No full moon party on Ko Phangan in October

Ko Phangan district of Surat Thani province has made a resolution to call off the full moon party, which is highly popular to foreign tourists, for the month of October to observe the royal cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej scheduled for Oct 26, district chief Krirkkrai Songthani said on Monday (Oct 2).

The district chief said he has issued an official letter to all heads of government offices as well as kamnans and chiefs of all village to comply with the order, which is in line with the cabinet resolution of Sept 26 regarding preparations for the royal cremation.

The order is for the full moon party, which is regularly held at Hat Rin beach in tambon Ban Tai of Ko Phangan on every 15th day of the waxing moon, to be called off in October.

Moreover, all entertainment venues are required to suspend entertaining activities. However, they can sell food and drinks as usual throughout the month.

The operators of all entertainment venues on Ko Phangan have been informed of the suspension order. Violators will face legal action, Mr Krirkkrai said.