When should I arrive?
We suggest arriving in Koh Phangan at least 5-7 days in advance of a Full Moon Party, as finding accommodation during the busy season is nearly impossible.
Because the high cleaning costs, 100 baht entry fee is necessary to enter the beach for evening Full Moon Party.
If you stay overnight and return back early to Koh Samui, the first service of the day is 07:00 to Nathon Pier (Sailing about 1 hours. Another one is start from the same dock on 07:20 and only takes 30 minutes.), 08:00 to Bangrak Pier (30 minutes) and 11:00 to Maenam Pier (20 minutes).
The main disadvantage of this option is the long journey between the party and your comfortable bed. It also makes it more difficult to leave early, because you still need to wait for the very first morning ferry after overnight party. During the waiting, you have no comfortable place to stay there, and the ferry might make you more tired. However, this is a very safe and cheap choice in general.
Get away from the water! Deadly drowning causes most of the deaths at the Full Moon Party. The moon circle affects the tides, which will rise to the top and produces strong currents.
Different kinds of drugs are easy to find in the party while the police search incoming vehicles and through crowd for drugs. Simply put, don't bring and don't buy any drugs.
If you take part in the rope jumping, it is can get really common to burn. When the rope wrap around, it was inevitable to fail one or two times. And burn happens. Be careful!
Don't take any valuable objects. This rule applies to phones, money, cameras, passport and jewelry, etc. Before leaving your hotel, secure your valuables at reception. Thieves act on this particular night.
Cash & Cards
You should also take a set amount of money out with you and leave your cards/wallet/purse behind. Again, you will run the risk of losing this one way or another. If you run out of money while you're there, it's likely because you don't need to be spending any more!
It's common sense but worth saying anyway! Don't take expensive belongings with you. Obviously, you will want to take pictures (probably to remind you in the morning of all the crazy things you did/new friends you made!) so buy a disposable camera. If you really want to take your good camera out, upload all your current pictures online beforehand, just in case. Cameras can be replaced, pictures can't!
Due to the special drinking style in the Full Moon Party - an open bucket, you should always keep an eye on your drinks. Do not change your drinks with strangers. It's safer to buy them from reputable shores than from many mobile shacks on the beach.
Taxis on the island operate overnight and are available to your hotels. But trying to explain to the driver where you stay can be a challenge when you drink too much. Put a hotel card in your pocket and show it to your driver so that you can get back much easier.
Thousands of people on a beach means broken bottles and cut feet galore, so wear footwear of some kind 0r you'll end up like Bruce Willis in Die Hard! They don't have to be your favourite shoes, in fact, we'd advise against it, but glass in the feet is sure to be more of a nuisance than a pair of flip flops!
A COPY of your passport
You should never bring your passport to a Full Moon Party. Lock that in your room and take one copy is enough. You may feel like bringing your passport with you is safer than at the hotel, but that is untrue. You really run the risk of having it stolen or broken.
Crossing the strait
Speedboats can be dangerously overcrowded, so book from a regular operator and insist to wear a lifejacket. If you want to avoid that risk, stay in a hotel on Koh Phangan.
Don't swimming at night
You may be tempted to take a dip in the water at some point in the night … erm, we use the term water rather lightly! Take away the obvious safety issues involved when you put drunken people in the water, and just consider where all those thousands of people are going to the toilet. They aren't all queuing for the portaloos! Washing your hands or face, or trying to clean any cuts you may get, in the sea will not give the desired effect!
There's a lot of booze and a lot of people partying. Stuff happens – it's generally best to be prepared for it.