Does anyone have first-hand information on the oil spill washing up on Samet Island? The news report I saw said the oil was hitting the Ao Phrao area on the west coast. Is it impacting the popular beaches on the east coast as well? Either way, bummer.
I don't have first-hand experience, but according to an article just posted on the TF Facebook page:
"As of 8pm on Sunday, oil had covered up to 400 metres of the white sand beach at Phrao Bay on the west of Koh Samet.......[/fred]Wichit said he was still worried about the containment mission at Phrao beach because southeasterly winds could blow the crude oil surrounding Phrao Bay into the sea, making it difficult to control the spread to other areas."
Read full article here:
Yet another reason not to visit that island.
#3 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
I've always liked Samet. I first visited in 1992, when the place was sparsely developed and the beaches at the southern end of the island only had a small collection of huts between them. I haven't been back since 2006, but when I lived in Bangkok it was a great long weekend getaway. From the big city to a tropical beach in just a matter of hours. From others' recent reviews, it sounds like the mid-island east side beaches still make for a good visit.
Luckily it looks like the oil spill is currently confined to just the Ao Phrao beach on the west side of the island. Hopefully it will stay that way. I'd say that if you are on holiday, there are likely better islands to visit. But if you only have a few days in and around Bangkok, Samet is still a good choice.
Richard Barrow just posted this satellite image of the spill.
"Looking at this satellite image taken this morning, it would seem that the oil spill has moved away from the mainland and has started to disperse to an extent.""
I wouldn't get your hopes up; this seems a serious environmental tragedy:
"I wouldn't get your hopes up; this seems a serious environmental tragedy"
All oil spills seem that way at first. And all end up cleaned up at the end of the day. Eventually if all else fails, the sea will eat it. It eats oil, which is naturally occuring in the deep sea. So a "tragedy" depends on how you define that term, but it will be a temporary tragedy. At some point, it will clear up.
#8 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
They are working hard on it. so anyone plans to visit koh Samet , It's better to change the plan to Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak, or Hun Hin, which are not too close or far from Bangkok.
#9 RiniRabbit has been a member since 31/7/2012. Posts: 78