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November 6, 2004
The highlight for us was drinking out of buckets-yes, actual buckets-and when you finished drinking you could make sand castles! For 250 bhat (aboutA $7), you could buy a bucket, which included a hip flask of your favourite spirit (vodka, gin, etc.), a can of soda, and about 10 milliliters of Redbull concentrate (this stuff isn’t like the normal Redbull, as it’s very, very strong and does stuff to your head). You can't just run off with a hip flask of vodka though. They pour it all out for you, and you must drink it all before going onto the next.
A couple words of advice:
If you are planning to walk off from your friends, don’t. You probably won’t see them again until the next day.
Be warned that if you are staying on the north side of the island, the trip back in a taxi/ute is VERY bumpy and takes about a half hour. Not so much fun for people who have enjoyed a few too many buckets
Don’t take the ferry-it’s worse then the taxi/ute.
Don’t take anything valuable with you to the party. You are probably more likely to drop something in the sand than have it stolen, BUT it’s not worth the risk.
Although we were fine, there is apparently some stealing during the party, so just be smart about where you put your stuff.
Bring a camera with you. It will be essential to record all the moments that you will have forgotten by the next day.
Most importantly, have FUN! It’s definitely NOT a night to miss.
The Full Moon Party happens once a month. Since there is no set date for a full moon, the day changes monthly. However, it is usually at the very end or very beginning of the month.
From journal Thailand's best island
London, New Zealand
June 17, 2002
Interestingly enough a power cut plunged the island into darkness just before I went into Hat Rin (karma perhaps). A spectacular lightning storm threatened to dampen the night but the party gods intervened and the clouds overhead receeded.
The lightning kept coming and the forks that kept striking behind the hills of Pha Ngan mixed in with all the lasers and strobes from the bars to bring another mind blowing dimension to the night.
It was brilliant that everyone was in such a good mindset. Meeting people from places like Germany, Russia, South Africa and just about everywhere else who all just wanted to dance the night away was incredible.
Unfortunately with about 5000 people on a beach, there has to be downsides. Lazy people who didnt want to walk inside for the bathroom - turning the sea into a communal urinal wasn't a high point.
I left to watch the sun come up from the rocks on the south end of the beach. It was spine tingling seeing day dawn over Hat Rin and the chaos that was continuing.
Stumbling back across a beach covered in waterbottles and buckets I took time to laugh at all the people still off their heads and going hard. Apparently 9:30am isnt a normal time to go home here.
This has to be on everyones 'to do' list. It's becoming a rite of passage for Generation X, and seriously, what else are you going to do, go to bed early and get up to watch the sunrise...please.
From journal Life on Ko Pha Ngan