With the years, as the pillars on the stilts houses at the beach started to rot and needed to be replaced the Moken slowly but steadily moved their houses back closer to their beloved ocean. Nature also worked in their favor, as year by year, the beach slowly eroded. The reconstruction of the new village shows another loss for the Moken in the struggle over space in the National Park: the front ocean row of houses has been moved further up the beach by the length of an entire house. This also results in less village space than before as the distance to the forest is limited. As a result, the last row of houses has their roofs touching the communal bathroom roof. Rather than an ocean view and breeze, the newly moved row of houses get the smell–and sight–of the community bathroom.
Also, the new pillars, known to rot in the sand when not in touch with salt water, have received a concrete foundation. One is left to wonder how the introduction of concrete into these pristine white beaches is in accordance with the laws of environmental protection.