Situation on Koh Samet in Rayong
As you might have seen in the various media, there has been an oil leakage in the Gulf of Thailand, near the coastline of Rayong province. This happened on Saturday 27 July.
On Monday, the oil slick reached Koh Samet’s Ao Phrao beach where 2 favorite resorts are located. The resorts were immediately closed by the local authorities and all clients have been relocated to other beach resorts. The resorts on the east coast of the island are as yet not affected.
The authorities are trying their utmost to contain the oil slick and use all equipment possible, including the use of chemicals. There is no certainty when all the oil will be completely removed and how this will affect the eco-system around the island. Furthermore, it is unsure if the oil will reach the beaches on the east coast of Koh Samed and the shore north of the island – Ban Phe and Rayong.
We therefore have decided to avoid the Rayong beach resorts and Koh Samet Island during the remaining low season months, until we have more clarity on the situation. Hence we will not place any bookings in the resorts in this area until further notice. Existing bookings will be diverted to other resorts.
The other popular touristic Islands in the Golf of Thailand, like Koh Chang and Koh Samui, are located hundreds of kilometers away from Rayong province and have not been affected at all. Pattaya is also not exposed to the oil as well.
In the past days we have been in close contact will guests and overseas agencies who were booked at the resorts.
Should you have any bookings beyond 15 August, then our staff will contact you as well.
Should there be any change in the situation, then we will update you accordingly.