Koh Samui is a famous destination among travellers around the world. Each year, the island welcomes an enormous number of Thai and international visitors, which leads to constant development of tourist attractions, accommodations and restaurants. As a result, many people are beginning to question whether Koh Samui has progressed beyond the point that its natural resources can handle. In fact, the island organizes Samui Going Green Project, which helps travellers and local villagers embrace wonderful experiences in parallel with a natural conservation philosophy that paves the way to sustainable tourism. Visitors can enjoy food from organic vegetable farms grown and sold by local villagers at Samui Green Market Group and beachfront hotel entrepreneurs build and operate their businesses on models of low carbon operation to raise awareness among business operators which in turn reduces negative environmental consequences.
*** Pha Luai Island was selected by the Ministry of Energy as the prototype for clean energy islands. Saree Samui Resort is Asia’s first organic resort with certified eco-social standards.
If local villagers, entrepreneurs and travellerslearn and develop together, they can contribute to enhance tourism activities in parallel with income generation across tourism enterprises, as well as being active in the areas of natural and environmental conservation. Not only will it sustainably conserve local natural resources, but it will also protect the magnificence of this idyllic island in the Gulf of Thailand and prevent its natural resources from being depleted or destroyed in the near future, The project also serves as a prototype for other areas in the country that have begun to realize how the development of the tourist industry may affect the environment and representatives of these areas are able to visit, learn and apply the principles to their hometowns, which will ultimately maintain Thailand’s image as a captivating tourist destination to people around the world, whilst retaining its unsurpassed natural beauty.