Samet Island’s Phrao Bay resorts fully booked

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RAYONG, Nov 6 – Thailand’s Eastern seaboard tourists have regained confidence in the safety of Samet Island’s Phrao Bay as the three resorts there are fully booked, according to a senior foresty official.

Sumet Saithong, chief of Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park, said Prao Bay officially reopened on November 1 after being forced to close July 28 when a substantial oil slick hit the beach.

He said the agencies concerned have implemented the rehabilitation plan and have given every effort to bring back clean water and sand to the bay as soon as possible.

He said Phrao Bay is fully safe to visit, with no more oil slick, and the tourists have returned to enjoy the sea, sand and sun at the Bay.

Mr Sumet said the three resorts at the Bay are now fully booked while rooms at other resorts at the other beaches on the island were almost fully booked.

He said the committee and experts carefully inspected the Bay’s environment and found no irregularity as the beach and sea water are clean.

An oil leakage from a PTT Global Chemical pipeline in the sea off the eastern province of Rayong has impacted the aquatic environment in the province, particularly at Phrao Bay of Samet Island.