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Saphan Hin

Just five minutes south-east of Phuket City is a large area consisting of parks, sport facilities and other attractions – overlooking Phuket Bay. There is a fresh breeze from the bay and clean air all day long.

Popular among locals

PhuketSaphanHin_IMG_3002A land reclamation project has provided new land which is being used for parks and public facilities at Saphan Hin. It is located where Phuket Road meets the Phuket Bay.

Hundreds of local residents visit the area every day to play sports such as tennis, basketball, volleyball or soccer in the afternoon. Those who don’t indulge in sports take a stroll down its tree-lined streets or spend their time relaxing in the sala huts. A local market sells snacks and cool drinks and one can even buy packed meals to go.

Crime is a problem after dark. It is ranging from motorcycle racing at night to glue sniffing, robberies and drug pedaling. During daytime it is a great – and safe – place to visit and is highly recommended.

A bit of history

PhuketSaphanHin_IMG_3011In the circle is the Tin Mining Monument, shaped like a large drill bit. The first offshore dredger arrived in 1906 captained by Edward Thomas Miles of Australia. Tin changed the face of the island, and the introduction of the first tin dredges in transformed the coastline.

With it, tin mining moved offshore. There are still open mines to be found today, but most have disappeared, swallowed up by the jungle or transformed into farms and plantations. The dredges, however, have left their scars along the eastern coastline.

PhuketSaphanHin_IMG_2976The monument was built in 1969 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of tin dredging in Phuket.


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