Plans for Phuket monorail to aid tourist transport move forward

Plans to build a monorail in Phuket have sped up as Thai officials believe the increased convenience for tourists would bring more people in and boost the economy.

Phuket officials want to move forward on plans for a monorail as current transportation options for tourists are insufficient.

Phuket officials want to move forward on plans for a monorail as current transportation options for tourists are insufficient. Image by Martin Wölfle / CC BY 2.0

A study into the construction project will be ready by next month, reports the Bangkok Post.

The monorail, which will cost about 20 billion baht (£365 million), would link the Phuket International Airport with 20 stations over 60 kilometres of track. Stops would include attractions such as the Si Sunthon Heroines Monument, the Old Phuket City, Saphan Hin, Sakdidej, and the Phuket Public Library.

Currently, visitors mainly use songtaews – a shared taxi in a pick-up truck with bench seating – while residents drive cars and motorcycles.

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