Due to the high number of tourist visiting Phuket, many visitors are finding it easier to rent a luxury pool villa in Phuket rather than go their without proper booking. Soon, the number will rise again as Cabinet Members of Thailand has approved the recent proposal to develop the Phuket Deep Seaport in order to it to receive larger types of cruise ships. Along with this proposal is the plan of constructing another port of similar function in either Samui or Krabi.
After the meeting by the Cabinet, Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that the ministers are in favor of the proposal to construct additional ports for yachts and cruise ships in Thailand. This plan is to help connect Thailand with the surrounding countries as well as to make the Kingdom a regional hub when it comes to sea transport.
A data from the Marine Department showed that Thailand has 11 existing yacht marinas located in the Andaman Sea as well as the Gulf of Thailand. A total of 2000 boats can be accommodated in both marinas. Despite the large number, these ports can only accommodate yachts that are small in size.
The department also revealed that they are looking into 33 more areas where yacht marinas can be constructed and to help narrow down the choices they are asking local residents on their personal view regarding the places that are on the list.
Major General Sansern also shared that when it comes to cruise ships, only a few ports can accommodate those large types of vessels and these are Phuket Deep Seaport, Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port. Despite the facts that they can handle large cruise ships, these ports are also full with cargo ships.
With these data in mind, the Cabinet decided to approve the development of the Phuket Deep Seaport to be able to accommodate more tourists as well as cruise ships. This is ideal since Thailand is located in the international cruise route.
The spokesperson also disclosed the plan of constructing new cruise port that will be located in either Krabi or Samui – it will still be decided which of the two is the best location. A decision is to made before September ends.