Thailand Welcomes 26.4 Million Foreign Tourists in 2023 After Long Nightlife Hours, Boasting Record-Breaking Income


On December 20th, 2023, Ms. Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, the Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports, publicly revealed the cumulative number of foreign tourists from January 1st of 2023 to December 20th of 2023 was at 26,455,680 people, generating income of more than 1.1 trillion baht.

The top five nationalities visiting Thailand were Malaysian, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Indian. More than 104,838 Malaysian tourists reportedly visited Thailand during the past week, from December 11th to the 17th, as it was a school vacation in Malaysia, said Sudawan.

The Minister of Tourism publicly stated that there was positive feedback from foreign tourists regarding the longer nightlife hours to 4 AM in certain areas such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and other areas.

The relevant agencies had collected data on the newly extended entertainment districts and were monitoring the impacts of such measures closely, remarked Sudawan.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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.