Diplomats have been visiting Chumphon which is on the King’s Wisdom tourism route. The province has only two seasons: summer and rainy season. In the rainy season, there is a lot of rain throughout the area causing frequent floods, but the “Nong Yai Monkey Cheek” project, one of the royal initiatives of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has solved the flood problem for Chumphon people.
The diplomatic representatives making the journey are the Ambassador of the Republic of Peru; the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway; the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama and the Second Secretary of the Vatican City State. They have visited the “Nong Yai Area Development Project” which was established in accordance with His Majesty the late King’s royal initiative; listened to stories of natural monkey cheeks and guidelines for flood prevention in Chumphon, and visited island number 9 where people adhere to sufficiency economy principles. They also visited a crab pawn shop which is a place that receives crabs that lay their eggs outside their shell from local fishermen, in order for the eggs to hatch; they nurture the infant crabs before releasing them into the sea. Then, the visiting diplomats observed the beauty of the seabed at Ran Pet island and Ran Kai island.
Mr Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, joined the group on a visit to Matcha Street Community and Ban Thung Maha Community (Pak Klong Homestay), part of the Nong Yai Area Development Project which has been constructed in accordance with His Majesty the late King’s royal initiative in Chumphon.
Ms Thapanee Kiatphaiboon, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, Tourism Authority of Thailand, said the “Nong Yai Monkey Cheek” project was one of the royal initiatives. The project creates water holding bays to reserve some of the excess water flowing down from Tha Sae Basin and Rap Basin during heavy rains, and subsequently drain the water into the sea.