Hua Hin Needs Urgent Environmental & Landscaping Facelift

Hua Hin Needs Urgent Environmental & Landscaping Facelift
Hua Hin Needs Urgent Environmental & Landscaping Facelift

The Natural Resources Ministry, Hua Hin/ Cha-Am Tourism Business Association and Hua Hin Municipality are now formulating an action plan to facelift the landscape and re-organize the environment in Hua Hin. This plan, which is also expected to serve as a pilot project for further national development, will highlight the city’s true colors upon its implementation. Chairman of Hua Hin/Cha-Am Tourism Business Association Dr. Rungrot Sileungsawas informed that he was formulating the plan with Director of the Bureau of Policy and Strategy on Natural Resources Ms. Ratchawadee Sripraphat and Deputy Hua Hin Mayor Ms. Phailin Kongphan, along with local committee members of Hua Hin.

Major implementation will focus on supervising and controlling public infrastructure, namely main roads, lanes, streets, electricity poles, billboards installed in public areas, buildings, business buildings, hotels, guesthouses, natural parks, archeological sites and new buildings under construction, according to laws and municipal acts of Hua Hin. This plan also aims to foster long-standing local identity of Hua Hin people through many kinds of traditional culture well-known in the city, such as classical Thai dance, contemporary costumes during the period of Than Chai Pot and Prisana – the 2 main characters in famous Thai novel ‘Prisana’ – and traditional cuisines made 50 years ago.

In addition, some plants which used to be common in Hua Hin should be grown in public areas and around houses and hotels to indicate that the city has had its own trees from the past to the present. “We have to bring back the past identity of Hua Hin because we’d like our younger generation to realize our status and encourage them to work actively on taking care of the city and developing it.

More importantly, such identity is an added value on tourism among foreigners because, when they visit Hua Hin, they’ll experience the past through local people and existing places, activities and culture. With cooperation of local communities in the city, we’ll maintain our roots for the next generation,” said Dr. Rungrot. Director of the Bureau of Policy and Strategy on Natural Resources Ms. Ratchawadee Sripraphat added that some major cities of Thailand like Phuket could not retain their old classic charm when new building and hotels were mushrooming. Lifestyle of local people there is changing, resulting in disappearing true identity.

Therefore, Hua Hin may be inevitably changed the same as Phuket and Pattaya unless public and private administrations play a key role in retaining its identity. That is why the Natural Resources Ministry is working with local authorities in Hua Hin to formulate this action plan that integrates practical implementation with laws, municipal acts and public awareness. Upon a presentation of Hua Hin’s physical plan, the committee resolved to use a ‘zoning’ model to reorganize the city. To maintain and improve old buildings, houses, archeological sites, especially local communities by the sea, regulations need to be created to preserve them as a world heritage in the future.

“In August, the Ministry of Natural Resources will make a 10-minute clip and copy it in CDs. This clip will talk about environmental conservation, reforestation, maintenance of old houses and archeological sites and fostering local tradition and culture. The CD will be given to Hua Hin people, schools and communities to encourage legal and behavioral cooperation,” said Ms. Ratchawadee. Within this year, the action plan will be completed in terms of its strategies, policy implementation and budget allocation. Then, in 2013, Prachuap Khirikhan Provincial Office, Hua Hin Municipality and concerned governmental agencies will carry out activities mentioned in the plan.