Once a month travellers from all over the globe join together on the eastern Haad Rin beach with one intention – to PARTY! Since the first small lunar-lit party back in 1970s, the FMP has gained worldwide fame as the place to kick off those flip-flops and let your hair (or often dreadlocks) down.
Haad Rin is where up to 20,000 insane revellers descend once a month and has Koh Phangan’s largest variety of beach clubs that collectively host the ultimate backpacker celebration. There are more than a dozen major sound systems running the length of the bay, with around 30,000 people coming for the New Year Party.
Evolution of Koh Phangan Full Moon Parties
And it is not just crusty hippies which make the journey these days, with ‘flashpackers’ and some increasingly high society types staying in plush resorts around the island before being shipped in for the evening’s debauchery.
Music comes in all different styles at the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party with techno and trance featuring most prominently, but also drum n’ bass, house, dubstep and reggae easy to find. Huge DJ names from all over Asia, Europe, the United States and beyond regularly combine holidays with work by spinning some tunes on the night.
During the run up to each full moon the island gets busier as boat loads of backpackers arrive, checking into accommodation in Haad Rin and around the island. The atmosphere starts heating up early in Haad Rin with many starting the night before, but it all gets into full swing on full moon night with each beach bar playing their own special style of music full blast onto the beach.
The streets are filled with people and vendors selling street food and the full moon classic cocktail, known as the ‘bucket’.
One small bottle of Sangsom Thai rum, one bottle of ultra strong syrupy Red Bull (which is illegal in the EU) plus one bottle of coke are tipped into a round plastic contained with ice and a handful of straws – with a splitting hangover also guaranteed.