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Tourists flock to Similan Islands following Bryde’s whale sighting

Both Thai and foreign tourists have been flocking to the Similan Islands in Phang Nga following the sighting large Bryde’s whales, a park chief and tour boat staff said.

whalePongsathorn Chuayphet, a staff of the Love Andaman boat, said both Thais and foreign tourists have been visiting the Similan National Park since late last month – especially during weekends.

He said the Andaman Sea is now enjoying sunny days that enhance the blue sea, and thus making it enjoyable for tourists to dive and snorkeling.  Moreover, tourists have recently been treated with sighting of Bryde’s whales swimming about 15 nautical miles from the Similan Islands. Sometimes, the whales swam alongside tourist boats, he said.

Pongsathorn said tourists took video clips and photos of the whales and shared them on social networks, and thus prompting more tourists to visit the islands.

Nat Kong-aksorn, chief of the Similan Islands park, said tourists were also treated with sightings of dolphins while their boats were travelling to the islands.

This year, several tourist boats reported sighting of several Bryde’s whales and dolphins, Nat added.

He said the sighting of the whales in the area was a proof that the Andaman Sea is still clean and environmentally friendly and it is full with plankton.

The sightings of whales and dolphins will bode well for Phang Nga’s tourism, he added.

Last month, a 10-meter-long Bryde’s whale was also spotted swimming near a tourist boat just about 300 meters away from the Surin Islands Park also in Phang Nga, causing a lot of excitement among Thais and foreign tourists.

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