Tourists Flock to Islands in Phang Nga During Songkran Festival

Phang Nga –

Lots of Thai and foreign tourists are visiting islands in Phang Nga during the Songkran festival.

The President of the Phang Nga Tourism Association, Mr. Lertsak Pomklin, told the Phuket Express that more domestic Thai tourists are visiting islands in Phang Nga such as Similan Island and Surin Island.

Most of them are from Bangkok and Phuket but some are from the Northern part of Thailand who are escaping from dust pollution. More tour boats and restaurants are being booked when compared to last year during the festival.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phang Nga Office Chief Mr. Uthit Limsakun told the Phuket Express that rooms are about 80 percent booked during the Songkran festival. Most of the foreign tourists are German and Swedish. Two groups of 650 tourists from Israel are visiting these islands as well.

The average money spent by a Thai tourist per day is 4,700 Baht compared to 7,500 Baht per day by foreign tourists, Mr. Uthit added.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.