A couple of months ago work on adding a roof to the walkway along Bangbao pier began. The roof stretches the length of the narrow old pier – about 350 metres and a second wider roof will be built over half of the newer extended pier. I think the idea is to protect visitors from the elements as they shop or walk got to & from the dive and snorkelling boats which use Bangbao as a pier.
Make your own mind up as to whether this adds to the appeal of the traditional fishing village or not. Personally, i think the roof over the narrow, old section will just result in a humid, airless corridor. Whereas the wider, roof over the newer section of the pier, from what I can see so far, looks more tastefully done.
Work should all be completed by the start of the next High Season.