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“Speedboat transfer - koh samui to full moon party”
Review of Full Moon Party

Full Moon Party
Ranked #3 of 10 Fun & Games in Ko Pha Ngan
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The First and Frang Hotel provides easy access to the best in business,dining ,shopping,leisure and entertainment.The located in serene area and only a 15 minute walk from Thongsala pier and Affordable and Budget Hotel in center of Koh Phangan.
Reviewed February 16, 2014

First of all I want to join everyone is recommending the Full Moon Party - an absolute must do for anyone who loves a party in Thailand. Heaps of fun, just keep away from attractions such as the flaming jump rope - I saw many people suffer burns.

So in all, FMP was awesome - once we got there that is. I went last night to the Feb 2014 party on Haad Rin beach. We are staying on koh samui and had not planned to go to FMP at the time of booking, but decided it was a must. We went to a travel shop in Chaweng who offer relatively cheap transfers to Haad Rin by speedboat for the FMP. Included was a pick up from hotel, transfer via speedboat (appx 20 mins) to Koh Phangan and the choice of any time between 1am and 7am to return via speedboat, and a coach transfer back to the hotel in the morning. We paid 800 baht for this service in total.

However, we were exceptionally disappointed. We booked to be picked up at 7pm, the bus arrived at our hotel at 8pm, the time at which our speedboat was due to depart. Many people reported similar experiences, with transfers not showing up at all and being forced to pay for a cab to get to the departure. It took us to a beach where we waited over 3 hours for a boat. In this time, they make you sit and wait in separate sections - you're basically fenced in like farm animals. Alcohol and other drinks were for sale but were extremely overpriced - 100baht for water, 120 baht for a small Chang/Singha and we were charged 10 baht to use the toilet.

Most frustrating was that they offered people the chance to go to the front of the line as 'VIP' for an additional 400 baht. These people would fill up the boats that arrived and the rest of us not willing to pay were not able to get on board. Once you were freed from your 'paddock' everyone just spilled down onto the beach and waited for the boats. When one arrived, there was no orderly manner to board that boat, it was not done by who had been waiting the longest, more who could push to the front of the line. My friend became ill after being pushed around so much. Though I had already waited 2 hours in line, I had to wait another hour and a half on the beach before I could board a boat. In this time 4 or 5 boats arrived, however people who had been in line behind me boarded before me simply because they could push through to the front.

Similar story in the morning, we arrived at Haad Rin pier at 6am to catch a speedboat home. We waited another 2 hours for a boat here (there were no chairs, we had to stand), though there were perhaps only 100 people in the line in total (the boats carry up to 30 people). There are supposedly 6 boats operating at once, however I saw only 3 different boats operating.

Most worrying of all was when a passenger was attacked by the driver. Having waited 2 - 3 hours for these boats, people were naturally frustrated and desperate to get on board. A man was trying to board despite instructions to wait. I am not sure if he was provoked, however the driver hit him in the face. The passenger hit him back at which point the driver jumped off the boat and onto the man's chest and beat him under the water. Many people were knocked underwater in the fight, or were hit as well. Many other scuffles broke out over the course of the wait as the crowd was not controlled and frustration was high.

Now I understand that we did arrive at peak times to travel, however forcing people to wait on a beach for over 3 hours with no guarantee of getting onto a boat, and selling VIP tickets is extremely corrupt to me. I made comment to the man in charge of ticketing and he just gave me a sick smile - he didn't care about our experience, only the thousands of baht he was making. The company we were booked was RS Ruangsri - one of the biggest tour companies on Koh Samui. I strongly recommend anyone in the same situation as us not book with this company. Other companies at the same pier were transporting the same amount of customers in half the time.

My advice to anyone wanting a speedboat transfer to Koh Phangan, particularly with RS Ruangsri, would be - catch one of the earlier transfers (they start around 4 or 5pm) and eat dinner at Koh Phangan before the party. You will avoid the main rush and crowd later on.

In total i ended up waiting 6.5 hours for this speedboat service. In my view, that is simply unacceptable. These people are running this service every full moon party, and I can imagine that this would be a similar occurrence each month, I cannot believe that they can't improve this service with simple crowd control measures, and a better booking system. A little organisation would make the experience smoother and safer for everyone involved.

25  Thank Jevjevjev
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

A must do if on Koh Phangan during a full moon! Buckets and excessive bass on the beach till the sun comes up!

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Actually partying is THE reason for coming to koh phangan, islands like koh tao or some in the south of thailand are more beautiful and relaxing. In koh phangan there is almost every day an opportunity to party but the most famous one is the full moon party. It is unbelievable and total crazy, in the end you will have more than a story to tell. Remember to go there just with enough money for the entrance (100 bath for a full moon bracelet), the taxi and some drinks (buckets for about 200 bath). Please leave cameras, mobile phones,... in your room, trust me!

1  Thank James_Supertramp_Th
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

What a night!

Haad Rin beach is packed with thousands of people. Little tiki huts line the beach selling the infamous bucket. Fire shows, fire jump rope/limbo and other street-type performances all over the beach. A highlight is definitely the MASSIVE "FULL MOON PARTY, KOH PHNAGAN" sign that they light on fire.

Music, dancing and craziness all over the place.

WEAR SHOES!!!!!

I with they had a stage or some central location for live music rather than different clubs along the beach. The music mixes sometimes. Not the place for people that don't like to party.

DO IT

1  Thank Tom A
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

it was amazing party! my wife and I recommend, be safe with your many and go have fun!
we probebly will be back!

Thank דין ש
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