Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan Travel Blog

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Random partiers.

So with 2 days off  the group decided to make the trip up to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party.  Unfortunately with only 2 days off the way for us to do this was to travel up from Ao Nang on the morning of the party, party all night long, and then return the following day.  So early in the morning the 14 of us going took off in a private mini-van for the pier outside Surat Thani to catch the ferry to Koh Phangan.

Of course the journey was again not without incident.  Our driver got a bit lost about where to take us and we missed our original ferry.

Full Moon Party
  This meant we waited another 3 hours for the next ferry at 3:30 instead of our original 12:30 ferry.  We grabbed some lunch and then hung out at the pier waiting for the boat to depart.  Eventually we did and were on our way.  Got to watch "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" on the way over which helped pass the time a bit more quickly.

Finally arrived at Thong Sala pier and had to take a songthaew over to Haad Rin beach where the party is held.  This was about 20-30 minutes away and the road traveled not just along the coast but up and into the hilly/mountainous terrain of the island with ascents and descents of 20-25%.  I was afraid a few times that the truck would flip over backwards with the number of people riding in the back.  But this was just a sign of the crazyness to come.

Thai Buckets - the drink of choice at the Full Moon Party. Enjoy the finest selection of mixers, cola, and Red Bull.

On arrival at Haad Rin we started heading to the beach and purchased our first Thai Buckets.  This consisted of a 200ml bottle of spirits (rum, vodka, whiskey, etc); a can of coke, sprite, or other mixer; and a small bottle of Red Bull - all mixed together in a small bucket of ice similar to a beach sand pail.  From here we stopped to get some dinner before heading down to the party proper.  We finally got to the beach around 10:00 PM and everything was hopping.  From there everything gets a bit hazy.  Dancing, partying, mixing around with people from all over the world on a beach with DJ's mashing out the tunes for hours on end.  Our group would break up and re-coalesce from time to time over the course of the night and morning, but there was never a lack of people to hang out with.

Walking down towards the Party.
  And the Thai Buckets continued to be friends (too much so in some cases).

Since we were only staying for the night of the party, we had no room to crash in so as the night slowly started to turn to morning we regrouped on the beach (around 4:00 AM or so).  Some people were pretty haggard, others still trying to get the last vestiges of partying done before it was time for us to leave.  We had to head out around 6:00 AM to catch a songthaew back to the pier in order to catch a 7:00 AM ferry back to the mainland.  Even then the DJs were still rocking tunes and while the numbers had dwindled somewhat it was still a large crowd partying even then.

The journey back wasn't as long as that out but it felt longer.  Everyone was some combination of exhausted, hungover, and/or sick and we crashed into a semblance of sleep on the ferry and the car ride home.  Finally we arrived back in Ao Nang and our guesthouse and everyone crashed for an afternoon nap to recover for the rest of the weeks volunteer activities. 

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Random partiers.
Random partiers.
Full Moon Party
Full Moon Party
Thai Buckets - the drink of choice…
Thai Buckets - the drink of choic…
Walking down towards the Party.
Walking down towards the Party.
Pre party dinner at Haad Rin.
Pre party dinner at Haad Rin.
Pre party dinner at Haad Rin.
Pre party dinner at Haad Rin.
Full Moon Party!!
Full Moon Party!!
Best Friends
Best Friends
A wounded Esmee, Valorie, and Rach…
A wounded Esmee, Valorie, and Rac…
More of the group
More of the group
Started getting loopy early in the…
Started getting loopy early in th…
Whats the Full Moon Party without…
What's the Full Moon Party withou…
...and this..
...and this..
... and took a bunch of odd pictur…
... and took a bunch of odd pictu…
I even got into one of the shots.
I even got into one of the shots.
Mia sleeping in the sand
Mia sleeping in the sand
Some pictures of me with my travel…
Some pictures of me with my trave…
Mariana and me as the night wears …
Mariana and me as the night wears…
A tired crew
A tired crew
Koh Samui from the ferry.
Koh Samui from the ferry.
More random partiers.
More random partiers.
Julian and Mia trying to cheer up …
Julian and Mia trying to cheer up…
Full Moon Party in full swing.
Full Moon Party in full swing.
Tom, Julian, ladyboy.
Tom, Julian, ladyboy.
A gaggle of partiers on the beach.
A gaggle of partiers on the beach.
Mariana and Mia.
Mariana and Mia.
The group getting down.
The group getting down.
Chris and Mia.
Chris and Mia.
Thai Buckets being consumed.
Thai Buckets being consumed.
Not sure about Allisons look here…
Not sure about Allison's look her…
Fire dancers.
Fire dancers.
Tom with the ladies looking out fo…
Tom with the ladies looking out f…
Weekend at Bernies?? Toms not de…
Weekend at Bernie's?? Tom's not d…
Returning by songthaew to the pier…
Returning by songthaew to the pie…
Sleepy and Happy
Sleepy and Happy
Patrik managed to lose not one but…
Patrik managed to lose not one bu…
At least Andrea and Allison our st…
At least Andrea and Allison our s…
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