TOURISTS from many countries are now flocking to Koh Phangan island for the revival of the world famous Full Moon Party on Monday May 16 made possible by the dip in the daily Covid cases with a lot of enquiries having been made for accommodation and car rental online with some planning to cross over from Koh Samui the night of the party, Matichon newspaper said today (May 13).
Mr. Tawit Somwang, chairman of the Haad Rin Tour Operators Club, said Monday’s Full Moon Party will be in the “back to the roots” retro style.
Approximately 6,000-7,000 tourists, but not more than 10,000, will be attending because it is still the off-peak season, he said, while adding that the island will be hosting a full party on June 14.
Ms. Nanthawan Siriphokapat, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Surat Thani Office, said it is expected that 53,541 people will be visiting this province and its islands during the May 13-16 long holiday.
Of this total 36,721 are Thai and 16,820 foreigners, leading to an average hotel occupancy rate of 39.76 percent.
The average stay by both groups is 2.61 days and it is forecast that their trip to this province will bring in a total income of 484.77 million baht, with 295.32 million baht generated from Thais and 189.45 million baht from foreigners.
Average expenses per person per day for Thai tourists is 3,145.49 baht and foreigners 3,797.51 baht.
Helping tourism in Surat Thani is the promotion of “Weekday experience – Playing golf at Surat” campaign that appeals to both Thai and foreign golfers.
Also being promoted online is the “Amazing Surat on Sale” drive offering discounts to popular tourist destinations that aside from Koh Phagan include Rajjaprabha dam, Khao Sok national park, Ban Nam Rad watershed forest, Koh Madsum, a small island 30 minutes by long-tail boat from Koh Samui, and Koh Nang Yuan, which is a small island very close to Koh Tao and famous for its diving spots
Top and Home Page: Tourists attending Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party and strolling around the island. Photos: Matichon