Trang waterfall reopens after tragedy
- Published: 17/03/2013 at 05:18 PM
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TRANG - Sai Rung (Rainbow) waterfall, one of the province’s popular tourist attractions, has reopened for the first time since 2007 when it was hit by mountain torrents and mudslides during the Songkran holiday that killed 38 revellers.
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Trang governor Teerayut Eimtrakul presided over the opening ceremony of the waterfall that included a religious ritual in Banthat Wildlife Sanctuary in tambon Na Choom Hed on Saturday.
After the 2007 waterfall tragedy, Mr Teerayut said, provincial authorities had worked closely with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and villagers to develop the place and devise security measures including installing two disaster warning systems on the premises to ensure safety and create confidence for tourists.
In April 2007, flashfloods triggered by mountain torrents killed 38 people -- mostly Trang residents and tourists from neighbouring provinces -- as they spent their Songkran holiday at crowded Sai Rung and Phrai Sawan waterfalls in this southern province.
Run-off caused by heavy rain roared down from the Banthat mountain range to waterfalls where hundreds of tourists were bathing, carrying the victims downstream, slamming them against rocks and drowning them.
Most of the victims died at Sai Rung waterfall with the rest at Phrai Sawan, about 10 kilometres north of Sai Rung.
Although the incident did not damage the local tourism industry as beaches and marine attractions are the province's selling points, it drove visitors away for years over concerns for their safety.
Sai Rung waterfall has only one level but the power of its water flow often creates a rainbow from the spray it produces. The area is perfect for trekking, swimming and picnics or just plain relaxation.
Sixteen waterfalls -- seven in Phatthalung, six in Trang and three in Satun -- in the Banthat mountain range draw more than 100,000 tourists a year, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Trang office.
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- Writer: Methee Muangkaew