Archive | October, 2012

Thailand to promote southeast coast as major tourism destination

25 Oct

The Yingluck government has revealed its plans to improve and promote the southern islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.  The plan is to highlight these tourist spots to further encourage the ever-growing tourism industry.

Whilst in Koh Phangan, the Prime Minister inspected the repair and construction of the roads on Koh Phangan where due to ever increasing numbers of tourists the demand for higher quality roads has required increased funding from the government.

Other projects focusing on infrastructure and flood prevention around the islands will be included as part of the scheme to help promote tourism.

Ref:  HHT News Bureau, October 25, 2012

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Thailand’s PM in Koh Phangan

21 Oct

The Prime Minister visited the tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan yesterday.  Many locals showed up at the Koh Phangan pier to welcome her and her ministers to the island.

Whilst in Phangan the PM visited Than Sadet National Park to pay respects to a statue of King Chulalongkorn and also received a warm welcome at the local fresh food market in Thong Sala.

Ref:  The Nation, October 21 2012,

PM in South to promote increased funding

21 Oct

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s visit to the southern provinces for a mobile cabinet meeting came with an agenda that included the approval of an 18.5 billion Thai Baht budget for a range of developmental projects in these provinces.

The projects include funding for a new hospital and better medical facilities in Koh Tao, flood prevention projects for Koh Samui, and also water retention projects to handle drought in the region.

The Prime Minister said that she hopes to find more time to visit the southern islands more often so that she could assess the needs of the local areas for further development.

Ref:  Bangkok Post, 21 October 2012,

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Koh Phangan to build its first airport

18 Oct

Koh Phangan has announced the construction of its first airport which will include direct flights from Bangkok to Koh Phangan.

Kan Air, a regional carrier that is based in Bangkok has announced it will spend 700 million Thai Baht (approx. US$22 million) to undertake the construction of an airport on the island.  Kan Air currently operates only one Cessna Caravan aircraft in the north of Thailand, but plans to lease two 50 seater planes for the planned route.

The carrier announced three daily 80 minute flights to and from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport.

Currently the island is only accessible by boats from Koh Samui, Suratthani and Chumporn.

Construction of the airport is already underway on the eastern side of Koh Phangan and is due for completion in the second half of 2013.

Due to a short 1,100 metre long runway the airport does not require an environmental impact assessment report.

Ref:  Hiufu Wong, 18 October 2012,

Kan Air building an airport in Koh Phangan

16 Oct

Kan Air is planning to expand its fleet and the growth of its firm by the construction of an airport on the southern island of Koh Phangan.

Kan Air was established in 2010 and plans to spend 700 million Thai Baht to construct the airport in the Gulf of Thailand.

Construction is already underway with the airport tipped to be ready for take off  in the second half of 2013 with flights heading into Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport.  This will provide the first direct air access to the island.

Koh Phangan’s airport will be open to other airline operators with fees for parking and landing payable.

Ref:  Bangkok Post, 16 October 2012,