About 300 new graduates and local residents in Narathiwat province have been employed to help develop cultural and natural tourism in the deep South.
The project is being carried out by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation for a period of one year, with the participation of local educational institutions, such as Princess of Naradhiwas University.
Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Dr. Anek Laothamatas and senior officials visited Narathiwat on 18 April 2021 to follow up on the operations of this project. They were informed that a number of graduates and local residents have joined several projects for community empowerment.
Among these projects are smart agriculture, herbal spa and traditional massage services, and the sale of woven cloth from the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (SUPPORT).
A survey shows that local people want the employed graduates and residents to help develop Sukhirin district as a major tourism destination in Narathiwat. Sukhirin is well-known for the eco-tourist site “Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary.”
Hala, on the western side, is in Betong district, Yala province, and Chanae district is Narathiwat province. Bala, on the eastern side, is in Waeng and Sukhirin districts, Narathiwat province. Located near the Thai-Malaysian border and dubbed the Amazon of ASEAN, Hala-Bala is part of the most fertile forest in the deep South of Thailand.
Tourism development in this area is in line with the Narathiwat Provincial Development Plan and the “Triangle of Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability” project. This southern border province boasts not only natural beauty, but also cultural attractions.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department