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09/03/2013

Debauchery and drunken mishaps at all-night Full Moon party in Thailand

Every year, thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan, Thailand, to enjoy music, cheap liquor and drugs in an all-night beach party. The full moon party started in late 1988 and has become one of the biggest tourist attractions for the island, which is popular with young backpackers. It is also a huge money-making venture for locals on the twin islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Photos by Paula Bronstein of Getty Images, taken Aug. 22, 2013.

 

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A man attempts to light a cigarette while doing the limbo underneath a burning rod.

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Lauren McCudden (L) holds a drink for Nathan Pinkus from Sydney, Australia in a tattoo parlor as Pinkus gets a moon tattooed on his finger.

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British tourist Lawrence Tan gets medical attention at the Bandon International hospital after he fractured his back from falling off a dancing stage.

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Jamie Harris from Scotland drinks a beer before getting treated for his injured foot at the Bandon International clinic.

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Full moon attendee Jamie Harris from Scotland is comforted by a friend while his injured foot is attended to.

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A man sleeps on the beach at sunrise after partying all night.

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A man sleeps on the beach just before sunrise.

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 A couple share a warm moment at sunrise.

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