by Supansa Kraiwaad
The Deputy Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced that Hua Hin will welcome and impress its visitors with local sports facilities and culture events whilst solving traffic problems and other problems in the ‘red light areas’ in the city.
Mr. Prakit Piriyakiat, the TAT Deputy Director, said that Hua Hin was a much favored venue for events of various kinds of sport, such as golf , kite boarding, polo, tennis, sailing and marathon events. Hua Hin beaches and the city can easily accommodate these events which take place regularly. This is a good occasion to encourage more Thai and foreign visitors to come to Hua Hin. Some events have been published in many other countries worldwide, making Hua Hin a well-known tourist destination among foreigners, particularly the Scandinavian and European ones. Now, the city is reportedly as popular as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil whose annual samba is globally known.
Apart from the sport events, Hua Hin boasts several local and national traditions, namely the Thai New Year or Songkran, the Buddhist Lent, the Loy Krathong Festival, the Chinese New Year or even Christmas. All the events are usually joined by Thais and foreigners alike. mon. Most visitors come to Hua Hin to admire its nice people, traditional events and, above all, its world-class mouth-watering seafood sold everywhere in the city, especially at the night market.
Another problem in Hua Hin concerns the traffic congestion caused by bad urban planning and lack of control by the local police. The TAT Deputy Director urged the Hua Hin authority to study how Bangkok Metropolitan officers deal with traffic in the China Town and adapt it in Hua Hin as this is an effective way to solve traffic congestion in the city.
“Hua Hin’s also famous for its local products like Thai clothes made by Khomapas and hand-made cloth of Baan Khao Tao. The Hua Hin Municipality should foster this local intellect as it allows local people to earn more income and it symbolizes the Hua Hin city,” said Mr. Prakit. “But Hua Hin needs to pay more attention to its traffic systems, especially during the weekend, as the Petchakasem Road, which is the only main road of the city, is very congested by visiting cars. It was announced again, that the Hua Hin Municipality and its traffic police are actively working on this. Once the problems are solved, visitors to Hua Hin will be much happier to travel around here.”