This day was rough. We arrived on Koh Samui and made our way to the Muslim fishing village. Everything seemed familiar and banal in the streets, it wasn't until we found the beach that things got interesting. What was once sand and water is now an unfortunate putrid mixture of sand, trash beyond the eye can see, and dead sea life.
There are absolutely socio-economic issues at play like the lack of decent (and working) trash incinerators on the island, slim knowledge of environmental effects caused by mountains of garbage being swept off into the water, and the very relatable dilemma of paying to clean it up or paying to feed your family at night. There's also the fact that a million or so dollars went in to building a pristine boardwalk over a portion of the beach...instead of cleaning up said beach. It's difficult to set aside personal opinions and look at a place like this with open eyes. One thing is for sure though, this beach can't be good for the people or the planet.