The Ultimate Full Moon Party Guide

If you are in Thailand during a full moon, it is a MUST to go to Koh Phangan to experience the Full Moon Party!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime CRAZIEST party you could possibly ever attend!

We went on January 12, 2017. We were told there were more than 20,000 people at the party on Haad Rin Beach!

Before you go:

  • You need to get your party wear! Every single store near this beach is selling ‘Full Moon Party’ attire. Basically, the more neon you wear the better! Everything you can purchase is reasonably priced – anywhere between 100 – 200 baht per item (that’s about $3 – $6 usd). The crazier the outfit the more fun you’ll have!
  • Make sure you drink a lot of water and get a decent sized meal before you go!

What To Expect:

  • Basically this party is filled with loud music, dancing, fire signs, fire jump roping, fire performances, neon lights everywhere, and buckets galore!
  • The music starts around 6 pm. There are giant speakers all over different sections of the beach and a ton of different parties going on! We started our way down to the beach around 7 pm. It was already filled with people! The party was still going strong at 7 am the next morning!
  • We met so many interesting people from ALL over the world here! It was so fun talking with everyone!
  • The most insane party you’ve ever attended!

Where Should You Stay?

There are a few options as to where you can stay. You can stay in town, just out of town, or not even book a room for that night (though make sure you can safely store your bags somewhere!). There are many hotels and hostels in the Coco Hut Village area which is where the party is. During the festivities, we met a few people who were staying on Koh Samui (island nearby), kept their bags at their hotel in Koh Samui, jumped on a ferry to Koh Phangan, partied all night, then caught the ferry back to Koh Samui the next morning. As for us though, we decided to stay at the Sunrise Resort Hotel literally right on Haad Rin Beach. We could step out of our hotel and right on to the sand!

  • Pros: you are RIGHT THERE. No need to try to catch a taxi or figure out how you’re going to get back to your hotel after you’ve been drinking all night. Easy walk. BATHROOM – it was so nice to have free access to a bathroom! Almost all places charge for you to use their restroom during the party, usually about 30 baht.
  • Cons: the party goes all night! We had to get up at 7 am to catch a ferry to another island and the music was still going strong! Our hotel room was actually slightly vibrating from the loud bass outside! You’ll want to book a room ahead of time, they fill up fast!

The Famous Buckets and Body Painting:

There are stands lining the entire beach selling buckets! Buckets are literally sand buckets that you fill with a pint of alcohol of your choice and 2 mixers. WATCH THEM POUR YOUR DRINK AND MAKE SURE THE BOTTLES HAVE NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY TAMPERED WITH AND STILL HAVE THEIR SEALS! My boyfriend actually had them hand him the bucket that we bought and he poured/mixed it himself. I have heard of people getting drugged by not paying attention. Buckets costs anywhere between 250-400 baht. We found an awesome alleyway leading to the beach. I’m unsure of how to write down the street name but it’s the alley that includes Mr.K’s Restaurant and the “At Phangan” hostel. When you buy a bucket on this road you also get free body paint! This is exactly what we did! Plus, the buckets are cheaper since you aren’t buying it directly on the beach. Getting painted can cost a pretty penny also so why not buy the cheaper bucket AND get a beautiful paint job at the same time?!

Fire Jump Roping:

The majority of our time spent at the Full Moon Party was watching people do the fire jump roping! I had seen videos of this online but to see it in person was INSANE! I had it set in my mind that I was going to give the fire jump roping a try! That was until we were watching people actually do it and witnessing people catching on fire! There were a few times people’s shirt’s caught on fire or it’d hit their head and you’d smell the slight burning hair smell. The worst was when this young man was jumping and the rope wrapped around his arm. It was a good 30 seconds before they were able to get it unwrapped. Once it was off his skin was bright pink and literally peeling off already. Besides that, we didn’t witness any major injuries. Two friends we were with jumped in and they had a blast! There are also a lot of people putting on fire shows and doing cool performances. Also, fire limbo!

Rule of Thumb :

  • As for any night out, WATCH YOUR DRINK! There are lots of drugs here!
  • Don’t bring anything of value with you to the party. Our friend literally had someone reach in to his pocket to try to steal from him, thankfully he didn’t have anything on him! Lot of pickpocketers here!
  • BE SAFE! Make smart decisions. NEVER go anywhere alone!
  • HAVE FUN! This will be the wildest, insane, and intense party that you’ll ever go to! ENJOY IT!

My Experience on the island of Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan – The Party Island!

Welcome to the jungle!

It’s pretty funny driving around this island because everywhere you go there are billboards and signs promoting different parties! We were there for 3 days and during this time there was the Waterfall Party, the Jungle Party, the Full Moon Party, and the Full Moon After-Party.

We only attended one and that was the Full Moon Party – read about our party experience here!

We stayed in two different areas on the island during our visit.

One side was remote in the jungle and the other was right on the party beach!

Day 1

Our first hotel was located near the Panburi Village. This is on the northern side of the island – it was about a 45-minute drive from the pier to this area. You are definitely in the jungle here! The village itself is small but very friendly! This area of the island was still recovering from the recent monsoon and was in the process of rebuilding a few areas.

My FAVORITE restaurant on this island is located in the Panburi Village. The name is Somtum’s Restaurant and it was quite possibly my favorite food that we had on the whole trip! It was a family-owned business made up of a son and his parents. The food was so fresh and so delicious with the perfect amount of spice! Thinking about it now makes me drool….


We stayed at the Suan Sawan Ocean View Resort. As far as this resort goes, there was a little false advertising. We were under the impression that we booked an immaculate 2-story villa on the beach with our own luxurious private infinity pool. First of all, the taxi driver could not drive us to the resort at all because it was not on the beach but up a very steep hill that was unfortunately washed out with all the rain. Once we made the very steep 4-minute walk we could not find the check in desk. We finally ran into someone who brought us to a small shack that had tables and chairs to check in. We were then directed to our “hut” which we weren’t too happy with that. While we were there no one stayed in the large villa; my guess is they only keep it up nice for large groups of people and in the meantime just use it to promote their resort. While we were there, we saw 5 different groups of people check in then immediately check out. We did end up checking out early the next morning because we were awoken at 4 am by a python trying to burrow its way into our thatch roof! That’s another story for another time. The ocean view was beautiful so have to give them that one!  Here’s a picture from the infinity pool at the villa we were supposed to be staying in – beautiful! We maybe swam in it anyways since no one was staying in the villa:

We spent the day exploring the Panburi village. There isn’t too much to see but it was still fun riding scooters around. We did find a nice viewpoint!

You definitely get the jungle experience here on this side of the island. At night we could even hear the monkeys howling! Our friends were lucky enough to see a few also! They said it was a pretty incredible!

Day 2

Our second day on Koh Phangan we checked out early of the Suan Sawan resort and decided to get a place closer to Haad Rin beach. That is where the Full Moon Party is! The party was the next night anyways so decided to go a day early. Haad Rin beach is south of the island and not too far from the pier.

We were lucky enough to find a hotel that still had rooms available and it was right on Haad Rin Beach! We stayed at the Sunrise Resort Hotel. This area of the island is called the Coco Hut Village and was really fun to explore! It was a decent sized town and we were able to walk everywhere! Lots of stores selling Full Moon Party gear, many different hostels, and plenty of different restaurants to choose from! I liked that everything was close by and that we could spend the day walking around. The beach was really nice and clean too! We had a lot of fun exploring and enjoyed meeting a lot of new people from all over the world!

Here’s a view as you walked up to the Sunrise Resort Hotel – loved that they had an infinity pool AND they were also right on the ocean:

We stayed here two nights then boarded the ferry to head to another island in the Gulf of Thailand!

We had a lot of fun on Koh Phangan!