Koh Samui –
Tourists were disappointed after waiting up to five hours for ferries from Samui Island.
Yesterday (July 16th) at 4:00 P.M. Thai and foreign tourists were heading back from Samui Island after the long holidays have almost ended.
At the Sea Tran Ferry Pier, cars were in long queues many kilometers long where tourists were waiting to leave the island. The problem was because the ferry company had decreased the ferry rounds down to six, according to tourists at the scene. Normally, the ferry leaves every hour.
Mr. Pitasit Gargharn told the associated Thai media, “I am from Bangkok. I like to visit Samui Island but I have been waiting for five hours. This makes me bored and disappointed when visiting Samui Island.”
Mr. Peerapong Siboontham added to the press, “I am a police officer. I have to work both on Samui Island and on the mainland. I have been waiting four hours to travel.”
Ferry companies did not immediately release a public statement to explain the delays, but traffic remained heavy to Samui over the weekend.
Rough seas, strong winds, and high waves over the past five-day holiday had caused some ferry operators to take extra precautions, notes TPN media. Despite long waits, operators were stressing that safety remained the top priority.