11 July 2024

Divers from the Marine and Coastal Resources Department and the Third Fleet of the Royal Thai Navy conducted an undersea survey of seabed at Khao Lak, in the southern province of Phang-nga yesterday (Saturday), prior to the development of an undersea Learning Park.

The Khao Lak undersea learning project has been jointly planned by the Royal Thai Navy, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and the Khao Lak Foundation, among others.

The design of the park is now being undertaken by the Marine Resources Conservation Division. The concept envisages a lotus sculpture, called Andaman Lotus, decommissioned military trucks and boats and “unused” Harley Davidson motorcycles being placed together at a designated undersea location, surrounded by a wall of artificial coral.

It is reported that HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya joined one of the diving missions to survey the area for the undersea park.

According to an official at the Marine and Coastal Resources Department, the Princess has shown a keen interest in the park project and has ordered that it be incorporated into the Royally-sponsored protect to conserve corals and other marine life.

The project is expected to be completed and formally opened next March by the Princess.