Prime Minister Srettha Began Tour of Southern Provinces Aim to Boost Tourism


Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, along with key cabinet members, began their February 27-29 tour of the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat with an aim to boost tourism in Thailand’s southern region.

Joining the premier were Minister of Transport Suriya Jungrungreangkit, Minister of Tourism and Sports Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, Minister of Justice Pol Col Thawee Sodsong, Minister of Culture Sermsak Phongphanit, and Deputy Minister of Interior Kriang Kantinan.

Srettha’s day began with a visit to the Pattani City Pillar Shrine at 2.30 p.m., where he and his delegation wore shirts made from the locally produced green Pattani fabric, paying respect and seeking blessings for their mission. The group then visited Krue Se Mosque, a significant historical and cultural site in Pattani.

During their visit, the premier expressed his support for the preservation of local crafts, including brass work, and encouraged the transmission of these skills to future generations. He tasked the Ministry of Culture with considering support for the establishment of a museum to showcase Pattani’s numerous local products, which lack promotion.

Srettha also sampled halal food from local entrepreneurs and women’s groups, showing a keen interest in promoting Thailand as a global halal hub to enhance income for the citizens. The premier later engaged in cultural activities, including wearing a traditional hat and participating in batik painting, symbolizing collaboration with the local community.

The visit concluded with a tour of Pattani’s tourist attractions, including Ban Khun Phithak Raya, a cultural market, the Leng Chu Kiang Shrine, and the Pattani ASEAN Tourism Festival.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.