Monthly Thai full moon party this week

16 May 2011

The legendary Koh Phangan Full Moon Party takes place this month on Wednesday. As the sun sets over the golden sands of the southern Thai island’s Haad Rin Beach, the party begins.

When the moon rises, DJs take their turn to play a diverse range of music styles which include trance, reggae and drum’n’bass. Lanterns scattered around the beach area add an intimate atmosphere to the festive occasion.    

During the evening, revellers and dancers strut their stuff on the beach. Fire eaters and jugglers are among the diverse entertainment offerings, while food vendors and restaurants serve up a tantalising array of seafood and Thai delicacies.  

There is an abundance of accommodation options on Koh Phangan, but the Full Moon Party often attracts well in excess of 10,000 visitors. Many revellers choose to stay on neighbouring Koh Samui, which is only a 30-minute ferry trip away.

Frequent ferries run from Samui to Koh Phangan from around 17:00 onwards. The party lasts most of the night and the last return service leaves as late as 07:30.  

The Full Moon Party had humble beginnings in the mid-1980s, when a group of 30 travellers arbitrarily decided Haad Rin Beach was the finest place in Thailand to watch and celebrate the monthly lunar event. Since then it has evolved into a major draw for backpackers and tourists, with many coming to Samui to Koh Phangan for the sole purpose of going to the ‘party’.

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