I was down in Betong, and it was super crowded with Thai tourists. I've never seen so many tourists there before. I have no idea if hotel occupancy was at what the gov claimed, but I had trouble getting a hotel. I also tried to book over the new year, and the large hotel where I usually stay was booked, so I had to go with my second choice. Maybe Betong is an exception for the rest of the country, I don't know, but definitely loads of folks were visiting over the weekend. It seems like it will be packed again for the new year holidays as well.