Plodprasop Suraswadi just can't resist a photo-op. The deputy prime minister last Friday visited oil spill-hit Ao Phrao on Koh Samet following the clean-up operation.
Not one to shy away from publicity, he declared the sea was clean and safe for tourists and, to show he meant what he said, readily plunged in the water and frolicked in it for about half an hour.
Mr Plodprasop is not alone in his enthusiasm to see tourism resume on this gem of an island in the eastern sea. Other top government officials have expressed concerns about the impact of the oil spill on tourism and voiced their desire to see major tourism promotion campaigns launched there.