Mak Island in Trat to Serve as Sustainable Tourism Model


Thailand –

Over 40 Thai and foreign media agencies and media units under the Public Relations Department (PRD) recently participated in a press briefing and study tour program titled “Low-Carbon Tourism: Thailand’s Trend Toward Environmental Sustainability.”

The event, held from April 19-21 at Koh Mak island in Trat and Chanthaburi provinces, aimed to promote Thailand’s policy on low-carbon tourism.

During the event, the media delegation was briefed on Thailand’s sustainable tourism policy and the development and upgrading of Koh Mak as a low-carbon destination. A panel discussion was held by representatives from various organizations, including the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, the Tourism Council of Trat and the Koh Mak Subdistrict Administrative Organization.

Koh Mak is Thailand’s first low-carbon destination, which has received recognition on the international stage. It won second place in the category of Governance, Reset and Recovery of the Green Destinations Story Award at ITB Berlin 2023, and was listed among the top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories in 2022. According to Green Destinations, relevant authorities in Thailand are working to push Koh Mak to achieve global tourism standards by 2027.

As part of the program, the delegation participated in various activities, including planting coral, snorkeling and making tie-dyed handicrafts with natural colors derived from native plants and minerals. In Chanthaburi province, they also took part in agro-tourism activities to experience a more rural, eco-friendly way of life.


The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The TPN National News, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.