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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33944 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2015-04-07 08:50:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-07 08:50:02 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_78411" align="aligncenter" width="601"]Tourists at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Thailand. Pic: AP. Tourists at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Thailand. Pic: AP.[/caption] THAI authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan's notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners - not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies - to the small, idyllic island. On Sunday the Bangkok Post reported that Koh Phangan's district office officially announced the ban and said it is being enforced because of "complaints by island residents about noisy parties which disturbed their way of life." The article went on to describe how Full Moon Parties will still be permitted, but added that dark moon parties, jungle parties, half moon parties, and similar events falling at other points in the lunar will be outlawed. While venue owners and potential attendees may have been dismayed by the announcement, they were not likely surprised by it. After all, as the Post article noted, Thailand's Tourism and Sports Ministry has been working since December to "rebrand the island's image from that of a Full Moon Party destination." But bans on Koh Phangan festivities have predated that government initiative. A similar prohibition was placed on all such celebrations on Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao this past October, after a young British couple was found murdered on the latter island. At the time, CNBC quoted several critics and proponents of the ban. Daniel Voyce, a 31-year-old Australian tourist, told the news outlet: "I think on Koh Phangan, it will cause some problems, the smaller parties (the Jungle experience for example) were the best parties there." However, Voyce's view was far from the consensus. The report also quoted Matteo Benoldi, an island hopping Italian photographer, who said that Koh Phangan's all night parties "are the most horrible things. You will not see more than tourists getting drunk and aggressive, it's better without them." That notion was echoed by Warangkana Anuwong, senior research analyst at Euromonitor International, who said: "the ban might also attract other groups of tourists seeking a more peaceful holiday destination." This article first appeared on AsianCorrespondent.com [post_title] => Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban [post_excerpt] => Thai authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan's notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners - not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies - to the small, idyllic island. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => thailand-full-moon-events-escape-koh-phangan-party-ban [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-07 08:50:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-04-07 08:50:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33944 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban

Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban
April 7, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

Thai authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan’s notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners – not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies – to the small, idyllic island.

Myanmar: Weaving together the old and new

Myanmar: Weaving together the old and new
April 6, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

WHEN I first came to Myanmar, also known as Burma, in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time due to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star, something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia’s new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception.

Yangon: Comparing the old and new

Yangon: Comparing the old and new
March 23, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FIVE years ago in Yangon you would have been hard pressed to find a block of cheddar cheese, an ATM, an English newspaper or any western brand. Today glittering sky scrapers, malls, art galleries and supermarket chains are as much a feature of the new country as the old.

Myanmar’s tourism star on the rise after record year

Myanmar’s tourism star on the rise after record year
March 14, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

The tourism industry has been booming recently, thanks to increased flights, ease of travel, and the government’s increasingly open attitude toward the international community. Ancient sites such as the temples of Bagan, Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and the archipelagos of Myeik are becoming priority items on more travelers’ Southeast Asia bucket lists, so much so that the Burmese government expects 2015 to be a banner year.

Touching the ancient past in Myanmar

Touching the ancient past in Myanmar
February 2, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

DESPITE Myanmar’s newly acquired status as the darling of the Asian circuit, there is still much about the nation that remains undiscovered. While renowned for its wealth of pagodas, unblemished countrysides, unspoiled coast, quaint festivities and great lakes, it’s also a country of history and has its fair share of fading ancient ruins and tumbledown structures that invoke the dynasties and grandeur of the past. Visiting these places could form part of an excellent itinerary.

Thailand’s Tiger Temple — a conservation project or a tourist trap?

Thailand’s Tiger Temple — a conservation project or a tourist trap?
January 28, 2015 - 5 Comments - Ruchika Vyas

ONE of the most controversial ‘tourist attractions’ in Thailand, the tiger temple has been the subject of debate for many years. This is what I found on my visit to the ‘sanctuary’, writes Ruchika Vyas

10 places to visit in Myanmar’s banner year

10 places to visit in Myanmar’s banner year
January 26, 2015 - 1 Comments - Jo Lane

TOURISM in Myanmar in 2015 is expected to be a bumper year with international visitor numbers not just steadily increasing but liberally booming, as reported in this article recently. And this banner year got off to a flying start with the ASEAN Tourism Forum finishing up this week (January 22-29) attracting up to 2000 delegates…>

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