A Bangkok-area beach is set to re-open in early June after it was shut due to environmental and health concerns, which have been alleviated as a result of a massive cleanup project.
The popular tourist spot, popularly known as Luang Prabang, is being marketed as the “most beautiful beach in the world.” The popular film from 2000, “The Beach,” chronicled the story of young Britishman who goes missing on the island, which was said to be one of the most beautiful spots in Thailand.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the area around Luang Prabang was hit by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake in 2004 that damaged mangrove ecosystems on the island, leaving salt in the water.
Marine mammal monitoring agencies documented a 94 percent increase in the liver and gastrointestinal tract of dead elephant seals in the area after the tsunami in 2004. The agencies found some of the animals’ carcasses were withstanding the inclement weather because of the extensive coral cleaning on the beach, which resulted in an extensive decay of the marine life.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the group responsible for marketing the area, the beach had lost its “appearance and charm” due to the pollution and had also been the location of “skeletal and decaying bodies” of marine animals.
The Nature Conservation Office in Patong district has helped by putting 80,000 coconuts back on the beach to help the slow decomposition of the marine life. Plumbing companies also finished a sewage treatment plant for the area.
The beach was scheduled to reopen on June 3, weather permitting.