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Beach Rave Parties in Thai Islands Banned

Ban on Beach Rave Parties in Thai Islands

Are you a Full Moon Party lover? or a Beach Rave lover? Well, the Thai authorities have put a ban on all beach parties and other related parties on islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao recently. Reasons were stated as authorities are trying hard to distance themselves from the excessive drinking and drug taking in tourism hot-spots such as these popular islands here. 

The end of all Half Moon, Quarter Moon, Jungle and Waterfall parties on the islands of of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao for 'drug and alcohol' reasons was also announced by the Koh Phangan district police chief Colon Prahcum Ruangthong in early November 2014.  

2015 Full Moon Party Koh Phangan
Full Moon Party Koh Phangan
However, the ban leaves only one main event allowed which is the original Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan as this main event on the island attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people a month. This all-night beach rave party has been the talk of the world for almost three decades now with the original full moon party taking place at a wooden disco near the Haad Rin Beach in 1985.

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Authorities are very concerned about the safety of tourist and local at the beach rave parties due to the drinking and drug taking which is a common problem here. 

Talking about the long term impact towards tourism by banning other beach rave parties in Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, the police chief quoted "The sort of tourist that comes here to drink too much and take drugs is not the type that Thailand wants.

Phuket Beach Clean-Up

Phuket Clean Up

Since the martial rule and post-coup in May 2014, Phuket was slapped with a massive clean-up where to date, it is mentioned that the clean-up around Phuket is now 90% complete. In the process, hundreds of umbrellas and beach chair rentals were removed while illegal operators were also curbed. 

Drinks at Full Moon Party PhanganThe main clean up in Phuket involved illegal structures removed from beaches and five other Andaman coast provinces. This was also an official order handed down from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). 

Currently, illegal beach clubs, bars, vendors and even restaurants are being torn down around popular beaches in Phuket and authorities plan to allow only regulated water sports operators and licensed vendors back on the beach. Parties and raves in Phuket are also being monitored by the relevant authorities. 


Unknown said...

I don't think that leaving the one full moon party will do much for the drug addicts in Phuket. Especially for the people that make their homes here, we don't want drunks and addicts rambling around at all!

Anonymous said...

I think there are plenty of places for a nigh time entertainment to keep busy and not spoil the natural beauty of Thai beach coast. When on our vacation to Phuket last month, one of the places we really enjoyed was a Thai Cultural Theme Park - Phuket FantaSea. Every service area there was beautiful and neat. We enjoyed watching their beautiful, costumed parade culminating at an outdoor stage with a Bangkok theme show. The place is really somewhat like Disneyland of Thailand! The highlight is their main show held at a beautiful Palace of the Elephants Theater. The show was colorful, energetic, with beautiful costumes, lighting and impressive special effects. 1 hour and a half went by in a flash. I must say it was pretty amazing, I left overwhelmed by their beautiful culture. International buffet dinner was good, particularly the noodle soup. We remember it as one of our nicest outings in Phuket and do recommend it for a quality evening-into-the-night entertainment. Don't miss it!