Take Kids to the Full Moon Party?

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I’ve been wondering for days if we could take kids to the Full Moon Party at Haad Rin on Ko Phangan. I asked around and got mixed answers. Blog posts like this one describing it as a “war zone” had me wondering. In the end we went to find out for ourselves.

Full Moon Party Thailand With Kids
This will go crazy on Pinterest!

We just happened to be here on the gorgeous island of Ko Phangan at the right time. Chef and I had never been to a Full Moon Party, despite all my time hanging about in Goa when I was young-ish.  We both wanted to see what it was like and we had a feeling the kids would enjoy it, plenty of life, fun, music and colour.

My biggest fear was crowds, if we lost them among the 20,000 people expected, it would be a disaster. I was also unsure if there would be nastiness unfit for children’s eyes. I’m not into sheltering the kids from the real world, I’m not that Mum, but still, I was worried.

Actually, it was fine, D, at 9 years old said it was “Awesome Mum!”.

Boo, at 7 was too tired.  So he says, I think he conned us into going home early to play with a new toy, once we were home he miraculously perked up.

They both enjoyed watching the fire shows and seeing the multicoloured glow-in-the-dark craziness going on, it was a new experience for them, I love to give them new experiences.

As D said when he woke up this morning ” That was way better than the Port Douglas Carnivale Mum!”

To Take Kids to the Full Moon Party at Haad Rin, Consider These Tips.

1. Get them to have a sleep in the afternoon. My boys are normally out cold by 8pm, so the Full Moon Party was going to be a late-night for them.

2. Wear shoes. Who knows what’s in that sand, from broken glass, to cigarette butts to needles. We’ve been told that you shouldn’t go on the sand at Haad Rin in places, ever, because of the paraffin from the fire shows.

3. Put the kids in easily recognisable bright clothes and take a photo of them. If you lose them, it gives the police an idea of what they’re looking for ( heaven forbid).

4. Maybe write your mobile number on their arms or slip it in their pockets, just in case.

5. Delegate. We took one child each and hung onto them the whole time. If I stopped to take photos I made sure D had his hand on my waist and never took it off.

6. Go early. A lot of people arrive really late ( midnight), the party goes on through to dawn. It’s traditionally held on Haad Rin on Ko Phangan because that part of the island faces the sunrise. We were there between 7pm and 9.30pm,  there was plenty to see and it wasn’t too crazy or too crowded.

7. Chill out and enjoy, it’s not that bad, it’s just a party! There is a heavy police presence and they really don’t like drugs, there are regular vehicle stops and checks. Taxis are well organised, it’s easy to get home.

8. Admission is 100Baht if you go onto the beach from the main entrance opposite the tourist police station. If you walk further along the beach you can stroll onto the sand for free.

9. Stay sober. We did.


 Why We Went

Some of you will have been to a Full Moon Party before and know what to expect, to others it will be a totally new concept.

A few will be scratching heads and wondering why on earth we went, it’s not our usual style at all.

There may be a few thinking that we are irresponsible for taking the kids to the Full Moon Party. I don’t think so. We went to see, if we felt it was unsafe or unsuitable, we would have left straight away.

I’ve said before that we travel to find the different, to learn and to experience, this was different to our normality.

I’m a big people watcher, this was one of the best people watching opportunities, ever. We sat in a Nepalese restaurant and watched the passing parade of brightly coloured, fluoro people, it was interesting. People ARE interesting and most of them are good.

Buckets Full Moon Party Thailand

This story needs to be told in pictures. I have video, that will come later. It’s all about the buckets.

Stall after stall selling DIY cocktail buckets, heavy on the Red Bull.

The boys found it really amusing to see grown men ( in their eyes) in fluoro outfits with highly decorative glow in the dark body paint, sipping from kids’ plastic buckets through straws.

Full Moon Party Ko Phangan

You’ll see this sort of thing a lot. The kids didn’t even notice.

Full Moon Party Thailand Ko Phangan

Early evening in Haad Rin on Ko Phangan, the streets are totally dedicated to the party. That’s Boo and Chef. There were other children around and pensioners, but the 18-30 crowd, of all nationalities, was in the majority.

If you do take kids to the Full Moon Party there are lots of interesting shops and street stalls for them to look at. They’ll want to spend their pocket money.

Fluoro Gear Full Moon Party
Fluoro Tattoo Full Moon Party

Fluoro, Fluoro and more Fluoro.

The kids wanted a glow in the dark fluoro body paint ( didn’t come out too well on camera, but they were great in real life), but settled for flashing jelly rings instead.

Full Moon Party Shops

More bucket sellers on the beach.

When we left at 9.30pm the beach wasn’t too crowded at all but there were plenty of fire shows to watch and lots more stalls selling fluoro gear.

A few girls were dancing in bikinis, that’s about as bad as it got.

If you want to see photos of fire shows, check out the ones I took on Ko Samet, they came out much better.

D wants to be a fire twirler, he’s busy practicing, it could be a nice little earner.

Giant Fire Skipping Rope Full Moon Party
Full Moon Party burning jump rope
Jump Rope on Fire Full Moon Party

If you can’t make out what’s going on here, it’s a giant fiery skipping rope. Local pros and punters take it in turns. The locals are spectacular, the punters get singed ankles.

This is the thing I particularly wanted to see and I’d have a go at it if I wasn’t childminding. There were a lot of people gathered around to watch and participate, this was the only part of the beach that was crowded.

About this time Boo had enough, too much noise and he wanted to go home.

D loved it, he was dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and having a great time, it’s not all trance music.

So this week I’ve got over my fear of bikes and my fear of taking the kids to the Full Moon Party. If we’re in the right place at the right time again we’ll go, for sure. It’s just a party, people enjoying themselves. Who knows what happened as the night wore on, nothing new I’m sure, nothing that didn’t happen back in my misspent youth.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

16 thoughts on “Take Kids to the Full Moon Party?”

  1. this seems that it was such a great experience for you guys and the kids. You guys def sounds like my husband and i are towards our kids. 🙂
    thanks a lot for sharing

  2. Hi
    thanks again for the reply.
    i was planning koh phangan for full moon only. Now m planning the following itienary around 8th july 1st stop will be phi phi /krabi for 4or 5 nights den koh samui 4to5 nights den bkk 3to4 nights and den back to mumbai.
    I had one more question and sorry for bothering u for all dis .
    My question :- is it suggested to book in advance the hotels or should i book 2 days prior my visit so that i can opt. For different islands.


    • We don’t usually pre book, but as you’re going to the big tourist islands, with a baby, you may need to. We pre book BKK too now, we never used to, but we have a few favourite places to stay and we make sure we can get them in advance. Use Agoda, they’re great for Asia, there are lots of links on my site and we’ve had great experiences with getting refunds and booking changes with them.

  3. Hi
    Appreciate your prompt reply reschedulling my trip and skipping koh phangan. Planning phi phi and krabi instead. Hope thats a more relaxing and better option for 6 months old baby and for us as well.

    • Did you mean Ko Phangan or the Full Moon Party? Ko Phangan is lovely, but the parties are no place for a baby, stay on the other end of the island, you’ll be miles away, you’ll hardly notice, a few extra people arrive, that’s all.

  4. Hi I know its late now 2015 but planning to take my 6 months old daughter for this party and dont know is it suggested because of the music loudness or smoke of drugs etc. In the air. Pretty confused as full on is approaching end of this month so haven’t planned anything yet. Please suggest.

  5. Thank you for this post, husband and I love to travel and were debating the possibility of taking the kids (currently 10 & 13) to a Full Moon party in Thailand next year. Not even slightly worried now, it sounds awesome!

  6. Your photos are great! I love the fluoro and I’d love to paint it in my body too. It’s totally amazing glowing in the dark when the fun has started.

  7. You guys are awesome …love it, I’m sure we will take Oliver when we start our adventure next year… I think travel is all about new experiences and as long as you got your wits about you why not take children it’s not like your going there to down a bottle vodka and prance around in your bikini all night…great blog (once again)

  8. Sounds pretty fun actually; Andrew and I have both avoided the Full Moon Party so far because we’ve heard it’s over rated and (in our old age!) we don’t find partying as much fun as we used to in our student days. Maybe we’ll give it a go if we get back to the islands though. I’m amazed that you’d try the fire jumping Alyson; I wouldn’t fancy risking it in case I got some nasty burns!

    • I don’t think the burns would be particularly nasty, plus I love a challenge! I wouldn’t go to be part of the party, nobody is interested in middle aged parents, but I love to observe (and I do like trance!).


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