PHUKET: Twinpalms, perhaps Phuket's best party-throwers, last night launched a high season seaborne strategy to make the most of Phuket's natural advantages.
The innovative resort on the west coast at Surin - a Phuketwan sponsor - took delivery of a sixth luxury vessel just hours before 100 guests turned up for a ''Blue Party'' at Ao Po Grand Marina, on Phuket's east coast.
Under the Andaman Cruises brand, the vessels will be for hire this season and beyond to suit groups of four and more wishing to tour Phang Nga Bay in luxurious style.
Last night's Twinpalms party came as Krabi province also announced something to celebrate - an increasing number of direct flights from Scandinavia and Europe to Krabi airport, which is being attributed to Krabi's ''go green'' policy.
The ''Big Blue'' between Phuket and Krabi probably also has a lot to do with it.
Director of the Krabi Tourism Association, Ittirit Kinglag, said that 20 direct flights from Europe and Scandinavia a week were now arriving in Krabi, along with 76 scheduled flights from Bangkok.
''The flights are at 80 percent capacity,'' Khun Ittirit said. A swing to more natural destinations by Scandinavians and Europeans is predicted as Phuket becomes more crowded and developed.
''We are also getting increased numbers of Malaysians and Singaporeans who come up by bus for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Krabi,'' he said.
Khun Ittirit said Krabi was now attracting about 80,000 tourists a month.