Some truths you need to know about Hua Hin island. Source: Shutterstock.
THE pristine island of Hua Hin, located in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, was Thailand’s first seaside holiday destination.
The quiet fishing village was first discovered by railroad engineers in 1909 before growing into a fashionable escape after the 1920s when the Thai royal family built summer palaces here.
This gave Hua Hin the title of a “royal resort.”
Today, it is a pretty beachside town that is unlike other popular Thai destinations such as Phuket and Pattaya.
Because of the island’s close links with Thai royalty, Hua Hin remains moderately developed without the overcrowding or all-night partying at bars and clubs pulsating with pounding beats.
Its long white sandy beaches, small and laidback town, relaxed vibe, and bountiful of activities make it the perfect destination for families.
Which is why Hua Hin’s authorities scrambled to set up a giant net off its beach recently.
In April, 54-year-old Norwegian tourist Werner Danielsen was attacked by a bull shark while swimming at Hua Hin’s Sai Noi beach.
Officials had initially tried to pass off the man’s severe leg injury as being a gash from sharp rocks, according to The Straits Times.
However, the abbot of Wat Tham Khao Tao released video clips showing four sharks swimming off the beach not far from the temple, which pressured officials to reveal the truth.
The Marine and Coastal Resources Department deputy director general Jatuporn Buruphat later confirmed the wound was caused by a shark. Werner suffered tendon damage and received 19 stitches, Bangkok Post reported.
Shortly after, the officials announced it would be sealing off the beach for at least 20 days due to safety concerns for tourists.
Signs warning people not to swim out further than 20 meters were also erected.
The department quickly jumped into action, announcing plans to install long, floating nets at the beach to demarcate swimming zones. It was finally completed this week.
The net was erected at a depth of three meters covering a demarcated area of 50 by 310 meters from the shore and equipped with buoys to alert boats going into the area and blocks only big fish from coming close to the beach, according to Bangkok Post.
Meanwhile, Hua Hin’s governor said a camera drone would fly patrols over the area to alert officials about any dangers for swimmers.
Hua Hin’s Sai Noi beach is the first beach in Thailand where a shark net has been set up, which would also save swimmers from deadly jellyfish.