Thailand bans beach parties in ultimate backpacker buzzkill
If you're looking to party on a beach (you are), few places can hold a glow stick to Thailand, home of the infamous Full Moon Party and an array of bonkers beach bashes at which Jack from "Lost" gets the crap kicked out of him.
But now? The Thai government is being a buzzkill and breaking up nearly all beach parties in an effort to crack down on tourist misbehavior.
In an effort to restore order in the Surat Thani province, which includes Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan, some of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, the Thai government is shutting down impromptu parties. But backpackers needn't hang up their party pants just yet, as the most popular -- and more organized -- Full Moon Party's free to rage on as usual every month, on Koh Phangan.
The ban, which governor of Surat Thani, Chatpong Chatputhi said is "aimed at tourists' safety", comes a month after the murder of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge and 24-year-old David Miller, two British tourists who were found dead on a remote Koh Tao beach on Sept. 15.
"We've reached a point where we need to clean up the image of tourism in the province including beach parties that can get out of control and lead to violence", Chatpong told Reuters. "Sometimes these parties are held at secluded locations that are difficult to reach and where we cannot offer adequate protection."
"This is also because of the killings on Koh Tao", he added. "It's time to put things in order."
So if you're planning a trip to Thailand soon, you'll have to adjust your party plans -- maybe just read on the beach.
Although reading "1984" is actually illegal, too.