The world famous Full Moon Parties of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, are on the to do list of any student or young traveller. But don't be *that guy* who has to go home early... read on for some tips on how to make it till sunrise!
So how did one of the most well-known beach parties come to be? It is said that tourists who were so in awe of the beautiful moon at Ko Phan Ngan threw a party in its honour. Now that small group of tourists has grown to over 30,000 party-goers every month! The original tourists might have moved on, but the concept is still the same; there's a beautiful moon, a beautiful beach and no shortage of beautiful people to celebrate with!
What can you expect on the night?
The party begins at dusk, slowly and steadily picking up pace. Unlike any concert you've ever been to before, there's a band, an act, and a song to please everyone! However, there's more to the night than just great music; fire dancers set the night alight with their tantalizing performances, and jugglers who will make your mind bend.
Looking to make sunrise? You'll need some tips for that!
- Plan you're accommodation in advance
Ko Pha Ngan's accommodation the week before and after the Full Moon party, fills up pretty quick. So once you know you're going, we would recommend locking down your bed for the night. If you can't stay on Ko Pha Ngan, try Ko Samui. While you will have to catch an hour ferry back in the morning, you'll be sure to make friends with other party-commuters.
- Keep your valuables safe
While you will need some money to party, make sure any credit cards, passports, or other forms of ID don't get swiped. Grab yourself a
fanny packmoney belt which can be hidden under your clothes, to keep your valuables safe. Pro tip: budget for a few bathroom breaks; each toilet has a charge of around 5- 10 baht.
- Dress code: Neon.
Be it paint, clothes, or glow sticks- neon is the way to go! If you've seen the photos, you know that everyone ends up in head-to-toe neon, so make sure you grab plenty before you hit the beach. If you do forget, that's okay, use it as a chance to make some new friends and *borrow* theirs!
- Pass the Bucket
Thailand buckets are the way to go for any newbie to the Full Moon Party, but don't let the novelty of the night fool you, they can look like a one-man job, but they're really more of a team effort. Red Bull and Sangsom (Thailand Rum) is a crowd pleaser, but soft drinks and other spirits are readily available too. So grab that guy or gal in the group you have your eye on, and partner up!
- Shoes are a must
With so many people around, you'll be wanting to keep your feet from getting trampled on, or from walking on any glass in the sand. A pair of cheap jandals, or your trustiest pair of chucks will do - anything that you won't mind losing.
- Stay safe
We want you to have
an awesome timethe BEST night of your life! But just like any new location, or party you haven't been to before, make sure you keep an eye out for your own safety. Go with a good group of friends that you know and trust, and look out for each other. And because of the location of the party, remember some water 101 rules around the ocean.