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- Next? The Original Full Moon Ganja Party to promote tourism at Koh Phangan island?
Daily News reported that Koh Phangan locals are furious that MPs discussing the draft Cannabis Act suggested allowing marijuana at
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“We started the Full Moon Party and we organise it,” he said. “So why weren’t we informed about this idea in advance?
“We’re responsible for what goes on here so we need to be in the loop because if something goes wrong it’s us that has to carry the can”.
A true “Ganja Festival”!
Thawit suggested that his team will find it difficult to control what goes on and more thought needs to go into plans for cannabis use before any decisions are made.
The media quoted a local man called Manop Sae-Tiaw who was worried about the effect on the youth of the island’s 17,000 inhabitants.
Flowers or buds of the drug with large quantities of THC that makes a user stoned are being sold in dispensaries everywhere.
Tourists are queuing up to buy some ganja as Thailand has taken this step.
Irrespective of what the committee drafting the new laws say tourists are unlikely to take any notice especially given the reputation of the full moon party.
Locals can talk about the cultural attributes of the island all they want but many tourists will be unconcerned by authorities saying the drug is just supposed to be used for medical purposes not recreational use.
The message they are getting on the streets, in social media and in the many dispensaries is, don’t be stupid, don’t bother other people – but go ahead and enjoy yourself while smoking ganja in Thailand.
It’s Ganja Party Time.
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- 20,000 tourists attend Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan Island
About 20,000 foreign and Thai tourists were on Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party on Tuesday night 14.th June
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Provincial governor Wichawut Jinto, Samui district chief Chayapol Intarasapa and Marine Department officials were at Lom Phraya boat pier at Wat Na Phralan on Koh Samui on Tuesday to watch the departure of speedboats filled up with tourists to Koh Phangan.
About 15,000 departed from Koh Samui and the others from the mainland on ferry services.
About 50 million baht was expected to be injected into Koh Phangan on Tuesday night alone, he said.
Officials were instructed to strictly enforce heath safety measures issued by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Boat operators were told to ensure all passengers were wearing life jackets prior to departure.
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- Koh Phangan: Evolve into a world-class entertainment island?
A call to develop Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan into world-class entertainment islands is gaining support from local
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Foreign visitors to this small island chain in the Gulf of Thailand have grown steadily since the Test & Go entry restrictions ended on May 1 this year, according to local tourism businesses.
They agreed that a surge in tourist numbers has revived the local economy battered by over two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A newspaper columnist first floated the idea of bundling the three islands together as a major entertainment destination, and it has been well-received by some tourism operators. However, it would need the government’s support and cooperation from the private sector.
Advocates of the plan say focusing on the nightlife entertainment would increase tourism revenue as pubs, bars, karaoke venues, massage parlours and other nightspots are now allowed to reopen in 31 provinces following an extended shutdown, although a midnight closing time will still be enforced.
Thanapon Uthaiwannaporn, a manager at the Combo Beach Hotel Samui, said Koh Samui was in dire need of an economic boost.
The concept of an entertainment island cluster is rarely seen in other countries, he said.
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- Koh Phangan Rig-To-Reef Project boosts marine wildlife
Artificial reefs installed in the Gulf of Thailand around Surat Thani’s Koh Pha-ngan island nine years ago have given a
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Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, however, said he had to cancel his plan to dive down and check the reefs for himself due to high waves and monsoon.
The artificial reefs are made with seven decommissioned petroleum wellhead platforms that were donated by Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Ltd.
“Though I have not seen it in person, the photos taken by divers show the artificial reefs have served as the foundation of an underwater ecosystem, which helped increase the number of marine life around the island significantly,” he said.
The reefs were installed in September 2013 as part of a rig-to-reef project conducted in partnership with eight petrol exploration companies. Since then, the ministry has installed more than 150,000 artificial reefs made from decommissioned petroleum rigs covering some 36,000 rai of Thailand’s waters.
“I have instructed the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to monitor the condition of these artificial reefs and record changes and impacts to marine resources periodically, so we can make further improvements when implementing the project elsewhere,” he said.
On March 8, 2019, the ministry announced the area around the Koh Pha-ngan artificial reefs as a protected site. Fishing and diving activities have been banned in a bid to accelerate the rate at which young coral will latch on to the artificial reefs.
“We have learned that limiting human activity is key to rebuilding new coral, which will serve as shelter to marine life. The ban will be in effect until March 8, 2023,” Varawut said.
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- Koh Phangan aims to promote long-term sustainable tourism
Koh Phangan aims to promote long-term sustainable tourism to attract more than just Full Moon Party visitors, with the aim
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The Full Moon Party on April 16, alongside the Songkran holiday, helped the island post its highest occupancy rate since January at 85-90%, but only 70% of the 600 hotels on Koh Phangan are open, said Chantana Limsuwan, president of Koh Phangan Hotel and Tourism Association.
She said the latest party saw room rates almost recover to pre-pandemic levels.
However, that income was only enough to cover payroll and electricity bills, due to higher operational costs.
After the Full Moon Party Festival ended each month, the occupancy rate dropped to 20-30%, while room rates plunged 30-50%.
Ms Chantana said forward bookings for the next Full Moon Party on May 16 are still unclear as partygoers have a shorter booking period, previously from at least a month, to 10 to 15 days now.
Hotels that target long-stay digital nomads now have 15% to 20% advance bookings for next month.
Ms Chantana said other famous parties, including the Half Moon Party, might resume in August by the time travel rules are relaxed.
However, the Black Moon Party will not be back on the schedule soon.
The association has discussed with operators its plan to create value-added experiences to extend each guest’s length of stay.
Without new activities, tourists usually spend one or a few nights on the island around the time of the Full Moon Party.
Ms Chantana said its tourism model is inspired by Ibiza, which is globally renowned for its parties, and has similar features to Koh Phangan.
For instance, Koh Phangan will offer beach clubs or day lounges, and host more events at Haad Rin beach with safety protocols, like security guards, to upgrade its services and image.
Its abundant forests are also good for trekking and trail running.
She said local tourism operators expect to welcome 100,000 tourists this year, assuming that all restrictions are dropped.
Meanwhile, Apichart Chayopas, managing director of Raja Ferry Port, said the number of passengers using the firm’s ferries from three piers — Donsak, Samui and Phangan — grew by 95% to an average of 6,500 per day between April 11 and 17. These are the best numbers recorded for Songkran in three years.
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- Full Moon Party Koh Phangan attracts over 10,000 tourists
Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan island off this southern coastal province was packed with revellers for the first full-scale
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Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan island off this southern coastal province was packed with revellers for the first full-scale Full Moon Party since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic on Saturday night April 16th 2022.
Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, more than 10,000 tourists – mostly foreign tourist – enjoyed an event that ran smoothly throughout the night with marine police, tourist police and immigration police and more than 60 administrative officials led by Surat Thani deputy governmor Suthipong Klai-udom deployed to maintain law and order.
The road leading to the beach was restored to its erstwhile vitality, with shops selling snacks and beverages, body-painting kiosks and clothing stalls.
After the party was over, most of the tourists returned to the mainland by ferry to Don Sak or to Koh Samui. Others remained on the island, which has seen many rental accomodations fully booked over the past month.
On Saturday, Raja Ferry announced its ferries departing at 8.00am, 11.00am, 2.00pm and 5.30pm were fully booked. It had to arrangers two more trips, departing Don Sak at 12.30pm and 6.30pm.
Manop Sae Tiew, a Koh Phangan resident, said the return of a large number of foreign tourists indicated the Full Moon Party was still in their minds after a long suspension.
“Koh Phangan’s beaches are most beautiful on full moon nights. We also have many other attractions which must be preserved. The party went on without problems last night. I believe the next party, scheduled for May 16, will definitely draw even more tourists,” he said.
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- Koh Phangan relaunches its Full Moon Party amid virus curbs
An imminent return of the popular Full Moon Party this month means more than a revival of the boisterous gathering
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An imminent return of the popular Full Moon Party this month means more than a revival of the boisterous gathering of mostly foreign visitors. It means a cash-starved local economy might stir back to life.
For almost two years Haad Rin has been without its main draw, although lately provincial officials have experimented with bringing it back.
Party hiatus and relaunch trials
Afterwards, the authorities issued a directive for mass gatherings and parties to be curtailed or suspended outright to curb infections.
Local leaders, district police and public health officials met to discuss the fate of the event, eventually deciding it must be put on hold indefinitely from March 2020.
More than a year later, with the pandemic having halted arrivals of overseas tourists, the government announced the reopening of tourism on July 1, 2021 and a piloting of the Phuket sandbox programme.
About two weeks later the sandbox programme allowed visitors to use Phuket as a jumping off point for visits to Koh Samui and the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. The onward trips kindled hope for a revival of the Full Moon Party.
The hope materialised on Oct 22 last year when tourism operators on Haad Rin in Koh Phangan district were granted permission to experiment with organising the event in a Covid-safe setting. The party went ahead under the theme of “Back to the Roots” with all the usual bonfires, fire jugglers and club music.
Missing were many nightlife operators who were struggling financially to find their feet, although a small number were back selling food.
Party-goers were mostly foreign visitors vacationing on Koh Phangan. But new entry rules applied; they must pass on-site temperature checks, fill out forms for contact tracing and produce proof of a double-dose vaccination.
After the first relaunch trial, Koh Phangan had to wait almost five months for the second to be organised on March 17. This time, more overseas tourists joined the party, many having been ferried from Koh Samui.
As the two experiments came and went, the Full Moon Party was being readied for a comeback on April 16, which is timed to coincide with the five-day Songkran festival extending over five days from Wednesday.
The long weekend exodus of holidaymakers is expected to give the Full Moon Party its largest turnout since the pandemic.
Thawit Somwang, president of the Haad Rin Tourism Association, said the April 16 party will stick to the “Back to the Roots” concept. Organisers have sought permission from local authorities to go ahead with the party and they were confident the request will be granted.
The event has been a year in the making and previous trials proved the party can get underway with the new-normal protocols in place.
He said the success of the party has to do with the lifting of many Covid-19 restrictions, and residents having adjusted themselves to public health safety measures while being able to resume their tourism businesses.
Also, more than 90% of residents have been vaccinated and Koh Phangan, being an island, is ideal for preventing infections.
“But to be honest, we don’t have high hopes [for the April 16 party] since it is now the low tourist season and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caused a significant drop in visitors from Israel, France and the US,” he said.
A steady stream of tourists has come from the Scandinavian countries.
About 10,000 overseas tourists are expected to join the party from hotels and other accommodation on Haad Rin. Another 5,000 may come from elsewhere on the island.
Stretching relaxed rules
The party must comply with the regulations issued by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), meaning it must wind down by 11pm. However, Mr Thawit said that in his view, the authorities should allow the party to continue until 1am or 2am the next morning.
He said many tourists tend to spend much of the day sunbathing before returning to their hotel and leaving for dinner. They normally go to the party at 8pm or 9pm and if the party stops at 11pm, they would only have a few hours there.
“In the last two years, tourism businesses on Haad Rin have improved the place to make the area more manageable.
“Vendors must register and entrances and exits to the beach are clearly marked. People entering also must be fully vaccinated and have taken and passed an ATK test.
“We realised we must lay down the rules to rein the party in. We won’t stand anything that will drive Koh Phangan’s reputation into the ground,” he said.
Driver of the economic engine
The Full Moon Party has been a main driving force for the tourism-dependent local economy of Koh Phangan. Visitors came from at least 15 countries to be part of the party which is publicised worldwide.
The cashflow from tourists came from spending on air tickets, ferries, accommodation, meals, tour guides and vendors. It keeps the full loop of the local economy functioning.
For 30 years, the party has been closely associated with the livelihoods of locals in the three tambons on Koh Phangan as well as the nearby Koh Tao. The party’s enduring appeal has helped get hotel and restaurant projects off the ground and given birth to a wide array of tourism activities.
Mr Thawit said overseas visitors attend the Full Moon Party either before or after travelling to other major attractions in Phuket, Krabi or Chiang Mai. In any case, many spend more than a month in the country. “They create jobs and will help pull the country out of the economic doldrums it is in,” he said.
No caseload surge
Dr Jirachart Ruangwatcharin, head of Surat Thani provincial public health office, said there was no surge in Covid-19 caseloads after the March 17 Full Moon Party relaunch trial. Nor did it trigger infection clusters.
However, he stressed anti-Covid measures must intensify during the party. Those arriving on Koh Phangan for the Songkran holiday must be subject to strict health screening. Health workers will stand by to screen visitors joining the party through five entry points.
Nanthawan Siripokkapat, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Surat Thani office, said a higher number of visitors will arrive in the province during this week’s Songkran festival than in the same period last year thanks to relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. Many people also feel free to travel after they have received the vaccine and booster shots.
In February, 194,658 visitors came to Surat Thani. Of them, 88,839 were Thais and 105,819 foreign visitors who represent a 2,341% increase on the same period last year.
The February figures also showed revenue of 622 million baht earned from Thai visitors and 2.5 billion baht from overseas visitors. Ms Nanthawan added revenue should climb substantially higher during Songkran and the Full Moon Party.
Changes to the norm
The party’s charm lies in its after-midnight party atmosphere heightened by the full moon being visible and its reflection on the water. Partygoers would remain on the beach until dawn to watch the sunrise.
She might make a trip to the party one of these days.
“Personally, I don’t think anyone would want to catch Covid. They must find a way to look after themselves and keep from contracting the virus. When everyone takes good care of themselves, the party can go on and they can have fun,” she said.
“Speaking of Coronavirus, I am not that afraid of it as long as you stick to the health measures such as wearing a mask, washing hands, and not sharing food or drinks with others,” she said.
Brennen Vowel, 31, a baker from the United Kingdom, said the party sounds interesting. “I am already fully vaccinated. The only thing that you can do is to take care of yourself,” he said.
Yeimil Sehaan, 35, an Argentinian engineer, said it is one of the most famous parties in the world. He went seven years ago before he had children. He remembered the party was crowded but the atmosphere was good. He had met many there.
“The party brings a lot of tourists to Thailand and Thailand needs that. Nowadays, many people have been vaccinated.
“I don’t think there’s any reason for fear, so it’s time to fully open the country and cancel some unnecessary restrictions,” he told the Bangkok Post while walking on Khao San Road.
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- Koh Phangan Full Moon Party ready to go for Songkran Festival 2022
Koh Phangan’s famous Full Moon Party has been given the green light for Songkran, the Thai New Year known for
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Koh Phangan, one of the trio of Gulf of Thailand islands off the Surat Thani coast, is known for its massive parties on Haad Rin beach every month on the full moon. This year, the full moon falls on Saturday, April 16, coinciding with Songkran, which is starts on April 13 and is celebrated for several days.
Despite the rumour about the Covid-19 clusters from the Full Moon Countdown event for New Years, a doctor from Surat Thani’s provincial public health department, Jirachart Ruengwatcharin, insisted that there have been no clusters from any of the parties on Koh Phangan, adding that the number of cases in the province has been at a normal rate in comparison to other areas.
With Songkran happening at the same time as the Full Moon Party, the provincial doctor says they are expecting more foreign travellers. Jirachart says the upcoming Full Moon Party during Songkran will be hosted under “strict measures” with more health officials screening attendees. For the New Year’s countdown event, those “strict measures” meant showing a vaccination certificate or Thailand Pass at the entrance to the event.
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- Five Germans rescued after getting lost on Koh Phangan Paradise Island
Five German tourists who lost their way in a forest on Koh Phangan were found after a search and safely
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Five German tourists who lost their way in a forest on Koh Phangan were found after a search and safely brought out by officials on Tuesday.
Officials of Than Sadet National Park told police at about 2pm on Tuesday that the five tourists – four women and one man, were lost in the Khao Ra hike on the island in Surat Thani province. Police, administrative officials and park rangers were then mobilised to look for them.
The search started at a trail to the Khao Ra viewpoint in Ban Madua Wan village. The rescuers searched and shouted for about an hour and finally the lost tourists shouted back. They were found safe near Than Sadet waterfall and officials gave them mangoes to satisfy their hunger.
The tourists were identified as Meinhardt Yannick, 26, Konig Louise, 24, Sapani Denience, 25, Scheub Lena and Funchs Katharina.
Mr Yannick said they hiked to the Khao Ra viewpoint around 9am and were coming down at about 1pm. However, heavy rain and runoff blocked the view of their trail and they got lost. The group then phoned the national park office for help.
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- Koh Phangan – Third booster shot vaccination now available!
Koh Phangan kicked off its drive to give third booster shot vaccinations to the local population today, ahead of the
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Koh Phangan kicked off its drive to give third booster shot vaccinations to the local population today, ahead of the October target in Thailand, with a goal of 1,300 injections today and more to come. The event took place at the Koh Phangan Sueksa School in Thongsala Moo 1 near Big C.
At the school, workers were administering AstraZeneca booster shots to people who had received 2 Sinovac vaccines in Phangan already. Of note, the full vaccine doses were administered intramuscularly unlike Phuket where booster shots were recently switched to a new subdermal injection method that puts 20% of a normal dose just under the skin instead of into the muscle.
The booster event was organised by Koh Phangan Hospital, the government hospital on the island and was organised with the help of volunteers from each village on the island. It was open to all residents or people staying on Koh Phangan, locals, expats, foreigners, and migrant workers, as long as they had previously received 2 Sinovac vaccines on Koh Phangan.
While some exceptions were made for residents or people who had been vaccinated on the neighbouring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao, hospital officials stressed it is much easier to survey the demand on each island and ship vaccines from Koh Samui where they are received to the other islands, so they discouraged people from island-hopping to get booster shots or vaccines.
Mr Somchai, an employee of the Koh Phangan Hospital who is a member of a team of about 10 people who handle vaccine-related issues for the hospital spoke with The Thaiger about the event. He said that this was the first time booster shots were administered on Koh Phangan island, but he expects more to come soon as a large amount of the island population – he guestimated about 90% – have already received 2 doses and were fully vaccinated.
Previous vaccine drives were held onsite at the hospital, but Somchai cited lack of space and shade, explaining that vaccination dates that expect bigger turnouts, more than 500 people, will be organized at the school, using their large covered assembly hall. Koh Phangan community members commented that the booster drive at the school was faster and more comfortable than the original vaccination events at the hospital.
The date of the next opportunity to get vaccinated has not yet been confirmed, with hospital officials stating as soon as they get confirmation of the next round of vaccines arriving in Koh Phangan they begin arranging a vaccination date and location.
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