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BANGKOK 20 April 2019 21:49
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Five foreigners spend their holidays cleaning up rubbish along Krabi Beach

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I do the same at Bor Dan beach near Khok Kloi. We drive there from Karon a few times a week to have this beach virtually for ourselves. Such a lovely place fo swimming and snorkeling. 

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Back in the 90s when Chaweng was actually a nice beach ( before it became all concrete and ruined ) I went for a long walk every day while there on holiday and picked up rubbish as I went. Dumped it in a pit I dug in the sand and on my last day set it alight and enjoyed the fire.

Somewhat spoiled for me when a Thai guy working in a scuba shop claimed that the 4 litre oil container I collected had been dumped by farangs!

Would have made no difference at all in the long run as no one else ever picked up rubbish, but I did my good deed for the day.

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15 hours ago, Skallywag said:

Good for them -  nice to finally read some positive news from The Thaiger

its a pity that the local thai people arent shamed by these wonderful foreigners.

thai people should be sooo proud of their beautiful beaches....

why not make an effort to clean up...its not hard...

i pick up rubbish every day, in the area around my condo.

i now notice some thai people doing the same--unfortunately, its still a loosing battle...

 

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The news article could have a positive effect as well, shaming the authorourities into doing something regarding rubbish collecting (however short lived that would be)

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16 hours ago, johng said:

Work permits ? !!! emoji12.png

 

1 hour ago, JohnnyBKK said:

It's illegal to clean up the beach without a work permit, maybe the gov would have hired a thai to clean up, but now the beach is clean and the thai has no job. This is how they think and it wouldn't be the first time that a foreigner is arrested for volunteer work. I wouldn't risk it.

Hmmmm, as I not think thais will do this for free or that the government would pay money for it... so you  not take away a job from a thai! 😉

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And 30 million other foreigners who visit Thailand every year spend their holidays, watching Thai people making a total mess of their country.

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Posted (edited)

Good for them!  Showing respect verses not being loud belligerent drunks.  I think it's great.

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16 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

Kudos to them. If everyone here who bitches about the garbage spent 3 hours a week in a group cleaning a couple of blocks it would be more worthwhile than complaining. Id do it. 

I respectfully disagree. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for life. Unless you intend to follow behind Thais cleaning up after them. Tourists and vloggers should take pictures vlog/blog about the garbage and litter everywhere. When tourists start bypassing Thailand for other cleaner options possibly Vietnam, Myanmar, or stay in Europe, Greece, Portugal, Spain. Only then win Thailand change. One thing is certain, Thais will learn nothing from tourists picking up garbage and litter, other than its OK to litter, tourists will pick it up eventually. 

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Only when the rubbish out-weighs the tourists will something be done....

Thailand is fast losing it's paradise brand label!

I have lived here a long time, an English friend of mine who has come to visit his son & their family in Thailand every year for the last 8 years has said never again, they meet-up in Pattaya and have a beach resort holiday together, the son traveling down from the north, this year he said the rubbish, the smell, the water quality, over-charging etc etc was the worst he has ever seen!

Next year he said they would work-out a holiday destination outside of Thailand.

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15 hours ago, johng said:

Work permits ? !!! emoji12.png

Mai pen rai!  No need for work permit. They are NOT taking a job away from a Thai. Have you EVER seen a Thai clean up a beach ( or anything else? )

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15 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

Kudos to them. If everyone here who bitches about the garbage spent 3 hours a week in a group cleaning a couple of blocks it would be more worthwhile than complaining. Id do it. 

Yep, and if the dog had not stopped to poop it would've caught the rabbit.

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15 hours ago, the guest said:

Waste of time unless the locals do it instead.

And you KNOW that ain't gonna happen.

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11 hours ago, swissie said:

Farang Expats, willing to do this on a daily basis should be granted annual automatic Visa-Extensions, regardless of financial background.
- A win-win situation: Clean Beaches again without costing the Thai Governement a single Satang and Farangs on a low budget may still be able to remain in Thailand.

After 3 years of regular "duty on the Beach" Farang will be issued Thai-Citizenship, provided that he can sing the Thai National Anthem flawlessly.
Everybody Happy!


PS: While working out this brilliant concept in my mind, I was sitting at "Lulu's Bar & Grill", consuming liberal amounts of Beer.
Under these circumstances, I have been known to developpe strange, dilusional concepts when it comes to Thailand and it's Farang residents. Forgiveness please!

I was just about to ask...can I have somma whatever you're smoking?

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1 hour ago, bkkgriz said:

They will be pretty disappointed when they go back to the beach and see all of the old trash has been replaced by a new crop of garbage from fishing boats and various other sources. The waters around Thailand are nothing but a huge garbage dump.

They might even see some of the garbage they picked up yesterday.

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