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.
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
In 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.
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