The Ko Phangan Half Moon party is becoming increasingly popular despite most people visiting the island for the Full Moon party. Both parties are completely different. And, despite being a strong believer that this island has a lot more to offer than just a good party, they are both different, and I would have loved to know that before heading over.
The truth is, Tom and I have been to both. We went to the Ko Phangan Half Moon party four times and the Full Moon party once. We obviously had our preferences but they are both completely different so I thought I’d share some highlights with you. From music to price, drinks, and people, there is not one aspect of either that resembles the other. Below I’ve outlined some of the key differences so that you can make the most of your party time in Ko Phangan.
The Full Moon party Is Cheaper All Round
If you are looking for a night out on a budget, the Ko Phangan Full Moon party has to be the winner. The entrance fee for the Full Moon is a mere 100 Baht or 2.5GBP. With taxis costing 100 Baht each way, you are looking at 300 Baht or 7GBP, not including drinks. The Ko Phangan Half Moon party comes in at a huge 1000 Baht. This doesn’t including the 200 Baht worth of taxis you will have to spend to get to and from the party. The early bird tickets are 900 Baht as long as you arrive between 8pm and 10pm.
The Drinks at the Full Moon Party are Cheaper
Again, when it comes to pricing the Full Moon party takes home the gold medal. You will be able to buy a bucket of spirits mixed with Red Bull for approximately 150 Baht. The Ko Phangan Half Moon party offers two free drinks on arrival but after that, you’ll be spending a lot of money. A Smirnoff Ice costs 200 Baht.
Both Parties Offer Different Music
Now, this is a matter of taste. If you like drum n’ bass or electro music then you will love the Full Moon party. If like me you are into house music, the Ko Phangan Half Moon party is the place the be. I found the Full Moon party music a bit too heavy. That said, after 4am the Half Moon party music became very generic, switching between pop remixes and low-quality RnB.
Beach or Jungle?
The Full Moon party is at Haad Rin beach, beautiful by day, wild at night. Having a party on a long stretch of beach means you have to walk a long way to see the whole thing. Not only this, shoes are uncomfortable yet you have to wear them because of the pieces of inconspicuous glass poking up from the sand.
The Ko Phangan Half Moon party is more of a jungle setting. There are different stages and bars, each one beautifully decorated and close to one another. It’s easier to maneuver around and makes for a more sociable atmosphere. Also, the Color Fighter team has left its mark on the festival with incredible murals and art scattered around the party.
Paying For Toilets, Really?!
So maybe I’m being a bit of an arse on this one but charging for toilets, really?! Be warned, not only does the Full Moon party charge for toilets at the entrance, they are also gross! On the other hand, the Half Moon party is like a luxury hotel when it comes to its W/C’s. On top of that, they’re free!
The Ko Phangan Half Moon Party is More About Having a Good Boogie
Maybe it is because the entrance fee is virtually nonexistent, or maybe it’s because drinks are so cheap, either way, the Full Moon party is more about hardcore partying. Because the Ko Phangan Half Moon party requires a bigger budget, the vibe is completely different.
We met people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. From 70-year-olds having a boogie, to parents with their kids, it’s a nice family friendly vibe. You won’t find people gurning at every corner, nor will you see any drunken brawls, at least we didn’t.
In my opinion, the Full Moon party was a glorified Magaluf. As an English girl, I can understand why us Brits have a bad name. The night we went was all about hooking up with randoms and getting grossly drunk, neither of which I was particularly interested in. That said, I’m sure if you are into that kind of music you can have an awesome time without going too crazy.
The Entertainment at the Ko Phangan Half Moon Party is Insane!
Aside from the Full Moon party sign being set on fire throughout the night, there is no real form of entertainment. The Ko Phangan Half Moon party entertainment is completely the opposite. The fire dancers bring the place to life with some amazing acts. They get up close and personal for you to take some amazing pictures and play along with the music to bring the whole show together, truly amazing!
It’s completely up to you. If you are looking for a big night out with some cheap drinks and some drum n’ bass, the Full Moon party will be right up your street. There is also an after party on a secluded beach which we heard was the best part of the night for many.
If you are looking for something a little more PG13, you may want to reconsider the Full Moon party. The Ko Phangan Half Moon party was perfect for us. A great place for a good boogie, a couple of drinks, and an amazing vibe.
Have any of you been to the Ko Phangan Half Moon party or Full Moon party? We didn’t get a chance to go to any of the others so let me know if it’s worth another visit to the island for 🙂
In the meantime, if you want to book your tickets to either the Ko Phangan Half Moon party or the Full Moon party, check out their websites here:
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