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Published on : Tuesday, May 17, 2016
As heavy tourism is negatively affecting the environment and wildlife around the island of Koh Tachai, one of the breathtaking tourist attractions of Thailand, is being closed for the tourists until further notice.
Tachai, which is a part of Similan National Park, will be closed for monsoon, along with other marine national parks in Thailand in 16th May, but from October 15th, Koh Tachai would remain closed for an indistinct period of time unlike others. All the popular diving sites including Koh Adang, Koh Hinngam, and Koh Rawi have been shut down for the visitors too. Only two deep dive sights including Koh Lipe will be kept open for the tourists in Similan.
The Similan National park is famous among tourists and divers for its beaches, shorelines, and coral reefs. Thus, tour-boats and food-shacks were swarming the island to accommodate thousands of travelers, where it can only provide lodgings to 70!
Tunya Netithammakul, the director general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation explained, “We have to close it to allow the rehabilitation of the environment both on the island and in the sea without being disturbed by tourism activities before the damage is beyond repair.”
This island, in Ranong Province, has been voted as the most beautiful island of Thailand. According to Netithammakul, if the island does not get closed now to give the environment enough time to regenerate and recover, the stunningly breathtaking island will lose all its beauty in the future.