What originally started as a small gathering of backpackers from around the world, to celebrate a monthly full moon, has now become a “must visit’ for most independent travelers backpacking around Southeast Asia.
Indeed, if you are a backpacker, a party goer or generally, someone who enjoys a good knees-up, a visit to Thailand is not complete without having said you went to a Koh Phangan Full Moon Party on the small island of Koh Phangan
From humble beginnings, it now attracts well over 20,000 party goers on a monthly basis, turning this small, tranquil, island into a party paradise for 24 hours every month. This once, quiet island has become famous for one thing and one thing only - Full Moon Party Koh Phangan. Koh Phangan: An Idyllic Destination
Situated in the southeast, in the Gulf of Thailand, it is part of the Samui Archpelago Islands, which include Koh Samui (15km) and Koh Tao (35km), both famous in their own right. Koh Samui for being a honeymooner’s paradise and world famous spas and Koh Tao for some of the best diving spots in the world. Getting to Koh Phangan
Getting to Koh Phangan can be a bit of a trek, but backpackers really don’t seem to mind. It’s all part of the traveler experience. People look at it this way, the party begins long before you reach the island. Most travelers jump on a ferry, easily booked via www.ferrysamui.com
. Ferry Samui offers a lowest price guarantee
on all quality-selected ferry trips, which is assuring for the low-budget ferry traveler who still wants a fast, safe ferry trip.
Journeys can start from a whole host of locations; Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Phi Phi Island, and more (see the full list of departure locations here
). Full moon party people find their way to Koh Phangan via bus, train, plane, and ultimately by ferry journey, and the journey becomes part of the all-round travel memory.
From Koh Samui: the shortest crossing point is from Bophut and Mae Nam area, where several services operate to Koh Tao via the main Thongsala Pier on Koh Phangan and take around 30 mins. There are also at least 3 ferries a day from Koh Samui's Big Buddha Pier to Thongsala Pier. Boats also leave from Nathon Pier and Mae Nam Pier to Thongsala three times a day. This cost varies but is well within the low-cost travelers budget. From Koh Tao, ferries depart frequently from Mae Haad Pier and arrive at Thongsala Pier. Koh Phangan Accommodation
While getting to Koh Phangan is relatively easy, due to the number of available travel options, finding accommodation may not be so easy, unless you have made reservations. If you intend stayings for a few days, it is highly recommended that you make your reservations in advance, as most places on the island seem to be full around the Full Moon Party time. A lot of travelers prefer to stay on the island of Samui and travel over by speedboat just to attend the party. Below are the dates for the upcoming Koh Phangan Full Moon Parties. Full Moon Party Dates
The remaining two dates for 2014 are November 6th
and December 6th
. Then in 2015, the list is as follows:
December 25th Once the Party’s Started
The party kicks off at dusk, when hordes of party dwellers begin to arrive on Haad Rin Beach. There really is something for everyone. As the evening progresses the beach explodes into a dancing frenzy of painted party goers, each intent on having a great time with people carrying buckets of various alcoholic concoctions sipping through brightly colored stays, matching their brightly colored outfits. Different MC’s from around the world take turns on the decks pumping out trance, teckno, drum and bass, commercial dance and reggae - no one is left disappointed by the array of sounds. Safety Advice
There is a small cost of 100 Thai baht to attend the Full Moon Party and prices of drink vary, depending on how much or how little you can consume in one night. However, as much as you intend on having a good time there are some safety measures that you need to be aware of, ensuring you have a night to remember for all the rights reasons.
For a start, leave all valuables at your resort in the hotel safe. Never take your passport. It is always a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport. You should carry just enough cash to cover your entrance fee and the cost of alcoholic drinks.
Many party goers end up sleeping on the beach, but again, this is not advisable.
Above all, NEVER accept drinks from a stranger no matter how friendly they seem and ALWAYS stay away from drugs. Remember, drugs in the Kingdom of Thailand are illegal and you could end up in prison. You don’t want your holiday from Heaven turning into your holiday from hell.
Book your full moon party ferry trip early on www.ferrysamui.com
and get ready to party.