Koh Samet's serenity shattered by development and disputes
Despite its national park status, the once-peaceful isle is now a highly coveted resort and the long-time residents are squeezed between encroachment charges from the parks department and unregulated rentals by the Treasury Department
As we arrive at the exclusive five-star beach resort on the southern tip of Koh Samet a young security guard approaches us and asks us where we think we are going.
LOST ACCOMMODATION: These bungalows at a popular resort are being demolished.
We tell him that we want to go to Ao Kiew beach in front of the resort and ask for directions on how to get there.
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