Full Moon Party sees 10k visitors

Full Moon Party sees 10k visitors

Tourists enjoy the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan of Surat Thani province on Friday night. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)
Tourists enjoy the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan of Surat Thani province on Friday night. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

The Tourism and Sports Ministry may extend the Full Moon Party by two hours until 4am as the monthly beach party is back in full swing.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he would ask the cabinet and the Interior Ministry to grant the extra time after inspecting the latest Full Moon Party on Had Rin on Koh Pha-ngan on Friday evening.

The packed party was joined by some 10,000 Thai and foreign revellers arriving in droves on boats from nearby Koh Samui, some arriving as late as 9pm.

People told the minister they lamented the 2am end of the Full Moon Party. They wanted the fun to carry on until 4am.

The rebound in tourism after more than two years of painful stagnation from the Covid-19 pandemic is helping to revitalise the economy.

A local speedboat rental company said the Full Moon Party was welcoming more tourists since public health restrictions began to ease last year. Now, more than 10,000 people are joining each party.

A local ferry company said the number of tourists heading to Koh Samui was almost back to pre-pandemic levels thanks to the easing of travel restrictions on May 1.

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Vocabulary

  • cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
  • droves: a large group, especially of people, moving towards a place -
  • ease: to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา
  • grant: to officially give something - ให้
  • lament (verb): to show publicly that you feel sad or disappointed about something - เสียใจ,โศกเศร้า
  • rebound (verb): to rise again after falling, recover - กระโดดขึ้นอีกครั้งหนึ่ง,สะท้อนกลับ,เด้งกลับ
  • restriction: a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม
  • reveller: someone who enjoys themselves at a celebration or noisy party by singing, dancing or by drinking alcohol - ผู้ืที่ออกมาโห่ร้อง เต้นรำเพื่อการเฉลิมฉลอง
  • stagnation: a situation where water does not flow and it begins to smell bad -
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