Former Democrat MP proposes Bt45-bn bridge to Koh Samui
Former Democrat MP Samart Ratchapollasit on Wednesday proposed that the government build a bridge to the popular tourist destination Koh Samui to shorten travelling time and reduce travelling expenses.
Samart said a bridge would spur tourism development in nearby areas as well and further drive Samui’s economy, which depends on tourism.
Samart said although Samui is one of the top tourist destinations in Thailand, the cost of flying to the island is more expensive than flying to some other countries.
And when tourists try to save money by flying to Surat Thani, it takes hours because they have to catch a ferry at the Don Sak pier in Nakhon Si Thammarat to Samui.
Samart said a ferry trip to Samui takes about one-and-a-half hours while if there were a bridge, it would only be a 20-minute drive from the mainland.
He said a cable bridge should be built from Laem Prathap cape south of the Don Sak pier to Laem Hin cape on Samui. The bridge would be about 18 kilometres long with two lanes running in each direction. Construction would cost about Bt45 billion, he added.
He said the bridge would not affect ferry services because businesses would continue using boats to transport goods.