Well, Wonderers. It’s that time again. The time to prepare for our next meeting in The Fields, when you come together from every corner to celebrate four days and nights of art, music, food and ideas with us. You can call it the most wonderful time of the year.
Before you get here, there are a few things that every Wonderer should have in mind to make sure life at Wonderfruit is as simple as it is inspiring. We’ve compiled ten topics that you absolutely could not live without, or would be glad to know, ahead of our journey together. We’ve also compiled a list of 99 things to do in The Fields. Find it here.
Number one: Bring Your Own Cup
If you don’t know, now you know. We have removed all single-use cups. That means that if you want water, coffee, a cold beverage, or even some life-restoring soup, you need to have your own refill cup. It’s our next step to reducing waste at Wonderfruit. A refill cup for Wonderfruit is any cup that doesn’t flex, isn’t made from glass or ceramic, and can carry at least 16 oz (437mL).
You can also pick up a Wonder Cup and take it home with you when you’re done. This year, they’re made from coconut husk and come in four new colorways. Buy one here, and pick it up when you arrive.
Read more about our cups policy here.
Number two: Getting Here, and Getting Around
From Bangkok to Pattaya:
Take the bus from Bangkok by catching any of the regular services from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai), Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) or Southern Bus Terminal (known as Sai Tai Mai). The journey starts at around THB100 each way.
From Bangkok to Wonderfruit:
Take a Grab or Bolt (it’s like Uber or Lyft, but in Southeast Asia).
Between Wonderfruit and Pattaya:
Take a shuttle between the Wonderfruit Main Entrance and Pattaya or Jomtien. A one-way ticket is THB 300. See timetables and detail here. Or take a Grab back to your hotel each time your party ends. Just please, don’t drive if you’ve had too much to drink.
Number three: Keep it Cashless
When you get to the gates, we will swap your valid ticket for a wristband. Your wristband is your wallet, proof of ticket, and the only way to get in the gates all weekend long. You can top up your RFID wristband with credit at our 13 Top-Up stations throughout The Fields, and pay for anything at Wonderfruit with your wristband credit. We recommend topping up once when you get in, so you never have to think about it again. Just make sure you keep a copy of your ID with you at all times (either Thai National ID or international passport)—you’ll be asked for it every time you come through the gate. Photos of your passport on your phone are fine, just remember to keep that phone charged.
Number four: Pre-registration
This is how we know who’s coming to play. Pre-registration is now live, click here to begin. Pre-registering just means making sure your name matches the name on your ticket. So if a friend booked the tickets under their name, you can make sure your ticket is under your name. It’ll save you a ton of time at the gates.
Number five: Make a Plan (With the App)
Download the Wonderfruit App and get live updates, an interactive map, the full lineup, and customizable schedules for every hour of the weekend. Build your own schedule and never miss a moment. You can even book workshops, wellness activities, and classes from the app as well. It’s the only way to experience the full depth of Wonderfruit, from the comfort of your phone.
Number six: What to Bring
Pattaya, Thailand is hot. Even though this is our winter, and temperatures can dip below 20 in the late night hours, it gets hot and it stays there all day long. We do all our wondering outdoors in a place we call The Fields, so plan to be outside a lot. There are also some things you will need to carry to make the most of your time here:
- A copy of your ID. You’ll need it each time you come through the gates.
- A refill cup. Bring your own or buy one from us.
- Sunscreen. SPF is your friend.
- Sturdy shoes. Your feet deserve some love.
- A portable phone charger. Don’t get caught out when you need it most.
- An extra layer. For when the sun goes away.
- A raincoat. The jury’s out on how effective this one is, but your Mom would probably recommend it.
- A small flashlight or headlamp. Especially handy for on-site campers, and for when your phone takes an extended nap.
- Wet wipes. They call it the ‘festival shower’ for a reason.
- Tissues. For spillage emergencies and after-meal clean-ups.
- Mosquito spray. It’s their place, too.
- Fabulous fancy-dress. The wilder the better. Just remember, no culturally insensitive accessories or costumes. That’s never cool.
Number seven: Take Your Time
The Fields are a big place, and there’s something happening in every corner at every hour. It’s tempting to try to do it all, and we would totally do the same if we could. But you don’t have to tip yourself over while making the most of it. Wonderfruit continues non-stop for 99 hours; you won’t make it if you don’t pace yourself. Take a nap under a tree, spend a minute with some local street food, or chat with a fellow Wonderer. No matter how you fill your time, we can pretty much promise that if it happens here, it will fill you with wonder. Give yourself breaks—and remember to hydrate.
Number eight: #ThisIsNotTrash
Sustainability is the heart and soul of this movement, and we put everything into our bold environmental goals for every edition of Wonderfruit. This year—on top of being carbon neutral, sourcing all our water from our own lake, building with sustainable and repurposed materials, banning plastics, and eliminating all single-use cups—we also want to send no waste to landfill. You’ll notice a few more bins than usual in The Fields this year, but we’re making the zero-landfill goal easy for everyone. Separate your waste into the right bins, and nothing will be trashed. We have found organizations to recycle, compost, treat, and repurpose it all, so every bit of waste will have a second life after you throw it away.
Number nine: Try Something New
Take in a Scratch Talk inside Eco Pavilion and learn something you never knew at the encouragement of an inspiring speaker. Let the energies rush through you at a gong bath. Dance without hesitation under the dome of Polygon Live. Dine on daring flavors at Theatre of Feasts. Admire interactive artworks and unexpected performances. There is so much more to Wonderfruit that you ever imagined—just leave yourself open to the possibility, and you will not be disappointed.
Number ten: Become a Wonderer
It doesn’t take much to become part of this tribe, and we highly recommend joining the crowd (although we are a little biased). We’ve come up with Our Actions, a set of ideas and attitudes for Wonderers—get to know them, and bring these ideas with you to The Fields.
People, get ready. It’s almost time to Live. Love. Wonder.
Of course, none of this applies if you don’t have a ticket—but if you hurry, you can get one at the door.