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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Drink, drugs and sex on the beach: Is THIS what your teenager is up to on their gap year in Thailand?

Full moon party

Were it not for the waves of green, clinking beer bottles, you’d think the hundreds of inert bodies strewn along the shore had washed up dead.

Behind them, many more youngsters are slumped, their heads between their knees, ­vomiting into the sand. 

Then there are the men urinating in the sea and an array of naked couples bobbing up and down in the water. The sordid scene is lit by a beautiful, white full moon. But then this is the Full Moon Party on Thailand’s Koh Phangan island — the most renowned and revered experience on every backpacker’s itinerary.

Every month, 10,000 youngsters gather here and many of them are British middle-class school leavers for whom a trip to Thailand — and the rich cultural experiences it has to offer — has become a rite of passage. 

Well, that’s what their parents would hope as they wave their offspring off at the airport.

But the sad reality includes spectacles such as this on Haad Rin beach.


Read the full article at The Mail Online

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