PHUKET: Owners of an abandoned resort in the foothills of Patong have refused to take down part of their structure to re-open access to the land behind it.

The land in question, valued at 40 million baht per rai because of its panoramic view of Patong, cannot be developed without access, said landowner Utaiwan Van-Zandt, who has been fighting to re-open a pathway since 2009, when the resort was built.

There is no doubt that landowners are owed access to their property, said Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong when he inspected The Crest Phuket resort on December 12 (story