The ban was ordered by Pha-ngan district chief officer Mr Krirkkrai Songthani after a meeting with the local leaders on April 3 to discuss complaints from many residents of the loud noises from revellers at various parties which are held 25 times a month at one coconut plantation to another which are dotted on the island.
Besides Full Moon party which is held once a month, there are also Half Moon party, Black Moon party, Jungle party, Experience party and many others of imaginative names.
Mrs Wannee Thaipanich, president of Koh Pha-ngan tourism association, said the ban would weed out all the cheap and unqualified parties. However, she said special permission would be required for additional parties to be held.
Tourism is the biggest money-making machine on Koh Pha-ngan brining in about 7 billion baht in foreign exchange a year. About 20,000 tourists visit the island each month and the number will increase to 30,000 during the high season and up to 60,000-80,000 during Christmas and Yew Year.
Most are attracted by the Full Moon party which is held once a month but eventually, for commercialism, has multiplied into various parties held almost every night.