Thailand to position Nakhon Si Thammarat as a haven of adventure

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the provincial governor’s office of Nakhon Si Thammarat are working together to increase tourism promotion to the Southern Thailand province.

Just an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Nakhon Si Thammarat is a well-kept secret by the locals and features an abundance of natural wonders – it has been nicknamed ‘the green lungs of Thailand’ where travellers come to simply unplug from their daily lives.

Khao Luang National Park is one of Thailand’s best kept tourism secrets (Photo: Anuchit Ngoylung)

With a combination of public sector promotion, private sector innovation and enhanced transport infrastructure set to open up, this ecological paradise will soon be ready to welcome visitors from around the world.

Due to launch before the end of this year is a brand-new international terminal at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, opening up the province to a new wave of overseas visitors with direct flights expected from Singapore, Taiwan, China and Malaysia. The Samui Bridge project is also in discussion as part of the wider Southern Economic Corridor project.

“Nakhon Si Thammarat sells nature in abundance. In future, we will also develop the medical and wellness sector, further leveraging our natural heritage,” said Nakhon Si Thammarat’s governor Apinan Phuakphong.

“Our focus is nature and community. We feel it will appeal to Thais and international visitors now more than ever before, as it offers a chance for a personal detox – a chance to reset and get back in touch with nature,” revealed Pitsinee Tatniyom, director for Nakhon Si Thammarat, TAT.

New itineraries for Nakhon Si Thammarat have also been revealed. Tarzan Adventure recently launched a dragon’s back-style trekking programme that takes experience-seekers on a journey into Khao Luang National Park, including mountain ridges, lush jungles, natural hot springs, surging waterfalls and mist-shrouded valleys and canyons.

Multi-day adventures are also available, including the chance to scale the 1,780-metre summit of Khao Luang, Thailand’s second highest peak. The 570km² national park is also home to the 1.7km-long Hong Cave, the 19-tier Karom Waterfall, the crystalline waters of Klong Nam Sai, numerous rivers and rock formations, as well as an array of flora and fauna.

In addition, Sichon, just a short drive from the national park, will soon see a new residential and hospitality development in Urasaya that will promote eco-conscious, locally-inspired tourism.

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