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The oil spill in Ko Samet

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The oil spill in Ko Samet

Any travellers who are still in Ko Samet can tell by experience how bad are the beaches on the west coast as well as on the other parts of the island. Will the toxic air spread from the west coast to the whole island. Will it be safe to visit the island and stay on the east coast by 20th of August. Thanks for the advice.

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1. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

The oil spill only affected one beach on the west coast - Ao Phrao - and has now been largely cleaned up. All the other beaches on the island were unaffected and if not for access to TV anyone staying on the east coast would not have known there ever was an oil spill. No oil, no smell, no nothing! Unless you are booked to stay at one of the three resorts on AoPhrao there is nothing at all to worry about.

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3. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

Maybe you can't see any oil but the residue of hydrocarbons are still there. In addition, there is the large collection of rubbish and trash that still litter the many beaches. Rather ugly I'd say ...not to mention the stench!!

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4. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

Any updates? We're arriving for a week on august. We are on the east coast at Ao Wong Duan Beach. The hotel says it's fine but naturally they would! Some independent advice on the status appreciated.

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5. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

Have been on Koh Samet (east and north coasts) for last week - absolutely no sign of oil spill anywhere away from Ao Phrao. Weather has been great - it's supposed to be monsoon season but hasn't rained for last 5 days - beaches wonderful and water warm if a bit cloudy close in (natural for this area I understand). Read the other posts on Samet if you want a pen pic of what's on offer, but it's conditions normal as far as I can see.

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6. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

We've just had 4 nights on koh samet. We were concerned like you were but we decided to go. We were glad we did as there was no sign of any oil, 'toxic' air etc at all. The beaches on the eastern side were all gorgeous and the sea clear. My husband hired a motorbike to explore the island but was stopped by officials from going to Ao Phrao he could only assume they are still in the middle of a clean up. We kept up to date with online articles in the Bangkok Post and Pattaya News.

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7. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

I agree with poster number 3 (dikthai) and I think the effects of the oil-spil are seriously down-played by the Thai government. I would not eat seafood from the all area within a radius of 50 km. As there are so manny nice islands along the eastern seaboard I would choose another island.

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8. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

Just a bit of an update from down in Ban Pae. The locales had a strike meeting last night as their businesses are being very badly affected by the lack of tourists to the area, and they are very angry with the lack of consultation .the beach where we live is as dead as dead. It is the off season but all the locals are saying it is much worse than normal. Only time will tell we had a report that there were very high levels of mercury found all around koh Samet but then in the next report they said the latest readings are fine, so it's any bodies guess down here but I'm still not eating any seafood soon. It's all very sad as this is such a lovely part of Thailand......... Mandy

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9. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

The latest test report of mercury levels around Koh Samet found excessive levels of mercury. If it is found in the sea water it will certainly be found in fish flesh. Be careful! Mercury is not something to take lightly.

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10. Re: The oil spill in Ko Samet

Personally, I'd skip it. See it or not, there are some nasty chemicals around there. bangkokpost.com/news/local/367260/chemicals-…

Edited: 01 September 2013, 23:06