Maybe the Full Moon Party’s a bit overrated, but I still had a fun night. I heard it said that there were 10,000 people there, and it was f’in packed. They say the New Year’s Full Moon Party hosts around 30,000 people, and I just can’t imagine fitting that many more people on the beach.
Getting to Koh Phangan is easy. You can even fly to Koh Samui, but I took an overnight bus from Bangkok, on the VIP style for 916 baht.
For tickets go to the East Bus Terminal: take the skytrain to Ekkamai and walk 100m from the station and turn left. Go with the ‘Government Bus’ because they have nice buses that ride the ferries to either Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. The bus leaves the South Bus Terminal, and to get there I took local bus 515 from Victory Monument.
To get Ferries run about every hour from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan for 200 baht. Morning ferries start running back to Koh Samui at 7 and 9:30am, but if you’re desperate and wanna get ripped off you can hire a crappy boat to run across for about 400 baht.
To leave Koh Samui for Surat Thani, we went to the pier at Ban Than. Tickets to Surat Thani cost 240 baht and if you want, you can make advance bookings at Sea Tran Ferry’s website.
You can stay on Koh Phangan but it’s pretty expensive and most hostels usually have a 3 or 5 day minimum stay around the full moons. The place to stay at in Koh Samui is The Lounge Backpackers Hostel (250 baht for a mixed dorm). They’re nice and breakfast is included. Bookings can be made online http://kohsamuibackpackers.co.uk
Eats & Drinks
Surprisingly booze is fairly priced: you can get a bucket for 150 baht. The food though, even on the street, was a little expensive.
Good Life Rating = 2
Yeah it’s one of the biggest parties I’ve ever been to, but in the end it’s just a rowdy drunken party. Only worth seeing if you happen to be in the same area at the same time as the full moon.