The story of Koh Phangan, Thailand is an all-too-familiar one in the tourism industry: discovered by backpackers, embraced by adventurers, and devastated by mass tourism.
In the thought-provoking documentary Gringo Trails, we meet sustainable travel expert Costas Christ, the first traveler to “discover” Koh Phangan in the 1970s. We learn the story of how the lore of this paradise island eventually led to its destruction through mass tourism and the notorious Full Moon Party.
Watch the video below to hear Costas Christ’s advice on how destinations can reverse the overtourism trend and what we can learn from the story of Koh Phangan.
Discover the origins of ecotourism and how its evolution will affect Asia in our one-on-one interview with Costas Christ.
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