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A visit to Koh Kham’s Underwater Park

World Environment Day celebrated in Mae Rim

A visit to Koh Kham’s Underwater Park

Phitsanu Thepthong

One of the highlights of a recent trip to Sattahip in the East of Thailand was Koh Kham Island with its Underwater Park, which is under the care and responsibility of the Royal Thai Navy.

The coral reef looked like sea flowers.

Reaching for a starfish.

A sailor displays a kind of coral.

Coral and spiny sea urchins form an underwater ecosystem.

A spiny urchin, genus murex.

Koh Kham is a small island about 9 km out to sea, taking about two hours for the round trip by cruising boat.

This peaceful landscaped island is beautified with flowers, gardens, plants, white sandy beaches and fabulous coral reefs. It also has rare plants and sea flowers.

According to the Royal Thai Navy officers, this island is one of the country’s three islands under the “Pilot Project” promotional campaign for preserving the coral. Around the island there are coral reef rehabilitation areas, which will then be relocated. This task of relocation was made possible by the cooperation between the naval officers and academics from institutes concerned with further study on the growing of more varieties of coral. The reefs are now the habitat of fish, oysters, and other seas animals.

One of the coral reefs in the area.

The Chiang Mai mass media group visited the sea in Sattahip.

Chai Yo! The mass media people say thanks for the trip to Koh Kham Island.

The Chiang Mai mass media group lands at Koh Kham.

Koh Kham could be said to be another paradise and a chance for tourists and visitors to enjoy, relax, and swim in the clear waters. For tourists wishing to visit the Koh Kham Underwater Park, boats can be hired at Sattahip to go directly to Koh Kham. From there, travelers can continue cruising by boat to look at Mark island which is also rich in beautiful scenery.

World Environment Day celebrated in Mae Rim

Nuttanee Thaveephol

This year World Environment Day and ASEAN Environment Year activities were organized in the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai during June 1-7.

This exhibition shows how garbage can be broken down naturally.

Many students from schools in Chiang Mai joined the celebration and activities including art and essay contests on the topic of “River and Life”, quizzes, and a debate on the topic of “The Rural Water Crisis is Worse than The City’s” between Prince Royal’s College and Yupparaj Vittayalai School. There were also exhibitions on environment conservation, garbage problems, and innovations for saving the environment.

One of the prize winning pictures.

The walls were covered with paintings covering the topic “River and Life”.

The highlights of the opening day were the discussions on the water situation given by Rapeepol Tabtimtong, representative from Huay Hong Krai Development Study Center; Preecha Worakul, Tambon Fa-Haam Administrative Organization president; Karoon Klayklueng, Tambon Suthep Administrative Organization president; Sawat Jantale, the advisor of Environment Conservation Club of Yupparaj Vittayalai School; Pakawadee Pawapootanon, member of Yupparaj School Environment Conservation Club, and Pacharin Arvipan, director of Y.M.C.A. for Northern Region Development.

The opening ceremony was presided over by Udom Puasakul, Chiang Mai deputy governor.