Traveling to and fro in any tourist hotspot can be difficult at times, which is why the trip by bus from Bangkok to Koh Samui is seeing some innovation, with VIP buses and the like showing up to make travelling convenient.
For those who prefer a nice ferry trip, however, there’s some good news as well; Raja Ferry Port (RP) has recently unveiled its plans for the year of 2018, and they are looking to expand their services in order to have its fleet handle more customers within the year, as part of their grand plan to become one of the, if not the, top sea transport company within five years.
The company has recently added a 14th ferry to their fleet, as well as implementing a bus-ferry service for those commuting between islands, and is also set to change the local port area into a meeting station in order to keep up with the shift in lifestyle of their customers as part of their 10-year environmental management plan.
Managing Director ApichartChayopas Raja Ferry Port Public Company Limited (RP), says that the company has experienced continuous growth, and is looking to build on that. In addition to the current operations of transport on the Don Sak-KohSamui- KohPhaNgan route, the company is also diversifying their business portfolio by teaming up and forming new partnerships. For example, a new bus service under RP Transport to provide a complete transport experience for the customers going to and from the islands, which is convenient seeing how difficult it can be to get a bus from Bangkok to KohSamui, only to need further arrangements upon arrival.
According to Chayopas, the company are hoping to increase the size of the fleet from 14 to 20 within the next five years, which they estimate will cost somewhere between Bt300M to Bt400M. He adds that the company is expecting growth in tourism, transport and shipping, particularly with Chinese tourist, which is what the company is hoping to take advantage of, by diversifying their services.
He explains that, back in 2017, 35M tourists visited Thailand, with that number expected to grow up to 40 in 2018. Previously, 80% of travellers headed for Koh Samui and Koh PhaNgan were either from Europe or America, but now, the Chinese are travelling there. He says that that’s why RP has partnered with Alipay and WeChat in order to focus on these tourists.