Thailand’s infamous beach party “Full Moon Party” turns 25 & island gets own airport


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Thailand‘s infamous beach party at an island, Koh Pha Ngan, has turned 25 and local press reports, the island is getting its own airport. The beach party, grew from a few foreign tourist smoking pot and dancing on the beach, to attracting 30,000 at each party.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports; Thailand’s infamous beach rave turned 25 this year, making it old enough to now refrain from dodgy drugs, old enough to avoid drinking buckets of vodka and vomiting it all up a few hours later, old enough to say no to drunken hook-ups with Danish backpackers, and old enough not to take its clothes off and frolic in the sea. Of course, it will still do all of those things. And so will you. Because this isn’t a birthday marked with maturity, but with glorious debauchery. That’s what a Full Moon Party is all about. These raucous get-togethers on the island of Koh Pha-Ngan, a name once whispered among backpackers the world over but now shouted with glee, began innocently enough. Like “tubing” in Laos, it was the idea of a few travellers who wanted a simple escape from Western reality. Twenty-five years ago a bunch of hippies decided they wanted to sit on a Thai beach on a moonlit night, smoke a bit of pot, drink a few beers, and – in their eyes at least – live the dream. But then others got wind of it and wanted to live the dream as well, only they had slightly different dreams. Hard-partying dreams. Over the years more and more backpackers have descended on the once quiet island of Koh Pha-Ngan, in their numbers forever altering the beautiful beach and remote dreamland that the town of Haad Rin once was. It might have started with the adventurous few, but now more than 30,000 people turn up to Haad Rin every full moon, flooding the beach with bodies and litter, raging into the morning light. There aren’t just Full Moon Parties now, but Half Moon Parties and Black Moon Parties, nights designed for those who don’t time their trip right but still want a piece of the action. (Read More)


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