Full Moon Parties

Full Moon Parties

The Best Beach Party on Earth?

Located on the gorgeous tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, for over twenty years the world famous Full Moon Party has enticed thousands of revved up travellers each month who flock to the island to experience what is probably the best beach party on earth! And now, with the added allure of the ‘Half Moon Festival’ and  ‘Black Moon’ Parties the island has become even more of a seductive magnet for pleasure seeking travellers the world over. Discover more about each event and find out those important party dates to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Full Moon Party Koh PhanganBackpackers rave at the biggest beach party on the planet!

Full Moon Party Avatar

Some interesting Full Moon Party fashions!

Full Moon Party

Don’t forget your glow in the dark face paint!

Full Moon Party PeopleFull Moon Party Avatars!

I love the Full Moon Party 

Full moon party morning

 The sun comes up the morning after the party on beautiful Had Rin Beach

The Original Full Moon Party

There are various stories about the origin of the Full Moon Party, but so one rumour goes, it all started with a group of backpackers playing guitars on the beach to celebrate someone’s birthday party. Whoever’s party it was, it must have been one cool kinda guy or gal to have left behind such an impressive legacy! Today, up to 30,000 people congregate on Haad Rin Sands each month for a frenzied concoction of dance, drink and devilishness from dusk until dawn. Smear that multi-coloured paint all over your body, get a glow stick in one hand and a bucket in your other and get ready to party!

Full Moon Party Dates for 2013:

  • Saturday 26, January
  • Tuesday 26, February
  • Tuesday 26, March
  • Thursday 25, April
  • Saturday 25, May
  • Sunday 23, June
  • Wednesday 24, July
  • Wednesday 21, August
  • Thursday 19, September
  • Saturday 19, October
  • Sunday 17, November
  • Tuesday 17, December
  • Christmas 2013 Party Date - Wednesday 25, December 2013
  • New Year 2013 / 2014 Party Date - Tuesday 31 December 2013

Full Moon Party Dates for 2014:

  • Wednesday 15, January
  • Saturday 15, February
  • Saturday 15, March
  • Monday 14, April
  • Wednesday 14, May
  • Thursday 12, June
  • Sunday 13, July
  • Sunday 10, August
  • Monday 08, September
  • Friday 10, October
  • Thursday 06, November
  • Saturday 06, December
  • Christmas 2014 Party Date: Wednesday 25, December 2014
  • New Year 2014 / 2015 Party Date: Tuesday 31 December 2014:

The Half Moon Festival

Hedonists and party animals delight! Don’t miss this huge professional dance event taking place twice a month amidst the atmospheric setting of Baan Tai Jungle, Koh Phangan. Playing an eclectic mix of tech house, progressive beats and psychedelic trance, the half moon festival is an all night party showcasing the island’s finest resident DJ’s, with regular special guest appearances. With an unparalleled sound system, unique UV illuminations, astounding fire dancers and live visuals, the event promises to be a tantalizing treat for all your senses. It’s easy to remember the half moon party dates – they’re always one week before and one week after the full moon party.

Half Moon Festival

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 Half Moon Festival Dates for 2013:

  • 4th, 18th January 2013
  • 2nd, 16th February 2013
  • 4th, 19th March 2013
  • 3rd, 18th April 2013
  • 3rd, 18th, 31st May 2013
  • 15th, 30th June 2013
  • 16th, 29th July 2013
  • 14th, 28th August 2013
  • 13th, 27th September 2013
  • 11th, 26th October 2013
  • 9th, 25th November 2013
  • 9th, 24th December 2013

Half Moon Festival Dates for 2014:

  • 4th, 18th January 2014
  • 2nd, 16th February 2014
  • 4th, 19th March 2014
  • 3rd, 19th April
  • 3rd, 18th, 31st May
  • 15th, 30th June
  • 15th, 31th July
  • 14th, 29th August
  • 13rd, 27th September
  • 11st, 27th October
  • 9th, 25th November
  • 9th, 24th December

Black Moon Culture

Underground trance and progressive beats resound through the air as party goers dance on the beautiful sands of Baan Tai Beach once a month. With amazing décor, live visuals and an international DJ line up every month, including special guests, the Black Moon Culture is an intense partying experience.

Black Moon Culture

Black Moon Culture Dates 2013:

  • 11th January 2013
  • 10th February 2013
  • 11th March 2013
  • 10th April 2013
  • 9th May 2013
  • 8th June 2013
  • 7th July 2013
  • 6th August 2013
  • 4th September 2013
  • 4th October 2013
  • 2nd November 2013
  • 2nd December 2013
  • 28th December

Black Moon Culture Dates 2014:

  • 30th January
  • 28th February
  • 30th March
  • 28th April
  • 28th May
  • 26th June
  • 26th July
  • 24th August
  • 23rd September
  • 22nd October
  • 21st November
  • 20th December

Where to stay in Koh Phangan?

Haad Rin:

The most popular backpacker enclave ‘Haad Rin’ is full of all sorts of accommodation; from your rough backpacker digs to some swanky flashpacker resorts. As the tiny area fills to the seams every month with party-going backpackers, the accommodation can get booked up pretty fast! Consider arriving a few days earlier and securing your room to make sure you don’t end up kipping on the beach!


There are tonnes of great places to stay in Koh Phangan located in some beautiful areas. If you’re looking for somewhere quieter try Sri Thanu or Haad Gruad. It’s not a large island and you are only really ever an hour’s drive from anywhere you want to be. Most places that you stay on the island would help you organise transport to the party spots!

What else is going on in Koh Phangan?

While many people make Koh Phangan an essential part of their backpacking trip to experience the world famous ‘Full Moon Party,’ it seems that many don’t stay long enough to discover all that this stunning island has to offer. If you stick around for a while as the hangover subdues, the shakes from too many buckets have calmed and you’ve managed to rid the aluminous paint from your hair, you’ll discover a very different island. And with something to satisfy almost every need, you may just find this place hard to leave!

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