Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Full Moon Party Thailand

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.

Koh Phangan

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.

Full Moon Party Thailand
These are the pails with all of the ingredients for a mixed drink: liquor, soda, Red Bull.

Full Moon Party Fire Jump Rope
Fire jump-roping done right.

Full Moon Party Fire Jump Rope
Fire jump-roping done wrong.
I thought to myself, these are some stupid people. Then I tried it, confirming my opinion.

Full Moon Party Fire Jump Rope
This is what happens when the fire jumprope hits you on the shoulder because someone else ruins your flow. Oh well, it’s better than getting a tattoo while intoxicated.

Full Moon Party Thailand
Responsible party-goer #1.

Full Moon Party Thailand
Responsible party-goer #2

Full Moon Party Thailand
Responsible party-goer #3

Full Moon Party Thailand
FMPers climbing up a rope ladder so they can hurl themselves down the slide… into the sand.


Fire jump-roping in action.

Posted on by Noah Lederman in Asia, Somewhere

9 Responses to Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, Thailand

  1. Eve Lashar

    Makes me way too nervous. I’m going to pretend I didn’t read this one.

  2. Mrs. Gross

    What Eve said.

    • Somewhere Or Bust

      No need to worry, Eve and Mrs. Gross. As it turns out, at 29 and 31, Marissa and I were the responsible older people at the full moon party. Thanks for your concern though.

  3. Michael Lennick

    Terrific post! (They all are.) I remember more than a few parties like this back in the late 60s/early 70s, most of which were both fun and educational. Good to see you’ve survived with minimal scarring – surely the internationally-recognized sign of a great bash.

  4. Phyllis Rothman

    Loved the video!! Felt like I was partying with you!!! Sorry you got burned though…I love reading all your adventures!!

  5. sam

    i’m throwing up too , eve.

  6. sam

    hi michael. noah, in case you don’t recognize michael lennick,a friend from canada, who hung out with maggie in the 70’s.( our dog maggie)

  7. Audrey | That Backpacker

    Any event that has neon glow in the dark paint is a good one in my books. 😉

  8. Lisa S.E.A Backpacker

    Great blog post, Noah, and some awesome photos, too! Check out this blog post by Neil from Backpackers & Bunkbeds for another fantastic full moon party tale! http://www.southeastasiabackpacker.com/play-with-fire-and-youre-gonna-get-burned

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