Islands seek clean break from trail of tourist trash
A new law plans to give Surat Thani's resort destinations a clean sweep.
In the early hours of the morning, a walk along Rin Beach, the site of the infamous Full Moon Party, offers a glimpse into the regular environmental risk posed to the resort island of Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province.
At 4am, a team of 15 workers arrives on the scene to start to clearing up the venue, with three trucks and stacks of equipment in tow. They get to work on clearing the litter, consisting largely of beer bottles, plastic straws and bottle caps.
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The scene is a familiar one to Bunsong Limpraphakon, chief of the Rin Beach Tourism Association, who said the cleaning team's goal is to "bring the beach back to normal again" on the day after the big party.