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Guide to Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok (June)

Written by Charlotte

Bangkok’s favourite and biggest indoor glow paint party is back! It’s the ultimate Fullmoon party experience! Expect a world class lineup of DJs, generous servings of Thai rum and gallons of glow paint. What’s not to love about that? Put together by one of Thailand’s best event organisers this festival is one of the Thais favourite festivals to attend each year and is definitely a must if you’re travelling in the area! This is the Nitty Gritty Guide to Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok!

When did I attend? June 2017 and 2018

When is the next Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok? 7th June 2019

What do you hear at Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok? EDM, Electro House, Trap, Trance

Where? BITEC Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand

What’s the local currency? Thai Baht

What’s the local language? Thai

. Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok is brought to you by an elite team of event organisers: ZAAP. They have been at the forefront of the changes in the music and festival industry in Thailand (basically we have them to thank for being able to party at all these incredible festivals we now have!).

. ZAAP is Thailand’s event powerhouse that hosts several of the country’s best festivals, namely Waterzonic, S2O Songkran Music Festival and Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok. All of which have been around for over 3 years now.

. Some of ZAAP’s younger festival brands include: Spacejam, TBC, ZUMMERBEACH, Bangkok Of Dreams, Fly Beyond Tonight

. ZAAP also have a strong presence in Myanmar, so if you’re unable to make it to Thailand for all of the above you can also attend their events in Yangon!

. Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok is a 20+ event

Tickets are released in different phases, the sooner you get them the cheaper they are! Don’t wait until the price goes up and don’t wait until they sell out! This is one of the most popular events in the festival calendar in Thailand, tickets always sell out.

I’d get your tickets as soon as they’re released, Early Birds usually go for less than 1000THB (31USD) which is an incredible deal for the quality of the acts that they bring for this event!

Both General Admission (GA) and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP privileges include: VIP Fast Lane; VIP Private Bar; VIP Private Toilet.

All tickets include a Fullmoon Party tank top! (Which I advise you to wear…See more about this in the last section of this post ‘Tips & Advice’)

Note that all tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable so make sure you enter the correct personal information when purchasing your ticket(s). You’ll need a printed copy of your order confirmation and your ID on the day to pick up your ticket(s).

If you don’t feel like queuing at the festival and you reside in Thailand you can also choose to have your ticket(s) delivered straight to your door. Super convenient! Please note that you need to purchase at least a week before the event if you want to get your tickets delivered to your door.

If you think you can rally up a group of 6 people this year then consider buying the group ticket, this will ensure you get a nice discount and that all your friends come with you!

If you’re an international festival goer arriving into Bangkok then check out this Guide to Arriving in Bangkok! There you will find several options to get you to your destination within the city before moving on to the festival.

Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok is located in a very easily accessible venue so for all your newcomers who may feel a bit overwhelmed by this big city don’t worry! Getting there is pretty straightforward from any point in the city, below are several options to meet all your transport requirements!

Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok is held at BITEC Bangna which is located on the east side of the city, literally walking distance from Bang Na BTS station. Sure it may seem a little bit far (and to be completely honest to us living here it also feels like the ends of the world) but it’s a venue that can be reached very rapidly via the BTS (otherwise known as the SkyTrain) from any point in the city making it one of the simplest venues to get to.

There are two BTS lines that run through Bangkok: the Siam Line and the Sukhumvit Line. Both of these lines connect at Siam station so if you happen to be on the Siam Line your first move will be to get yourself to Siam station. From Siam station you’ll want to get the BTS in the direction of Bearing (opposite direction from Mo Chit) and get off at Bang Na. From Siam your journey should take about 30 minutes. Once you’ve arrived at Bang Na station please use Exit 1 to access the footbridge that takes you into BITEC.

Please note that hours of operation are 06:00am – 12:00pm. You’ll likely have to find an alternative method of transportation to get yourself back home as the party doesn’t end in time to catch the last BTS back into the city!

The venue can easily accessed by foot, just follow the tracks of thousands of other festival goers making their way there!

You can find more information on the BTS and plan your route HERE.

Aside from the BTS, Bangkok also has one Metro line running through the city. If you happen to be staying by an MRT station and plan to take the BTS to Bang Na station you’ll first need to get yourself to Sukhumvit station which is situated in the middle of the MRT Line.

At Sukhumvit MRT station you can change for the BTS, called Asok Station. Exit at Sukhumvit MRT station and then follow signs for Asok BTS Station. Note that you’ll need a new ticket to access the BTS. Walk up to the BTS and get on the train in the direction of Bearing, then get off at Bang Na (before last station on that BTS line).

From BTS Asok station it should take about 20 minutes. Once you’ve arrived at Bang Na station please use Exit 1 to access the footbridge that takes you into BITEC.

Please note that hours of operation are 06:00am – 12:00pm.

You can find more information on the MRT and plan your route HERE.

Taking the BTS means you’ll be guaranteed a fixed rate of transport and you’ll move fluidly through the city. This cannot be said for when you take a taxi from the city centre to BITEC Bangna. Using the same point as reference, in heavy traffic getting from Siam to Bang Na could take you over an hour. To avoid disappointment by arriving later than expected I recommend you take the BTS. It’s air conditioned, fast, clean and the cheapest option by far! That’s another thing, when you’re travelling through Bangkok as a foreigner you’re likely to run into taxi drivers who won’t run the meter for you and try to convince you to pay a fixed rate. Don’t fall for it, no matter where you go ask your driver to put the meter on! Even if this means turning down a few taxis in the process, you’ll get one eventually!

Basically taxis are a no go on the way there however on the way back it’s your only option out of there unless you miss the end of the party and plan to take the last BTS train back into the city! But let’s be honest who would want to do that? And because this is your only mode of transport back to where you’re staying it’s advisable to book ahead of time via the Grab application on your smartphone. If you’re unsure of your leaving time don’t panic there will be plenty of taxis waiting outside the venue ready to take people home, just remember to insist on putting the meter on!

It’s possible to park at the venue! So if you feel like braving the traffic and you really insist on coming in your own form of transportation it is possible to park your car safely on site.

If you’re worried about driving home after partying you should consider giving the U Drink I Drive’ app a try, a mobile application which enables you to instantly request a driver to your location to drive you and your vehicle home. So if it turns out you’ve partied a little harder than you thought you would then don’t run any risks and trust this app to get you home safely.

There are literally thousands of accommodation options in Bangkok, ranging for hostels to five star hotels, there’s something to suit every budget. My recommendation: stay close to a BTS station! As I mentioned above BITEC is located walking distance to Bang Na station so staying right by a BTS station will make getting to the venue a lot easier for you rather than have to race through the streets of Bangkok to get to one. And coming back from the festival you’ll have a good frame of reference to guide yourself back to your hotel! Every little bit helps at that point of the night, am I right?

If you’re only interested in partying there are a few accommodation options close to the venue at cheaper rates than places in the city centre. Bear in mind that this will make journeys to and from the city centre longer, but you won’t be too far from your bed when the party is over!

Why not give Booking.com a try to find accommodation that is best suited to your travel needs?

This festival is held at BITEC Bangna, one of the biggest event venues in Thailand which means there’s A LOT of space! There is always enough space to roam and to dance.

The main stage always offers some high quality event production with state of the art audiovisuals and pyrotechnics. ZAAP are responsible for some of the country’s best festivals so you can rest assured that you are always in good hands at their events and be sure that they’ll be putting on a good show. Every year is as good as the last, and literally everything is themed accordingly. Let’s see what they’ve got planned for us this year…

Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok always invites world class acts to entertain the crowd. Their lineup always promises to be a good time! If you need a festival to dance weirdly and crazily into the early hours of the morning with your friends then this is it!

Now I know what you’re thinking, this is just another run of the mill EDM party…Well, it’s not! Previous lineups have included VINAI, Thomas Newson, Cesqueaux, Party Thieves, Salvatore Ganacci, Timmy Trumpet and more. In 2018 the event was only meant to be one day but at the last minute the organisers booked RL Grime Which and added one more night of epic partying to the bill. Which begs the question, what lineup surprises could the organisers have in store for festival goers this year?

The full lineup for this year’s festivities hasn’t been announced yet, you can find updates on their Facebook page: Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok!

Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok is undeniably one of the most fun festivals to take place each year in Bangkok! It’s based on the original concept of the Full Moon Party on Koh Phanghan but to put subtly it’s BETTER. Now some of you may like the sound of a party on a beach but hear me out…It’s everything you may already know of or have heard of the original island party minus the travel to the island (which takes up to 15 hours), the rowdy tourists, hyper-inflated island prices and the sand which really makes the biggest difference to your experience.

You’re still being treated to gallons of glow paint and Thai rum but with a higher standard of event production, world renowned music acts, air conditioning, an easily accessible venue, and the best part…Thai ravers. What really makes this event are the Thai party goers who (shocker!) aren’t interested in going to Koh Phangan to party with tourists. And let me tell you, they really go for it and let loose at this festival! Full Moon Live is sponsored by SangSom which is a crowd favourite! And as far as partying in Thailand goes if you’ve not had your fair share of SangSom then did you really party in Thailand? People will be sipping on giant buckets of rum all night long and really get into the party mood. You’ll undoubtedly make some friends along the way as when the Thais are drinking they want everyone to be on the same level as them so you’ll be offered sips from buckets and will be made to feel like you’re part of the group. It’s one of the most memorable and entertaining festivals you’ll ever attend, and if you’re travelling in South East Asia it’s probably one of the realest experiences of partying with Thais you’ll ever get. So if you’re thinking of heading to Phangan and you’re around for this incredible festival save yourself the trip to the island and party with the locals at BITEC!

The cost of your trip to Bangkok and your experience of Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok will be totally dependent on your personal preferences. In you’re on a budget then some of these low cost tips on how to travel to Bangkok and to the festival will be useful to you. If you’re looking to spend big then by all means please do the opposite of all these recommendations!

. Book your flights and accommodation early! Dates are normally announced a few months in advance so if you’re absolutely sure you want to go regardless of the lineup then you should book both flights and accommodation as soon as the dates are released to avoid price increases.

. The same goes for your festival ticket, don’t wait to get your ticket as the longer you wait the more expensive it gets!

. If you’re on a budget stay close to the event so you don’t up spending too much on transport to and from the event.

. Get a local SIM card so you don’t have to roam whilst you’re out here, that can get very expensive. You can get a SIM card at your nearest 7-11 or in a shopping mall by going to one of the local providers (you can choose from AIS, True, DTAC and more…). You’ll need your passport to purchase one.

. Eat street food and in food courts! one of the best things about Thailand is that you can eat cheap and still eat well, (you can also indulge as Bangkok is host to some of the world’s best restaurants). If you’re relying on street food stalls and food courts in malls then you’re sure to not spend too much money on your trip and still be able to make the most of Thai cuisine!

. Get a travel card if you opt for public transport to get around.

. Be smart about taking taxis, either use the Grab app to hail a taxi so you get a fixed rate or if you’ve opted to do your trip without data then get one on the street but don’t settle for a fixed rate, go with the meter. And share the fare with your friends!

If you’re going to be drinking buy a bucket and split with your friends! Costs less than buying single drinks.

Smoking Area: attendees need to make their way to designated smoking areas, this includes those who intend on smoking e-cigarettes. Failure to comply with this rule may result in you being asked to leave the event, so don’t take the risk!

Food & Drink: like most festivals any outside food or drink is not permitted inside the hall so you will need to fuel yourself before you enter the hall. The food courts are located at B1 in BITEC, at hall 102, you need to go downstairs beneath the halls. There are usually also food trucks and stalls at the main gates of the festival but there isn’t much going on inside so load up on food before you head inside. In terms of drinks you’ll be spoiled for choice including big liquor buckets and beer buckets from various alcohol suppliers. 

Glow Paint Stains: there’s a reason why they give out free shirts! Aside from the fact that they’re pretty cool they’ll protect your actual clothes from the paint. However many times I tried to wash it out I just couldn’t, don’t risk it!

Printed Ticket and ID: you will need to arm yourself with both of these to be able to enter the hall, so make you sure you don’t forget either or you’ll be missing out on the action!

Cash: just to be on the safe side bring cash to the event! There are ATMs in and around BITEC but it’s a very big venue so don’t rely on chasing one down, they may be out of order or impossible to find so come prepared!

Sim Card: there’s no wifi available inside the hall so if you’re looking to stay connected during the event you should try to buy a Thai sim card before arriving at the venue. If you’re flying into Bangkok I recommend you buy them at the airport as it becomes trickier to do so when you’re in the city.

Ear Plugs: you’ll need to keep your ears protected! Long or repeated exposure to loud sounds can cause longterm damage to your ear drums, don’t risk ruining your hearing, think of all the festivals you have yet to explore!

Portable Charger: this festival is going to be packed full of moments you’ll want to video or photograph so it’s best to come prepared! Don’t miss any of your favourite moments because your phone is out of juice!

Stay Hydrated! drink plenty of water! You’re going to be going hard for hours at a time and you won’t necessarily feel like leaving the crowd to get some more water so stock up before finding a good spot in the crowd.

Agree on a Meeting Spot: a lot of people will be attending this festival so set a meeting point before going to any stages so you can easily find each other at the end of the festival should anyone go missing from the group and they’re unreachable during the festival!

Don’t remove your wristband! Make sure you keep your wristband on at all times or you be asked to leave the hall!

No Re-Entry! re-entry is not permitted! 

Fullmoon Festival Live in Bangkok is always a lot of fun, it’s definitely one of our wildest and craziest nights that any keen festival goers should experience at least once in their lifetime! Keep an eye out for the official Do’s and Don’ts published on the official Facebook Page closer to the event date, so you can better prepare and for any other announcements relating to the festival!

Want to share your experience of this festival or know any other festival hacks for Fullmoon Party Live in Bangkok that I missed out? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
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About the author

Charlotte

My mission lies in acting as your virtual festival tour guide and relieving you of all the hard work that goes into planning for a festival so you can focus on having fun and making the most of your music festival experiences!

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