Samui clean up to top one billion Baht

11 Apr 2011

Tourism Association officials on Koh Samui say the damage bill for last month’s flooding will be in excess of one billion Baht. The Gulf of Thailand island was battered by week-long storms and sustained extensive flooding which caused the closure of Koh Samui Airport and entailed the emergency evacuation of tourists.

Authorities and tourism businesses on the island have been working hard to repair the damage before the start of the annual Songkran Festival on Wednesday. Services on Samui transport routes, the airport and ferry ports are now operating as normal.

Many of the island’s 400-plus hotels sustained damage to lobbies, dining facilities and swimming pools on their ground floors. Staff at the hotels have been working hard to ready their facilities for Songkran.

The Tourism Association says that advance bookings for the most eagerly awaited festival on Thailand’s calendar had dropped from 70 per cent before the flooding to around 50 now. Bannasat Ruangjan, the tourist bureau president said that the unseasonal storms and flooding were unusual, but Samui had mostly recovered and was now a safe vacation destination.  

Khun Bannasat added that although the prime Samui resorts of Chaweng and Lamai had been badly damaged, with the ground floors of buildings almost completely submerged, they had been dried out and were now open for business.

During the flooding and subsequent evacuation operations, countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US issued advisories recommending that visitors stayed away from Thailand’s 11 stricken southern provinces. 

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