Full Moon Party

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For the 2002 film, see Full Moon Party (film).
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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.


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.[1][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 South East Asia.


The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year. Its attractions include fire skipping ropes,[4] alcohol 'buckets', [4] and a drug culture.

Half Moon Party, Black Moon Party and Jungle Experience are also popular parties, going on in the heart of jungle and having their own specificity. Party dates do not coincide. The Jungle Experience is held on the day before Full Moon Party.

Every full moon party is widely highlighted by photos. Before the party, many partygoers paint beautiful art onto themselves with glow in the dark paint to represent unique characteristics about themselves. Furthermore, the entire party is viewed by attendees as more than just a party, but rather a place to find oneself enjoying what Thailand has to offer in one of the most beautiful places in the world. During the party, hundreds of attendees begin to get sleepy/tired due to the intense dancing and EDM music/ that is played. Subsequently, throughout the night a partygoer will notice more and more people falling asleep on the beach because they are so exhausted from partying. [5]


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 is 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.


  1. ^ a b Full Moon Party by Surat Thani province.
  2. ^ KohSamui.org
  3. ^ FullmoonParty
  4. ^ a b Video: Sunrise challenge – Full Moon Party, Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand at Youtube.com
  5. ^ Photo Reports from Full Moon Party
  6. ^ "Drugs in Thailand – Don't Do It !". Phuket-fever.com. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Thailand travel advice". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Tips and tricks for the Full Moon Party
  9. ^ "British tourist Stephen Ashton shot dead in Thailand". BBC. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Pidterm yai huajai wawoon at thaicinema.org

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