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‘Safe’ walking path created up Patong Hill

‘Safe’ walking path created up Patong Hill

PHUKET: Officials have created a new walking path up Patong Hill so people can choose to not walk past the landslide zone where the road collapsed last week.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 25 October 2022, 10:30AM

The path starts on the left side of the Patong Hill road opposite the Patong Shooting Range and leads up the steep hill to the Patong City sign located beyond the landslide zone.

Kathu District Chief Siwat Rawangkul was at the site yesterday (Oct 24) to select where the path would traverse and coordinate the installation of the walking path, which is less than 300 metres long.

The first 150m is described as “normal walking”, while the remaining 150m is a “stairway leading up”.

Handrails made from hewn branches have been installed. Sandbags have been placed over muddy areas to help prevent people using the path from slipping.

There is a free food and water break point and mobile toilets have been made available at the Patong City sign, nearly as a reward for making it up the steep slope.

The path is open 24 hours a day. Lighting has been installed. Police, navy personnel and administrative officers have been assigned to provide security.

Mr Siwat noted that the path is a temporary measure only until better, long-term provisions can be made.

From the Kathu side, motorbike riders can park in front of the police checkpoint blocking traffic from continuing up the hill and start the walk from there. Car drivers can park at the defunct floating market in Kathu and take a free shuttle bus service from there to the checkpoint. The shuttle service operates from 7am to 8pm.

From the Patong side, motorbike riders and car drivers can park at Noen Tong Restaurant or take the free shuttle bus from in front of the Patong Municipality Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, located next to the main Patong Municipality offices on Ratpatannusorn Rd. The free shuttle service operates from 7am to 9pm.

Meanwhile, officials last night issued a notice reminding people that all vehicles ‒ including motorbikes ‒ are prohibited from passing the landslide zone on the hill as a safety precaution.

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Capricornball | 26 October 2022 - 16:23:28

Major increase in traffic flow, as now every vermin cartel member is clogging the roads of Kamala with their aggressive reckless behavior, as was expected. Speeding and tailgating a$$h@^#s just trying to gain one car space. By far the best thing about covid was nearly eliminating the public transport cancer, but now its in full relapse.

Kurt | 26 October 2022 - 11:32:16

Looks like cruise ships better go to deep sea port ( if deep sea port is deep and big enough), so passengers are not just limited to Patong, but can visit/tour the whole of Phuket without the use of  roads via Kamala and Chalong with heavy busses.

Timothy | 26 October 2022 - 10:55:55

That "walkway" is classic Thai engineering. Hope they saved some of those small trees and sand bags to rebuild the collapsed section of road. Wouldn't be surprised if they use garbage as fill, like you see all over the island. Gong show. 

Old guy | 25 October 2022 - 14:30:17

@Fasc.. For sure, but it certainly will affect tourism if they cannot easily visit the main attractions. Would there have been more Chinese cruise passengers disembarking if they could get to Wat Chalong, Big Buddha, Central Festival, etc.? 

Fascinated | 25 October 2022 - 11:07:23

I make it 6 days since the collapse- going to be some interesting work overnight for the gov's 'open in 7 days' pledge, 555. @Old guy- ever consider that this route mught just be for workers trying to earn a crust in Patong- nothing to do with tourists.

Old guy | 25 October 2022 - 10:59:47

The new TAT tourism advertisement.
Travel Agent: "Come visit Phuket Town Thailand. Enjoy a scenic Day trip to famous Patong and the 1/2km walk up a dangerous road, rain or shine. And, after a night on Bangla Road, enjoy the ride/walk back to your hotel. A holiday you will long remember!"

Kurt | 25 October 2022 - 10:54:44

Hahaha, The whole road collapse disaster turns out into a Thai Opera happening. Of craziness not knowing what to do. Just do something. ...See, we officials do something, even placing mobile toilets. Hope no one sits in such when a landslide occurs.  :-)    What a mess.


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