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Welcome to paradise! Filthy Samui beach is a disgrace say angry residents

 

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SAMUI: -- Residents of Mae Nam on holiday isle Koh Samui called in reporters to get something done after their beach has been turned into a filthy, rubbish infested dump.

 

They are worried about the dangers to health of going in the sea - not that tourists are taking that risk. Visitors won't even walk past and certainly are not going to risk their lives in the black and stinky water.

 

The residents said that it has been like this for ages, hence their appeal to the press. They have gone to the local authority to say that it is awful for residents, tourist operators on the beach and tourists alike but nothing has been done at all.

 

TNews (77Jowo) said that the disgusting water was flowing directly from a local community into the sea. In addition to the sewage and stench there was also a lot of discarded trash in the vicinity making it terrible for the image of tourism on the island.

 

Anybody from the TAT or Tourism and Sports Ministry reading this?

 

Mae Nam residents need you to help get something done.

 

Source: TNews (77Jowo)

 
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Rhys    1,086

..implement a trash program and enforcement ...

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trogers    9,441

The problem is that all storm drainage ends on the roads that border the beaches. There is no proper drainage into the sea, like the one that Nemo escaped  from Sidney harbour. 

 

Seems all beaches are prime land and are privately owned...

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it is not just the trash which could probably be solved or at least helped by getting the islands incinerator running again. the black water is probably septic overflow. septic tanks are ok in areas with low population but once the ground can no longer absorb the water it has to flow some where.

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Thunder26    295
3 hours ago, Thechook said:

I never swim in a thai beach, they are disgusting and I value my health.  

Try different islands or  Sattahip beaches. They are quite clean in my opinion.

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ronaldo0    254

Whole island is turning into a dump.

Im pretty sure what I seen yesterday was happening in maenam. It looked like there were two large hoses coming from the back off a main road property area  and they were both going into the Main Street drain. I'm guessing either emptying waste from something or their septic tanks straight into the streets.

I have also went from south to north of island for last 4 days and every day I have seen piles off garbage just lying at the side off the roads, not one has been picked up !!

Its only going to get far worse and nobody will care until its to late and nobody comes here !!

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ronaldo0    254
3 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

If there is no official response maybe the guys from Trash Hero Koh Samui are reading this.

 

The Trash Hero movement does great work all across Thailand, they've certainly really helped to improve the cleanliness of beaches in Hua Hin and surrounding area. 

They are here already plus other groups cleaning up crap from the beaches. This is waste from a property that is just getting dumped rather than disposed off properly.

I read about water tests done here several years ago and it was polluted then so god knows how bad it is now !

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evadgib    3,554
Posted (edited)

I stopped swimming there after too many were stung by box jellyfish in a relatively short period. I wore bootees due to the high number of broken bottles underfoot in the water @ soi 4 beach & later accessed the beach via Bado's soi/ Maenam resort a few hundred meters west. Maenam beach is generally excellent providing you walk 200+m from your point of entry/car park before settling your towels.

 

For the doom and gloom merchants knocking the island from afar I still would not swap, no matter where you are 😉

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