Full moon parties take off in Thailand
Wednesday 12, June 2013
Thailand is where the idea of full moon parties really began, on the island of Pha Ngan, and the idea has now spread to Phuket. Seeing this a tourism opportunity, the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket was one of the first hotels to have its own Full Moon Party, hosted on Karon Beach.
The event at Pha Ngan has become world-famous since the first was held in 1985, drawing thousands of revelers each month to the island’s Haad Rin town and beach and generating huge revenues.
“Phuket is such a successful tourist destination that it may surprise some this hasn’t been done before,” says Denis Thouvard, Area General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.
“However, when the situation is looked at more closely, there are not that many locations for prime full moon viewing directly from a beach, and what better place to have a Full Moon Party?”
The resort’s Full Moon Party is proving very popular, not just with its own guests but with other tourists staying in Karon and even further afield.
The next Full Moon Party at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket will be on the night of Tuesday, July 3, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the resorts’ Cove restaurant and will include a BBQ buffet, live music, and dancing.
Mr. Thouvard believes that Centara’s Full Moon Party will establish Karon as the go-to destination for those who have no plans to travel to the Gulf of Thailand, where Pha Ngan is located.
“Karon is not going to be on anything like the same scale as Haad Rin, as the tourist profile and the facilities are so different, but as a magical moonlit evening, with music, food, and the ocean, it does make a very attractive alternative,” he says.
“So far, our own Full Moon Party has been attracting a wide selection of guests, ranging from singles and couples through to groups and families with young children. Everyone has a great time, the kids included.”
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