I may not be 22 any more, but at the grand age of *cough, cough* 31, I survived my second Full Moon Party in Koh Phagnan. 5 days of all night beach, jungle and pool parties! Not only did I come through this event having had an epic time, I had no injuries, I lost and broke nothing and I did it super cheaply!
I arrived in Haad Rin 3 days before Full Moon. I had already booked accommodation as Haad Rin can get very busy during full moon week. I chose to stay in HaadRin as that is where the main party is and a. I wanted to be able to pop back to my room if I was tired or needed the toilet or more money and b. I am too tight to pay for taxis everyday.
Some people think Full Moon is a shameless example of tourist behaving badly and with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people attending you do have to be careful and take the festivities with a pinch of salt. There are going to be drunk idiots and there are going to be people doing ridiculous things but I still enjoyed dancing on the beach until sunrise with new friends, bucket of alcohol in hand!
Here is what I spent my 5 days in Had Rin over Full Moon
Accommodation -450THB a nigh, yep at £9 a dorm bed it is pretty pricy.
Food – Thai food is about 60-100 THB a meal and at 2 meals a day that is a bargain. A drunk snack ranges from 30 to 80THB.
Water set me back 30THB a day
Clothing and paint for the party came to about 500THB
and of course alcohol… 5 nights of drinking, 2 buckets a night, maybe 3 was 1,700 THB.
A grand total of 5,650 THB. At 50THB to 1GBP, the whole 5 days cost me £110.
Probably what a lot of people would spend on a night out in England, not 5 days in paradise.
It cost me £30 to get to Koh Phangnan from Bangkok and as soon as the party period was over, the cost of my dorm bed went down to 100THB (£2), so i chose to stay and enjoy the beach for a few more days!
So how did I come through this crazy beach party in one piece and love every minute of it.
I drank a lot of water in the day time and always had a bottle next to my bed for when I woke up. I did wee a lot though!
I stayed with my friends and did not walk off or go anywhere alone. I made them come to the toilet with me every five minutes!
I left all my valuables in my locker and only took the cash I needed. I carried it in my bra.
I wore shoes so I did not cut my feet and I stayed away from the fire skipping. My friend fell off a podium and tore the ligaments in her shoulder. We all told her to stop moaning and drink more. Sympathetic arn’t we!
It was a crazy 5 days. I think I need another five to recover! I am going to see what the rest of Koh Phagnan has to offer!