Malaysian tourists find Thailand their most attractive destination. According to a recent report from Kedah Immigration Department, over 80,000 Malaysians entered Thailand over this weekend (December 15 – 17).
Kedah Immigration Department director Mohd Ridzzuan Mohd Zain said a total of 78,301 Malaysians have so far traveled to the neighboring country through the Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex and 4,379 through the Kota Putra ICQS, in Durian Burung, Padang Terap.
The huge number of Malaysian tourists traveling to Thailand increases dramatically during the school holidays.
“There has been unusual congestion at the Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQS since yesterday as many want to spend the festive season with their families in Thailand.
“Most of them head for Hatyai, which is known as a culinary paradise for Malaysian tourists due to its affordability and delicious offerings,” Mohd Ridzzuan Mohd Zain said in a statement today, as quoted by Bernama.
Mohd Ridzzuan pointed out that congestion at the country’s border entry points is expected to further increase throughout the school holidays and the coming Christmas festive season.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Malaysia, and Brunei director Nongyao Jirundor, a majority of the Malaysians like to visit Songkhla province, where the popular towns of Haadyai and Dannok are located.
“Other popular destinations were Sungai Golok in Narathiwat and Betong in the Yala provinces.
“Not to be undone, is the increasing number of Malaysians flocking to the idyllic island of Phuket which has fully opened up to welcome tourists from across the globe,” she said, as quoted by NST, at the opening of the three-day ‘Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2022′ (TTM+ 2022) at the Angsana Laguna Phuket.
Travel Forte’s managing director Daniel Leow said that nearly 2,000 Malaysian travel and tour agents were promoting inbound tourism into the kingdom.
“The current demand is for visits to the evergreen destinations of Haadyai, Krabi, Phuket, Phatthalung, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiangmai and Chiangrai.
“Tourists flock to these destinations as they feel it offers them value-for-money, splendid hospitality and are familiar spots for customers,” said Leow.
There are several reasons why Malaysians now prefer to spend their holidays in Thailand. Firstly, Thailand is geographically close to Malaysia, making it easily accessible for short trips. Short travel times and affordable flights contribute to its popularity. Many budget airlines, and no visa issues.
Besides that, food and culture have some similarities. There are plenty of Malay dishes in Thailand, that suit all budgets, some travelers said.
More importantly, Thailand is known for its vibrant markets and shopping opportunities, plenty of sightseeing opportunities, and plenty of amazing ‘nightlife’ for those who wish to enjoy!
Thailand also offers a wide range of experiences, from bustling cities like Bangkok to beautiful beaches, historic temples, and lush jungles. It caters to various preferences and interests.
According to Nongyao, after Malaysia, the most number of international tourists visiting Thailand are from India, followed by Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States.
“There is also a strong influx of international tourists from Europe, particularly Russia and the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Australia.
“These visitors prefer to holiday at island resorts like Phuket, Koh Samui, and others.
“But Phuket is the destination at the moment as it has fully opened up without much hassle and restrictions,” Nongyao said.