20 JUN 2019: Somethings one cannot make up. Bangkok’s red light district is reportedly set to be remodelled on, of all places, the quintessentially English Cotswold village, Bourton-on-the-Water. It is thought the Prime Minister wants to transform the centre of Rattanakosin Island in a bid to drive sex tourists away.

Hoping to improve the area's reputation, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha has started to work on making the area more like the Cotswold town he admires, according to the Bangkok Post.

Canals have been dredged and floating water cleaners installed ahead of plans to plant Yellow Star flowers along the banks to make the waterways more attractive.

Old buildings are to be be painted a soft shade of yellow to mimic the Cotswold stone cottages of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Still, Rattanakosin Island is unlikely to see the mini-skirted streetwalkers being replaced by Morris dancers or bowls of Pad Thai noodles being replaced by cream teas and scones.

“The second part of the plan is to re-adjust this area and landscape so it is not suitable for prostitution. New public activities should be introduced to the area to encourage tourism,” said Phaitoon Khamparat of the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, adding that prostitution there is 'damaging the image of Thailand.'

Street food sellers and scrap metal workers are also to be moved on from the area.

A source told the Bangkok Post that Prayut Chan-o-cha came up with his "dream" project after being inspired by Bourton-on-the-Water.

A spokesman for Cotswolds Tourism said the Bourton Visitor information centre was approached by the Royal Thai Embassy of Thailand’s Government about a visit in 2018 but they are unsure if the President was part of the delegation.

“A small team then visited the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water in June last year,” said the spokesman.

“The visit has obviously left quite an impression and we are very flattered that other countries appreciate the beauty of our area to the extent that they want to replicate the charm of the Cotswolds in their own places."

Cotswold District Councillor Nick Maunder thought it was a joke when he first heard about the plans to model the area in the village which has just over 3,000 residents.

“It’s a very pretty village situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty,” he said explaining why the Thai leader might be so smitten.

“I’m glad the visitors that come here get so much pleasure from it. I think people like the ambiance of the whole place, from the style of the architecture to the river running through it.

“I’m sure if he wants to know more about it we would be happy to host a royal visit.”

We believe there is no truth to the rumour that Amsterdam is planning to remodel its Red Light district to resemble the Cotswold’s Moreton-in-Marsh.

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