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Three more of Thailand’s gorgeous islands are being closed to the public due to damages caused by “excessive tourism.”

The Thai government has decided to close three more of its idyllic islands famous for their white sand beaches and endangered coral reefs. The latest closures include Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Kai Nai. The small beaches can normally accommodate around 70 visitors comfortably, but reports show that some beaches are being crowded with upwards of 1,000 people at a time.

Sun chairs, umbrellas, food stalls, tour boats and more have been overcrowding the islands, which has led to the “degradation of the environment and natural resources.” Swimmers and snorkelers have destroyed as much as 80% of the precious coral reef.

This news comes just two weeks after Thailand’s government authorities closed Koh Tachai indefinitely.

It’s a good thing that Thailand is home to hundreds, thousands probably, of beautiful white sandy beaches. Start your trip with flights to Koh Samui and don’t forget to pack the sunblock!

Img: Thailand 91 by Tom / Flickr cc.

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