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Holiday plans cancelled at border district, Koh Samui expects tourist boom

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People are cancelling their trips to a Kanchanaburi district for the 4-day weekend after a coronavirus scare at a local school. Koh Samui is expecting the opposite. The southern province Surat Thani is expecting such a large influx in tourists that some airlines and ferries have doubled their services for the holiday.

In Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi’s border district, the mayor says most of the hotel reservations have been cancelled, saying many people started changing their holiday plans after a school in the district had a coronavirus scare.

The district’s Ban Kai Yae School closed after 3 students came in contact with Burmese migrants who developed a fever after they crossed the border into Thailand. The school was cleaned and will open again next week. The recent spike in coronavirus cases in Myanmar has caused many in districts bordering the country to be concerned. Most of the cases are in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, on the country’s western coast.

Other districts in Kanchanburi are still expecting tourists. The Three Pagodas Pass at the Myanmar border is open to visitors. One resort manager in the neighboring district Sangkha Buri said no one had cancelled their booking for the weekend.

It looks like many people are going south. The Surat Thani province, which includes the popular islands Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, is expected to have 27,000 visitors this weekend, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The tourists are expected to spend around 124 million baht during the holiday, with a large portion spent on accommodation, according to TAT’s office director Nanthawan Siriphokhapat.

“The We Travel Together campaign of the government that includes discounts on hotel accommodation and air tickets to Koh Samui are a factor encouraging travel.”

Both Bangkok Airways and local ferry operators have doubled their services for the holiday weekend, according to the president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Chris johansen

    September 3, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Where are all these people coming from? cant be tourist, no one is going to spend 2k U.S. in quarantine. someone is smoking some good stuff.

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      Ron

      September 4, 2020 at 9:07 am

      Local tourist.

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    albertone

    September 4, 2020 at 9:46 am

    the boom of a children’s firecracker against the atomic bomb of a normal September of the past

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    Tobias Krantz

    September 4, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    There has been a huge influx of Chinese into the country recently. Do you think the Chinese have to jump through the same hoops as the foreign tourist? I am sure not.

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      Anh Lam

      September 4, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      Again WTF are chinese tourist doing in tbailand when the borders had been closed for EVERYONE! Something stinks here…

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    lou

    September 4, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I have a 4* resort in Samui, what means flood of Thai tourists for the holidays even at 1/3rd to half cost tarifs ? hardly few seen, got 2 booked rooms instead of 0, better than nothing ?? !!!!! Unfair to dispatch such wrong news, we are all strangled !!!! Many of us will disappear soon totally ruined, staff included, Samui will not survive if not reopening before end December ….Chaweng, Lamai are already ghosts towns.. that will remain for years before finding new entrepreneurs to reopen and bring some kind of past life here !!!

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    David Green

    September 4, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    My GF is in Hua Hin. She sent me a photo of herself at the beach – she’s the only person on the entire beach.

    Where is the domestic tourism surge that was expected this weekend?

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    Anh Lam

    September 4, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Wooooup a second, are these international or domestic tourists? I thought thai borders are closed to international tourists. Someone is not speaking facts but fiction is more lije it…

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      Jilted John

      September 6, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      This weekend is a National Holiday so it’s referring to Thai tourists

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    Benny Larsson

    September 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    tricky and fixative inflated information mixed with beautifully romanticized dreams of tourist invasion. What a joke that they do not realize that it is fishing that applies for some time to come, Cheers from Europe

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    lootarzoon

    September 6, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Sorry as hotelier in Samui I confirm no boum at all, just a tiny cracker may be, if y wanted to write boum-boum, I was not able to check that.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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