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Help to keep Haad Rin clean: Green Cross Koh Phangan

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Help to keep Haad Rin clean: Green Cross Koh Phangan

The Green Cross Conservation was started in 2004 to help keeping Koh Phangan clean and stop people from throwing their trash onto the ground or into the ocean. A group of local beach volleyball players noticed an increase in rubbish in the sand while they played on Haad Rin and were worried that if things continued in this direction, Koh Phangan would become full of trash. One day, a dolphin washed onto the shore where the group was playing two-on-two volleyball, they went to see what was wrong with it and discovered that it had suffocated on some plastic waste. That incident solidified their concerns and spurred them to begin organizing beach cleans on the Sunrise Beach in Hatrin. GCC was soon supported by the Koh Phangan Tourism Association and has been ever since. Haad Rin Beach is now a cleaner place! Only a few years after the Green Cross Conversation started their work, the Haad Rin Business Association took notice of what was being done and saw the difference that even a small group of people was able to make. They started to fund beach cleanings on a daily basis by charging tourists an admission fee upon entering the party. Since then, they have used that money to buy a beach cleaning machine and hire a crew of workers to clean up the beach on a daily basis. The full moon party beach is now a much more beautiful beach where people can enjoy spending their time during the day and not only a party site. The positive feedback showed the Green Cross Conversation Group, that more people around the island have interest in keeping this place clean and beautiful. There are no GCC teams cleaning over 30 beaches around Koh Phangan on a regularly basis. Of course, it is important to remember,  that this one-day cleanup, by itself, cannot make as big of an impact as the situation requires. However, when tourists and locals are confronted with the reality—that the island cannot keep itself clean— there is a chance that they change to contribute to a clean island. Many times  tourists do now see the volunteers and decide to join them and clean a part of the beach they are staying on. Having physically picked up trash around the island, a person is much less likely to throw their own trash on the ground when they have the opportunity to dispose of it in a rubbish bin. And even newcomers will much less likely throw their garbage onto the floor on an already clean island if they see the locals disposing of their trash in the correct areas. How to  make Koh Phangan a cleaner island Litterers have to be provided with information to change their behavior. GCC has spread awareness on the issue by cleaning beaches that are noticed by tourists and locals alike but more needs to be done. Therefore, The Green Cross Team would now like to begin adding other methods as well. This will involve  anti-littering signs everywhere on Koh Phangan and training in the island’s schools. An  “Environment Awareness day” will soon be introduced in the local schools so that the future generations begin to understand what will happen to their home if their habits do not change. A GCC teacher team...

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Full Moon Marathon 2014

Posted by on 8-08-14 in All | 0 comments

Full Moon Marathon 2014

(UPDATE): 5th Full Moon Marathon in Koh Phangan The island of Koh Phangan hosted its fifth annual Full Moon Marathon on the night of the 9th August. The marathon consisted of three races – a 3 km fun-run, a quarter marathon of 10 km and a full-length 42 km marathon, all organised by the Tourism Association of Koh Phangan. The runners were guided to different parts of the island, past well-known areas and spots that showcase the island’s extraordinary beauty. This yearly event welcomes people to Koh Phangan, drawing attention to the breathtaking views and natural splendor that the island is famous for. Every year, participants come from far and wide to compete in the event and this year was no exception. There was a tremendous turnout of tourists and local Thais from the island as well as from all over Thailand. Individuals from a range of different backgrounds and ages were unified for this event, bringing an enjoyably competitive atmosphere in a friendly, community-driven way. There was a slight twist to this year’s marathon – for the very first time, two of the races began in Haad Rin. This area bears great historical importance to the island, marking the birthplace of the famous Full Moon Party. Runners were able to catch a glimpse of the spectacular beauty of this renowned location, drenched in superb bright light from the upcoming Supermoon. The route then took them along the famously steep mountain road that runs from Haad Rin to Baan Tai, adding more of a challenge to an already challenging race. The runners then went on to tackle the other relentless hills that make up Koh Phangan’s mountainous terrain. All participants were given a t-shirt as a token of taking part in the marathon and a memorial medal upon completion of their race. Furthermore, the first five to complete the full marathon were awarded a prize of 10,000 Baht each! The Full Moon Marathon is a much-anticipated event amongst the people of Koh Phangan and it’s easy to see why. Locals are keen to move away from any negative stigma that is associated with the island and the Full Moon Marathon does just that. It promotes the ‘other side of Koh Phangan’, advertising the natural aspects of the island and bringing people together. Everyone who finished the races should feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment for completing a challenging race that is made substantially more difficult by demanding routes and unusual starting times, not to mention the hot and humid climate of Southeast Asia. Well done everyone who took part and made it an event to remember. We look forward to seeing you all for next years Full Moon Marathon! Full Moon Marathon Koh Phangan Pictures     Original Post: Full Moon Marathon Thailand 2014 On the 9th of August, we will host the 5th Full Moon Marathon in Koh Phangan. For the first time, the run will lead from Haad Rin all the way to the North in Chaloklum. There will also be a Fun Run in Hatrin town (3KM) and a Quarter run (10KM). The start times are: 5PM (Fun Run), 10PM (Quarter Run) Midnight (Marathon). Runners can register in front of Drop In Resort in Haad Rin, from 3PM on the same day. There will...

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