The Transport Ministry plans to launch a ferry route across the Gulf of Thailand linking Pattaya in Chon Buri to Cha-am district in Phetchaburi to boost tourism, said Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. Mr Arkhom said that by cutting overland travel time by half, the ferry route will enable holidaymakers with limited time to spare to visit both resort cities. Reports received to date are short on any details of timing, terminal arrangements or costing.
It has already been noted by locals that previous attempts to establish a viable service have failed, probably due to planning issues and financial support. The idea probably has merit but until a full proposal is detailed, skepticism abounds. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said the Ministry wants to promote more marine-related tourism, with more river and sea transport links to draw more tourists.