Thailand unveils plans to promote Sukhothai

Thailand unveils plans to promote the World Heritage site of Sukhothai as a hub for visiting other World Heritage Sites in ASEAN.

Sukhothai, Bangkok Post 20121015
Sukhothai, Bangkok Post 20121015

Push for Sukhothai World Heritage listing
Bangkok Post, 15 October 2012

The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) plans to push Sukhothai’s status as a World Heritage site in Asean in the next five years thanks to its good location.

Dasta’s five-year plan through 2016 stipulates the agency will use Sukhothai as a connecting point to other World Heritage sites elsewhere in Asean.

It needs the backing of the Transport Ministry to add Sukhothai to the 745-kilometre high-speed train route that will pass through Bangkok, Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai.

The agency will also ask the ministry to add more flights from Sukhothai to other cities with other World Heritage sites in Asean such as Hue (Vietnam), Luang Prabang (Laos), the Bagan archaeological zone (Myanmar) and the Prambanan temple compound on Java (Indonesia).

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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