ABOUT A HIN LEK FAI SKYWALK – FIX THE BASICS FIRST?

A recent Royal Coast Review article posed the question “Should Hua Hin Have a Skywalk Attraction of Its Own?”.  Our followers responded with an almost unanimous answer; a Big No!; fix the basics first.

The article described a proposal to upgrade the Hin Lek Fai viewpoint with a Skywalk, a see-through glass walkway that are big hits worldwide, including in Thailand. 

That article may be seen by following this link  https://royalcoastreview.com/2021/12/should-hua-hin-have-a-skywalk-attraction-of-its-own/?fbclid=IwAR11wgkoOmAfqWNSJUFRERmbYgpxaB-c4M8VsBVGBAhhhX34rUbdI_2wl5c

Comments followed two directions.  First a need to prioritise fixing infrastructure such as waste management, public transport, sidewalks and other pedestrian access issues with shortfalls in maintenance noted.

“I’m not against the concept, just that there are so many other things that should come first before spending a baht on even considering this” was a typical comment.

The second group of respondents wanted to prioritise the development of the foreshore between the Jao Mai Tub Tim Shrine (the Chinese temple) heading north towards the fishing pier.  This is the where the iconic seafood restaurants which extend over the shores seaside of Naresdamri Road are fast being demolished. 

The notion of a boardwalk which retains the essential ambience and traditional look of the area is a popular vision.  However, a plan has yet to be revealed by the city’s decision makers.  We’ll be asking the municipality about these plans soon!

Using the public purse to build non-essential city landmarks inevitably draws criticism.  But could the argument that limited budgets should first be used to improve the quality of life for residents be short sighted? 

City landmarks often become major tourism attractions, drawing visitors who provide a significant source of revenue.  Although a Hin Lek Fai Skywalk is nowhere near the scale of worldwide attractions such as Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio or the Sydney Opera House on the harbour, these were also highly criticised as non-essential projects that are now a source of great community pride and tourism income.

The Editor – Royal Coast Review