If you plan to explore the beauty of Thailand’s Similan Islands - let’s say for a night or two - well, we’re giving you a heads up - you can’t for now.
That’s because the Thai government on October 9th banned overnight stays on the island due to environmental issues caused by mass tourism.
According to The Telegraph, starting in January 2019 the island will also limited its daily tourists from five thousand to three thousand three hundred and twenty five visitors.
They will also include a ban on boats with a capacity of more than 100 people.
Reportedly, the only exception is those activities operated by licensed deep-sea diving companies.
The famous eleven-island Similan archipelago is known for its beaches and colorful coral reefs.
But over the last ten years, its once-pristine environment reportedly showed rapid degradation
due to the harm brought by marine activities like snorkeling, diving and boating among others.
The Thai government has not yet clarified how long the restriction will be effective.