Full Moon Party brings Koh Phangan tourism roaring back

Full Moon Party brings Koh Phangan tourism roaring back

20,000 revellers pack beach on southern island where occupancy rates have reached 99%

Partygoers watch fireworks during the New Year Countdown on Koh Phangan last weekend, which was followed by the Full Moon Party this weekend. (Photo: Full Moon Party Koh Phangan Original Facebook page)
Partygoers watch fireworks during the New Year Countdown on Koh Phangan last weekend, which was followed by the Full Moon Party this weekend. (Photo: Full Moon Party Koh Phangan Original Facebook page)

Tourism has sprung back to life on Koh Phangan in the southern coastal province of Surat Thani, with tens of thousands of visitors returning for the island’s signature Full Moon Party.

The first all-night beach party of 2023 kicked off on the resort island in the early hours of Saturday. Despite three bouts of rainfall, local media reported bustling restaurants and throngs of tourists joining in the event.

Some 20,000 revellers gathered along a one-kilometre stretch of Rin Beach for the party in an atmosphere that was lively and raucous.

Wannee Thaipanich, chairman of the Koh Phangan Tourism Promotion Association, called the crowd a good start for the island in 2023. The large number of tourists reflected the island’s ability to stage successful parties last year, bolstering confidence.

Koh Phangan has also been declared the world’s number one destination for “workations” in a survey by William Russell, an insurance firm that specialises in serving people living and working abroad, he added.

Tawich Somwang, adviser to the president of the Rin Beach Operators Club, said two new groups participated in this year’s Full Moon Party. They include short-stay visitors slated to be on the island for about three days and long-stay visitors who arrived before the New Year. The latter helped bring occupancy across the island’s 200-plus hotels and guesthouses to 99%, significantly boosting its economic recovery.

“From now until March, when Phangan experiences its high season, we expect a steady climb in tourist numbers,” Mr Tawich said. “Service providers on the island have prepared to accommodate visitors by having their staff receive booster shots against Covid-19, so that they are fully immune.”


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