The Islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are synonymous with images of near paradise. Crystal clear blue-green waters filled with millions of colorful sea life swimming about in the sea as you snorkel over, its powder white sands that simply melt in your hands as you attempt to pick them up and abundance of peace and quiet! All the time in the world is yours.
Now all of that is about to change! The Oil Rigs are coming to town!
The next time you decide to do some backpacking to the islands, instead of a quiet little town, most likely you will be greeted by shady whore houses and bars- like Pattaya Thailand.
These islands are visited annually by roughly about 50 million tourists, for the natural beaches, attractive dive sites, rock climbing, and natural beauty.
Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao alone have about 800 odd hotels and resorts, that are at risk if these drilling projects are allowed to carry on.
You heard of the famous Ko Tao? Or the Full Moon Party aka “The Greatest Rave Party on Earth”? Well here is a map just to get you up to speed. The Full Moon Party is the craziest and biggest beach rave you will ever see. International Djs will spin the night away to literally tens of thousands of revelers on Koh Phangan’s beaches. Similar parties are held on Koh Samui as well.
See the below map of where these islands are.
Obviously having an oil rig within the horizon while sipping ice lemonade on the beautiful beach is not anyones idea of “paradise”.
The closest drilling site is 42 km off Koh Samui, but the border of the site is only 5km from the islands beaches.
We all know, even though the “Oil Companies” dont admit it, they do cause alot of pollution. Most of it are from the cuttings and dirt that they dig up. They use drilling fluids that are sometimes dumped into the ocean. Causing damage to the environment.
The environmentalists are up in arms against the Oil Deal.
But rallies do very little to stop these big oil companies from continuing with their projects.
So the next time you go there, just beware, the water might not be as clean as it is anymore. We hope with this, you stay informed about the current matters of Thailand’s Islands.
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Pictures are courtesy of The Bangkok Post,