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Full Moon Party Returns with a Bang: The Biggest Crowd Yet at Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan

Published: February 7, 2023 at 9:31 pm

After a year of setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Full Moon Party has finally made a return to Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan. The event was a huge success and gave the island a festive atmosphere, drawing an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people.

Travelers from all over the world came to the island, resulting in nearly full hotel and hostel rooms. The pier and boats were overwhelmed with revelers making their way to the island, and the bars and bucket stalls were churning out cocktails as fast as they could make them. With early booking being key, even last-minute hotel rooms fetched 25,000 baht for the night, and the last dorm bed was booked for 10,000 baht.

The Full Moon Party itself lasted until sunrise, with afterparties starting around 7 am. Many party-goers spent several days eschewing sleep for non-stop parties, such as the Jungle Experience and OXA Beach, which went on until sunrise in the lead-up to the Full Moon Party.

Safe and Peaceful Event

Haad Rin Police reported a relatively peaceful and safe party, with no major serious incidents reported. A variety of government and law enforcement agencies were on hand to ensure the safety of the tens of thousands of mostly young backpackers and travelers. The Koh Pha Ngan District Police were joined by the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station, Immigration Police, Tourist Police, and marine police to act as a chaperone. The authorities also monitored the speedboats that run all night from neighboring islands to ensure the safety of passengers, who were instructed to wear life jackets and avoid overcrowding on the boats.

Big Money for the Island

The huge crowd brought in big money for the island, with bars and bucket stalls, and restaurants collecting wads of cash from drunk tourists in need of late-night snacks after the party.

The next Full Moon Party will be held on March 7, 2023, due to the conflict with the Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha Day, which will be celebrated on the full moon date of March 6. As the sale and consumption of alcohol are prohibited on this day, Full Moon Party and the Jungle Experience will be held the following day.

Overall, the Full Moon Party has returned with a bang, bringing a festive atmosphere and big money to the island of Koh Pha Ngan. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was a huge success, with accommodations at full capacity and no major serious incidents reported.

SOURCE: Thaiger

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