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5 Islands in Thailand To Temporarily Close for Eco-Restoration, Here’s What Travelers Should Know

Published: May 5, 2023 at 5:05 pm

Similan island beach with tourists

Thailand is taking a bold step towards preserving its natural wonders by temporarily closing several popular islands for environmental restoration. Koh Muk, Koh Kradan, Koh Chuek, and Koh Waen in the Trang province, along with the Similan Islands, will be off-limits to tourists during this period.

Hat Chao Mai National Park’s Chief, Prit Narasaritkul, announced the suspension of tourism activities and overnight stays from June 1 to September 30, 2023. This decision is aimed at giving the environment a chance to recover after a busy tourist season. Additionally, the renowned Emerald Cave in Hat Chao Mai National Park will be closed from September 1 to 30, 2023.

The decision was also made with traveler safety in mind, as the Andaman Coast is prone to strong winds, heavy rainfall, and rough waters during the monsoon season. This closure is particularly crucial for Koh Kradan, which recently experienced a sixfold increase in tourist arrivals after being named the “finest beach on earth” by the British website World Beach Guide.

These closures, while inconvenient, are essential for maintaining Thailand’s stunning natural landscapes and ensuring future generations can enjoy these beautiful destinations. As a traveler, you can still explore other incredible islands and beaches in Thailand during this period.

SOURCE: Thaiger

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