Pack Up Paradise

David Pearson / Rex / Rex USA

Koh Phangan’s monthly gatherings have devolved from introspection to tawdriness.

"The skies were star-spangled and blue phosphorescence would spray like diamonds in the sea ... the sand glowed silver and the waves danced alive as they hit the shore." Colin Hinshelwood has vivid memories of his first full-moon party, in 1988, on the tropical Thai island of Koh Phangan. The intrepid Scotsman had bobbed across on a fishing boat from neighboring Koh Samui. Hippies and backpackers from across the globe had drifted in, to sit on a beach, strum a battered guitar, perhaps smoke some marijuana, and simply be. Today, the only blue spray you'll see there will be...

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