Koh Samui welcomes 3,000 visitors

Koh Samui welcomes 3,000 visitors

SURAT THANI: Another cruise ship, with approximately 3,000 passengers and crew, arrived at Koh Samui for a one-day visit yesterday, with officials expecting the visit to generate 10 million baht for the resort island.

Chayaphon: Touts February arrivals

Mein Schiff 5 docked at Koh Samui's Na Thon pier yesterday. Onboard were about 3,000 people, mostly European passengers and crew members.

The ship had travelled from Singapore via Vietnam before reaching the kingdom's popular tourist island for a one-day trip.

Chayaphon Intharasupha, chief of Koh Samui district, said the tourists were divided into groups to see attractions on the island, such as the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks, Na Muang waterfall; an elephant camp and various beaches.

Some tourists chose to use boat services to Mu Koh Ang Thong, a marine national park in Surat Thani province, he said.

Bicycles were also offered to tourists who wanted to ride along the island to take in its natural attractions, Mr Chayaphon said.

There were also bus services for tourists who wanted to see Chinese shrines and communities on the island, he added.

Local authorities and law enforcement agents were deployed to provide convenience and safety for tourists, he said.

Authorities predicted that the arrival of the cruise ship would generate at least 10 million baht for the island.

More people on cruise ships are set to arrive at Koh Samui until the end of next month.

Silver Spirit from Singapore is scheduled to dock on Jan 31 and Mein Schiff 5 from Vietnam is scheduled to arrive again on Feb 11 and Feb 25, Mr Chayaphon said.

On Nov 27, MV Viking Mars, with 636 tourists, was the first European cruise ship to visit Koh Samui after three years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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