Chumphon Marina, a 4 years project which has already established Marine protection walls and marina dredging, is currently moving ahead with Chinese investors visiting the location in February 2020.
Supported by local and national Thai governments, the Chumphon Marina located in the town of Saphli, in Chumphon province, is ideally situated between the marinas of the western seas
( Phuket and Singapore ) and the Eastern seaboard marinas of the Gulf of Thailand.
There are currently four marinas operating in the country, three of which are in the Gulf of Thailand: Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya, Siam Royal View Koh Chang and Racer Marina in Pran Buri, with a total the capacity of 615 berths. Phuket in the Andaman Sea has 736 berths.
The Thai government is promoting Thailand as a hub of marine tourism in Southeast Asia by investing in the Thailand Riviera project in the gulf at an estimated cost of 7 billion baht.
International yachts visiting the area are also increasing after the government allowed yacht visitors to stay 12 months per visit, up from less than six months in the past.
Overall, Thailand has more berths than Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia combined. The cost of the rental, maintenance, and services is also about 28% lower in Thailand than in the neighboring countries.
With the existing government initiatives and support, the ideal location in the middle of western Andaman and eastern Gulf yachting routes Chumphon has all the cards in hand to become a major yachting hub. Add to this the competitive pricing for investors and rental, maintenance and services, and Chumphon Marina is destined to become the pearl in the gulf Thailand’s marina destinations.
According to Mr. Sam Nilsen, who is the owner and CEO of Chumphon Marina, the project is in a mature stage of development: “All necessary preparations are in place,” he says, “We already own the land at the seaboard and we have written agreements with various landowners in place.” He continuous: “The local Thai government is enthusiastic about the project, also because we aim to establish a harmonious co-existence with the local fishermen community.”
Mr Sam Nilsen continues: “The visit of the Chinese investors is a logical result of all the preparation work that has been done by our team and both government and private partners.”