A Beginners Guild – Full Moon Party

The full moon party… a massive celebration that takes place on a stretch of beach on Koh Phangan island in Thailand. Each month, on the night of the full moon, thousands of people come from all over the world to partake in the festivities and dance all night long. More than 12 powerful sound systems turn the 800-metre beach into possibly the most popular open-air nightclub in the world once a month, with a lively festival-like atmosphere, great music and huge quantities of alcohol. This one-of-a-kind event is routinely listed on bucket lists as one of the essential experiences in Thailand which absolutely must be seen to be believed.

Due to the cost of cleaning up after such carnage, the local community implemented a 100 baht entry fee to access the beach on the night of Koh Phangan Full Moon Parties, so remember to take some extra cash to cover this and any other buys you want to treat yourself to!

The beach will usually be packed with people from all over the world, fire dancers, drink bucket stands, dance stages, DJ’s… you name it!

All along the beach there are vendor stands selling the ‘bucket’. This consists of a bottle of hard liquor (usually either whiskey, vodka or local sugarcane rum like Sangsom or Hong Thong), a bottle of Red Bull and some ice, occasionally also including mixers to water it down a little. Intended for sharing, the colourful plastic buckets usually have half a dozen straws sticking out them for you and your friends to enjoy them together. These are usually about 350 baht, or around $10 each.

In addition to all the festivities, there were giant jump ropes lit on fire that 5 people could jump over at the same time, twirling fire balls on ropes, and people spinning fire poles. It truly is a sight to behold!

If you are interested in heading to a Koh Phangan Full Moon Party this year, here are the dates for 2017;

  • Monday 10 July 2017
  • Monday 07 August 2017
  • Tuesday 05 September 2017
  • Friday 06 October 2017
  • Friday 03 November 2017
  • Sunday 03 December 2017