Annual Ratings Highlight Sustained Environmental Cooperation around the Country
Bangkok, 25 August, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce the results of Thailand’s Pollution Control Department’s annual ‘beach star rating’ study. The recently completed coastal and marine environment quality evaluation project awarded five-star ratings to 13 beaches around Thailand.
According to the Pollution Control Department, this year’s beach evaluation was based on four important criteria. The Department studied water quality that included both solid waste and pollution in the sea; plastic and oil pollution and residue; coastal and beach trash management; condition of reefs and national park resources; environmental control, and tourism management.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Monitoring is key to sustaining the quality of Thailand’s beach areas. The results show that everyone is working together to ensure sustainable environmental management of the country’s pristine beaches and valuable marine resources.”
This year, the Department has rated 13 beaches around Thailand as five-star. These include: Toei Ngam Beach in Sattahip (under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy), Chon Buri; Laem Sala Beach in Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan; Ao Manao (under the supervision of the 5th Aviation Division), Prachuap Khiri khan; Ao Ka Beach, Sam Sao Beach and Tham Rang Beach in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, Surat Thani; Thai Mueang Beach in Khao Lampi – Hat Thai Mueang National Park, Ao Kuek Beach in Mu Ko Similan National Park, Mai Ngam Beach in Mo Ko Surin National Park, Phang-nga; Laem Tanot Beach and Ko Rok Beach in Mu Ko Lanta National Park and Bileh Beach in Than Bok Khorani National Park, Krabi and Li Di Beach in Mu Ko Phetra National Park Satun.
Many of these beaches are in Thailand’s National Parks that are closed off during the low season, which allows for natural rejuvenation during almost half the year.
Even so Thai beaches and coastal marine environments are constantly under threat from travellers (both foreign and domestic) who feed fish, pollute coral reefs, and catch starfish and other marine life – all of which is strictly forbidden.
The Pollution Control Department launched its beach star rating in 2002 and has continued to expand the scope of its study each year. So far it has evaluated 390 beaches around Thailand. From the total, Bileh Beach in the Than Bok Khorani National Park, Krabi has continued to receive the highest possible rating as a five-star beach multiple times.