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Krabi is now attracting its share of Russian tourists, too

Russians Surging to Krabi as Arrivals Increase

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
PHUKET: Krabi, Thailand's popular holiday resort, has welcomed an unprecedented amount of visitors this year, thanks mainly to a growth in Russian tourists.

According to figures obtained by Krabi Riviera Co., Ltd from Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation, arrivals at Krabi International Airport on the Andaman coast of Thailand increased by 30 percent in the first third of 2013.

There were 213,453 passenger arrivals at the airport in the four months leading up to and including April 2013, compared with 164,161 for the same period last year and a mere 50,377 in 2003, showing an incredible 425 percent growth in visitor numbers to Krabi over the past decade.

These statistics only count domestic arrivals to the airport, which comprise both Thais and foreign travelers arriving on connecting flights from Bangkok, averaging around 10-12 flights per day.

However, neither land nor sea travel, nor - perhaps most importantly - direct international flights to Krabi have been included in the figures.

With the opening of a second international terminal at Krabi Airport in late 2012, there are now daily scheduled flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, as well as an increasing number of large 300-400 seater charter planes arriving from Scandinavia and Russia during the winter months.

Charter flights from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia and Moscow's Domodedovo Airport due to end in March were extended through the green season months of April and May, indicating the increase in Russian interest in Krabi as a holiday destination.

Though Russian tourists have been visiting Pattaya and Phuket for many years, it is only recently that Krabi and Samui have benefited from their custom.

According to a recent report in The Bangkok Post newspaper, the average daily spend of Russian tourists is the highest among all European visitors to Thailand, at US$135 (3920 baht) per person.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has projected that Russian tourist arrivals in Thailand as a whole will pass two million this year.

Krabi businesses are rushing to take steps to accommodate the new influx of Russian visitors, from signage and menus in Cyrillic script, to full blown websites in Russian language, such as Krabi Riviera's villa rental site dedicated to the Russian market.

''We have seen a marked increase in Russian guests in our villas over the past year,'' says Pierre-Yves Loriers, Managing Director of Krabi Riviera.

''We have been actively marketing our properties in this market for a while and the recent extension of flights from Russia only confirms that this is the way forward.''

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Mass tourism on many many locations in the world have destroyed many Paradise.The Russians and Chinese come from countries with significant populations.When they are relative newcomers in mass, they have no idea about the prices, for exampel Phuket. They are very easy to ripp off and they will be. Sooner or later they realize that they will get more and better for the money and move on. What then is left will take decades too repair. The greedy people that now ruin Phuket will have there pockets filled. That people will go to holidays in rich countries with 5 stars hotell and clean beaches.Guess who they can be? Hardly a poor ricefarmer with 7 kids trying to survive in Isan, i would say,old sport.

Posted by One Expat 13 years on June 4, 2013 22:21

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Thailand has benefited from Russian custom ? hope you mean $$$$$

Posted by Harry on June 5, 2013 15:00

Editor Comment:

Are you talking back to a Media Release, Harry?

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yes

Posted by Harry on June 6, 2013 09:46

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There are many natural beauties in Krabi area, from the beaches and Islands to the amazing hot spring. Hopefully the Russians have learned to wear appropriate clothes or beachwear in the appropriate environment. Hiking behind hulking Russian women with a thong pushing into the crack of her ass does certainly takes away from the natural surroundings. The problem has
become so bad at Erwan Falls in Kanchanaburi that the Government had to put out a news wire concerning the banning of bikini style wear in the park of both men and Women). The main offenders when I was there were the Russians..http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2012/10/bikini-ban-in-national-park/
Personally I experienced hiking with approx, 100 Russians up to Falls number 4 where at last the hiking terrain wore them down and hiking futher up brought relief in the way of rippling creeks full of fish, quiet enough to hear along with the monkees and maybe even takig a dip under a waterfall. At times hundreds of them are dropped off at the Falls at the same time and begin their journey at the same time alll dreesed in ill-fitting bikinis and speedos. As I sad hopefully Krabi will be spared this horde of flesh walking en masse up the hill with the slapping of flesh drowning out the Monkees protest.

Posted by capealava on June 8, 2013 00:17

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The general property market in Krabi looks set to increase from Eastern European and Asian arrivals. I have seen land prices start to creep up in many Krabi areas.

Posted by James on June 19, 2013 17:52


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