Young tourist shot dead at bar on Koh Phangan
The UK has changed its travel advice for Thailand following the killing of the seventh British tourist in the country since 2009. The 22-year-old tourist was shot dead at a bar on the island of Koh Phangan, apparently by a stray bullet, during a shootout between rival Thai gangs. A man has been arrested and reportedly confessed to having the gun that killed the tourist.
The UK’s Foreign Office warned that western tourists have been victims of “vicious, unprovoked attacks by gangs in Koh Phangan”. It added that such attacks were “particularly common” around the time of Full Moon parties and often occur late at night, near bars in Haad Rin on Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan is well known for its full-moon parties on Haad Rin and is popular with tourists. Full-moon parties are hugely popular and can attract up to 50,000 partygoers.
In response to questions from TTG Digital the Tourism Authority of Thailand stresses that “it is still very much safe to travel to Thailand. […] 69% of visitors to Thailand are repeat tourists who enjoy coming back each year.”
[pictured: Thong Nai Pan, Koh Phangan]