A CRUISE SHIP carrying 2,500 tourists from Europe is docking at Koh Samui for a day trip today (Dec. 17), becoming the second cruise liner to stop over at this popular island after a gap of three years with the first one having done so late last month, INN News said.
Ms. Trisulee Traisoranakul, deputy spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is delighted that the Mein Schiff 5 cruise ship is bringing passengers to Koh Samui.
Koh Samui officials have prepared a reception for the tourists and arranged to take them to key tourist attractions on the island to ensure that revenue is evenly distributed.
Mein Schiff 5 is the second cruise ship to stop at Koh Samui this high season with the first one having done so on Nov. 27. The two cruise liners arrived after a gap of three years brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Another cruise ship is stopping over on New Year’s Eve and Koh Samui officials have mentioned that 31 and 32 of them will do so next year and the year after respectively.
Cruise vacations are now steadily increasing with this being another signal of the revival of the Thai tourism market in tandem with land and air arrivals.
Gen. Prayut told relevant agencies to work together in ensuring that entrepreneurs do not take advantage of tourists by hiking prices with those found to do so to be severely punished.
Top: Koh Samui’s Lamai Beach. Photo: Fabio Achilli (CC BY 2.0)
Front Page: Scenic view of Koh Samui. Photo: NNT