Topic: Krabi to get first "Sky Walk"

Krabi municipality is planning to create a new public park area, after realising the recently revamped Thara Park is about to become a victim of its own success.

The 103 rai space along the banks of the Krabi river in town is filled to capacity every afternoon and early evening as crowds flock to use the free baskeball courts, playing fields, running and walking tracks and playground.

Recognising the need for additional space and looking to also create a new tourist attraction, the Krabi municipality has therefore earmarked the disused hill, Suan Preuksa Sawan, on the road to Huay Toh (just off Route 4) as the site for the new public park.

The council will invest millions of baht in the 625 rai area. Phase one - building roads and basic infrastructure such as drainage systems - is already completed. Pending approval from the Royal Forestry Department, phase two will start next year, creating pavilions, car parking areas, toilets, showers, an orchid house and botanical garden, children's playground, as well as signage for the hundreds of species of native plants and trees already there.

The high point - literally - of the project will be the proposed "Sky Walk" at the hill's summit. Billed as a treetop adventure, the suspended walkway will afford 360 degree views over the surrounding area - from the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park over to the Krabi River estuary and beyond to the islands. It will be Krabi's highest accessible view point. Plans are also in place to use the Sky Walk as an adventure playground, with climbing activities for children.