There is something about a full moon night that gets people in the party mood. Maybe it's the intrigue or the round shining ball illuminating the night but either ways, a full moon night has become THE night to celebrate into the wee hours of the morning.
Thailand is, of course, the poster child for all full moon parties but there are some lesser-known destinations across the globe that have a loyal following of their own. If you're in the mood for some fun in the sun- I mean moon, here is the LiveInStyle.com’s pick of funky full moon beach blasts!
KOH PHANGAN, THAILAND
When you talk about full moon parties, the king of them all is KOH PHANGAN in Thailand. This is where the backpacking crowd comes to let loose, drink excessively from buckets, cover themselves with neon body paint and dance the night away under the full moon. What started as an annual party became so popular that there is a scheduled full moon party almost every month and each one is full of fun and madness. If you happen to make a trip to Thailand, this is one party you should definitely attend.
This is an annual event held on the waterfront promenade and is slightly different from other beach parties. There are countless local artisanal stores that set up shop around the area, food stalls, live music, free flowing wine and all the revelry goes on well into the morning. The entire waterfront is illuminated with candles and torches and has the most amazing party vibe.
When you think of Africa, you think of safaris and jungles, not party people and raging full moon beach events. Zanzibar is making full use of its gorgeous beach and Kendwa, which is a taxi ride from Stone Town, is where all the action is. This is still a relatively unknown party secret and the trend hasn't caught on yet but that doesn't mean that it is any less fun than the known jaunts.
MAGNETIC ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
Magnetic island, which is a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville Queensland, attracts almost 2000 party animals to their full moon magic. With its proximity to Thailand and Bali via flight, the organizers are highly influenced by Asian beach parties and try to recreate some of that Magic in North East Australia. And to a very large extent, they have succeeded making this a popular spot in Australia.
Montanita in Ecuador is the last place one would expect to host a full moon party but if you happen to find yourself this side of the tropics be certain you don't miss it. People smoke local herb freely, the booze is cheap and the waves are excellent for surfing, all of which attract tourists but on a full moon night is when it gets crazy. Kick back and enjoy a full moon beach party - South American style!
Article written by Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint-sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!
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