Seems the government is now scrutinizing illegal resorts and businesses on Ko Samet. The end result should see tourists enjoying better beach access. Whether this will in due course have any effect on nearby mainland resort occupancy is yet to be seen:
“The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has now set ultimatum for 56 resorts and hotels encroaching on national park on Ko Samet to leave the places.
The deadline for owners of these places were given until February 19 to demolish all the constructions built illegally on the beach in Khao Laem Ya-Ko Samet national park after a meeting yesterday.
Owners and business operators of the 56 resorts and hotels were summoned for the meeting by park authorities.”