Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan

The story goes that some years ago a group of friends went to Haan Rin beach on the island of Koh Pahgnan for a relaxing evening and found that beach to be the one place in the world where the moon is its most incredible. Especially when the moon is full.  Ever since this discovery, people have gathered there to enjoy the full moon and it has turned into a bit of a party.

Translation – a group of people went to the beach and got real messed up on drugs and alcohol.  In a state of inebriation they thought the moon was awesome…perhaps the most awesome the moon has ever been. (I have done this in a lot of different locations around the world as well…but so far I have not created an international party spectacle…at least not yet.) Anyway, someone realized they should have full moon parties and its probably this group of friends who built a ton of bars on the beach and now the Koh Phagnan Full Moon Party is one of the biggest parties in the world each month.

Estimates put the crowds on a monthly basis around 10 to 30 thousand people for the night of the full moon.

It is nuts.  It is fun.  If you are in the neighborhood, you need to attend this party.  And if you like to party – warm up by going to a couple of Mardis Gras weekends in New Orleans and then come to Thailand to really throw down.

To fully understand – I offer a video –


Travel Tip – 

Ignore all of the horror stories on the internet about horrible boats, dangerous conditions, drugs everywhere and people dying. I’m sure it has all happened, but if you go with some smarts, its a great time.  By smarts, just don’t do drugs you normally don’t do at home and maybe don’t get so drunk you can’t remember your name.

When I go again, I’ll be staying on Koh Phagnan rather than commuting to the party from Koh Samui as we did this time. Koh Phagnan appears to have a lot of wonderful properties around the island and it would be a cute place to stay a few days in general, but especially cool around the full moon.

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2 Responses to “Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan”

  1. Dad
    October 12, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Well written. Very nice indeed. Thanks for all the valuable information and superb descriptions of your experiences there in this post. Another great post! love you, ~dad

  2. Mom
    October 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I agree with Dad another great post! I enjoy your writing so very much. It always makes me smile:) Love you mom

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