Prachuap gets new tourism chief, Chiang Mai flights hinted

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Ms Soraya Homchen began her tenure as the new director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Prachuap Khiri Khan office.

Hua Hin Today reported that the new chief, who just completed her four-year tenure as director of the TAT office in Mumbai, India, replaces outgoing TAT Prachuap director, Mrs Orasa Awuthkhom.

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Dead dolphins wash ashore in Prachuap, Nakhon Si

KHAO TAKIEP, HUA HIN: The Thai News Agency on December 17 reported on two separate dolphin carcasses found washed up on the beach – one in Tha Sala district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and one in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

An officer with one of the dolphin carcasses discovered washed ashore in the Gulf of Thailand on December 17, 2018. Photo: Thai News Agency.
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Last squatters to be evicted ahead of Hua Hin Station railway expansion

The iconic Hua Hin railway station will continue services as usual as a new building is constructed.

HUA HIN CITY MUNICIPALITY: The Deputy Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province has prioritized eviction of remaining  squatters occupying some 700 households in 18 communities along sections of railway track in Hua Hin municipality.

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Hotels For Sale amid oversupply and operation license enforcement

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Bangkok Post ran an interesting business news piece looking at why hundreds of hotels were on the market.  The article covers several related factors, including a recent drop in Chinese tourists, oversupply and perhaps the biggest underlying reason –  illegal operators seeing the ‘writing on the wall’ as authorities ramp up enforcement of increasingly strict hotel operation license rules and regulations.  Continue reading “Hotels For Sale amid oversupply and operation license enforcement”

Question: What’s the Population of Prachuap Khiri Khan?

August 2018:  This question is a popular one and the answer might surprise a lot of folks.

First, let us discern between the province itself and the provincial center, both of which are often interchangeably referred simply as “Prachuap” for short.

The province of Prachuap Khiri Khan actually has eight districts, including the provincial seat of the same name.

The most recent available official population figures for Prachuap Khiri Khan come from the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) who compile and report vital provincial, district, and sub-district level statistics through their Official Statistics Registration Systems, which can be queried online. (Thai language).

As of December, 2017, the population of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province จังหวัดประจวบคีรีขัน was 543,979 (274,877 women vs 269,102 men).

Click here for more details about Prachuap Khiri Khan province, including a breakdown of numbers by each district and municipality.

Meanwhile, the population of Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial District อำเภอเมืองประจวบคีรีขัน was about 91,000, with about 18,000 living in the center of Prachuap Khiri Khan ‘town’ municipality, and the remaining just outside the central municipality boundaries. Click here for more details about Prachuap provincial district.

Also worth noting here is that the largest city of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, as measured by population is Hua Hin, which is home to no less than 63,000 residents registered within its municipality boundaries, in addition to another 47,000 living outside of the Hua Hin municipality boundaries, but still in Hua Hin district.

These figures of course don’t account for foreign residents, expats or long term tourists or workers, who aren’t necessarily registered in Thai house books. Definitely a topic to be explored in the near future.

Watch this space!

Festive shortage of popular Prachuap durian variety

HUA HIN: The National News Bureau of Thailand reports that local farmers were running out of supplies of durian (Durio zibethinus) in the face of high demand from local tourists visiting the area during the long Mother’s Day weekend.  The “Pa la-ou” variety of durian (ทุเรียนป่าละอู), which is protected under  the Geographical Indicator (GI) national-regional variety registration system, is specifically grown in the northwest region of Prachuap Khiri Khan province and known for its “delicate flesh and small seeds”.

AirAsia launches return flights connecting Hua Hin to Kuala Lumpur

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Malaysia-based low-cost carrier, AirAsia has launched four-weekly return flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hua Hin.

According to the Bangkok Post, the new route will be served by Airbus 320 aircraft which can seat up to 180 passengers.

According to an announcement by AirAsia, the flights are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), flight AK830 departs at 10am and arrives at Hua Hin Airport (HHQ) by 11am.

 From Hua hin, the flights are scheduled to depart 11:30 am, and arrive at Kuala Lumpur by 2:35 pm, the announcenent says.

At the time of the launch, Malaysia was reportedly Thailand’s second top tourist source market after China.

Bull sharks sighting confirmed off Prachuap coast, near Hua Hin

HUA HIN DISTRICT: The director of the Marine and Coastal Resources and Development Center of the central Thailand Gulf, confirmed the sighting of four bull sharks off the coast of Khao Tao Beach (หาดเขาเต่า), about 13 km south of the Hua Hin city center, or about 80 kilometers north of the tricove city.

The coastal cropping near where are bull sharks were sighted.

According to a report by Thai PBS, the sharks measured between 1 and 2 m long and are a sign of a healthy marine environment.

The sighting was made during an observation inspection prompted by a suspected shark attack on a Norwegian tourist,  as previously reported by the Bangkok Post.

Warning signs have since been placed on the beaches near the area.

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