BANGKOK: — Tourists have been flooding into Thailand as the high season for visitors picks up pace.

Operators and local officials at the beaches in particular report a huge number of visitors.

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In the far south in Satun province the head of the Tarutao National Park said that this year there had been 20,000 visitors both Thai and foreign tourists since October 15th.

“There are twice as many visitor to this area then there were last year,” said Panaphol Chiwaserichon, the Tarutao park chief.

248462The most popular place was Koh Lipe where most foreign tourists stayed overnight before moving onto other areas of the marine park. Visitors to the area were 50% Thai and 50% foreign.

Naewna  reported that locals were delighted with the influx but asked visitors to protect the environment and keep it pristine and beautiful for others who would come after them.

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They reminded visitors not to take souvenirs such as shells and coral away with them, actions that are illegal according to Thai law.

Meanwhile Manager Online reported that visitors had been pouring into Koh Chang in Trat province. Operators told reporters that most of the influx was Scandinavians or other Europeans escaping the cold in their homelands.

Manager reported that this was the best time of the year to visit Koh Chang as it was pleasantly warm and both the skies and sea were beautiful and blue.

The recent long Constitution Day weekend had seen the tourist season really get going in earnest on the island.



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