The Pollution Control Department conducted its annual “beach star rating” study which resulted in 13 beaches across Thailand receiving a five-star rating.
This year the evaluations focused on four key areas, Water quality, plastic and oil pollution, costal and beach rubbish management and condition of reefs and natural park resources including tourism management.
Beaches given the highly sought after five star rating were as follows:
Toei Ngam Beach in Sattahip, Chon Buri; Laem Sala Beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan; Ao Manao, Prachuap Khiri khan; Ao Ka Beach, Sam Sao Beach and Tham Rang Beach in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, Surat Thani; Thai Mueang Beach in Khao Lampi – Hat Thai Mueang National Park, Ao Kuek Beach in Mu Ko Similan National Park, Mai Ngam Beach in Mo Ko Surin National Park, Phang-nga; Laem Tanot Beach and Ko Rok Beach in Mu Ko Lanta National Park and Bileh Beach in Than Bok Khorani National Park, Krabi and Li Di Beach in Mu Ko Phetra National Park Satun.
Several of the beaches that were awarded the five-star rating are located in National Parks which close during low season, this allows for natural rejuvenation to take place for almost half of the year while closed.
Thai beaches are under threat from tourists both foreign and those from Thailand who do not adhere to beach rules which include catching marine life such as star fish, littering and feeding fish.
The Polution Control Departments study continues to grow each year since first beginning back in 2002 and has now evaluated 390 beaches across the kingdom.
Several of the beaches including Bileh Beach and Krabi Beach have received the highest possible grade multiple times.
Source : Thenation
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