Curfew will curb next full-moon party

SURAT THANI – Tourism operators are banking on the army to relax a curfew for the next full-moon party with the fun set for June 12.

 

A full-moon party-goer waits on Koh Samui to board a high-speed boat to Koh Phangan on Sept 2, 2013. (Photo by Boonsong Kositchotethana)

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.

"The association is confident that the curfew will be eased for this activity as operators try to revive the tourism industry," Mrs Wannee said.

The entire country is under a curfew from midnight to 4am.

The full-moon party is held on Rin beach until dawn. It draws tourists directly from other countries and neighbouring Koh Samui.

Foreigners hanging out at night on the island have complained about the curfew which is forcing them to return to their hotels early, Mrs Wannee said.

 

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