These days most of what you read about the full moon party on Koh Phangan, Thailand is that it’s strayed too far from its roots. I’ve read more about the dangers involved and tips on how to stay safe than I have about the fun, party on the beach aspect. At the big parties, yes, you should take precautions to avoid injury and yes, you should be worried about pick-pockets and yes, some of those infamous buckets contain more than just alcohol. It’s particularly sad that the negative aspects of the party seem to come largely from the locals: spiked buckets and fire games built with intention to injure. For those who can see past that and who take the time to explore the island, they’ll find the hippie vibe is still alive and well. I haven’t seen another island in Thailand that has the same energy as Koh Phangan and it’s an amazing energy.
Rent a scooter to explore the island and you’ll find quiet, white-sand beaches, spiritual healing centres, nude beaches, chilled out bars with phenomenal views and safe places to get high. With all this to offer, the island still attracts beautiful souls. You just have to open your heart and look around. I met so many wonderful people in my five days of exploring the island. They showed up unexpectedly, shared the love and then parted ways. No expectations, no needs, just love.
I used to think that I didn’t have any hippie in me, but I was wrong. It’s there and it’s been awakened and I just need to figure out how to share the love more myself. Spread the love and the love will come back to you. Thank you to all the beautiful fairies who said hello, offered love and showed me the way.