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Koh Phangan has become famous for its full-moon parties and for numerous other parties associated with the moon's waxing and waning. These events attract as many as 10,000 revelers, and the criminal element knows this. Break-ins have become problematic. Thieves assume that you're probably out partying, so don't leave valuables in your room.
The biggest problem is drugs, which are treated very seriously by Thai authorities. There are all-too-frequent stories of travelers who have arrested, either for purchasing or consuming, so expect harsh treatment if you're caught.
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