Sapah Hin is a public park located by the sea at the end of Phuket Road. There’s an old dredger-shaped monument called (somewhat unimaginatively) the ‘60 Year Mine Monument’, which was built on the headland at the southern end of Phuket Road in 1969.
This monument commemorates one Captain Edward Thomas Miles, an Australian who brought the first metal ore-dredger to Phuket in 1909, hence the ‘60 year’ bit. In former times, Sapan Hin was regarded as the gateway of Phuket because the promontory was the chief trading port for freighters. As time went by, more land was reclaimed and developed into parks and public facilities, which now include a sports centre, large playing fields, restaurants and the island’s main boxing stadium. It’s also the site of two colleges – Phuket Community College and Phuket Vocational College.
Every day many Phuket residents visit Sapan Hin to jog or just to enjoy walking along the mangrove-lined paths. In the evenings people turn out to play tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, lawn bowling and takraw. Others come to picnic and enjoy snacks and drinks available from the small market. At the south end of Sapan Hin is the Kiew Tian Shrine, which plays a significant role in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival; all the street processions end here. To get to Saphin Hin just hop in a Tuk-Tuk or taxi; they all know it.