According to the governor of Surat Thani, Witchawut Jinto, a pier with a 60 million baht budget has been planned to increase tourism in the Chaiya area.
The Marine Department has authorized the pier’s design, which will be built close to a public park in tambon Phum Riang, he said, adding that the province administrative organization will be in charge of construction and management.
According to Mr. Witchawut, Chaiya, which is adjacent to the Surat Thani airport, boasts a number of tourist attractions. The project for the pier has received complete backing from the provincial government since it might help the local economy, he said.
Tourists interested in visiting cultural sites, including Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya, will board at the dock. The temple, which is 900–1,200 years old and renowned for its architecture, is one of the top three historical landmarks in the southern region.
The governor lists Wat Suan Mokkhapalaram, the Ban Phumriang handicraft center, famous for its distinctive hand-woven silk material, and the Muay Chaiya style of martial arts as other attractions.
Nearby tourist destinations include Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Mu Koh Ang Thong National Marine Park.
The pier, according to Mr. Witchawut, will improve connectivity throughout the region and increase tourism.