Last night was the Full Moon Party (FMP) on Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan. I attended this event, which is why this post will be short and told mostly through photographs. If you’ve ever been to a black-light party in college, where everyone draws on each other’s white t-shirts with hi-lighter then you’ve been to a pre-FMP. But instead of hi-lighters, black-lights, and a few hundred people, the FMP has neon-painted bodies, fluorescent shorts, hi-lighter t-shirts, an actual full moon, and thousands of revelers imbibing mixed drinks and dancing to more than a dozen DJs on one packed beach.
Our night began on a speedboat from Ko Samui. We were soaked by the time we arrived at the FMP. One girl from our boat was sick from the trip.
The streets of Phangan were filled with vendors selling bad street food, bright tank-tops, mixed drinks stirred in pails that normally kids building sand castles would hold. At the end of this road, you hit the beach. It is madness. Drinking, dancing, men and women urinating in the sea. It’s so packed that people are dancing in between venues, moving to two different rhythms from two different DJs.
Fire jump-roping in action.