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Phuket Tour Companies, Attractions Push for Thai Tourists

Thais to get half-day boat tours for just 399 baht

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With Thailand’s lockdown ending Wednesday, Phuket tourism business and parks are ramping up efforts to attract Thai tourists.

Bangkok Airways said Tuesday it will resume service to Phuket with two daily flights starting Wednesday. That move follows the resumption of service by AirAsia last week.

Sirinat National Park in Phuket reopens today, requiring visitors to preregister and comply with standard disease-control measures, such as mask wearing and checking in with the government’s Thai Chana contact-tracing app.

Sirinat meanwhile will limit capacity to 560 visitors at at time due to its relatively small size.

Sirinat National Park is hone to the Bang Pae waterfall and Khao Phra Thaeo wildlife preserve in Thalang District of Phuket.

Park warden Nattawat Nui-Sriram said ticket reservations will be divided into two lots with 70 percent sold online and the remainder at the gate. Either way, visitors must reserve a ticket via the QueQ application.

399 Baht Boat Tours

A Phuket speedboat operator in July will begin running half-day boat tours, costing Thai tourists only 399 baht.

Sea Angel Cruise Co. will launch its tours July 15, traveling from Phuket to Koh Kainok, Koh Kainai  and Koh Kainui in Phangnga Province. Tourists will spend about a half-hour on each island.

Sea Angel Managing Director Nikorn TorMaitree said speedboat tour operators have been working together to prepare for the return of Thai tourists by offering low-cost trips to promote domestic tourism.

Each boat will be limited to 20 passengers to allow for proper social distancing and the company will implement all the standard disease-control measures.