Thailand's Monthly Full Moon Party Passes Off in Customary Hedonistic Style With Drink, Drugs and Tears
The Full Moon Party has become a rite of passage for young Westerners travelling to Thailand - but these pictures reveal the event is not necessarily fun for everyone.
The photos were taken this week during the latest instalment of the monthly party on the island of Koh Phangan, which is attended nearly exclusively by tourists.
They show how travellers snap up buckets containing bottles of spirits as well as mixers for as little as 150 baht (£3) each.
After a day of eating and drinking on the heavenly beaches, the party really gets going when the sun sets and revellers don glowing face paint to create a striking scene.
But the end, when it comes, is much less pretty - each month, dozens of Westerners who have over-indulged in drink and drugs are treated in medical clinics.