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Full Moon Party

Where is the Party?

On Had Rin Nok beach, situated in the south-eastern part of Koh Phangan island in the Suratthani province, southeast Thailand.

When is the Party?

At every full moon. Please check the schedule found in the text below.

  Information about Phangan is found here
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  Book your Full Moon Party trip here

About this Giant Party

There are about 10,000-15,000 people participating every month at this beach party on the island of Koh Phangan. It is known as the Full Moon Party and International and Thai DJ's makes the crowd dance and go wild straight on the beach. Many paint themselves with UV colors.

The DJ's play all kinds of music styles; Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Goa, Drum n Bass, Dub, Reggae, "commercial hits", House etc on about 15 sound systems along Haad Rin Beach.

The beach has been equipped with small tables where you can sit down with your friends or meet new ones from all over the globe. Drinks and food can be ordered from the restaurants and the bars along the beach.


IMPORTANT! We are not the organizers of the event. Some of the dates below might be incorrect. The dates might also change if there is a Buddhist holiday or a public election during full moon. Please confirm with a travel agency in Thailand, a few days in advance.

Approximated Dates

2013 July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Date 24 21 19 19 17 17
2014 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
Date 15 15 15 14 14 12
2014 July Aug Sept Sept Oct Nov
Date 13 10 8 10 6 6

  Book the Full Moon Party trip in advance here

What is going on?

Don't waste your time on the Fullmoon Party if you don't like to meet people from all over the world. There are thousands of happy guys and gals dancing to pumping beats on a "paradise beach" in the moonlight. Or sit in the sand at the small tables with some friends and cheer a "Thai whiskey set" with local spirits like Meakong or Sang Som.

If you prefer beer, try a cold Thai beer such as Singha, Beer Chang, Archa or Kloster etc. There are also other beer brands available, such as Heineken, Tiger, Corona etc. and of course a number of non-alcoholic alternatives such as Gatorade and other sports drinks, fruit juices, fruit shakes and soft drinks.

If you are into dancing, do not forget to drink a lot of water so you won't end up dehydrated. Delicious traditional Thai food as well as pasta, pizza, burgers, salads, soups etc. is found in the restaurants and at food stalls. Prices are often very reasonable.

ATM machines, accepting VISA, Mastercard (Maestro/Cirrus) etc. are available at the beach road. Also a few money exchange offices (mini banks or micro brands) are found here, so if you own a card, you do not have to bring a lot of cash to the party.

Responsible Behavior

Please remember to keep these beautiful islands and the sea clean! Some people unfortunately use the Had Rin Beach as a trash can.

If this, and other problems continues or even gets worse in the future, there is a risk that that the authorities finally will stop the party. Behave responsibly and let the party live on!

Please keep the beaches clean and be gentle with the natural resources on Koh Phangan

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How it all Started

The Full Moon Party begun in the late 80's (and grew in the early 90's) when friends arranged intimate parties in the light of the full moon. A guitar, tape recorder, good friends and a beach fire made their night. Further reading is found here.

Safety and Drugs

The Full moon Party is usually a safe place but please keep in mind; keep all values at home in a safe place such a safety deposit box. Otherwise you might lose them, or make a thief happy. Be careful to walk away with strangers you don't know. Stay away from drugs unless you like Thai prisons or want to end up in a "crazy hospital" (โรงพยาบาลโรคจิต) in Suratthani.

There are undercover police officers out there. Our suggestion is to stay away from so called diet pills ("blue-whites") and similar drugs. People have become seriously sick after consuming too many of these without a prescription from a doctor.

Caffeine/taurine drinks such as Lipovitan, Red Bull, M-150, Carabao Daeng etc. can be bought almost everywhere. To most people, they are harmless if you are not allergic, or drink too many as caffeine in extreme dosages are probably not that good either. Not many wise people drink 20 cups of coffee either. Do not accept drinks from unknown people and keep an eye on your own. This is not an attempt to be a moral guide; we are just trying to tell the actual facts.

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To Wear

We recommend you to wear shoes or strong and robust sandals. Avoid to dance or to walk around barefoot. If you step on a broken bottle, your holiday can be ruined. On your body you need only "some" UV color, on your face, a big smile. ;-)

Going there

From Koh Samui

There are boats leaving several times daily from Big Buddha Pier (Bang Rak) and Maenam. Just book your ferry ticket in any travel agency on the island, or directly on the pier. You can also go by a speed-boat from the piers at Bo Phut or Maenam, in northern Koh Samui.

From Bangkok or other Destinations

You can go to Suratthani either by bus, train or flight. There are then several ferry companies operating from the main land to Koh Phangan: Seatran, Lomprayah and Songserm. We would recommend you to take a ferry from one of the piers in Donsak, situated 45 kilometers east of Suratthani town. The Lomprayah catamaran offers high speed service from Chumpon via Koh Tao to Koh Phangan. Buy your ticket in any travel agency in Bangkok.

Try to book a bungalow or room in advance. There are a lot of people staying overnight so it can be really difficult to get a bungalow in the early morning, especially during the party. To find a bungalow, browse our Koh Phangan accommodation booking page here

Other Moon Parties

You might also want to visit the Black Moon and Half Moon Parties arranged at Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The location for these parties tends to change. The Black Moon Parties on Samui was often held at "Secret Beach" at Samrong Bay, but now they also arrange them at Chaweng beach. The also use to have a Black Moon Party on Had Rin beach on Phangan nowadays. Also there is a Half Moon Party at Koh Phangan rather near Bang Tai and Thongsala on the road to Thong Nai Pan. Please try our link section for information from other websites. You can also get a lot of info about dates and locations at travel agencies and night clubs on Samui and Phangan.


We would love to publish your best Full moon party, Black moon party and Half moon party photos! Please bring your camera to the next party and then send your best moon party pictures to us.

  View some pics from the moonparty here
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