There is trouble in paradise. Unchecked tourism has damaged Southeast Asia’s pristine beaches

Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove. Made famous by the 2000 movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay on the western Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Ley is now a case study in the ruinous costs of runaway tourism, swamped by up to 4,000 daily visitors. “There is too many people here, it’s bad,” lamented Saad Lazrak, a 61-year-old from Morocco, as crowds around him swallowed the…

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Srinagar’s Siraj Bagh, Asia’s largest tulip garden, opens for tourists

Tourists at Asia’s largest Tulip garden on the foothills of Zabarwan range overlooking the world-famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. (PTI) With 20 lakh tulips of 46 varieties in its lap, Asia’s largest Tulip garden overlooking the world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar was thrown open to visitors on Saturday, marking the beginning of new tourism season in the Valley. The mega 15-day Tulip festival, part of Bahaar-e-Kashmir (spring in Kashmir) event, kick-started with the opening of the Tulip garden as authorities focus on revival of tourism which was badly affected…

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