A nature trail goes through the forest of Samet trees in Rayong Botanical Park. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Rayong’s best-kept secret: A mysterious marshland and ancient-looking trees

The island’s beaches might get all the attention, but when it comes to tranquility and serenity (and escaping the crowds), the marshland of Rayong Botanical Garden is the biggest star. About…

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Sealing of damaged Rayong oil pipeline expected to be completed on Friday

After days of delays in efforts to seal one of the two ruptures in a flexible submarine oil pipeline, Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) is set to install a collar…

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Fingerprinting process used to determine source of new oil film in sea off Laem Charoen beach

Officials from Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) and Marine and Coastal Resources Department have collected samples from a film of oil floating in the sea near Laem Charoen beach, in…

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Oil film floats towards Laem Charoen beach in Thailand’s Rayong province

Oil film floats towards Laem Charoen beach in Thailand’s Rayong province

Officials from the Marine and Coastal Resources Department and Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) have launched an operation to contain a one-km long film of oil floating towards Laem Charoen…

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Red flags flown at Mae Ram Phueng beach as oil pollutant levels exceed limits

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has advised against swimming in the sea or playing on the sand at three spots on Mae Ram Phueng beach in Rayong province, after high…

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Tanker caught discharging oil into the sea off Thailand’s Chon Buri province

The skipper of an aging oil tanker is facing charges for violating the Navigation in Thai Waters Act by allegedly discharging about 3,000 litres of oil into the sea off…

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Residual oil to be removed from fractured pipe in Gulf of Thailand Thursday

Divers from the maintenance team of Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC) have managed to close three valves on the ruptured submarine oil pipeline after two days of effort, paving the way…

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Marine Department to propose revocation of SPRC’s operating license

Marine Department to propose revocation of SPRC’s operating license

The Marine Department is set to propose, to the Ministry of Transport, the revocation of the operating license of Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC), the oil company responsible for oil…

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Repair of oil pipeline in Gulf of Thailand expected to take ten days

The delicate work of plugging the ruptured submarine oil pipeline is set to begin soon, but only after all 12,000 litres of crude oil still in the pipe are removed….

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Thai Marine Department approves oil pipeline repair plan

Thailand’s Marine Department has finally granted permission for Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) to start repairing the ruptured submarine oil pipeline at the offshore mooring platform off Rayong province. The…

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Owner of damaged oil pipeline in Rayong expects approval today to commence repairs

An urgent meeting is scheduled for today (Sunday) between officials of the Marine Department, other agencies and representatives of Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) to consider the oil company’s application…

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Plan to fix ruptured oil pipeline off Rayong still awaiting approval

Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC) has presented its plan, to the Rayong office of the Marine Department, for repairs to the ruptured undersea oil pipeline connected to the company’s offshore…

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Second rupture found in oil pipeline as SPRC seeks permission to make repairs

The Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC) has sent an urgent notice to the Thai Marine Department’s office in Rayong province, seeking permission to access an offshore mooring platform to repair…

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Additional complaint filed with police over latest oil spill in sea off Rayong

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has filed its second complaint with Map Ta Phut police, in the eastern province of Rayong, against those responsible for the marine oil spill in…

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Oil found on Mae Ram Phueng beach and at sea as containment of the spill continues

Oil found on Mae Ram Phueng beach and at sea as containment of the spill continues

Patches of a thin film of oil were found this morning (Saturday) on Mae Ram Phueng beach and oil slicks have been detected floating in the sea near the beach….

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After more than 200 oil spills in 50 years, here’s how Thailand can clean up its act

Two recent oil spills off Rayong province are just the latest in a long line of similar disasters in Thai seas. Records reveal that more than 200 oil spills have occurred over…

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Oil found in water near SPRC seaport at Thailand’s Map Ta Phut after leak

Patches of a thin film of oil were detected this morning (Friday) about three nautical miles in front of the Map Ta Phut seaport of Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC) as…

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Oil unintentionally left in pipeline off Rayong blamed for Thursday’s new spill

Rayong Deputy Governor Pirun Hemarak today (Thursday) blamed residual oil, left inside a plastic oil pipeline due to human error, for the second oil spill in just over two weeks…

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Another oil spill reported at same spot in Gulf of Thailand on Thursday

Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC), the company behind the oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand two weeks ago in January, revealed today (Thursday) that there has been another spill and…

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Black globules found on beaches in Rayong , Chon Buri sent for tests

A large number of the globules, believed to be dissolved oil, have been found scattered along the beaches in the eastern provinces of Rayong and Chon Buri as well as…

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A worker cleans up crude oil on Mae Ram Phueng beach following a spill caused by a leak in an undersea pipeline owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC) in Rayong on January 29, 2022. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Impact of Rayong oil spill on corals may take at least a year to emerge

Marine scientists at Chulalongkorn University say that it may take a year or more for impacts from the recent oil spill in the sea off Rayong province to manifest on…

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Oil firm insists only 39 tonnes of crude oil leaked into the sea off Rayong but accepts responsibility

The Star Petroleum Refining Company has issued an announcement insisting that only 39 tonnes, or about 47,000 litres of crude oil leaked from its broken offshore pipeline, near the deep-sea…

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Press conference by the command centre on February 3, 2022

Thailand to close oil leak command centre after less than two weeks

Thailand is set to close the command centre handling the oil leak in its eastern province of Rayong today (Friday), after the slicks leaked in the Gulf of Thailand last…

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Thai Navy finds no trace of oil from recent spill in seas off Rayong province

No trace of last week’s oil spill have been found floating in the sea off Rayong province today (Wednesday), but officials are remaining vigilant as divers continue surveying the undersea…

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Hundreds of beachside businesses claim compensation over oil spill impacts

Rayong’s Muang district officials started receiving claims for compensation today (Tuesday), from business people affected by the recent oil spill, as health officials took blood and urine samples from 241…

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Photo: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

Corals, beaches in Thailand’s Ao Prao still unharmed by oil spill

Shallow corals in Ao Prao and nearby areas remain unharmed by the recent oil spill, as does the sea life, according to divers from the Department of Marine and Coastal…

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Oil droplets washed ashore on Ao Prao beach on Samet Island

Patches of small droplets of oil, dissolved by bio dispersant,have been washed ashore on the beaches of Ao Prao bay on Samet Island today, raising concerns that they may threaten…

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Oil slick comes ashore on Thailand’s Mae Ram Phueng beach on Saturday

Rayong’s provincial governor is expected to declare Mae Ram Phueng beach a disaster zone today after oil from a recent spill washed ashore, polluting the shoreline for a distance of…

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More vessels deployed to prevent oil slick from reaching beaches

Ten additional vessels have been deployed in a major clean-up operation in the seas off Rayong following an oil leak late Tuesday, while fishing boats are laying booms to prevent…

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Oil spill in Gulf of Thailand expected to be contained in 7-10 days with dispersants

Thailand’s navy and pollution experts are rushing to clear up an oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of the eastern province of Rayong today (Thursday), after…

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6 more Thai provinces added to ‘watch list’ due to rising COVID-19 infections

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has added six more provinces to its “watch list”, in addition to the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattana, Narathiwat and Songkhla, due…

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Two killed, three seriously burnt in factory chemical explosion in Rayong

Two workers were killed and three others sustained serious burns when a chemical storage tank exploded at a factory in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong on Tuesday afternoon. The Map…

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Thai provinces facing floods as storm Conson makes landfall in Vietnam

Flash floods and heavy rain have hit many provinces of Thailand as tropical storm Conson made landfall in Vietnam’s Quang Ngai early on Sunday, according to Thailand’s Meteorological Department. Thai…

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About 400 Fishermen in Rayong demand compensation for sea reclamation Credit : Move Forward Party Facebook Page

Fishermen in Rayong demand compensation for sea reclamation

About 400 small fishing boats converged off Takuan beach, in Muang district of Thailand’s eastern province or Rayong, to demand compensation from the state for the anticipated impacts on their…

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Six furry friends seized in drug raid up for auction

Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board has put six cats, seized during an illicit drugs raid last month, up for auction. Secretary-General of the Office of the Narcotics Control…

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Six suffer partial paralysis after inoculation with Sinovac vaccine

Six people, who were inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine in Thailand’s eastern coastal province of Rayong, developed partial paralysis and had to be given medication to dissolve blood clots, said…

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Alleged gambling den boss arrested in Rayong province

The fugitive tycoon, who allegedly operated a major illegal gambling den, thought to be the source of a large cluster of COVID-19 infections in Thailand’s Rayong province, was arrested by…

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200 underground gambling dens still operating across Thailand

There are about 200 underground gambling dens operating nationwide, and 47 are in the Bangkok metropolitan area, according to a government panel, set up last month to investigate the potential…

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Rayong opens field hospitals for COVID-19 patients as hospital overwhelmed

A local quarantine facility in Rayong has been turned into a 70-bed field hospital and preparations are under way to turn a resort and a naval base in Sattahip district…

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Thailand’s Rayong province shuts down as COVID-19 infections surge

Rayong’s provincial administration has decided to close all entertainment and recreational venues, schools, beauty salons, fitness clubs, amusement parks, children’s playgrounds and public swimming pools across the province after 56…

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CCSA spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin.

144 new COVID-19 cases in Thailand, Deputy Minister complains about illegal gambling in Rayong

Thailand recorded 144 new COVID-19 cases today (Monday), including 115 locally-acquired cases involving Thais, 14 foreign migrant workers and 15 arrivals from abroad in state quarantine, according to CCSA spokesman…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on July 15, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (2nd L) meeting medical workers in Rayong province to inspect condition following a visit of Egyptian soldier with COVID-19 coronavirus. – Thailand suspended all inbound flights July 14 after an Egyptian soldier skipped self-quarantine and went to a shopping mall in Rayong province before testing positive for COVID-19. Prayut said he took “all responsibility” for the oversight and issued a rare apology for undermining the public’s “confidence and safety”.

1,603 in Rayong and Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area test negative for COVID-19

A total of 1,603 people have been cleared of COVID-19 infection, on the first day of mass swab testing, and health officials are waiting for the results of tests on…

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Photo from Sudarat Keyuraphan’s Facebook

Pheu Thai chief strategist demands answers about lax control over Egyptian military mission

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s chief strategist, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, has accused the Government of lowering its guard when it allowed an Egyptian military mission to enter and stay in…

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Unidentified helicopter crashes on mountain in Thailand’s Rayong province

Rescue workers and fire fighters have been dispatched to a hill in Muang district of Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong on Thursday night where an unidentified helicopter has crashed. Flames…

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(Photo) Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

Leatherback turtle found dead on Saunson beach in Rayong province

Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), Mr. Jatuporn Buruspat, and director of the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center for the Eastern Gulf of…

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