse out there, but avoid it if you can. Turns out you can also fly in to Surat Thani for pretty cheap, and then take the ferry to the island all the same, only your flight is an hour, not all damn night. So, that’s obviously going to be your first pick. If that fails, you can find train times and prices here. Lomprayah runs a seamless A to B route for many different locations. This usually involves the bus, and ferry ticket. You can find that info here. One thing to remember when you’re getting on the ferry: First one to get on, last one to get off. They require you to hand over all bags, and they stack them up. So, if you’re on first your bag is on bottom. The seas can also be rough at times, causing a great deal of people, including the crew, to lose their lunch. If you think that could be you, take motion sickness/Dramamine pills about 30 minutes before boarding.
Ok, now that you know how to get to Koh Pha Ngan, let’s talk Full Moon Party. I only took my GoPro with me, So I had my friend take photos on his phone. (Thanks for the photos, Cristian!) That’s because there’s no way you can participate at a Full Moon Party with a nice camera. You can bring your phone, but it’s a gamble. There’s water, sand, a lot of people, dancing, body paint, and a lot of alcohol. Maybe keep it in a plastic bag at the least. Once you get to Haad Rin, where the festivities will be taking place, it costs 100bht to get in to the party (Current as of November 2014). You get an official wrist band to show you’ve paid, which is a great keepsake to remember your time here. You can have yourself painted up by a professional, if you’re willing to pay for it. However, you can also do it yourself for only 40bht. (Pictured below)
Once you get all nice and bright, it’s time to buy a bucket. (Pictured above) Not familiar with that concept? I wasn’t either until The Kingdom of Thailand showed me the light. (This photo was taken in Koh Phi Phi, but it’s the best I have showcasing this brilliant idea. Also, notice the great photo bomb from random person.) You can get a regular drink in Thailand, but why do that when for the same price, or close to it, you can get the contents of an entire bottle. The buckets by the gate are around 150bht. The further in to the party you get, they get more expensive; up to about 500bht. So, buy at least one near the entrance to save some money. One bucket per two people should be sufficient.
You have your paint on, and you have your bucket of choice. You can already hear the Thai fusion dance music going, and catch a small glimpse of the beach scene. You walk out on the beach, and from left to right the entire length of the beach, is packed with people of every ethnicity; all smiling and having a good time. There’s neon paint and lights everywhere. You’ve got several raised platforms along the beach full of people dancing…which is really nothing special because the entire beach is moving to the rhythm. The people on the platforms just have a better view. Each bar is blasting it’s own mix, making for a segmented stream of music as you go along. There’s local pros doing fire shows at all hours. Once they have pumped you up enough head over to the ring of fire to see what you can participate in yourself. They have a constant flow of fire jump rope and limbo going on. You can imagine all the alcohol and people make for an entertaining show, even if you don’t participate yourself. If you do get burned you can take a ride on the two story water slide to help cool you off, or just dance the night away to distract yourself. All in all, a party you do not want to miss. We we there for a solid 13 hours, partying the whole time! Did I mention they also have a gated off area for sleeping, just in case you need a quick power nap. I have a quick edit for you, it’s not the best, but hopefully it will give you a better idea.
A few last mentionables before I end…There aren’t lockers available, so bring only what you are willing to carry the whole night. If, or when I should say, you have to go to the restroom, it costs about 20bht to get in. You’ll see a lot of people just going in the sea, and for that reason alone I would not recommend getting in that water. Also, we ended up ditching our sandals, they were more of a hassle than anything, you can get along fine without them. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. I’ll leave you with an amazing sunset photo I shot near Utopia Resort the following day. Truly, the best sunset I’ve ever seen.
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