Full Moon Party 2023/2024: All you need to know about Thailand’s legendary party

A fire show at the Full Moon Party in Thailand
A Thai man doing a fire show in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
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The Full Moon Party 2023/2024 dates have been disclosed by the organisers. In this guide you’ll find a complete schedule for the Full Moon Parties happening in 2023 and 2024. Moreover, you will read:


Thai man spinning fire at the Full Moon Party
A Thai man doing a fire show during the Full Moon Party

The Full Moon parties we went to and what we loved the most

The Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan Island, Thailand, is on the bucket list of even the least party-goers. It is not a surprise though: a party happening on a beautiful Pacific island, which goes on all night long, lots of drinks, all sorts of music and where you can enjoy a majestic full moon while dancing – it is to attract many people, really.

We spent three months in Thailand and went to three Full Moon Parties. The first one was exactly on Christmas Day, which we went totally by accident as we ended up at Koh Phangan not knowing that the party happens right there. The second on New Year’s Eve, which even though it does not fall on a full moon day, gathers people under the same pretext. And the last on February, which was the best Full Moon Party in our opinion as we were lucky to be there together with 11 close friends who were on holiday in Thailand.

It is definitely a worth going party! What caught our attention the most was the energy of the people. Despite the fact of gathering people from different groups (posh, hippie, punk, rock, and so on) everybody is so peaceful and just wants to have fun causing no harm to anyone. At least, this was the experience we had.

Staying till sunrise at the Full Moon Party 2019
Sun rise at Full Moon Party

How has the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan started?

No one knows exactly how the Full Moon Party began, really. We asked many different people and opted to believe the most told tale: A group of French friends who were spending two months holiday in Thailand decided to throw a farewell party to themselves. Coincidentally, the party fell on a full moon day and was attended by other tourists and local friends. The party was so good that the same group of friends reunited the following year again for the same festivity, also on a full moon day.

We don’t need to say the party got a bit out of control, do we?

Where is the Full Moon Party?

The original Full Moon Festival is at Haad Rin Beach, in Koh Phangan Island (“Koh” actually means “island”, and “Haad”, “beach”) and that is the biggest and most traditional one. However, the Full Moon Party became famous and it is possible to find parties with the same name on other islands in Thailand, such as in Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui or Koh Lanta, although these are smaller gatherings.

Full moon party and the north part of Koh Phangan island in Thailand
The north part of the island

How is the Full Moon Party

The party happens at the beach and counts with many drinks and food stalls all around. Obviously, it’s much cheaper to buy alcohol from these shops than from the party’s bar and you can bring your own booze from the hotel if you want to.

The famous full moon buckets, which is a cocktail served on a beach bucket, are sold between 300 and 500 Baht (8 to 14 US$), depending on which alcohol you choose. Typically, it is a mix of about 300ml of vodka or whisky with a stronger version of Red Bull, soda water and ice.

Somebody buying a bucket of alcohol in Thailand
The famous alcohol bucket!

The full moon party lineup pleases almost everyone. The party has 11 stages playing all sorts of music, from pop to Latin, techno to drum N bass, and so on. Although, for the real fans of good electronic music, that is the category which will lack in quality the most as the music is rather commercial. Nevertheless, there is always that little corner where the tune is for you.

The people at the Full Moon Party

Girl playing in the beach in Koh Phangan during the Full Moon Party
The Full Moon Party after the sunrise

There are indeed a lot of people attending the party, though it doesn’t get super crowded as the beach is large. Still, we did not enjoy as much the Full Moon Party on New Year’s Eve exactly for this very reason. There were too many people, so many you could barely walk and above all, there were some strange people who did not look so much peaceful as in the other parties and we had the feeling some were ready to fight for no specific reason.

What shocked us most at Haad Rin Full Moon Party is when the sun rises and you realise the enormous quantity of rubbish thrown out on the beach. Volunteers residents of Koh Phangan get together the next morning to clean up the beach. So please, do your share and throw your trash in the litter.

How much is the ticket for the Full Moon Party 2023/2024

The full moon party price is 200 Baht (6 US$) and you get a cool wristband as a souvenir. However, it is possible to get in without paying using one of the hidden sideways. The party is on the beach and there is no supervision once you are there.

*If you are staying at Haad Rin beach you do not need to pay to get in, but we will talk about full moon party accommodation further down.
The logo of the Full Moon Party carved on rock

Full Moon Party 2023/2024 outfit: can you go in flip-flops?

We read on other websites that it is not recommended to go with your sandals. We never wore shoes during the three months we stayed in Thailand and the days of the parties were no exception.

The main problem with going on flip-flops is when you drink too much and take them off to dance. Trust us, you never find it again – it happened at least five times with Tiago! If this happens, stay cool, you are not alone. In the morning, you will find at least 300 different pairs of flip-flops forgotten at Haad Rin beach. You can simply choose a new one which fits you and job done (that also happened at least five times with Tiago!). Just look at this flip-flop phenomenon as the same with lighters on a daily basis.

Tiago walking in the beach in Koh Phangan during the Full Moon Party
Enjoying the beach without flip-flops, of course

Just be very careful not to cut yourself with broken glasses. There are many broken in the shallow part of the sea as stupid drunk people throw bottles at it. Obviously, it isn’t easy to be very careful after a few full moon party buckets (the cocktails, remember?) for this reason, avoid walking with bare feet.

Where to stay in Koh Phangan for Full Moon Party 2023/2024

The majority of people want to stay at the Full Moon Party beach, which is Haad Rin. If your only purpose for going to Koh Phangan Island is to attend the party, then, this is ok. However, keep in mind that the beach is dirty as parties happen every single day there.

At the beach during the Full Moon Party full of dirty
Till sunrise! Check how dirty is the beach :/

The prices for a hostel/hotel/resort in Haad Rin are higher than in the other parts of the island and the area is also quite far away from everything else. If you decide to stay in Haad Rin regardless, have a look at the best places to stay for full moon party.

On the other hand, if you are curious about other things to do in Koh Phangan island – and trust us, this is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand – then, surely, Haad Rin is not for you. Koh Phangnan has many pristine beaches to enjoy.

We, for instance, paid 700 Baht (20 US$) to stay in Plai Laem Beach, 10 km away from Haad Rin. We had a bungalow just for ourselves, by the sea and a swimming pool. Curious? Then have a look at these bungalows.

It is worth reminding that in the days before the Full Moon Party, the prices for accommodation in Koh Phangan triples. If you visit the island when is not high season, you can find bungalows by the sea for as little as 500 Baht (15 US$) per day.

Bars and stalls selling food and drinks in Haad Rin Beach, thailand during the Full Moon Party
The way to Haad Rin Beach

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The afters of the Full Moon Party 2023/2024

Koh Phangan has so many parties, really so many, that if you don’t feel like sleeping, you don’t have to.

You can see flyers for The Full Moon Party after parties all over the island, you can just choose the one which makes you happier. The options go from beach parties to pubs and bars.

We recommend the Backyard Beer Garden, at the top of a mountain at the end of Haad Rin Beach. The party starts at 7am and there is no time to finish, going all afternoon, evening and night long up to the next day. From the pub you have an amazing view of the beach and of the sunset.

The Igen Beach Party, a less crowded alternative to the Full Moon Party 2023/2024

Whoever does not want to get involved in the crowded Full Moon Party, which according to some estimations gathers together over 15 thousand people, know you that is possible to go to less crowded and known parties.

We heard about one at Igen Beach which gathers only 100 people on a beach with difficult access. To go there, you can either take a boat leaving from Haad Rin, costing about 300 Baht (9 US$) per person, or take a 4×4 jeep leaving in front of one of the 7-Eleven on your way to town, around the same price. The boat normally leaves around 8pm but you can hire one at any time and the jeep at around 5pm. We met a French DJ who lives in the island for five years and said the music in Igen is exceptionally good and it is not overly crowded and not patrolled as it is in Haad Rin Beach.

Other parties in Koh Phangan

Sun setting in the horizon in Koh Phangan
The other side of the island

Koh Phangan is a party island. Every day, at any given time, there are all kinds of parties. Some of them have even the fame of being better than the Full Moon Party, as it is the case of the Jungle Experience.

Drugs at the Full Moon Party 2023/2024

We are not here to judge anybody but to inform, so let’s get into a quite important topic.

Never, in any circumstance, buy or accept drugs at the party. We heard many stories of local people working with the police to catch tourists red-handed.

Possessing and using drugs in Thailand is a very serious crime and police charges up to U$ 3.000 of bribe.

We met an English girl who told us her friend accepted a cigarette offered to her and immediately after lighting it up, the police approached her and revealed that what she was smoking was actually weed. The threat was such that the girl had to desperately go out in the party asking for money to everyone in order to pay U$ 3.000 and avoid jail.

When getting close to Haad Rin beach for the Full Moon Party, going by scooter, you will go through a police blitz. They do not care and will not bother you if you are not wearing a helmet, whether or not you have your license at all or if you are carrying alcohol, they are exclusively after drugs.

Full Moon Party dates:

Below is the schedule for Full Moon Party 2023 and 2024:

January 6thFridayJanuary 26thFriday
February 5thSundayFebruary 24thSaturday
March 7thTuesdayMarch 25thMonday
April 5thFridayApril 24thWednesday
May 4thFridayMay 23rdThursday
June 4thSundayJune 22ndSaturday
July 2ndSundayJuly 21stSunday
August 3rdThursdayAugust 20thTuesday
September 29thFridaySeptember 18thWednesday
October 30thMondayOctober 17thThursday
November 27thMondayNovember 16thSaturday
December 27thWednesdayDecember 15thSunday
December 31stSundayDecember 31stTusday
Attention: The party can change its date if it falls into a Buddhist holiday. There are four religious holy days (holidays!) which fall exactly on a full moon day. On these dates, it is forbidden to consume alcohol in the whole country and for this reason (as well as respecting the Buddhist tradition) the party committee postpones the party to the next day. Check out the Full Moon Party official website to organise yourself.

What’s the best way of getting around Koh Phangan

There are two main ways to get around Koh Phangan: by taxi or renting a scooter.

The taxi is actually a public pick-up going around the whole island. The price varies according to your destination, though the minimum fixed price is 200 Baht (6 US$) from town to the Full Moon beach, which is Haad Rin.

A scooter, in our opinion, is more comfortable and gives you the freedom to go wherever you want. Renting out a scooter in Thailand goes for about 300 Baht per day (8 US$).

*The “Full Moon Party 2023 and 2024: All you need to know about Thailand’s legendary party” post was originally written in May 2016 and updated in 2023.