Thailand Bans Beach Parties At Some Holiday Spots

October 28, 2014 – Thai authorities have banned beach parties on some holiday islands, in a bid to quell violence from gatherings that could get out of control, according to a yesterday.

Chatpong Chatputhi, the governor of Surat Thani province, said all beach parties will be banned in the area, with the exception of the Full Moon Party on Phangan island, reported Reuters. The ban covers popular tourist islands including Koh Tao and Koh Samui.

The move came after two Britons were killed while holidaying there. The bodies of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, both in their 20s, were found on Koh Tao island, which is popular among tourists for its beaches. Two men from Myanmar have been charged with their murders.

“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,” reports quoted Chatpong as saying. “This is aimed at tourists’ safety.”

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