4 months after the launch of the Phuket Sandbox, a pilot reopening program that has now turned into a nationwide reopening plan for international travelers, the local government in Phuket plans to spend 100 million baht in new sites to attract tourists.
The first of the 3 flagship projects is a glass walkway that would allow visitors to walk along the structure while enjoying the view, but also being able to see directly through the walkway. A similar structure was built in Loei, near the Laos border, under the name Chiang Khan Skywalk, allowing visitors to walk 80 meters above the Mekong River.
The second project is a proposed plexiglass bridge overlooking Cape Pansea at the northern end of Surin Beach, one of the high-end beaches along the west coast of Phuket. Pansea Beach is home to two of the island’s best resorts, Amanpuri and The Surin, and isn’t easily accessible except for hotel guests.
The location of the new Phuket Gateway would be near a football pitch on the southern tip of the island, at the famous sunset tourist trap Cape Phrom Thep.
Skywalks have once been a popular regional attraction in Vietnam and in the Mahanakhon building in Bangkok.
The third landmark will be another observation tower at the Phuket Gateway on the northern tip of the island near the Tha Chatchai checkpoint. The Phuket Gateway has been a white elephant project that authorities have launched and relaunched on several occasions but is almost completely ignored by tourists.
The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization has said it will conduct all environmental impact studies and design completion before construction begins next year. Construction is expected to take up to 4 years.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
PHOTO: The Chiang Khan Skywalk in Loei, northeast Thailand, overlooking the Mekong River.