Published on 05/02/2023
A contingent of thoughtful Russian tourists displayed a commendable sense of environmental awareness this past week by extending their assistance in the purification of a picturesque beach located on the island of Koh Samui. On the morning of the 31st of January, the tourists, with a view to preserving the natural beauty of the surroundings, labored to collect various forms of litter, including plastic and glass bottles, and seaweed, from Baan Mae Nam Beach.
Subsequently, they proceeded to bask in the sun, swim, and engage in recreational activities. The Phuket Express, a regional publication, brought the news of this act of environmental kindness to the forefront on the following day. One of the tourists, identified as Mike Michael, took the opportunity to converse with the Thai media and express his profound affection for Samui Island, which he and his family have been frequenting for the past nine years.
He stated how the local people on Samui are very nice and the island is a beautiful place. He also added that, the people don’t like to see a dirty beach because it can be dangerous for other visitors if they were to step on a glass bottle.
Pumin Nakpetpoon, an operator of beachside bungalows, disposed of the refuse gathered by discerning tourists in a convenient receptacle located adjacent to a nearby roadway. These mindful tourists serve as a beacon of inspiration, encouraging others to adopt a more eco-friendly mindset and to steadfastly preserve the pristine splendor of Samui Island for the enjoyment of future generations.
After seeing an online comment from the Anti Fly-Tipping Association of the UK commending the Russian tourists for their efforts in preserving the environment, we reached out to one of their representatives to hear their take on the situation. They expressed their gratitude and stated “we have this problem all over the UK 10 fold and are doing what we can to minimize fly tipping and littering because it’s not only an eye sore but has a detremental effect on the environment. We do what we do to give back to mother nature for all that she gives us and would like our message to be global to have as much of an impact as possible, so when we see tourists taking responisble action on the other side of the world (Thailand) it re-inforces that there is still people who care about the environment, bravo!”
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