FULL TERROR ALERT! Tight security for Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

Increased security at the upcoming full moon party on Koh Phangan Island

Increased security at the upcoming Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Island

Provincial Police Region 8 has ordered increased security in all tourist provinces, particularly at the upcoming Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani, following the Paris attacks.

Pol Lt Gen Thesa Siriwatho, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8, said on Sunday he had asked police stations in all tourist provinces under the jurisdiction of his office to increase intelligence gathering and dispatch teams of officers to beef up security in venues popular among foreign visitors. Security measures must be put in place at all piers, bus stations and airports, he added.

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Koh Phangan introduces activity zones to protect the island against foreign investors.

Spheres Of Activity to protect Koh Phangan Island - Picture Credit @Bangkokpost.com

Spheres Of Activity to protect Koh Phangan Island – Picture Credit @Bangkokpost.com

Hotel operators and local people on Koh Phangan have agreed to use their own tourism zoning to control existing activities and screen new developments, especially those by foreign investors, in the future.

Koh Phangan is the country’s most popular destination for full moon parties, particularly among foreign tourists.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the island has high tourism potential, thanks to its natural beauty. The formation of the Asean Economic Community will draw more foreign investment, especially from China and Singapore, to this destination.

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Koh Phangan airport construction suspended!

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Koh Phangan airport construction suspended!

Forestry officials state, Koh Phangan airport encroaches on Than Sadet National Park forest!

The airport construction project on Koh Phangan by commuter carrier Kan Air has trespassed on Than Sadet National Park, Surat Thani deputy governor Ouaychai Innak said on Wednesday.

Mr Ouaychai said an inspection carried out by forestry officials found part of the land on a mountain in Thong Nai Pan bay which had been prepared for the planned airport construction had encroached on Thansadet National Park land. The encroached areas covered about 20 rai.

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Koh Phangan plans to arrange lifeguards after jellyfish death

Koh Phangan plans to arrange lifeguards after jellyfish death

Koh Phangan plans to arrange lifeguards after jellyfish death

Authorities and business owners on Koh Phangan plan to arrange for qualified lifeguards to cover beaches on this southern resort island after a Thai woman was killed by box jellyfish on Had Rin beach on Friday night.

Koh Phangan district chief Krikkrai Songthanee on Sunday led officials to inspect Had Rin beach where 31-year-old Bangkok tourist Chayanan Surin was attacked by one of the deadliest creatures in the world, and discussed safety measures with operators of resorts and hotels to prevent a repeat of the incident.

Mr Krikkrai told Thai Rath Online the meeting floated an idea of having lifeguards to provide safety for tourists and respond to all emergencies including giving first aid to those exposed to poisonous jellyfish.

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Box jellyfish sting kills female Thai tourist on Koh Phangan Island

Miss Chayanun Surin from Bangkok was stung by Jellyfish and died on the Island of Koh Phangan

Miss Chayanun Surin from Bangkok was stung by Jellyfish and died on the Island of Koh Phangan

Miss Chayanun Surin, a female Thai tourist from Bangkok, has died after being stung by a box jellyfish while swimming off Koh Phangan Island in Surat Thani on Friday night.

Following the 9.30pm report of the incident, Koh Phangan police went to Koh Phangan Hospital and were infomred that the 31-year-old woman was dead.

Police said that the woman had travelled to the island from Bangkok with friends and went swimming at around 8pm in Tambon Ban Tai and was stung.

One of the world’s most poisonous creatures, this cube-shaped jellyfish’s sting can cause extreme pain, muscle numbness, stomach and back muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, chest tightness and death.

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Koh Phangan subsurface dam to address freshwater shortage

Thailand's first subsurface dam eyed for Koh Phangan

Thailand’s first subsurface dam eyed for Koh Phangan

The Royal Irrigation Department is considering building a subsurface dam, the first of its kind in Thailand, on Koh Phangan to address freshwater shortages on the popular tourist island.

Yongyuth Kerdsinchai, director of the Surat Thani irrigation office, told Thairath Online that a recent RID survey found water demand on Koh Phangan had risen to 600,000 cubic metres a year, about twice the available supply.

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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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