Ministry to improve river safety


BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says it will focus on safety measures along waterways to prevent accidents particularly along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said he would improve safety for boat users to prevent accidents, especially in rainy season, and to raise confidence that travel in Bangkok is safe.

He noted that dining cruises topped the list of favourite activities along the Chao Phraya River particularly for European and American travellers. The dinner cruises generate an estimated THB3,067 million in revenue last year.

Credit MoTS

Chartered river boats and Chao Phraya Express boats services generate THB353 million while private long-tail boats along canals create earnings of THB328 million, he said, adding that together the three river tourism categories boost the economy by around THB3,748 million.

Thailand has not faired well in some recent surveys that showed more needed to be done to beef up safety and security. The main culprit was thought to be a lack of compliance with laws that are in place but often ignored by officials. It tends to give Thailand a lower score as governance and policing of regulations is lax.

Tourists can call Tourist Police Hotline 1155 to request for assistance in case of emergency. The tourist police work with the marine police to provide assistance for travellers, he added.


  1. Who will improve the river or water tourism safety ? Surely, it’d not be the MoTS. It would be the Ministry of Communications. The role of he MoTS concentrates on tourism development but many projects require support work from other Ministries based on their responsibilities. We must consider to reform the management of Thai Tourism system so all the ministries can work to the same goal.

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