Influx of Tourists Boost the Local Economy
Ko Samui, a popular island resort in the southern province of Surat Thani, has seen a significant increase in tourism during the recent six-day long holiday. The surge began on Friday, the first day of the extended vacation, which was made possible by the cabinet’s decision to declare Monday, July 31, an extra day off. This decision led to a bustling and lively atmosphere at the Ko Samui airport, with numerous Thai and foreign tourists arriving on the island.
Fully Booked Flights and Ferries
Travelers had several options to reach Ko Samui, with all Bangkok Airways flights from Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province to the island being fully booked. Direct flights from Hong Kong and Singapore to the island also reached maximum capacity. Additionally, many tourists opted for ferries from Surat Thani to reach their destination.
A Positive Impact on Surrounding Islands
It was initially estimated that at least 20,000 tourists would spend their time on Ko Samui during the long holiday, providing a much-needed boost to the local economy. The influx of visitors also positively impacts nearby islands, such as Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao. Younger travelers, in particular, are expected to continue their journey from Ko Samui to these islands, drawn by events like the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha-ngan at Hat Rin beach on August 3.
Exploring Other Attractions in Thailand
Besides the picturesque beauty of Ko Samui and its neighboring islands, tourists have been exploring other attractions in the country during this long holiday. Several national parks and beach destinations, such as Pattaya and Koh Larn, have witnessed an increase in visitors, further showcasing the versatility and appeal of Thailand’s tourism industry.