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When people think of Thailand, most will conjure images of beautiful beaches, lush greenery and beach parties. However, following several high profile deaths of British tourists, Thailand has now banned beach parties in a bid to improve the country’s safety image.
Thousands of tourists flock to Thailand to attend beach parties every year, but now Police have removed posters, and banned such events (and their advertising).
Apparently the ban is because most parties are held in secluded locations, and this limits and delays the help police and medical crews can offer to anyone in danger. Only the famous Full Moon party at Koh Pangham will be allowed to continue, as authorities have decided this event is well organised and safe for tourists.
The ban has been enforced following several high profile deaths over the last few years, most recently the bodies of Hannah (23) and David (24), both British backpackers, were found after they attended a beach party. Furthermore, in 2013 Stephen (22) was accidentally shot dead at a full moon party, whilst partying with his friends.
Authorities have vowed to continue their risk assessments, and to make Thailand a much safer place for tourists. To this end, the National Police Office has been instructed to step up their security measures across the country, to ensure the safety of locals and tourists during the peak season.
Volunteers are also being recruited, to aid police and maintain order in popular areas.
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, just remember to check the FCO’s advice before you travel for tips and advice on how to stay safe, and what to do in an emergency.Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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