A meeting chaired by the deputy mayor Apichart Weerapan, the Ministry for Tourism and Sports and Silapakorn University concentrated on Koh Larn, reports that Koh Larn’s infrastructure is in crisis and cannot cope with the amount of tourists visiting presently.
Koh Larn’s size and facilities can accommodate 6,410 visitors on a daily basis to which there are 10,000 daily visitors especially on long weekends. This is affecting the fresh water of the island.
Dr Panita Wongmahatlek leading the study reported that her group is recommending a 13 point plan to help solve the island’s problems.
And one major thing that has come up is to charge tourists, or operators who bring them, a fixed fee to visit the island and this money will be used to improve the island’s future.
Also, considerations are to be made on limiting the visitors’ number and giving ample time each year to the island to recover, just like Maya Bay in the south of Thailand have done- Maya Bay has been shut for several months.
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Likewise the areas roads, transport on the island, land rights, accommodation, port facilities and a whole host of public utilities needed improving.
This study was commission at a cost of 10 million baht to examine five Thai islands: Koh Larn, Koh Samet, Koh Koot, Koh Mak and Koh Chang to estimate the “Carrying Capacity, i.e. what can each island cope with in terms of visitors.
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