Pakbara: At Crossroad
Pakbara is a sleepy fishing village in Satun province, the southernmost tip of the Andaman coast of Thailand. The village is mostly known as the gateway to other more well-known tourist islands, thus there have been little coastal development activities in Pakbara area until recently. At the present time, there is a national plan by the Thai government to develop a large-scale deepwater port at Pakbara, which is promised to improve logistics, and import-export industries of the nation. However the cost of this development could be an ecological disaster to the southern Andaman sea of Thailand, which would greatly impact the livelihood of the coastal communities and high-value nature-based industries in the adjacent area also.