Ticketing Office In Chaos Because Of Tourist Limit In Similan Islands
In a report by the local authorities, there was chaos at the ticketing office of the Similan Islands. The area has been opened to tourists once again but there has been a new policy regarding to the limited number of tourists allowed into the islands. There are a lot of tourists coming for Similan islands diving but the number of divers is already limited as well.
The islands were inaccessible to tourists for five months this year which is an annual routine done in order to give the area time to recover. After the five-month closure, the islands are once again open to tourists but with its re-opening come a new policy which limits the number of visitors to 3,325 each day. The number of divers, on the other hand, is capped at 525 every day. The figures came from the office of the Similan national park.
In order for visitors to enter the islands, they are required to buy a ticket. During its reopening last week, there was chaos at the ticketing office of Similan islands. Many of the tourists are under tour agents and the staffs from their agencies are the ones in charge of waiting in line to purchase their tickets. In order to buy tickets for the customers, they need to show identification cars or passports to the ticketing office.
Aside from proof of identification, the staffs are also required to fill out forms about the companies’’ details before they can pay for the boat fees in order to get access into Similan islands. Authorities said that there are staffs who are not able to follow the process and some are not able to present the necessary papers.
According to a tour operator, the confusion stemmed from the fact that staffs did not know that visitors can only board boats where they have booked and not any other boats available. The park chief said that the tour companies and divers coming for Similan islands diving should follow the guidelines when entering in order to protect the marine environment of the area.