Thailand’s Full Moon Party: Music Under the Moonlight

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Thailand’s Full Moon Party: Music Under the Moonlight

We’ve all heard about it, it’s legendary after all, but how many of you know exactly what Thailand’s Full Moon Party is all about, and what really happens during this famous time of the month?

Other than drinking until the sun comes up, I wouldn’t imagine many people really know what goes on when the full moon comes out.

Here’s a few things you might not have known.

Basically what it says on the tin is exactly what it is – a party that takes place on the night before or after every full moon, which lasts all night and is held on the beach, not stopping until the sun comes up. There are countless parties held around various beaches but the first party originated back in 1985 in Haad Rin, on the island of Ko Pha Ngan. The first party was only attended about around 20-30 people, but you can guess the popularity these days, as on average you can expect anything from 5000, up to 35000 visitors partying on the sand. Gaining popularity by word of mouth through the backpacking community, this is now a staple in any visit to Thailand.

Obviously with anything that becomes popular, spin offs in the same vein come around, and the Full Moon Party has triggered various other events that are similar in nature, including the Half Moon Party, and the Black Moon Party. Well, they says that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery after all!

Before a Full Moon Party, it’s customary for visitors to paint themselves in neon, bright, glow in the dark paint, meant to represent a unique part of who they are, their personality etc, but many simply do it because it looks good. Looking good however isn’t what it’s about at the end of the party, when most people fall asleep on the sand, exhausted from a night of extreme dancing, and partaking in the various attractions that are part of the event, including fire skipping ropes, buckets of alcohol, and of course the very well documented drug culture that the party has had bad press for.

It’s not hard to see why so many visitors to Thailand head to the nearest Full Moon Party, whether it’s on Ko Pha Ngan or elsewhere, because it is part of traveller culture nowadays, and something that has become iconic and almost legendary. I’ve heard a few people mention that experiencing a Full Moon Party is the reason they want to go to Thailand, which when you think about all the other reasons to visit this beautiful country, is quite a statement!

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