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Full Moon Party For many travellers, a visit to Ko Pha Ngan wouldn't be complete without a night of unrestrained hedonism at the island's monthly Full Moon Party.
The event has evolved from a relatively small affair in the early 1980's to become one of the world's biggest outdoor bashes, regularly attracting more than 12,000 people to the party-mecca of Haad Rin.
Most of the action takes place on Haad Rin Nok (Sunset Beach). The beach is filled with speakers playing everything from trance, house to R&B. If you don't like the music on one part of the beach you can simply move to another, and there's also plenty of fire shows to keep you entertained.
If you're starting to feel over the beach, you can head to one of Haad Rin's bar, the vast majority of which are usually packed-out during the party. Paradise Bungalows, the Drop in Club and the Vinyl Club are popular picks.
Things gradually get messier as more and more rubbish is discarded on the beach and people start passing due to drunkenness and pure exhaustion. Full moon after-parties start up in the morning from 11:00 for those who still haven't had enough.
It's a good idea to leave your valuables in your resort's safe. Wear shoes if you're planning to dance on the beach, as broken glass becomes more of a problem as the night drags on.
The party can sometimes be moved back or forward a few days if it coincides with a Buddhist holiday, so double check.
Black Moon Party
The clubs on Haad Rin pump every night whether there's a moon or not, and there are other lunar-directed parties on other parts of the island. Set at Sramadora Waterfall near Ban Kai is the trance-fuelled Black Moon Party.
Half Moon Party
A psychedelically decorated piece of jungle near Ban Tai is the setting for the Half Moon Festival, held about one week before and one week after the full moon. There's an admission cost of 300B.
Moon Set Party
The Pirates' Bar, at the southern tip of Ao Chaophao has a monthly Moon Set Party, usually three days before the full moon.
Last updated on 26th January, 2013.