Richard Barrow has a neat summary on the appalling state of Thailand beaches—out of 390 beaches which were surveyed only 13 were awarded five stars—and there are some pretty obscure ones in the list. As Richard says:
"Back in the day, Phuket and Samui may have made this list. But sadly, those days are long gone. What we have now is not sustainable tourism. It is crazy that only 3.33% of the 390 beaches assessed are deemed clean enough to deserve a five star rating. With millions more tourists expected to arrive over the coming years, the future for Thailand’s natural resources doesn’t look so good."
#1somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,089
Posted by davelliot on 7/1/2018 at 21:55
During monsoon seasons a lot of junk and flotsam and jetsom gets washed onto the beaches . Some of it is natural but a lot comes from garbage dumped from fishing boats. Its a never ending job to clean it up and eventually the sea takes it away although it will all come back in the next year. This happens all over Sth East Asia including Tioman Island in Malaysia. To an extent its something tourists have to get used to.
When the beaches of Ko Samui and Phuket were at their most beautiful there were only A Frame bungalows so they may not have been awarded any stars.
Picture of Lamai beach , Ko Samui in the A Frame bungalow era -
#2davelliot has been a member since 6/9/2017. Posts: 55
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