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Full Moon Party
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Haad Rin Beach - Samui ( Koh Pha Ngan )
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Full Moon Party

The Full Moon Party is an all-night rave party that takes place every full moon night along Haad Rin Beach on Koh Pha-Ngan, southern Thailand. Discovered by tourism only in the early '80s, the first visitors to Koh Pha-Ngan were backpackers and hippies looking for a new destination in the Gulf of Thailand away from the crowd. Even today, in the island there is an informal atmosphere with excellent white sand beaches, friendly people and a tourist development that has respected the environment. However, once a month the island's quiet atmosphere is upset by one of the world's largest and wildest beach parties. The first Full Moon Party was improvised by no more than 30-40 travelers at Paradise Bungalows in 1985. They arranged a party along the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin to celebrate the full moon night. From then on, the party has gained fame and people from all over the world come to Koh Pha-Ngan each full moon evening just to join the celebration. Nowadays, the event draws a crowd of about 10,000 party-goers in low season, from 15,000 to 25,000 during high season and up to 35,000 at New Year's event. The party begins at dusk and runs until the sun rises the next day. At twilight, plenty of small tables are lined up on the 800-meter-long sunrise beach of Haad Rin and thousands of lamps are lit. The bars lined along the beach features over 12 main sound systems and play music such as psychedelic trance, techno, R&B, drum and bass, house, commercial dance and reggae, no-one is disappointed. As the evening progresses the beach explodes into a dancing frenzy while highly talented DJ's take their fun on the decks. Jugglers and fire-eaters entertain the crowds as the night goes on and with the brilliant impromptu fireworks display, the party atmosphere is complete.
Full Moon Party schedule for 2019-2020: Sunday 20 January 2019; Wednesday 20 February 2019; Wednesday 20 March 2019; Friday 19 April 2019; Sunday 19 May 2019; Monday 17 June 2019; Thursday 18 July 2019; Thursday 15 August 2019; Friday 13 September 2019; Monday 14 October 2019; Monday 11 November 2019; Wednesday 11 December 2019; Wednesday 25 December 2019; Tuesday 31 December 2019; Monday 06 January 2020; Sunday 09 February 2020; Sunday 08 March 2020; Tuesday 07 April 2020; Thursday 07 May 2020; Friday 05 June 2020; Monday 06 July 2020; Monday 03 August 2020; Tuesday 01 September 2020; Thursday 01 October 2020; Thursday 29 October 2020; Saturday 28 November 2020; Friday 25 December 2020; Monday 28 December 2020; Thursday 31 December 2020
Tips: Due to the cost of cleaning up after these wild parties, the local community implemented a 100 Baht entry fee to access the Haad Rin beach on the night of Full Moon Party. If you are planning to reach Koh Phangan to enjoy a Full Moon Party, we recommend to book a hotel or guest-house as soon as possible, especially if you have a limited budget and if you want accommodation near Haad Rin beach. You can stay elsewhere on the island and also on Koh Samui, but closer is certainly better if you are going to exaggerate in drinking and fun.
Getting there: To get to Koh Pha Ngan from Bangkok, but also from other seaside resorts and cities in Thailand, you can choose between two travel options, one that plans to use aircraft up to Samui plus a ferry, and a cheaper that provides the use of buses or trains until Surat Thani plus the ferries. The island is connected to mainland and Samui with car ferry and speedboat services throughout the year. Several private companies operate frequent daily departures from 06:00 till 19:00 in the evening, every day of year including holidays. Almost all ferries leave from the piers located along the coast of Don Sak District, 60 km east of Surat Thani centre and about 95 km from the airport, and then make a stop in Samui before reaching Koh Pha Ngan. A frequent bus service connects the piers to the city center, railway station, bus terminals and Surat Thani Airport. There is also an overnight ferry service that leaves from Bandon Pier at Bandon Rd., in the city centre very close to both Surat Thani's bus stations. On Koh Pha Ngan, almost all ferries dock to Thong Sala Pier located along the West coast facing the mainland, only the Raya Ferry docks to the pier in Haad Rin beach. Upon arrival there are minivans and shared song-thaews that will carry to your final destination. The cost of song-thaew and minivan service vary according to the distance and season, usually from 100 to 200 THB. For any information on timetables and fares to reach Koh Pha-Ngan please refer to our page: Koh Pha-Ngan Boats & Ferries.
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