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This is Thailand’s Most Beautiful Island!
Where is Thailand’s most beautiful island?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? But what if the beholder is a true Thailand expert? Beachmeter.com has talked to Morten Djorby, a Danish tour leader who has taken tourists to every corner of Thailand through the last 15 years. Morten is an expert on Thai language, culture, history, and of course the country’s number one attraction, islands and beaches!
So what did Morten answer, when we asked him to share his view on Thailand’s most beautiful island? See his response here:
The most beautiful island in Thailand? The island Koh Tachai in Ranong province is surely in the competition to be the winner. It takes 1½ hour with speedboat to reach the island, and it is certainly worth the boat trip. A beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear water awaits you. If you want to stay for a few nights you have the option to rent a tent near the little wooden restaurant, which mostly provide the food for tourists, who are visiting the island every day.
Koh Tachai Information
Tachai Island (เกาะตาชัย), also called Virgin Island, is one of 11 islands in the Mu Koh Similan National Park in the Andaman Sea. Koh Tachai is the northernmost island in the national park, and covers 12 km² (4.6 sq. mi.). There is an entrance fee of 500 Thai Bath for foreigners to Mu Koh Similan National Park, and it is only officially open from November to mid May. Tachai Island is sometimes called the “Maldives of Thailand” because of it’s white powder sand and clear blue water.
In the season, the island receives daily visitors on day trips and sometimes snorkeling or diving liveaboards. If you like to visit the island, grab a local fisherman on the coast of Phang Nga or ask a travel agent or hotel to arrange the trip for you.
More about Koh Tachai
If you like to read more about Koh Tachai, we suggest you take a look at the Medsye Travel & Tours website’s section on Koh Tachai along with their Facebook page. You can also check VisitKhaolak for some great images. And more beautiful Koh Tachai images from phuketmeedee1 on Flickr, which give a good impression of the island experience on what is perhaps Thailand’s most beautiful island.
Apparently, a lot of people agreed with that assessment and flocked to the island. But that resulted in a disaster less than a year later!
One of Thailand’s Most Beautiful Islands Is Being Closed Before Tourists Ruin It Forever
May 16, 2016
A top conservation official says tourism has resulted in overcrowding and environmental degradation
An idyllic Thai island has been so despoiled by tourists that local authorities are being forced to close it to prevent further damage.
Koh Tachai in Thailand’s Ranong Province was rated last year by specialist website beachmeter.com as Thailand’s most beautiful island. However, according to the Bangkok Post, the tourist-ravaged beaches of Koh Tachai will have to close indefinitely from Oct. 15.
Tunya Netithammakul, director general of the department of national parks, wildlife and plant conservation, said that tourism had resulted in “overcrowding and the degradation of natural resources and the environment.”
He told the Bangkok Post that the closure of the island was designed to give the land and marine environments a change to regenerate “before the damage is beyond repair.”
He added that beaches on the island were holding up to a thousand people — when no more than 70 could be comfortably accommodated — and were crowded with food stalls and tour boats.
“If it’s not closed now, we’ll lose Koh Tachai permanently,” he said.
It is a terrible dilemma, isn’t it? Many poor areas of the world benefit from tourists coming to their places and spending money there, but there is always a cost to that.
I love beaches and other natural places, but if I knew that going to some of those places would ruin them, I would stay away! I’m willing to bet that many of the tourists that came to the island in question did littering and committed other offenses like killing wildlife to disgrace themselves.
A bit of advice for ALL tourists no matter who they are or where they go: