Welcome to the Thai Riviera on the Gulf of Siam
Coral Reefs in South Thailand
Thailands Eastern coast has evolved as a main destination for tourists travelling to Southeast Asia. The newly emerged volume of tourist arrivals will most likely have an effect on the natural environment.
With a long coastline and a tropical climate, the Gulf of Siam is blessed with coral reefs that serve as habitat and breeding ground for a wide variety of sea life. Looking from the air, reefs appear around the islands and along the coast in the form of beautiful, turquoise rings and ribbons fading into the deep azure sea.
These coral reefs provide ideal sites for scuba diving and snorkelling. Within this area there are many famous dive spots and destinations for day-trips and liveaboards.
Many of these reefs are in good condition and display a great variety of marine life. They provide ideal sites for scuba diving and snorkelling during day-dive-trips. With the growing influence of the tourist industry and increasing numbers of visitors however, many of these reefs are at risk for degradation.
Scuba diving and snorkelling by an increasing number of participants have brought a growing awareness of the importance on conserving our coastal resources. Divers, both foreign and Thai, are keen to preserve the beauty of the underwater world and increase this awareness in the hope that this unique and beautiful environment can be kept in its current pristine shape.
If you are going on a dive trip with a dive operator, find out about their policy regarding nature conservation. And if you pay attention to the normal rules of behaviour for diving in a reef environment (see everything, touch nothing), you can return home with a clear conscience after having visited the natural treasures of the Gulf of Siam.