A couple of weeks back I wrote about how a beautiful Thai island was being closed to save it from being destroyed by tourists.
It turns out that three more Thai islands are being closed due to “excessive tourism” which was reported by Travel + Leisure.
The Thai government is hoping to save the white sand beaches and endangered coral reefs. The islands of Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui, and Koh Khai Nai have now been closed to all visitors.
Beaches are being over-crowded. Beaches which can comfortably host 70 people can have up to 1,000 at a time visiting! Add in chairs, umbrellas and food stalls, which are destroying the sand. 80% of the coral reefs have also been destroyed due to boat anchors, swimmers and snorkelers.
Maybe Thailand should impose some sort of fee/ permit to visit the islands plus limit the amount which are issued at a time. That could be a way to keep the number of people visiting at an acceptable level plus also keep the islands from being totally off-limits.
Find out more from T+L here.