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You can interpret statistics in many ways. Those relating to Phang Nga will refer mostly to Khao Lak and seem to indicate "on paper" that Khao Lak has become a ghost town over the past two years. Staying in Khao Lak each year over the whole Dry Season I can assure you that is far from the case. Whilst the biggest single destination in Phang Nga it is still small in relation to available bed spaces compared with its more established neighbours to the south. The arrival of 4 major large developments and other small ones with others in the pipeline on the KL scene from December 2012 has increased the bed spaces available but too late for bed occupancy to be taken up on that scale thus distorting the statistics. The future will show whether the confidence of these investors, in the main from Phuket, was misplaced.
Posted by Alan on February 17, 2013 09:23
The established resorts around Khao Lak are not complaining. But it does appear as though Russians generally show a preference for Krabi.
Can the THA figures be believed, the numbers on the street, do not back them up. In consultation with a few stall owners, they say the same, compared with the same time last year, numbers are substantially down.
Posted by Reader on February 17, 2013 10:21
In the absence of your survey figures, Reader, we'll stick with the THA, thanks. Their statics are reliable. Your guesswork is not. Please get back to us when you have statistics relating the number of stalls to the number of arrivals.
Personally, I hope it remains so. Having just spent 4 days on Nai Yang Beach in the lead up to Chinese New Year I wasn't sure whether we were in Russia or China!!
Posted by Alan on February 17, 2013 10:37
Alan, just get used to it. Some people say that in a couple of years, one Singha will cost 10 rubel or 10 Yuan.
Posted by retired roadworker on February 17, 2013 14:22
How more Russiians travel to Krabi how better for Phuket ! Lets divert there flights to krabi that peace come back in Phuket.It is much nicer to have chinese then russians that for sure in Phuket, at least they smile and are not rude
Posted by Eric on February 17, 2013 17:29
@Eric have you ever been in china?
Posted by Tradex on February 17, 2013 20:04
The percentages for Phang Nga are meaningless in respect of total visitors unless the total number of beds for both 2012 and 2013 are identified.
Posted by Anon on February 18, 2013 03:51
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