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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? Live Park Rama 9, 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 has moved from BITEC Bangna and is now taking place at Live Park Rama 9!

This new location is a little lost in the middle of nowhere in terms of public transport, the closest station is Ramkhamhaeng Station which is on the Airport Rail Link (ARL) and a little difficult to access depending on where you’re coming from as the ARL doesn’t serve many stations. But worry not, there are still several ways you can get there in time so you don’t miss any of the action!

Ramkhamhaeng is the third station on the Airport Rail Link Line (ARL), after Makkasan and before Hua Mak.

If you’re situated closest to an MRT station and wish to travel to this station you will need to connect to ARL at Makkasan. Exit the MRT at Phetchaburi station, go up to street level to access the footbridge to Makkasan station.

If you’re closest to a BTS station you can access the ARL by alighting at Phaya Thai station on the Sukhumvit Line and making your way up to the ARL line.

Depending on where you’re coming from in the city you may even need to use both BTS and MRT to interchange for the ARL. To map your route from your point of departure please use this ROUTE PLANNER.

If you’re thinking of getting to the festival by car you’ll be happy to hear that there are 3 parking locations available near the festival. Upon approaching the festival these will be indicated to you or you can also ask the staff standing by the side of the road to point you in the right direction.

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.

Don’t be surprised if your meter isn’t set to zero, all meters start 35THB, which will automatically be displayed on the meter when you start your journey.

Taxi drivers in Thailand have a tendency to try and trick passengers into paying hyper-inflated rates for their journeys. I say passengers because they even try it on the locals too! Always ask to have the meter on, if they say no then wave them goodbye and find another driver, you will find one who will take you on the meter, don’t give up!

Also don’t be upset if you’re turned down by a few taxi drivers before you find one, there’s no logic to their method, for the most part they’re just lazy and will say no if you’re asking to be taken to a destination quite far away.

If this doesn’t sound like your kind of fun you can always download the Grab application (Asia’s answer to Uber – Uber no longer operate in Thailand) to your smartphone. You’ll have more control over the price you pay and sometimes even get discounts on your journeys. And you will definitely be sure to never get lost! Not to mention that both applications also offer food delivery services so you’ll be able to both order food and get around the city!

You can also opt for the very local way of getting around: by motorcycle. However this is definitely not advisable if you’re not used to getting on the back of a scooter, particularly if you’re drinking, you don’t want to risk getting yourself in an accident.

But if you’re a pro then by all means you should definitely get on a scooter, this is the quickest way to get around and avoid all the traffic. You can either order a motorcycle through the Grab application or you can also grab one of the guys in the orange vests waiting on the street corners. The perks of using the application is that you won’t need to try and describe where you’re going in Thai and the rate will be fixed. But Grab Bikes aren’t always available, in which case if you decide to go for an orange vest guy make sure you set a price before driving off and that you’re able to pay that price upon arrival in cash.

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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