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Thai Air Force Foregoes Kantarat Golf Course for Public Good: A Historic Pact with PM Srettha Thavisin

In an unprecedented move that has caught the eye of the nation, the Royal Thai Air Force has decided to part ways with its iconic Kantarat Golf Course, a verdant oasis nestled precariously between the hustle and bustle of Don Mueang Airport’s taxiing airplanes. This decision comes in light of a groundbreaking dialogue between Thailand’s newly minted Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin, and the air force’s top brass, ACM Punpakdee Pattanakul. Picture this: a conversation that could well be the plot of a thrilling movie, with both parties coming together for the greater good of the public.

The Prime Minister couldn’t wait to share the exhilarating news. He took to social media, his message radiating with appreciation for the air force’s magnanimous decision, painting a picture of a brighter future for the Thai people. According to him, a novel joint committee is set to rise to the occasion, tasked with the monumental job of transforming the widely known Sanam Ngu (field full of snakes) from an air force-owned golfers’ paradise into a land of public prosperity.

But why the sudden generosity, you ask? The answer lies in the skies—literally. Upon catching wind of a grand plan to give Don Mueang Airport a modern makeover, the commander saw an opportunity. The Kantarat Golf Course, with its unique position straddling the realm between massive runways, was the key to unlocking this ambitious project.

Just a month prior, the Air Force stood its ground against the winds of change, sparked by Chetawan Thuaprakhon of the Move Forward Party. The fear? That the transformation of the golf course would spell job losses for its workforce. However, the latest turn of events paints a hopeful picture, one where progress does not leave anyone behind.

But the conversation between the Prime Minister and the commander didn’t just hover over the golf course. They delved into the realm of the skies, discussing an overhaul in the Air Force’s pilot training schedule. A decision was reached to realign the training sessions, a strategic move aimed at minimizing disruptions to commercial flights, promising smoother skies for travelers departing from or landing at Don Mueang Airport.

And there’s more. Part of the Air Force’s Wing 1 facilities will soon open its doors to commercial use, providing a breath of fresh air to the adjacent Nakhon Ratchasima airport. Meanwhile, a new chapter is set to begin for downtown Chiang Mai, as the air force greenlights the construction of the outer ringroad slicing through Wing 41, a move that promises to ease the city’s notorious traffic congestion.

Discussions didn’t stop at infrastructure; they soared into the realm of the personnel’s welfare, with promises of improved living conditions for the rank and file. This meeting was not just a dialogue but a testament to the power of collaboration, a vision for a Thailand that flies high, not on the wings of airplanes, but on the dreams and aspirations of its people.

As Thailand stands on the cusp of transformation, the giving up of the Kantarat Golf Course signifies not just a change in land use, but a monumental shift in priorities—towards development, progress, and the collective good. In the heart of all this action is a simple yet profound promise: a better tomorrow for the Thai people, delivered through the synergistic efforts of their leaders and defenders.


  1. Natthawut P. February 10, 2024

    Finally some good news! It’s refreshing to see the military and the government working together for the benefit of the public. This could be a huge step towards modernizing our infrastructure and improving everyday life for the Thai people.

    • SiripornT February 10, 2024

      Absolutely, it’s about time! Our cities have been choked by traffic and pollution for too long. If they can pull this off, it’ll be a game changer for everyone.

      • Chatchai February 10, 2024

        I’m cautiously optimistic. We’ve seen grand promises before. Let’s hope it doesn’t get bogged down in bureaucracy or politics.

    • Panuwat February 10, 2024

      It’s great but don’t forget about the people working at the golf course. Hope the government has a plan for them too.

      • Natthawut P. February 10, 2024

        Good point, Panuwat. The article mentioned that the fear of job losses had been addressed, but the details are sparse. Transparency about these plans is crucial.

  2. SamuiLover February 10, 2024

    Why did it take so long for such a decision? Golf courses are a terrible use of valuable urban land. Should have been done years ago.

    • HistoryBuff February 10, 2024

      You have to understand the historical value and the bureaucracy involved. Changes like these are monumental and require a lot of negotiation.

      • SamuiLover February 10, 2024

        Fair enough, but the need for practical urban planning and land use should take precedence over recreational areas for the elite.

  3. GreenThumb February 10, 2024

    I just hope they plan on including green spaces in their new development plans. It’s important for cities to have parks and trees, not just buildings and roads.

    • UrbanPlanner101 February 10, 2024

      Absolutely! Sustainable development should be the goal. Would be amazing to see more urban greenery as part of this project.

  4. TechieGuy February 10, 2024

    This could be amazing for tech startups if they manage to create commercial spaces as part of the new development. Thailand could use a boost in tech infrastructure.

  5. Patriot_P February 10, 2024

    While progress is good, I hope this move doesn’t compromise our national security. The air force needs to maintain its operational capabilities.

    • Defender February 10, 2024

      Good point. The balance between development and maintaining defense capabilities is crucial. Hopefully, the air force has taken this into consideration.

  6. GlobalWatcher February 10, 2024

    This story is getting international attention. It’s a bold move that could serve as a model for other countries with military-owned land in urban areas.

  7. FutureStudent February 10, 2024

    I wonder if this will open up more opportunities for students in terms of universities and tech spaces. It’s exciting to think about!

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