The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night before or after every full moon.

The first Full Moon Party was improvised at a wooden disco not far from the beach in 1985 for giving thanks to about 20-30 travelers. They quickly gained fame through word of mouth, and the event now draws a crowd of about 20,000-30,000 every full moon evening. The party carries on until the sun rises the next day. The bars on the sunrise beach of Haad Rin town stay open and play music such as R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae.

The modern event has become a part of the itinerary of many travelers to Asia. It is characterized by unruly and potentially dangerous attractions such as fire skipping ropes, wildly variable alcohol strength ‘buckets’, and a drug culture. It is seen by many as the “ultimate party experience”, although drug laws are still strict, and police enforcement is stepped up during the parties.

In recent years, there has been an increasing number of assaults and robberies at the party and in bars in the surrounding area, eventually leading the British government to officially warn tourists to exercise caution at the Full Moon Parties.

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