Bangkok officials survey marine tourism attractions to prepare for return of tourists
Bangkok Governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang along with executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Friday embarked on a boat trip from Thonburi district towards the Bay of Bangkok in Bang Khun Thian district to survey routes that could be developed for tourism once the pandemic situation improves.
The boat departed from Yod Phiman Pier in Phranakhon district at 9.30am and cruised along the Chao Phraya River into the Bangkok Yai Canal before they got off at Talad Plu Pier.
The afternoon trip saw the BMA executives depart from Talad Plu Pier and enter Sanam Chai and Chaloem Chai Phattana canals, Baworn Prachanun Park and Phitthaya Longkorn canal and disembark at 5.30pm at Rak Thale Bang Khun Thian Bridge, which is where the canal flows into the upper Gulf of Thailand in the area known as Bay of Bangkok.
During Friday's trip, Aswin also met over 100 representatives from communities along the canals in Thonburi district to discuss tourism and other related business opportunities.
“We believe that in the next 1-2 months, the outbreak situation will be much better and tourists will start pouring in,” he said. “This is a good opportunity for people residing along the canals to improve their neighbourhood and gain additional income from tourism-related businesses.”
Aswin added that the BMA is considering deploying electric boats in canals of Thonburi district to help improve the quality of public transport as well as reduce noise and air pollution.