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If there are two things we know at TNT, it’s travel and how to party. And so a party on an exotic beach is right up our street. Pack your bags and prepare to say goodbye to a few brain cells as we run down the world’s best beach parties...

Haad Rin, Thailand

The legendary Full Moon Party springs into life every third week of the month on Sunrise Beach in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan.

It’s a backpacker’s rite of passage, guaranteed to be crammed with half-naked, neon-covered revellers partying hard in paradise. To get the juices flowing, literally, drinks are served in colourful buckets, the like of which you used to build sandcastles with as a kid. These buckets promise a far less wholesome form of entertainment, with a straw popped in and filled to the brim with Thai moonshine, plus Red Bull or juice.

Aside from drinking yourself into beach-fringed oblivion, other popular activities include leaping over a rope lit on fire (at some point in the night you will start to think that fire rope skipping with a bunch of strangers is the best idea ever. It’s not), and dancing to the DJs scattered across the beach, who are playing everything from techno to reggae. We’re just going to get our oldies hat on for a minute as things can go wrong: don’t drink too much if you want to make it through to morning, wear good shoes (broken glass is not uncommon underfoot), and don’t bring out any valuables.

Don’t be put off, though. With bars and restaurants at every step, it isn’t hard to find cheap food and drink to keep you going all night long, and it really does have a great atmosphere. Entrance is only about 100baht, or £2, and Full Moon is well worth attending at least once, if only just to say that you did it. Missing out on this experience would be like missing out on the pyramids or Machu Picchu, only less cultural. One final word of warning: there’s nothing quite like a Thai moonshine hangover.

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