A Full Moon Party Story – Warning To All!
The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is often considered a right of passage for many young people visiting a different country for the first time. The Full Moon Party sounds like more fun then one could imagine and is famous for drinking on the beach, skipping fire ropes and enjoying massive buckets of Vodka Redbull, Scotch & Coke or any other drink you might imagine. One of the Phuket Deals editors recently visited Koh Phangan to see what all the fuss was about and this is his story.
Koh Phangan & The Horror You Can Face
It was April and 2 good friends from Australia had come to Phuket for a holiday and I had been spending a lot of time with them. We decided prior to the arrival that we would attend the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan so they could experience it and have a good night. While I am not much of a beach person (strange that I am always in Thailand) I decided I too would like to visit and see what all the fuss is about. I invited a good friend of mine to also join us. The Full Moon Party was to be held on April 18th on Koh Phangan and after a little discussion we decided to use the Bus / Ferry system to get to the island as it ‘appeared’ to be far cheaper then flying. The day prior to the Full Moon Party we visited a travel agent on that is located near Bangla Rd and booked our tickets, which cost 1400 baht per person – for this we were advised that we could take a Mini Van directly to the dock where a speed boat would be waiting to take us to Koh Phangan.
On April 18 we woke woke up at 8am to get ready to be picked up at 9am. A Mini Van arrived at 9am and we got in and were driven to Phuket Town were we had to leave the Mini Van and get onto a larger bus – this should have been a major warning sign that this trip would have problems. I was advised that the Bus Trip would take 3 to 4 hours at which point we would arrive to the dock for our ‘speed boat’. Clearly I am partly to blame as I did little research on distance but suffice to say we sat on that bus for at least 9 hours while it stopped it picked up passengers who would then get off a short distance later – this bus appeared to be a public bus that anyone could use and would generally only cost a few baht for a short trip or 300 / 400 for a long trip like we had been doing.
At around 6pm we arrived on the dock and waited for the boat which finally did come but it was not a speed boat but rather a large carrier used not only for people but also to carry cars and trunks. The boat had the old school squat toilets and little to offer in food or drinks. The boat ride took around 4 hours (it did not stop in Samui thank god) and we arrived at Koh Phangan at around 10:00 – 10:30 at night, at which point we needed to get a taxi to take us to the other side of the Island to find suitable accommodation. By this time I was rather annoyed and felt the need to just get to a room and lay down – we booked a room at the first hotel we could find for 2600 baht for the night – the room was very old, the sheets appeared dirty and I was just not happy at all. My friends at this point are still very excited to attend the Party and my friend from Thailand could sense my anger which in turn made her angry at me.
After around 45 minutes in the room I had a shower, got changed and followed the girls to the Full Moon Party. While we had an excellent dinner I was shocked to see how dirty the area for the Full Moon Party was and how it appeared to be full of stupid young people looking to cause trouble, act like morons and treat the area with no respect what so ever. After 1 hour at the Full Moon Party I was ready to leave and had enough. I returned to the room for sleep and woke up every hour to find mosquitoes some how got into the room and decided I would be a fantastic lunch. Upon waking up the next morning I found my Thai Friend was very ill and decided we needed to leave ASAP so she could get some rest. We had breakfast and then I woke my friends from Australia who decided to take another 2 hours just to have a shower and get ready to leave. We then got to the boat dock to buy tickets for the return home. The boat this time was much quicker but did stop in Samui which meant the trip still took 3:30-4:00 hours and again there was no Mini Van at the dock but another bus. After 3 hours on the bus we stopped and had to get off and pay further money just to get back to Patong as Mini Vans would us this time. We arrived back into Patong at around 11pm and night. I was not happy and my Thai Friend was not happy at me – this caused major drama for us both and I truley do wish I had never gone to the Full Moon Party.
While many people may enjoy this, It was not for me I do recommend anyone who does wish to attend the Full Moon Party should fly to Samui from the nearest Airport and take a short boat ride to Koh Phangan.