Have you had the quintessential Thai experience of dancing the night away at the celebrated Full Moon Party? Well, there’s another bash you may have missed, happening not under a full moon, but a half one. Yes, that’s right – welcome to the Koh Phangan Half Moon Party! This event isn’t held on the beach like its full moon counterpart. Instead, tucked away elsewhere on the island, away from the beaches and amidst Koh Phangan’s vibrant jungle setting, the Half Moon Party promises an entirely unique, and arguably more fun, atmosphere.

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In this all-inclusive guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about the Half Moon Party. So, hold on tight as we prepare you for an experience that’s bound to be the highlight of your Thailand trip adventure.

What is a Half Moon Party?

The Half Moon Party, despite its celestial name, is grounded in the lush jungles of Koh Phangan island. Scheduled every half moon night – precisely a week before the full moon – it’s a fest that’s awash with colours, sounds and an incredible collective spirit. This festival is a coveted bi-weekly event of fun and frolic which attracts many party enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Also known as the Half Moon Festival, this party is more than just an epic night of music and dance. It’s a vibrant expression of freedom, unity and blithe. And the best part? If your Thailand trip doesn’t coincide with the Full Moon Party, you can still get a taste of the island’s party spirit by catching a Half Moon Party.

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How the Half Moon Party Began?

Rewind to a decade and a half ago, and you’ll find the roots of the Half Moon Festival. It all started when a young DJ from the island, hungry for something different, decided to move his events away from the beach and into the enchanting rainforest of Koh Phangan.

He found an idyllic spot deep within the tropical jungle, a perfect canvas for his vision. It wasn’t long before this isolated corner of paradise was transformed into a throbbing heart of celebration during every half moon. Today, the Half Moon Festival stands tall, casting a long, vibrant shadow that outshines many other events.

Half Moon Party vs Full Moon Party: Which One’s for You?

Here’s a common confusion among travellers to Koh Phangan, Thailand – should you attend the Half Moon Party or the Full Moon Party? The answer largely depends on when you’re planning your visit. Located amidst the jungle in the island’s heart, the Half Moon Party is a marked departure from the beach-based Full Moon event. If you dislike being a part of large crowds but still want to taste the party experience, going to a Half Moon party may be the right choice. It is also more organised and controlled than a full moon party as it’s run by a private firm, the aptly-named Half Moon Festival, which brings a higher degree of organisation compared to the freewheeling nature of the Full Moon Party. This group has been masterminding this festival for years, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience every time.

An Insider’s Preview: What to Expect at a Half Moon Party?

From the moment you step into the Half Moon Party, you’ll be hit with an energy that leaves you amazed. Believe this, adding the Koh Phangan’s Half Moon Party to your Thailand itinerary is a decision you won’t regret. There’s a whole vibe around the entrance, whispering a silent invitation: let loose, let go, and get ready to party!

While the festival’s entrance is in the middle of a Thai jungle, it’s surprisingly well-organised. When you first pass through the gates, you’ll notice stalls on both sides, with artists ready to transform your body into a glowing canvas under the black-light – for a price. You can also do a DIY body paint before leaving your hotel or hostel, it will save you some bucks. And here’s the cherry on top – a free drink awaits near the entrance. Get your party started early and set the tone for a night of unforgettable revelry!

The Rhythm of the Party: Music and the Three Stages

At the Half MoonFestival, music is the heart and soul of the celebration. And what’s a party without the throbbing pulse of music? Don’t try to box in the genre of music played here – it’s an eclectic mix that ranges widely. Sure, electronic beats dominate, but the DJs also serve up some mainstream hits and old school tunes for good measure. They know their audience well and deliver exactly what they crave.

You will hear R&B jams with slick remixes blasting from the speakers, while a saxophonist weaves enchanting melodies into the night. If you’re partial to more mainstream tunes, it’s recommended (though it’s entirely up to you) to hit the party around 11 PM – when things really start to heat up.

At the heart of the Half Moon Party are its three pulsating stages:

The Tribal Stage (Main floor): This is the festival’s main arena – a massive dance floor where you’ll be treated to the sounds of progressive, techno and tropical house music. It draws top international DJs and, as its name suggests, the Tribal Stage exudes a raw, jungle vibe. With the marriage of modern music and lighting with tribal decor, you’re in for an immersive experience.

The G Floor: Imagine a surge of infectious energy that compels you to dance and cheer – that’s the G Floor for you. It’s a hub of vibrant house music that keeps the party spirit alive. Although a newer and less crowded addition compared to the main stage, its appeal is undeniable.

The Cave Floor: Pumping out hip hop, R&B and groovy tunes, the Cave Floor invites you to lose yourself to the beat in a surreal cave-like setting. This stage is the most urban of them all.

Where is the Half Moon Party : Venue & Address

The enchanting Half Moon Party is held at two distinct locations, each offering a unique party environment. One takes place in the mystical heart of the jungle, while the other lights up the shores at a lively beach club. Here are the specific details:

Jungle Venue:

Baan Thai Jungle,
Ban Tai,
Koh Phangan,
Surat Thani,
Thailand 84280

Beach Club Venue:

Harmony Beach Club,
99, Ban Tai,
Koh Phangan,
Surat Thani,
Thailand 84280

Whether you choose to sway to the rhythm under the lush jungle canopy or dance with the waves at the beach club, each venue guarantees an unforgettable half moon festival experience.

Half Moon Party 2024 Dates

Are you ready to dance under the Half moon light and create memories to last a lifetime? Lock in your dates and grab your tickets for the official Half Moon Party Koh Phangan 2024 from its official website. Though Koh Phangan boasts vibrant parties all year round, to truly experience a Half Moon Party, it’s essential to attend one of the official events. In 2024, there will be events happening on two days every two weeks in the Beach Club and in the Magic Forest.

Here’s a full breakdown of the Half Moon Party dates for 2024:

January 2024:
Beach Club: 03 Jan Magic Forest: 04 Jan
Beach Club: 17 Jan Magic Forest: 18 Jan
February 2024:
Beach Club: 01 Feb Magic Forest: 02 Feb
Beach Club: 16 Feb Magic Forest: 17 Feb
March 2024:
Beach Club: 02 Mar Magic Forest: 03 Mar
Beach Club: 17 Mar Magic Forest: 18 Mar
April 2024:
Beach Club: 01 Apr Magic Forest: 02 Apr
Beach Club: 15 Apr Magic Forest: 16 Apr
May 2024:
Beach Club: 01 May
Beach Club: 15 May Magic Forest: 30 May
June 2024:
Beach Club: 14 June Magic Forest: 28 June
July 2024:
Beach Club: 11 July Magic Forest: 12 July
Beach Club: 29 July Magic Forest: 30 July
August 2024:
Beach Club: 08 Aug Magic Forest: 09 Aug
Beach Club: 26 Aug Magic Forest: 27 Aug
September 2024:
Beach Club: 09 Sep Magic Forest: 10 Sep
Beach Club: 25 Sep Magic Forest: 26 Sep
October 2024:
Beach Club: 09 Oct Magic Forest: 10 Oct
Beach Club: 25 Oct
November 2024:
Beach Club: 08 Nov Magic Forest: 22 Nov
December 2024:
Beach Club: 07 Dec Magic Forest: 08 Dec
Beach Club: 22 Dec Magic Forest: 23 Dec

Half Moon Party: Ticket Prices and Admission Details

Please remember that the age must be over 20 years old to enter a Half Moon Party.

General Admission:

  • For a two-day pass, the online price is THB 2200/- or THB 2700/- at the door.
    Ticket Includes:
    1 General admission at Harmony beach
    1 General admission at Halfmoon festival
    3 Free drinks (750 baht)
    1 HMF Bag (200 baht)
    1 Hand Fan (80 baht)
    1 HMF Landyard (150 baht)
    Glitter body paint at Harmony beach (200 baht)
    Make sure that you wear your halfmoon wristband to get free general access to all events across Sunset walk.
  • For a one-day pass, the online price is THB 800/- or THB 1000/- at the door.
    Ticket Includes:
    1 Free drink (250 baht)
    1 HMF Lanyard (150 baht)
    Glitter body paint (200 baht)
    Make sure that you wear your halfmoon wristband to get free general access to all events across Sunset walk.

VIP Admission:

  • For a One-day pass, the online price is THB 3200/- or THB 3800/- at the door.
    The ticket includes:
    VIP ticket at Harmony beach
    VIP access (not included the private vip table)
    VIP zone
    VIP restrooms
    2 Free drinks (500 baht)
    1 HMF T-shirt (400 baht)
    1 HMF Cap (300 baht)
    1 HMF Bag (200 baht)
    1 HMF Landyard (150 baht)
    1 Fresh Towel (100 baht)
    1 Hand Fan (80 baht)
    UV painting (small size/value 150 baht)
    Please make sure to wear your halfmoon wristband to get free general access to all events across Sunset walk.

*Please note that ticket prices are subject to change.

Perks of VIP tickets at the Half Moon Party

For those who prefer a touch of luxury and don’t mind spending a bit extra, the VIP tickets bring a host of privileges. You’ll savour a uniquely elevated festival experience that blends luxury with comfort. As a VIP, you gain exclusive access to a reserved zone and your own table, offering an uninterrupted party experience. Enjoy the service of your private butler as you sip top-tier spirits, with the added convenience of VIP restrooms.

VIP Exclusive Bottle Services

VIP tickets come with exclusive bottle services tailored to your group size:

  • For up to 5 guests, you’ll receive one bottle set.
  • For groups of 6 to 10, two bottle sets are included.

Ditch the cheap booze and savour the high-end bottle service that defines the elite Thailand VIP experience at the Half Moon Party. Your VIP table package includes premium spirits such as Absolut vodka, Havana 3Y rum, Jameson whiskey, El Toro, and Jose Cuervo tequilas.

How to get to Koh Phagnan for the Half Moon Party?

Wondering how to get to the much-anticipated Half Moon Party in Koh Phangan? Fear not, it’s fairly straightforward, and no matter where in Thailand you’re currently based, you can find a comfortable way to reach this vibrant gathering. Here are the primary routes to guide you:

Transport Type Departure Arrival Duration Approximate Cost
Air (AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air) Bangkok Surat Thani (URT) 1 hr 15 min THB 900 – 2,500
Air (Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways) Bangkok Ko Samui (USM) Varies Minimum THB 4,500
Train Bangkok’s Hualamphong station Surat Thani Varies THB 520 – 1,200
Train (Fastest) Thon Buri in Bangkok Chumphon 8.5 hrs Varies
Bus Khao San Road in Bangkok Koh Phangan 14 hrs THB 350 – 720
Bus (VIP) Morchit (Northern Terminal) in Bangkok Koh Phangan 14 hrs THB 700 – 1,000

Boats and Ferries:

There are few ferry companies that operate routes to Koh Phangan: Lomprayah High Speed Ferries Co. Ltd. (the fastest and most expensive), Seatran Discovery, and Singserm, Raja and Phantip (the slowest and cheapest). Here are some popular ways to get to Koh Phangan:

Here is a table of all the operational boats.

Departure Departure Point Arrival Duration Cost (THB) Operator
Boat from Chumphon (mainland) Matapon Pier Koh Phangan 5 hrs 850 Songserm
Boat from Chumphon (mainland) Tuang Makham Koh Phanga 3-4 hrs 100 Lomprayah
Boat from Surat Thani (mainland) Tapee Pier Koh Phangan 2.5 hrs 700 Lomprayah
Boat from Surat Thani (mainland, van+boat) Surat Thani Seatran Koh Phangan 4.5 hrs 550 Seatran discovery
Boat from Surat Thani (mainland, van+boat) Surat Thani train station Koh Phangan 4 hrs 45 mins 400 – 700 Songserm/Lomprayah
Boat from Surat Thani (mainland, van+boat) Surat Thani airport Koh Phangan 3.5 – 6 hrs 500-800 Multiple Operators
Boat from Surat Thani (mainland) Donsak Pier Koh Phangan 2.5 hrs 210 – 450 Songserm, Seatran discovery, Raja
Boat from Koh Tao Mae Haad Pier Koh Phangan 1 hr 10 mins – 2 hrs 450-850 Lomprayah, Seatran Discovery, Songserm
Boat from Koh Samui Bangrak Seatran Pier Koh Phangan 30 mins 300 Seatran Discovery
Boat from Koh Samui Lipa Noi Koh Phangan 1.5 hrs 150 Raja Ferry
Boat from Koh Samui Na Thon Koh Samui Koh Phangan 30 mins – 1 hr 15 mins Varies
Boat from Koh Samui (van+boat) Samui Airport Koh Phangan 1 hr 450 Seatran discovery

 

Again, these costs and durations are approximate and can vary based on factors such as seasonality and time of booking.

Accommodation: Where to stay for the Half Moon party?

Here are your accommodation options for the Half Moon Party in Koh Phangan:

Baan Thai Backpackers Hostel: This is a popular hostel and considered a perfect option by many tourists for the Half Moon Festival. One of the biggest benefits of staying in a hostel is having the chance to meet people to go to the party with, especially if you’re travelling alone.

Resorts in Ao Baag Charu and Ao Ban Khai: If you prefer to stay in a resort or fancy hotel, these areas offer numerous options. Most resorts in Ao Bang Charu are located in Thongsala Town, just 5 minutes away from the main pier.

Hansa Resort: Located near the party location, this resort offers convenience with a short taxi ride to the Half Moon Party. It requires a minimum of 3 nights stay, with prices ranging from 1500 baht per night.

Morning Star Resort: For those seeking more luxurious accommodation, this resort offers a beach bar, a pool, and spacious bungalows. The prices range from 1600 baht per night with a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Munchies Resort: If you’re after something simpler and more humble, this resort provides charming bungalows styled like island huts. It also requires a minimum stay of 3 nights, with prices starting from 500 baht per night.

Please note, accommodation options can fill up quickly around the time of the Half Moon Party, so it’s recommended to book in advance. The cost of accommodation can vary depending on the location and the type of accommodation you prefer.

Food and Drinks at the Half Moon Party

Here’s what you can expect in terms of food and drinks at the Half Moon Party:

  • Classic Pizzas: Pizza is a crowd-favourite at the Half Moon Party. Easy to grab and go, it’s a perfect food for the party atmosphere.
  • Thai Food: Of course, when in Thailand, Thai food is a must-try. Various stalls serve local Thai cuisine that adds to the cultural experience of the party.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: When you first enter the party, you’ll encounter the main bar. This is where you can redeem the free drinks included in your ticket. Options typically include a choice of two different beverages or a mixing bucket with a bottle of vodka.
  • More Bars and Food Stalls: Beyond the first stage, you’ll find additional bars and food stalls. These provide a range of drinks and snacks to keep you energised throughout the night.

Remember to drink responsibly and ensure that you maintain a balance between alcohol and food intake to enjoy the night to the fullest.

Plan Ahead for a Half Moon Party

Book Accommodation in Advance: Secure your accommodation ahead of time to avoid last-minute hassles and potentially unsafe situations.

Safeguard Personal Belongings: Keep your valuable items secure and hidden. It’s better to leave expensive jewellery or unnecessary credit cards at your accommodation.

Stay Hydrated: Dancing and alcohol can dehydrate you quickly. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and reduce the impact of a potential hangover.

Beware of ‘Friendly’ Strangers: Never accept drinks or food from strangers. There have been cases where such beverages were spiked.

Say No to Drugs: Drugs are illegal in Thailand and their use can lead to severe consequences, including heavy fines or imprisonment.

Plan Your Ride Home: After a night of partying, ensure you have a safe ride back to your accommodation. Book a cab in advance if possible.

Remember, safety should always be your number one priority, even while having fun. Make sure to look out for yourself and your companions. Enjoy the party responsibly!

FAQs

What is a Half Moon Party?

The Half Moon Party is a unique festival celebrated in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Falling twice a month during the half moon period, these parties are an electrifying fusion of music, dance, art, and celebration, attracting global travellers and local Thais alike.

When do Half Moon Parties take place?

Half Moon parties typically happen twice a month, during the half moon periods. The exact dates change every month so it’s best to check the official schedule.

Where is the Half Moon Party located?

The Half Moon Party takes place in the tropical jungle in Ban Tai, a village on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. The island is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and stunning natural beauty.

Is it safe to attend a Half Moon Party?

While the party itself is usually safe, like any large gathering, it’s important to stay vigilant. Keep an eye on your belongings, don’t accept drinks from strangers, and always have a plan to get back to your accommodation.

What is the cost of a Half Moon Party ticket?

A standard ticket for the Half Moon Party costs around 1,000 to 1,500 Thai Baht. This can vary and it’s best to check the official website for the latest prices.

What kind of music can I expect at a Half Moon Party?

Half Moon Parties feature a wide variety of music, primarily electronic, some R&B, hip hop and trance. Expect world-class DJs, local talents, live performers, and plenty of dancing!

What should I wear to a Half Moon Party?

Comfort is key! Many party-goers wear neon or white clothes that glow under the blacklights, and don’t forget to have fun with glow-in-the-dark body paint.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to the Half Moon Party?

Typically, outside food and drinks are not allowed at the party. There are plenty of stalls selling affordable food, drinks, and buckets of cocktails throughout the night.

What other activities can I do in Koh Phangan apart from the Half Moon Party?

Koh Phangan is a beautiful island with more to offer than just parties. You can explore beautiful beaches, participate in yoga retreats, try water activities like snorkelling and diving, visit local markets, and explore the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Can someone under 18 years of age attend the Half Moon Party?

If you’re a family, you may bring along your teens or kids to the party. However, all teens and children must be accompanied by a guardian or parent above 30 years of age. Unaccompanied teens or kids will not be allowed to enter the party.

Do I have to take my original ID documents to the Half moon party?

It is advisable not to carry your original passport or ID proof to the half moon party as there are chances you may lose them. Instead, you can carry a clear photocopy of the said ID proof for verification.

Is the Half Moon Party worth it?

The Half Moon Party is definitely worth it if you enjoy lively music, meeting new people, and dancing the night away in a unique, open-air setting. However, if you’re not a fan of large crowds or loud music, this might not be the event for you. Remember to respect the local culture and environment, and most importantly, enjoy the magical experience!