Phuket receives over 360,000 tourists since May 1
More than 360,000 tourists visited Phuket, a significant increase since the government eased Covid-19 restrictions.
The number of visitors in Phuket from May 1 to August 12 was 367,881, both locals and foreigners, officials said. The top five foreign visitors came from India, Australia, Singapore, Britain and Malaysia.
Apart from food and beverages, visitors at Lard Yai or The Old Phuket Town Walking Street were interested in handicrafts, such as batik painting and gel candle making.
Visitors also showed interest in street performances by local youths, covering both individuals and groups.
A local entrepreneur in Lard Yai said that trade on the walking street was bustling, similar to pre-Covid-19 levels, thanks to foreign visitors' high purchasing power.
The entrepreneur added that the number of visitors had increased significantly over the past three weeks.
Meanwhile, the walking street owner said more than 20,000 visitors came to the street on Sunday compared to between 1,000 and 10,000 soon after the reopening.