Monteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
Quoting Ammunition (Thread starter): has anyone ever been? what are they like?
does anyone have any dates of major beach parties in thailand?
Went in Jan, 05! Awesome... it was my first night in Thailand on that trip and it was big!
If I were you I would plan on staying the night at one of the places either the days before or the night after just to let yourself recover before heading back to Samui.
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): Absolutely brilliant. We were staying on Ko Samui so had to get the boat over to the island - Koh Phangan. Very easily arranged and not too expensive - a bus ride and a 20 minute speedboat ride.
About 200Baht return for the slow ferry, maybe 400baht for the speed boat. But if you're doing that make sure the knob driving the boat hasn't been partying. There was a pretty bad accident when I was there, a speed boat hit a reef and sank which killed about 20 people. Very sad but the cause was the driver was high, so just make sure.
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): Wear sensible shoes.. sometime you have to wade through the water to shore.
Yeah, its pretty much a given that you could stand on anything random that would end your good time pretty damn fast.
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): When you get to the beach, its about 1/2 mile long, maybe more, with loads of bars spilling out on to the beach all the way along. Lights, music and dancing all on the beach.. very surreal.
Yeah its absolutely awesome when you see it for the first time... I'd hazard a guess at around about 15,000 people when I was there. And of course cos the moon is out, you can see everything really well (even the things you don't really want to see - be warned).
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): The music is not to everyones taste (mine included) but you can't help to get caught up in it.
Wasn't too bad when I was there... basically just club music.
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): Drinks are very cheap - you tend to buy a little bucket of beers or a small bottle of vodka / whiskey with Thai red bull which is much stronger than the US / UK version. You have been warned.
150-200baht each and man they will get you there fast! Take a break mid-way through the night from drinking otherwise you won't last the night.
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): If you are intending to sample something other than alcohol, be very careful. Police are everywhere on the beach and I heard some pretty horrific stories whilst I was out there.
I wouldn't do it if I were you... just not worth the risk (Thai jail is not nice).
Quoting BananaBoY (Reply 1): Oh yeah, and be prepared to see people shagging on the beach and pissing in the sea.
LOL. Funny but so true... Aim to be one of those people so you can go back to the others room!
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Please note that the Thai authorities are trying to get rid of the drug fuelled backpacker types in favour of a higher calibre of tourist and the full moon party is high on the agenda.
As someone who owns property in Thailand and has lived there before I would urge you to refrain from going there and perpetuating the image of the dirty, drug crazed foreigner which has sadly become ingrained in Thai belief. It makes it bad for the rest of us foreigners when our image is belittled by unwashed yobbos off their faces and dancing on a beach.
Can't you just go on a cultural holiday instead? If you want to go dancing go to a nightclub.
Anyway, to start deterring this type of behaviour Thai police have begun a serious crackdown. Basically if you are caught with ANY form of drug you are no longer able to bribe yourway out of it - figure on 10 years jail for cannabis and life for anything more. Large quantities of ecstasy, heroin and 'ya-ba' (a local drug) will see you sentenced to death. Put it this way, last year the Thai police began a crackdown on drugs and sent 30,000 troops into Northern Thailand, resulting in the deaths of over 6000 drug dealers and/or their families. Expect a similar crackdown any day now in Southern Thailand (where Ko phang-ngang is located'. Your full moon party has also been the subject of threats from Islamic militants in Southern Thailand - personally a few less of the great unwashed is no problem for me.
So why not just book a decent relaxing holida, avoid the dreadlocked backpacker scumbags and be a credit to your country for once.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Eg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1844 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
Yes consider this thread squeezed!
I went to KPG last summer to meet up with some friends who had ended up there on the tail end of their Asian tour. At the age of 22, I wanted to see what everyone was raving about when I was 18 and couldn't go.
It was interesting for the experience, but I wouldn't go again. Far to many just-out-of-school kids that basically partied at night and sat around bored out of their skulls during the day. 0 culture. 0 local flavour. Not for me...
And as for floating around with a smile on your face, once you factor in 1. supply 2. cost 3. quality 4. risk of death (!) you can have much more fun standing in the middle of a field with 6,000 of your closest friends in the UK. Better music too.
Ryangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2106 times:
Ive been to 2 of the parties and yes they are great, i didnt see one cop, thats not to say there were any , more to do with the fact i'd drunk too much samsong!
i stayed on Koh Phang-ngan for 2 weeks, the 2 weeks before the full moon and i must say the atmosphere gets better as you get closer, which made the 1st 2 weeks actually better than the full moon itself, i know people that do this and then leave before the full moon to grab some decent accomadation on samui!
enjoy it its great. check your diary out for the next full moon, its quite international..you get 1 a month!
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14813 posts, RR: 61
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2097 times:
A suggestion: If you want to go to dance, why don´t you just go to the places where the local people hang out? My first Ex (from the Philippines) dragged me into local clubs with her friends, when we went there for a visit (No, I´m not a disco gore, actually I don´t like club music, and my present girlfriend is the same as me).