Recent oil spill in Rayong fails to deter tourists


Despite last month’s oil spill in Ao Prao, Prao Bay, on the western part of Thailand’s popular tourist-oriented Samet Island, the beauties of Rayong’s other renowned islands still remain as must-go destinations for many travellers.

Foreigners and locals alike are attracted toSamet Island, which lies less than seven kilometers off the coast of Rayong province in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, offering the allure of a tropical paradise with reasonable proximity to Bangkok.

“Yes, we are aware of the situation through the news, but prior to travelling here, we made sure that our destination is on a different side to the affected Ao Prao. I would like other travellers, both Thais and foreigners to understand that the situation here in Rayong is normal, beaches are still beautiful. I normally stay at Wong Duen bay,” said Jatuporn Tunrerksataporn, a tourist.

Over 700,000 tourists visit the famous islands of Rayong every year, generating over 10 billion baht each year.

“Beaches and coastlines are still beautiful, with sparkling white sand curving between palms and crystal clear water. Natural ecosystems both on land and underwater are still pristine,” said Pisanu Kemapun, chairman of the Rayong Hotels Association.

With this confirmation, interested travellers can rest assured that Rayong – despite its recent tragedy — is still a paradise of magnificent beaches, delicious seafood, and spotless nature.