Full Moon Parties

Full Moon Parties

The Best Beach Party on Earth?

Located on the gorgeous tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, for over twenty years the world famous Full Moon Party has enticed thousands of revved up travellers each month who flock to the island to experience what is probably the best beach party on earth! And now, with the added allure of the ‘Half Moon Festival’ and  ‘Black Moon’ Parties the island has become even more of a seductive magnet for pleasure seeking travellers the world over. Discover more about each event and find out those important party dates to make sure you don’t miss out!


Experience the Full Moon Party as part of a Group Adventure!

The TruThai Full Moon Experience is an awesome 13-day adventure around Thailand and a great way to see many sides of Thailand whilst experiencing the varied nightlife which finishes with the famous Full Moon Party down in Koh Phangan! You will be greeted at the airport and introduced you to like-minded travellers and fellow party animals! You’ll spend the first eight days traveling down to Koh Phangan from Bangkok experiencing amazing beaches and national parks along the way. Once in Koh Phangan, the home of the Full Moon Party – you’ll stay in nightlife central, Haad Rin in the famous Reggae House Hostel gearing up for one of the biggest parties in the world!

Full-Moon-TruThaiBackpackers rave at the biggest beach party on the planet!

Check out more group trips which include the Full Moon Party experience here.

The Original Full Moon Party

There are various stories about the origin of the Full Moon Party, but so one rumour goes, it all started with a group of backpackers playing guitars on the beach to celebrate someone’s birthday party. Whoever’s party it was, it must have been one cool kinda guy or gal to have left behind such an impressive legacy! Today, up to 30,000 people congregate on Haad Rin Sands each month for a frenzied concoction of dance, drink and devilishness from dusk until dawn. Smear that multi-coloured paint all over your body, get a glow stick in one hand and a bucket in your other and get ready to party!

Full moon party morning

Will you make it until sunrise on Haad Rin Beach?

Upcoming Full Moon Party Dates 2017 and 2018:

  • Thursday 11 May 2017
  • Friday 09 June 2017
  • Monday 10 July 2017
  • Monday 07 August 2017
  • Tuesday 05 September 2017
  • Friday 06 October 2017
  • Friday 03 November 2017
  • Sunday 03 December 2017
  • Monday 01 January 2018
  • Wednesday 31 January 2018
  • Friday 02 March 2018
  • Saturday 31 March 2018

The Half Moon Festival

Hedonists and party animals delight! Don’t miss this huge professional dance event taking place twice a month amidst the atmospheric setting of Baan Tai Jungle, Koh Phangan. Playing an eclectic mix of tech house, progressive beats and psychedelic trance, the half moon festival is an all night party showcasing the island’s finest resident DJ’s, with regular special guest appearances. With an unparalleled sound system, unique UV illuminations, astounding fire dancers and live visuals, the event promises to be a tantalizing treat for all your senses. It’s easy to remember the half moon party dates – they’re always one week before and one week after the full moon party.

Half Moon Festival

Haf Moon Festival 1

Half Moon Festival Dates 2017

  • Wednesday 03, May
  • Friday 19, May
  • Friday 02, June
  • Saturday 17, June
  • Saturday 01, July
  • Sunday 16, July
  • Monday 31, July
  • Tuesday 15, August
  • Tuesday 29, August
  • Thursday 14, September
  • Thursday 28, September
  • Saturday 14, October
  • Friday 27, October
  • Saturday 11, November
  • Saturday 25, November
  • Monday 11, December
  • Monday 25, December

See the official Half Moon Festival website for party dates and more information

Black Moon Culture

Underground trance and progressive beats resound through the air as party goers dance on the beautiful sands of Mac’s Bay, Baan Tai Beach once a month. With amazing décor, live visuals and an international DJ line up every month, including special guests, the Black Moon Culture is an intense partying experience.

Black Moon Culture

Black Moon Culture Dates:

  • Thursday 25 May 2017
  • Friday 23 June 2017
  • Sunday 23 July 2017
  • Monday 21 August 2017
  • Wednesday 20 September 2017
  • Thursday 19 October 2017
  • Saturday 18 November 2017
  • Sunday 17 December 2017

Where to stay in Koh Phangan?

Check out our guide to Koh Phangan Island here.

Haad Rin:

The most popular backpacker enclave ‘Haad Rin’ is full of all sorts of accommodation; from your rough backpacker digs to some swanky flashpacker resorts. As the tiny area fills to the seams every month with party-going backpackers, the accommodation can get booked up pretty fast! Consider arriving a few days earlier and securing your room to make sure you don’t end up kipping on the beach!


There are tonnes of great places to stay in Koh Phangan located in some beautiful areas. If you’re looking for somewhere quieter try Sri Thanu or Haad Gruad (Bottle beach). It’s not a large island and you are only really ever an hour’s drive from anywhere you want to be. Most places that you stay on the island would help you organise transport to the party spots!

What else is going on in Koh Phangan?

While many people make Koh Phangan an essential part of their backpacking trip to experience the world famous ‘Full Moon Party,’ it seems that many don’t stay long enough to discover all that this stunning island has to offer. If you stick around for a while as the hangover subdues, the shakes from too many buckets have calmed and you’ve managed to rid the aluminous paint from your hair, you’ll discover a very different island. And with something to satisfy almost every need, you may just find this place hard to leave!

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