Lanta Eco News – a sustainable travel blog from Koh Lanta Thailand – giving tourists and the local community on Koh Lanta news and info about eco-friendly and sustainable travel initiatives + how we can all help to keep the island a paradise.
Love Koh Lanta, Love the Environment
There are lots of people and businesses making great efforts to reduce the negative impact tourism has on Koh Lanta. We want to celebrate them and inspire more people to act.
This beautiful Thai island is developing more and more each year, and many people, like those running Trash Hero and all the eco-friendly businesses on Koh Lanta, are trying to help it do so in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.
Take a look at some of the great eco-friendly projects happening on Koh Lanta.
Keeping Koh Lanta a Paradise
Tourists and expats are understandably drawn to Koh Lanta. It’s a very special place, because of its natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle and the diverse mix of people who live pretty much in harmony with each other. Many tourists come back year after year, and there is a large expat community living here alongside the local Thai Muslims, sea gypsies and Thais from other parts of the country.
People love Koh Lanta for its beautiful environment and relaxed way of life, its stunning sandy beaches, mangroves, tropical rainforest, large tree-covered hills, coral reefs and marine life, and of course its spectacular sunsets.
Its lack of development, while frustrating at times, and its unspoiled nature are often the main appeal for many people who visit or settle here. Its increasing popularity though could lead to it being spoiled, as has happened to its neighboring islands Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.
Unfortunately, but inevitably, Koh Lanta has developed a lot over the last twenty or so years. There are more and more resorts and businesses being built each year; a bridge connecting Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi opened in April 2016, making the sleepy island more easily accessible; a new, larger main road running the length of the island is currently under construction; and a second bridge connecting Lanta Noi to the mainland is set to be built in the near future. So far, the only multinational store (other than 7-11) that has opened on Lanta is a small Tesco Lotus, but it’s surely only a matter of time before more find their way here.
While many people are concerned that Koh Lanta could change for the worse and lose its unique and rustic charm, others remain optimistic that it can develop in a relatively sustainable way, preserving much of its traditional way of life, natural environment and wildlife.
Koh Lanta Go Green
We would love to see Koh Lanta develop in a sustainable way, with the community and tourists working together to look after this amazing island that is home to a diverse population of people, animals, marine life, flora and fauna. We want to inspire tourists, expats and Thai locals to support and carry out more eco-projects, and to be aware of and reduce the negative impact they have on this fragile environment. Above all, we want Koh Lanta to keep its unique charm and show others that it is possible to develop in a good way.
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