Koh Samui Bridge Project to Be Studied
The Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) is preparing to study the feasibility of building a bridge linking mainland Thailand to the picturesque island of Koh Samui. Exat governor Surachet Laophulsuk recently visited the island to research the proposed bridge site and gain insight from locals on the project.
The potential bridge, if approved, is expected to start construction in 2028 and set to be completed two years later. Mr. Surachet, during a lecture to local administrative organisations, the municipal office, state offices and local tourism businesses, discussed the importance of providing Koh Samui with an overland transport option.
The forum heard how the current only modes of travel, air and boat connection, cannot guarantee 24-hour access to the island, especially during the rainy season. This travel limitation works against the island’s high-value tourism and public health in emergency cases. Many of the local residents at the forum expressed strong support for the bridge project.
Before the project can start, a blueprint of the bridge and its features must be drafted, with a feasibility study to assess the engineering, financial aspects and environmental impacts to be performed in the coming months. The bridge project was originally proposed about 20 years ago by the island’s hotel owner, Wirach Phongchababnapha, who believes that the bridge could increase the island’s potential by reducing journey times and costs, making road travel to the island possible even during stormy weather.
The proposal of a bridge between the mainland and Koh Samui is still in its early stages, with a feasibility study to be conducted starting next month. Depending on the results of the study, local residents will come together to decide if the bridge is a feasible option. If the project is approved, construction is expected to begin in 2028. Regardless of the outcome, the proposal offers an intriguing possibility of a future land connection to the island.