Arrival at Nathon Pier
The COSTA SERENA cruise ship made a memorable stop at Nathon Pier, Koh Samui, bringing over 1,800 tourists to experience the beautiful island. Docking on May 22, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., the ship embarked on a one-day trip covering Laem Chabang (Thailand), Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Phu Quoc Island (Vietnam), and finally Koh Samui (Thailand). Various local authorities, including the Koh Samui Municipality, police officers, and Harbor Department officers, ensured a smooth and well-organized visit for these eager tourists.
Exploring Koh Samui’s Natural Beauty
Visitors were able to immerse themselves in the beautiful island of Koh Samui, exploring its diverse natural landscapes. From pristine white-sand beaches to lush green forests, there were activities catering to every preference. Some tourists opted for eco-tourism activities, such as hiking and environmental exploration, enabling them to appreciate the island’s rich biodiversity up close.
Visiting Sacred Temples
In addition to nature-based activities, tourists also had the opportunity to visit sacred sites like Wat Plai Laem and Wat Laem Sor. These visits allowed them to pay homage to revered monks, learn about local customs, and experience the tranquility that these temples offer.
Experiencing Local Culture and Cuisine
One of the highlights of the trip was experiencing the local culture and cuisine of Koh Samui. Tourists enjoyed community-style food, street food, and unique local products from the OTOP (One Tambon One Product) community. Dining by the sea, visitors had the chance to taste authentic Thai flavors while being part of a vibrant beachside atmosphere.
The Impact on Koh Samui’s Tourism Industry
The arrival of the COSTA SERENA cruise ship and its passengers provided a significant boost to Koh Samui’s tourism industry. This influx of visitors encouraged a return to a more colorful and bustling atmosphere on the island, ultimately benefiting local businesses and generating income for the community.