Koh Samui and Other Islands to See New Bans

The Thai government is set to adopt new rules to undo the damage from tourism activities on three islands.

Starting in July, the government will ban fishing, fish feeding, anchoring on coral reefs, beach construction and walking on the islands’ seabed, said Jatuporn Burutphat, director of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. The islands covered by this ban are Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan.

“The amount of garbage and waste water on these islands is so big that it will become unbearable in the near future, and we have to think about the future,” said Jatuporn.

The Southeast Asian country continues to be a popular holiday destination. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports expects 37.5 million tourists in 2018, up from last year’s 35.3 million.

People violating this rule will face up to one year in prison and a fine of 100,000 baht ($A4154).

The rule follows the smoking and littering ban on 24 beaches introduced in February. Violators could expect to face a criminal court and one year in jail, or a fine of up to 100,000 baht ($3,190), or both.