Samui: So what’s new?

I saw a letter to the editor in yesterday’s *Bangkok Post* that raised the question of whether exploration oil drilling could do any more harm to Samui’s natural environment than mass tourism has already accomplished. Same old story, wherever you go–the same scenes that are being “spoiled” for the old hand, are ¬†often “just wonderful, so natural!” to the first-time visitor.

Here’s a take I did on this notion years ago (first photo from www.phuket-trips.com):

The silence boomed. At … Read more