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Party Island Koh Phangan Still Safe? …My Lowdown in The Daily Telegraph

My lowdown on Koh Phangan and the Full Moon Parties in the wake of the shooting of a young British tourist on the island, in The Daily Telegraph.

Here’s an earlier story about the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan – The Bucket People.

Photographs in this post by Aroon Thaewchatturat.

2 Responses to “Party Island Koh Phangan Still Safe? …My Lowdown in The Daily Telegraph”

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    Michael LaPalme:

    Still safe? Koh Phangan has not been “safe” for decades, if ever… The first one I attended was back in 1999. The party had grown about 10 times the size the last time I went in 2002. I was there in again 2006 for New Years & Full Moon party but it was cancelled because a couple of tourists (Swedish?) girls drowned in the rough seas at Had Rin on the morning of the event. The whole Samui archipelago is run by the mafia. I can’t imagine what that place looks like now. Nice piece Tom.

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    Thanks, Michael. Yes, mafia like structures operate on all the Gulf islands, but I still think for the vast majority of visitors, it’s a pretty safe destination. I had a look at problems for tourists in Ibiza last night…oh dear…

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