Long weekend crowds flock to Sangkhla Buri

Long weekend crowds flock to Sangkhla Buri

Site of famous wooden bridge in Kanchanaburi again occupied after months in Covid doldrums

On Saturday, tourists flock to Saphan Mon, the country’s longest wooden bridge, in the Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: Tourists flocked to Sangkhla Buri on Saturday, with most hotels and resorts in the district recording impressive occupancy during the holiday long weekend after months of slump due to Covid-19.

Many visitors got up early on Saturday morning to give alms to the Buddhist monks of the Mon community of Ban Wangka Moo 2 in Tambon Nong Lu. Many tourists chose to wear the traditional Mon costume to create memorable photo opportunities. .

The famous Uttamanusorn Bridge, known locally as Saphan Mon, draws visitors to the border district. Numerous people stormed the country’s longest wooden bridge spanning the Song Kalia River on Saturday.

The arrival of tourists helps revive the local economy. Food and souvenir stores had good sales, after months of very few customers due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic.

Tourists were expected to generate at least 3 million baht for local businesses over the long weekend.

The provincial communicable disease control panel previously closed Sangkhla Buri district in order to limit Covid infections. However, conditions improved and the number of cases gradually declined. Authorities eased restrictions on October 1 and many businesses have resumed operations.

Local residents and businesses have strictly adhered to the Covid control measures and they are asking for the cooperation of tourists to comply with these measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Besides the famous bridge, visitors also went to other well-known attractions in Sangkhla Buri District, including Wat Wangwiwekaram, the Underwater Temple and the Three Pagodas Pass on the border with Myanmar.

Visitors, in traditional Mon costume, give alms to monks at the Saphan Mon Bridge over the Song Kalia River in Sangkhla Buri. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

The arrival of tourists is good news for local restaurant and store operators. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

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