Recently, Mr. Jeerawat Pramanee, Permanent Secretary of Hua Hin Municipality, led a dedicated team of municipal employees in a community-driven endeavor. Together, they actively participated in a volunteer clean-up initiative, aptly named “We do good things with our hearts,” held at the picturesque Khao Tao Reservoir. The initiative was orchestrated under the guidance of General Krit Puangwalaisin, the esteemed Hua Hin District Chief.
Presiding over the opening ceremony of this altruistic undertaking was the theme of doing good deeds with heartfelt dedication. Mrs. Usa Puangwalaisin, President of the Hua Hin Red Cross Branch, joined the occasion, along with Mr. Kittichai Srithongchuai, Deputy District Secretary of Hua Hin District, and Mr. Jane Wit Phalisak, Hua Hin District Public Health head of government agency. This united effort included various entities: government agencies, private sector representatives, and volunteer groups, all joining hands to meticulously clean the vicinity around Khao Tao Reservoir.
Their collective efforts involved the thorough collection of refuse, coupled with the sprucing up of the surrounding areas through water spraying, fostering an environment of orderliness, cleanliness, and aesthetic appeal. This gesture was a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, whose passing anniversary is on the 13th of October 2023. It also served to enhance the positive image of tourism in the Hua Hin Subdistrict.
Khao Tao Reservoir, situated in Nong Kae Subdistrict, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, stands as a remarkable testament to royal benevolence. The reservoir is a distinguished project, being the inaugural initiative of the Royal Irrigation Department. Its location, resembling a turtle in shape, is adjacent to the sea and near a mountain, in the village of Baan Khao Tao. Historically inhabited by fishermen, the village faced arduous challenges with limited access to water and unfavorable soil conditions for cultivation.
In the past, travel was hampered by impassable, muddy roads and a lack of potable water. The villagers resorted to sourcing fish from the village’s available water sources. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, during his visit to the Hua Hin area, bore witness to the villagers’ struggles, notably in Khao Tao village, grappling with overpopulation and scarce water resources for consumption.
Addressing this pressing issue, His Majesty displayed his compassion by granting a substantial tract of land generously offered by the villagers. In a significant act of benevolence, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great donated a substantial amount of his personal wealth, 60,000 baht, to the Royal Irrigation Department. This financial contribution was instrumental in commencing the construction of Khao Tao Reservoir on the 9th and 13th of May 1962. This project marked the inception of royally-initiated endeavors by the Royal Irrigation Department.
In 2017, as a mark of tribute and gratitude, the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning obtained royal permission to construct a statue of His Majesty the King at Khao Tao Reservoir. This Thai-style pavilion, housing the revered statue of King Rama IX, stands proudly in the midst of the reservoir. It serves as a perpetual reminder of His Majesty’s benevolent legacy and stands as a tribute on the auspicious occasion of his 90th birthday.