For many expats in Shanghai, Thailand holidays have a lot going for them. The country offers a lot in any month of the year – but there’s one time when everyone wants to go, and that’s full moon. Something you’ll always remember from your travels will be the Full Moon Party. The island of choice for party-goers is Koh Phangan – but it does pay to be prepared!
What To Know
If you are staying in a hotel in Bangkok and want to go for the full moon party in Koh Phangan, the cheapest way is to take a bus to Suratthani and from there catch a ferry. If you have a larger budget available, it pays to take a flight to Koh Samui and get the ferry to Koh Phangan. Keep in mind that many people are trying to go to the the full moon party, so book in advance.
The best place to head if you want to be at the heart of things is Haad Rin, which lies close to the ferry port in the island’s southeast and easy to reach by taxi. Make sure you’ve double-checked the party’s date, since the last thing you want is to turn up in town the day after it’s happened!
Haad Rin is a small place, but for full moon, thousands of people flock there. You’ll need to book your hostel well in advance, or you’ll likely find it full. You’ll have to stay for four nights minimum, but take that as a plus: you can use the extra time to get oriented, go to parties during the build-up, or just relax on the beach.
What You’ll Need
You can travel light to Haad Rin, since you can get the stuff you really need in town, including:
* Disposable cameras: these are a great option, as they’re so cheap that you don’t need to worry if you lose them, unlike an expensive digital camera or phone. OK, so you’ll have to wait a little while to get your snaps developed, but that’s all part of the fun!
* UV paint: don’t even think of going to a Full Moon Party without this – it’s sold cheaply all over town.
* Brushes: applying paint with your fingers can result in blurry smears, so a brush is the easy way out.
* Vests: you can buy Full Moon vests easily, and they’ll both keep paint off you and be a fantastic souvenir.
Tips and Tricks
* Leave your valuables in the hostel safe. You won’t need passports and cards at the party, and if they get stolen it will ruin your holiday. As for mobile phones, they’re more of a hindrance than a help somewhere as crowded and loud as a Full Moon Party.
* Buying alcohol doesn’t make sense when you can have more fun before you head out, passing buckets around with your fellow travellers at the hostel. As for the Red Bull in Thailand, some say that it’s stuffed with amphetamines, which is reason enough to be cautious – in any case, Coke is much better for washing down strong Thai alcohol.
* Stay hydrated. That means drinking a whole load of soft drinks and bottled water. Face it: you’ll have a hangover the next morning, and you’ll tell your stories better if you can soothe it like this.
This post was sponsored by Travelbag.