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.