Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

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Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by OrangeDragon » Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:43 am

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Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party long ago lost its original innocence, devolving into a mess of drunken foreigners cramming onto a once-beautiful beach to celebrate nothing more than the party itself. But in recent years, things have gotten much worse. There have been rapes, fatal accidents, suicides, and gang-related murders. “In the nine months I lived there, one guy I admired hung himself, while another died drunk-driving his motorbike,” a former expat told me. Meanwhile, the local environment has been decimated. In fact, one’s first taste of the island pleasures that await can be found in the water itself, which glistens with oil and plastic.
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“I… remember losing my sandals and walking on a lot of glass,” read one. “I even saw a guy attempt to rape a girl on the beach… The girl was passed out… all I remember next was me and R looking for N and C, finding N with his shirt off being loud and yelling at strangers… blood was pumping out of [his nose] like a faucet… We hid in the jungle for what must’ve been at least an hour, R’s hand was covered in blood.” This woeful account concludes with the author nursing a dying dog.
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by Sailorman » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:49 am

I looked at retiring on Ko Phangan or Ko Samui (32 years of going to Ko Samui.) The full moon parties on Phangon attracted to many police and lowlifes, no good roads to the east side beach's, so-so store in the main town, minimal emergency care, and overpriced everything.

Ko Samui is way over priced, but on the southeast side is still livable for a retiree/expart and you can drive to a mall/movie, good emergency care/hosptals and good western style market, but way overpriced, plus the Thai's don't really want expats anymore (come in for two weeks, spend your money and go home so you can make more money for your next two weeks in the land-of-smiles.)

Snooky, paradise with insects (and soon to have its own BurgerKing and one billion dollar resort.)
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by General Mackevili » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:19 pm

I think they have a Full Moon Party on Koh Rong these days, and even Sihanoukville has parties on the main beaches too.

Maybe they stop them during the low seasons.

I wouldn't be surprised if they now have Full Moon parties on Otres Beach these days too.
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by OrangeDragon » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:27 pm

General Mackevili wrote:I think they have a Full Moon Party on Koh Rong these days, and even Sihanoukville has parties on the main beaches too.

Maybe they stop them during the low seasons.

I wouldn't be surprised if they now have Full Moon parties on Otres Beach these days too. Image
they still do them, as for otres i have no idea. still never partied out there.

but from what i've heard they're not near as bad as this one sounds... yet.
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by General Mackevili » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:39 pm

Yeah, I think that's where the touristy ones started.

People on acid, mushrooms, ecstasy, and all sorts of other drugs, deaths plastic cups, pick pockets, etc.

I've never been tempted enough to actually check it out..
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by King Keil » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:59 pm

Think it´s the alcohol and the sheer size of the Party that contributes most to the shit that is going on. From what i heard there were lot more drugs in the past and it had a pretty good vibe when it started. Like the raves in europe in the nineties.
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by Sohi » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:49 pm

General Mackevili wrote: I wouldn't be surprised if they now have Full Moon parties on Otres Beach these days too. Image
Have done for well over a year now, at Ritchie's not quite the same as Thailand tho, a much nicer vibe and no rapes or deaths...
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by General Mackevili » Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:47 pm

Sohi wrote: much nicer vibe and no rapes or deaths...
That's a plus.
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by giblet » Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:59 pm

General Mackevili wrote:I think they have a Full Moon Party on Koh Rong these days, and even Sihanoukville has parties on the main beaches too. ]
They are on Koh Rong Sanloem, not Koh Rong.
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Re: Worst Party in Asia? Koh Phangan, Thailand

Post by Soi Dog » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:03 pm

You had the wrong Koh Rong. Koh Wrong.
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