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Thailand Full Moon Party: Where to Stay

Thailand’s Full Moon Party is one of the world’s best island raves, taking place on Ko Pha Ngan the night before or after every full moon. The biggest celebrations typically take place on the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin, attracting as many as 30,000 revellers each month. Partygoers don fluorescent outfits and body paint as they dance to DJs and watch fire-eaters and impromptu fireworks.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve found the best places to stay on Ko Pha Ngan for a Full Moon Party. This way you can party hard all night while enjoying luxurious resort and hotel facilities like on-site day spas, swimming pools and gourmet restaurants.

Ban Tai

Why You Should Stay in Ban Tai

Ban Tai is one of the longest stretches of coastline on Ko Pha Ngan, encompassing the entire eastern side of the island, including the Haad Rin peninsula where the full moon festivities take place. This is easily the most heavily populated area on the island, perfect for travellers seeking a youthful party atmosphere with beach bars, restaurants and beach resorts for all budgets.

Must-Do Ban Tai Experiences

  • Kick back on the white sand of Rin Nai Beach.
  • Grab a fresh juice, sandwich or cocktail from Same Same Restaurant and Bar.
  • Browse handmade jewellery at Magic Stones.

Top Hotels in Ban Tai

Santhiya Resort And Spa Koh Phangan

Santhiya Resort And Spa Koh Phangan swimming poolLocated on the north-east part of Ko Pha Ngan near the beach at Ao Thong Nai Pan, the 5-star Santhiya Resort And Spa Koh Phangan is a true island oasis. The eco-luxury beach resort combines lush tropical foliage with poolside waterfalls, a private beach on a crystalline bay, gourmet on-site restaurants and in-house Muay Thai, yoga and kayaking.

The comfortable rooms, spacious suites and grand villas capture the region’s beauty with private sea-view balconies and boast wood furnishings and heavenly bedding. All of the suites and villas also have private pools, free-standing baths and separate living areas. Don’t forget to indulge in signature treatments and pampering packages at Ayurvana Spa. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Full Moon Party (18.7 kilometres)
  • Than Prawet Waterfall (1.7 kilometres)
  • RASTA BABY Restaurant & Bar (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 142 – USD 278
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 22/7 Moo 5 Bantai, Ban Tai, Thailand

Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa

Cocohut Beach Resort & SpaCocohut Beach Resort & Spa is at the southern end of the Ban Tai region, placing you within minutes of the full moon festivities at Haad Rin. The resort occupies a prime spot on Leela Beach and boasts coastal vibes within its opulent beachfront bungalows and villas. The bungalows typically feature contemporary decor, king-size beds and private balconies, while upgraded villas also include private pools and kitchens.

When you’re not partying during the full moon, you can relax by one of two swimming pools, sip cocktails at the beachfront bar, work out in the gym or indulge in a massage at the Cocohut Spa. The on-site Cocohut Restaurant showcases a blend of Thai and Mediterranean cuisines. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Full Moon Party (800 metres)
  • Haad Rin Arena (650 metres)
  • The Rock Bar & Restaurant (240 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 113 – USD 919
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 130/20 Moo 6 Tambon Bantai, Ban Tai, Thailand

Hotel Location

Ko Pha Ngan Town

Why You Should Stay in Ko Pha Ngan Town

Ko Pha Ngan Town is located on the opposite side of the island from Haad Rin, making it an ideal base for experiencing the Full Moon Party but far enough from the constant party crowds. It centres around Salad Beach and is dotted with restaurants. It’s also a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling and is surrounded by some of Ko Pha Ngan’s best beaches.

Must-Do Ko Pha Ngan Town Experiences

  • Visit the pristine Secret Beach for sunbathing and snorkelling.
  • Venture out for a memorable scuba diving tour with Reefers Dive Resort.
  • Enjoy beachside yoga at the Samma Karuna yoga studio.

Top Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan Town

Salad Buri Resort & Spa

Salad Buri Resort & SpaSituated on Salad Beach, Salad Buri Resort & Spa offers direct beach access and a romantic ambience at its on-site restaurant, which serves fresh seafood and Thai specialties. Pamper yourself with traditional Thai massages and treatments at the on-site spa or relax with a swim in the pool.

All of the rooms and villas at Salad Buri Resort & Spa offer flat-screen TVs, down pillows, mini bars and beach umbrellas. The Family Room is capable of housing five guests, while the Private Pool Villa boasts its own pool with sun loungers. You can save money by opting for the Standard Room, which is located within the Private Pool Villa. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Full Moon Party (21 kilometres)
  • Secret Beach (2.4 kilometres)
  • Nimbin Bar (900 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 76 – USD 230
Guest Rating: 7.4
Address: 60/2 Moo 8, Ko Pha Ngan Town, Thailand

Sunset Hill Resort Ko Pha Ngan Town

Sunset Hill Resort Ko Pha Ngan TownDelve into contemporary Thai luxury at the tranquil Sunset Hill Resort Ko Pha Ngan Town, which boasts a variety of rooms, suites and self-contained apartments. The Garden View Rooms have cosy beds, while the Sea View Corner Suite has a large corner terrace overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Large groups might prefer the two or three-bedroom apartments, including one with a private rooftop with a Jacuzzi.

The resort has a firm focus on wellness, thanks to its private yoga classes and holistic spa offering Thai massages. You’ll also find an infinity pool, a pool bar, Jacuzzi and rooftop training centre for workout courses. Visit Viewpoint Restaurant for Thai and Western cuisine paired with ocean vistas. 

Nearby Attractions 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 73 – USD 412
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 81/15, Moo 8, Ko Pha Ngan Town, Thailand

Hotel Location

Ao Nai Wok

Why You Should Stay at Ao Nai Wok

Home to Ko Pha Ngan’s ferry terminal, Ao Nai Wok is the usual landing point for travellers arriving to the island. It gives you easy access to the rest of the island along with nearby islands serviced by ferries, including Ko Samui. Ao Nai Wok is also home to an old naval ship museum, a national marine park and a downtown core full of restaurants, shops and bars.

Must-Do Ao Nai Wok Experiences 

  • Snorkel, hike and swim at the wildlife-strewn Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Explore the naval artefacts and war history at Phangan Royal Navy Ship.
  • Enjoy Mexican cuisine and cocktails at Ando Loco Restaurant & Bar.

Top Hotels at Ao Nai Wok

Baan Manali Resort

Baan Manali ResortEnjoy direct access to the peaceful Nai Wok Bay from one of the 14 bungalows at Baan Manali Resort, which is one of the cheapest places to stay on Ko Pha Ngan. The Deluxe Room sits slightly back from the water and has a hammock on its private terrace, while the Front Garden Bungalow also has sea views and surrounding trees.

Indulge in a sumptuous breakfast and dinner of Thai specialties at the on-site Kitchen & Bar, which also serves fruity cocktails. The resort also offers access to windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Full Moon Party (12 kilometres)
  • Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park (1.2 kilometres)
  • Phangan Royal Navy Ship (1 kilometre)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 59 – USD 111
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 210/20 Moo 1, Ao Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan Town, Thailand

Bluerama

BlueramaHotelsCombined visitors love the panoramic ocean views from the infinity-edge saltwater pool at Bluerama, which has a timber deck where you can practice yoga or relax on cushions. The luxe resort also boasts a complimentary shuttle bus to the ferry terminal and farm-fresh produce at its on-site restaurant, including seasonal seafood and fruits.

Most of the bungalows at Bluerama also capture sea views through large sliding glass doors out to private balconies. These modern and comfortable bungalows have bamboo feature walls, high-speed Wi-Fi, bottled mineral water and writing desks. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Full Moon Party (12.5 kilometres)
  • Phantip Night Food Market (1.7 kilometres)
  • Amstardam Bar (400 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 49 – USD 101
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 162/1 Nai Wok Beach, Ko Pha Ngan Town, Thailand

Hotel Location

Haad Rin Beach

Why You Should Stay at Haad Rin Beach

Haad Rin Beach is the hub of excitement on Ko Pha Ngan, hosting the biggest full moon party. During the celebrations, Haad Rin Beach is lined with stalls selling food and drinks, while year-round it’s a hotspot for beachfront dining, lively bars and luxe resorts. Here you’ll find travellers looking to relax on the beaches by day and party in the bars and clubs at night.

Must-Do Haad Rin Beach Experiences

  • Work out with Muay Thai fighters at Haad Rin Arena.
  • Kick back with beers overlooking the beach at The Rock Bar & Restaurant.
  • Enjoy late-night eats and drinks at the oceanfront Cactus Bar.

Top Hotels at Haad Rin Beach

Palita Lodge

Palita LodgeWant to truly soak up the Haad Rin party atmosphere? Palita Lodge offers affordable accommodation on the beach, complementing its prime location with a palm-fringed swimming pool, snorkelling and scuba diving excursions and island-hopping cruises. The hotel puts on a delicious buffet during the full moon celebrations and has a pool table, table tennis and beach volleyball.

Accommodation includes contemporary suites and villas, many of which overlook the pool, ocean or gardens. The Beach Front Villa has an ocean-facing balcony, while the Villa Pool View offers a private balcony and seating area. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, shower baths and mini bars. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Full Moon Party (200 metres)
  • Haad Rin Arena (450 metres)
  • Paddy’s Irish Bar (400 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 72 – USD 199
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: 119 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Baan Tai, Ban Tai, Thailand

Haadrin Resort

Haadrin ResortLooking for affordable full moon accommodation near the beach? Haadrin Resort offers some of the cheapest rooms on Ko Pha Ngan, which have extra-large bunk beds. Alternatively, you can splurge a little extra on a room with comfortable double beds and a private balcony overlooking the beach.

Many of the traditional bungalows have private patios, while the resort also features a beachfront bar area with umbrellaed tables. Its prime location gives you direct access to the main beach celebrations during the Full Moon Party and makes for a perfect spot for relaxing on the white stretch of sand the next day. 

Nearby Attractions 

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 30 – USD 199
Guest Rating: 7.9
Address: 128/9 Moo 6 T.Bantai Kohphangan, Ban Tai, Thailand

Hotel Location

Thong Nai Pan Noi

Why You Should Stay at Thong Nai Pan Noi

Located at the north-east side of Ko Pha Ngan in Panburi Village, Thong Nai Pan Noi is a picturesque beach lined with resorts, bistros and fine-dining restaurants. A short drive inland you’ll find verdant jungle and waterfalls, while a small cove in the south has ancient temples and beach bars. It’s also just a 35-minute drive north of the full moon parties.

Must-Do Thong Nai Pan Noi Experiences 

  • Explore the jungles and cascades at Than Sadet Waterfall National Park.
  • Socialise with locals over a few beers at Beach Love Restaurant.
  • Admire the historic Buddhist architecture of Wat Thong Nai Pan.

Top Hotels at Thong Nai Pan Noi

Buri Rasa Koh Phangan

Buri Rasa Koh PhanganThe 4-star Buri Rasa Koh Phangan is an award-winning luxury hotel on the shore of Thong Nai Pan Noi. You’ll feel the stresses of everyday life wash away from you as you enjoy healing therapies at Nam Thai Herbal Spa, dine with your toes in the sand at The Beach Club and lounge by the sun-drenched pool.

Opulent beachside accommodation awaits you, from the Ocean Front Deluxe with a rain shower, king-size bed and beachside patio to the Rasa Ocean Front with private sun loungers on the sand. Alternatively, save money by staying in the Deluxe with private balcony and lounge sofa. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Full Moon Party (18 kilometres)
  • “Tales Of…” Boutique (600 metres)
  • Valentino Restaurant & Wine Bar (350 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 171 – USD 682
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 55 Moo 5, Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Ban Tai, Thailand

Panviman Resort Koh Phangan

Panviman Resort Koh Phangan bedroomIt’s hard to find better views of the Gulf of Thailand than from the infinity pool at Panviman Resort Koh Phangan. The definition of boutique, this hidden oasis has collected numerous awards over the years thanks to its glamorous rooms, suites and villas. Most of these overlook the water and include private pools, sun decks and king-size beds.

On-site dining includes ocean views and cocktails at the Pool Deck Bar, 360-degree beach views and Thai cuisine at Pan Sea Restaurant and live music and barbecue at Stone Beach Restaurant. Enjoy indulgent therapies at Panviman Spa, kick back in the Jacuzzi, organise a candlelit beach dinner or join a snorkelling cruise. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Full Moon Party (17.7 kilometres)
  • Than Prawet Waterfall (750 metres)
  • Wat Thong Nai Pan (1.6 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 153 – USD 1,073
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 22/1 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Ban Tai, Thailand

Hotel Location

Bo Phut

Why You Should Stay in Bo Phut

Located on Ko Samui, Bo Phut is next to Ko Pha Ngan and offers easy boat charters across to Haad Rin for the full moon parties. Staying in Bo Phut means you can surround yourself with the natural spoils, cultural attractions and beachside bars of Ko Samui, then island-hop across to Ko Pha Ngan for a night an unbridled revelry.

Must-Do Bo Phut Experiences

  • Browse designer goods at Outlet Village Samui.
  • Watch live crocodile and cobra shows at the Samui Crocodile Farm.
  • Play a round of football golf at Samui Football Golf.

Top Hotels in Bo Phut

Hansar Samui Resort & Spa

Hansar Samui Resort & SpaArguably the most Instagrammable resort in Thailand, the 5-star Hansar Samui Resort & Spa is a picture of pure bliss with its sprawling saltwater infinity pool overlooking Bo Phut Beach. The resort boasts movie nights on the beach, holistic treatments in LUXSA Spa and a French-Mediterranean menu at H Bistro. You can also attend cooking and cocktail classes or enjoy happy hours at Beach Bar.

Choose from a Sea View, Sea View XL or Beach Front room, all of which have ocean vistas, private furnished balconies, mini bars, flat-screen TVs and timber finishes. The Sea View XL and Beach Front rooms also have luxe freestanding baths facing the water. 

Nearby Attractions 

  • Fisherman’s Village Bophut (850 metres)
  • Samui Go-Kart (290 metres)
  • The Yogarden (950 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 245 – USD 422
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 101/28 Moo 1 Bophut, Bo Phut, Thailand

Mantra Samui Resort

Mantra Samui ResortNestled high in the hills overlooking Bo Phut Beach, Mantra Samui Resort offers unparalleled Gulf of Thailand vistas. These views, along with the infinity pool capturing them, have won over numerous HotelsCombined visitors. You also have access to authentic Thai cuisine at The View, on-site spa treatments using local herbs and Ko Samui’s first dedicated co-working space.

The Wow Room offers great value for money with its king-size bed, separate living space and private balcony. Stay in the Love Ocean View Room to also enjoy a rain shower and ocean views from the balcony or the Samui Ocean View Suite for a queen-size daybed and freestanding bath. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Bophut Beach (3.4 kilometres)
  • Pepenero Koh Samui (1.5 kilometres)
  • Fisherman’s Village Bophut (3.8 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 98 – USD 169
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Soi Kalkin, Bophut, Bo Phut, Thailand

Hotel Location

A Thailand Full Moon Party Has it All

Immerse yourself in the late-night revelry and antics of a wild Full Moon Party in Thailand. One of the world’s greatest events, a Thailand Full Moon Party offers all-night celebrations and easy access to Ko Pha Ngan’s natural spoils and other island hopping adventures. With affordable and opulent accommodation available, you can also enjoy peace after your late night with infinity pools, day spas and beachfront bungalows.

Where do you want to stay during a Thailand Full Moon Party? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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