Phangnga port overhauls due

The Marine Department said on Friday it planned to launch a major overhaul of two major ports which are the main gateways to the famous Similan and Surin islands' marine national parks in Phangnga province.

Sornsak Sansombat, the department’s director-general, announced the plan after holding a public hearing with local people and authorities, tourism operators and other stakeholders to listen to their opinions and suggestions on the proposed improvements of the Thap Lamu Port and Kuraburi Port.

The Thap Lamu Port serves local and foreign visitors to the Similan Islands while the Kuraburi Port serves travellers to Surin Islands.

The improvements are needed as the ports were becoming dilapidated and very crowded, Mr Sornsak said. Therefore, the revamp was needed to meet increasing demand and provide more convenience and safety for tourists. 

Mr Sornsak said the department had hired experts from Khon Kaen University to conduct feasibility study to ensure the economic, engineering and environmental suitability of the new facilities. The study also aims to promote sustainable tourism for the Phangnga's Andaman islands, an ideal place for diving.  

The department would keep the public and all stakeholders informed about the project’s details and further public hearings would be organised, the marine department chief added. 

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Discussion 1 : 15/02/2014 at 03:48 AM
if i'm right, the andamans are india islands and not phangnga islands
Discussion 2 : 14/02/2014 at 11:39 PM
Will the overhaul include a new concrete ramp to enable local fishermen to land their illegally killed sharks? Perhaps Khon Kaen University should have been asked to study "social" suitability as well, with a view to cleaning up the mafia that infest the Thap Lamu pier, and indeed the massive corruption involved in the whole Similan and Surin "national park" operation.

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