When in Thailand for a full month, there’s no excuse to not attend the Original Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. In the 60’s a group of backpackers started the party on the same beach that it exists today and it’s been going ever since. Koh Phangan is arguably the party place in all of Thailand, which is exactly why we chose not to stay there.
After much consideration, we decided to be a bit brave and not book any accommodations for the party. That means, we planned to stay up alllllll night. The last time I did this was . . . quite possibly never! Even in my college days I really don’t think I ever made it past 5AM. This girl needs her sleep!
June’s full moon arrived on Friday the 9th. So, on the 8th we stayed up as late as we could and slept in as long as we could. From Khanom, we took a taxi to the Dan Sak Pier at 3 PM for a 4PM ferry and bought return tickets for 7AM the next day. The ferry took about 2 hours to get to Koh Phangan, including a first stop in Koh Samui.
What to Wear
I read some info on the party before we left so I knew that everyone wears neon or tie-dye clothes and body paint, which are for sale at the party. Since we didn’t get a room we were going to have to keep everything we took on us all night. I wore a swim-suit, a tennis skirt, a tank top, and Keen sandals. Flip-flops are not recommended at all – lots of broken glass and things I definitely wouldn’t want to chance my foot sliding off into. I also took a small cross-body purse with my cell phone (my one valuable item), tissues, some bug-repellent wipes, chap-stick, very cheap sunglasses (for the ferry), and our apartment keys. After we bought our tank tops at the party I tied both of the ones we wore to the strap of my purse.