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Siray Island Phuket, Decay

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I've been visiting Siray Island, a small island right off Phuket town, connected to the main island by a bridge. It's just a short drive away on my scooter, so I thought I'd spend the day here.

Mostly it's been positive, some fun monkeys, a temple with spectacular views, a bay with a pier so long, you can walk to the end and be practically out at sea.

But towards the north end of this island, its a bit more decayed and a whole lot more annoying! See the map below, on Google I spotted a beach at the end of the road.

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It looked fantastic, and quiet, a real find just next to a major town! As I drove along the road, it looked more and more promising. The jungle was encroaching into the road, a sure sign cars don't come here. No cars, means no tourists. I got my hopes up high only to have them dashed:

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The road ends in a private section, the beach is sealed off, and no guard there to sweet-talk/bribe to unlock the gate. I couldn't go further! You can visit the end using Google Street view, but no longer.
There's a lot of places that have been built in Phuket without permission, and a lot of land has been bought, only for the owner to realize it cannot be built on. I wonder how much of this island are like that. It's such a waste, even rich people can't visit here, let alone a curious Appon.

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Further down, a different branch of the road hits a similar problem, this was to be an expensive property too. You can see a road up the hill, a sharp twisty road, that's clearly been taken by the jungle. Uncovered drains cuts across this road, making it very treacherous for a scooter with small tyres, but nevertheless I get to the end of it, and visit the mangrove swamp below (see the picture at the top of this article as proof!).

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There's some more abandoned condo frameworks here too. Just along the coat. There's a fantastic seafood restaurant down this end of the island. I've seen it on television, but haven't yet had the money to visit it. Maybe next time. For now, I just visit the abandoned concrete structures that should long ago have been completed or knocked down.


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