Kien Giang Phu Quoc to survey sea route to Cambodia, Thailand
Southern Kien Giang Province's Department of Tourism and tour operators will begin a fact-finding trip early of next month to survey a sea tourist route between Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, a tourism official said.
Le Minh Hoang, director of the department, said that his agency and 25 tour operators in Kien Giang and other localities would carry out the one-week trip and work with partners from the other two countries on the possible route.
The exploratory trip will take in Rach Gia and Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, Shihanoukville of Cambodia, and Chanthaburi and Trat of Thailand.
"During the trip, tour operators of the three countries will sign corporation deals to promote tourism among these destinations," he told the Daily.
He said that the sea route would not only offer tourists a new tour but also help visitors to curtail the time for traveling between the three countries.
"Tourists will have more time to visit attractions because they just spend around two hours from Phu Quoc to Shihanoukville, and over three hours from the province on to Chanthaburi," he said.
Hoang said now Kien Giang has three high-speed boats of 250 seats each which can be used for tourists on the trip. Tour operators will arrange one-day stay for tourists in Phu Quoc, one day in Cambodia and two days in Thailand.
However, there are also multi-modal traveling options, where guests can choose or combine travel by boat or by air, and expand their tours at each destination.
"After the survey trip, we will open the sea tourist route for tourists soon," he said.
Hoang said the potential tourist route initiative is attractive not only to Kien Giang's tour operators but also to partners in Cambodia and Thailand.
When the route is available, the tourism bodies of the three countries will jointly cater to tourists.
He said that before the survey trip starts, his authority will arrange two meetings between Vietnamese companies and partners from Cambodia and Thailand, the first one to be held this Thursday with Cambodia partners.
During 11 months of this year, Kien Giang has welcomed around 2.3mil tourists, up 13% year-on-year, with 56,000 being foreigners.
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