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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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!

Tri Cove City Dot Com is Born

Happy May 2018! This is effectively the first post of what will be many to come. I’ve been anticipating launching this website for some time, and finally got around to getting the bare bones up today. Having fallen for the charm of Prachuap Khiri Khan provnince’s central district, I’ve finally decided to set up camp here, and in the planning process, have been gathering and collecting important information about this up and coming destination.

I’ve been around Thailand over the years for work and pleasure, and I have little doubt in my decision to choose Prachuap City as my semipermenant base for the coming decade. Anyone who’s passed through here for a long weekend can vouch that this place is truly unique with much potential.

Nicknamed in Thai, “Muang Saam Ao” เมืองสามอ่าว, which translates to “Town of Three Bays”, Prachuap is prime.

Considering the future direction of this region, it was only natural to coin “Tri-Cove City” to describe this up and coming destination for keen weekenders, wanderers, expats and investors alike.

Though the city of Prachuap proper may still appear on the surface to be a sleepy fishing town, it is in my professional view, a “Sleeping Giant” ripe for a major growth spurt. Many factors fuel this potential — the coming high-speed rail, expansion of Hua Hin as an aviation hub, the imminent upgrade of the nearby Dan Singkhon border checkpoint into a permanent international checkpoint….

Will Prachuap be the next Pattaya, Phuket or Hua Hin? Not any time soon, In fact I am confident that in the coming decade years, the tri-cove city will serve as an ideal coastal respite for expats and residents based in the three aforementioned destinations, who need a break from the hustle and bustle. After all, the Tri Cove City represents what those places represented years ago, and can still offer alot of the good of what those cities can no longer. But it won’t remain the same “sleepy town” that many would hope it to be.

Already the provincial district boasts 90,000+ people and domestic and international funds are flowing into this region in increasing sums. And it is thus important to ensure the coming inflows and subsequent growth are sustainable. This in my opinion can be achieved more effectively through ensured transparency and clarity of information flow. As a seasoned and passionate newshound, I’ll plan to cover these factors in depth on this website. Watch this Space!

SW Siamerican, Steven W. Layne