The Full Moon Party is an all night beach party that originated in Haad Rin on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. It is held on the night of, before or after every full moon. See Full Moon Party Dates Here.
The first Full Moon Party was improvised at a Paradise Bungalows, Haad Rin on the beach in 1985, for giving thanks to about 30 hippy backpackers. The parties gained fame through word of mouth, and the event now draws a crowd of about 5,000 to 30,000 every Full Moon Party. The party carries on past the sun rise at various after parties. The bars on the sunrise beach of Haad Rin town stay open and play music such as psychedelic trance, R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae. Every backpacker in South East Asia who wants to party comes to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party.
The success of the Full Moon Party prompted the creation of Half Moon, Black Moon, Jungle Party, Pool Party and many other parties and bars.
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