Satukarn Square Parking Lot
First off, Happy New Year to everyone. FBF hopes it's a good one for all.
It got off to a good start in Hua Hin as the Satukarn family did a good deed and made good use of their empty lot downtown for a few days. It became a temporary parking lot over the New Year break which helped with the severe lack of parking available in Hua Hin.
Why don't they do this all the time? The lot has been an eyesore since May (some might say long before that!) and certainly hasn't made them any money. We've all heard of their plans for a hotel, shopping mall and plaza but the site isn't big enough for all that and it's difficult to figure where that kind of money is going to come from when tourist arrivals are down, down, down.
At the very least, keep it as a parking lot and gain the merit OR, charge 10 Baht an hour, hire a guard, and get less merit but a little income. OR, build a 2-3 story parking lot with lights and a guard and charge 10-20 Baht an hour and still gain merit and get more income.
The new government building across Petchkasem started construction about the same time as Satukarn Square shut down all the shops and is almost complete but Satukarn eyesore still remains.
If they don't do something with it soon, another Top Charoen will probably pop up one night...