THON THAMRONGNAWASAWAT

Malaysia Tatler - - FEATURES -

WHY HIM? Tourism is cru­cial to Thai­land’s econ­omy, but it has also dec­i­mated the coun­try’s co­ral reefs. In an at­tempt to save these del­i­cate ecosys­tems, Thon per­suaded the Thai gov­ern­ment to tem­po­rar­ily close some is­lands to tourists this year, in­clud­ing Koh Phi Phi Leh, which was made fa­mous by the film The Beach star­ring Leonardo Dicaprio. The clo­sures have al­lowed the is­lands to re­cover, at least a lit­tle, from the on­slaught of vis­i­tors. Thon hopes to see fur­ther im­prove­ment in the com­ing months.

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