Tourism developments planned for the country's longest dam in Nakhon Nayok have the backing of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who visited the site yesterday.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra views Khun Dan Prakarnchon dam in Nakhon Nayok’s Muang district yesterday. The area is being developed to attract more tourists. PATTANAPONG HIRANARD
Ms Yingluck and several ministers toured the Khun Dan Prakarnchon dam in Muang district to hear about plans to attract more tourists to the site.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan and Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap accompanied Ms Yingluck on the trip.
The Khun Dan Prakarnchon dam is the longest dam in Thailand with a crest length of 2,594 metres.
Nakhon Nayok governor Surachai Srisaracam and the dam's officer Surapol Kamennamad said the Royal Irrigation Department has proposed a plan to develop the dam as a major tourist attraction, namely "Khun Dan Land", which will stress eco-and-adventurous tourism.
The plans include improving the scenery, more water tourism activities, restaurants and other services for tourists, and recreational spaces.
The development plan, which will be carried out in 2013-2016, would cost about 1.042 billion baht, and could draw another 200,000 tourists a year.
At present, about 1.2 million tourists travel to the dam every year, which brings in up to 2.2 billion baht.
Ms Yingluck suggested the authorities allocate areas for restaurants and coffee shops equipped with WiFi.
The premier also inspected exhibitions for several developments in Nakhon Nayok.
Ms Yingluck then travelled to Prachin Buri province to preside over a groundbreaking ceremony for a Honda Automobile (Thailand) assembly plant.
The premier said the automobile industry plays a major role in the economy. The government hopes to promote Thailand as a testing and research centre for cars in Asean, she added.