Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years the Thailand Full Moon Party is the biggest monthly party of it’s kind any where in the world. Teams of backpackers, English hooligans, hedonists, the curious and the uninhibited turn up each month to experience the worlds best travellers party.
The Following is a list of the full moon party dates for 2012. The actual official date of a full moon night is dictated according to a Buddhist religious calendar, so these dates may be out by a day or two.
- Thursday November 10, 2011
- Saturday December 10, 2011
- Sunday January 8, 2012
- Wednesday February 8. 2012
- Wednesday March 7, 2012
- Friday April 6, 2012
- Sunday May 6, 2012
- Monday June 4, 2012
- Tuesday July 3, 2012
- Saturday August 4, 2012
- Saturday September 1, 2012
- Sunday September 30, 2012
- Monday October 29, 2012
- Wednesday November 28, 2012
- Tuesday December 25, 2012
- Friday 28, December 2012
- Monday 31, December 2012
Even if you don’t get to Koh Phangan on the preceding dates you’ll still find a party going on but it’s those dates the crowds get the largest. Low season is pretty tame and while they say there is 10,000 people going to the party it gets spread out so it doesn’t feel like a mosh pit but if you really want to experience the biggest party of the year you have to go to the Full Moon Party in December near New Years where the most people are there.
Thailand’s Full Moon Party on the island of Koh Phangan is becoming more and more of a destination for Thai people these days. Just like 15 years ago Thai people wouldn’t dare to go to Khao San Road now the road sees more Thai’s than foreigners. The changing mindset and openness of Thai’s is changing and I would bet that in another 5 years time the full moon party around Christmas will see more Thai people than foreigners enjoying in the madness they call a party.
Best place to stay for the Thailand Full Moon Party
Quick word of advice. Book your accommodation for the Full moon party BEFORE you get to Koh Phangan. There are only 120 hotels on the small island and 15000 people. There are always people who end up sleeping on the beach because they can’t find a place to stay so make sure you book a place in advance and don’t be one of them. Here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in Koh Phangan for the monthly full moon party.
If your going to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan then why stay away from all the action. I recommend this hotel/resort because it’s right on the Haad Rin beach where the full moon party is held every month. I wouldn’t stay here unless it’s around the full moon party because it’s kinda quiet but when it’s busy it’s busy. Sure it’s not the best hotel but it is comfortable for what you pay for.
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This hotel on Koh Phangan has one of the most comfortable beds, great for nursing the hangover your bound to get from partying all night at the Full moon party. 2012 will be the date for all the best parties and this small hotel of only 10 rooms will be packed for each one so make sure you book well in advance.
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How to get to Koh Phangan
The best way to get to Koh Phangan is to fly to Koh Samui then take a boat from there. When you arrive in Koh Samui just ask information for a taxi and boat ticket to Koh Phangan sure if you do it yourself you can get it cheaper but honestly it’s only a few bucks extra so why not. Oh if you have a Thai drivers license be sure to show it because you can get a discount on the price of the boat ticket but you have to push for it.
I don’t recommend taking a bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan because it’s a bloody long way and you want to feel as refreshed as possible for the big night. Stay in Samui for a few nights before hand because there are more activities to do in Samui than on Koh Phangan save the Koh Phangan for the big full moon party.
Boat timetable from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
|Boat Company||from Koh Samui||Departure||Arrives at||Arrival|
|Lomprayah Catamaran||Mae Nam||08:00||Thong Sala||08:20|
|Mae Nam||12:30||Thong Sala||12:50|
|Mae Nam||17:00||Thong Sala||17:20|
|Seatran Express||Bang Rak||08:00||Thong Sala||08:30|
|Bang Rak||13:30||Thong Sala||14:00|
|Haad Rin Queen||Big Buddha||10:30||Haad Rin||11:15|
|Big Buddha||13:00||Haad Rin||13:45|
|Big Buddha||16:00||Haad Rin||16:45|
|Big Buddha||18:30||Haad Rin||19:15|
|Songserm Express||Nathon||11:00||Thong Sala||12:30|
My tips for the Full Moon Party In Thailand
- Wear shoes or flip flops all the time even when your on the beach there are needles and broken glass everywhere.
- Stay away from anything with fire, people get burned all the time. You don’t need to be a macho prick.
- If your in the sun make sure you put sunscreen on.
- Don’t be an idiot and take drugs, sure weed might be ok but anything else and your just a dumbass.
- Don’t get drunk and start fights, man this is a party not a brawl.
- Take condoms with you everywhere, girls get very loose at the Full moon party and your bound to end up getting laid if your not a total goober.
- Don’t get totally hammered! You want to remember the experience my advice is to stay away from Sang Som and Chang beer because it gives a nasty hangover, beer I recommend Leo (drink it with ice and you won’t get sick) and Red Label again drink it with ice and water and you won’t get a hangover!