Phuket’s Governor, Noraphat Plodthong, has announced today (September 13), that after surveying the non-hunting area of Khao Phra Theao, he has planned to make it a destination for eco-tourism and a nature study route.
The 22.28 square kilometers of lush rainforest mountain features a long list of wildlife such as gibbons, mouse deer, wild boar, wild fowl, green pit viper and many kinds of birds.
“The forest also covers two waterfalls, Bang Pae and Tonsai, which are about 4 kilometers away from each other. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also kindly paid a visit on this route in 1996,” said the Governor.
“This location has the potential to be a landmark for Phuket as well as a sustainable tourism destination. Visitors will be enjoying the charm of the rich rainforest among the birds’ tweets and the sound of gibbons while local people in the area will also make a living through this eco-tourism.”
He says that he’s already ordered the Phuket Municipality to file the project as a Phuket tourism development plan to increase the tourism efficiency of the place by organizing transportation to Khao Phra Theao and creating a multimedia room for gathering information about the non-hunting area before trekking.
- Nattha Thepbamrung and Kritsada Mueanhawong