Construction of Koh Phangan airport’s runway is in full swing!
A direct commercial air service to Koh Phangan, home of the famous full moon parties, is expected to begin this year.
It will follow completion of a greenfield airport on Thailand’s fifth-largest island and the inauguration of flights by commuter carrier Kan Air.
Somphong Sooksanguan, the airport’s investor and Kan Air founder, confirmed the first flight would take place by year-end.
Construction of the airport is 70% complete. The blueprint of the passenger terminal is under way with a conceptual design that blends with the natural tropical environment overlooking the sea.
Construction has already cost 500 million baht, while the outlay could reach 1 billion.
Koh Phangan Full Moon Party – The worst party in Asia!
Thailand’s Full Moon Party is debauched, depraved, and increasingly deadly. If only it were fun.
“HELLOOO, FULL MOON PARTY!” the touts holler.
Welcome to Koh Phangan… I guess. The host of tuk-tuk drivers and solicitors who await the tourist ferry-load arriving every hour make no mention of the actual island. It’s all about the party. Or rather, parties. Every night.
The next greeting is a giant billboard that warns, “MARIJUANA AND MAGIC MUSHROOMS ARE ILLEGAL IN THAILAND.” Bottom-right is a photograph intended to terrify anyone fresh off the boat: a white-haired foreigner, eyes blacked out, seated before a bunch of cops. Oddly, one policeman flashes a sinister grin.
Koh Phangan Island gets EcoZone Protection
New ‘green’ rules to regulate commercial development on Koh Phangan Island!
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep) has declared Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan districts in Surat Thani province part of an environmentally-protected zone after nine years of efforts to regulate commercial development on the islands.
The Onep declaration, which came into force on May 30, means all commercial activities on Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and 39 other islands in those districts will be restricted to preserve the environment, said Onep deputy secretary-general Noppadol Thiyajai.
Killed: Stephen Ashton (left) is said to have been shot by a stray bullet. Ekkapan Kaewkla (right) was jailed over his death
A 26-year-old Thai man who shot dead Briton Stephen Ashton during a Full Moon New Year’s Eve Party on the holiday island of Koh Phangan has been jailed for 34 years.
Ekkapan Gaewkla who opened fire with a homemade gun on Haad Rin Beach on Koh Phangan, in southern Thailand on New Year’s Eve 2012/ 2013 initially denied the charge but later apologised for killing Ashton, 22, a city trader from London.
The Thai man was involved in a gunfight a fight between rival Thai groups and Stephen Ashton was caught in the crossfire and shot in the stomach.
Curfew Lifted! Full Moon Party to go ahead!
The June 12th Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Island will go ahead as planned after the Thai army gave the operator the green light.
Koh Phangan acting district chief Kasidet Thongchu was informed by the Surat Thani Army District that the party could be held as this monthly event had nothing to do with politics, demonstrations or activities that might violate the announcement of the National Council for Peace and Order.
Curfew will curb next Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Island
Koh Phangan tourism operators are banking on the army to relax a curfew for the next Full Moon Party with the fun set for June 12 2014.
Wannee Thaipanich, president of the Tourism Promotion Association on Koh Phangan, said on Sunday a letter had been sent by the group to the Surat Thani Army District to allow the party to be held all night.
She said the party date had been set in advance and the curfew could spoil the fun for tourists who planned to visit the island in Koh Phangan district for the party.
About 500 people surround the police station in Koh Phangan on Friday to press police to better handle a murder case
A senior police officer on Koh Phangan in charge of a murder case was transferred on Saturday after a protest over foot-dragging in the investigation.
Surasak Thipparat, deputy chief of the Phangan police station, was moved to the provincial police office under an order signed by Kietpong Khaosamang, the Surat Thani deputy police commander.
British tourist Alex Wyithe died on Sunday March 16 after attending the Full Moon Party in Thailand and going swimming
A British tourist has died after getting caught in a rip-tide at an all night full moon beach party on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand.
Alex Wyithe, 29, was on a holiday of a lifetime on the sun-kissed island of Koh Phangan, where full moon parties are popular among travellers.
It is a well known venue for drink and drugs hedonism and DJs who play all night to crowds of around 10,000 at the monthly parties at Haad Rin Beach.
Accident on Koh Phangan Island
Eight Israelis injured, one of them seriously, in a car accident in the Koh Phangan island in Thailand.
Eight Israelis were injured on Friday in a car accident in the Koh Phangan island in Thailand, Channel 2 News reported.
The accident occurred when the driver of the cab in which the eight Israelis were riding lost control of the vehicle and overturned.
A british tourist from the North-East of England has died after falling through a plate glass window on Koh Phangan Island in the south of Thailand.
Kevin Liddle, 23, from Gateshead, died on New Year’s Eve on the holiday island of Koh Phangan, from cuts he received during his fall through a plate glass window.
The British tourist Kevin Liddle, who was travelling with three friends, died after he crashed through the window of the shop in Haadrin Beach.