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Thailand's junta relaxes curfew for full moon beach party in Phangan

Published on Jun 7, 2014 12:27 PM
Thai policemen hold roses given by pro-army supporters behind their back as they stand guard outside the Australian embassy in Bangkok on June 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Ravers will be able to dance until dawn at Thailand's notorious full moon party on Phangan island as usual after the junta granted a curfew exemption, tourism authorities said.

The curfew will be lifted for five nights from June 9 to 13, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said on its website.

Phangan, in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Samui, draws thousands of backpackers to its hedonistic full moon event, billed as one of the biggest beach parties in the world, where drugs and alcohol are rife.

Army commander-in-chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha said in a weekly address to the nation on Friday that tourists were welcome to visit the junta-ruled nation following a May 22 coup - but only if they behave themselves.

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