Koh Phangan cancels October full-moon party

Tourists wait for ferries at the Koh Phangan pier. The southern resort island will scrap the full-moon party next month. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: Koh Phangan will cancel the full-moon party next month as the country prepares for the solemn cremation rites for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Koh Phangan district chief Kriekkrai Songthani said on Friday that the event for October would be called off on the resort island in the Gulf of Thailand.

The full moon day next month falls on Oct 5 but Rin beach, where the raucous event is normally held each month, is expected to be quiet. All entertainment activities will also be banned throughout the month but entertainment venues can sell drinks and food during the period, said Mr Kriekkrai.

Local authorities from kamnan to village chiefs have been ordered by the district to strictly adhere to the restrictions by closely monitoring all activities on the island, he added.

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