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Will Samui Paradise turn into garbage heap?Some people say that it already has, both figuratively and literally.

We where in 10 years ago with a govt. supported project. We brought a 400 horse power grinder and our aeration facility onto Samui and we did a good batch of compost. We received organic waste form Te

Really insightful stuff there, thanks for sharing Samui stopped being a paradise years ago. A a Mafia run shit hole where everything is overpriced.

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The Outback Communities of Australia are cleaner than this cesspit of a Country, and that is saying something. When I come to think of it, the political leaders of this country are about on par or a little behind the Outback Comunity Council Members in Australia.

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Totally agree,i was shocked a few years back when my wife and i and some of her cousins were clearing land,out in the country,some friends turned up with food,in those sytrofoam boxes,when finished one lady collected it all up and just threw it in some bushes,i am very strict about at our house and at my wife's shop but it seems they just cannot stop themselves from throwing it on the ground,i know the argument about how before things were wrapped in banana leaves,but i don't think that really applies today,it's just does not seem an issue for Thai people,and will not be even when the whole country is covered in a layer of garbage a metre high,it is one of the things i really dislike about Thailand and the Thai's attitude about it.

Sad to say my thaiwife does the same - throws everything on the side of the road, in bushes or whereever she feel like. When I see it I ask her not to but it happens soon Again - she just laugh ...blink.png

BTW I agree that Samui is a dump !

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What?......I'm really surprised no finger pointing at the garbage pileup being from tourist beer bottles and trashed items on the beach and waterways!....... Its the people who live on the island that created the mess! But then the Thais have a special clone in their brains that don't see trash at all, it kind of becomes obscured in the land scape. An out of sight out of mind mentality. So burning trash in four locations is really going to improve the air quality? Almost everything imaginable thrown away can be recycled, paper, tin, aluminum, boxes plastics, and what remains can go to mulch resale.


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Will Samui Paradise turn into garbage heap?

Some people say that it already has, both figuratively and literally.

Affirmative, mon.

(stayed there early nineties for almost 3yrs altogether - sweet ... 10, 12yrs later couldn't stand it for just 3 month anymore ... now, another decade later not even interested to try ...)

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It's not just Thailand, even in squeaky-clean Japan people some times burn plastic in bon fires, in fact Japanese garbage cans are labeled "burnables" (to distinguish from the only recyclables, PET bottles) and that includes anything plastic . So Japan stays relatively garbage-free because it burns everything, polluting the air and water with nasty chemicals.

Years ago I spent some time above Dharmsala where the Dalai Lama resides. I made a few trips out to the main monastery and the dirt road leading there was lined on both sides with little blue plastic bags, the faithful would bring food offerings to the temple in them and then just toss them aside on the way back. I think the Thais have a lot of company in this regard, the result of technology getting ahead of people's awareness. Not like we're immune from that either.

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Will Samui Paradise turn into garbage heap?

Some people say that it already has, both figuratively and literally.

Affirmative, mon.

(stayed there early nineties for almost 3yrs altogether - sweet ... 10, 12yrs later couldn't stand it for just 3 month anymore ... now, another decade later not even interested to try ...)

I spent six weeks in a little hut at the end of Chaweng back when....when the area was still covered with coconut trees. Went back a few times but not for 20+ years until last year when I went to visit a friend there on the way to another island. What a shock, you can be 20 meters from the beach and you wouldn't know you're not in some medium-size town on the mainland. Really a shame.

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"During the meeting held by Surat Thani Governor Chatpong Chatphume, more than 250,000 tons of garbage has already piled up on the small island, regarded by many foreign tourists as a paradise, especially decades ago before the tourism industry there boomed"

Was regarded as a paradise decades ago, now just a growing island of garbage. Do not seem to hear many good things about Samui any more. Just another place in Thailand that the Thais took, made as much money now as possible with out thinking about the future ... what a waste now gone to potty

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It starts at elementary school, brainwashed with rubbish information that makes no sense but still not learning the important basic human values like responsibility, cause-and-effect awareness, self-esteem, self-consciousness. They poison their own bodies with an overdose of monosodium glutamate and the world around them is not their problem. In case of complains just ring Buddha who has full responsibility.

And unless ThaiVisa forum is going to be fully translated into Thai nothing will change I guess. coffee1.gif

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Samui residents get increasingly frustrated with the garbage situation

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Many residents in Koh Samui are getting increasingly fed up with garbage being left around the island. One angry resident wrote to the Samui Times today saying “I write this out of frustration about the big mess in our soi (soi sundays opposite talaad Bophut).

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Two weeks ago I again collect myself some of the biggest bags full of garbage, on the pictures you can see the result after two weeks. These are only three pictures I took but if you look in the small river (which leads to the sea) on the right side you will see a complete garbage belt. Why is nothing done about this, for example no more free plastic bags at the supermarkets and convenience stores (Makro is doing a good job), the placement of garbage containers and dustbins. I know nothing will happen so next week I go collect some garbage again.

I simply don’t understand how Thai people can live in a place (Samui) which looks like a garbage belt. This is not only what i see but also what all the thousands of tourists which visit Thailand see.”

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Another today informed us that many of the green government rubbish bins around the island appear to have disappeared especially in the area between Maenam and Nathon. Yesterday a frustrated resident sent us many photographs of the landfill site near the prison and another is gravely concerned about the amount of rubbish finding its way into the sea.

While the local government seems to be doing little to rectify the garbage situation some residents are taking matters into their own hands to clean up the mess. The Samui Times are making inquiries to try to establish what is going on with the islands waste systems.

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-- Samui Times 2015-03-10

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And on top of that it also smells like a big dump in Chaweng city when you walk on the street because the pavement is full of crap/vendors/motorbikes.

I won't go there again, waste of money and time.

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last year i took some friends on a boat trip to Ang Thong, while we stopped at one (pristine) beach i swam around to the next bay and got greeted by ankle deep rubbish all over the beach. it really was heart breaking, the water was full of crap everywhere and there were huge floating debris islands offshore as well. samui itself and most of thailand for that matter has rubbish dumped all over it, the rivers are disgusting.

i can't really understand why thai people do this, i thought they loved their country?

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