A sandy beach on an island in the middle of the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand has become a hotspot for tourists, generating hundreds of thousands of baht a day as an attraction in That Phanom district of Nakhon Phanom province
Had Hae beach, in Nakhon Phanom province, suddenly became accessible to tourists after the water levels of the Mekong River dropped last month.
The island has become an attraction with makeshift stalls selling food, drinks, and other goods. You can also rent jet skis, banana boats, and rubber rings on the island.
According to the Bangkok Post, on Saturday, more than 300 people visited Had Hae beach, and they are expected to generate several hundred thousand baht in sales for local businesses over the weekend.
Thousands more are expected to visit the attraction during Songkran Festival 2022 next month. Most beachgoers can enjoy the beach until May, local residents said.
Mekong Island Vendors Raking in Money
In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the local economy has been revitalized by the reopening of the beach. You can get to the island by boat for free, but you have to undergo temperature checks before boarding.
After visiting the beach, many tourists go to pay their respects to Phra That Phanom at Wat Phra That Phanom Voramahaviharn in the same district.
Local operators earn between 20,000 and 30,000 baht each per day by selling their services to tourists.
Also exposed by the low water levels in the Mekong is a rock formation in the Tha Uthen district of Nakhon Phanom. It allegedly contains the footprints of the Lord Buddha. This place has been attracting thousands of visitors.
Outflow restrictions from Chinese dams upstream and lower-than-average rainfall have left water levels in the river and some tributaries lower than usual.