Thailand to Close Popular Island to Tourists

Thailand is planning to close off a popular island to travelers, claiming droves of tourists have damaged the island's ecosystem.

Koh Tachai, located at the Similan National park, off Phang Nga province, is known for its pristine beaches and great diving spots.

But, according to authorities, the natural resources in the area have been severely deteriorated by tourism.

National Parks Director-General Tunya Nethithammakul said May 17, Koh Tachai will be closed to visitors indefinitely starting this May.

He said, "We have to close it to allow the rehabilitation of the environment both on the island and in the sea without being disturbed by tourism activities before the damage is beyond repair.

" Thai media said the Koh Tachai was often overcrowded.

A beach on the island could accommodate only around 70 people, but the number of tourists could reach well over 1000 during peak season.

For NewsBeat Social, I'm Christelle Koumoué.

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