Lonely Planet Writer

Thailand's coral reefs in danger of disappearing forever say conservationists

Conservationists have called on Thai authorities to enforce marine park laws or face an environmental disaster, after photographs showing corals destroyed by dragging speedboat anchors, snorkellers feeding monkeys and fish, and other breaches of marine park laws were published on social media.

Ko Phi Phi coral reef.
Ko Phi Phi coral reef. Image by _e.t / CC BY 2.0

Levels of corruption at marine parks are considered among the worst in Thailand, with laws to protect the environment often unenforced. Ko Phi-Phi, Ko Tao and Ko Lipe are among the high-profile tourist destinations where corals face complete destruction, according to conservationists. Read more: phuketwan.com