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Tourists Trashed This Thai Island, So The Government Shut It Down

Thailand's island of Koh Tachai will be closed to tourists because waves of visitors were hurting the island's ecosystems.

By Melissa Prax | May 18, 2016

Paradise is about to be off-limits — at least on Thailand's Koh Tachai island. 

And you can blame too many tourists. The government said all the visitors are taking a toll on the island, which is part of a national park.

In March of last year, bar owners were told to shut down their taprooms and tourists were limited to 200 per day to protect the island.

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Before that, about 1,000 tourists were visiting Koh Tachai and another nearby island daily. 

And they were bringing trash and leftover gas from boats with them. That litter was destroying reefs and the ecosystems on the island. 

But some of the tourism companies that thrive on the island's diving and beaches aren't getting the hint. Some companies are still selling packages for after the island's Oct. 15 close date. 

This video includes clips from Anfisa Breus / CC BY 3.0Phuket Tour HolidayRoy Schottmans / CC BY 3.0 and travelerserg / CC BY 3.0. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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