Some parts of this planet are just indescribable. The Andaman Sea with its small standing rocky islands topped with lush tropical greenery makes you want to leave your life behind and stay here forever.
Behind the beauty however there are several concerns to keep in mind.
Hordes of tourists - this means: on one hand an essential source of income for the locals , but on the other hand the corrosive effect of mass tourism which gradually spoils the natural habitat of these people and their surroundings.
If you’re lucky enough to be here though, lend a thought to be considerate and leave this place in a better shape than it was before you came.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Though the Phang-Nga Bay between Krabi and Phuket is a spectacular area with tiny pearl-like islets and hidden beaches, mass tourism has taken over a long time ago, with all its downsides.
Look for paradise and sustainability together a bit further away, and don't ache for McDonald's and Starbucks, but be happy with the local market, fruit juice and the small cafés instead.
Mass tourism produces mass debris everywhere. As ocean currents flow, there are specially endangered corners in the world where debris coming from even other continents pile up in unsustainable amounts. If anything, this is truly a global issue.
'Dive Against Debris' is a fantastic project calling all divers to bring up any debris they encounter.
Check out their site:
If you're not a diver but wish to help their work, please donate here:
If you're observing endangered marine and aquatic life from a broader view, we recommend looking into the 'Mission Blue' Alliance, an umbrella for many organizations devoted for the protection of marine life.
Also, they have initiated the 'Hope Spots' reservation network of endangered locations connected organically to the seas:
You can donate money to them here: