While development is inevitable, it’s sad to read about a proposed massive tourism development called Royal Coast for Petchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Chumporn provinces.
You may not recognise these provinces at first glance, but if you’ve visited Cha Am it’s in Petchaburi while Hua Hin is in Prachuap Khiri Khan (Prachuap for short).
These two provinces, along with Chumporn just south of Prachuap, have some of the finest unspoiled beaches in the country, and the area close to Prachuap town adds three really stunningly beautiful bays to the mix.
The plans include a big redevelopment of Hua Hin, enlarging Hua Hin airport to handle more and larger aircraft, and developing the whole coastline into a tourist “riviera” from Petchaburi to Chumporn.
The planners are hoping to attract millions of additional tourists to areas currently part of ‘unseen’ Thailand.
Such a development will change the area beyond recognition forever.
While Cha Am and Hua Hin are already reasonably popular beach resorts, they are low key compared with Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi etc.
The wonderfully peaceful Prachuap town will most likely see it’s character changed completely.
Despite it’s natural beauty and fabulous beaches, it is currently a blissful retreat from mass tourism.
More roads are planned, more hotels and resorts will be built, and local attractions will be improved and added to, to handle the numbers of tourists expected to visit the Royal Coast.
There is already a railway line running from Bangkok through the area going south. No doubt that will see some upgrades and improvements too.
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. That has resulted in overcrowded airports and attractions.
The proposed development has the support of most of the local authorities, local politicians, and some government departments, as a way to spread tourism more widely, and to bring greater prosperity to the region.
But this may also result in higher costs for land, homes, and goods locally. Prices could rise and some locals may not be able to afford what they could before.
While such things are inevitable, we would love to see such a beautiful area develop at a slower more natural pace, so that all the good things we have now are not spoiled by mass tourism.
We will be writing about Prachuap Khiri Khan in an upcoming post, so please watch out for that.
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