This Full Moon Package is a combination of urban Bangkok and lively party life in Koh Pha Ngan island. We ensure that you get a comfortable start of your vacation by picking you up at the airport upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel. You will experience some of Bangkok’s cultural highlights, explore the quiet backstreets, local markets, and feel the urban pulse of Bangkok’s metropolis. After having fun in Bangkok it is time for adventure on Koh Pha Ngan. It is time for the legendary Full Moon Party. It is an all-night beach party that takes place on the island of Koh Pha Ngan. You will be staying in the middle of it all, and on the days before Full Moon we arrange exciting boat and snorkelling trips around the island. Go exploring. Go partying.
- Trip length:
- 9 Day(s) 8 Night(s)
- Unique Experience:
- ● The ultimate Thailand experience combining bustling Bangkok and the ever-famous Full Moon Party
● Trail the backstreets of Bangkok by bike, get close to the lady boys and learn the art of Thai cooking
● Dance your heart out and party all night at Koh Pha Ngan while also leaving room for touring the island – by road and by boat
- Locations Visited:
- Bangkok,Koh Pha Ngan
- Start City:
- End City:
- Koh Pha Ngan
- Physical rate:
- Type of transportation:
- Minivan, long tail boat, overnight coach, catamaran ferry, pick up truck, walking & cycling
- Type of Accommodation:
- Dorm room in Bangkok and shared double room at Koh Pha Ngan.
Single travellers get their own room on Koh Pha Ngan.
- Tour departure day(s):
- Fixed departure days: Please refer to booking calendar or contact your travel consultant directly.
- Small Group Exploration
Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour as a whole.
Day tours: Shared Group Experience
Through no guarantees are given, do expect more participants on the day and evening tours
- Children Policy:
- Please be aware of: Children below 18 is not allowed on this trip.
- Included in Price:
- Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 Full Moon Buffet.
Accommodation: 2 nights at New Road Guest House in dorm room, 1 night in overnight bus & 5 nights in shared double room at Same Same or nearby guest house.
Entrance fees & tours: Entrance to all National Parks, Bike trip, Cooking course and Cabaret show & 2 Day trips at Koh Pha Ngan.
Transport: Overnight bus, Boats, pickup truck.
English speaking tour guide: For day tours only.
- Excluded From Price:
- ● Travel insurance (compulsory)
● Optional tours not stated as included in the itinerary
● Transport to and from cooking course, cabaret show and bike tour
● Transport to get from New Road Guest House to pick up place for overnight coach to Koh Pha Ngan
● Transport from pier at Koh Pha Ngan to Same Same Guest House
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
- Travel season:
- This tour is operated once a month aligned with the Full Moon. Please request specific departure days.
Generally, expect a tropical, highly humid climate with two main seasons: The hot season January - April and the rainy season May - January. In May - September expect occasional rain and sunshine and in October - December heavy monsoonal rain is experienced.
- Essential to bring:
After a long journey we will ensure you have a comfortable stay in the hectic city of Bangkok. One of our staff will meet you at the airport with a sign with Visit Beyond logo and your name. If you cannot find our staff with the sign, please contact the ATTA office in the arrival hall, and they will help you. Upon arrival at New Road Guest House you will be checked in to your accommodation. The first day is free for you to do as you please. We have experienced foreigner and Thai service guides at the guest house, ready to give you free travel advice and answer any questions you might have.
Day 2: Cooking course and Lady boy Cabaret show
Be ready to learn some Thai cooking today. The class starts from the corner of Silom soi 11 at 9.00. The cooking school teaches classic Thai cooking in a traditional outdoor kitchen. You will shop for fresh ingredients in an outdoor Thai market and then cook a complete meal from scratch – all under the watchful eyes of your friendly certified Thai cooking instructors. Experience Thai-style cooking and Thai culture at their finest right in the heart of Bangkok. The course will finish around 13.00. You will then have free time to explore in the afternoon until 20.15 where you have to be at Asiatique river front, it is easy to get there with the free shuttle boat from the Saphan Thaksin sky train station (transportation to the cabaret show is on your own, ask the service guides how to get there). The cabaret show that you are going to watch is very spectacular and shows a funny part of the culture in the sprawling Thailand. Be ready to be entertained and bring your camera to shoot some unforgettable photos. A beautiful cultural experience. (B, L)
Day 3: Bike tour in Bangkok and departure for Koh Pha Ngan
You have to check out from New Road Guest House before 12.00 noon. Today’s Bike tour begins near Tara Hotel on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 26, where you will meet at 13:00. You are responsible for your own transport to and from Sukhumvit, Soi 26. You can go by taxi or by sky train to Phrom Phong station. You will cycle from Tara Hotel through the lively Klong Toey market, far away from Bangkok's congested roads. Here you’ll find a year-round, colourful mixture of Thai and Chinese goods for sale. The route will also take you through a working-class neighborhood, where you can experience yet another side of the metropolis. You’ll also pass through “Little Chinatown”, where children enthusiastically wave and yell “hello” at the unusual sight of foreigners on bicycles. When you cross the river, you will enter the jungle area, cycling on the narrow concrete pathways and enjoying the natural environment and cosy atmosphere among the local people. After the trip it is possible to relax at New Road Guest House in the lobby and get a shower before you have to transfer yourself to the pick up place for the overnight bus to Koh Pha Ngan. You have to be at the pick up place no later than 20.00. The service guides at New Road Guest House will be happy to assist you with a map and the information you need to get there in time. (B)
Day 4: Arrival Koh Pha Ngan - The party island
Check in from 12.00 at your accommodation upon arrival at Koh Pha Ngan. When you arrive at the pier you can feel the vibe and the atmosphere on the island as a lot of young party seekers are arriving to enjoy the famous full moon party. Jump in one of the many shared taxi or minivans and tell the driver that you are going to Same Same in Haad Rin. It is a thrilling ride up and down steep hills, so make sure to hold on tight. Upon arrival at Same Same you have to ask for Heidi or Christina. They will then check you in to either Same Same or another guest house nearby. The rooms are basic but fine – but hey a real party animal will stay in the sun and party all night, so no need to splash all your money for honey moon suites at this time. One dime more for buckets on the beach will be a better choice in this occasion. Kick back relax and enjoy that you have arrived.
Day 5: Activity day - Koh Pha Ngan
Today you will have an option of choosing between three tours. You will be asked upon arrival on day one for which tour you want to join. Tour 1 : A trip around the island will be arranged. On this tour you will visit a waterfall and one of the sacred temples on the island; we will also visit a small elephant & crocodile camp. For lunch we will picnic at one of the northern beaches where there is an opportunity for some good snorkelling or swimming. Tour 2 : Day trip to the stunning marine park Ang Thong. These beautiful scattered islands is where ”The Beach” was actually taking place in the book written by Alec Garland. Tour 3 :Thai Cooking Class – here you will learn to cook like a real Thai chef. Regardless of which trip you choose we will finish off the day with dinner back at Same Same. (L, D)
Day 6: Activity day - Koh Pha Ngan
Today we have to be active again and you will again have an option of choosing your trip of choice. Tour 1 : We will go on a boat trip where we visit the beaches west of Koh Pha Ngan. You will have the chance to see a waterfall and enjoy snorkelling at one of the other good spots on the island. After a good lunch the boat will return back to Same Same. Tour 2 : Wipeout as know form TV – yes, you will be able to go and try a simplified field with several challenges and obstacles. After finishing of the days activities another nice dinner will be served at night as you can feel the big night is sneaking closer and closer. (L, D)
Day 7: Activity day - Koh Pha Ngan
Full moon partyyyy…. No need to explain, just enjoy the show! Same Same’s famous full moon buffet will kick off the party of a lifetime. (D)
Day 8: Chill day - Koh Pha Ngan
Sleep in - because today there are no activities planned for you. Wake up and slender to the beach, walk around Haad Rin and treat yourself with a good meal at some of the small restaurants in town.
Day 9: Check out day - Koh Pha Ngan
Check out 12.00 from your room at Had Rin (in case you need extra days it can be arranged locally).
Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
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This checklist is intended as a reference guide; it is not a complete packing list. Always keep in mind weight restrictions according to your airline of choice.
Travel documents: Passport and visas, travel insurance documents, tickets, Visit Beyond vouchers (if any).
Money: Cash, credit card, money pouch.
Special for Ranger tour:You need to bring 3 long sleeved shirts in dark colors like black or army green and 2 pair of trousers for the jungle.
Day pack: First-aid kit, medication/prescriptions (consider carrying a doctor’s letter if you require a large amount of medication), sunscreen, refillable water bottle and purification tablets, flashlight, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, traveler’s diarrhea tablets, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, earplugs, playing cards, phrasebook.
Large pack: Alarm clock, international outlet adapter, swimsuit, lightweight towel, eye mask, comfortable walking shoes, raincoat, umbrella, waterproof jacket, outdoor sandals with good grip, waterproof bags for the rainy season, appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites.
And, of course, your camera, film or memory cards and spare batteries!
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You are responsible for obtaining visas. Consult your embassy’s website in Thailand or Thailand’s embassy website in your country for the latest visa requirements. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. We endeavor to keep visa information updated, but rules can change suddenly.
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Remember that styles of dress are generally conservative throughout Asia. This is especially true outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants that cover the legs in temples and religious sites. Back to Index
We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout Thailand. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank; not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. In addition, notify your bank of your travels before you depart, as banks often place a temporary hold on cards due to transactions in foreign countries or other suspicious activities.
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There are no health requirements for this trip. However, to get the most out of your trip, all travelers should be in good physical health. You should consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country and you should honestly assess your ability to complete your vacation based on the detailed Visit Beyond trip itinerary. In general, the more you physically prepare for the trip, the more you will enjoy it. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.
Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Read the trip itinerary closely and bring medicine accordingly, as many trips entail travel on long, windy roads and require that you eat authentic Thai food. Do not rely on trip leaders or guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.
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*Special Health & Fitness for diving
Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer – or have suffered from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving can cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above mentioned diseases. Back to Index
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Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. Both of these may be common among certain communities we visit but they are illegal nonetheless. Engaging in such activities puts you and your group at serious risk. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by death in Thailand. Visit Beyond and group leaders reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.
*Children are defined from age 2-11. That means 12 years and up will have to pay adult price.
Children can either stay with the parents in the same bed or we can book an extra bed if possible at the guest house / hotel.
*Some trips have special rules for children.
Children rules for SCUBA diving:
Children can do special dive courses from the age of 8.
Children aged 8-9 can do a course named bubble maker
Children aged 10-11 can do a course named Scuba diver
Children aged 12 and up will be able to do Open Water course.
It's still up to the instructor to decide whether a child is mature enough to dive. Being 10 does not create a right to be certified.
Children are defined from age 8-11. That means 12 years and up will have to pay adult price.