Connect with us

Phuket

A Decade Ago: West coast marina marked for Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: With a 2-billion-baht investment, there would be 150 condo units, 45 villas, and a marina with a berth for 30 boats – not a terribly exciting point for a page one story… so was news slow coming into July 23, 2005? No.

The twist, and there was a twist, to the project that eventually represented the potential for the largest Korean investment on the island as of 2007 (before it was again sold out): a west-coast marina.

There is a reason that the east coast of Phuket has picked up speed over the last decade as marine industry appears to be at the tipping point of a boom with Boat Lagoon Marina, Royal Phuket Marina (RPM), Yacht Haven and Ao Po Grand Marina all situated on the leeward side of the island, even with the battering of the southwest monsoon season.

“Exposure to the wind and waves of the southwest monsoon makes much of the west coast unsuitable for marinas for half the year, but the entrance to Layan Marina [which remains unfinished] is sheltered by nearby Koh Tha,” Anongnat Sartpisut of the Gazette reported a decade ago.

Two years later, then-Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit wooed investor Wang II Lee hoping to garner a major investment from the Korean firm Puvana Phuket.

What happened then? Well, that one requires a bit more research, but the marina found its way into the Gazette again in 2013 as property guru and long-time Gazette columnist Bill Barnett noted, “speculations that the plans for the Layan Marina project might be brought to the ground again, given the property traded hands some 18 months ago”.

With Boat Lagoon Marina and RPM both ramping up their efforts to create a vibrant luxury-lifestyle scene on the east coast – see Lighthouse Weekend Market and #destinationRPM – the function of a small marina on the west coast of Phuket seems a bit off kilter.

To boost the east coast’s claim, gang signs and all, to the marine industry, there have been serious developments by Yacht Haven to cater to what is expected to be a windfall of opportunity as legislation is pushed through to supply special regulations for superyachts and their crews.

Aside from page one, what else was happening on the island?

The police were hitting the public up for donations – not resorting to extortion – to help the force buy ‘badly-needed’ police vehicles; the island’s position in the world allegedly moved an entire 27 centimeters due to a December earthquake, so most hungover expats who were not quick to learn were walking into door frames and walls, as they moved through life like zombies; and it was also announced that the tsunami alarms would be connected via satellites to the Nonthaburi-based National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) – high-tech stuff for ten years ago.

If you’ve been here long enough, you already know the disheartening issues that arose from the early days of the system. If you don’t, well, stick around and we’ll get there when we look back again in ‘A Decade Ago’.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime23 mins ago

US man arrested for bank fraud 1 day before statute of limitation

Tourism3 hours ago

Tourism Minister proposes reopening entertainment venues November 1

Tourism4 hours ago

Full details on the 3 ways to travel to Thailand from November 1

Welcome back to Thailand!

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

World7 hours ago

1 dead, 1 injured in prop gun shooting on Alec Baldwin movie set

World8 hours ago

Biden reaffirms US would defend Taiwan against Chinese attack

Tourism9 hours ago

Curfew lifted October 31 for all or part of 17 Thai provinces

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Covid-19 Friday: 66 deaths, 9,810 infections, provincial data

Thailand10 hours ago

Thai car production expected to grow

World11 hours ago

Vienna Tourist Board censored by Facebook, shares art on OnlyFans

Crime11 hours ago

Man arrested after allegedly raping young girl 18 years ago

Education12 hours ago

China to prioritize foreign students returning

Tourism13 hours ago

Thailand’s focus on wealthy tourists won’t benefit small business

Thailand13 hours ago

3 categories allowed back in Thailand, Updates on re-opening | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 115

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Covid-19 infected patients to receive vaccine after recovering

Morning Top Stories Thailand13 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | The list of 46 countries permitted to enter Thailand from Nov 1 | October 22

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Phuket8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Trending