The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Hua Hin Office, is preparing a tourism program which promotes local attractions favoured by His Majesty King Bhumibol.
The program, including information of tourist attractions in Prachuab Khirikhan and other provinces of Thailand, will be published in a handbook available for Thai and foreign tourists. According the director of the Hua Hin TAT Mrs. Orasa Awuthkhom, the handbook will be titled, “Following Father’s Footsteps’ and available free. With in Prachuab Khirikhan, the highlights include the Sirirat Centre in Pak Nam Pran, a well-known learning center on mangrove forest and coastal marine habitat.
The centre was established by the King’s request. The Phraya Nakhon Cave-Bang Pu is also another tourist spot worth a visit with a small pavilion where His Majesty took a break during his visit. Nearby is Khao Chong Krachok where the King also paid a visit before going to the Thai aviation centre, where there was a clash between Thai and Japanese soldiers during the WW II. Huay Yang Waterfall in Thab Sa Kae is another place in Prachuab Khirikhan where His Majesty and Princess Sirindhorn paid a visit and played music together. For the tourist attractions in Hua Hin, Mrs. Orasa added that there were a lot of places favoured by His Majesty King Bhumibol, namely Khao Tao Reservoir, Pa La-U Waterfall, the dog care centre and the recent Rajabhakdi Memorial Park, where visitors can see seven statues of Thai monarchs.
The aim of the handbook and the tourist program is to promote sustainably natural, historical and ecological tourism, stressed Mrs, Orasa, adding that many visitors next year would come from Germany and Holland as well as countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. American visitors are increasingly interested in Hua Hin. Asian tourists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore are also frequent visitors to Hua Hin and Prachaub Khirikhan.