So I plan to be in Thailand February 29th and was thinking about participating in the Full Moon Party March 8th.
Everyone (aka travel books) say the Full Moon party is a MUST SEE. (A once in a lifetime experience). Is it really that phenomenal or should I skip it and focus on less touristy areas?
Full Moon Party, eh!"
Your question reminds me of the time I live in San Francisco. I was in the Air National Guard in Hayward. We went to Southern California to do some removal of a tall microwave tower and the equipment below. The tower was within sight of an active civilian run way. Some of the guys in my group climbed up the tower to remove equipment. Anytime, there was a plane talking off or landing, they all pulled their pants and "MOONED" the passengers. I sweared I had nothing to do with that Full Moon Party ...
I figure that if you are in that neck of the woods around that time, you might as well try and make it to the full moon party. I didn't get to when I was in Thailand but went to something called the 'half moon party' (just another reason to party really.... ) on Koh Pha Ngan.
One way you can still experience it without getting too 'touristy' is to stay on Ko Tao (which is a little quieter - or at least it was 4 years ago...) and then just go back and forth for the party. There are quite a lot of 'tours' doing that. I thought KPN wasn't that touristy either (compared to what I heard about Koh Samui) but as I said, that is four years ago and a lot might have changed from what I hear. Basically, I spent more than a week just relaxing there, getting thai massages, watching movies and partying. Great fun and would recommend that to anyone
Whatever you do, Thailand is a great travelling destination which I am sure you will enjoy!
Thanks for the great/memorable story and sound advice.
Will voice/write my opinion once its over.