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Thai Police Crack Down on 'Laughing Gas' Balloons

27 August 2013

Thai authorities are cracking down on vendors in Bangkok’s main backpacker district selling cheap doses of balloons filled with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to tourists. Eight vendors have been arrested since police first noticed the trend a few weeks ago along Khao San Road, a pedestrian street lined with bars and cheap hotels, police Lt-Col Pitiphan Kridakorn said on Monday. Each dose sells for about 130 baht, or US $4. Pitiphan said the sale of drug-filled balloons started in popular beaches, such as Koh Samui, Pattaya and Koh Pagnan—an island known for “full moon” parties fueled by drugs and alcohol.