It appears the 'authorities' are going to clamp down on the goings on at the full moon parties. About the same time as I heard that, Phuket announces it's to hold a Roy Fest, descriped as:
" KARON, PHUKET: Phuket is about to witness the birth of its very own dance music festival – ‘Roy Fest’, which debuts on Karon Beach this weekend.
In Southern Thai, ‘roy’ means ‘fun’, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hoping the more than 50 international DJs and musicians it has booked for Roy Fest will help the party live up to its name.
The TAT has invested more than 22 million baht to convert Karon Beach into the ‘ultimate beach dance party’ and they’re expecting to draw thousands of party goers to have fun on the white sand"
Great idea, a drunken party at night in the low season where the deaths from drowning this year have topped 33 (for Phuket)!!
Mike, have you ever lived? Personally I've seen it and done most of it so have little intention of doing it all again. But I can see that the "youngsters" bring a lot of money to Thailand and they need to be catered for. Not everyone comes to Thailand to spend all their time diving, walking round temples or sightseeing. Kids go to Thailand for a wild time and they are going to dance and drink too much and probably take some class A's too. If there have been so many deaths perhaps the investment s a good thing? Clearly there is a problem that needs to be addressed, possibly though additional investment and policing as TAT seem to have done?