Hundreds displaced from flash floods

BANG SAPHAN and BANG SAPHAN NOI: Some 800 residents in 250 households had been displaced from flash floods that caused damage to at least six roads in the southern district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Thai media outlet, iNNnews reports that agriculture damage surveys were still being conducted on December 12, and that this is the fifth time this year the area has faced such a disaster, while Siam Rath reports damaged bridges, and a packed hospital with many residents suffering from colds after toughing out three days of continuous rain. 

Prachuap farmers distressed from falling coconut prices, blame ‘Free Trade’

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Farmers are demanding the government intervene to curb unchecked cross-border trade, as coconut prices at local markets have fallen to or below the cost of production.

A representative from the Prachuap Coconut Farmers Network staged a press conference in December to seek clarity from the Commerce and Agriculture ministries in the face of plummeting coconut prices, Matichon reports. Continue reading “Prachuap farmers distressed from falling coconut prices, blame ‘Free Trade’”

Millions of poor Thais queue up at ATMs for New Year gift

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: 11 million low-income earners in the kingdom this week  have been queuing up at Krung Thai ATMs nationwide in order to withdraw a THB500 gift from the government.

Residents near Prachuap Khiri Khan on December 9 queue up at a Krung Thai ATM at a petrol pump to withdraw their gift.

Though many may have assumed they could lose the money if they didn’t withdraw and use it, a post on Facebook on December 10 by the Phetchburi public relations department page assured that the money would not be taken back if not withdrawn in a timely manner.

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.

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