|The Verona, Thap Lan|
Just north of town are 2 new resorts in trendy style, in town are 2 new coffee shops and some new souvenirs shops. In town are also 2 new hotels / guesthouses and south of town is a new camping ground and a new trendy hotel (in European style). And 2 other resorts have expanded with new bungalows and even a 2-floor main building. Yes, Bo Klua is on the domestic tourism map! And it is a bit sad because it might be heading to situations like Pai, Chiang Khan, Phu Thap Boek, Khao Kho, Khao Yai and Wang Nam Kieuw. Where overdevelopment of resorts & restaurants have changed the place. And not for the better.
Theme Park Tourism in Thailand? Nature, Animals, history, old culture, European culture, Hill tribes but all within reach from a comfortable car, modern hotel, wifi, coffee shop and restaurants. And that all packed in a trendy form with colours and European designs from Italy, Holland or Swiss. And number one activity is making a trail of selfies from one theme park to the other theme park. The Verona created between Thap Lan National Park and Khao Yai National Park is a good example of a theme park for domestic tourism. European style looking buildings with shops and restaurants. Build between the beautiful mountains and destroying nature.
BTW .... maybe I did not express me clearly .... but visiting this kind of places can still be enjoyable and a great experience. Like Chiang Khan where the river-side street is turned into a theme park tourist attraction ... it is still a nice place to visit and I would recommend people to go there.