According to a committee member taking part in the planning of a ‘Kata Karon Heaven on Earth’ campaign, details of which will be given to the public tomorrow, plans of constructing a giant pool at Karon beach in order to increase the tourism potential of the area. The member of the committee, who chose to remain anonymous, stated that he was horrified by this surprising idea and that “it sounded more like Hell on Earth than Heaven on Earth to me.”
Whether or not the pool has remained part of the plans will be announced tomorrow by Karon’s Mayor, Tawee Tongcham, who will detail the committee’s vision regarding the Heaven on Earth campaign to the public at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa. Among guests will be Tri Augkaradacha, Phuket’s Governor; Bangornrat Shynaprayoon, Tourism Authority of Thailand Regional Director, Somchai Sinlaparon, Hotels Association President, as well as other important decisional figures.
If the plans go forward, the most likely location for the new pool will be near the landmark gold sculpture placed in the middle of the beach stretching four kilometres. Nevertheless, the committee member opposing the idea stated that “the region would become more attractive for tourists if we were to improve the services and knowledge of local taxi and tuk-tuk drivers or to control water quality more strictly. Some of the water running into the sea is heavily polluted. So there are alternatives.”
The announcement of the Kata Karon Heaven on Earth project plans will begin at 10am tomorrow with media registration for the event. It will be followed by a five-minute ling video and a ten minute speech from the mayor. After that, Governor Augkaradacha, Mr. Shynaprayoon and several bank spokespeople will take the word.
Karon beach was once listed as the No. 4 Best Family Beach in the world by Lonely Planet, but its reputation has been tarnished by increasing numbers of visitor drownings over the past years. However, the beach is not very dangerous during the high season between December and April, when there are no strong currents.