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Thailand: Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan

Nothing quite prepares you for the madness.....

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Once in a lifetime...

I was in Koh Samui, relaxing for a couple of days before commencement of muay thai training at SuperPro.
I went into a tour shop to use the net.
The owner was a friendly chap and asked what I was doing in Samui.
"Muay Thai and chilling on the beach..... nothing else planned mate" I replied.
He offered, "You wanna go to Full Moon Party tomorrow? Once in a lifetime experience...."
I thought about it for a while - this would definitely mark an end all the good detox work in Phuket, but passing on the chance would be regrettable!

Getting There

The Full Moon madness is on Had Rin beach, Koh Phangan. You can get a ferry from other parts of the island or Koh Samui fairly painlessly.
FMP runs every month (for every full moon), and seems fairly well organised.
I was picked up from my hotel at 8pm and met fellow Melbournites Sarah, Ben, Lauren and Adam on the bus who were up for a big one.

On the bus:

Sarah had already been a couple of times and knew what we were in for - rest of us were in for a surprise.
The ferry took about 25 minutes to Had Rin pier.

We're on a boat ............. :

As we walked towards the beach, the crowds of neon clad, sunburnt, wasted western backpackers grew thicker and wilder, whilst the bass grew deeper and louder.....

Party time

I've been to Ibiza, Glastonbury and many festivals and parties.... I thought I'd seen some wild times, however nothing quite compares to the Full Moon Party. It's huge, loud, and ultra-festive.
Along the (probably gorgeous, otherwise) beach there are huge sound systems pumping all kinds of dubby and uplifting techno and house; equipped with big podiums for the adventurous - even a water-slide!
There are massive fire displays and neon painting stands so you can decorate yourself for the party (I opted for neon fire down my forearms).
Needless to say it was a totally amazing, fun and reasonably hassle free night filled with boogieing, big sounds, big smiles and general camaraderie. I didn't see many problems.
Towards the end, a few passed out bodies littered the beach, but that's about it.
I didn't see a single policeman or authority figure the whole night. but apparently there were undercover cops everywhere.


Glowstick duelling:

Can't go to an international party and not show off our city's world famous shuffle ;-)

Most people were wasted - not just wasted, but TOTALLY wasted.
I hope they remembered at least some of the extravaganza, because it was a spectacle I'll often revisit in memory lane.

Getting Home

It's not so bad ferrying back to Samui (unless you get seasick). We had to wait about 40 minutes for our speedboat and were duly greeted by our mini bus to take us safely home.

All in all....

It was a great experience, and I made some terrific new friends.
I'd recommend FMP to anyone who still has a bit of party spirit left in them. Go on!

Posted by SkinnyFists 03:32 Archived in Thailand Tagged koh_phangan full_moon_party

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