The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised the 9th Thai Tourism Industry Award Competition 2013.  The awards are made to enhance and improve the quality of tourism and to raise the awareness of travellers and entrepreneurs about cultural and natural attractions. The awards were presented to the winners on 27th September 2013 at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi and are recognised worldwide.

Many tourism attractions in Phetchaburi entered the competition and won five awards as follows:

Kaeng Krachan National Park won an award for the best natural tourist attraction. At the park visitors can join a reforestation activity, natural dam construction, butterfly and bird watching, trekking while admiring various kinds of plants and wildlife.

Queen Mother Srinagarindra Park (Chai Pattana Foundation) won an award for agriculture-based tourist attraction.  The park is outstanding in terms of ecotourism, herbs, ecosystem studying and various activities including making traditional Thai balm, tea and herbal compress balls.

Princess Sirindhorn Environmental Park won an award for recreational site to promote learning.  The park specialises in energy saving and environmental-friendly campaigns in the form of exhibits and multi- media, naturally built classrooms and mangrove forest.

Ban Tham Sua Tree Bank won an award for a tourist attraction created by a local community. It is well known for interdependent living close to nature, launching a tree bank, agriculture-based tourism, reforestation, cooking organic food and home stays with local people.

The awards celebrate tourist attractions in Phetchaburi which deserve recognition.  Interested visitors and students can arrange a study tour and participate in the activities taking place at the award winning attractions.

For more information, please contact 032 459 293 for Kaeng Krachan National Park, 032 592 100 for Queen Mother Srinagarindra Park, 032 508 40510 or 032 508 379 or 032 508 352 for Princess Sirindhorn Environmental Park and 089 810 1806 for Ban Tham Sua Tree Bank.