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> Koh Phangan to go drug free?
wakingdream
post Sep 13 2009, 12:15 PM
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Well, well, well! According to the Bangkok Post KP full moon parties will soon be put to rest.

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The Office of the Narcotics Control Board's Division 8, responsible for the upper South, has implemented a joint operation with residents and tour businesses to prevent the use of illicit drugs at the beachside party.


Never been to KP and have never wanted to either, strictly for its reputation. I've been to many full moon parties but have never had the desire to go go to one there.

This is interesting and I wonder if they'll have success with the idea. I can say the locals must be just sick of it!

What do you guys think?


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post Sep 14 2009, 08:29 AM
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I agree!


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post Sep 14 2009, 09:54 AM
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I think people should be able to do whatever they want...as long as it has no effect on others. If you want to harm yourself, who am I or anyone else to tell you not to?

If the issue is the harm you to others then the first drug to be banned should be alcohol!


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post Sep 14 2009, 07:40 PM
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"Thailand is already such a fun place and especially Full Moon Party and i dont see the point in taking drugs at all"

That's good point means "Thailand "
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post Sep 25 2009, 11:40 AM
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the locals are making a fortune off these people and would be hard pressed to make up for lost profits if the parties are stopped


That's true but that doesn't mean they all like it. Haven't we all done things to earn a living that we don't like?

For most, tourism brings in the better money. Catering to ridiculously wasted tourists ( not ALL ofcourse) who don't give a &^% about the havoc they wreak must not be all that fun. Sure, some of the younger Thai's are having fun too, but like all of us, there comes a time when partying (like that) gets old.

FMPs there can get insane and that's just not a good thing for anyone. Since when is people dying a good thing? It just illustrates what the environment during those parties is like. Personally I think taking it down, even a notch, would be positive progress for everyone involved.


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post Sep 26 2009, 11:51 AM
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Im going to Thailand in April and am gonna go to Koh Phangan to the full moon beach party but wont be taking drugs..
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post Sep 26 2009, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE(luke_1989 @ Sep 26 2009, 11:51 AM) *

Im going to Thailand in April and am gonna go to Koh Phangan to the full moon beach party but wont be taking drugs..



Good on you Luke.

The island is very beautiful. And if people like you can just go and have a party and have fun once a month - it would be possible for the island to stay a beautiful place and for the local people to have a decent life.

Sad some people take things too far with no regard for themselves or others and it is sad that some people (generally not locals - but others that have moved to the island) take advantage of that.

But hopefully you'll have a good time.
Try to get there a few days early to book good accommodation and also to give yourself time to explore the island and enjoy the great beaches and environment too.

Don't bother too much about any advice you get from expats that live on the island - they are mainly the stoners that are causing all the problems
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post Sep 27 2009, 10:01 AM
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so to think that these people would be happy when you take away their livlihood is a bit naive.


I don't think taking away their livelihood would make them happy, just saying that they don't really have a choice in it. They make a living how they can. It is what it is. There are plenty of places I've been in Thailand where locals don't seem the happiest accommodating drunken tourists but they do it anyway for obvious reasons. Have seen alot of Thais being incredibly disrespected and taken for granted. I just wish, for them, that they had broader choices.

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Im going to Thailand in April and am gonna go to Koh Phangan to the full moon beach party but wont be taking drugs..


Excellent smile.gif And you'll have a blast I'm sure. Some people just don't get that you can have fun without getting all messed up. Feel sorry for people who just don't know how to accomplish that.


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post Sep 27 2009, 04:59 PM
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I enjoy to have a party and dance but will only be going to a full moon party once cuz i want to actually see the country not spend my time drunk and not remembering most of it and feeling like S*$#e the next morning lol.

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post Sep 28 2009, 07:14 AM
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QUOTE(luke_1989 @ Sep 27 2009, 05:59 PM) *

I enjoy to have a party and dance but will only be going to a full moon party once cuz i want to actually see the country not spend my time drunk and not remembering most of it and feeling like S*$#e the next morning lol.

I think that might account for a large number of people who visit. It's too bad really. Not saying having some drinks is a bad thing. It's all about staying in control. I think that might be a whole other thread though!

This all ties in to traveling responsibly. Everyone has their own personal code and we shouldn't judge each other but it all comes down to responsible travel, respecting the people and places we visit and explore and representing ourselves with pride. Besides, you're right, who wants to put in all the work it takes to save and plan for a trip and then either feel like crap half the time or not remember what happened the night before!

So where are you headed first?


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post Sep 28 2009, 07:23 AM
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First i will be heading to Bangkok and am going to be doing this thing called thai intro to get me use to traveling as i have never been before. Thats a week 3 days in Bangkok and 4 in Koh Phangan. Then will stay on a few days for the full moon party then will probably travel back up to bangkok and northan thailand and then seeing how it goes. Want to see a few countries in SE Asia but will see who i meet and how i feel once im there.

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post Sep 30 2009, 08:49 AM
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Hi Luke

You mentioned going to a Thai Intro...what's that about, can you give me more information? It's my first time in Bangkok too
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post Sep 30 2009, 08:26 PM
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Want to see a few countries in SE Asia but will see who i meet and how i feel once im there.


Sounds like a great plan. Take it as it comes. There's just no better way. So many people overplan.......


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QUOTE(sunshinehippy @ Sep 30 2009, 08:49 AM) *

Hi Luke

You mentioned going to a Thai Intro...what's that about, can you give me more information? It's my first time in Bangkok too


Thai intro is where you travel thailand with a group of people for your first week and they give you advise etc.

http://www.thaintro.com/

When are you planning on going to Thailand?

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post Oct 1 2009, 02:45 AM
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Hi Luke

Im waiting on my VISA approval as we speak...Im meant to arrive on the 13th via Dubai, flying out from Durban South Africa. Where are you currently, tyou said you are coming in April?
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post Oct 1 2009, 06:49 AM
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QUOTE(sunshinehippy @ Oct 1 2009, 02:45 AM) *

Hi Luke

Im waiting on my VISA approval as we speak...Im meant to arrive on the 13th via Dubai, flying out from Durban South Africa. Where are you currently, tyou said you are coming in April?


Im currently in the UK am not traveling at the moment but will start my gap year April 2010. I plan to do Thai Intro either the 17th or 20th April.

Do you mean 13th October you arrive?

How long will you be travelling for ?

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Hey...I'm arriving on the 13th in Thailand...Im around for about 6 months, I'm actually coming that side for work but reallyu want to get in as much of Thailand as possible.
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