Bridge linking Samui to the mainland proposed
On Wednesday MP Samart Ratchapollasit, a former Democrat MP, proposed building a government bridge to link Samui to the mainland in order to reduce travel time and travel costs. MP Ratchapollasit believes a bridge to the mainland would increase tourism and help to drive the local economy on Samui, and has expressed concerns at the cost of air travel to the island. He belives that many tourists try to save money on flights by avoiding direct flights to the island in favour of flying to Surat Thani then taking the ferry from Donsak, a trip of 90 minutes. If there was a bridge that time could be cut to 20 minutes.
He said a cable bridge should be constructed from Laem Prathap Cape close to Donsak to Laem Hin in Samui. The bridge would be 18 kilometers long with two lanes running in each direction. He estimates the cost at Bt45 billion. He believes the bridge would not affect the current ferry services as companies would continue to transport goods by sea.