Songkran began early on Koh Larn, with the Pattaya tourist island seeing a larger-than-normal arrivals over the weekend.
Many Thais in groups of five or more packed on to ferries April 9-10, along with a noticeable number of foreigners. Koh Larn hoteliers said the island is benefitting from the government’s We Travel Together subsidized-tourism campaign.
Government spokeswoman Trisulee Trisaranakul said that, as of April 9, 90% of the 2 million room nights available under We Travel Together have been booked.
However, less than 1 million of the 6 million subsidized airfares have been booked since the program’s February launch, showing Thai tourism is almost completely local with destinations reachable by land transport.