Koh Phangan’s secret Island News Headquarters just received the newest alert via the google alert system and this is definitely worth posting – enjoy 😉
Foreign Commonwealth Office UK warns of gang attacks at Full Moon parties!
The infamous Full Moon Party at Haad Rin beach on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand has become a fixture on the backpacker circuit but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning revellers to extremely beware.
This updated advice has been prompted by a number of incidents this year “where western tourists have been victims of vicious unprovoked assaults by gangs”, the FCO reports.
Official advice is now to take extreme care when around the bars in Haad Rin beach, particularly late at night and around the time of the Full Moon parties.
The FCO goes as far as suggesting people avoid the area (Island of Madness – Koh Phangan) altogether if possible.
Further travel advice for Thailand includes warning holidaymakers about the dangers of accepting drinks from strangers at clubs and parties.
According to the FCO, six British nationals have been murdered in Thailand in the past two to three years and increasingly incidences of date rape have been reported.
There have been a number of incidents in Koh Phangan in 2008 where western tourists have been victims of vicious unprovoked assaults by gangs. These attacks are increasingly common around the time of the Full Moon Parties and generally occur late at night in the vicinity of bars in Haad Rin. You are advised be extremely careful when walking in this area at any time, especially after dark and if possible avoid it altogether.
There also has been a number of incidents where tourists have had their drinks drugged (in both tourist areas and red light districts). You should be careful about taking drinks from strangers and be wary at clubs and parties, particularly in the Koh Samui area and at the Full Moon party on Phangan Island where incidences of date rape have been reported. A number of British nationals have suffered severe psychiatric problems as a result of drug use, in a small number of cases resulting in suicide.
The official statement of the FCO can be found here -> Click Me 😉