Festivals and celebrations

Full Moon Party in Thailand: description and dates 2019 / 2020 in Koh Phangan

Description and dates of all Full Moon Parties and other celebrations that will take place on Koh Phangan Island in 2019 / 2020.

What is the Full Moon Party?

Full Moon Party 2015
Full Moon Party in 2015

A Full Moon Party is a celebration that takes place all night long, usually on full moon evenings, on the beach of Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan.

See our article :
Koh Phangan Island in the Gulf of Thailand: the complete guide

Sometimes, when the full moon falls on the day of a famous Buddhist holiday, the Full Moon Party is held one day before or one day after.

The Full Moon Party takes place every month throughout the year.

During the Full Moon, access to the beach is not free; the money is then used for cleaning, waste collection, cans, bottles, cigarettes…

People who stay in beachside hotels do not always pay because sometimes the hotel includes tax, but it may not be a good idea if you want to go to bed early!

The festival also takes place in the many clubs along the beach of Haad Rin.

The music is played at very high power, with sounds ranging from techno to trance, drum and bass and reggae.

In addition to music and dance, there are beach games such as skipping string competitions.

String to jump on the beach during full moon
String to jump on the beach during the full moon

But for many amateurs, it is also an opportunity to get drunk and take drugs.


Full Moon Party Origin

According to Wikipedia, the first Full Moon Party was improvised on Hat Rin beach in 1983 by about 20 to 30 travelers.

The parties then repeated themselves and, over the years, acquired a worldwide reputation by word of mouth.

Today, for many travelers, attending a Full Moon is one of the experiences not to be missed on a trip to Thailand.

Today the Full moon party is a world-famous celebration; it is also a gathering known to attract lovers of psychedelic substances.

Security during Full Moon Parties


Although many partygoers use them, drug laws are very strict in Thailand, and the police are reinforced during the party.

There are undercover police officers on patrol and drug traffickers themselves can report drug addicts to the police.

Theft and assault

In recent years, there has been an increasing number of attacks and robberies at parties and in nearby bars, leading the British government to warn tourists to exercise caution during the Full Moon officially.

There are also burglaries in hotel bungalows while party people are away from their rooms.

Accidents and injuries

On the beach, there are many broken beer bottles and cigarettes.

Every month, many partygoers cut themselves and or burn their feet and legs at the Full Moon Party, which can be avoided with appropriate shoes.

Full Moon Party calendar 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Full Moon Party calendar 2020

Monday 06 January 2020

Sunday 09 February 2020

Sunday 08 March 2020

Tuesday 07 April 2020

Thursday 07 May 2020

Friday 05 June 2020

Monday 06 July 2020

Monday 03 August 2020

Tuesday 01 September 2020

Thursday 01 October 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020

Saturday 28 November 2020

Friday 25 December 2020

Monday 28 December 2020

Thursday 31 December 2020

See also:

When to go to Koh Phangan

Source: fullmoonparty-thailand.com; Wikipedia Photos: 1st Full Moon: Per Meistrup; Full Moon Party 2015: Per Meistrup; Buckets of alcohol for partygoers: yoshis_world; Rope jumped on the beach during a full moon: Per Meistrup



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