Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan Thailand for less than 20,000 Php




Full Moon Party 2014





I have been dreaming of going to the infamous Full Moon Party, ever since my brother told me 10 years ago. He told me that it was the greatest party he has ever been to and after that you will have a different perception of partying. After hearing his story and reading reviews  from other travellers, I have decided to go to this party last July 2014. I must admit that it was….

I planned this trip for almost a year and I decided to invite my closest friends to this party. I suggest that you go on groups of 3 people so that you can also meet new people. If you are to many in a group, you will not be able to meet new friends since you will just stay in the comfort zone of your friends. A group of 3 pax is awesome because you will get to divide the cost of everything in 3 you will have more fun with it.My only regret was that we should have stayed longer like 10 days because 5 days was very exhausting and  it was like we did not sleep for the entire whole trip. 

The full moon party was started in the 1980’s with a group of backpackers who celebrated a one big massive birthday during a Full Moon. When the group had fun they had decided to go to Koh Phangan every year during the Full moon and the word spread out. Now it has become a commercialized world party. This massive party happens every month during the Full Moon which can be associated with 10,000 to 40,000 ravers all partying in the Haad Rin Beach. 

Despite all the negative reviews, the Full Moon Party was awesome. The Full Moon Party was one of the greatest party I have ever been to. Sure it’s a bunch of foreigners partying hard on Haad Rin Beach, but it truly one hell of a party and  definitely should be experienced. People of all ages and who listen to all types of music can enjoy it, just walk around the beach and find the bar with the music you like. There are so many things to do like meeting a lot of new people from different parts of the world , body paint, and dancing and just having a great time. It was everything I had heard about and I had a great time living it.  The Full Moon Party is pretty wild, and  I suggest that you must do at least once in your lifetime. 



Road to the Full Moon Party

Full Moon Party Schedule

How to Get to Koh Phangan 
 
1.       From Bangkok
Most Comfortable Way
-The easiest but the most expensive way  to get to Koh Phangan, is by booking  a direct flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui via Bangkok Airways or Thai Airlines. Then take a  speed boat from Koh Samui Island to Koh Phangan
Another Convenient Way
Another way is to book a flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani via Nok Air, Air Asia or Thai Lion Air. From Surat Thai, you can ride a VAN or Bus to the pier. And then take a 3 hour boat ride to the Island of Koh Phangan . This is a cheaper way to go to Koh Phangan.
A Longer trip
By Bus
Take bus from Khao San Road to Koh Phangan.  The trip will  usually take you 12 hours. Buses usually leaves at night. You don’t have to book in advance. There are a lot of buses available in the city.
By Train
Take a Train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. From there you will have to take a boat to Koh Phangan. Book a train 1 week prior to travel time. . The travel time will usually take you a whole day.
2.       From Phuket
Most Comfortable Way
Take an airplane from Phuket to Koh Samui, via Bangkok Airways and then take a speed boat to Koh Phangan.
Another Convenient Way
Take a bus or a van ride from Phuket to Surat Thani, then take a 3 hour boat ride to Koh Phangan. The Bus or Van ride will take you 3 to 4 hours. You don’t have to book in advance or book online. There are a lot of vans available you can book it on the spot. 

Tips on Surving the Full Moon Party
1.       Have a buddy system and  also turn strangers into friends. Just don’t go  solo all night.
2.       Stay on the island of Koh Phangan during the night of the Jungle Party and Full Moon Party  but I must warn you that rates of hotels and hostels triple their prices during full moon weekend.
3.       Don’t drink from the  random ice buckets of strangers because it might be drugged.
4.       Come earlier to the Full Moon Party and the Jungle Party so you don’t have to pay for the entrance fee.
5.       Stay at least 5 to 14 days and explore the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
6.       Stay away from the jump rope.
7.       Buy your own paint and your own drinks to cut cost.
8.       Do not go barefoot.
9.       Leave valuables at the hotel. Just keep a photocopy of your passport in your pocket
10.   Save some change for the bathroom
11.   Hydrate before and after the event
12.   Don’t do drugs because it’s illegal in Thailand. There are a lot of undercover police who will charge you a $1000 Fine if you get caught with it

5 Days/ 4 Nights Full Moon Itinerary with Detailed Costing in Philippines Pesos and US Dollars

Day 1

In PHP
 In USD
19:00
Depart Manila Via Cebu Pacific Airlines



Manila to Phuket Roundtrip ( Promo Fare)
7000
$156

Travel Tax
1620
36.16

Terminal Fee
550
12.37
23:00
Arrive Phuket  (Take a Taxi from Airport to Hotel  200 THB)
277
6.19
Check in Hotel  (1200 THB/ 3 Pax)
555
12.37
Day 2



7:00
Check out from the hotel and go to the Phuket Bus Terminal .       Take taxi from Hotel to the terminal           (700 THB/ 3 Pax)
330
7.36
8:00
Arrive Phuket Bus terminal                          


8:10
Depart Phuket Bus terminal                                                                         Roundtrip Van Ride from Phuket to Surat Thani 400 THB
550
12.37
12:00
Arrive Surat Thani


13:30
Depart Surat Thani


15:30
Arrive Surat Thani Main Pier


16:00
Depart Surat Thani Main Pier


18:30
Arrive Koh Phangan
          
    
Round trip Boat Ride to Surat Thani to Koh Phangan 300 THB
420
9.28
19:00
Check in at the Hotel 1500 THB X 2 Nights / 3 Pax                                  
1390
31
Dinner  100 THB
139
3
23:30
Jungle Party Entrance Fee 400 THB
555
12.37
Day 3



17:00
Full Moon Party  Entrance Fee 100 THB
139
3
Day 4



8:00
Depart From Hotel to Thong Sala Pier  Taxi 200 THB (RoundTrip)
280
6
9:00
Depart from Thong Sala . Take a Ferry Ride


12:00
Arrive Surat Thani Main Pier


12:10
Depart Surat Thani Main Pier


14:00
Arrive Surat Thani Town Proper


Lunch 100 THB
139
3
14:30
Depart Surat Thani Town Proper


18:00
Arrive Phuket


18:30
Dinner 100 THB
139
3
19:00
Buy Pasalubong 400 THB
546
12.17
23:30
Depart Phuket


Day 5



4:30
Arrive Manila



Miscellaneous Expense 1000 THB
1390
30

Total Expenses
P16,574
$368


















 


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