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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.

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

In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok

In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok
September 9, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

BANGKOK goes by many names and appellations, depending on who is speaking and how they feel about the city. The Thais call their capital Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning something along the lines of ‘City of Angels’. However that name is merely an abbreviation. Bangkok’s official title would probably take most readers half a year…>

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia
August 6, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to travel to less touristy areas in Asia and encounter wildlife, nature and local life, an animal safari is an excellent option. Elephant, camel and horse safari operators exist in places as varied as the Inner Mongolian steppe, Thailand’s northern mountains and India’s desert sands and their itineraries provide the chance to…>

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand
July 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Casey Hynes

THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.

Thailand lifts curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui

Thailand lifts curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui
June 3, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THAILAND’S military junta has lifted a curfew at three popular beach resorts but said the restriction imposed after its May 22 coup will stay in place for the rest of the country, including the capital, Bangkok.

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia
June 2, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to really get off the beaten track, feel the wind in your hair and explore some of Asia’s most beautiful regions, a motorbike is really the vehicle of choice. With options to buy or rent in many countries, it’s also often a cost effective means of getting around and leaves you plenty…>

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Panviman Resort

Bantai, Koh Phangan, Thailand

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Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

Koh Phangan, , Thailand

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

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Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass

Kanchanaburi, River Kwai, Thailand

Hintok River Camp

Thailand Luxury Camping Safari

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The Chedi, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Chang Khlan, Thailand

The Chedi, Chiang Mai

Urban Luxury in Thailand’s North

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Luang Poj Boutique Hostel

Ranong, City Centre, Thailand

Luang Poj Boutique Hostel

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  • avatarFrank van Zoggel { www.Cambodiakiteboarding.com it's by far the best place as there are not many other kiters using the spot. It doesn't matter what direction it comes from... } – Apr 09, 4:58 AM
  • avatarleskate { went there had a wonderful experience with tiger cubs & also adult tigers in the canyon . It was the middle of the day &... } – Apr 07, 5:06 AM
  • avatarvisaforvietnam { Good news for the travelers. Travelling will be easy now with visa on arrival. } – Apr 02, 11:43 AM
  • avatarCowboy22 { Mate, kangaroos are overrated. I ride a cow to school. } – Apr 01, 3:34 AM
  • avatarEmily { Eh? I think we copy a lot of people. Not exactly "stealing", I suppose. We're pretty racist... My friends say some of the most racist... } – Mar 20, 9:21 PM
  • avatarKitty { I'm australian and for #5 I never wear singlets or shorts maybe thongs but not them I prefer jeans or leggings and a black shirt... } – Mar 17, 2:28 PM
  • avatarKitty { most people would be offended by this but i'm laughing so hard I love people who do this so much } – Mar 17, 2:24 PM
  • avatarjan { I see this post hasn't bee updated in 2 years. Are these locations still accurate accounts? } – Mar 11, 6:38 AM
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