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The Seven Seas

Thailand’s Island To Close To Tourists

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The popular tourist island Koh Tachai in Phuket, will be out of bounds to visitors from Monday. Overcrowding on the small island has resulted in the degradation of the natural resources and environment. Despite the island only being able to comfortably hold 70 people, many tour companies have been selling packages to the island which has often resulted in crowds of up to 1,000 people on the island at one time along with food stalls and tour boats. The island normally closes during the monsoon season between mid-May to mid-October, however Koh Kachai will not re-open. Tunya Netithammakul, director general of the department of national parks, wildlife and plant conservation, ‘If it’s not closed now, we’ll lose Koh Tachai permanently.’

 

Are there any other tourists attractions that you think are majorly overcrowded and if numbers aren’t limited / closed off to the public will be lost permanently?

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Quite a lot of the islands in Thailand are similar. I visited Thailand in March and we did a snorkel tour from Krabi and a few of the islands we visited were just rammed with boats. They should maybe have a limit on how many boats visit at a time each day. especially the speed boats as they hold a lot more passengers than a longtail boat.

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It's such a shame that many of the beautiful islands in Thailand are potentially at the risk of being ruined from overcrowding from tourists. It's such a shame and I agree Bumble Bee, perhaps limiting the number of boats and people that can visit each day will help prevent further beaches from having to close or becoming ruined.

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I think, with the large cruise ships coming onstream, that many smaller ports and towns are becoming overcrowded. These days all you need is the 3 largest ships staying in one port and you have real problems.

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Its such a shame but i understand they dont want to spoil the islands, everyone wants to go to the beautiful places.

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It seems that wherever we as humans go we manage to take over and spoil places, at least the Galapogos Islands have to a degree managed to avoid this with clever controls designed to protect the islands, limiting numbers only with registered guides certainly seems to work so maybe this could be adapted in other countries.

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