“Let the sea heal the heart” is a popular motto amongst visitors to Ko Lan, the stunning seaside destination not far from Bangkok. This beautiful island is famed for its attractive sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs. Here, you can find eco-tourism activities, which were not only created to impress, but also to offer an opportunity for travellers to play their part and repay nature for the wonderful gifts it has presented us humans with over the years. It is hoped that these activities will be a positive step towards a more balanced and peaceful coexistence with nature.
Travellers can make their trips to Ko Lan more worthwhile to themselves, society and the environment by integrating ecotourism activities into their original programs. One example is collecting litter from the beach to help preserve its beauty and prevent waste materials from drifting into the ocean and harming marine life. Tourists can also choose accommodation or restaurants on the island that clearly demonstrate their dedication to environmental conservation and take minibuses and motorcycle taxis to create an alternative income source for the island’s locals. Visitors can try their hand at squid fishing, a popular occupation here, but they should refrain from feeding ocean fish as it damages the ecosystem. They should also notice the rows of wind turbines, which are a source of clean energy and an embodiment of the island’s philosophy concerning the environment.
Away from the tourist trail, travellers may want to try travelling with the minimum environmental footprint by visiting the Ko Sak-Pattaya nature restoration project. By volunteering to pick up unsightly and hazardous litter from around the island or in the sea, or by diving into the sea to scrub the pots of cultured coral reefs to prevent seaweed from clinging to them and stealing their food, travellers can be a part of the restoration of Pattaya’s waters and help restore them to their original pristine condition so that they can impress visitors for decades to come as well as allowing hundreds of marine species to thrive.
- Join volunteer activities like collecting litter from around the island or diving into the ocean to maintain and clean the pots of cultured coral reefs.
- Take community transportation to help boost economic turnover.
- Carry a personal water bottle, food container, and utensils to reduce the overflowing waste problems on the island.
Best Time to Visit
- Conservation activities are held throughout the year.
- October to April is best for travelling.