Another three popular holiday spots in Thailand have become off-limits to tourists amid fears tourism has brought the local environment to the brink of destruction. Thai officials have confirmed they were indefinitely closing the Koh Khai islands — Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai — a trio of idyllic islands off the coast of Phuket.
It comes just weeks after authorities made the shocking decision to shut down Koh Tachai — a popular holiday destination that was considered the most beautiful island in Thailand — to save its pristine beaches and coral reefs from the destruction of tourists.
About 4000 tourists each day visit Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, which are popular snorkelling and speed boating spots. But Phuket News reports officials now have ordered the removal of facilities used for tourist activities from the three islands and imposed a ban on tour operators and guides from taking visitors there. Read more