Clean up Thai beaches

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

Thailand identified its cleanest beaches and not a single one was a popular beach destination rated by the likes of TripAdvisor.

The Pollution Control Department bases its top 10 list on a scorecard of strict environmental checks of land and sea conditions at all of the country’s beaches.

Predictably, the top beaches were in national parks protected from consumer activities such as hotel and tourism developments.  Some of them close for six months to allow the sensitive environment to recover. Read more

Where are Thailand’s cleanest beaches?

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 August, 2017: Thailand’s Pollution Control Department’s named the country’s top beaches that gained a five star rating in its latest study of nationwide pollution.

The recently completed coastal and marine environment quality evaluation project awarded five-star ratings to 13 beaches around Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand reported Friday.

According to the Pollution Control Department, this year’s beach evaluation was based on an assessment of 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. Read more

Halong Bay bans Polystyrene

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 26 January 2017: Halong Bay Peoples Committee has banned the use of polystyrene and is calling for the implementation of an environmentally friendly alternative for use at the popular tourist destination.

The move follows last year’s ‘Big Clean-up’, carried out by Bhaya Cruises in collaboration with the Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance that attempted to identify the extent of damage inflicted on Halong Bay from pollution.

HG Holdings’ Darius Postma delivered a presentation on behalf of the alliance to the leadership committee on the devastating impact of Polystyrene, an EPA classed cacogenic categorised as one of the top five dirtiest production processes. Read more

Myanmar loses its dolphins

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

SIN KYUN, MYANMAR, 17 January 2017: Tears fill Maung Lay’s eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar.

Loved for generations for corralling the catch into fishermen’s nets, the ‘smiling’ Irrawaddy dolphins are being killed in record numbers by rogue gangs who use car batteries to stun aquatic life.

The illegal technique now threatens to wipe out the dolphins and the tourist bonanza they promise. Read more

Sri Lanka beaches a health hazard

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

COLOMBO, 9 August 2016: Tourists have flocked back to Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed beaches since a bloody civil war ended in 2009, but environmentalists warn unchecked development means some areas are now so polluted, swimming is a health hazard.

Sewage from hotels and guesthouses pours, often untreated, out into the water polluting the sea and shore.

Even the country’s own tourism minister says he has stopped swimming in the seas close to capital Colombo because of dirty water. Read more

Phu Quoc suffers from success

November 3, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

KIEN GIANG, 3 November 2015: Phu Quoc’s National Resources and Environmental Office says increasing pollution is threatening the seas and ecology surrounding the tourist island of Phu Quoc.

VietnamNet Bridge media reported the office said rubbish and waste water from tourism services, fishing boats and fish breeding farms are discharging some 180 tonnes of waste per day, though only half is being properly collected, causing serious contamination to the marine environment.

In addition, areas on the island are seriously polluted from rubbish heaps, dead fish and rotting seafood, causing foul odors.

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