Full Moon Party - Koh Phangan
Year after year, the Full Moon Party gradually gained in popularity to become in the mid-90s a rendezvous for all avid backpackers fiesta . Then the event has popularized and gradually turned into a huge electronic music festival which now hosts thousands of visitors every full moon .
Haad Rin is now home to more than 10 sound systems (or sound systems to make more cool ), each offering a different musical atmosphere of trance to drum & base through electro. Delirium !
The number of participants varies from 8,000 in low season to over 30 000 in high season. So of course , Haad Rin beach quickly adapted to its growing popularity and hotels have sprouted in the area like mushrooms. Today there are more than 5,000 rooms and hundreds of bars, shops and restaurants to entertain passing travelers .
You will understand that with such a crowd at Full Moon Parties , it is highly advisable to book your hotel room in advance to be sure you do not end up in the galley Day (note you can always sleep on the beach but ...)
Access to the Full Moon Party is not free but the price is really ridiculously low...around 100 baht !
Here is a list of some of the most popular institutions for partying during the Full Moon Party . Most of them are of course on the beach!
The Rock is a bar that is located at the southern end of Haad Rin . As its name suggests this is a hotel located on a cliff overlooking the beach , the ideal spot to contemplate the holiday sipping a nice cocktail. The atmosphere is quite funky with a nice music.
Drop In Club
Drop In Club is another really popular bar when it evokes the name of Full Moon Party . The music here is a bit more commercial with RnB, Hip Hop and dancefloor hits. The place is very busy and has loads of places to ask to attend shows fire or participate in game which always result in an obligation of booze for the loser!
This trance bar is a small and intimate little more than the other clubs in Haad Rin. The atmosphere is boosted from morning to night and the party extends generally the day after the Full Moon Party officially ends.
Cactus is one of the first bars you meet on the way to the beach. The sounds are more general public including R & B , hip hop and even rock . As it is located on the road leading to the party establishment.
The property offers a truly authentic experience Full Moon Party with a great big sound system , the fluorescent paint galore, fire shows , the spotlights in all directions and a private security service for customer safety .
Sunrise Beach Club
DJs of the bar start to mix five days before the start of the Full Moon Party proposing sounds and Funky Electro House alternating with R & B and Jungle.
Many other bars
Haad Rin has other cool bars like Same-Same , the Outback Bar, the Warm Up Bar or the Reggae Bar which are not located on the beach but in the heart of Haad Rin .
Tips for a successful Full Moon Party
The Full Moon Party is probably the biggest party ever held in Thailand. It attracts thousands of visitors each edition and like any big party where alcohol flows freely, where drugs flow and where people engage in dangerousgames, accidents are relatively abundant. It is important to be properly informed about the risks during the festivities in order to secure its best evening and avoid ending up arrested , wounded or dead.
Here is a series of recommendations that I invite you most warmly to respect if you do not want to maximize your chances of seeing your holiday nightmare in no time.
Leave your valuables at the hotel
Want to take pictures to commemorate your Full Moon Party is quite normal and understandable. But unless you are sure to stay sober and alert, so leave your wallet , your latest gadgets and other valuable mobile phone in a safe place . Once under the influence of alcohol (and I can tell you that the " buckets " and " mushroom cocktails" hard tap ) , you will not know if your property is at the hotel , on the beach or lost between the hands of a thief who has made you pocket without you noticing so you're drunk . Do not take with you the money to party and buy food.
Bring a friend to the Full Moon Party
Better to be two than alone to face any trouble during the Full Moon Party . Bring a friend with you can really be a great idea so you can look after each other and protect yourself against possible attacks. You can be easy prey.
Always wear shoes
If the Thai tradition suggests to remove shoes before entering a temple or a house, the Full Moon Party requires that you keep it on especially if you walk along the shore. In wanting to feel the sand beneath your feet , you could hurt yourself on a broken bottles.
You're not a kid
The Full Moon Party is famous for fire shows but let's be clear... let the professionals handle it. They have repeated it for months if not years . Also, do not feel you grow wings under the influence of alcohol by participating in the game of jump rope. The only thing that you will succeed in doing is you second degree burn arms and legs.
Avoid drugs = avoid prison
On the beach, there will be plenty of Thai dealers offering drugs. Do not even talk to them ! Buy or sell drugs is illegal in Thailand and will earn you a long prison sentence and or a fine. If someone offers you drugs, just say ' No, thank you "and you will not have trouble.
Do not swim during the Full Moon Party
Many participants use it as a urinal. Haad Rin beach is not really hygienic during the Full Moon Party . In addition , it is usually high and stirred at this full moon period which maximizes the chances of drowning. IN ADDITION you may injure yourself walking on a debris. So avoid a dip , especially if you 're drunk .
Koh Phangan is an island that never sleeps. Whatever time you visit there, you will always find a small beach or jungle to party from dusk till dawn in a crazy atmosphere .
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