‘Thailand Riviera’ wins cabinet seal of approval
A proposal to turn a stretch of coastline southwest of Bangkok into a “Thai Riviera” was approved in principle by Thailand cabinet. The government plans a high-end tourism campaign in the western coastal provinces which it hopes will boost income among locals in the region. The cabinet also approved in principle 45 projects with 170 million baht from the fiscal 2019 budget. All of them are small projects to support community tourism.
Infrastructure projects will also be developed to connect the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea while the government is currently in the process of developing ports to connect provinces around the Gulf.
The Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid said “The development of the ‘Thailand Riviera’ is also important for the building of the high-speed train from Bangkok, the terms of reference for which should be this year. The Transport Ministry has already started the construction of the double-track rail route from Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon.”