If you’re travelling to the south of Thailand, it is highly recommended to attend a Full Moon Party during your stay. What is a Full Moon Party? It is an all night rave that draws 10-30,000 people of all ages, from all around the world to the beach of Haad Rin each month. The globally known celebration is said to have started in 1987 by a group of hippie backpackers who were simply celebrating a friend’s birthday on the night of a full moon. The friends had so much fun that they decided to come back the following year. Word caught on of this “full moon celebration” and the rest is history.
This year Thailand’s infamous moon party turns 25. What better time to experience the largest beach rave you will most likely ever attend in your lifetime? But, before you go, there are certain things that are good to know in order to prepare yourself:
Choose your Accommodations
You can find accommodations all over the island of Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party itself takes place in Haad Rin for those who want to be in the centre of the action. If you do wish to stay in Haad Rin, arrive at least 4-5 days before the party in order to find accommodations. If you arrive on the day of or night before, forget about finding a place to stay! If you are indeed lucky to find a place in Had Rin a day before the party, be prepared to pay double the listing price. Also, if you are fortunate enough to be in Thailand for the Christmas and New Years party, you can expect to pay even triple the listing price. For those who want to party but have the option of retreating from the craziness at any given time, staying outside of Haad Rin is recommended. It will most likely save you a dime or two as well.
One area that is fairly close to Haad Rin, yet offers a calmer atmosphere is Ban Tai. There are taxis that will take you to and from Ban Tai all night long and will only cost you a few of dollars each way for the 15 minute journey. Ban Tai offers beautiful beachfront accommodations in all different price range. You can find a basic cabin fit for 2 on the beach for as little as $5 a night.
You can also choose to stay on the island of Koh Samui. There are speedboats that travel back and forth from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan frequently throughout the night. You may end up saving a penny on accommodations but the cost for the speedboat will make up for it.
Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.