Full Moon Party

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For the 2002 film, see Full Moon Party (film).
Full Moon Party
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Genre Electronic music, etc.
Dates 1985- present
Location(s) Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night of, before or after every full moon. It is mostly attended by foreigners.

History[edit]

The first Full Moon Party was improvised at a wooden disco not far from the beach in 1985, for giving thanks to about 20–30 travelers.[1] The parties gained fame through word of mouth, and the event now draws a crowd of about 5,000–30,000 every full moon evening.[2][3] The party carries on until the sun rises the next day. The bars on the sunrise beach of Haad Rin town stay open and play music such as psychedelic trance, R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae. The modern event has become a part of the itinerary of many travelers to Southeast Asia.

The success of the Full Moon Party prompted the creation of "Half Moon", "Quarter Moon", and other parties. The ruling military government in late-2014 banned all but the Full Moon Party.[4]Given the junta's stated goal of attracting higher-class (wealthier) tourists, it is unclear how much longer the Full Moon Party will be permitted to continue. Already, the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) webpage for Ko Pha Ngan barely makes mention of the Full Moon Party.[5]A police colonel summed up the attitude of the new government when he said, "The sort of tourist that comes here to drink too much and take drugs are not the type that Thailand wants."[4]

Description[edit]

The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year. Its attractions include fire skipping ropes, alcohol "buckets", and drugs.

Safety[edit]

Although drugs are consumed by many partygoers, drug laws are strict and police enforcement is stepped up during the parties. There are undercover police on patrol and even the drug dealers themselves may report drug users to police.[6] In recent years, there has been an increasing number of assaults and robberies at the party and in bars in the surrounding area, leading the British government to officially warn tourists to exercise caution at the Full Moon Parties.[7] Break-ins at hotel bungalows while partygoers are away from their rooms sometimes occur as well. At the party there are lots of broken beer bottles and cigarettes. Every month many partygoers cut and/or burn their feet and legs at the Full Moon Party, which is preventable with appropriate footwear.[8]

On New Years Eve 2012, British tourist Stephen Ashton was killed by a stray bullet.[9]

Popular culture[edit]

The Full Moon Party has been featured in films such as The Beach, Last Stop for Paul, and the Thai film Hormones.[10] It was also featured in the first episode of the Comedy Central TV show Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust. In 2011, the island's parties featured on Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates, a documentary investigating the negative impacts of tourism on local people and the economy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full Moon Party by Surat Thani province.[dead link]
  2. ^ Hunwick, Robert Foyle (2014-06-27). "The Worst Party in Asia". Slate. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Charlie (2013-07-08). "Thailand's Full Moon Parties Have Become a Trashy Disgrace". Time. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b Sainsbury, Michael (2014-11-01). "Thailand's famous moon parties banned in drug and alcohol crackdown". news.com.au. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Koh Phangan". Amazing Thailand. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Drugs in Thailand – Don't Do It !". Phuket-fever.com. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Thailand travel advice". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  8. ^ Tips and tricks for the Full Moon Party
  9. ^ "British tourist Stephen Ashton shot dead in Thailand". BBC. 1 Jan 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Chaiworaporn, Anchalee (2008-02-23). "Japanese AV star Sora Aoi starring in Pidterm yai huajai wawoon". THAICINEMA.org. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 


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