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A group of Samui residents, concerned about the lack of tourism on the island have come up with a new scheme to make Koh Samui and Koh Phangan more appealing to tourists.
The group, of just over 100 residents, believe the grey and polluted ocean is one of the main reasons tourists, especially from Europe, are choosing other destinations for their annual vacation.
In a bid to make the oceans look healthy and offer the azure blue that looks so attractive in holiday brochures, they have clubbed together and had fund raising events that have financed the purchase 8,000,000 liters of blue food dye the group hope to drop into the ocean of Bangrak Beach by the end of April.
The location was chosen as the group hope the new blue colour will reach the shores of Phangan and encourage business owners to chip in to the cost of shipping the food dye from China.
Leader of the group Yak Sambun told the Samui Times “Many tourists complain that Samui does not look like paradise anymore, the ocean is dirty and the beaches are full of litter. We cant really do anything about the litter but we have found a way to make the ocean blue again, we have found a food dye in China that we believe will make the ocean look appealing again, this is a really positive move for the island and we think it will help promote tourism. We have no idea how long the dye will keep the ocean blue, but once we know we hope we can canvas the support of all the businesses on both islands to help us fund as many shipments as we need a year to help keep our ocean blue and keep the tourists coming and enjoying our paradise”.
The group have imported small quantities of the dye and tried it out in their swimming pools and baths. They said it is a great success and are looking forward to seeing the smiles on tourists faces when they arrive to discover picture perfect scenes on the north shore of the island close to where the planes land.
Yak told the Samui Times “choosing the north shore is genius as tourists will see our blue ocean from the plane when we come into land”.
The Samui Times asked Yak if he knew what sort of impact the dye would have on the sub aquatic Eco system on the island he replied “nobody dives off Samui anyway so it doesn’t really matter, all of the diving is done from Koh Tao and there are hardly any fish around Samui anyway, I don’t think it will be a problem, we just want the island to look more tropical. So much pollution goes into our oceans, we can’t change that but we can change how it appears, at the end of the day we just need more tourists!”