Visitors No Longer Allowed on Koh Tachai

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Visitors No Longer Allowed on Koh Tachai

Post by PeteC » Tue May 17, 2016 2:15 am

"One of the 11 islands comprising the Similan archipelago was closed indefinitely to the public yesterday.

The pristine Similans have been trampled by hordes of visitors in recent years, and damage to the environment was touted as the main reason park officials cited in the closure of Koh Tachai National Park on Sunday.".....

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Re: Visitors No Longer Allowed on Koh Tachai

Post by Ratsima » Tue May 17, 2016 9:57 am

The beach at Koh Tachai used to be beautiful, pristine and rarely visited; mainly because it was too far from the mainland for day trips. And then the speedboats proliferated and the beach became jammed from late morning to mid-afternoon.

I used to enjoy going there on live aboard dive trips, but now I don't bother going ashore unless it's early morning or late afternoon.
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One of Thailand’s Most Beautiful Islands Is Being Closed Before Tourists Ruin It Forever

Post by hhfarang » Tue May 17, 2016 7:16 pm

"An idyllic Thai island has been so despoiled by tourists that local authorities are being forced to close it to prevent further damage.

Koh Tachai in Thailand’s Ranong Province was rated last year by specialist website beachmeter.com as Thailand’s most beautiful island. However, according to the Bangkok Post, the tourist-ravaged beaches of Koh Tachai will have to close indefinitely from Oct. 15.

Tunya Netithammakul, director general of the department of national parks, wildlife and plant conservation, said that tourism had resulted in “overcrowding and the degradation of natural resources and the environment.”

He told the Bangkok Post that the closure of the island was designed to give the land and marine environments a change to regenerate “before the damage is beyond repair.”"

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He added that beaches on the island were holding up to a thousand people — when no more than 70 could be comfortably accommodated — and were crowded with food stalls and tour boats.

“If it’s not closed now, we’ll lose Koh Tachai permanently,” he said.
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Re: Visitors No Longer Allowed on Koh Tachai

Post by hhfarang » Thu May 26, 2016 7:19 pm

"Thailand closes 3 more islands to protect coral reefs"

http://mashable.com/2016/05/26/thailand ... RsfK2L.iqJ
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