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Tourists have visited Surat Thani province in droves for the countdown to the new year, with 500 million baht expected to be in circulation on Pha-ngan Island during the New Year’s holiday period.
Seats on all ferries and speedboats shuttling tourists to Suratthani’s Pha-ngan and Samui islands were completely occupied on Wednesday. Bunsiri Diaowanit, director of Raja Ferry Port Plc.,the number of foreign tourists heading to Pha-ngan Island is greater than in any other year due to the promise of numerous New Year’s celebrations on the island. The number of ferry and speedboat trips have been appropriately increased. He said around 80% of foreign passengers were heading to Pha-ngan Island whereas most Thai tourists were crossing over to Samui Island.
The main countdown event is held on Hat Rin Beach, the same beach that hosts the island’s famed full moon parties, said Wanni Thaiphanit, president of the tourism promotion association on Pha-ngan Island, Attractions include a Miss Bikini contest, a body painting contest and beach parties. 50,000 tourists are expected to join in the New Year’s festivities, whereas 500 million baht is expected to be circulated on the island during the New Year’s period.