Connect with us


Hackers moved the Google location for Phuket’s popular Promthep Cape




A house at the Huay Namthor village in the Muang district of Phuket has been getting some additional visitors since December 31.

Tourists, using Google Maps to find the popular attraction of Laem Promthep (Promthep Cape), the southernmost spot of the island, have been ending up 4 kilometres away from their intended destination.

The location pin had been moved by hackers.

The mayor of Rawai municipality, Aroon Soros, says the location pin of for Promthep Cape on Google Maps had been moved since December 31.

Promthep Cape has a nightly traffic jam as tourists flock to the southern cape to enjoy the sunset (the exact same sunset they could see anywhere along the west coast of the island, but…)

“The move has affected visitors who relied on Google Maps as they were misguided to another venue, which is not Laem Promthep. It’s a waste of time for the visitors. They also missed opportunities to view the beauty of the sunset viewpoint on the island,” he told Bangkok Post.

The municipality has responded by erecting additional signposts along the route south and is advising visitors to search for some of the adjacent tourist magnets, such as Larn Phra Prom or Promthep Cape Lighthouse, when searching for Promthep Cape on Google Maps.

The mayor is also calling on the Digital Economy and Society Ministry to help solve the problem of the errant Google Map pin.

UPDATE: By lunchtime Friday the ‘pin’ had been re-located to the proper location.

Hackers moved the Google location for Phuket's popular Promthep Cape | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Avatar


    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I’m trying to find Keith Fitzgerald’s “Kayaking to Buddha” story.
    What happened to it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Vietnam strikes deal to manufacture vaccines, but which brand?

Crime12 hours ago

Motorbike thieves arrested after a million baht of bikes stolen

Tourism15 hours ago

300 tourism businesses given SHA Plus certification in Phuket

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Chiang Rai15 hours ago

Police warn child pornography is a serious matter after teacher caught downloading clips

Weather15 hours ago

Tropical storm Koguma brings heavy rain to North, Northeast

Thailand15 hours ago

(Another) poll (also) shows Thais’ lack of confidence in vaccine campaign

Politics16 hours ago

Despite rumours, PM and goverment not planning early election

Thailand17 hours ago

Thai PM not happy with soccer gambling

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Doctors demand the government be more honest about Covid-19

Songkhla18 hours ago

Songkhla officials investigate pricey street lamps

Crime19 hours ago

Illegal casino operator accused of 4 charges including murder

Thailand19 hours ago

Survey shows lack of confidence in Government’s handling of vaccinations

Thailand19 hours ago

Goverment kind of discloses what the secret budget is spent on

Weather20 hours ago

Penis statue works as village sees rain after erection

Eastern Thailand20 hours ago

Man busted for allegedly possessing over 100 marijuana plants, selling marijuana online

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8