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By Ian Yarwood – Australian Lawyer
Sydney actress, Natasha Dai looks set to become the fresh
new face to promote Koh Tao. As spokesperson in a new
video, it is hoped that her refreshing honesty will instil
confidence in international travellers that this little island in the
Gulf of Thailand is a delightful and safe holiday destination
that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Koh Tao has been the subject of copious bad publicity in
It has even been called “Death Island”, a tag destined to echo
Try as they might, the Koh Tao locals, the Tourist Police, the
ever vigilant Royal Thai Police and the Tourism Authority of
Thailand have failed to convince everyone that the island is a
perfectly safe and wonderful place completely undeserving of
its tarnished reputation.
The problem seems to be that many of the previous public
relations exercises were just a tiny bit economical with the
truth, leaving the outside world somewhat sceptical.
The Thais clearly need some help, and here it is. Yes.
Despite first appearances, this novel new tourism video was
not created by Thais but as a gift by some thoughtful Aussies.
If it catches on though, there’s every chance the Tourism
Authority of Thailand might produce some similar promotional
Previously, Natasha Dai competed in the Miss Australia
Chinese Pageant 2017 where she was crowned Miss
Congeniality. More recently, she was the lead in the 2019
short film “Miscreation.”
Natasha has described this Koh Tao tourism video as “eye
opening and confronting” while acknowledging that it can
seem light-hearted. She added: “Most importantly, it sheds
light on some important issues.”
The writer’s own views on Koh Tao include an opinion that if
someone insists on having the place on their “bucket list”, it
just might be a good idea to tick everything else off their
bucket list first because, like previous tourists, they might be
unable to do anything else after visiting this particular island.