DISCOVER MY FULL MOON PARTY ITINERARY
In February 2019, I went spent 4 days in Koh Phangnan for the Full Moon Party. Here's my itinerary with my recommendations:
Ferry to Koh Phangnan
I took the speedboat from Koh Tao to Koh Phangnan for 1,000 baht ($31.50 USD). This was my only option and luckily it was available. The ferries get totally
booked up around the time of Full Moon, so book a few days
in advance to ensure a cheaper ticket!
Recommendation: Eh, if you want to spend the money.
I arrived at hostel and our hostess for the week, Almy, gave a group of us a tour. It’s right on beach with a ton of hammocks and space to lay out; a large bar with a full kitchen and a lot of fun neon colored rooms and statues. I immediately felt like I arrived at Full Moon summer camp—and that’s exactly what it was.
Recommendation: Go for it! I loved Dancing Elephants. Is it perfect? No. The service was quite slow at times, and the bathroom situation was a bit primitive. But it’s a hostel, and the pros way out weigh the cons.
Dinner at the Hostel
We were given credit wrist bands for the week—that means that any drinks, all food, and any other charges are put on a bracelet you never take off. I loved this system. I never had to get out my wallet for anything. I ordered the lasagna the first night for dinner, and it was really delicious. The best lasagna I’ve ever had outside of Italy. (You can’t really beat Italy when it comes to lasagna.)
Recommendation: Go for it! I was shocked by how good it was.
The rest of the night was spent getting to know my other campers! We drank buckets on the beach, hung out, played cards, and at midnight we had a silent disco. Which was a hilarious new experience for me.
Recommendation: Go for it!
Day 2 - Beach Day
I ate breakfast the Thai way and opted for 80 baht ($2.50 USD) fried rice. It was delicious and filling—perfect hearty breakfast for a long day of beach hopping.
Recommendation: Go for it! It’s tasty and cheap.
Breakfast at the Hostel
Our hostel hosted a beach day, thanks to Almy!
Our first stop of the beach tour was Phaeng Waterfall. It was an unimpressive waterfall, but nonetheless, it was fun to swim in the pool of it and take pictures!
Recommendation: Go for it! Pretty and you get a little workout.
Next we went to Malibu Beach. This is far from the prettiest beach in Thailand—the water was a little polluted and it was quite crowded. But, we did spend a lot of time playing beach volleyball. And I discovered that… I. Love. Beach. Volleyball.
Recommendation: Eh, if you have time. There are plenty of places to play beach volleyball.
After that we headed to Koma Beach where we walked across the sand dollar to another island. Tons of sea penises—I mean sea cucumbers. =)
Recommendation: Eh, if you have time. Don’t pet the dogs.
After that we stopped by a temple and paid 20 baht as a donation. This was so gorgeous and peaceful! Surrounded by the lush green mountains, this was lovely to walk around.
Recommendation: Eh, if you have time. So many temples in Thailand.
Our last stop on the beach tour was to the Secret Beach. Turns out it’s not so secret… but this was the nicest beach we went to. We were all pretty tired and hungry at this point, but we hung out at the nearby cafe and relaxed.
Recommendation: Go for it! I wish we would have only gone to this beach for beach day. We moved around way too much.
We headed to the nearby Amsterdam Bar, famous for a certain type of, um… cigarette that they sell. It was PACKED. We watched the sun set—or rather, we watched people stand blocking the sun set. It was nice, but too crowded. I would have liked to come here at a less crowded time, because they have a pool and a deck and it’s stunning.
Recommendation: Go for it! Amsterdam Bar is famous for its views and atmosphere.
Dinner at the Hostel
After a long day of only eating fried rice, I scarfed down an incredibly mediocre Caesar salad. No surprise, Thailand doesn’t have good caesar salad—no worries. Recommendation: Skip it. Tried to be healthy, but it just wasn’t good.
We ended our night at the Jungle Party! During Full Moon week,
there are a ton of parties leading up to the actual party day.
Jungle Party costs 700 baht ($22 USD) to enter, and it’s kind of like a festival vibe. You enter a park (not really a jungle) and there’s music and dancing and random entertainment. We watched a magician perform twice. Twice. He did shadow puppets, and I don’t know what to say… we just really loved it. It’s kind of pricey, but you’re paying for a very different experience. I liked Jungle Party because the park was contained—you could walk around and still run into your friends from the hostel. The cons were that it was expensive and it wasn’t really a jungle. Overall, I had a great time and really enjoyed hanging with all of my fellow Dancing Elephant travelers!
Recommendation: Go for it! It’s a part of the Full Moon experience, just do it.