Tourists return stones from the goddamn island to Thailand

27
Oct

The administration of Tarutao National Park in Satun province told social media about a parcel from the United States asking for the stone back to the “damn” island

This is Ko Hin Ngam Island. According to the text of the letter, the author visited here with a friend in 2018 and took as a memento one of the stones on the beach.

“Since then, I’ve learned a lot about the beautiful stones of the island and the curse associated with them.

The year 2019 was undoubtedly a tough one, full of losses. I’m going to start a new life by throwing away some things. <…> Can you help me get this stone back? I’m sorry I didn’t show respect for your beautiful park and took something like that to remember. It will look much more beautiful on the island.

Ekkachai Muatchan from the national park administration says they often receive similar letters from the USA, China, Malaysia and other countries. According to the tourist legend, the beautiful smooth stones of the island are indeed cursed. The curse is that once out of the island, they will definitely find their way back.

The administration of the park is grateful to the tourists who decided to return the stones to their place. But, according to the workers, the curse has nothing to do with it. Picking up stones from the local beach can damage the island, causing landslides and collapses. Ko Hin Ngam even has a ban sign on it.

The administration also said that it will definitely send the stone back to the island. And that in this way in 2019 to the homeland has already returned 30 stones.

Tarutao National Park includes 51 islands. Among the most popular are Lipe with its chic white beaches, Kai with its famous stone arch and the dense jungle of Tarutao. Hin Ngam is not the most popular of them. It is visited during a tour of the entire archipelago. The main attraction is the above-mentioned pebbles of pebble beach, perfectly polished by the sea waves.

Source: Pattaya One People. Translation: Nikita Grebennikov.