Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party
Every month, around 30,000 tourists go to Haad Rin beach, on Koh Phangan island, for the full moon party. Beach bars blasting loud music until next day. Drugs, violent crime, sexual assault are common.
Mushroom shakes are openly advertised in mountain bars in Haad Rin. The price of the happy shake (500 baht), MDMA (800 baht), space cookies (200 baht), LSD tab (300 baht).
Along the beach there are vendor stands selling plastic buckets with alcohol for cheap.
1980s, Koh Phangan was a rough spot after dark, full of wild dogs and muggers. Shootings were a fact of life at that time and sometimes still does. The island became famous when a group of tourists visited the island, enjoyed the pristine beach, music, alcohol and danced all night.
1989, the full-moon parties on Kph Phangan attracted no more than 2,000 people.
Nowadays, The number of people coming to the island for the full moon party increased ten folds and destroyed the pristine environment from broken glass to plastic bottles, even fresh water can’t accommodate all these thousands from all over the world invading the island.
Drugs are part of the scene from marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms of yore, yaba (crystal meth), ecstasy and heroin.
Drownings have increased with the number of intoxicated tourists on the beach with no lifeguards around. Violent crimes and rapes are part of the scene and often unreported.
Thai police will set you up by selling drugs to you and then arrest you on the spot demanding a huge amount of money to release you.
Stephen Ashton, 22-year-old British tourist was killed on New Year’s Eve when a dispute between two local gangs escalated and they fired into the crowd. Stephen Ashton was hit in the chest and died.