For those who haven’t heard of the place, Haad Rin is the main party town not only of Koh Phangan, but arguably of Thailand. People rave about Chaweng in Koh Samui and Pattaya but partying in these spots often involves buying women. In Haad Rin it is not the skin trade that drives the party scene but rather the sheer numbers of people that come to the beautiful beach of Haad Rin Nok every month.
They come to celebrate the completion of the moon. The Full Moon Beach Party attracts over 20,000 to the small town of Haad Rin. It costs just $3 to enter the party if you aren’t staying in the town. That is great value. It is a festival atmosphere that is created by the party. On the days leading up to the main full moon party thousands of people are already going to warm up events on the beach and in the town. It is a time like carnival when people want to let their hair down and have a good time.
By the time the night of the full moon party comes around the excitement is almost palpable. People spend time decorating themselves then they head out to a warm up bar before eventually hitting the beach. Haad Rin Sunrise Beach is lined with bars with giant sound systems. Each sound system has a signature sound which they keep up all night. The DJs get the crowds going and you find youself in a sea of swaying bodies getting down to the music. It’s a special time.
I’ve been to the Full Moon Party both alone and with friends. I have always had a great time. If you go alone you are bound to make friends, maybe even romantic friends. if you go in a group you will probably lose someone for a while (it is good to arrange a meeting place), but will all have a good time. The important things to remember when attending the FMP are to wear sandals, don’t carry valuables and don’t drink too quickly. You don’t want to stumble home too early because watching the sun rise the following day is a special moment that will want to make you party some more.