Drilling Rigs Koh Samui, Koh Tao. Oil in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao?! by backpackies

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.

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Thailands triple gems -Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan

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Koh Tao Island - blissfull paradise

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.

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Koh Samui Thailand

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Roustabouts on the drill floor working pipe

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.

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Pollution caused by drilling rig

The environmentalists are up in arms against the Oil Deal.

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Small fishing boats near the beach in Bang Sarn Village near Nakhon Si Thammarat. A pier is proposed to be built near the beach to serve as a shore base facility to support the oil exploration project in the Gulf Of Thailand.

But rallies do very little to stop these big oil companies from continuing with their projects.

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Rallies being held to oppose the oil exploration nearby the top tourist destinations.

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Oil exploration projects in the Gulf Of Thailand

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Lagends of what the different icons and colours are for

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,


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6 responses to “Drilling Rigs Koh Samui, Koh Tao. Oil in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao?! by backpackies

  1. tomas

    I did a small research and this news not make me happy, there is so many nice places at gulf of Thailand, we took trip to Angthong marine park and is amazing place, can’t imagine this will be destroyed. http://www.safariboat.info tour was incredible good, highly recommended to all my friends.


    • Hi there tomas. Yes its a pity that they are giving way to the oil rigs.

      There are talks now of building a deepwater port at Pak Bara, It is the port that surrounds wonderful islands like Koh Lipe, Koh Andang…etc.
      They really need to realize that maintaining these islands the way they are and preserving them as a tourist attraction serves better interest in the long run for them than another international port.

    • Hi Tomas! The Andaman is a real gem !!
      Yes we are pretty sure the nature park there especially the corals will be affected. It is very sad.
      Will definitely check out the boat tour!

      Thanks Tomas!

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