An additional budget of more than 775 million baht is initially planned to be invested in development projects like “Old Town Naklua” to promote lifestyle tourism, highlighting local fisheries and other unique tourism activities, says Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume.
According to the Mayor, the tourism project “Old Town Naklua” is one of the “NEO Pattaya” schemes, along with the “New Koh Larn” project, which aims to strengthen the infrastructure development in the local tourism industry and to fulfill the ambition of becoming a crucial part of economic recovery in Pattaya and its local communities in the future.
The “Old Town Naklua” project has been planned for 11 major projects with a total budget of more than 425 million baht which would primarily be spent to develop into local community-based tourism and add value to the old community in the Naklua area. It is believed by local Naklua residents that the traditional lifestyle of local fisheries will surely bring out tourists along with other tourism activities to improve the quality of life of people in the Naklua area. Pattaya Tourism officials believe that highlighting the life and experience of traditional cultural fishing in Thailand will draw large numbers of tourists to the Pattaya area.
The Mayor further stated that Naklua’s 425-million-baht (the remainder is being used on Koh Larn) project primarily includes:
- A 5-story car park building with a floating botanical garden and a viewpoint of the Naklua area, with an approximate investment of 96 million baht.
- A development project of a fresh food market for tourists to fully enjoy the taste of local food while admiring the beautiful scenery of the Naklua beach, under a budget of 4.5 million baht
- A scenery improvement of a local park in line with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan with a budget of 30 million baht
- Construction of a walking path along the Lan Po Naklua Market and a viewpoint of Pak Khlong Naklua and bird watching activities in line with the EEC development plan under the budget of 30 million baht
- Other improvements involving the iconic viewpoint of Pak Khlong Naklua and Nok Yang Canal with a 10.4-million-baht budget
- Proper construction of a nature trail at the mangrove forest of Nok Yang Canal in line with the EEC development plan under the budget of 15.5 million baht.
- A port construction project at Naklua fishing village under a supporting budget of 50 million baht
- Construction of a water dam at Naklua canal with a budget of 110 million baht
- Additional construction and improvement of Nok Yang Canal, under a subsidy budget of 46 million baht, a community service center development project, with a budget of 8.2 million baht, and a preservation project of an old post office building to promote tourism, with another 24 million baht.
The remainder of the budget will take place on Koh Larn with activities involving renovation of the Pier, walkways around the island, transportation and tourist facilities.
Sonthaya concluded that the development plan of “Old Town Naklua” under the “NEO Pattaya” strategy that has been continuously in the planning process will gradually present more concrete results to the public and will be wrapped up within 3 years. He also believed that the project will surely make Pattaya the perfect city for tourism, residence, and business purposes.
Thai Source: Sophon Cable TV (STV), written and translated to English by The Pattaya News Team
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