Ko Phangan Warnings and Dangers

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  • beware of taxi driver from haad rin - got robbed!

    by cdarling Written Aug 31, 2012
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    beware of a taxi (songthaew) driver picking up customers in haad rin. this man robbed our friends (1 male/1 female) after driving them to their resort at 3am.

    this is a photo from the police, that is the man who robbed them. he is well known to police, and commits robberies and druggings regularly. he is known to be aggressive. please be careful and only take taxis in groups.

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  • Motorbike Scam Sritannu

    by Garythz Written Jan 9, 2012

    Do not rent a motorbike from Fuang Fua convenience shop in Sritannu. There was a scratch underneath the bike on a plastic panel and they wanted 5000 Baht to "repair" the damage and tried to keep my passport until I paid. The husband even pulled a knife trying to intimidate me. I went to the police in Thongsala, "Keow" was very helpful, we both drove back to the supermarket and got them down to half...even though I didn't do it, still better than 5000 baht. I suspect they had heard from other motorbike rental shops how to do the scam and tried it themselves.The deformed house wife /convenience shop owner are now on record with the local police. If anyone is on the receiving end of this scam, tell the police...here is a little trick..it is illegal for a bike to be rented to a tourist without a valid international bike licence. We don't get fined, but the motorbike owner does. 10 000 baht. Mr Toh's motorbike shop at the main roundabout at the Thongsala pier was then recommended to me by Keow the police officer.
    Happy travels.

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  • Fine for not wearing motorcycle helmet

    by glomm Written Apr 23, 2011

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    When you rent a motorcycle on koh phangan you should always wear a helmet for safety reasons as well as avoiding a 200 baht penalty if the police decide to work extra hard that day. They will be lurking in unavoidable spots and will sneak up on you from nowhere and make you pay a fine there and then. Guess its better to be safe than sorry or broke.

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    Up close with the local wildlife.

    by Steve-H Updated May 19, 2009

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    Room service, this guy eats the flies for you.

    Dont be afraid, this is a Marsh Gecko and you will hear them calling during the day. In the evening they congregate around the lights with the spiders to eat the flies and mosquitoes. DONT FORGET YOUR DEET BASED REPELLANT, HAADRIN IS WHERE ANDY AND I CAUGHT DENGE FEVER. A VERY PAINFULL TYPE OF MALARIA.
    p.s. keep the toilet/shower area as clean as possible or you'll be kept awake by the cockroaches.
    So thats cockies, snakes, flies, mosquitoes, sharks, spiders, wild monkeys, drugs squad and German tourists....still think its a tropical paradise?
    If you dont get bitten, stung or infected then it could be one of the best places you ever visit.

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  • Hat Yuan DANGEROUS BEACH for swimming

    by gugu63 Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    Please be aware that swimming at the Hat Yuan beach is very dangerous!! when i was there a 28 old drowned only 20 meters away from the beach. apparently that was already the second person in only two weeks. there was not the most basic live saving or first aid equipment at all to save him. the boats, which went out much too late, did not even have a live belt. Another tourist told me later that he ran to the reception of one of the hotels to call an emergency doctor but it took him ages to convince the receptionst to interrupt the call she was making and to call a doctor. Beforehand he was at a different hotel reception, where they said they didn't have a number to call. Also there was no official person like a doctor or police arriving, at least not on the day it happened. Maybe by making this danger known people will be more careful and i hope very much that if people get to know how dangerous it is there, the bungalow owners will arrange for at least some basic securitity, some first aid structure and will warn tourists not to swim there.

    if you arrive there by boat (as most people do) insist on a life jacket, some boats have a few, but the people operating the boats don't care to offer them and don't carry enough for everyone. when we took the boat the waves where very high and my friend nearly fell out of the boat. after arriving we were told that just the other day two people fell of a boat.

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  • Do not do drugs

    by girllrig Written May 27, 2007

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    When you are in Koh Phangan you tend to forget that Thailand has some of the most stringent controls on drugs in the world. Koh Phangan feels like it's own country, where anything goes. Drugs like MDMA/ecstacy, coke, opium, mushrooms and weed are freely available and it seems like everyone is on them, especially at the moon parties. But don't get complacent! There are undercover police all over the island and they catch foreigners quite often. They look especially for "farangs" because they can usually get more money from them. If you are caught with weed, you will have to pay around $2000 US minimum, and if you don't have it you will go to jail until such time as they give you a trial and most likely deport you. If you are caught with something like ecstacy or coke the repercussions are worse. Thailand police have been known to go into a party venue, close it off so no one can leave, and test all the patrons for drugs. So even if you don't have any on you but you have it in your system, you can be screwed. They also stop vehicles for random searches. The best way to enjoy your holiday here is to simply not do any drugs. At the very least, don't keep them in your room or vehicle, and try to do them in private, not at a public party. Chok dee kha!

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  • Ferry to Seurat Thani from Ko Phangan (Taxi Scam)

    by geoffmbell Written Jan 3, 2007

    The night ferry from Ko Phangan to Seurat Thani is great. When you get off the ferry you will be bombarded by several taxi services. The foreigners traveling should figure out who needs to go where. If you have a group then you can negotiate a fair price but if you say you are alone then you will be charged five times the price. I was in a group of 6 going to the airport and we were each charged 300 baht. That's 1800 baht for one taxi..way too much!

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    Girls, be careful, oh, and hide the bumbles!

    by kranstonakov Written Dec 20, 2006

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    The Thai police dont mess around, and they know exactly what us backpackers are upto. Girls, the thai guys can be dodgy and very horny so try and stay in groups or make friends with some male travellers. If you buying narcotics, read the situation carefully, and when you get them, drop them straight away cause the cops will search you if your wiped out. Smoke wise, keep it prvate, its no problem in your bungalow or if like us your out in e remote hamlet. If you down the port or haad rin keep it shy, trust me there are severe penalty for anyone caught with drugs, and they love to get one over on the westerners. A legal option though are the mushroom shakes, available in many bars, they will have you tripping for 5 hours or so.... just dont try and drive your scooter afer.... my buddy did.... he didnt have much skin keft that night, and he was really lucky! Watch out for that pink flamingo...BANG! HAHA

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    Watch out for the dogs!

    by LakeFever Written Jul 24, 2006

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    In most places in thailand there are tons of dogs....none more so than the islands where stray dogs are everywhere. Many do have owners, it seems, although in most cases dogs run free and unhibited. They are awesome animals and even tempered, however, many can be down right nasty. There are tons of stories of people being bitten without warning and in everycase, a turn in a trip no one wants to take. Exercise caution with dogs on any beach, road or town.

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    Watch your bags on the boat

    by maffustan Written Jun 28, 2006

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    On the boat to Ko Phangan

    Travelled from Chumphon to ko Phangan as I was not stopping at ko Tao all I had to do was stay on the boat and wait when at Ko Tao. Went outside to get some fresh air and discovered my bag had been thrown onto the pier with everyone elses. Good job I had noticed or else it could have been left there.

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    Major Taxi Accidents on Haad Rin Road

    by sarahjoel Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Whilst living on Koh Phangan for three years I was witness to many horrific taxi crashes on the Haad Rin road and was involved in a serious incident myself.
    For those going to and from the full moon party please take car when getting in a full taxi. As many would know there are no safety harnesses in these (sometimes) enclosed utility vehicles. Many people would not know that most of these old taxis (the blue songtaews) have NO HAND BRAKES.
    Not only is the road steep and dangerous as described by many others, but it is deadly when the taxis are full and the car stalls on a hill.
    The accident I was involved in injured 14 out of the 17 people in the car, including my boyfriend who was pinned under the car's chassis when it rolled (yes rolled) down the hill. Another man, an artist in our group nearly lost his hand. The taxi driver broke five ribs. If you have an option, slip the taxi driver an extra 200B and go just with your group of friends, if not leave early (3am) or wait until well after sunrise.

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    Dangerous road

    by laramie Written Oct 21, 2005

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    Road to Had Rin
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    Koh Phangan has hilly interior. Paved roads are only available at the flat coastal plain on the western side of the island. Other than that, it is seriously cross country trip.

    In Koh Phangan, a simple point A-to-Point B trip can turn into an adventure on its own right.
    The Thai authority has long term plan to pave the whole island road network, but judging on the rugged terrains that dominate the island, it look like a tall order.

    The road leading to Had Rin from Thong Sala is even more dangerous because the route is very busy, and sometimes it really takes on your nerve to have your jeep stalled on a verticle angle during the traffic jam!

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    Roads

    by gib157 Written Jan 31, 2005
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    I rented out a geared scooter for a day and although it was really fun I had never riden a geared bike before and so had a few problems at first. Some of the roads on Ko Phangan are quite bad with collapses in places and also incredbily steep towards Hat Rin and in the centre of the island. In the centre where it is most hilly the raods are dusty and loose. I was in 1st gear and still struggling at points.

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    Arrive early!

    by diamond_dog Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Beach bungalow

    If going to a Full Moon Party then try to arrive at least 3 or 4 days before the party. In the high season a week before would be better because all the rooms will be taken and you will have to stay outside Had Rin.

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    Arrive early!

    by diamond_dog Written Jan 27, 2005
    Beach bungalow

    If going to a Full Moon Party then try to arrive at least 3 or 4 days before the party. In the high season a week before would be better because all the rooms will be taken and you will have to stay outside Had Rin.

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