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The Full Moon Party Experience
Whatever you’ve heard about Thailand's infamous Full Moon Party is probably true. Each month, anywhere from 10,000-30,000 thrill-seeking backpackers descend on this island for the all-night beach party just in time for the full moon. Attractions include: international DJ’s that line the beach and play sets of trance, hip-hop, drum & bass, and reggae until sunrise, fire skipping ropes, buckets, more buckets, and a whole lot of dancing.
Full Moon Party Dates 2019-2020*
Here is the Full Moon Party schedule - including the tour dates when our Full Moon Party optional extra is available:
2018 Full Moon Party Dates
15 August 2019 (Offered on 3 August 2019 Tour)
13 September 2019 (Offered on 1 September 2019 Tour)
14 October 2019 (Offered on 2 October 2019 Tour)
9 February 2020 (Offered on 28 January 2020 tour)
7 May 2020 (Offered on 25 April 2020 tour)
5 June 2020 (Offered on 24 May 2020 tour)
6 July 2020 (Offered on 24 June 2020 tour)
3 August 2020 (Offered on 22 July 2020 tour)
1 September 2020 (Offered on 20 August 2020 tour)
1 October 2020 (Offered on 19 September 2020 tour)
*Note that dates are subject to change if the party falls on a Buddhist holiday.
How The Party Started
Back in 1983, a group of curious travellers found themselves on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. There was no electricity, roadside traffic, or loudspeakers playing Despacito. Night fell and they agreed that the combination of the rising moon over the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin was one of the most brilliant things they had ever witnessed. The next full moon, they gathered 20 or 30 people for a kind of moonlight celebration.
The Full Moon Party has since become a backpacker tradition and sought-after destination for travellers from around the world. We have absolutely no way of verifying this story but it’s also the traveller folklore we’ve been told many times during our many years spent in Thailand. And it makes for a good story so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
A Word on Safety
The party is a sight to see and an experience in itself. If there is any place where people let loose, give into the atmosphere and bypass any usual inhibitions, it is the Full Moon Party. While the atmosphere is much like many of the music festivals you might have gone to back home, with the same access to the usual party ingredients, we highly advise against taking part in the use of any drugs.
The police make their presence clearly known in uniform, and there are plenty more without uniform hidden in the thousand-person crowds. They have publicly stated their crackdown on the rampant use of drugs at the party. Even the dodgy guys offering you anything you could possibly imagine likely have arrangement with the police to lure in unsuspecting tourists. As with any event where alcohol is readily available, it goes without saying not to accept drinks from strangers or take your eye off your own drink for too long!
And about the fire-skipping we mentioned earlier... to be honest, we can barely skip rope sober wearing trainers on a flat surface. So if you think drunken fire-skipping over a burning rope in the sand is a good idea, go for it! But take a look around the day after the party and you will see many a bandaged backpacker wishing they had decided against jumping over that burning rope doused in petrol.
Beyond steering clear of legal issues and possible third degree burns, the beach itself becomes something of an obstacle course the night of the party. Expect broken bottles and just-tossed cigarettes to be everywhere and anywhere you walk. Footwear is always a good idea for both of these reasons.
How To Get There
We offer the Full Moon Party as an optional extra on select tour dates mentioned above. All transport is arranged and you travel via our privately reserved vans from Khao Sok on day 12 and then back to our hotel in Krabi on day 13. This price also includes the ferry and entry price to the party. One of our experienced guides - basically experts in the Full Moon Party at this point - also accompany the group. For pricing, you will find this optional extra in your account under Extra Trips after booking. We should mention there is a lot of traveling involved in this trip but for those with their heart's set on the Full Moon Party, we do provide the opportunity.
You also have the option to find your way to the party without the group and then return to our hotel in Krabi whenever you wish. Our staff can help arrange the easy way to do this upon arrival if you’d like to go it alone or with a friend.
The Full Moon Party is a night full of neon-inspired, bucket-fueled madness that you won’t experience anywhere else in the world. You will be covered in colourful paint, glitter, and dance the night away on one of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. We don’t think this party is even close to the highlight of Thailand but it is one that should be experienced at least once if dancing until sunrise with thousands of people from all around the world is something that interests you.
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