Tourists who have recently booked Koh Tao villa or other resorts from these three provinces should be aware of the changes with the marine rules in order to avoid any trouble. The update were given by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources which concerns three of Surat Thani namely Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
- Boats are not allowed to use anchors in areas with coral reefs. When entering the site, the mooring buoys provided should be utilized at all times.
- It is now acceptable to dispose any type or form of garbage, pollutants and waste water into the bodies of water surrounding these provinces.
- Tourists that are planning to perform sea walking or other kinds of activities that will negatively impact the coral reefs living under the water should refrain from doing so.
According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, these new updates were under order number 755/2561 which was implemented on the first day of December in 2018. Anyone who id caught not following these rules will have a maximum prison sentence of one year or they may have to pay a maximum fine worth 100,000 baht or both punishments can be imposed at once.
In addition, Koh Samui is now open once more to tourists after the unfortunate storm called Tropical Storm Pabuk. It arrived one week into the year and traversing the path of the Gulf of Thailand. The island is very popular among tourists but thankfully there is no news of any casualties due to the typhoon. Once the storm travelled into the mainland, it was able to dissipate.
The services from the ferry boat departing in Suratthani going to Samui have also been restored back to normal schedule. This suspension brought inconvenience to many because it lasted for two days. Samui Airport was also able to recover as fast and resume its daily operations. Tourists who are on their way to Koh Tao villa should not worry because the weather is looking good and they will be able to enjoy the whole experience.