20,000 tourists flock to Thailand’s Full Moon Party

The Full Moon Party last night, photo via Bangkok Post.

Around 20,000 tourists flocked to Thailand’s Full Moon Party on the island of Koh Pha Ngan last night, located in the southern Surat Thani province.

The popular event, held on the full moon night of each month, is known for its lively atmosphere and attracts a significant number of young travellers from around the world.

To ensure the safety of party-goers, police, immigration officers and local officials were deployed to Rin Beach in tambon Ban Tai of Koh Phangan district. Surat Thani Governor Wichawut Jinto and senior police officers were present at the event to oversee the deployment. The beach, which spans almost 1 kilometre, was filled with many tourists, Bangkok Post reported.

Authorities estimate that the four-day holiday period, which began on Thursday, will generate tens of millions of baht for the popular tourist island. The Full Moon Party is a major event on Koh Phangan’s tourism calendar, and its economic impact cannot be overstated.

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Security measures have been put in place to boost visitor confidence and prevent the presence of illicit drugs at the venue, said Pol Lt Gen Sukhun Promayon, commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau.

The Full Moon Party has become one of the most popular events in Thailand, attracting a significant number of young travellers from around the world. The success of the Full Moon Party is a testament to the resilience of Thailand’s tourism industry, which has weathered the storm of the pandemic and is now back on track to recovery.

Legend says the Full Moon Party started as an impromptu beach bonfire for a few dozen people at Paradise Bungalows on Haad Rin Beach in 1983. It grew steadily, helped by appearances in movies like The Beach. The party was cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic. But last year, tourists slowly started returning to the party. The party helps bring income to Koh Pha Ngan.


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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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