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In a bid to boost tourism in Thailand, ferry company offers free tickets to popular islands

 

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In what is the latest of many moves to boost the ailing tourism industry, a ferry operator in southern Thailand has taken the rare step of offering free tickets to passengers.

 

Raja Ferry Port Public Co, which operates ferry services between Donsak on the mainland and Koh Samui and Koh Phanghan, two of Thailand’s most popular islands, said the promotion will run from 25 January to 30 June 2020.

 

As part of the promotion, any passenger who buys a return ticket between Donsak and Koh Saumi will also receive a return ticket to Koh Phanghan at no extra cost.
 

Tickets will be valid for 15 days from the date of issue. 

 

Apichart Chayopas, managing director of Raja Ferry Port Public Co, who announced the promotion, told MCOT the offer will help to stimulate tourism on the islands.

 

For more information, passengers can contact the Raja Call Center on 02-2768211-2, 092 247 3423-5 or make a reservation via the website https://www.rajaferryport.com/ Or on the Line app @rajaferry.

 

The news comes after the head of Thailand’s hoteliers' association predicted a tough 2020 for the country’s tourism industry.

 

Suphawan Thanomkiatphoom said bookings are already down 15% compared to the same period last year, while only 60% of hotels are booked between January 25th to 31st, which is Chinese New Year and typically a peak period for tourism in Thailand.

 

Ms Suphawan said the industry was hoping for a flurry of late bookings from Chinese tourists.

 

 

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These truly are desperate times! Talking to a motorbike taxi driver last weekend, he said he's had very few customers, and had heard people are going to the surrounding countries instead of Thailand. Five days of "free" boat rides with strings attached won't even be a drop in a bucket.

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lol

...25 January to 30 June 2020.

 

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As part of the promotion, any passenger who buys a return ticket between Donsak and Koh Saumi will also receive a return ticket to Koh Phanghan at no extra cost.

what if ya dont want go to the backpackers island??

 

not well thought out promotion.

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46 minutes ago, J Town said:

Five days of "free" boat rides with strings attached won't even be a drop in a bucket.

it is five months

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1 hour ago, orchis said:

it is five months

Five days, five months, it still won't make a difference.

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Maybe I am missing something here, but if the islands were popular why would you be giving free tickets to get there....:whistling:

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

In what is the latest of many moves to boost the ailing tourism industry, a ferry operator in southern Thailand has taken the rare step of offering free tickets to passengers.

That will boost the local domestic Thai tourist... foreigners won't be here to take advantage.

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What a pity that "someone" mismanaged the Thai economy so badly that a SME has to give the services away to stay afloat.

 

But heh, a similar concept could be a great use for those otherwise useless Chinese subs.

Dive, dive, dive.

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Yea but what they fail to mention is that the raja ferry to koh phangan is a car ferry that takes 1 hour 45 minutes and departs from the far west tip of samui which is as far as possible you can get from the main tourist areas of Chaweng or Lamai.  So 30 minute plus taxi (probably 800bt) and that a super slow boat or just do the usual 25 minute Seatran or Lompraya ferry for 300bt.  

 

This a deal to literally keep that empty boat afloat

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