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National Park hits back at online trash drama - tourists help to clean up too

 

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Picture: Sanook

 

Officials from the Than Bok Korani national marine mark hit back at suggestions from netizens that they are not doing anything about trash on the beach at the idyllic Koh Hong. 

 

A post said that the area was beautiful again after a clean up operation in the morning. 

 

Chief Weerasak Srijatjang said that trash blown in off the sea was normal at this time of the year even if it was especially bad in the last few days. 

 

His teams were working to make sure the area was cleared up every day. Sometimes foreign and Thai tourists chipped in to help too. 

 

Campaigns to stop one use plastic and foam from being used and discarded in the area were working, he said, with many tourists bring pintos containing their lunch. 

 

He denied suggestions circulating online that national park staff were doing nothing about it. 

 

Source: Sanook

 

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They make enough money out of Tourism, they should set some aside for clean up operations. Not as if labour is expensive in Thailand.

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I remember the mountaineer, Doug Scott, saying that, to many Asians, a rusty tin can lying in the grass, is not trash at all, but just a rusty tin can lying in the grass. I thought at the time that this was just hippy BS and a convenient excuse for laziness. I am even more convinced now that it is indeed BS.  Not sure what good old Doug was smoking at the time.

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Signs are put up on the roads around us warning of 2k baht fines for dumping trash, behind them the piles of it grow daily as nobody is ever caught so there is no deterrent.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

trash blown in off the sea

What an excuse?  Who has ever heard of trash being "blown in off the sea "?  That would make it airborn, a very difficult task for some of the stuff seen at in the photo, even for strong winds.

'nuf sed.

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1 hour ago, Pilotman said:

Why oh why do tourists and other foreigners get involved in this kind of clear up?  If the Thais can't be bothered to clear things up when it is clearly their job,  I sure wouldn't help them do it, while they sit on their backsides doing very little.  All the tourists are doing is helping to ensure that the laziness of the National Park staff continues.   

Umm ... well grinch ... maybe because it’s OUR planet, and helping each other is good for our wizened up souls 🙏😊

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If the trash is being blown/washed in from the sea and this is normal, the park authorities should also be acting normally and organising frequent and regular clean up operations and not waiting for social media to pull the trigger.

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1 hour ago, Ron jeremy said:

Sadly the whole country is riddled with trash.

Exactly, there is hardly a couple consistent kilometers of land anywhere in the country that is nice, clean and maintained. 

 

Land upkeep does not seem to be popular here which is a shame.

 

Thailand could be a beautiful country given its natural diversity, but it's just trashy almost everywhere.

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