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An officer provides directions at the tsunami village site

Princess Builds Dream Tsunami Village

Thursday, December 11, 2008
THAILAND'S youngest Royal princess is on the verge of completing a dream project to help the victims of the 2004 tsunmi.

With the fourth anniversary of the December 26 tragedy nearing, Princess Chulabhorn is seeing her dream become a reality.

On the main Andaman coast road between Phuket and the Phang Nga town of Takuapa, the royal project includes 60 homes, with a large community centre, a children's centre, a handicraft skills school and souvenir shop, a food court, a meeting room and a home for the princess.

The project cost more than 100 million baht on 60 rai of land donated by the Forest Department and erected by the army at the northern edge of the village of Lamkan.

About 40 families already live there, and the princess's house has been finished.

The whole of the 'Baan Suai Faa Sai' (Beautiful House Bright Sky) development will be complete before February.

The princess told the people connected with the project that the idea for it came to her in a dream about three years ago.

The tsunami killed 5395 people along the Andaman coast, including Bhumi Jensen, the 21-year-old son of Princess Chulabhorn's sister, Princess Ubol Ratana.

The young grandson of HM The King was caught by the wave as he rode a jetski off Khao Lak, where he was holidaying with his mother and friends.


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