Full Moon Party – Ko Pha Ngan

I couldn’t sleep a few nights ago… Do you know why? It was Full Moon Night! So I was over thinking and I recalled the great time I had in Ko Pha Ngan… Have you ever been to its infamouse Full Moon Party? I promise it is a lot of fun…

What is exactly a Full Moon Party? It is a Beach Party to celebrate the Full Moon! The most famous Full Moon party in the world started and still takes place every month in Thailand, on one of the islands of the Samui archipelago, in the Gulf Coast, Ko Pha Ngan. It is held every month for more than 30 years now, on the Full Moon night.

The Gulf coast of Thailand is worldwide well known for the three tiny, fine islands of the beautiful Samui archipelago: Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan. The best known, and very popular with tourists and backpackers from all over the world, is Ko Samui.

If you know me by now… at least a bit, you might have guessed I decided to stay away from Ko Samui: although a beach heaven, and a bigger island with plenty of choices for any taste apparently, the place has recently become too crowded. Its resorts and beach bars are attracting far too many tourists, rivaling Phuket.

I decided to head instead to Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. And to try, for the first time in my life, the infamous Full Moon Party, I had so much and so long heard of.

Gios in Ko Pha Ngan
Gios in Ko Pha Ngan

So, I spent a few days in the tiny island of Ko Pha Ngan at the end of October 2015. Just a quick warning about the weather: the period of the year I chose (and in general, all October -November) is not the best one to visit this part of the Land of Smiles. As I experienced, the northeast monsoon’s rains can hit heavily the Gulf Coast. This said, I was lucky enough, as the Full Moon Party was unaffected by the rain.

About Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan is a not so small island, north of Ko Samui, with an overall laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. The road system along the island is pretty simple, not to say poor, which contributes to keep it a peaceful and enjoyable place… peaceful apart from the Full Moon Period, when tourists and backpackers (up to 30.000 per month!) flock to Hat Rin for the Full Moon Party… that is exactly what I did :)

Coffee in Ko Pha NganHat Rin is in the southern part of the island: although nowadays very touristic, it still features a few beautiful beaches! I stayed in a beach bungalow on the quieter Sunset Beach, just a few hundred meters (a few minutes walk) from Sunrise Beach, where the Full Moon Party is held.

What to expect during a Full Moon Party? Lot of music, of different types, from reggae, pop, rock, to drum and bass… lots of fire games on the beach, lots of alcohol in buckets (be careful on what kind of alcohol they actually pour in your drinks!), and of course lot of people enjoying themselves and willing to have fun! The average age is pretty young, with most of the ravers in their twenties. Although, this is not a strict rule: there is plenty of people in their mid thirties and forties to hang out with! And, a few gays too, of course!!!

If you are good enough at managing yourself, and at pacing out your night, you can have a lot of fun without exaggeration! In all honesty, I had a blast! I met many new friends, danced all night long, and really enjoyed myself!

I spent in Ko Pha Ngan just a long weekend, before heading to the smallest of the Samui archipelago islands, Ko Tao. Are you interested in planning a trip to Ko Pha Ngan and experience a Full Moon Party in Winter 2017? Drop me a line and let’s fly together!

Date of last visit: October 2015

Buongiorno :) What are you thinking?

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