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Old February 16th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #301
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TAT woos more visitors from Japan, Spain

The Nation Published on February 16, 2009


Officials holding road shows abroad in bid to lure travellers
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hopes Japanese tourists will be encouraged to return to the Kingdom following Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's recent visit to the country, and is also making a concerted effort to lure Spanish travellers.


TAT officials have been travelling to foreign shores and conducting road shows in an effort to restore confidence among international tourists, whose numbers have dropped off in the wake of the worldwide economic meltdown. The state agency began its efforts some months ago with China, and most recently has focused its efforts on Japan - long one of the country's biggest tourism revenue sources - and Spain, an emerging source of tourist dollars.


TAT governor Phornsiri Manoharn said Thai officials have met with representatives of Japanese travel companies, tourism associations and government bodies to discuss a plan to restore tourism traffic between the two countries.


The TAT apologised to Japanese travellers for the many problems that have disrupted tourism in the Kingdom, Phornsiri said, and expected the effort to pay off with a rise in arrivals from Japan within the year.


The TAT expects the Japanese market to stay above the one-million tourist level this year, keeping it among the five biggest markets.


Last year, 1.2 million Japanese visited Thailand, generated revenue of Bt42 billion, the second-largest source of foreign tourism income following the United Kingdom. The top five destinations for Japanese travellers were Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Pattaya.


Japanese tourists spend an average of 7.5 days in Thailand, and 64.1 per cent of them return to the Kingdom at some point.


Many countries are vying for a slice of the Japanese tourist pie as Tokyo is encouraging its citizens to travel abroad under the Visit World Campaign, which was launched last year and will end in 2010, Phornsiri said.


The Japan Association of Travel Agents expects more than 20 million Japanese to travel as part of the campaign this year, up from 17 million last year.


To take advantage of the campaign, the TAT is focusing on three target groups; wealthy and middle-aged tourists; families; and youth travellers.


On February 24-26, the TAT will hold the Thailand Mega Familiarisation Trip, bringing 450 international travel agents, writers and reporters to Thailand for a briefing on the tourism situation.


The event follows the TAT's participation in Feria International de Turismo 2009, a tourism trade show in Spain held earlier this month. Four Thai hotel operators and 12 travel companies participated in the show.


The agency has taken its Seven Wonders of Amazing Thailand campaign to Spain, which is emerging as a valuable market for Thai tourism.


Tourist arrivals from Spain - particularly to Phuket - are increasing due to a rise in the number of direct charter flights, Phornsiri said.


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hoped that Japanese tourists would return to Thailand following a recently visiting of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva while Spain also expected to recover soon.


TAT has been taking overseas trips and joining international road shows to restore tourist confident as part of dealings with worldwide economic meltdown. Starting with China some months ago, the state run TAT now returned from Japan , where is one of the biggest market for tourism, and Spain which is one of new emerging markets.


Phornsiri Manoharn, governor of TAT said that the group has met with Japan 's representatives of travel companies, tourism associations and well as government bodies to discuss tourism rebuilding plan between the two countries.


Phornsiri said TAT has expressed apologies to Japanese over many problems and issues happened in the kingdom earlier. The move is expected to reclaim number of Japanese into Thailand this year.


TAT expected that it could maintain Japan market with more than 1 million tourists this year, remaining top five biggest markets.


Last year, 1.2 million Japanese visited Thailand and generated revenue of Bt42 billion. It was second largest tourism income from overseas fallowing United Kingdom . Top five favorite destinations for Japanese are Bangkok , Phuket, Chaing Mai Aydhya and Pattaya.


Japanese is spending average of 7.5 days in Thailand . 64.1 percent of them are repeaters.


According to Phornsiri , Japan market is one of potential markets for all countries as Japan government is encouraging its citizen to travel abroad under campaign Visit World Campaign (VWC), which start last year and will be end 2010.


Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) projected more than 20 million Japanese would join the campaign this year, up from 17 million movements last year.


To tackle the promotion, TAT will be focusing on three targets; wealthy and middle age, family and youth travelers.


The agency planned to held Thailand Mega Familiarization Trip during February24-26, 2009 to bring 450 travel agents and tourism medias and writers including Japan into Thailand to get latest up dated tourism situation.


Early this month, TAT has joint a tourism trade show, Feria International de Turismo (FITUR) 2009, hold in Spain . 4 Thai hotel operators and 12 travel companies have joint the event.


TAT has promoted its Seven Wonders of Amazing Thailand products to Spain where now became one of emerging markets for Thailand 's tourism.


Phornsiri said more tourists from Spain would come to Thailand particular Phuket Island due to more direct charter flights.
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I actually noticed there are slightly more tourist in downtown in this first couple of months of the year than earlier. Especially in mbk and siam square area, there are lots and lots of them, mostly farang, chinese and those from middle earth.
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I actually noticed there are slightly more tourist in downtown in this first couple of months of the year than earlier. Especially in mbk and siam square area, there are lots and lots of them, mostly farang, chinese and those from middle earth.
You mean like Hobbits and elves and the like?
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You mean like Hobbits and elves and the like?


Oooupsss!!!...ha ha ha......I mean the middle east actually


BTW....lord of the ring is indeed my favourite novel
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You mean like Hobbits and elves and the like?
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There are more Chinese visitors lately because of the CNY holiday.
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TAT to seek Bt9-bn funding for 2010

The Nation Published on February 27, 2009


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to ask the government for a budget of Bt9 billion for 2010, almost double this year's level, due to an increase in promotional activities both at home and overseas.


Jutaporn Roengronasa, deputy governor for marketing communications, yesterday said the agency needed more money to deal with the fallout from the global economic crisis as well as to restore tourist confidence.


The authority has begun discussing next year's tourism plan, speculating that it will be another tough year due to many negative factors.


"The tourism master plan will be finalised in June," said Jutaporn.


This year, the TAT received Bt5.4 billion in funding, although it had requested Bt7 billion. However, it was granted an extra budget of Bt1.4 billion to deal with the crisis.


Meanwhile, Sasithara Pichaichannarong, permanent secretary at the Tourism and Sports Ministry, yesterday met with hotel and tour operators to ascertain the required level of financial assistance to businesses affected by the economic crisis and last year's Bangkok airport closures.


The ministry will finalise the damage to the private sector by March 31 and then submit funds to financial institutions by the end of May, for lending to affected enterprises.


Sasithara expects tourism operators will need at least Bt112 million to absorb their interest commitments and to guarantee the loans.


The Association of Thai Travel Agents, the Thai Hotels Association and the Tourism Council of Thailand will produce a shortlist for the ministry of their members' assistance needs.
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THAILAND WINS 2008 IRISH TRAVEL TRADE NEWS (ITTN) AWARD FOR “BEST ASIA/AUSTRALASIA DESTINATION”

TAT 2/03/2009


The Tourism Authority of Thailand London (TAT) is proud to announce their recent success at the 2008 Irish Travel Trade News (ITTN) Awards, making it the second consecutive time that the Thailand has won the award in the “Best Asia/Australasia Destination” category.

The prestigious award ceremony, which was held at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland on 22nd January 2009, and was well attended by key executives representing the UK and Irish travel and tourism industry.

Irish Travel Trade News (ITTN) is the only dedicated travel trade magazine for the UK and Ireland. The monthly trade publication is distributed throughout Ireland. The readership includes tour operators, travel agents, air and sea operators, hoteliers and car hire companies.

Thailand has received several nominations and has since scooped two prestigious awards including ‘Best Long Haul Destination’ in 2002, and “Best Asia/Australasia Destination” in 2007 and 2008.
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Tourist visa exemption effective Thursday


BANGKOK, March 4 (TNA) - Tharit Charungvat, Director-General of the Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the cabinet’s decision to exempt the need for a tourist visa for those travelling to Thailand would be in effect from this Thursday to June 4.

In regard to the cabinet’s approval on January 20 as part of the economic stimulus package, the need for a tourist visa for all travellers would be waived for three months starting from March 5.

This included the waivng of a tourist visa on arrival and visitors having to apply for a visa to Thailand at Thai consulates and embassies worldwide.

Foreigners applying for a visa other than a tourist visa must still pay the regular rate. (TNA)
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Thailand moves up in the WEF Tourism Competitiveness

Nation 5/03/2009


Thailand has seen its ranking move up three notches to 39th among 133 countries included in the third annual Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

However, the Kingdom's overall competitiveness score is unchanged at 4.4. The maximum score possible is seven.

The rankings are based on the WEF's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, which measures the different regulatory and business-related issues that have been identified as levers for improving travel and tourism competitiveness in countries around the world.

"It [Thailand] is endowed with rich natural resources and a strong affinity for travel and tourism [ranked 24th and 22nd, respectively], and with a very friendly attitude of the population towards tourists [13th]. This is buttressed by the sector's strong prioritisation by the government [12th] with, similar to Malaysia, excellent destination-marketing campaigns and good price competitiveness," the report said.

However, some weaknesses remain despite the prioritisation of the sector, it said, citing some aspects of the regulatory environment such as stringent foreign ownership restrictions, visa restrictions for many travellers and the long time required for starting a business in the country.

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ภูเก็ต-สมุยคลายมนต์ขลัง ธุรกิจท่องเที่ยวไทยแห่ ลดราคา 20% หนีตาย

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งานไอทีบีปีนี้กร่อยสนิท ผู้ประกอบการไทยกลืนเลือดลดราคา 20% หนีตาย แหล่งท่องเที่ยวยอดนิยม อาทิ สมุย ภูเก็ต คลายมนต์ขลัง เชียงใหม่เจอปัญหาหมอกควัน วอนรัฐบาลสร้างความเชื่อมั่นทางการเมืองและดึงลูกค้าต่างชาติด่วน ททท.มั่นใจนักเที่ยวต่างชาติเข้าไทย 14 ล้านคน แต่ยอดรายได้ไม่เข้าเป้า

นายวีระศักดิ์ โควสุรัตน์ ประธานกรรมการการท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย (ททท.) ให้สัมภาษณ์ ถึงผลการเข้าร่วมงาน International Tourismus Borse : ITB 2009 ที่กรุงเบอร์ลิน ประเทศเยอรมนี ว่า จากการเยี่ยมชมบูธของ ททท.และผู้ประกอบการท่องเที่ยวไทยที่เข้าร่วมงาน พบว่ากรณีการปิดสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ เมื่อปลายปีที่ผ่านมา ไม่ได้เป็นอุปสรรคหลักของธุรกิจท่องเที่ยวไทยแต่เป็นเพราะวิกฤติเศรษฐกิจที่ลุกลามไปทั่วโลก ส่งผลให้ธุรกิจท่องเที่ยวแข่งขันกันดุเดือดมีการเจรจาต่อรองลดราคากันมาก ผู้ประกอบการต้องยอมลดราคาในระยะสั้นๆ เพื่อดึงลูกค้า



สำหรับการมาร่วมงาน ITB ปีนี้ ถือว่ามีความจำเป็นมาก สำหรับประเทศไทย เพื่อรักษาฐานลูกค้าเอาไว้ แม้ว่าภาวะเศรษฐกิจโลกจะชะลอตัว ซึ่งประเทศไทยก็หนีไม่พ้นและต้องได้รับผลกระทบตามไปด้วย แต่ก็ต้องพยายามที่จะดึงนักท่องเที่ยวให้กลับมาเที่ยวประเทศไทย คาดว่าปีนี้ยอดนักท่องเที่ยวคงทำได้ตามเป้าหมาย 14 ล้านคน แต่รายได้คงไม่ถึง 505,000 ล้านบาท



นายวีระศักดิ์กล่าวว่า ปีนี้ ททท.ได้วางแผน การตลาดท่องเที่ยวไว้ว่า จะเน้นทำการตลาดแบบเจาะกลุ่มนักท่องเที่ยวมากขึ้น เช่น นักท่องเที่ยวอังกฤษ จะเน้นกลุ่มที่ยังมีศักยภาพ หรือเน้นกลุ่มนักท่องเที่ยวที่ยังมีกำลังซื้อดี ไม่ค่อยได้รับผลกระทบ หรือได้รับผลกระทบน้อยจากวิกฤติเศรษฐกิจสหรัฐฯ เช่น ฝรั่งเศส เนเธอร์แลนด์ รัสเซีย สแกนดิเนเวีย หรือกลุ่มนักท่องเที่ยวใหม่ๆ เช่น สเปน เป็นต้น



นายกงกฤช หิรัญกิจ ประธานสภาอุตสาหกรรมท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย กล่าวว่า งานปีนี้พบว่าผู้ซื้อมาร่วมงานบางตากว่าปีก่อน ผู้ประกอบการต้องลดราคาขายลงมา โดยเฉลี่ยปรับลดราคาลง 20% เนื่องจากผู้ซื้ออ้างเหตุการณ์ปิดสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ ทำให้มีค่าใช้จ่ายในการสร้างความเชื่อมั่นให้กับลูกค้าอีกต่อหนึ่ง ภาวะเศรษฐกิจโลกมีผลให้จำนวนนักท่องเที่ยวลดลง เหมือนกับทุกๆประเทศที่พึ่งพารายได้หลักจากการท่องเที่ยว แต่การปิดสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ ทำให้ผู้ประกอบการท่องเที่ยวไทยต้องลดราคาลงทุกราย ไม่ว่าจะเป็นแหล่งท่องเที่ยวยอดนิยม อาทิ เกาะสมุย หรือ จ.ภูเก็ต ขณะที่ จ.เชียงใหม่ ก็ได้รับผลกระทบที่รุนแรง และขณะนี้ จ.เชียงใหม่ ยังเผชิญกับปัญหาหมอกควัน ทำให้จำนวนนักท่องเที่ยวต่างชาติลดลง



นอกจากนี้ ในส่วนของผู้ประกอบการท่องเที่ยวรายใหม่ๆที่เพิ่งเข้ามาสู่ธุรกิจท่องเที่ยวก็ยิ่งน่าเป็นห่วงเพราะจะหาลูกค้าได้ยาก จึงอยากให้ ททท.ช่วยเป็นแกนหลักในการบุกตลาดลูกค้านักท่องเที่ยวใหม่ๆ เช่น อเมริกาใต้ แอฟริกาใต้ สวิตเซอร์แลนด์ เพื่อมาชดเชยยอดที่หายไป



นายประกิจ ชินอมรพงษ์ นายกสมาคมโรงแรมไทย กล่าวว่า งาน ITB ปีนี้ มีการเจรจาต่อรองลดราคากันหลายรายตั้งแต่ 5-10% เพราะวิกฤติเศรษฐกิจโลก ทำให้กำลังซื้อหดตัว ดังนั้น การคาดหวังเรื่องยอดขายที่เป็นมูลค่าคงทำได้ยาก แต่จำนวนยอดนักท่องเที่ยวคงเป็นไปตามเป้าที่ ททท.วางไว้ อีกทั้งการเจรจาซื้อขายทัวร์ระหว่างลูกค้ากับผู้ประกอบการไทยก็เป็นการเจรจาซื้อขายระยะสั้นเพียง 3-4 เดือนข้างหน้า แตกต่างจากปกติยอดจองซื้อขายทัวร์จะเป็นการซื้อขายกันเป็นโปรแกรมระยะยาวถึงปีหน้า



“กรณีดังกล่าวทำให้ไม่สามารถชี้วัดได้ว่า ธุรกิจท่องเที่ยวของประเทศไทยจะฟื้นตัวได้หรือไม่ ส่วนแหล่งท่องเที่ยวที่ได้รับความนิยมสูงสุด ในปีนี้ ยังคงเป็นสมุย ภูเก็ต ขณะที่พัทยาและเชียงใหม่ไม่ค่อยได้รับความสนใจ เนื่องจากตลาดลูกค้าหลักๆของพัทยาและเชียงใหม่ คือญี่ปุ่นและเกาหลีใต้ ซึ่งยังไม่สามารถทำใจรับได้กับการปิดสนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ”



นายอภิชาติ สังฆอารี นายกสมาคมไทยบริการท่องเที่ยว (แอตต้า) กล่าวว่า หลังจากนี้รัฐบาลไทยจะต้องเตรียมแผนกระตุ้นการท่องเที่ยวให้มากขึ้น เพื่อช่วยเหลือผู้ประกอบการ โดยเฉพาะการทุ่มงบโฆษณา เพื่อแข่งขันกับประเทศอื่นๆ โดยการเจาะตรงไปถึงผู้บริโภคในแต่ละประเทศมากขึ้น และต้องเร่งสร้างเสถียรภาพทางการเมืองในประเทศให้ได้.
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TAT takes on HK and Singapore

THE NATION Published on March 20, 2009


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to compete with Singapore and Hong Kong to attract foreign shoppers during the economic crisis.

"The TAT and the private sector have agreed to scale back the 'Amazing Thailand Grand Sale' campaign that has been held twice a year in the past. This year, it will be held only once, from June to August and sooner than planned," said chairman Weerasak Kowsurat.


He said Singapore and Hong Kong were also planning major tourism campaigns during that time.

However, both of these rivals have fewer tourist attractions than does Thailand, and so the Kingdom is expected to gain the most visitors.

More than 2,000 shops nationwide have confirmed participation in this year's campaign, with discounts of up to 70 per cent. Fewer than 2,000 shops took part in last year's event.

Hotels will offer 40 70 per cent off their regular rates during the three-month campaign, while spa operators will also knock off 30-50 per cent. King Power Duty Free plans to offer discounts of up to 70 per cent, jewellery operators will offer 5-20 per cent off, and golf courses will discount their green fees.

Weerasak said the event would help operators remain in business amid the economic crisis.

"Many small operators are being affected by the crisis, and we'll soon be in the low season, so they need their business to turn around, or else they'll soon find themselves in trouble financially," he said.

The TAT is promoting Thailand as both a regional shopping paradise and a tourism leader.


Auggaphol Brickshawana, deputy governor for tourism products, said the TAT expected 1 million tourists in the country during this year's "Grand Sale", up from 700,000 last year.
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Thailand voted most beautiful beach country

THE NATION Published on March 20, 2009


Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet's subscribers voted Thailand as the best beach destination outside Europe for 2009, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand's Stockholm Office.
In its 6th year survey, 31.3 per cent of 30,093 subscribers voted for Thailand. Runners-up are Brazil, Malaysia, Dominican, Florida and the Canary Islands.


Bangkok was also voted the 6th most attractive city to visit, after New York, Sydney, Rio De Janeiro, San Francisco and Miami.
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TAT wants visa fees waived for China, Japan

The Nation Published on March 23, 2009


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wants to extend the waiving of visa fees to China and Japan to attract more tourists during the low season.

Board chairman Weerasuk Kowsurat said the TAT would evaluate the success of the existing scheme, which was implemented on March 5, and recommend its extension if warranted to the Tourism and Sport Ministry.

The government is stimulating tourism in tough times by waiving visa fees for 42 nationalities for three months. Weerasuk said the proposal covered only the sensitive markets of Japan and China.


"If we could offer visa waiving to China and Japan after May, when their long holidays fall, we should have more visitors," Weerasuk said.


Tourism and Sport Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa said he would ask Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to visit China to restore tourist confidence.


China and Japan are the big tourist markets, along with Malaysia and South Korea.


Last year 900,000 Chinese came to Thailand, and this is expected to reach one million this year.


The TAT expects more than 70 charter flights from China during Songkran.


It plans road shows to Shanghai and Beijing in May.


Total arrivals have been falling due to the economic crisis, but the TAT projects 14 million as planned for this year.
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Thailand voted most beautiful beach country

THE NATION Published on March 20, 2009


Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet's subscribers voted Thailand as the best beach destination outside Europe for 2009, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand's Stockholm Office.
In its 6th year survey, 31.3 per cent of 30,093 subscribers voted for Thailand. Runners-up are Brazil, Malaysia, Dominican, Florida and the Canary Islands.


Bangkok was also voted the 6th most attractive city to visit, after New York, Sydney, Rio De Janeiro, San Francisco and Miami.


Why is Thailand extremely popular among those scandinavian countries?
cheap? sex? exotic?

There are lots of other beautiful countries with nice beaches all over the world, but why thailand? (just..wondering)
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The scandinavians like it,because Thailand is just like a perfect holiday for them.
Thais are nice
Its cheap
Its hot
The best food in the world
I can make the list long....
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Why is Thailand extremely popular among those scandinavian countries?
cheap? sex? exotic?

There are lots of other beautiful countries with nice beaches all over the world, but why thailand? (just..wondering)
when i was in Bangkok, i wonder why many scandinavian in Bangkok. is that bcoz of its exorcism? is that bcoz of its culture? or maybe they have same answer like me on why i prefer travelling in Bangkok (which i also don't know )

but...when it goes to beautiful beaches....i don't think Thailand has the best of it. and im disspointed malaysia lose to thailand..
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It's because it's exotic, the food, the culture, the friendly people and the beaches, which are very famous here, and also the party (full moon). And it's cheap. It's like a special holiday for them and many people want or wish to travel in Thailand, but it's expensive that's why Thailand is like an exclusive holiday for them.
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It's because it's exotic, the food, the culture, the friendly people and the beaches, which are very famous here, and also the party (full moon). And it's cheap. It's like a special holiday for them and many people want or wish to travel in Thailand, but it's expensive that's why Thailand is like an exclusive holiday for them.

so....it's cheap..or expensive? a bit confusing with your comment.

As i used to live in one of those countries. I think people there were talking mainly about how cheap it was to be in thailand. This make me think that they love it here because it worth their money than any other places.
Many of them even said that Bangkok is sooo much ugly.
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the cost is cheap in thailand, but the tickets are expensive.
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when it goes to beautiful beaches....i don't think Thailand has the best of it. and im disspointed malaysia lose to thailand..
If the beaches in Thailand is not the best so we can not find other beaches in the planet to be best cause Thailand just one of the world best beaches. I believed that you have not real survey Thailand islands and beaches yet ! We are popular among the western tourists cause we had another supporting like shopping, Thai food,cultural ,modernity, other natural tourist spot including we are one of the most convenience to success with other countries with airport and good quality road so that made Thailand more popular among other asean countries or even malaysia.

Don't be disappointed if you thought Malaysia lose Thailand with this way. Actaully I have been to many beaches and islands of Malaysia many times, Langkawi , Penang , Perhentian , Redang and the lastest time at Tioman. It's look nice and quite similar with Thailand even Langkawi that manyone like to compare with Phuket. I don't want to say the real answer how's different between them just feel you will disappointed again.

Ask your friend,Skyprince He have been travel with me in Phuket and knew well about the answer.

PS. Everywhere in the planet had their own beautiful way....
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