What Not to Do On the Beaches Of Southeast Asia

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand. Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

We’ve given plenty of advice over the year about what you can do in the beautiful beaches of Southeast Asia. Today though, we’re giving some tips on what not to do if you want to be respectful to the locals and the natural habitats that reside there.


The beaches in Southeast Asia are stunning so please don’t ruin them by leaving litter. If they get washed up by the sea, your rubbish can choke the marine life that resides there.

Bike On The Beaches

As tempting as it is, the locals would rather you didn’t drive your rented motorbike across the beach. The pollution and sand spray ruins it for everyone else.

Buy Single-use Plastics

Instead of buying small water bottles every day, buy a 5L and fill up a multi-use water bottle instead. This will reduce your plastic waste while you are there significantly.

Blast Music on The Beach

When you’re in natural areas, don’t make too much noise or ruin the tranquillity with your music. There are plenty of beach bars if you want to dance.

Touch The Reefs

The reefs are very fragile so if you are diving, be careful not to touch them as it will cause harm to the natural habitats of the marine life that lives there.

By being considerate of those around you, you and everyone else will enjoy the beautiful beaches far more.