Trat’s three popular tourist islands – Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kut – received an overwhelming number of visitors this week as thousands of people made their way to the islands to celebrate Songkran.
At the ferry terminal of Koh Chang in Klong Yai sub-district, hundreds of vehicles have been queuing to board the ferries since 5 a.m. Wednesday, a news source said.
The ferry company, therefore, had to use all five of their ships to transport passengers, as the parking lot at the harbour could only accommodate 350 vehicles.
“By 10 am, the parking lot was already full, forcing motorists to queue along the road to board the ferries, causing more than 2 kilometres of traffic congestion,” the source said.
Meanwhile, in the port of Laem Sok in the sub-district of Ao Yai, which operates ferries and speedboats from mainland Trat to Koh Kut and Koh Mak, more than 700 travellers were waiting to get to the islands as the available ships were not available. enough for the high visitor numbers.
Another news source said some had to wait in the hot sun while the covered area of the harbour was packed with passengers.
Trat Port Authority senior specialist Sopaphon Kaewwongmai said ferries to the three islands would take longer to load and unload cars and passengers due to traffic and passenger congestion, while the usual one-hour journeys are now 1. take 5-2 hours.
“The authority has instructed all ports in the province to strictly follow preventive measures against Covid-19, including the provision of hand sanitisers and social distancing in waiting areas,” he added.
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