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Cruise ship terminal mooted for Koh Samui

KOH SAMUI: Thailand’s marine officials are considering building a cruise ship terminal on Koh Samui, the popular Gulf of Thailand island off the coast of Surat Thani province, in order to accommodate cruise ship arrivals and improve tourist safety.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Friday 18 March 2022, 09:27AM

Image: NNT

Image: NNT

The Marine Department has identified Laem Hin Khom on the southwest tip of Koh Samui as a suitable location for constructing a deep-water terminal after preliminary discussions, according to reports on the Ntaional News Bureau of Thailand Facebook page.

The facility is expected to be large enough to dock two cruise ships, 80 yachts, and six ferries at the same time.

To fund the construction, officials are considering a public-private partnership model, with the government covering costs for land expropriation and terminal construction and a major private firm covering equipment and port maintenance.

Internal - Phuket News TV

In order to attract more tourists and create more jobs, the Ministry of Transport has also advocated for the construction of additional cruise ship terminals in Thailand.

Prior to the pandemic, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Chon Buri’s Laem Chabang were among Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, frequented by cruise ships from all over the world.

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Fascinated | 18 March 2022 - 12:21:00

Oh no, did they beat Phuket to become a Cruise Ship 'hub', 555?

JohnC | 18 March 2022 - 09:48:54

Now why would any cruise ship company send vessels in to the Gulf of Thailand. Nothing there worth seeing nor close by. It would be a very boring cruise itinerary indeed. If it was a casino ship it would need to go out in to iinternational waters to be able to operate.


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