Koh Samui Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Discount Hotels in Koh Samui : Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, Bophut-Maenam Beach, Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Pha-Ngan, Koh Tao, Laem Nan Beach, Prayai Beach, Bang Rak Beach, Choeng Mon Beach, Nathon
Koh Pha-Ngan Full Moon Party - with Wired Destinations
Drawing about 10,000 - 20,000 party goers to Koh Samui hotels every month and from all over the world to this Koh Pha-Ngan beach party, it is commonly known as the Full Moon Party. International and Thai DJ's work the crowd. Painted with UV colors many participants nearly lose control. DJ's play Techno, Trance, Goa, Drum n' Bass, Dub, Reggae, House and the latest charts. 15 sound systems are placed along Had Rin beach.
Full Moon Party - What is it?
The Full Moon Party is a place to meet people from all around the world. Thousands of delirious travelers dance to beats on a "paradise" beach in the moonlight. Or they sit in the sand at small tables with friends sharing a "Thai whiskey set" with local spirits like Mekong or Sang Som. Try a chilled Thai beer e.g. Singha or Beer Chang. You can also find Heineken, Tiger, and Corona available in many of the bars and restaurants and of course non-alcoholic beverages such as fresh fruit juices, fruit shakes or soft drinks.
If you are a heavy dancer, don’t forget to drink plenty of water so you won't end up dehydrated. Tasty traditional Thai foods as well as pasta, pizza, burgers, salads, soups are on offer in restaurants and in food stalls. Prices are very reasonable.
Koh Samui shopping is made easy as ATM machines are available close to the beach, they accept credit and debit cards (Maestro/Cirrus). Also a few money exchange offices (mini banks) can be found here.
Full Moon Party History
The first Full Moon Party came out in the late 80's and constantly grew in the 90's. From times when friends arranged intimate parties in the moonlight with a guitar, tape recorder and a beach fires lit their night to today’s mega event. In the early 90's the Full Moon Party was still an "insider tip" and the first original Koh Samui Leisure activity. It was considered a secret retreat from "mainstream tourism" for party people and backpackers. The number of participants was small compared with the massive crowds it draws on full moon nowadays. The feel was of course more intimate back then, but few can remember how it really started. Then, gradually, people began arriving in Koh Pha-Ngan Hotels with the regular, rather slow ferry boats. Smaller speed boats became popular later on. The Full Moon Party people were not that hard to recognize. Batik shirts, sandals and flip flops were common denominator, dreadlocks as well. With the first full moon light the party started. Music pumped out from the small sound systems in at the Had Rin restaurants. This is how it all began. Find out more Koh Samui Travel Info with Wired Destinations.
Full Moon Party Safety and Drugs
Full Moon Parties are usually safe; however, valuables should always be kept at home in a safe place like a hotel deposit box. There is undercover police present. So staying away from so called diet pills (blue-whites) is highly recommended. Caffeine/Taurin drinks such as Lipovitan, Red Bull, M-150 are easy enough to get. Do not accept drinks from strangers and keep an eye on your own drink.
Full Moon Party Wear
Always wear shoes or sandals. Avoid dancing or walking around barefoot. If you step on a broken shard, your holiday may be over sooner rather than later. General body wear is some UV skin color and light clothing.
Getting to the Full Moon Party
From Koh Samui
Boats run daily several times from Big Buddha Pier (Bang Rak) and Maenam. Book a ferry ticket at any travel agency on the island, or directly by the pier. You can also catch a speed-boat from the Bophut or Maenam piers north of Koh Samui.
From Bangkok or other destinations
First to Surat Thani by bus, train or by plane. There are several ferry daily between Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan. Catamarans are also available. The Lomprayah catamaran offers high speed service from Chumpon via Koh Tao to Koh Pha-Ngan. Any travel agency in Bangkok or on these islands sells tickets. Try to book a Koh Pha-Ngan Hotel room or bungalow in advance with Wired Destinations; there are a lot of people staying overnight.
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