Full Moon Party Dates – Koh Phangan 2013

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Full Moon Party Koh PhanganThe Koh Phangan Full Moon Party has become the biggest party of their lives for many travelers to Thailand. Depending on who you listen to, the full moon parties were started between 1988 and 1992 by a handful of backpackers who decided that the best place in the world to witness the full moon was along the crescent shaped beach at Haad Rin on Koh Phangan island. They began to organize small parties among friends at each full moon and over time word spread and the parties became much bigger. Today, anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 party goers attend the full moon party each month.

What once began as a small group of friends with maybe some acoustic guitars or a boom box now comprises multiple venues with world class DJ’s and multiple sound systems. In recent years the full moon parties have become synonymous with excess and known for rampant drug abuse as well as a huge upswing in the crime rate. There have been quite a few deaths and rapes associated with the event which is billed as the ultimate party experience.

 

If you plan on attending one of the full moon parties you might want to keep a few things in mind:

  • Plan ahead and book accommodations early. With the huge numbers that pour into Koh Phangan the few days leading up to the FMP, Koh Phangan accommodation becomes an absolute premium.
  • If you enjoy your sleep and don’t want to deal with the noise all night long book a room or hotel away from the action.
  • Try to go easy on the booze – buckets of Sangsom (Thai whiskey) are tasty and deceptively strong. Avoid peaking too early if you want to enjoy the whole night
  • If you want to leave Koh Phangan the following day, pre-book your transfer as the ferries fill up fast.
  • DON’T DO DRUGS! Police enforcement is stepped up during the full moon parties and they do make arrests.

 

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party dates for 2013.

  • Sunday 27, January 2013
  • Monday 25, February 2013
  • Wednesday 27, March 2013
  • Thursday 25, April 2013 (ANZAC day)
  • Saturday 25, May 2013
  • Sunday 23, June 2013
  • Monday 22, July 2013
  • Wednesday 21, August 2013
  • Thursday 19, September 2013
  • Saturday 19, October 2012
  • Monday 29, October 2013
  • Sunday 17, November 2013
  • Tuesday 17, December 2013
  • Wednesday 25, December 2013 (Christmas Party)
  • Tuesday 31, December 2013 (New Years Eve Party)

 

Christmas 2013 Full Moon Party Date

  • Tuesday 25, December 2013: Christmas Party

 

New Year 2013 Party Date

  • Tuesday 31 December 2013: New Year’s Eve Party
  • Wednesday 01 January 2014: New Year’s Day After Party

IMPORTANT! Some of the dates above might change slightly if there is a Buddhist holiday etc. at full moon. Please confirm with a travel agency in Thailand, a few days in advance.

 

How To Get To Koh Phangan

Bus and Ferry: Get the bus and ferry from Bangkok – any travel agent can organise a joint ticket for you.
Train and Ferry: Alternatively catch the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then catch the ferry from Surat to Koh Phangan

Flight and Ferry: You can fly from Bangkok or Phuket to Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways and catch a Lomprayah Ferry from Samui to Koh Phangan. Check Skyscanner for current prices and timings. This is the quickest and most expensive way to do it.

Alternatively, Nok Air offer flights from Don Muang Airport in Bangkok to Koh Phangan via Surat Thani.

The flight is not direct (there is no airport on Koh Phangan) – the plane flies to Surat Thani and then passengers are transferred by coach to the ferry pier and taken by Lomprayah high speed catamaran to Koh Phangan. Lomprayah is the fastest way to get to Koh Phangan. The other advantage is that passengers don’t have to worry about buying separate flight and ferry tickets and making connections between the different modes of transport – the Nok Air flight takes care of all of that automatically. Note that Nok Air flights depart from Don Muang and NOT Suvarnabhumi where all international and most domestic flights depart from, so watch out for that.

Ferry From Koh Tao
If you’re already out on the islands, you can also catch a Lomprayah ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan – there are several other ferry services too, however Lomprayah is the quickest.
 

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Updated: January 7, 2013 by admin

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