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Wet weather earlier this month did not put off these Rang Hill visitors

Phuket Gains Tower for Rang Hill

Friday, July 27, 2012
PHUKET: A tourist viewing tower with 360-degree panoramas is to be erected on top of Rang Hill in Phuket City, Phuketwan has learned.

The budget of 18 million baht was approved yesterday by the Tourism and Sport Ministry, said Phuket Senator Tunyaratt Achariyachai, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Tourism of the Senate.

Next will come the process of seeking a design and deciding where the tower should go on the top of the hill, which is already a popular destination for Thai visitors and Russians tourists.

News of approval of the tower comes amid rising interest in plans for the top of Toh Seh Hill, which is taller but less developed so far for tourism.

The twin hills are well-known landmarks in Phuket City.

Approval of cash for the Rang Hill ''Phuketview Tower'' will come as a surprise to many as there has been little public discussion about the project.

It's part of a sizeable upgrade in spending by Tourism and Sport on Phuket, which only developed a toilet block at Cape Prompthep last year but aims to spend 86 million on four projects on Phuket this year.

The other projects are a sports stadium at Thalang (24 million baht), enhancement of Sino-Portuguese history in Phuket Town (20 million baht) and development of the new two sisters museum and historic park in Thalang (24 million baht).

Rang Hill is popular with Russian tour buses especially as well as locals who enjoy an outing in the cooler hilltop air.

Two popular Phuket restaurants, the Phuket View and Tung-Kha, are located on the hill and were joined by a third, the Khao Rang Breeze, last year.

Rivalry between the hilltops could develop if eating facilities are to be enhanced on Toh Seh Hill, which is reached by a roadway leading up from Phuket City's administrative heart.

The Rang Hill project would be overseen by Phuket City council and newly elected Phuket City Mayor, Somjai Suwansupana.

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'360-degree panoramas' sounds a lot like 'cutting down trees' to me!!
if the park is already attracting visitors why waste money changing it and possibly making it less attractive!!

Posted by another steve on July 27, 2012 11:41

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I can't help but think 18m baht spent on infrastructure and pollution control so my niece doesn't have to swim through **** at Nai Harn et al might be a better investment.

Posted by barry on July 27, 2012 13:32

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A shame, everything natural gets destroyed in Phuket. Rang Hill have for years been a popular place to take a stroll, run etc, for locals living nearby and a queiet place for a picnic on very warm days.

Posted by Harald on July 27, 2012 19:30

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I go to this hill very often. It's very popular with locals in the evening when the view of phuket town is amazing. I hope that whatever they do it enhances and doesn't detract from the current atmosphere.

Posted by Ty on July 28, 2012 00:02

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18 million for a view tower, but only 24 million for a sport stadium? Is the ground for the stadium so much cheaper?

Posted by ??? on July 28, 2012 08:53

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@??? No doubt a large part of the 18 million Baht will be for new 4x4's, required to carry the 'overseers' up the hill.

Posted by agogohome on July 28, 2012 10:07


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