As our speedboat approached Ao Phrao on Koh Samet, what immediately came to my mind was an image of blackened seawater and an oil-encrusted beach following the pipeline leak on July 27. But the seascape before me was different that afternoon.
The sky was blue and the high tide was a clear turquoise. The effects of the oil spill of about 50 tonnes from PTT Global Chemical's (PTTGC) offshore pipeline were not visible _ at least not to my naked eye.
The trip to this tourist spot wasn't for a vacation. Instead, the trip that took place weeks after the spill was an invitation from PTTGC as a part of its efforts to revive tourism.
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