Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Full Moon Party - aka Sh*t Show

Have you ever been to a full moon party?
I hadn't.
In fact, I had never even heard of such a thing until we got here to Koh Samui and saw a million signs for this rager.

We asked around and heard a lot of the same things:

-20,000+ people go to this island once a month
-Big shit show that lasts until 7 in the morning, filled with dancing and other shenanigans
-"Magic" mushroom shakes (amongst other drugs) + all the booze you could ask for
-At least 1 person dies each month

Ummmm....we're in.

If anything, we really kind of just wanted to people watch and see what all the fuss was about.
We're not druggies, calm down.

Anyway, here's what went down in case you were wondering.
{Excuse the poor photo quality, but there was no way in heck I was bringing the "nice" camera around those crazy hooligans!}


At about 6:30pm, we boarded a boat that drove us 20 minutes to the island of Koh Phangan.
That was the first time that night I feared for my life.
Something tells me those boat drivers aren't necessarily professionals with the correct licenses to drive.

^^^Moments before I stared death in the eyes^^^
One of the first things we saw once we got to the island, other than a butt load of people, was all the glow in the dark body paint! Everyone was slathered in it.

Um, I didn't know we were going to a rave...

But, you know...I have this thing about not being left out, so of course I had to join in and get painted by a lady boy, too.
Let's not judge.

I then spent the rest of the evening, oily forehead and all, very proud of my new tatt.
Speaking of black lights, did anyone else have one as a kid and play with it in your closet to watch all of your glow in the dark space stickers light up?
No? Just me? Okay...let's move on then.

So yep.
Pretty much what everyone had described: a shit show.
The Dizz and I plopped ourselves on the sand and watched everyone party like it was 1999.
A.K.A. pee in the ocean, stumble and fall over themselves, and dance like there was no tomorrow on a little 10x10 stage.

Oh, they made a ginormous fire sign that made me feel like I was at Burning Man.
Well, I wouldn't know because I've never been to Burning Man, but I would imagine it was a little something like that.

Around 2am, we decided we should head back to the dock and try to get an early boat home.
{I tell ya, I just can't hang with these 21 year old kids anymore.}
On the way out, we saw a highly intoxicated man on the ground who had tripped over himself and landed directly on his forehead, to which he passed out then peed himself. Yes, PEED himself.
Within seconds he had a ginormous bump on his head.
Not unlike this one:

A couple of Thai guys carried him off with his hysterical girlfriend following close behind.
Shit show, I tell ya.

And then as if that wasn't enough excitement for one evening, as we were waiting for our boat to arrive, we witnessed three girls who got in a fight with three guys.

Screaming, pushing, shoving, name calling, then BAM.
Girl goes down.
Because she was punched in the face by one of the guys.

Kiiinnndd of like that one time when Snooki was punched in the face by a man in a bar.

I've never seen a fight happen in real life before.
So you can imagine the excitement coursing through my veins.
Excitement or Red Bull. I'm not sure.

Anyway, we ended up waiting over two hours for our boat to come and pick us up.

They never showed.

So what did we do?

We paid off the Thai guy from a different boat to take us back. It cost us an extra $50 for that ride, which I was a little peeved about. But at that point, I was just so ready to get home.

Finally, at around 4 in the morning, we stumbled to bed, with my tattoo still glowing brightly.

I'll say it again: Shit show.


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  1. Wow. Just wow. I have a friend that lived in Thailand for a couple of years and he had told me all about the Full Moon Party! This looks amazing, but scary at the same time haha. The paint and people watching would probably be the best part!

  2. Good thing you had the Dizzle and his big biceps with you as protection! Definitely an event I would only go to if I had a personal bodyguard ;) Aside from that, sometimes you gotta get dirty in order to "immerse yourself in the culture". Glad you made it back safely!

  3. Joe's been to one - I'm pretty sure I've missed the window (i.e. I'm too old) as that is so not my thing these days. It's a miracle if I'm out past midnight these days and when I am, I avoid drunk 20 year olds like the plague ;)

    Glad you survived - and didn't get in any fights or pee yourself ;)

  4. 4 of my friends were there this year, been told some very similar stories, i had my bucket and skype =)

  5. i was just on st. john in the carribbean for our honeymoon and full moon parties are apparently a thing there too...we unfortunately were not there over the full moon, but i think i need to take a page out of your book and try to get to one for pure people-watching pleasure!

  6. Wow! hahaha. don't really know what else to say. The paint and dancing sounds fun but a girl getting hit in the face! Wow. And a guy pees himself. WOW. haha

  7. Crazy! I bet they didn't bring the boat on purpose so that you'd have to pay extra to get home...

  8. I just don't know what to say........
    Except that I love you and am glad you survived.

  9. Uh, what a night of fun (?). Hope you've slept it off and the paint is worn off. Well, at least you can say you were there!

  10. Sounds like the Full Moon Parties haven't changed that much since 2006! I think my favorite part of it was people watching everyone the next morning at breakfast.... almost every single person that walked by had some sort of injury and just looked absolutely wrecked.

  11. oh my gosh, I can't even handle this. hahah

  12. hey - it's not really a party until someone gets punched in the face, right?

  13. Hahahah full moon party?! Sounds quite intriguing.

  14. sshiiitttt shhooowww!!! i might have had a small panic attack with all the alcohol, all those seriously drunk people, and being stuck on an island with them... i mean i am alll down to party but....
    although i would have been alll over that glow in the dark body paint

  15. I've heard about full moon parties before. But I've never heard of one as crazy as the one you were at! That sounds amazing and awful at the same time.

  16. You said "Shit Show" so much you had me expecting people to start pooping and throwing it around.

  17. Can I came travel with you? PlEEEESE!...

  18. When I read Full Moon Party, I thought it was ummmm a naked butt party haha Was the ladyboy who painted you at least pretty? I know there's some serious gorgeous ladyboys out there! I remember when I was a KID.. okay, more like a young teen, and my Dad took the family to see a topless ladyboy show. AWKWARD.

    Ohhhhhh have you guys stumbled upon the "ping pong" show yet?

  19. So, my question for you, Mish, is...

    Was it worth it?!?!?

  20. Holy cow, that sounds insane! I'm loving that black light tat though, so awesome! Oh AND you look crazy tan! So jealous!

  21. Loved reading your post...what an adventurous and memorable night. I would love to go back to Thailand and Cambodia some day.

    Bonnie Rose

  22. wooow!! i've been to full moon parties in ecuador and back on my island in texas but they were pretty low-key compared to all this!!

  23. Oh wow...I give you props for braving this one out. I think I might skip this and go to the Sanctuary Spa retreat for a massage instead. ;)

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