Koh Tonsay tourism port construction to begin this month
The Koh Tonsay tourism port is all set to begin construction in the middle of this month and it is expected that in the next 15 months the project will be completed. Located on Koh Tonsay Island, four kilometers off Kep province’s mainland, the Koh Tonsay Port is the part of Asian Development Bank’s Greater Mekong Subregion Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project phase II.
The procurement of Koh Tonsay tourism port was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a local firm “Vimean Chey Group” provided the construction contract for $1.6 million. The procurement of the port was completed on 16 September 2021 and the port construction was discussed on 30 September in a virtual meeting attended by officials from Kep provincial administration, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Tourism and representatives of ADB and Vimean Chey Group. The Kep province is already renovating the international tourist ports located across the Chhak Kep bay and is about 80 percent complete.
Deputy Governor of Kep province, Rao Sokha said that the port facility will contribute to the tourism sector on the island and prove to be beneficial for both the local people and the tourists. Sokha added that the port will improve the traveling experience for the tourists as currently upon arrival the tourists are required to jump down at the coastline.
The port facility would include a 130-meter pier, kiosks for tickets and money exchange, a floating roof platform for docking ferries and cruise ships, information desks, a terminal hall, and a survivor counter and toilets. The infrastructure will also have a 740-meter-long concrete walkway to connect the tourism terminal with restaurants and bungalows along the beach.