More than 10,000 domestic tourists flocked onto Koh Larn on first day of holiday weekend

Koh Larn, Pattaya-

More than 10,000 domestic tourists have flocked onto Koh Larn during a 3-day-long holiday weekend, according to Bali Hai Pier authorities.

Today (February 26th) is Makha Bucha, a religious holiday and the first day of a 3-day-long holiday weekend. Tourists are more confident with domestic travel and with Pattaya’s safety measures, which has seen no confirmed cases of Covid -19 for many days.

Chonburi, the province where Pattaya is located, was downgraded by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration from an “orange” zone, which was a control zone, to a “yellow” zone earlier this week, which brings more relaxed restrictions and has built confidence with domestic tourists.

Domestic tourists in the thousands were seen waiting at the Bali Hai Pier where they took boats to Koh Larn. Koh Larn had been closed for all of January to non-residents due to Covid-19, which also helped restore the natural environment and beaches. The island is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists, however, with Thailand having tight border controls due to Covid-19 primarily only domestic tourists can visit at this time. (without going through a two-week quarantine)

More than 10,000 people checked-in using Covid-19 tracking applications and sign-in measures according to Bali Hai pier officials before traveling to Koh Larn with hygienic measurements such as temperature checks, hand sanitizer usage, and wearing face masks.

Bali Hai officials were optimistic that this trend of heavier domestic tourism visitors to Koh Larn, which is nearly entirely reliant on tourism for their economy, will continue over the weekend.

Story by The Pattaya News

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