Attending the legendary Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is an energetic experience that draws party enthusiasts from around the world. 10 to 30,000 people flock to this island every month during the full moon to party the night away.
In this article, I’ll over 14 essential tips to know before going to the full moon party at Koh Phangan and at the end of the article I’ll add some travel guides that will help you plan your travels through Thailand.
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Taking place on the island’s Haad Rin Beach during the night of the full moon, the event transforms the shoreline into a lively celebration with pulsating music, colorful lights, and a diverse crowd of party-goers.
The beach is packed full of backpackers, DJ’s, fire performers, drink vendors, neon paint painters, stages to dance on, you name it. Since I survived an official full moon party, I wanted to put together a post of the best full moon party advice for Koh Pha Ngan.
Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Tips
Is the full moon party worth it? The full moon party on Koh Phangan is one of the biggest parties in Thailand and if you’re young, on an adventure and looking for a fun night, you won’t want to miss this experience.
To fully enjoy the full moon party, consider these tips before you go.
How to Get to the Full Moon Party
To attend the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, you’ll need to plan your journey to the island. If you are coming from Bangkok, you can take a bus + ferry combo or fly to Koh Samui.
From Koh Samui, you can take a ferry from the Bangkok or Manama Pier to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan. There are multiple ferries running to and from Koh Pha Ngan every hour and it takes about 30-45 minutes.
Direct ferry services also operate between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Once in Koh Phangan, you can walk or use local transport. Bookaway is an awesome website to book all your transportation across Thailand.
If you are coming from Phuket, you can train, bus, ferry, fly combo your way to Koh Phangan. Just check out the website I linked below for your options.
If you stay on a neighboring island of Koh Samui or Koh Tao, then you can ferry back home. We were stoked to be staying on Koh Samui, the full moon party was a little too loud for me and I enjoyed a quiet nights sleep.
Koh Phangan Full Moon Party Accommodation
Book your accommodations early for the full moon party in Koh Phangan. A lot of places require minimum 4 or 5 days for a reservation. Plus the island gets very crowded and getting accommodations last minute would be stressful.
Plan ahead or you could find yourself sleeping on the beach with a couple hundred extremists and the sand fleas.
Accommodations on Koh Samui or Koh Tao
If you’re short on time or don’t want to stay for that long, book your Koh Phangan full moon party accommodation on one of the neighboring islands – Koh Samui or Koh Tao.
Both of those islands have frequent ferries going to and from Koh Pha Ngan. And its nice to have a quite place to return to that is not in the middle of the madness.
I stayed on Koh Samui at the Samui Bayside Luxury Villa. Daily breakfast, beautiful swimming pools, fitness center and all the luxury you could ask for. We couldn’t get enough of the infinity pool.
Koh Phangan Full Moon Party Cost
- Dormitory Accommodations will cost $15-20.
- Luxury Resorts $100
- Full Moon Party Entrance Fee is typically 200 Baht. This fee usually includes a drink voucher.
- Neon Party Gear will cost less than $10.
- Ferry Ticket to Koh Phangan – 8-10USD.
- Food & Drinks – $20
Wear Neon or Fluorescent Clothing
No need to pack your neon as you can buy all your full moon party gear on island for about $15 US Dollars. This includes neon face, body paint and bright, glow in the dark shirts, socks, headbands, shorts, you name it.
Everywhere you turn you can find a shop that will sell something that fits your style. Get ready for fun night at this world-famous beach party.
Wear closed toed shoes. I know you’ll be on the beach and dancing your butt off in the sand but you might loose a slipper or injure yourself. Nothing’s worse than hurting yourself while you are on vacation.
Don’t pregame too hard as you’ll have no problem catching the buzz that you want. There are plenty of places to buy a beer, take a shot, or purchase a bucket (you know like a sand pale that you used to build sand castles with when you were a child) full of your choice of liquor and mixer.
If you dare you can drink a bucket all to yourself but its better to conquer these in teams of two or more. And before you know it you’ll be limboing or jumping a rope that is lit on fire!
Be prepared to be close and sweaty with whomever happens to be next to you. This is one of the biggest parties out there and the beach is jam packed, especially when you add loud techno, dub step music and dance floors to the mix. If you have personal space issues don’t go!
Don’t bring anything with you that you value (besides your partner or mate) because chances are it won’t be with you when the party finally ends. It will either get lost, stolen, or broken and none of those come with a happy ending.
Bring only the essentials (i.e. money only needed for the night, chapstick, camera and a let’s party attitude) and store it someplace safe!
Always use the buddy system! You don’t want to lose your friends cause the chances of finding them on a packed beach are slim and you always need someone to have your back. I.e. watching your drinks so they don’t get dosed and help with unwanted attention if needed.
Hydration is Key!
Stay hydrated! I can not stress this enough, the islands of Thailand are hot and humid, especially in the summer and when you combine alcohol, intense dancing and humidity you lose a lot of water and dehydration is no joke!
Swimming on the beautiful beach of Haad Rin is wonderful during the day but not at night during the party. Copious amounts of alcohol and swimming don’t mix, and just image all the people using the ocean as a bathroom…stick to dancing. Plus who doesn’t like to burn couple extra calories and not to mention its fun!
Playing with Fire
There are plenty of opportunities to show off your “skills” when it comes to fire at a full moon party. You can jump a rope, limbo a stick or even jump through a hoop all engulfed of flames!
I personally stayed away from anything of the sort for fear of singing off my eyebrows or worse but hey to each their own. Watching the experienced fire dancers put on their show on the other hand was on a whole new level and that I would recommend to anyone and everyone!
Lastly, drugs…Do I really need to say it. Just don’t do it. The last thing you want is to extend your vacation sitting in a Thai jail with a hangover and no passport to get home!