Koh Phangan airport could be open by 2016

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Koh Phangan airport could be open a soon as next year!

Southern private business owner Somphong Sooksanguan who owns Kan Air and part owns VietJet Air and is now planning on spending THB 900 million (US$ 28.1 million) building a brand new airport in Koh Phangan.

Tour operators and tourists have been complaining for years about the high fares being charged to fly into Koh Samui by Bangkok Airways, who own the airport and are partially responsible for turning Samui into one of Thailand’s most successful tourism stories.

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Koh Phangan Tourism Association called to fully lift the ban on moon-type parties on the island

The Koh Phangan Tourism Promotion Association, cried foul that the ban has severely affected tourism on her island!

The Koh Phangan Tourism Promotion Association, cried foul that the ban has severely affected tourism on her island!

Will Koh Pha Ngan remain Koh Pha Ngan without full moon party?

Koh Phangan Tourism operators called on the Surat Thani provincial administration to fully lift the ban on the notorious moon-type parties on the island, saying without the parties the tourism business on the island would never be the same :(

Their representative, Wannee Thaiphanit, chairwoman of the Koh Pha Ngan Tourism Promotion Association, cried foul that the ban has severely affected tourism on her island :(

She said nearly all reservations of hotels and resorts were canceled after foreign tourists learned that the moon-type party activities on the island were prohibited :(

The provincial administration has slapped a ban on moon-type party activities on Koh Phangan since April 5 :(

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Koh Phangan Moon-Type Parties to be allowed again but must be FREE OF DRUGS ;-)

Koh Phangan Parties - FREE OF DRUGS

Koh Phangan Parties – FREE OF DRUGS

Moon-Type parties on Koh Phangan Island in Surat Thani province will be permitted again but with conditions that operators must strictly abide by the official rules and regulations 😉

This was revealed by Koh Phangan district chief officer Krirk-krai Songthani after a meeting with business operators on the island yesterday.

After a meeting with business operators, he agreed to allow only some business operators to hold moon-type parties but they must strictly abide by the rules and regulations 😉

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Boat driver on the run after striking British diver near Koh Tao Island

Rescue workers bring a 20-year-old tourist who was struck by a boat turbine to a hospital on Koh Samui

Rescue workers bring a 20-year-old tourist who was struck by a boat turbine to a hospital on Koh Samui

A boat driver in southern Thailand fled after he struck a British tourist with the boat’s propeller off the coast of Koh Tao yesterday.

According to police, the 20-year-old British woman nearly lost her leg in the accident, which occured while she was taking a diving lesson with other tourists from a company called Scuba Shark on the western side of the island.

The boat’s turbine hit her leg while she and the other tourists were swimming to shore, breaking two of her bones and causing her to bleed profusely.

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British diver struck by boat propeller while diving at Koh Tao Island

British trainee diver Alice Davies is treated for severe leg injuries at Koh Samui hospital after she was hit by a boat propeller near Koh Nang Yuan off Koh Tao Island on Tuesday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

British trainee diver Alice Davies is treated for severe leg injuries at Koh Samui hospital after she was hit by a boat propeller near Koh Nang Yuan off Koh Tao Island on Tuesday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

A 20-year-old British woman sustained severe leg injuries when she was struck by a boat’s propeller while diving near an island off Koh Phangan district.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening when Alice Louise Davies was taking part in a diving course at Koh Hin Sam Kon, near Koh Nang Yuan in tambon Koh Tao.

Ms Davies and other tourists taking the Discover Scuba Diving course were reportedly surfacing when a boat carrying diving gear entered the area. Her right leg was struck by the whirling propeller blades.

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Elephant steals camera from tourist and snaps an incredible selfie

Elephant Selfie - Credit Caters News Agency

Elephant Selfie – Credit Caters News Agency

A lucky tourist on Koh Phangan Island managed to capture an incredible selfie when an elephant grabbed his camera and started snapping pictures using his trunk.

Christian LeBlanc, 22, was feeding the elephant in Koh Phangan, Thailand, when he ran out of bananas.

He claims the plucky beast nabbed his GoPro camera while it was on the time lapse setting and ended up taking the incredible snaps.

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Koh Phangan Reggae House burnt down in a midnight fire at Haad Rin beach

Reggae House Burnt Down! Picture Credit: Namsom Puntipa

Reggae House Burnt Down! Picture Credit: Namsom Puntipa


The Reggae House, a two-storey bar and restaurant on Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan Island, was burnt down in a midnight fire last night.

Several adjacent houses were also gutted in the two hour fire that broke out at 01.00 am Friday, 14th May 2015. Nobody was injured or killed in the inferno that raged the popular bar to charred remains.

The house which was turned into a bar and restaurant was popular among Full Moon party tourists. It was located at Village Group 6 in Tambon Ban Tai of Koh Phangan district.

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Finally? Koh Phangan District Office bans all Moon-Type Parties except the Original Full Moon Party!

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Koh Phangan sinks all but Full Moon Party

Party Central“, also known as Koh Phangan, has become “Party Pooper“. From now, only Full Moon Parties will be allowed on the immensely popular resort island. That means no more dark moon parties, jungle parties, half moon parties, black moon parties, shiva moon parties and the like.

Koh Phangan district office on Sunday officially announced the party ban which affects the entire Surat Thani island immediately.

District chief Kriak-krai Songthani said the ban followed complaints by island residents about noisy parties which disturbed their way of life.

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Royal Thai Navy intercepts Full Moon Ferry to Haad Rin Beach on Koh Phangan Island

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The Royal Thai Navy has controversially refused to let a ferry full of backpackers land on Thai soil

The Royal Thai Navy has controversially refused to let a ferry full of backpackers, island party-goers, and other low-budget tourists land on Thai soil, citing national security reasons and issues of Thai sovereignty.

The Phangan Prince, a diesel-powered 150-seat wooden boat operated by the Full Moon Island Tour company, departed from Bophut pier on Koh Samui at 8:30am Thursday, but was intercepted on route to its destination at Haad Rin beach by a Thai naval destroyer. The naval ship hailed the ferry captain and ordered it to turn around. However, once it re-approached Bophut pier another smaller navy gunboat blocked its path and fired warning shots across the ferry’s bow, startling the approximately 320 foreigners aboard.

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Russian Homemade Marijuana Bong Sellers Arrested on Koh Phangan Island

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A screen shot of the now-deleted Facebook page selling homemade marijuana bongs

Police have arrested two Russians who allegedly sold homemade marijuana bongs via a Facebook page on the southern island of Koh Pha-Ngan.

The arrest followed a police investigation into a now-deleted Facebook page, called Bong Russian Boss, which advertised homemade bamboo bongs and featured photos of the seller lying down in what appears to be marijuana plants.

The Facebook page claimed to be operated by Russians on Koh Pha-Ngan – an island in the Gulf of Thailand known for its raucous, drug-fueled monthly Full Moon Parties.

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