Planning a trip to Koh Tachai? Officials say “Mai Dai” as they have closed the island indefinitely to tourists as of today.
The island, which had become very popular in the last few years, experienced overcrowding that led to destruction of natural resources that officials and locals feared could not be repaired should the high number of tourists constantly arriving and departing continue.
The island is actually zoned as a primitive area, not a tourist one, according to the Bangkok Post. Koh Tachai’s beaches are zoned to hold only up to 70 people but busy weekends might find the beach packed with 1,000 tourists as well as food, trinket and other vendors.
The island’s trendy tourist spots, its beaches and coral reefs will all be declared closed for the foreseeable future. Koh Tachai is in the Similan National Park, which is off the coast of Phangnga province.
All of Thailand’s marine national parks are closed each year during the monsoon season. This year that season spans from today until Oct.15. However, Koh Tachai will be the lone location not to reopen this year.
For scuba divers, two dive sites in the Similan Islands will reopen in October, as will the nearby Koh Lipe.
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