The negative impact of tourism is now seen in the number of beaches in Thailand. This is why the government and local authorities are trying to impose bans in order to control the effects of tourism in the country’s beautiful beaches. These changes are not new to the guests of Koh Tao villas which hold one of the most popular beaches in the country. According to the figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the number of tourists that will visit Thailand this year will reach 37.5 million.
Last year, the recorded number of tourists is 35.3 million and the increased has already impacted the beaches and the environment in many ways. The government is trying to put measures in place to prevent further damage. The Government of Thailand announced the list of bans in three of the most visited beaches in the southern part of the country – Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Samui.
Koh Phangan is the most popular because this is where the well-known full moon parties are celebrated which welcomes more than one million tourists every year. How will the ban impact Koh Phangan and the two other beaches? The government has mandated that there will be no construction works to be done near the beaches, no fishing, the coral reefs should not be used for anchoring, the fish are not to be fed and the sea beds should not be walked on by people.
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ director, Jatuporn Burutphat, said that they are currently having problems with the huge amount of waste water and garbage in these beaches. Therefore they must impose these bans in order to protect the future and this is something they should ignore.
The mandate should be followed by anyone, locals and tourists alike. Those who are not following will be fined with 100,000 baht and a maximum jail time of one year. The bans started this month because it s considered to be the peak season for these three islands. Therefore tourists booked in Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao villas should take note of these things in order to avoid trouble while on vacation.