On April 5th2015, the Koh Pha Nagn district office announced a ban which affects all parties, leaving only the Full Moon Parties untouched. The ban will be implemented across Surat Thani…so no more dark moon parties, jungle parties, half moon parties, experience parties etc.
Noise pollution from parties that are held on an average of 25 per month were cited as the principle complaint from the island residents. The non-stop hedonistic revellers disturbed the locals way of life, further over the past years the region has seen a massive escalation in drug use.
The island is famous for being a party destination, but the Tourism and Sports Ministry aim to alter this image.The district chief indicated that violators of the new law would face legal action.