Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bangkok, September 17 2011
Koh Phangan Pictures: Philip Blenkinsop

For Mail on Sunday


The 28-year-old son of the Deputy Major of London has collapsed and died in a £12 a night guest house after attending a wild 'Full Moon Party' on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.

Police said here today that Andrew John Lister, 28, son of Edward Lister, (right) the former Tory chief of Wandsworth Council, collapsed while drinking with friends in a guest house on Haad Rin Beach last Monday....the morning after the island's monthly Full Moon Party.

A police spokesman said: 'Witnesses said Andrew John Lister, 28, of British nationality was drinking with four friends in room 315 of the Baan Talay Guest House on Haad Rin Beach when he collapsed.  Attempts were made to revive him but they failed.  His body was taken to the local hospital. We believe he died of a heart attack. There was no evidence of drugs in the room.'

All night drinking

Police said while there was no evidence of any drug taking a post mortem was being conducted.  As Lister collapsed at 6 am it appeared he had been drinking all night.

But sources close to the famly insist that Andrew Lister did not indulge in any excessive behaviour. They believe he died from an undiagnosed medical problem and a post mortem is expected to be carried out in London.

Last night British Embassy officials were arranging for Lister's body to be flown home. Britain's consular agent was off island at the time. Results of a local post mortem on Andrew Lister on the nearby island of Koh Samui have not been released.

Koh Phangan is notorious for its all night parties which take place at Haad Rin Beach at every full moon.

Revelers dance all night, drink alcohol out of buckets, and traditionally large amounts of drugs are available.

Attending a 'Full Moon' party on Koh Phangan is a 'rite of passage' for many young Britons and Europeans on their gap year.

Left: Baan Talay

But each month the island's hospital is always full after the party and there have been many deaths from drugs and even drowning when revelers have been carried away by the monsoon currents.

Occasionally there are fights between tourists and locals and robberies and sexual assaults are also reported each month.

Gavin Hill, a British television producer who attended serveral ' Full Moon' parties for a documentary series 'Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand' said:

' On the mornings after the full moon parties I accompanied the British Honorary Consul. The first question he would ask was: 'How many rapes do we have today?'


'Girls in skimpy bikins, glazed, dazed and glassy eyed would be swaying in the streets.


'Scores of party-goers passed out on the beach, stepped over by others - slumped, effectively unconscious and vulnerable.


Hoops of fire

'Private clinics would be overflowing - bandages on bloodied limbs.

'Newly-qualified, young doctors and nurses would be rushed off their feet from the early hours on ... struggling to cope with alcohol poisoning, drug overdoses, wounds - from stepping on broken glass to being burned by jumping through hoops of fire and over flaming ropes, and from fighting - often attacks from local men, many with reputations for using violence against foreigners.

Drunken Brits

' The police station would be chaotic with desk officers struggling to understand drunken Brits who've been mugged, had possessions stolen or who've been attacked, or trying to trace missing friends.



'In the cells would be party-goers caught with drugs imprisoned in open cage before being transported into town.

'Private, Samui-based hospitals would set up camp on the beach, dealing with disorientated, dehydrated and drunk party-goers - some vomiting and barely conscious.

'Drunken Brits (from those buckets of cocktails would be wandering into the sea, at risk from drowning.

' And local predators would be waiting to prey on helpless, intoxicated Brits.'

While most people have fun at these parties the Foreign Office Travel Advisory relating to the Koh Samui archipelago is also quite bleak.

'Since 2009, a number of British nationals were victims of serious sexual offences
'There have been incidents where tourists have had their drinks drugged in both tourist areas and red light districts. Be careful about taking drinks from strangers and at clubs and parties, particularly in the Koh Samui area and, at the Full Moon party on Phangan Island, where date rapes have been reported.

'Some British nationals have suffered severe psychiatric problems because of drug use, resulting in some suicides.'

Lister's father Edward Lister is Chief Advisor to Lord Mayor of London Boris Johnson (right) and as such Deputy Lord Mayor for Planning.  He was former leader of Wandsworth Council which, while under his leadership, gained a four star Audit Commission rating for a high satisfaction among residents while charging low tax bills.

NB: Since these pictures were taken drugs are no longer available on  menus at Haad Rin,


  1. Another tragedy on ""fun"" island. As an aside, the number of young British females hooking up with young Thai males on this island is staggering. Perhaps the allure of a tropical island ""paradise"" with fun and sun takes their brain away as many of these girls are subjected to abuse, both physical and sexual at the hands of young Thai men who see white girls and their disposition to be attracted to young dark skinned men as an opportunity to good to pass up. Money is also a motive. That said, the British Embassy in Bangkok no doubt would have the figures on the number of young men and women who meet their demise on this island.

  2. This just wouldn't be allowed to carry on anywhere else other than corrupt Thailand.The ammount of rapes that take place at fullmoon is vastly underestimated, having witnessed it myself and the bruises to show for it after informing the police who don't give a shit.
    You have the majority of young thai's on Yabba the filthy speed manfuactured in Burma it's turning them mad,GET IT BANNED

  3. There are those of us that advocate the adult reasoned use of drugs such as MDMA, LSD and DMT as a sacrament. I amongst them. For many this island is one of the last bastions of freedom of expression and liberation. Yes, there is excess, but we hope this incident, sad as it is, will not inspire anyone to grandstand on these issues to advance agendas so steeped in conservative, lifeless values trumpeted as ""morality"" from a hypocritical visionless, materialistic power class. Young people act with wisdom and restraint but establishment squareheads - LEAVE OUR ISLAND ALONE!

  4. Tell that BS about the last bastion of freedom to the locals, who probably know only too well the involvement of the uniforms in the trade. Precisely how much freedom of speech do you think they are allowed under the heel of the various mafias your excesses bring down upon them. Added to which, you won't be very popular talking about your island when the majority of locals know only too well how little of a real stake they have in their own future. I suggest you spend more time working on freedoms on your own home patch and allow Thais to catch up as and when they feel like it it (if ever) or if they ever break the back of the the unholy narco-uniform alliance.

  5. The story is a bit hyped up but it is quite unfortunate that people with so much money would want to visit a poor island community and drink alcohol until they vomit in order to ""party"".

    If they get robbed or caught in drug stings, which we all know go on, then it is their look out.

    All part of growing up but not nice to see.

  6. So, a young man dies because he cannot drink responsibly, and happens to die after a beach party. Instead of a totally off-topic puff piece about illegal substances, perhaps a more relevant line of inquiry might be to ask if young Andrew picked up his binge drinking habits through associating with ex-members of the Bullingham Club (famous for vandalizing restaurants and vomiting in public)?

    If, on the other hand, he did indeed have an undiagnosed heart condition, then he could have succumbed at any time and in any place. Joe Strummer died at home reading a newspaper, for instance. I guess we better ban armchairs