The Bangkok Post has an interesting piece today regarding the sorry state of many Thai beaches. Worth a read.
#1 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,788
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Guess where the hordes looking for that perfect unspoilt paradise beach will be heading now. I wonder how long the locals will resist the temptation to build resorts to cater for them.
Does anyone know where you can find the complete list of the PCD's survey? They covered 233 beaches in 18 provinces but that Bangkok Post article only mentioned a few of them.
Mind you, I surfed every day for several years, often several times a day, at south Bondi in the bad ol' era where coliform counts were thru the roof - never got an upset tum, ear infection, never had a day off work etc. This may be proof of nothing much important - then again....
And several criteria on that Thai "best beaches" requirement list are real subjective - all you need is an eco-nazi on the panel and no place is gonna pass unless it is fenced off from people.
It's not just the beaches - although they are ALL in a pretty bad state in Thailand and rapidly getting worse.....it's also the water - the sea - the pollution there isn't just local - it's international - wind and tides can turn the most pristine environment into a "plastic soup"
#6 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
The amazing thing is all that contact with polluted water and tessa thinks it hasn't affected him!!!
#8 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
It's not really all that surprising considering the rate of tourism growth over the last 30years.Along with the tourism comes more hotels,condos etc and the infrastructure to keep up with this influx of people has not kept up.Not helping is also the Thai mentality of disposing of anything of not any use-dispose of anywhere.Only got to look at the amount of rubbish laying around the country.
Used to run a joke in LATEST NEWS FROM THE LAND OF SMILES:
- Phuket authorities ban Aussie surfers after local spike in sea pollution levels.
For Wilko and Fiona:
- Anopholes mosquitoes decimated by alcoholic poisoning - researchers blame plague of Brit boozers.
hur hur hur hur - Jeez, I kill me.
On a more serious note:
Most of the rubbish washed up on Thai beaches is domestic in origin - or blown in from other countries as Wilco said.
Go to any beach that has an accumulation of rubbish not cleaned up by resort staff - 60% of it is from the fishing industry: old floats, buoys, nets, discarded fuel containers, millions of small red-bull bottles, gum-boots, lots of rope, bits of boat yada.
Most of the rest is domestic: 30 million bottles/tins - detergent/shampoo/cooking oil/coffee etc, 6 million pairs of shoes/sandals particularly kids' clod-hoppers, bits of roof/siding, pipes, old building materials yada. And yep, read the labels and some are from Malaysia, Burma, even further.
Glass is a joke - Lady Tezza and I collected buckets of broken glass on Lipe end of last wet season. Householders and fishermen throw their soft-drink/beer/red-bull and other bottles into streams or the ocean - currents/wind blows these to island wher they smack a rock headland and break, pieces carried by long-shore-drift onto beaches where you can slice your foot open.
Don't see too many tourists throwing glass into the sea.
True, effluent from resorts makes its way into the ocean. I'll respectfully suggest the contribution of a few hundred thousand tourists at any given time is a very small % of total Thai effluent. What is the local population in tens of millions of Thais living in cities/towns where the effluent eventually drains into the sea?
Stop bashing tourists. The mess in Thailand is largely made by locals. They need a change of the mindset which sees them throw rubbish beside the road, into the river or the sea. They need to realise that deep sea effluent outflows and tertiary treatment of effluent must be started immediately.
Or they will be deep in ****.
"Pitcairn Island has some nice, unspoiled beaches."
Sure, but good luck getting there!
That's kind of the point. If it's a nice beach, and it's easy to get there, there are going to be a lot of people going there with the associated pollution they bring.