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1,000 demonstrate against Thai port plans

Around 1,000 people demonstrated yesterday against a planned new deepsea port to be built on a stunning part of Thailand’s Andaman Sea coastline.

The Pak Bara deepsea port is part of a planned railway-highway land bridge to link the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

The Transport Ministry plans to link the new port in Satun province on the Andaman coast with a port in Songkhla province facing the Gulf of Thailand. The infrastructure development is being touted by authorities as a Malacca Straits alternative.

The port faces plenty of local opposition however as there are concerns it could harm the nearby Mu Ko Phetra National Park, a source of local food and major tourism income.

First suggested in 1993, the Pak Bara port project has been put on hold several times due to environmental concern and opposition from locals. A strategic environmental assessment is set to be released next April.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. that was my thoughts too andy — the good ol’ kra canal never quite disappears as a news story!

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