Thailand's Famed 'Full Moon Party' Island to Finally Get Its Own Airport
Tucked away on Thailand's fifth largest island, Koh Phangan, are the usual tropical temptations: sandy beaches to soak up the best Equatorial sun Southeast Asia has to offer and backpacker-friendly beachside bars. But then, once a month, the island becomes host to tens of thousands of revelers during the Full Moon Party.
Currently the only way to reach Koh Phangan is via sea ferry from nearby island Koh Samui, but all that will change thanks to the deep pockets of Thai entrepreneur Sompphon Sooksanguan. The businessman is dabbling in aviation and has fronted 200 million THB of his own money (roughly, one fifth of the total cost) to build an airport to service the island and bring happy little party-goers to their destination.
The runway of Koh Phangan will hopefully have the capacity to bring in around 1,600 passengers per day come September 2014, with flights from Bangkok and other regional cities no more than 80 minutes away.
Coincidently, Sampphon is also in stakeholder in a commuter airline, Kan Air, and the Thai subsidiary of VietJet, so we can imagine he also has bigger plans for his own interests. Either way, we can't complain about making paradise easier to access, but we might have to watch those lunar cycles to ensure we get a good night's sleep.
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