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Phuket Opinion: Lofty aspirations

Phuket Opinion: Lofty aspirations

PHUKET: At first glance the idea of approving, even just in principle, a three-kilometre-long cable car on Phuket does not seem like a good idea. Even second and third glances do not help. The idea seems like the last thing you would want to see approved here.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 5 January 2020, 09:00AM


The proposed cable car project is planned to be three kilometres long and reach up to 80 metres high – and cost an estimated B1.5 billion. Image: JH Cable Car Thailand

The proposed cable car project is planned to be three kilometres long and reach up to 80 metres high – and cost an estimated B1.5 billion. Image: JH Cable Car Thailand

Sure, the concept is great; tourists and local residents would love it – but it’s the pragmatism of making the cable car a sustainable reality that lets it down. Phuket is a place where officials and private tour business operators have enough trouble keeping tourists safe on land or on water, nevermind hanging 80 metres in the air.

Archawin Sitaputra, President of JH Cable Car Thailand Co Ltd, certainly has done the right thing by first explaining that construction will be controlled by a French company, “which is expert in building cable car systems.” Bringing experienced companies from overseas in to make sure the construction is to spec is a good start. The problem is the ongoing operation and maintenance. Think zipline rides in Chiang Mai.

This is not to disparage the idea. It is refreshing to see a novel idea put forward that will only contribute as a value-add attraction to the island.

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People on holidays need a break from the beach and shopping every now and then, and it’s also an attractive idea for young adults as well as families. Yet, so was the long imagined “world’s largest” Ferris wheel that was prominently announced three years to be built on 30-40 rai just west of Chao Fa West Rd in Wichit. At last report, that project still has yet to break ground.

Safety is paramount for any new attractions in Phuket, and despite the term being used ad nauseum by officials this is where Phuket’s “tourism image” really does come into play. Phuket’s reputation as a safe destination to take a holiday has taken a battering this past year alone, not including the Phoenix disaster that killed 47 tourists in July 2018.

If Mr Archawin and his company can manage to produce a tourist attraction that is safe, we’ll take our hats off to them. It would be a genuine first for Phuket.

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Kurt | 06 January 2020 - 08:17:14

@stegee,  correction. It was a Italian-thai join venture for 2 underpasses only, in which the thai were contracted to come up with enough local skilled labour to complete withing contractual construction time, which the thai construction partner did not. Al other underpasses a 100% thai construction business.

Kurt | 06 January 2020 - 08:10:35

The Hat Yai cable car track is to short to be worth a ride. And,..shameless, foreigners have to pay a extortionate amount more than locals.

CaptainJack69 | 05 January 2020 - 15:28:10

@stegee: "Ital-Thai Construction" may be half European in name but in reality it is an entirely Thai entity. Its Thai owner is one of the richest men in the country and responsible for some of the biggest scandals out there.

CaptainJack69 | 05 January 2020 - 15:24:04

Totally agree with all of that, but I would make a counter point (if a realistically moot one) Phukets economy was far stronger a  decade ago when you could argue that it benefited from a reputation   as a slightly dangerous and therefore interesting place to go. Of course the clientele is totally different now with more families and fewer European adults, but wasn't it more fun back then?

Sir Burr | 05 January 2020 - 14:55:19

@stegee
Ital-Thai works in Thailand, not in Italy. It's head-quarters are in Bangkok.

stegee | 05 January 2020 - 11:18:15

doesn't matter if the company comes from europe... wasn't an italian company resposible for building the ever troubled bypass tunnels??

GerryT81 | 05 January 2020 - 10:46:29

Generalizing opinion full of crap. " It would be a genuine first on Phuket" There are a lot save tourist attractions on Phuket. No need for the PN to take off your hats,just take off your blinkers for once.Btw,Hat Yai cable cars operates for over 8 years now.No accidents.Why shouldn't that been possible here ? Only because it's Phuket ?

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