Pattaya considers tourist fee for Koh Larn

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Pattaya is considering charging tourists to visit Koh Larn to help pay for over-run resort island’s upkeep. Councilman Choluek Chotekamjorn proposed that everyone arriving on Koh Larn pay a fee that would be used to maintain the island’s infrastructure, rather than depend on Pattaya’s small and slowly allocated budget.
Pattaya is considering charging tourists to visit Koh Larn to help pay for over-run resort island’s upkeep. Councilman Choluek Chotekamjorn proposed that everyone arriving on Koh Larn pay a fee that would be used to maintain the island’s infrastructure, rather than depend on Pattaya’s small and slowly allocated budget.

Pattaya is considering charging tourists to visit Koh Larn to help pay for over-run resort island’s upkeep.

City Council Chairman Anan Ankanawisan led the Feb. 23 discussion on imposing fees that would be used to clear Koh Larn’s garbage backlog, fix its sewage system and bolster its water supply.

Councilman Choluek Chotekamjorn proposed that everyone arriving on Koh Larn pay a fee that would be used to maintain the island’s infrastructure, rather than depend on Pattaya’s small and slowly allocated budget.

He argued that other Thai tourist resorts, such as the Phi Phi Islands, charge 20-100 baht per visitor.

The difference, however, is that the Phi Phi Islands and other places that charge visitors, such as the Similan Islands, are national parks. Koh Larn is not.

Mayor Anan Charoenchasri suggested that a fee could have a negative impact on tourism.

The council decided to form a committee to determine which would be more detrimental to tourism: A per-visitor fee or an island overflowing in garbage with backed up sewers and not enough water to drink.

Councilman Choluek Chotekamjorn proposes that everyone arriving on Koh Larn pay a fee that would be used to maintain the island’s infrastructure.
Councilman Choluek Chotekamjorn proposes that everyone arriving on Koh Larn pay a fee that would be used to maintain the island’s infrastructure.

  • Robert

    Of course have a fee! Just be certain to collect the fee at the time of arrival rather than trusting the boat tour operators to be honest. But then, who is watching the official receiving the fee at the docks? Certainly the money is needed if they have a way of tracking it.

  • Ken Anderson

    To me this would roughly translate to them wanting tourists to pick up the tab for past years of greed, neglect and incompetence.
    That is so typically Thai.

  • George

    Long overdue. A recent report in the Bangkok Post described mountains of rubbish on Thai islands. It’s about time tourists were educated on the subject of responsible tourism and charged an entrance fee.