It’s always distressing when visiting some of the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations to find that the very things you’ve come to see – the rainforests, coral lagoons and seascapes – have been devastated by the tourism industry. It’s often the case that a short walk from the glossily advertised ‘pristine’ beaches there are roadside rubbish tips where plastic waste is discarded or burned, lakes and rivers that are polluted and infested with litter, and rampant deforestation continuing unabated to make way for yet more villas and swimming pools.

Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, ...


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