AN IDYLLIC island that is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand is being shut down — because tourists have wrecked it.
Koh Tachai, an island off the coast of southern Thailand known for its stunning coastline and coral reefs, will be closed indefinitely from October 15, Thai authorities say.
And because the island is already closed due to monsoon season, it’s effectively a no-go zone from now.
Tunya Netithammakul, director general of the department of national parks, wildlife and plants conservation said Koh Tachai needed a chance to recover from damage caused by tourism.
“Thanks to its beauty, Koh Tachai has become a popular tourist site for both Thai and foreign tourists. This has resulted in overcrowding and the degradation of natural resources and the environment,” he told the Bangkok Post.
All marine national parks are closed from Monday to Oct 15 during the monsoon. But after Oct 15, Koh Tachai of the Similan Islands National Park will remain closed indefinitely.
However, two deep dive sites in the Similan Islands remain open to divers and tourists.