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It is well know that cig butts can kill turtles who eat them by mistake. There should be large fines with sign explaining such in Thai/English/Korean/Russian money goes to keep the park clean. Simple less people will smoke and the park has more funds. But it won't happen.
Posted by How Much Can You Pay on April 11, 2013 15:38
Here you have the link to the regulation in Marine National Parks in Thailand
Posted by Whistle-Blower on April 11, 2013 16:03
In fact that most smokers in Similan National Parks is Russian > China > Others
Posted by Jittasak Putjorn on April 11, 2013 16:13
Ah, the pleasures of the "new tourists" - thank you, TAT! Now we just a feature article of how the Russians and their filthy bad manners is polluting the mental environment in Phuket and sorrounds.
Posted by Alex on April 11, 2013 16:15
I am not sure... is it just me or are there also others out recognising that whenever an issue is detected that a certain group of people or their (stereotypically analyzed) behavior is believed to be the only reason for the problem. Why not simply implementing clear rules and enforcing them. Why playing with xenophobic or generalising sentiments? Phuket may face a rude awakening one day if guests and (quality) tourism is not treated as a valuable good.
Posted by Josh on April 11, 2013 16:25
A Non - Smoking - Law on the islands would simply solve the problem. Fine each smoker violating THB 1.000.- on the spot and it is easy to pay the rangers from the fines. Definitely not rocket science...
Posted by Resident on April 11, 2013 16:41
such a pity what is going on there, and will continue to go on until its too late
Posted by Sean on April 11, 2013 18:37
@ Jittasak Putjorn
Posted by Stephen on April 11, 2013 19:36
ED, as a golfer, I can see that we begin to have the same problem at the golf courses on Phuket. I remember from Norway that everyone who like to smoke on the golf course could for free get a small box to drop their butts into. Then problem solved. Regarding the beaches on Phuket - we have the same problem as on The Similan Islands. Fine each smoker violating THB 1.000.- on the spot it will maybe help.
Posted by retired roadworker on April 11, 2013 19:46
Is it not more sensible just to provide the place with enough bins and places to smoke? You may prohibit smoke on the island, no problem, it won't stop smoking even if you sentence the violators to death. People, why the first thing coming to mind is prohibition and punishments? Don't you ever learn history lessons? Nothing was ever achieved by prohibitions, except the sharp rise of crominality. Bhutan prohibited smoking totally - 25-30% were smoking and still are smoking, whatever the punishments.
Posted by Russian on April 11, 2013 20:57
The Thai children will pay the price of their parents short term thinking and GREED, and lets face it its not easy for the Thais who watch us spend a couple of thai weekly wages on a night on the town, then go to the ATM next day and take out more than they earn in a month just for pocket money. Perhaps raising the ridiculously low salary of the Thai people would give them a better attitude towards responsibility. This ranger I presume gets around 300 b a day to clean up the beach, I certainly wouldn't do it for that, and I'll bet he must do it buy hand. Maybe I'm naive, but with so much money coming into Phuket and the surrounding area perhaps it's time these people got a proper raise, oh yeah I forgot, buy the time all the pockets are lined there is no money left for the man at the bottom.......GREED
Posted by Simon on April 11, 2013 21:20
Posted by christian on April 11, 2013 21:49
Small l liberals need to small t travel a bit more.
@Josh, nothing xenophobic about this article, it's all true.
Posted by G Horne on April 11, 2013 21:50
The countries mentioned here are the growth tourists to Thailand. Maybe have to just spend more money cleaning up or big fines for those who throw their butts... on the spot or gaol?
Posted by Ty on April 12, 2013 08:09
G Horne - I couldn't agree more: Laem Ka is a total disgrace and the dumped rubbish at the top of the stairs (directly opposite the photo stand) as well as in the car park is a total eyesore. Men arriving from speedboat tours see nothing wrong with dropping their cig butts THEN SPITTING on the ground right by my children. Never again. If you like filth and cruddy people go to Laem Ka, folks.
Posted by Sam W on April 12, 2013 08:36
@Simon, a commendable idea, give thais a nice pay rise, this will cure many problems, you see, increase thais pay will enviably cause a rise in all goods and services on Phuket, tourists come for a cheap holiday, with your suggestion it becomes more expensive, therefore possibly less tourists, meaning less damage, less cigarette butts, less drunken behaviour etc, get my gist. (moderated)
Posted by Phuket_IOC on April 12, 2013 09:37
Make your own interpretations of my comments, Phuket_IOC. I don't intend to waste time on you. Please correct your poor spelling in future.
Smokers do not seem to regard throwing butts on the ground as littering. When I smoked I tore off the filter and and put it in my pocket to dispose of later.
Posted by MediaWatcher on April 12, 2013 09:58
I guess Josh wanted to say that it does not make much sense when there is problem to pick on a certain nationality because of their (mis-)behaviour. No, it is much better to find solutions how the problem can be addressed. Phuket is simply not in the position (anymore) to be picky when it comes to tourism. Perhaps the Europeans who used to come to Phuket in high numbers should have been treated better.
Posted by Hans on April 12, 2013 12:36
@hans, lets not forget that long before the "new tourists" started to arrive we (westerners) WERE treated better, to think otherwise is not being totally honest, I used to love Phuket, but have moved to a different part of Thailand now. Lets also remember that we are also responsible for the way Phuket looks now, ok the new tourists seem to care a lot less about the environment, but we got the ball rolling.
Posted by Simon on April 12, 2013 13:48
Do like Hawaii. No smoking and no glass bottles on the beaches. Grassy areas are OK, but not the sand. And, then enforce it. The cops working on Sukhumvit that harass tourists for throwing invisible cigarette butts on the sidewalks may actually serve a purpose.
Posted by larry on April 12, 2013 18:34
Sadly enough here in South Africa it is also found that visitors from those 2 countries are very much the culprits when it comes to smoking in pulblic places and just throwing their butts every where. Despite our ban on smoking in public places they have a "I don't care" attitude! Come on China/Korea at least have respect for another country!
Posted by Jacques on April 15, 2013 13:35
This is problem. But the intensive fishing in the "marine park" is a bigger issue. All the sharks are long gone and most of the bigger fish. Nets and fishing lines are common. Between Island #1 and #2 there is a dumping area for the fishing boats. For me this is a bigger issue than the cig butts.
Posted by 700 Bhat for noting on April 15, 2013 19:40
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