The Half Moon Party – better than full moon?
Fluorescent paint, crazy dancers, world class DJs, high on ‘life’ travellers, drunk tourists and good vibes all set in the middle of the jungle – welcome to the Half Moon Party!
We were skeptical at first. All we had heard from everyone back home was that we absolutely HAD to go to a full moon party. So we had our minds set on this, until arriving on the island. Speaking to the locals and other travellers who had attended almost every type of moon party – all said that the half moon was the best. The main reasons being, way fewer people attend and also way fewer “drunken, idiotic, young tourists” who ruin it for everyone.
We got our tickets to the half moon party through the Arena, they were 1200 Baht ($50NZ) each and included a free drink.
Tip: We found out half an hour after we bought them that if we’d walked two minutes down the road to the Sunset Walk we could’ve got the tickets for the same price but they would’ve included two drinks and transport! Damn.
We started the night at the Arena pre party playing beer pong and painting our faces in fluorescent colours.
At 11pm we jumped on the back of a taxi car (80 Baht ($3.25NZ) each), clung on for our lives and arrived 20 minutes later.
The jungle was lit with black lights making everything glow, the bass hit you before you jumped out of the taxi, the party was packed with 1000s of people and the DJs were killing it! The venue was massive I didn’t know where to look. There were two stages – the main one being the best.
Neil and I danced our way through the crowd to the front where we watched the stage performers dancing to the sweet tunes the DJ was laying down.
We got pretty hungry as the night went on and went to check out the food stalls, they were ridiculously expensive (to be expected) so Neil decided to challenge a guy, taking a bet he could fit a whole piece in his mouth (they were huge so this didn’t seem possible). Neil pushed and shoved, eventually getting the whole thing in, stoked he got free pizza!
It was about 4am now and we were ready for MacDonald’s and bed, we decided to see how much the taxis were and found they were now charging 150 Baht ($6NZ) each to go back! It was only 2km away so we decided to just walk it. This sounds weird, but this was my favourite part of the night. There are a lot of island dogs on Koh Phangan and they can be very territorial, when we first set off one ran right up to us and we gave him a pat – he escorted us the whole way home!
This was super amazing as when other dogs heard us coming they would run out barking but then our dog would “have a chat” with them and they would back off, he was our guardian dog, I wanted to take him with us on the rest of our adventures! But we said goodbye to him that night over fried rice back at the Arena’s 24 hour kitchen – I miss that guy.
This was a mind blowing, amazing party! We didn’t find any “drunken, idiotic, young tourists”, and we didn’t feel like we were packed into a tin of sardines. We loved it! Check out what else we got up to on this island here.