Heard about the Full Moon Party but not really sure what the hype is all about? Well, this is going to have you book your ticket to Thailand faster than you get high.
The full moon party is one giant alcohol-fueled party where 30000 people from all over the world gather on a full moon night on the island Koh Phangan to have the time of their lives. The party has everything a twenty something looks out for – music, dancing, drugs, sex and add to that, a level of madness which is unparalleled.
Here is what makes the full moon party the craziest in the world.
The party takes place on a white sand beach bordered by palm trees
Sure we have all partied in pubs before, but partying on a beach at night under a moonlit sky is a completely different feeling. The open dance floor which stretches for miles gives this party a whole new vibe. The cool ocean breeze will add to the kick you are going to get from gulping down bucket loads of booze.
The beach is packed with 30000 people – all ready to party till dawn
This is going to be the largest party you attend in terms of the number of people. The Haad Rin beach is packed with anywhere from 10000 to 30000 revelers from across the world. Most of them are hip young travelers in their twenties. And all of them want to party without limits.
Alcohol is sold in buckets here – quite literally
We are not joking. That’s how much they want you to drink. These buckets are a cocktail of coke, Thai red bull and 375 ml of your favorite poison and along with that they give you a straw – may be to give you a hint that it’s not supposed to be downed in one go. These buckets get you drunk pretty fast and even before you know it, you are kissing the sand. So take it slow- it’s a marathon till sunrise, not a sprint till midnight!
The beach is decked up with neon-painted party goers
Everyone one on the beach is covered with neon glow-in-the-dark paints. They paint their faces, bodies, wear neon headbands, hats and other accessories – It’s like a party costume to be worn proudly through the night. So get as creative as you can with them.
There is music blasting from every corner of the beach
The entire stretch of the beach is lined with bars and all of them are playing deafening music. The bars are all decked up in lights and every few feet the music changes, with DJ’s playing everything from David Guetta to psychedelic trance. Needless to say, the mantra here literally is – Drink senseless and dance till the sun comes up.
There’s a lot of playing with fire at the full moon party
Fireworks and fire shows are hallmarks of the full moon party. The beach is filled with fire dancers entertaining you with insane fire tricks. It’s not just the professionals who play with fire here. Travelers sparked with a dose of liquid courage skip over burning ropes, jump through rings of fire and go down fire slides. Playing with fire does have its fair share of risks as you will see many of these people get serious burns.
A party of this scale would be incomplete without drugs a.k.a Magic Mushrooms
Legend has it that the full moon party started with a small group of backpackers drinking alcohol and smoking weed. The rave scene still continues, only now they are renamed as magic mushrooms. Many travelers come here to get smashed on these magic shakes and there are plenty of ways to get your hands on them. But tread with caution as consuming drugs is illegal in Thailand and can land you in prison.
The party brings about a unique bonding between total strangers
When the party is thronged by thousands of like-minded youngsters, there is going to be a lot of mingling between complete strangers. Everyone is drunk and willing to let loose to make it an unforgettable night. It’s this shared feeling that makes strangers give each other fist pumps, hugs or click that party selfie together. And if you are a bit lucky, the night can get you some intimate action!
The night brings out some funny moments
The full moon night is ripe with funny incidents. Drunken men throw punches at each other while others cheer them on. While dancing you might stumble on those who have passed out on the beach even before the party started. And it’s not uncommon to spot a couple having sex on the beach.
Convinced that this is the craziest party you have ever heard about? Then pack your bags and be a part of this legendary party. We assure you, it will either be a night that you will always remember or a night you will have a hard time remembering!