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Ariane Hawlik and Mike Nowak from Austria with one of the bikes they hired especially for Bike Week 2011. The couple came to Phuket a month ago to tour around the island. “We really wanted to be here for Bike Week, it’s great for motorcycle lovers,’’ Mr Nowak said. – Bike Week story page 3

Phuket’s coast gets B40m nip and tuck In the land where beauty comes cheap, B40 million for a facelift may seem like a lot. But it is exactly how much two of Phuket’s better-known coastal stretches will receive as they attempt to rejuvenate their image and wrestle the crown of the island’s most beautiful beaches.

By Janyaporn MorelJornjarun (Yo) SENIOR REPORTER

The plan to resuscitate Kata and Karon beaches and make them more sustainable tourist destinations was introduced to the public last Satur-

day during a press conference at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa, Karon beach. Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha presented the new promotion “Kata Karon: heaven on earth”, which will feature online on YouTube to promote the development projects run by Karon Municipality.

The beaches’ beauty has slowly been compromised in the face of rapid tourism growth, as foreshore development continues to encroach on its once pristine beaches. The new project aims to turn back the clock, comprising 12 different programmes to clean up the stretch of

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Monks and novices ordained It will be no ordinary summer holiday for 108 boys who have become novice monks for the duration of the school break. The annual mass ordination was held in Chalong Sub-district at Lati Wanaram Temple (Wat Tai) on April 6. It was suppor ted by Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation, Tambon Administrative Organisation, Phuket Cultural Office and local government, in honour of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

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As the Phuket business sector braces for change with the full implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, confusion continues to reign over local economic impacts. Under the agreement, a complete removal of tariffs will be in place between all 10 ASEAN member countries, aiming to establish a single market and production base. But what does it signal for Phuket? Speaking at a press confer-

ence on April 6, Phuket Tourist Association Vice President (PTA) Bhurit Maswongsa said the changes would likely have a significant impact on the business environment on the island. Mr Bhurit said the AEC policy will affect economic movement in five sectors, namely products, services, investment, skilled labour and capital. He said it will result in strong competition in all sectors, especially in services where free movement of skilled

Cell phones thrown over prison fence Dozens of illegal mobile phones have been seized by officers in Phuket prison in the past two months, suspected of being thrown over the fence from the outside. Phuket Provincial Prison Director Rapin Nichanont said on April 6 that a prison officer discovered two wooden boxes, each about one foot in length, near the wall at the rear of the prison. Each box contained three mobile phones with accessories, totalling six phones that had been thrown into the prison area that day. The officer made the discovery on morning of April 6. Mr Rapin said that, on top of another five mobile phones found thrown into the prison on April 1, more than 20 were found in the prison area in the month of March alone. “The mobile phones that are being thrown into the prison are suspected of being used for illegal activities, as prisoners already have access to public telephones within the prison,” said Mr Rapin. He urged anyone considering sending phones into the gaol to stop, because Phuket prison has measures to intercept them. He added that a device to cut mobile phone signal in the prison area is expected to be installed soon.

labour will likely mean a shift in workers to higher wage countries. That means increased wage competition, a possible benefit for local businesses looking to cut their bottom line, but may spark alarm among hospitality employees. “The Department of Trade Negotiation (DTN) has noted that the Phuket business sector still has very limited knowledge about the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) and the impact the AEC will have on the country’s economy,”

Mr Bhurit said. The DTN has subsequently coordinated with Phuket Provincial Commercial Office and Rajabhat Phuket University to hold a seminar on “How Phuket people should prepare for AFTA and AEC”. “The information session will provide knowledge to businesses about AFTA and AEC policy and their impacts, and will be open for any questions raised from both private and government sectors,” said Mr Bhurit.

The seminar will be held in the Pra Pitak Grand Ballroom of the Metropole Hotel on Thursday April 28 from 9am to 4pm, where around 300 are expected to attend. The opening speech will be delivered by Deputy Commerce Minister Mr Alongkorn Polabut. Anyone interested in taking part in the seminar is welcome to attend. For more information contact Phuket Provincial Commercial Office tel. 076 21 2017, Rajabhat Phuket University tel. 076 240 475

UK media personality visits

Famous British television chat show and radio host, Sir Terry Wogan, and his wife Lady Helen were in Phuket on holiday last week. The couple are pictured while on a cruise around Phang-nga Bay with old family friend and Royal Phuket Marina boss Gulu Lalvani. Sir Terry has been a leading media personality in the UK since the late 1960s.



Businesses ride two-wheeled fervor

A masked biker in Patong for Bike Week 2011.

The petrol fumes may have now cleared, but it was all about leather, engines and two wheels when Bike Week rumbled into Patong last weekend. More than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and riders from around the world converged on Phuket for the event from April 8-10, bringing with them more than 6,000 rare big bikes. The annual Phuket Bike Week has been held for the past 17 years by Phuket province together with Patong Municipality and motorbike groups such as Phuket Riders Club, Heroes End MC, Ride Thailand Magazine, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The effects on local business, struggling after recent

flooding in the south, were obvious. Patong hotels reported more than 95 per cent occupancy during the event, a trend that should continue throughout the Songkran festival. The restaurants and bars lining Patong beach also reported double the usual patronage, with most of the extra business coming from bikers. The staff of motorbike shops across the island were also kept busy. “We sold one bike this week and have repaired at least 20 big bikes,” said Teddy “Doc” Fagerstorm, director of West Coast Riders on bypass road. “Moreover, Bike Week helps in tightening up the

relationship between Thailand bikers. We worked together very well.” Jakrapong Rattanapoj, a member of Heroes End MC, said the reason Thailand attracts so many international bikers is because of its friendly environment. “In some foreign countries, fights between bikers are quite common. But in Thailand, there is none of that because all bikers are treated with respect. All Thailand bike clubs adhere to a strict rule that bikers should not be involved with drugs and fighting,” said Mr Jakrapong. “We explained to every international biker who wanted to join bike week that if you come here, you have to be well-behaved.

IBAP Business Fair is back The International Business Association of Phuket (IBAP) Business Fair is back again this year with a large selection of exhibitors, events and shows. Events Thailand is joining forces with IBAP to organise what’s shaping up to be the biggest domestic business fair on the island this year. The fair offers local businesses a unique opportunity to showcase their products and services to an estimated 4,000-plus visitors for its duration. Events Thailand co-managing director Jorge De La Torre said the concept of the fair was for residents and tourists to learn about Phuket through its businesses. “The aim is for people in Phuket to come and discover what else Phuket has to offer throughout its various niche businesses,” he said. Events Thailand co-man-

aging director Simon Samaan added “I think everyone can see that Phuket has grown substantially over the last decade or so. This has also neutrally translated into new industries, new products, services and businesses on the island – and not just hospitality related businesses either.’’ “Visitors to the show will be there to primarily look for new products and services, meet new suppliers and learn about new industries and business opportunities in Phuket, thus offering exhibitors the opportunity to showcase and sell their products and services to a real targeted audience.” The show will take place at The Homeworks Centre in Phuket Town on July 30-31. For exhibiting opportunities please contact Events Thailand on, or 076 612 550 or 089 725 6994.

strengthen community bonds, and secure the area’s economic and environmental future. Plans include a general cleanup of the beach areas, and increasing the greenery area along the beach with the Karon Park project. Advertising signs will also be zoned, and efforts made to reduce noise pollution. Beach-front hotel operators, traffic management, and city planning officials will also coordinate to ensure the conservation of precious local beach and ocean environments. While some elements of

the plan will take months to implement, the “Promoting Kata Karon world-wild” campaign has already begun. The promotion is distributing 1 million postcards sponsored by the four major Thai banks – Kasikorn, Krungthai, Siam Commercial and CIMB – for visitors to send home to their families and friends throughout the world. But one of the more cosmetically noticeable features will be the Karon Park project. Karon Mayor Tawee Thongchaem confirmed that a public park will be built at Nong Harn park on the Karon beachfront,

IN BRIEF Reduced publication Due to Songkran, and the deadlines imposed by the printer, this week’s The Phuket News is only 28 pages. Next week’s publication (April 22) will be the full 40 pages.

New judge to clear court backlog A new Phuket Chief Judge has assured local authorities that existing pendente lite (cases pending) in Phuket will be cleared quickly and impartially. During his report for duty with Phuket Provincial Governor, new Chief Judge Pakorn Rattanapit, who has just transferred to the position from Samui, said he would try to process the backlog of litigation as fast as possible. There are about 3,000 cases in Phuket still pending, the highest number for any province in upper-souther n Thailand.

Truck stops traffic

Traffic over Patong Hill was delayed for more than one hour last Friday night after an 18-wheeler truck broke down. The stranded B-double, which was heading from Patong to Phuket Town, blocked all lanes heading towards Phuket Town, creating havoc among drivers.

Student to represent Thailand

Stan Bailey, Michael Ma and John “Ling Yai” Grey (Caveman) at Friday’s IBAP meeting.  Photo: Dan Miles

Kata and Karon beaches to be cleaned Continued from page 1


with facilities including a football field with grandstand, public swimming pool and landscaped garden. He said it will become the centre for local and cultural activities. But the park is still a long way off. “The Karon Park plan is actually under drawing, but we have already completed a public hearing involving members of the public, government and business sectors and everyone is in agreement with the plan. We think it is important to get community input on this as we try to make Kata and Karon green again,”

said Mr Tawee. He also confirmed that underground electricity lines will be installed along the road from Karon Circle to Movenpick Resort and Spa, and from Karon Gymnasium up to Marina Cottage Hotel within three months, adding that there will be no more telegraph poles in Kata and Karon in the foreseeable future. The beautification work is expected to be completed by 2014, which is the year that Karon hosts the Asian Beach Games. A central element of the project will also be to enhance

security, seeking coordination between local police, tourist police and volunteers to cut down on tourist-related crime. But while it’s certainly a key goal, the campaign is not all about tourism. “This project is not only about attracting more visitors to Kata and Karon, but also about looking after the local residents and ensuring their lives are not adversely affects by tourism growth,” Mr Tawee added. The project will include training courses such as English lessons for locals working in hospitality and tourism.

Former Quality Schools International student Philip Upton took out the International Public Speaking Competition (Thailand) 2011 last week. He will now represent Thailand in the global finals of the competition to be held in London in May.

Rape claim A 21-year-old Swedish tourist claims she was raped by an illegal taxi driver in the early hours of Sunday morning. The woman told Chalong police she was walking along Patak Road when the taxi driver offered her a ride. The tourist said instead of taking her back to her resort, the driver stopped in a dark area near Karon Lagoon and raped her in his vehicle. The “black-plate” taxi driver, told police the intercourse was consensual. Chalong Superintendent Col Kraitong Chantongbai said police were investigating the claim.




Easter at friendship beach Families looking for a fun place this coming Easter should check out the Friendship Beach Resort’s Easter event at Friendship Beach, Rawai. The Great Friendship Beach Easter Egg Hunt for the kids will start at 3.30 pm on Sunday April 24 with great prizes to be won. Other activities include a fun child’s candy basket for every hunter, a special kids menu, and kids can enjoy the resort’s beautiful beach-side pool. Mum and Dad are welcomed for the April promo “Happy Heineken Hour(s)” from 3 pm - 7 pm with a great offer on Heineken draught beer plus the snack menu. There is an extra 15 per cent discount for residents holding an SCE Card. Entry is free for anyone

This way to Easter eggs. wanting to join the event. Bookings can be made with Charley Maurer, Telelphone 089 728 5304. For more information go to

Gov Tri turned the keys to get the truck moving on its way to help south flood victims.

Donated goods for flood victims Four small trucks packed with donation materials left Phuket last week to help relieve distressed flood victims in several southern provinces. Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha chaired the release of the trucks from Suthat Road in Phuket Town last Friday (April 8), loaded with items collected by Rajabhat Phuket University Alumni Club, Phuket Chamber of Commerce, Nakhorn Si Thammarat People’s Association, and B.C. Detective law firm. The donated items included dry food, clothing and water and made their way to flood victims in Surat Thani and Nakorn Si Thammarat provinces. It comes on the back of several similar collections organised by both private and government sectors. Last Thursday (April 7) at noon, Gov Tri and Jui Tui

A seminar on coping with the demands of time was held at Thanyapura Mind Centre last weekend.

Coping with busy time Some of the goods donated. Shrine President Mr Theerawuth Sritularak chaired the release of a large truck containing similar donated materials bound for Surat Thani. Mr Theerawuth said the donated items were collected

from three shrines in Phuket since March 28. He added that donations would continue to be taken from Jui Tui, Pud Jor and Kiew Tian Keng Shrines until normality returns to the affected areas.

Contemplative scholar Dr B Alan Wallace, founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, and Chairman of the Thanyapura Mind Centre, conducted a three-day seminar last weekend which was aimed at helping people cope with the many demands on their time. “In today’s world,” an announcement of the seminar explained, “it is all too easy to

confine any spiritual practice to brief periods of meditation each day, supplemented by occasional teachings and retreats. “His wisdom will help participants to understand why it is difficult for such intermittent dedication to Dharma, interrupted by long periods of mundane activities and everyday concerns, to bring about deep and lasting

transformation in our minds and way of life.” Dr Wallace is known for his ability to synthesise ancient contemplative practices and modern science, including psychology and neuroscience, making ancient practices more accessible to a broader audiences. The seminar was held from April 8-10 at the Thanyapura Mind Centre.

Phuket tournament reels in international interest It’s generating interest from teams in more three countries, and it hasn’t even been officially advertised yet. But with more than B4 million in cash and prizes on offer, the attention is hardly surprising. The Rawai Beach Fishing Club (RBFC) is organising a fishing tournament, and as Thailand’s first International Game Fish Association event, it’s sure to attract a big crowd. Anglers will cast their lines between

ruary 2-4 next year at the Similan Islands, regarded as one of Thailand’s best sport fishing areas. Organisers say over 30 teams have enquired, with 12 comfirmed from as far away as Austalia, Singapore and Canada. A number of sponsors are already attached to the event, but additional major sponsors are still being sought. Inquiries can be forwarded to Warren Crowe at:



Largest haul of lizards ‘We knew there was a monitor lizard racket’

A bound monitor lizard lies on display at the Customs Department a day after 1,800 of the lizards, an endangered and protected species, were seized by customs officials in Prachuab Khiri Khan Province from trucks travelling from the south to Bangkok last Friday.  – Photo AFP

Truck crash death toll at 16

The number of fatalities from a horrific truck collision in the central province of Samut Sakhon climbed to 16, while more than 50 victims required hospital treatment last week. The fatal collision, in which an overloaded small bus carrying more than 70 migrant workers from Myanmar was hit by a ten-wheeler

truck, occurred early in the morning of April 4. The overloaded bus had a maximum capacity of 24 passengers. A number of human rights groups are using the incident to highlight the need for stricter enforcement of bus safety laws in Thailand. The groups are also calling

for the regulation of welfare provisions for workers. They say many workers, both Thai and migrant, are routinely subjected to unsafe transport methods by their employers. In a surprise move, the Myanmar government has donated B16,000 to a fund set up for victims of the crash by other migrant workers.

The largest-ever seizure of monitor lizards was made in Thailand last week. More than 2,000 reptiles were discovered being smuggled in a convoy of pick-up trucks heading for the capital. The live Bengal monitors were found in plastic baskets on the back of three vehicles when they were stopped by authorities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, south of Bangkok, last Thursday. Customs officials, who put the estimated street value of the reptiles at B1.8 million baht, said officials believe they were destined for Chinese customers. “They come from Malaysia

and are transported through southern Thailand and northeastern Laos to China for eating,” said Seree Thaijongrak, head of the Customs Investigation and Suppression Bureau. “We knew there was a monitor lizard racket... this time it’s the largest seizure ever,” he said. Wildlife anti-trafficking organisation Freeland said monitor lizards are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and are threatened with extinction. International trade in the reptiles is banned and they are protected under Thai and Malaysian law. – AFP

Foundation sues government The 111 Thai Rak Thai Foundation last Friday sued the government for B39.8-million in damages in connection with the April 10, 2010 crackdown on red-shirt protesters on Rajdamnoen Avenue. The foundation, formed by 111 barred party executives following the Thai Rak

Thai Party’s dissolution, claims to represent 16 victims, killed or injured by the anti-riot forces. Lawyer Udom Prongfa said the litigation would be filed at the Civil Court naming the Finance Ministry, the Defence Ministry and the Army as defendants.

Luxury relief for Japan tsunami victims People made homeless by Japan’s quake-tsunami disaster began moving into a luxury Tokyo hotel last week, a report said. The 700 -room Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, where rooms used to be advertised at prices up to 150,000 yen ($1,750) a night, will become a temporary home for up to

360 people, Kyodo reported, citing government officials. Room service will not be available, but the hotel-shelter will serve three meals a day, charging 300 yen for breakfast and 500 yen for lunch and dinner, Kyodo said, adding residents will not be charged for their stay. The 40-storey hotel, once

a favourite haunt of politicians and celebrities, closed in March after 55 years in business. It is due for demolition in July, meaning those who live there will have to move again soon. “I’m feeling anxious as I don’t know what’ll happen in the future but I feel grateful that I can sleep on a futon,” Kyodo quoted Shoichi Ono,

an evacuee from Fukushima prefecture, as saying. Tens of thousands of people across Japan remain in temporary shelters following the March 11 quake-tsunami that destroyed large areas of Japan’s northeast coast. T housands have also been forced to evacuate their homes because of radiation

around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where workers are battling to bring quake-hit reactors under control. – AFP


IN BRIEF Floods cost B10b The cost of the southern floods could reach nearly B10 billion, according to the government. The floods could also slow economic growth this year, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said on Friday. The government has approved B6 billion for flood relief operations. The figure does not cover repair costs and business losses. Chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand, Kongkrit Hiranyakit, said tourist arrivals to the South during the Songkran festival could drop by 30 per cent, equivalent to 70,000-80,000 foreign tourists and about 100,000 Thais, with losses likely to come to B2.5-3 billion.

PM expects fair election

The government was determined to bring about a fair ballot, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said last Friday, while the Election Commission was in charge of organising a meeting of every political party to ensure compliance of campaign rules. “The government wants the voting to be fair and transparent,” he said. The prime minister said he expected the legislative process to enact the three organic bills on the revamped electoral system to be done by the end of this month, paving the way for the House dissolution in the first week of May as planned.

Poland still grieving one year after crash

Polish First Lady Anna Komorowska led dozens of grieving families to western Russia last Saturday (April 9) to mark the first anniversary of a plane crash that killed the country’s president and members of its elite. Some 125 relatives of the 96 victims landed in Moscow early Saturday before boarding buses that took them to the ancient city of Smolensk – site of the April 10, 2010 disaster that claimed the life of president Lech Kazcynski. The pain of the tragedy echoed across the world as disbelieving Poles watched the region where the Soviet NKVD massacred more than 20,000 Polish officers in 1940

come back to haunt them again. “I join with the American people, including many Polish Americans, in honouring the memory of these 96 Polish patriots,” US President Barack Obama said in a statement. “The images of the wreckage in Smolensk, and the loss of so many extraordinary civilian and military leaders who guided Poland to democracy and prosperity, broke our hearts.” The late Polish president and his top ministers and military commanders had been flying to Smolensk to visit the nearby village of Katyn that claimed the lives of the Polish officers at the start of

World War II. The Katyn tragedy was covered up by Moscow until the dying days of the Soviet Union and became a symbol of the uneasy relations the two nations experienced in more recent years. But the Russian-made Tu154 jet crashed in heavy fog in an accident whose blame neither side is willing to accept. The relatives of the victims were due to say prayers at a newly-erected cross at the site of the airport wreckage before reading names of the victims in a candlelight ceremony and then travelling on to the forests of Katyn. But all the relatives as well

as the first lady were due to return to Warsaw by Saturday evening and observe the actual day of the anniversary at home. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was only planning to join his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Monday for ceremonies at both the airport and Katyn. Russia has issued an initial crash report that placed the entire blame for the accident on the Polish crew and senior officials present on board. Poland has dismissed the politically-explosive charges and accused local air traffic controllers of failing to notify the craft about the exact weather conditions. – AFP





any walls of the lovely Sino Portuguese shophouses in old Phuket Town show their ages in this wonderful way. It may be cliched to say that history has been etched into this weathering of the white plaster, daubed over ancient bricks, but history has done just that. How do you react to these patterns? Countless rainstorms over the generations have watered these fungi and moulds, for them to paint the stylish abstract paintings that human artists would struggle to make. What were the lives being lived there in the last hundreds of years while these patterns were growing? Many photographers have recorded these urban patterns of rust and decay elsewhere in the world, perhaps for the same reason as Arteye: it is a good way to reflect on the passage of time and to contemplate the past’s linked to current lives being lived. What success, failure, joy, sadness, love and hate were experienced in lives lived on the second storeys of these architectural treasures in the last few hundred years?

MAKING ART Youth art

Ratcharit Rakchaikit, 5, and Parnpan Yodmanee, 18, were exhibiting their paintings in the Queen’s Gallery on Bangkok’s Rajdamnearn Avenue, the Thai equivalent of Les Champs Elysées, some time ago. Their paintings were among many selected for a national show of youth art displayed annually in Bangkok, which also occasionally tours other major city centres around the country. How do they appear to you? In a clear way, the works show what may be seen as the

usual progress from simple “child-like” art to more “accomplished” art made by an adult. With the practiced painting and drawing techniques evident in the work of the 18-year-old, has some of the spontaneity and infectious happiness of the five-year-old been lost somewhere along way? Art training and some teacher and adult expectations of good art must also have shaped this young artist’s perception of what good art should look like. Actually there is no reason at all why the squiggles and the fun should be abandoned, is there?

Parnpan Yodmanee.

Ratcharit Rakchaikit.


gain Street Art’s eyes are attracted to the gaze of this model on an advertising billboard. By doing so, the plan of the advertising creative directors who made the ad is partly-fullfilled. What do you think of that gaze? While many pretty and handsome faces on advertisements make up the usual visual intake of daily city communiting, many of these faces fail to convince The posed smiles and facial expressions of the attractive people happily enjoying their new car or fan are mostly taken for granted and passed over. But this beautiful model invites one to guess her nationality: Russian or East European, for Phuket’s market of Russian tourists and residents? There is also a depth behind that look that may reveal more of the model’s life experience than may be intended. But the other part of the advertiser’s plan is not achieved. Street Art initially walks away without wanting to know what she is selling. It’s a bed.



The President of Sunriders MC, Phuket, “Lobo.”

Bikers hit Patong


Patong resident Otto Philipp and his 1988 Suzuki Intruder.

A customised “bobber” bike at the Phuket Bike Week. The week sees thousands of heavily customised bikes arrive in Phuket. Above: Mark Comparot, a Phuket based Executive Chef, on his unique “Spider” customised bike based on a Harley frame and a Yamaha engine. He built the complete bike in his kitchen.

From left, Malaysians Nemal Gelbert, Lilee Marizalee, and Ivan Hoe registering for Bike Week.

Riders, from left, Reeview Saengkaew and Preeda Ruanphae with their Harleys. Left: Walter Breunig from the Sunriders MC on a 2007 Harley Davidson.





“Cool down a bit.”

Letters to the editor

Q&A: Hitting the road in Phuket Inspired by the leather-clad rev-heads at bike week? Or just sick of paying those exorbitant late night taxi fares? Here are the answers to a few common questions about renting a motorbike and making your own way around the island.

Where can I go to find a bike? Not very far. Any major tourist centres will have numerous motorbike rental shops, which, in Phuket, covers most of the island. Hotspots to look for are in Phuket Town, Chalong, Rawai and Patong, and some renters also advertise in The Phuket News classifieds. How much will it cost me to rent a motorbike? This depends on what type of bike you want and how long you wish to rent it for. An automatic will generally cost more than a manual, and newer bikes more than older ones. For an older model manual, look for around B150 per day, or around B3000 for the month and you’ve got a pretty good deal. Feel free to negotiate, particularly if it’s a monthly rental, but also bear in mind that high season

will limit your bargaining power.

What do I need to check before I sign the contract? If you are renting the bike long term, take it for a ride first and find out if it needs any repairs. Anything that needs fixing before you sign the contract is the responsibility of the hirer. Anything after that will most likely be coming out of your pocket. It’s also advised to take a few photos of any superficial damage so you can’t be blamed for it later. What should I leave as a deposit? You will no doubt be asked to leave your passport. This is not advised. Talk to the renter and find out what else he/she will accept. Often a cash deposit and a passport photocopy will be accepted, but make sure any cash deposit comes with a receipt. What are the traffic laws on Phuket? The actual laws in Thailand are not that different to most other countries, but they’re rarely adhered to. In general, give way to anything bigger than you and

always expect the unexpected. Don’t forget your helmet too unless you want to make friends with one of Phuket’s finest.

I’ve never ridden a motorbike before. How difficult is it to learn? While riding bigger bikes can be tricky, riding a scooter is surprisingly easy and can be all but mastered in a matter of minutes. Most rental shops will be more than willing to give you a short lesson if you ask. If you’ve never ridden before though, it’s best to start yourself on a small automatic until you get used to it. Do I need a license? Legally yes, technically, well... A Thai license is the only one recognised by domestic law, meaning an international license is about as useful as your Mickey Mouse Club card. In reality, most expats have been driving around the island on a license from their home country and have never had any problems. If you are stopped, a small donation to the local police department can often ease any concerns.

Losing face?

Brilliant event

This is more of an open question to anyone out there who runs a business on the island: Is it just me or is there a serious problem in Thailand (and specifically Phuket) with common courtesy and etiquette in the work place when it comes to giving adequate notice when leaving a job? I have been running a small business now on the island for over 10 years with an average of 15 staff and I can honestly say that not once have I been given adequate notice when a staff member decides to leave. On speaking to friends and colleagues in similar situations, it’s also the same problem with them. Even more disturbing and quite damaging for any business is what seems to be a common thing here in Phuket for staff to disappear just after pay day. I’m not sure if this normal here in Phuket but surely these people should realise that they’re also hurting their own economy and country. The cost of re-hiring, retraining staff and non-production days due to abrupt departures can all be extremely damaging to any economy. Has this got anything to do with losing face if they give adequate notice? If so, perhaps it’s about time these people should start looking at the bigger picture and the future for a change rather than being so short-sighted. Werner Hollander Phuket

I must applaud the organisers of Phuket’s Bike Week. My friends and I wandered down to Loma Park for a look at the weekend and what a night we ended up having. We are not bikers by any means, but the event seemed to cater to all ages and needs. There was a mix of cultures, the music was legendary and there was a huge selection of food and beverages on offer. My initial concerns about whether we would feel intimated by the black leather waist coats, the rumbling sound of engines and bikers covered in tattoos were quickly dismissed. The atmosphere was friendly and the passion the bikers showed for their machines was endearing. All in all a fabulous event that no doubt has brought in a large cash injection to the island. My friends and I look forward to again attending next year. James McDonald Chalong

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Perfect for family Richard Desmond Managing Director Cape Heights, Cape Yamu




How long have you lived on the island and why did you move here? We moved here eight and a half years ago. My wife Kay and I wanted to try somewhere other than living in England, so we decided to uproot and come to Phuket.

What kind of music are you into? Anything that sounds good, as long as it’s an original. I also like Elton John, Sting, Rod Stewart.

What hobbies or sports are you interested in? I play cricket for the Patong Cricket Club here in Phuket which is great fun, plus there are lots of interesting people who we meet through cricket. I also watch EPL if I can stay awake.

The person you admire the most and why? Kay my wife. She teaches our three children with great patience, plus has learned to read, write and speak Thai by herself.

What is the best tip you have for people moving to Phuket? Don’t try to do it all at once. Take time What is best thing about living here? to see how the place works, then make The great way of life. We have had big decisions. three children (Bonnie, 7, Harry, 4, and What is the funniest thing that has George, 3) while living here. happened to you while living on the Thais love children and because of island? the great weather we can always do lots When building one villa, I changed of outdoor things together. a door position and crossed it off the plan. I told the foreman where to put What do you do to relax? the new door and when I came back As a family we love to go over the later the bricklayer had bricked up the bridge into Phang Nga, where they have whole room with no door. amazing waterfalls and jungle treks. When I asked him why he had done On Phuket we visit splash jungle that he replied “no door on plan’’ – the and love Nai Yang beach. foreman had not spoken to him.

If you could come back as any other person who would it be and why? Favourite food or dish? Clint Eastwood. He is my favourite Roast lamb. In Thailand I like anything actor and has starred in many great with prawn but not too many chillis. movies, especially Spaghetti Westerns. I love pizza too, and basically everything. So punk, make my day!



Pregnant students pushed out of schools A pregnant student joining a school class is still largely seen as unacceptable in Thai society. Pregnant students are mostly forced to discontinue their education and live as relative outcasts.

By Paritta Wangkiat (Mai) REPORTER


quick glance around a Thai school campus and all may appear relatively normal. But look a little closer and an anomaly exists that remains an enduring controversy in Thai culture. There are no swollen bellies protruding from beneath the uniforms of young women. Pregnancy is a rarity in Thai schools; it is not welcome here. While Western society has largely tolerated and even encouraged pregnant girls to continue their higher education for some time now, it was not until last year that an announcement was made by the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) that pregnant girls should be allowed to attend class - an attempt to end long standing debate. MOPH’s announcement was followed by a poll from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) that showed 62.23 per cent of Thai people agree with the policy to encourage pregnant students to continue their education. There has been a definite liberalisation of attitudes. But the reality for young women has changed little, and support remains hard to come by for pregnant students. Some are forced to leave school or transfer their credit to nonformal education. Others decide to have an abortion – an illegal act in Thailand. “I had an abortion when I

was 16,” confessed a 27-yearold local tour guide, who preferred to remain anonymous. “I was afraid of people’s talk and their prying eyes. I worried that I would be kicked out of school because being pregnant while studying is not acceptable in Thai culture. So I decided to have an abortion.” She said she will always suffer guilt from what she did. “But I think my life is better without the baby, which I was not ready to take care of.’’ But while there may be an ingrained prejudice against pregnant students, there is no specific penalty to punish them, said Pimporn Dabpetch, an academic expert at Phuket Educational Area Office. “And there is set list of indiscretions that must be punished. So punishing a student, and particularly demanding that they discontinue their study, is at the discretion of the school’s committee. Being pregnant may fall into that category for some schools,” Ms Pimporn said. Yaowanit Nongkom, a psychologist at Vachira’s One Stop Crisis Center (OSCC), which is concerned with women’s rights, said almost all pregnant students she has dealt with asked for her suggestion as to how they could have an abortion. “None of them asked me how they can keep their baby,” she said. “They were afraid of the difficult future they faced,

both financially and socially, if they were to keep the baby.” Ms Yaowanit mentioned one 16-year-old girl who received treatment at Phuket Vachira Hospital after receiving two illegal abortions. “The girl didn’t feel guilty at all, like it was just a normal thing that had happened to her,” Ms Yaowanit said. During 2010, there were around 50 enrolled students in Phuket who became pregnant. Almost all had to hide the pregnancy or drop out of school, adding to the pressure placed on young women to seek an illegal abortion. Sanyalak Yoorak, a social worker at the Social Development and Human Society Office in Phuket said many schools are concerned about the negative image that may be brought by supporting pregnant students. “Many parents will feel ashamed and embarrassed if their child has a baby while studying. So it’s most likely that a pregnant student will be pushed to leave school and hide themselves at home.” Though Thailand, and particularly its education system, is in the process of transitioning in to the modern age, negative attitudes toward pregnant students still endure. “Even though a young student is pregnant, she still has the right to receive a proper education and deserves a bright future for herself and her child,” Mr Sanyalak said.


These couples were recently married on Phuket Island.


Picture left and below: Maria and Dmitry Garshin from Russia were married on board the Photo Cat boat in Phang-nga Bay on January 28. The photos were shot at Nai Yang beach.  Photos:

Picture above and right: Siobhan O’Brien, from Hong Kong, and Alex Barnes, from Australia, were married at Laguna Phuket’s Chapel-on-the-Lagoon on March 18.  Photo: Laguna Wedding Planner.



Another exceptional Bordeaux vintage Fine Wine Love wine and sitting on a few hundred thousand baht you don’t know what to do with? En Primeur, or futures in the wine trade may be for you. The annual En Primeur week, just concluded in Bordeaux, saw some 5,000 prospective wine buyers descend on the region’s famed and lesser known chateaux to taste barrel samples of the just-completed 2010 harvest. Known as negociants and courtiers, they sip, swirl and spit their way through wines from grand cru houses on to cru bourgeois propertie, attempting to discern the potential quality and negotiate prices for wines that won’t be available for two to four years hence. Begun initially by a few Bordeaux merchants in the 1930s as a means of raising money to pay current operating expenses, the format spread to Burgundy and, with less success, to several other wine regions including the US. While the likes of Mouton-Rothschild, Latour and Haut Brion hardly need shielding from the economic downturns of the past few years, lesser known properties still benefit from the advance payment policies of En Primeur. So too can buyers of wine futures, provided they are in no hurry to collect their returns. Purchases of first growth wines from the exceptionally high quality vintages

of 2000, ’01 or ’05 would yield four to five times the initial futures price assuming a buyer could be found. Purchases of most stocks and bonds wouldn’t have fared nearly as well over a comparable period of time. Wines of less prestige but similar quality wouldn’t reap the same returns but the buyer retains the advantage of being able to enjoy the product at substantially lower price than buying the same vintages at retail today. Weather during the 2010 growing season in Bordeaux may not have been appealing to people, but according to early reviews, the grapes loved it. This follows an excellent 2009 harvest which saw futures prices for selected chateaux hit all time highs. With unseasonal cold, unexpected rain and unwanted winds, the grapes were very concentrated with high acidity and strong tannins. The year 2010 saw conditions that resulted in complex structures. This portends another round of high or even higher prices but with near unparallelled quality. Prices for the first tranche or release from the major wineries through their negociants won’t be set for probably another two months, but if you are keenly interested, start checking the internet under wine futures. Good hunting! For more information call Andaman Wine Club, Tel 076-620101 or see

Eating vegetarian Penpat Kophutpornchai serves up her vegetarian food.


he Jui Tui Chinese Temple on Phutorn Street in old Phuket Town is a cool and relaxing place, inviting passers-by to sit a while on its marble floor and contemplate life, as fragrant incense swirls in the still air. It’s lunch time, and the jay street food stall diagonallyopposite already has a few early customers. Jay is vegetarian food of the purest variety, without eggs or

seafood. Not even fish sauce or oyster sauce is used, only soya. Soya bean curd, or tofu, is used in most of the dishes available, pre-cooked with other vegetables in large pots placed on a table. Diners usually choose a combination of one or two dishes, a curry or stir-fried vegetables for example, which is then served over steamed rice. To help diners not used to vegetarian cuisine, tofu turns

up in soups and other dishes shaped as very convincing and tasty “pork” or “fish” pieces. Deep-fried tofu is even made to look and taste like fried pork skin. At B30-50, these singleplate combinations make inexpensive, delicious and filling lunches. The subtle individual

A refreshing nightcap If you need a pick-me-up of an evening in Phuket Town, try an energygiving drink, called Leng-teh in the Phuket dialect, at a stall not far from Suriyadet Circle on Yaowarat Rd. The refreshing brew is made from boiling sugarcane for hours, adding more sugar to sweeten and some Chinese herbs to give the drink its bitter taste. Pranee Sirininthasak, 52, started her stall some 20 years ago to sell the energy-giving tonic. Customers still come to her stall to sit and order the drink at B5 a glass or B10-30 a bottle to take home, having the choice between the just sweet, or more bitter herbal brews. The stall sells out almost every night. Mrs Pranee’s son-in-law, Sincharoen Kittitharaporn, started another stall next to hers some three years ago to sell watermelon, longan, roselle, coconut, chrysanthemum and carrot juices for B10-30 a bottle. Both healthy stalls open opposite the Phuket Islamic Bank on Yaowarat Rd from 8pm to 5pm every night.

Street eats

Mrs Pranee’s nephew shows the Leng-teh drink.

flavours of the ingredients come through best in bland dishes. Somehow it feels good eating that lunch. Owner of the Aw restaurant, Penpat Kophutpornchai, says people eat jay all year round, for health or for Buddhist religious reasons. But she is very busy during Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival during the ninth Chinese lunar month, in September or October. – Norachai Thavisin



Climbing mecca in Krabi The view of Railay and Tonsai Bays from a climbing route on Thaiwand wall.


fter some very strenuous minutes climbing up the rock cliff, I reached the top of one climbing route on the Thaiwand wall on Railay Beach West, in Krabi. I paused, and took a moment to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the whole of Railay Bay. “Spectacular,” I shouted to my climbing partner who was belaying at the bottom of the wall. With white, fine-textured sand, beautiful sunsets, an outstanding quality of rock cliffs and good climbing routes, many consider Railay Bay a paradise on earth. The rock cliff and beautiful scenery of the bay attract travellers from all around the world, including a large number of climbers who visit Railay Bay to explore the numerous climbing routes. There is a saying among

climbers that “if you come to Railay, you will find it’s not easy to leave.” The whole bay consists of Railay Beach West, where you can watch the sunset while sipping a cool drink, and Railay Beach East, where you can sit and relax under the shade of mangroves. A number of different levels of climbing routes can be found around the bay, offering different experiences and breathtaking views. To the north of Railay Beach West there is a jungle path that eventually leads to Tonsai Bay, where you can find many more climbing routes, as well as a number of excellent opportunities for bouldering. Tonsai Bay is a small sanctuary for climbers who are on a tight travel budget. The cost of accommodation and food is much lower than Railay Bay, where the local Krabi

There are numerous climbing routes around Railay and Tonsai Bays, offering many new experiences. Above right: the beautiful Krabi sunsets attract many admirers. authorities are trying to create a destination for luxury travel. Climbing shops abound in both Tonsai and Railay Bays. Climbing gear is available to buy and rent, and there are many climbing courses on of-

ZUJI travel and TAT in new partnership deal ZUJI, which claims to be Asia-Pacific’s leading online travel agency, announced its commitment to support Thailand through a regional partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). A similar arrangement began in 2009 with ZUJI Singapore, and the company is now expanding its attractive offers for intra-Asia leisure travellers across all its sites in the Asia-Pacific region. “We are saddened by the news of damage in Southern Thailand due to severe

f looding and mudslides. The patience and resilience of the Thai people in these challenging times are admirable. Thailand remains the premier destination for intra-Asia leisure travel and we are proud to work with TAT to deliver an exciting and enriching experience to our customers,” the Director of Marketing at ZUJI, Phang Shueh Chyan, said. Thailand’s tourism sector has been on a strong growth path since mid 2010, and ZUJI says it will lend its full support to maintain the growth trend, which yielded

1.8 million tourist arrivals and helped buoy hotel occupancy in February. “Bangkok is consistently a preferred leisure destination across our websites in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India, and has seen a strong 50 per cent year-on-year volume increase in 2010. The partnership is especially timely with the Thai Songkran holiday around the corner,” Phang added. To launch the partnership, ZUJI Asia-Pacific sites will run hotel promotions featuring Bangkok.

fer for beginners right through to experienced climbers. Trips for deep-wate solo climbing, where you climb as high as you can on a cliff before falling down into the ocean below, are also organ-

ised by local climbing shops. However, Railay Bay is not just a destination for climbing enthusiasts. Many other activities are also available in the area, such as sea kayaking, diving, and various spa treatments.

Tonsai or Railay Bay are both a three hour drive from Phuket in Ao Nang, Krabi Province. Then it’s a short 10 minute long-tail boat ride to either. – Paritta Wangkiat

Chinese travellers taking over The global Chinese tourism market is creeping closer to the volume of US travellers, expected to shoot up from its current sixth position to second place by 2020. According to a Business Consulting Group (BSG) survey, over the next nine years Chinese travellers will be the third largest group travelling to North America, figures will quadruple in Europe, and in Japan and Korea Chinese travellers will be a quarter of all visitors. The report stressed that over the next 10 years there will be up to 25 million first-time Chinese travellers, and almost 70,000 will spend money on overseas travel every day. “China’s rapidly growing demand for travel, together

with the lack of suitable offerings in a fragmented market, presents a rare opportunity for innovative early movers,” the report said. BCG’s Hong-Kong based partner, Vincent Lui, said hotel companies across the world need to face the challenge of meeting the specific needs of Chinese travellers, “who tend to be younger than travellers in the West, less experienced, and more likely to take longer trips with large groups of friends.” Survey respondents said they were dissatisfied by both domestic and international services, rated their hotel stays on recent domestic vacations as lacking, with premium hotels rating the lowest. Another BCS senior partner, Hubert Hsu, said that

although few companies are taking the initiative to respond to the needs of Chinese travellers, he also mentioned a number of exceptions. Caissa, a Beijing-based travel agency, and Costa Cruises, an international cruise company, have successfully tailored their offerings to specific income segments; Club Med is gaining brand loyalty in China by nurturing customer relationships,” he said. “Ctrip, a leading travel website, is offering sorelyneeded hassle-free travel planning; and Shanghai Spring Tour is targeting travellers from smaller cities.” Up to 4,250 Chinese travellers were surveyed on domestic, outbound, business and leisure travel in up to 15 cities.



THE BIG LIST So you think your family has some embarrassing and weird traditions. Check out this selection from around the world, and take comfort in your sanity.

Chatchai Danwatcharakul takes an after lunch power-nap; healthy practice for the sleep deprived.  Photo Sunisa Benjakit

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aking a Nana nap in Thailand just got competitive. A No Drowsy Driving sleeping contest was held in Bangkok from April 5-7 to help promote the importance of sleep. Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana and the Faculty of Engineering at Mahidol University (MU), the No Drowsy Driving project

aims to encourage young and old Thais to get more sleep. In the contest, contestants were challenged to fall asleep the quickest within a 20 minute time frame. The contestants’ brain waves were then monitored with equipment invented by students at the Biomedical Engineering Department of MU to determine the time it took for them to fall asleep. The No Drowsy Driving

project came about after a recent survey showed 40 per cent of Thai people slept less than 7 to 8 hours a day, which impacts greatly on everyday tasks like studying, working and driving. Studies show that taking a 10 to 15 minute nap is a great way to increase alertness and reaction times, improve mood, and reduce the number of accidents. – Story from

Romania – Swim for the Cross Celebrated all along the Romanian and Serbian banks of the Danube is an annual celebration of the baptising of Jesus in the Jordan River, supported by the Orthodox Church of course. A priest gets a big cross, breaks the frozen ice (yes, that’s right. The river is frozen. It is winter), and throws in the cross. Adventurous – and slightly insane – youth from the area then jump in and try and retrieve the cross. The ice has been broken ready for the nutters. Whoever gets it back first is guaranteed good luck for a year, which they will probably need to recover from hypothermia. Everyone also gets doused with a liberal helping of holy water...cold, of course. Germany – Polterabend This German tradition requires the breaking of plates... many plates. The more plates, the better. On the eve of a couple’s wedding, all their friends bring around bags of plates, cups, pottery, whatever, and smash it all up in their house and yard. The couple then have until midnight to clean up the whole mess, while the friends are meant to hinder the clean up as much as possible. As an explanation, Wikipedia suggests that those doing the smashing are those who didn’t get invited to the wedding: old Uncle Joe who’s always drunk and tries to get naked at every family ocCleaning up at Poltera- casion, for instance. bend. Mexico – Sharing the joy The Huichol Indians of Mexico have a particularly egalitarian approach to child birth. Traditionally, a father sits above his labouring wife, on the rafters of their house or up on a tree branch, with a rope tied around his testicles. During the excruciating pain of child birth, the wife pulls on the rope so that her husband can share the pain of birth with her. Germany - Mensur Mensur is another name for academic fencing. “What?” Two mensur dandys show- you say. Yes the fencing part isn’t so weird, but what makes mensur such a weird tradition is the method of fencing, ing off their stuff. and the reason for it. Two combatants stand at arms-length, facing each other, and try and hit each other in the head with their sword. Each combatant wears a strange looking metal mask to protect their eyes, nose, and ears, as well as a high collar and chain mail to protect their neck. And what is the point of this tradition? Apparently mensur develops character and personality, though really the resulting gnarly facial scars and the awesome babes these attract seem to be a more likely reason. Mensur is still practised by student bodies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and some Eastern European countries. Brazil – The glove of manhood The Satere-Mawe people of the Amazon have an interesting way of initiating boys into the rites of manhood. No bar mitzvah or hunting trip for these guys. Instead, boys must put their hand in a woven glove filled with bullet ants, and leave it there for 10 minutes. The ants are known for their extremely painful bite. The ritual has to be repeated 20 times over a seven month period,’re a man, apparently.

The one inch long Bullet ant.

Borneo – Bridal Bathroom Ban The Tidong people from northern Borneo have a particularly uncomfortable wedding tradition. For the three days and three nights following the wedding, both bride and groom are prohibited from using the bathroom. That’s no urinating, no defecating, and no bathing. The Tidong believe the custom will lead to a long, happy, and fertile marriage. In order to achieve total bathroom abstinence, the newly-weds are allowed to eat and drink little, and are watched very closely by family members.



Tourism grows in Andaman Hotels in the whole Andaman region have seen encouraging tourism growth at the beginning of this year. Thai Hotels Association president Prakit Chinamornpong revealed at the association’s bimonthly meeting on March 29 that there were positive indicators that bookings would improve during the upcoming Songkran festival, especially at popular beach destinations such as Phuket and Pattaya, where hotel occupancy could peak at around 90 per cent. According to Mr Prakit, average occupancy rates across the country are hovering around 65 to 70 per cent, far better than last year when they averaged 45 to 70 per cent during the Songkran festival, due to the Red Shirt demonstration in April that occupied downtown commercial districts in Bangkok. Even though the demonstrations were still peaceful during the Songkran period last year, they put a damper on tourist arrivals because of memories of Red Shirt violence 12 months earlier in Bangkok and Pattaya. Mr Prakit said that, if positive booking trends continue this way, the target set by the

Encouraging growth for Hotels across the Andaman region has been recorded this year, with occupancy rates expected to peak at 90 per cent for some later in April. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) of 16.8 million visitors this year was attainable. “Hotels in Phuket and Pattaya performed at a very high 80 to 85 per cent for the first two months of this year. I believe the numbers could reach 90 per cent, especially in Pattaya, where there is a boom in Russian tourists,” he said. For other destinations such as Chiang Mai, where occu-

pancy has been 60 to 70 per cent for the first two months of this year, it is expected that the trend will continue up to the Songkran festival, he said. However, he added, Bangkok is likely to see a decline during the Songkran festival to around 50 per cent because festival venues up-country are traditionally more popular. Mr Prakit noted that there were still some challenges for

tourism in Thailand, such as political instability and the recent flooding on Koh Samui. These factors would have both direct and indirect effects on the hospitality sector, he said. Phuket Senator Thanyarat Atchariyachai, who is also president of the Senate’s Committee on Tourism, said that, overall, tourism in Phuket and the Andaman region from

January to March this year has gone “quite well”. Sen Thanyarat said that this was especially the case during February, when the Chinese New Year festival took place. Many Chinese and Chinese-origin tourists from China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia came to Phuket, as well as European tourists who were coming because it was still the high season. These factors, combined with improved perceptions of security in the country had pushed occupancy rates in Phuket hotels up to 90 per cent. “During the past two years, Thailand’s tourism has been impacted by the unstable political situation,” Sen Thanyarat said. “Many tourists suspended plans to travel to Thailand while others switched to alternative destinations because they felt unsafe [coming to Thailand]. “Now that the security situation has improved, they have been coming back. “However, the political situation is still a worry, because tourists are very sensitive about security, especially Chinese tourists who are a

large market for Phuket, with high spending power,” Sen Thanyarat said. She said that the Senate Committee on Tourism has received complaints from tourism operators in the Andaman region about the problems affecting their businesses, and the lack of government support for tourism activities. She said the committee is doing its best to help solve such problems by raising them in Parliament. However, Sen Thanyarat said that the biggest concern in Phuket tourism is the conflict between quantity and quality of tourists, as well as a lack of concern for the environment, particularly the continuing construction of property developments, public toilets, shops and restaurants at beaches, all of which need to be more rigorously overseen and managed. All sectors must join in helping make Phuket more attractive so that tourists want to return, she said. Specifically, she cited the need to introduce and enforce zoning in beachfront areas, and to manage “eyesore posters and billboards that are springing up everywhere”. –Janyaporn Morel - Jornjarun



Mangrove village retreat Picture above: The pier to fish from. Picture right: A spectacular view of Klong Mudong along the canal at sunset.


Klong Mudong community is one of the few places on Phuket Island that has kept its original character while rapid changes are sweeping on all around it. It is still an eco-village where the residents enjoy life in the shade of the mangrove trees and can benefit from the abundance of water and marine resources that have always sustained their lives. The village is located in Moo 6 of the Baan Borae community, within the boundary of the Wichit Municipality. The village sits on a flat


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seaside area, partially separated from the mainland by a mangrove forest and a small saltwater klong, from which it takes its name. The majority of people here are Muslim. They seem to live happily with their Buddhist neighbours. Villagers come out in the cool of the late afternoon at the weekends. Visitors can take an afternoon stroll along the park near the canal and

watch life’s flow at the edge of the land. They can walk peacefully on the small pier through the mangroves, do a spot of fishing and watch fishermen bring their boats in with their catches. There is a small market at the end of the park where you can buy local snacks, fresh seafood and fresh vegetables. Behind the market, a small path leads you to a patch of beach where the locals come to picnic. The mudflat is an ideal habitat for marine life and villagers go there to dig in the sand for shells and crabs.

As the day draws to an end, visitors can watch the sunset or walk back to the park to admire the reflections of the last light on the canal’s still water. In the last 20 years the mangrove forest of Klong Mudong has been reduced from 240 to 48 hectares, and villagers now are very aware of the need to protect what remains. They have been doing their share to try to protect their environment and to control pollution in order to preserve this last mangrove sanctuary of their community. – Paritta Wangkiat

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DJ Leeroy Thornhill spun the tunes at Seduction nightclub in Patong last Wednesday night. Photographer Christine Reynier was there to capture the fun.

Dirty Vegas back in Phuket Grammy Award winning British house trio Dirty Vegas played a set at Patong’s Famous Nightclub last Thursday, and The Phuket News got the chance to catch up before the show with Steve Smith, the trio’s vocalist and percussionist, to find out what they’ve been up to. It’s the group’s second time in Phuket. They’ve been once before, and said they had such a great time that they were excited to have the chance to come back again. Dirty Vegas formed in 2001 when the other two members, Ben Harris and Paul Harris (no relation), were playing clubs around London. The two artists got Steve in for a percussion session, and discovered that he could sing. The group was formed, but Steve says that from the start they wanted to break out of the club mould. “We were like, ‘we can do

the club tracks, lets see what else we can do,’” Steve says. The group began writing and touring, and released the track “Days go by”, which was awarded a Grammy and gave Dirty Vegas an international fan base. The trio split in 2005, but Steve says there were no problems between members; “we were friends before and after.” He says the break was more about getting back into music as a fan, rather than as an artist. Steve also used the time to produce a solo release, while Ben and Paul worked on other projects as well. During the split, the three were still sending each other music and samples that caught their attention, and eventually the inspiration became too much, and they reformed in 2008. Steve describes the time just after reforming as full of creativity, inspiration, and

The Dirty Vegas trio played to a large crowd at Famous in Patong last Thursday night. energy. He says they were largely came out of that period In order to go beyond the writing tracks at a crazy rate, of excitement and creativity. normal club tracks, the group and were just full of inspira- Steve describes the album’s have an interesting creative tion and excitement after the sound as “full of process. Steve says that no brief split. ally excited...a gritty sound...a single member leads the song And it seems the group’s sound closer to our first al- writing process, but that they will each bring samples and next release, Electric love, bum.”

ideas that have caught their attention to the table and then go from there. When it comes to producing and recording a track, Steve says they “take out the melodic track, leaving just the rhythm and vocals”. Then, he says, the job is to discover what they can put back in between the rhythm and vocals; what will fit that will make a track interesting, different, arresting. The band came to Phuket from the South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas, and they head back to North America, where they will begin their 21 day tour for the release of Electric love in Vancouver. Dirty Vegas also just performed in Beijing, a show they count among the most memorable of their numerous tours. And the reason for all the touring? “New places . . . or even old places,” Steve says. – Joshua Hoey

A party was held at Central Festival last Thursday night to thank members of the local press. The Thanks Press Party had a bunny theme and Central Festival staff got dressed up for the occasion.



Street Fashion Sirirat Chaisorn, saleswoman, from Phuket. Sirirat’s blouse was bought from the Kalita shop, nearby Surin Compass in Phuket Town for B250. Her Chaps miniskirt (B2,200) and VNC shoes (B1,400) were bought at Central Festival. Her Titus watch was a gift from her friend and was bought from Central Pattaya for B8,500.

Potchara Kekina, an aesthetic doctor, from Phuket. Potchara paid B1,700 for his T-shirt at Exact Shop in Central World, Bangkok. He paid B1,500 for his pants at FQ&L shop in Jungceylon. From Central Festival he bought his Dapper belt for B1,000, his Sanuk shoes for B2,000 and his Giordano watch for B4,000.

Cotton hat B395. Vintage necklace B850. Owl earring B270.

Accessories from CHACO on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Town. (If you buy any two accessories, you will pay half price for each).



Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis).

Meet the natives


ach week The Phuket News introduces an animal or plant that is found on the island of Phuket.

Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis) grows in the tropical forests of Phuket, Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka, the Pacific Islands and Australia. Also known as Burmese, Clustered, Common, Wart or Tufted palm, this useful plant is now found in the gardens of resorts and private residents, grown for its uniquely-shaped leaves and colourful fruits. In the wild, the palm is a good indicator of the health of the forest where it is found, as it thrives in the humid environment of the jungle.

Unfortunately, the plant is growing increasingly rare in the wild. Its decorative leaves and bunches of cascading fruits are rapidly disappearing due to the reduction of forests through logging and agriculture. But its place in Thai culture remains an important one. Few people are aware that the plant is edible and delicious if cooked the right way. In Thai cuisine, tender tips of coconut are cooked in spicy curry soup, and fishtail palm shoots can be used in the same way. Northerners also eat the young leaves as a fresh vegetable. Matured palm fruits can also be eaten but their rubbery texture and fine hairs

can irritate the skin and cause itching, and impair vision if it gets in the eye. The roots of the palm are also used in Thai herbal medicine to cure liver disease and help nourish the heart. In its natural habitat, the palm reproduces from both seeds and shoots growing from the ground, while in plant nurseries and gardens it is propagated from its shoots. While the palm can adapt to grow in bright sun, it prefers shade with plenty of water and high humidity. The palm sells in Phuket for B100 for young plants less than a metre high, and up to B4,000 for more mature plants. Fully-grown, it can reach 10 – 12 metres in height.

Green light for new developments Nine new residential projects on Phuket have been given the go ahead after passing environmental inspections. The new developments are Suan Luang Garden View condominium, Keyoon Man-

sion apartment, The Royal Place Tower, Karon Hill Resident condominium, Ananda’s Chalong Harbour Estate, Kata Ocean View Condominium, Thawasin Place, Phuket Camping Village and Nam Chai

Marine Transportation. While the construction of the nine developments has been approved, some projects will have to make minor amendments to fully meet legal requirements.

Pierre-Yves Cousteau receives an Henri Langlois film award on behalf of the Cousteau Society on January 31, in Vincennes, east of Paris. The film prizes, named after Henri Langlois, a pioneer in the preservation of films and one of the founders of the French Cinematheque, are awarded each year to actors, directors, film technicians and institutions for cinematic excellence.  – Photo AFP

Young Cousteau to visit


ierre-Yves Cousteau, the 29-year-old marine environmentalist and youngest son of famous French oceanographer, the late Jacques Cousteau, will visit Phuket later this month. Monsieur Cousteau will use the visit from April 25-29 to promote his Cousteau Divers project, an effort to raise awareness among divers of the need to conserve marine resources. “My father was 72-yearsold when I was born,” he told the Bahama Weekly last January while in the Bahamas to promote shark conservation. “My father created the Cousteau Society in 1973,” said Pierre, “to not only protect life on earth, and in the seas, but so his work would continue after his death. He nominated my mother as the president of that organisation,

and today my mother and I are the only two Cousteaus working in the society. Other members of the Cousteau family are still involved with environmental conservation, but are not directly affiliated with the society. “I love the oceans, and I want children to grow up in a world where they can enjoy it as I have and do. When we live in a beautiful environment, it contributes to making and keeping a better world, and ultimately it makes for better people,” Pierre said. “I am personally involved in a programme called Cousteau Divers that I created about a year ago with the permission of the Cousteau Society. “The programme uses affiliated dive centres and ocean scientists as observers of the ocean. So we have people helping out who study and

protect the environment on a daily basis. Most of the people involved in this program are citizen scientists. “They love diving and while they are doing a sport they love, they are also contributing to the betterment of the ocean,” Pierre said. The young Cousteau recalled many childhood memories sitting in front of the TV watching documentaries on the underwater world, many of which were filmed by his father who, along with his other environmental activist son Jean-Michel, was instrumental in popularising the need to conserve marine resources. Cousteau will take a day trip to Phi Phi Island on Tuesday April 26 and conduct a morning talk to students from the Headstart International School on April 27.



What’s on in Phuket April 15-16 Phuket Oilfield Classic 2011

for children’s charities on the Island and attracts a worldwide participation from oil and gas execs from USA to Australia, UK to the Middle East, and all surrounding Asian countries.

April 23 IronKids Event The 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament is being played at Blue Canyon on April 15 and Red Mountain April 16. This yearly event raises much needed cash

Phuket’s newest sporting facility has secured a key partnership with World Triathlon Corporation’s global youth programme, IronKids and will celebrate the collaboration with this first regional event.

The Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club’s partnership with IronKids will include four events each year. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n please visit the website or or call 076 336 000 ext.1608

April 23 RPM Salsa Night Lets dance the Cha-cha, Bachata, Samba, Rumba with DJ Miscaro and Oy. Starts 8pm at Les Anges Restaurant. Snacks buf-

List your events on our website and here for free fet available from 8-10pm. B350++ per person. Free entrance. Dress code: Colourful. Contact Anna and Didier on 084 051 7455 (Thai, English), 084 306 2016 (French, English). www. p h u ke t - d a n c e . c o m o r Murat (RPM) on 081 797 3364,

April 24 Friendship Beach Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday is “Family day” at Friendship Beach.

For the kids there’s the “Great Friendship Beach Easter Egg Hunt” starting at 3.30pm, great prizes to be won, a fun child’s candy basket for every hunter, a special kids menu, and our beautiful beach-side pool. For mum and dad, we have our April promotion “Happy Heineken Hour(s)” from 3pm-7pm, Heineken draught at B60, plus our usual enticing menu of edible delights. Residents: don’t forget your SCE Card for 15% o f f. C o n t a c t 0 8 9 7 2 8 53 0 4. or chef@fr iend

April 27 Party for Japan

Organized by the Rawai Nai Harn Business Association. Tickets are B1,000 including three drinks, the DaVinci buffet and a live band. Please help support the people of Japan while having a great time. Contact Mark Norris on 080 525 1400 or mark@

EVENTS-REGULAR Happy Hour? Quiz Night? Games? List here for

Rawai. April 16, 11am1pm.


NORTH FRIDAY Friday Beach BBQ At Catch Beach Club, Surin (from B1,190++ per person). 7-10pm. Reservations 076 316 567.

SUNDAY Champagne Brunch At the beachfront bar with fantastic jazz trio. Come and indulge on Roederer Champagne or a wide variety of wines. 11.30am4pm. Trisara Resort. Reservations 076 310 100.

Sunday Brunch Enjoy the original Sunday brunch in Phuket at Twinpalms. 12-3pm (from B1,190++ per person). Call 076 316 577.

TUESDAY Beach BBQ At Catch Beach Club (from B1,190++ per person). 7-10pm. Reservations 076 316 567, book@

SOUTH SATURDAY April Chicky Net Brunch Chicky Net is the online social network for women living in Thailand. Join the monthly brunch at Nikitas

SUNDAY Sunday Brunch At Pacifica Restaurant, Movenpick Resort & Spa, Karon. Call 076 396 139.

TUESDAY Salsa Class Rawai Salsa Class in a studio, back of Green Man Pub, For more infor mation

WEDNESDAY Salsa Class RPM Salsa class at RPM from 7.30 - 9pm, information

THURSDAY Rawai Ballroom and Latin Dance N ear Chalong Circ le. More information on http:// Hope to see you on the floor.



Friday night thereafter, home-made Indian buffet food will be prepared and served by Phuket’s finest Indian Chef Padam Kahtri. The Best home-made Authentic Indian Food on the Island. B495 net per person. Reservation call 081 797 3364 or Chef Pascal 081 968 0738.

By the pool at Level Four Restaurant, Millennium Patong. B790++. Reservations recommended 076 601 704,


Fillet Friday

Saturday Family Brunch

Enjoy the best steak deal in Phuket! Fillet steak, salad, potato and a beer for B250. From 6-9pm at 5!5! Bar OTOP Shopping Center.

At Club Yamu by Twinpalms. Noon till 3pm. Enjoy delicious pasta, BBQ and Thai home cooking. Contact 076 310 557 or

SUNDAY Family Brunch on The Boardwalk Les Anges at RPM. 11am3pm. Mums and dads dine on the sumptuous buffet, including one complimentary welcome cocktail, whilst the kids can enjoy all their favorites including pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade ice cream. B795++ per adult, include one glass of house wine, 50% discount for children under 12, children under 5 eat for free. From 12noon there will be face painting, balloon twisting and each child will have the chance to win fabulous prizes from “Coco the Clown”. Reservations 076 360 803 or Chef Pascal 081 968 0738.

Indian Night at RPM

Sunday Family Brunch

“Indian Feast” at “Les Anges” Enjoy authentic Indian Cuisine from 7-10pm. “Les Anges” is delighted to announce that from Friday April 22 and every other

At Club Yamu by Twinpalms. 12noon-3pm. Enjoy delicious pasta, BBQ and Thai home cooking. 076 310 557 or w w w.

FRIDAY Steak Buffet Night

BBQ ribs Only B250 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Call 081 891 4381.

SATURDAY Phuket’s Sexiest Foam Party!

April Chicky Net Brunch Chicky Net is the so cial network for women living in Thailand. Join the monthly brunch at Irish Times Pub, Patong. April 23, 12-3pm. info@

BBQ Seafood Buffet By the pool at Level Four Restaurant. Millennium Patong. B1,200++ per person. One free bottle of wine for 4 paying adults. Reservations recommended 076 601 704,

20% off all Pizza’s At Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas, call 081 891 4381.

MONDAY Steak Buffet Night By the pool at Level Four Restaurant, Millennium Patong. B790++ per person. Reservations recommended 076 601 704,

TUESDAY Italian Buffet Night

Sexiest foam party and swimsuit contest join us for some really wet fun every Saturday at The Hard Rock Cafe Phuket, located at The Cour tyard by Marriot. 8pm till late. Call us for advance ticket sales on 076 336 381 or csr@phuket-hrc. com. Cover charge B599 includes 2 drinks, towel, showers, Hard Rock souvenir & tons of sexy fun!

Phuket Punchline Comedy Live international standup comedy at the Holiday Inn Resort, Patong. On April 20. Time 8pm-11pm.

THURSDAY Cheap Charlie’s Rooftop BBQ all you can eat and live entertainment B150 per person. Nanai Road bet ween Royal Crown and Soi Banzaan. 082 221 2922.

European Buffet Night At The Bistro, Millennium Patong. B595++ per person. Reservations recommended 076 601 704,

BBQ Buffet B295 at Shakers, Rat-UThit Road Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas, 081 891 4381.

DAILY Bacon & Stone Art Exhibition

At The Bistro. Millennium Resort Patong. B 595++ per person. Reservations recommended 076 601 704,

BIS Year 13 public showing at Brush Restaurant and Lounge, Kalim, till April 25. Noon-1am. Event suppor ted by BIS and Brush. 076 340 348 or


Escentika Spa

BBQ Seafood Buffet

A very special promotion on offer, 50% discount for all massages and 30% discount for all treatments from the “A La Car te menu”. Advance bookings are recommended. Please call 076 601 944.

By the pool at Level Four restaurant. B1,200++ per person. One free bottle of wine for 4 paying adults. Re se r vat i o ns re c o m mended 076 601 704,



Breaking the mould S

cientists are usually seen as balding, aged men in white coats, cloistered up in a spartan research lab in the bottom of some nondescript, grey building. But Dr Thanongsak Chanmethakul, currently a Biology lecturer at Rajabhat Phuket University, certainly breaks that mould. He’s worked as a marine biologist for most of his career, and his work attire is more likely to include a scuba tank and flippers than a white lab coat and safety goggles. He first became a marine biologist after leaving his position as a fishery researcher, his first job after graduating with a degree in Fishery Science. Dr Thanongsak worked as a coral reef scientist for University of California’s Reef Check Foundation (RCF), running a project Dr Thanongsak, a marine biologist and lecturer based for RCF together with the Phuket Marine Biological in Phuket.

JOBS Duty Engineer Thai, age not over 3 0 years-old, 1 year experience in field Contact: jobs. or call 076 602 500.

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Cook Helper Thai, age not over 3 0 years-old, 1 year experience in field Contact; jobs. or call 076 602 500.

Farang Bartender Required

We are in urgent need of farang bartender with extensive skills in cocktails. Work permit and one year visa provided. Contact Geraldine, 087 465 1087, gerry@

Center (PMBC) at Panwa Cape from 2000 to 2002. He also worked in the same position for the project, Developing Ubiquitous Practices for the Restoration of Indo-Pacific reefs (REEFRES), of the National Institute of Oceanography of Israel, again in partnership with the PMBC, from 2005 to 2006. Dr Thanongsak said working as a marine biologist gives him many experiences and new knowledge everyday. He said he especially enjoys going diving in the sea each day, exploring and discovering many new things. “Diving for studying is not like diving for sightseeing like a tourist. I feel more and more amazed each time I discover a new thing about marine life. I never tire of this work, even though I dive every day, all day. I love this job very much as I don’t need to always be in the office,” Dr Thanongsak said.

After working for a number of years, he completed a masters degree in Ecological Science, as he felt that the career would suit him and his character. He also completed a doctorate degree in Biology, both from the Prince of Songkhla University. As a marine biologist and researcher, Dr Thanongsak has been a consultant on many different projects, has taken part in a number of national and international seminars and workshops, and has been involved with international training courses on a range of different environmental technologies. As well as lecturing in various marine biology courses at Rajabhat Phuket University, he has also published widely in a number of marine biology journals, and he is the current Vice President of the Phuket Neo Photo Club. At this stage in his career, Dr Thanongsak said that a successful life always

comes from hard work, strong intentions, and a positive attitude. “Most important is to love what you are doing then you will find that you can do it well. Being a scientist is not only working in a laboratory, as people always imagine, but can involve working anywhere, because there are a lot of things in this world to learn about,” Dr Thanongsak said. As for being the good marine biologist, he said that people must first have a passion for their career, second, a basic knowledge of the sciences, and third, a love for adventure. “There’s also the training, practicing, and time to devote to the work before you can gain enough experience to be a good marine biologist and researcher. One more thing that you must not forget is the opportunity, always look for it and don’t wait for it to come to you,” he added.

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Qualified Teacher Needed

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Senior Web Programmer Web&IT Agency is currently searching for a Senior Web Programmer/Developer. Interested? Please send your CV/Resume.

Talent/Performer for Event Company Event Company is looking for bands, singers, dancers and any kind of single or group performers. hr@

Sport & Recreations Attendant Thai, age not over 3 0 years old, 1 year experience in field. Contact jobs. or call 076 602 500.

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22 CLASSIFIED ADS ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE Two Bedroom House One air-con. internet, hot water, two TV, DVD, two fridges. from May or June to September. Must take 3 months, B12,000 permonth, call 0872801721.

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One bedroom, serviced apar tments in central Kata. ADSL/WiFi, pool and kitchen. Only B15,000 per month. 081 091 8908.

Old Java Funiture On Sale. Grey collection and old Java brown. 30% Discount off old Java items. Contact Mam and Ling on 076 620 095.

Bangtao Apartment for Rent

Three luxury condos for rent inside the Evason Phuket.

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Tanamas House The perfect holiday in private bungalows scattered across a garden. Call 076 205 218,

Uthai Thip Guest House

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Chaofah Pet Hospital

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Room for rent in Patong beach. Good rates, contact 081 895 6751.

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APARTMENTS & VILLA RENTALS Nice Apartments Kata Beach Nice clean safe apartments for rent in Kata beach, all with air-con. cable TV, kitchen, fast internet. Ari 086 595 8512.

Apartments in Chalong Furnished studios for rent. Rooms 30-55sqm. Rooftop pool. From B9,000 per month.

Apartment for Rent Studio in Patong with pool and 24/7 security. For daily or monthly rent. Contact Antony 089 728 4005.

Apartment & Room in Patong Apartment for longterm rent B8,000-20,000 per month. Room from B800B1,500 per night. www. Call 076 512 151.

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Golf membership for urgent sale at B500,000 including 2 slightly-used golf clubs. Contact Geraldine, 087 465 1087.

Assets to Cash South Thailand Auctions is receiving goods now. Turn your unwanted assets into cash. Contact Gordon 081 892 4804 or Lucky 087 276 0592.

Panasonic PABX 1 year old (K X-TEM 824BX) with reception/6 a d d i t i o n a l ex t e n s i o n phones. B10,000 (New B25,000) Contact Rob on 081 084 1730 or

Small fridge 6.4 cf Mitsubishi Fridge for sale, 3 years old, in excellent condition B3500. Contact 086 272 2810.

Olympus camera and UW Housing The set is two years old, still in very good conditions. With two batteries and recharger. B6,000. Call 080 145 5925.

BOATS & YACHTS Sea Kayak For Sale Fiberglass single with all accessories paddles cover skirt. Cost B34,000 new, will sell for B20,000. Call Larry 081 497 4812,

JWharram Tiki 30 Thai registered 2009, Wharram Tiki 30 cruising catamaran, ready to sail, sleep 6 in 3 bunks B1,999,000. Contact Eric on 086 001 5641 or eric@

Beneteau 50 These Beneteau 50’s share the same Bruce Farr hull as the Beneteau First 53f5 and sail really well. Call for details on 084 842 6146.

Siam Cooling System Marine air-conditioning, Koh Keaw. Contact Stephane on 081 891 9442, or

Jeanneau 52.2 This beautiful blue Jeanneau 52.2 looks to be in very good condition, US$440000.

9 PS3 games for B7,500

New, boxed Intex brand A b ove G r o u n d Po o l great for a relaxing swim. Selling to clear. 8ft from B2,500. Contact

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Hans Christian 38T Traditional

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Mosaics, tiles, stones, wall plaques, hand-made, ceramics, decorative items. More details contact 081 514 8547, or

Golf Cart For Sale GemCar 4 passenger with luggage rack, new battery, perfect condition. New B460,000, sell for B300,000. 081 487 4812.

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CARS FOR SALE 2005 BMW 323I Silver, 91,000km. Expat owner. Excellent condition, dealer ser viced. B1.2M. 086 272 2810.

Isuzu D-Max 4DR For Sale Top of line 2005 D-max 3.0 liter, diesel turbo, 4WD. Bridgestone tires, iPod/USB/CD Stereo. B460,000! 089 195 4005.

Toyota Yaris For Sale 1.5G auto metalic grey, 2007, 29,800km priced at B390,000. 089 646 4104,

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CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS Rawai International School The Rawai Progressive International School. A private school for children 3-12, offering Montessori education. 076 383 201.

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Triumph Bonneville 100T For sale B475,xxx. Only 15 months old and only 9,000km. Call for photos 081 985 2478.

Southern Big Bike Chopper Shop All your chopper needs, located on the hill before Safari heading south from Patong. Get ready for bike week 2012. Call 076 292 079 or contact Khun Bang direct for more information on 087 382 2494.

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motorbike/scooter hire from B150 a day, in Patong/Phuket Town/Karon/ Kata/ect. Free delivery.

For Sale. 2005 Honda Phantom 200cc 18,730 kms. Excellent condition, new spark plugs, green book, 1 year Insurance. B46,000. Contact Jesse on 0854771129.

Tired of visa runs? Get a student visa and study Thai for free. Visit www. phuket-language-school. com. 084 008 5673.


More than “just a chiropractor” Specialising in “pain relief”, www. Contact Dr Richard 080 530 9555.

Terra-Cotta Arts Authentic Khmer and Thai reproductions in terracotta. 076 321 773.

Bee & K Laundry Service

One Stop Dive We supply products from Akona, Genesis, Sherwood, Feel Free, Ikelite, HPRC, Apeks, L&W Compressors, Halcyon and others. 075 637 926-7.

5 months old, 2,800km B38,000 or nearest offer. 087 597 9277 or arnaud.

Aardvark Rentals H o n d a Wave s f r o m B250 0 a month. Automatics from B3,000 month. Airblades and Clicks from B3,500 a month. Only photocopy of passport is required. And no rip offs or scams on repairs to the bike. We have a good local mechanic. Contact Simon on 087 418 3552.

Located at the Promanade (Nanai Road) Patong and Kathu (Drop off). Express service, pick up and delivery available. Good rates and open 7 days a week. Call 085 819 8524.

Ban Boran Textiles Specialises in hand-made item, woven cotton and silk clothing, scarfs, jewelry, bags and other unique Thai items. 076 211 563.

Bon Cafe Phuket A producer of premium

Phuket Herbal Sauna Of fers good value for money and is one of the better herbal saunas on the island. 076 280 910.

Naturopathic Chiropractor

Fine Art Photography Award-winning photographer Christopher Swift ( offering excellent works of fine art. Call 084 690 2217.

One To Go Phuket Tours, Hotel reser vations and tickets. Call 076 364 082 or

Cagiva Stella 115ccm Yellow/black/carbon, orig. 7,5km, kickstar t, new mags and tyres, green book, 2002, great condition, only cash B17K. Call Marc on 081 719 6061.

Island Divers

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Dedon Member of Chanintr Living. 089 471 7707,

Sawan Anda Boat Charter Enjoy individual boat trips to some islands near Phuket with our boats, Wally Tender and White Turtle. Contact Kirana 081 956 8611.

Phuket Visa We offer consulting and ser vices on c ompany registration, work permit, visa, accounting, auditor, legal advice. Please c a l l 0 81 8 9 2 9 9 6 0.

Nazmee Tour Daily tours and ticket service. Rimhad road, Kamala beach. Contact Phan on 083 102 7218,

Canal Village Laundry

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The Cashewy Phuket Cashew apple juice, the so le manufac turer of Cashewy healthy beverage in Asia. Drink everyday, good everyday. 076 272 925-8

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Rawai Progressive School International private school for children ages 3 -12, offering Montessori education in Phuket. www.montessori-thailand. com, 076 289 200.

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The Royal Spa & Health Club One Stop Service for Thai Spa Business including Spa products, Spa academy, Spa development, Spa retreat. Call 076 236 663.

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Handmade designs, accessories, furniture, lighting, framing, sculptures and much more. Surin Plaza. Contact 076 271 621.

I Am Flower

ID:33/04498 we operate all group tours to PP islands, Phang-nga Bay, Similan Island. Ticket reservation, car rental. Call 081 970 2628.

We are an exclusive florists in Phuket, operated by professional staff. Contact K.Guy on 083 110 3302.

Phuket Salsa and Latin Dance

Pet Hotel Dog Walker

Rawai. Thai and English 084 051 7455 (Anna).

We are happy to take care of your pets while you are

Phuket Pool Tables Your No.1 billiard supplier in Phuket. Sales, rentals and profit-sharing of the finest pool tables available. All billiard accessories and services. Visit www.phuketpooltables. com or contact us on 088 384 6655 English/Thai.

Condo for Sale Patong-Kalim

Lanna-Wedding Professional A wonderful wedding service, gowns, suits, Thai dress and Muslim. Professional make-up artist and beauty salon. Contact 081 539 9608 or bbbass.

Fresh Hot Cross Buns at Easter

Air Ticket & Tour Service

Private Yoga Instruction

By fully-qualified, amiable, “Yoga Alliance” San Francisco teacher. From semibeginner to advanc ed. Asthanga Vinyassa flow, fluent English and Thai. From B1,000 per hour. ”Improve your quality of life”. Panita on 089 800 4845 or

PETS FOR SALE Why buy a pet? Soi Dog Foundation have over 300 beautiful dogs and puppies available for adoption. Fully-vaccinated and sterilised. Contact 087 050 8688,

PROPERTY & CONCIERGE My Storage Secure Self-Storage A wide range of storage spaces are available for weekly or monthly rentals. My Storage Secure Self-Storage. Visit www. or call 076 292 909.

Interior Decorator Home furnishing, re-upholstery services, interior renovation, bespoke interior fitted furniture with design. 089 668 3639,

4 beds, 3 baths villa with stunning seaviews out to the islands. Private pool set in tropical gardens, furnished to high standards. Only 10 mins to BIS and PIA. B70,000 per month. Call 086 279 6283.

House For Rent New 3-bedroom partiallyfurnished house for rent. B15,000/m. Chaofa road. Contact Robin on 081 803 7189 or robinbglee@

3 Bedroom House in Kathu Furnished house located on private quiet road with other 4 houses and 2 swimming pools, for long term rent B20,000 per month. Contact Paul 089 875 2532.

New House For Rent

The Quarter Condo, Surin Beach Stunning sea view, real good value and great investment opportunity. Call Jay on 076 271742.

PROPERTY FOR RENT Privat Pool House For Rent 500sqm. house, 3 beds, 4 baths, one room available for bed room. B35,000 per month. Long term contract will get a cheapest rate. Call 086 846 3266.

House for Rent Shared house starting at B6,000 per month. Five minutes to Chalong pier, quiet, nice garden, ADSL, CCTV, cable TV, 3BDR and 2BTHR. Half-furnished B20,000B22,000 per month. Prefer Long-term rental only. Call 081 956 1077.

Three-Bedroom House for Rent Nice three-bedroom, twobathroom, 1 air-con. partially-furnished, detached house for rent with small garden and large communal swimming pool. Call 089 475 3220.

Patong Townhouse 150sqm. Modern townhouse. Nanai area, fully furnished, equipped, in-

Central location. Neat, comfortable, secure and secluded. Offered for long term. B25,000. Contact Laurie 081 984 1562.

Chinese Translation

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Amazing Seaview Villas-Yamu

Patong House Two Bedrooms

English to Chinese, Thai to Chinese translation. Chinese translation by native translator. Please email for detail. phuketibles@gmail. com.

Chalong Language School

Havana Cigar Shop

Fancy carp fish, imported from Japan. Sales, design, and care for all your “Koi” needs. Only one in Phuket. Call 086 691 2120.

ternet, swimming pool B32,000 per month. 082 498 0872.


Enjoy fresh hot cross buns baked at Delish Cafe. Fruity and spicy-taste the difference! For orders please phone 076 384 680.

Professional dry cleaning for your important garments. Canal Village Laguna. 076 271 313.

Niigata Koi Farm


The most popular Yoga for men and women in Phuket. Four classes everyday at Kata Yoga. It works! See more details at or call 076 605 950.

Professional language instruction, translations, and education visa. Learn English, Thai, German and French. Call for details on 081 607 6765.

Phuket Guide Travel

away from home, short and long term. Call us for more details 084 440 7482.

One bedroom, in a beachfront hotel-resort. Also good rental return, when you don’t stay. 65m2. Freehold. 089 290 8854.

Luxurious Apartments for Sale Luxurious apar tments (t w o b e d r o o m s) a n d penthouse unit (two bedrooms) with rooftop pool for sale at Kata Noi beach. Freehold. 081 970 9196.

New Condo For Sale Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen, three air-conditions with furnished, key-card security, swimming pool centre. 089 471 3535.

Seaview Land Plots Bangtao Seaview and water fall views. Plots from B5-10.5 million. Secure private community, underground utilities. Call to view. For more details call David on 086 267 0157.

Surin Beach Apartment for Sale Rooms and house for rent in Phuket Town. New 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full of furnitures, near Supercheap. Convenient location but quiet. B15,000 per month. Call 081 497 4931, king _keysong@

House Near Chalong Circle Two bedroom townhouse with cable TV, air-con. and Internet. Call Jon 089 652 1473.

Cheap Room Patong Long term. B10,000 per month for 6 months or more, renovated, fullyfurnished. Call Rommel on 084 442 6144.

Lake View Apartment Rooms and houses for rent in Kathu, (the way to Kathu Chinese temple). Quiet area. Call 089 196 8449.

Pool Villa for Rent Fully-furnished 1-bedroom unit with private pool in Bang Jo. For long-term rent B30,000 per month. Free WiFi. K.Ausa 081 968 5139.

Studio apartment only 400 metres to the sand of Surin Beach. 90-year lease for B1.99M. Photos and more information at www. SurinBeachApartment. com or 089 875 8967.

Land for Sale Rawai land-cheap various plots from B2m. www., 084 111 3977.

5 Bedrooms Thai Style Pool Villa Luxury pool villa for sale near Laguna Phuket on 1 rai, living space 600 sqm up. 087 893 4636.

Land at Anuphas for Sale 40 sqw of land behind weekend market at Naka temple. Anuphas project at B2.2 million. Located on Soi Virathongyok 3/1. Call Zhu on 089 668 3639.

Rose Villa Chergtalay Soi Pasak 8, for rent or sale. Charming pool villa in a quiet location with 3 large bedooms, all ensuite, western kitchen and oven, fully-furnished. Long term rental B60,000 per month. For sale with chanote title B9.75m. 087 089 2084, adrian@bd-asia.



To advertise in our classifieds visit PROPERTY FOR SALE CONT. Patong Condo for Sale Two studio apartments located 300m from the beach. Freehold, B2 million each. Fully-furnished and newly- renovated. Contact for more details 084 442 6144.

The Sunrise Ocean Villas

Overlooking the ocean in Ao Po on the east coast of Phuket. Only 60m from the beach, with panoramic views of Phang-nga bay. Contact Khun Montha for more 081 343 0777.

Villa with Rentals

Nice villa with owners apartment and 3 one bedroom apartments for rent, in Kata. Pool. Only B13.9 million. o.b.o. Call Kjartan on 084 838 7801.

3 Beds near Golf Course for Sales 3 beds,2 bath, small garden in the front and backyard, phone line, air cons, with a fully-equipted kitchen, partially-furnished, gated community of Anupas Golf Ville. Located in nice and quiet area, dead end street, five minutes to Central, 10 minutes to Patong. Close to few golf courses and BIS. Call Mel on 081 747 6554, or mtanarak@yahoo.

Patong 3 Bed 3 Bath Townhouse

150sqm, six-year-old moder n townhouse, Nanai Road area, fully-furnished, with swimming pool. B5.9 Million. Call 082 498 0872.

Patong Hotel for Sale

Classic Hotel 46 rooms, 30 rooms daily, 16 rooms monthly. B55M nego. www. Call 089 725 3848.

Kathu Luxury Pool Villas

Close to BIS and Patong Beach, 2 and 3 bed room villas. Price from B8,500,000. See www. for de Contact Mr.Julien on 089 724 7211.

Bargain Rawai Land for Sale

Elevated, walled land for sale, views, off Saiyuan Road. Chanote title. 760sqm. Reduced to sell B4M. Contact 076 613 227 or 085 782 7551.


ment yacht delivery. Call us on 076 239 111.

Phuket Home Services

C & C Marine (Thai)

We have been installing and servicing commercial and residential air-conditioning systems since 2001. All brands. Call 076 324 400, or visit www. phukethomeser vic es. com.

Kerati Air

2 7 1 Ya o w a r a t R d . , Phuket Town. For all your air-con. service needs, 076 214 033.

C.P. Engineering Service Supply and install both commercial and residential air-con. units to satisfy your cooling needs. 076 321 562,

Mana Air Specialises in the installation and maintenance of air-conditioning ventilation and electrical services. 076 215 506,

BABY SITTING Phuket Baby Sitting

Plus nanny ser vic es, English-speaking, qualified babysitters and nannies, short or long term. www.phuketbabysitting. com.

Marine Engineering Services. Call 076 273 247.

Dan Marine Limited

Koh Kaew. Yacht interiors, maintenance and management. Call us on 081 271 742.

ELECTRICAL SERVICES Phuket Home Services We specialise in domestic and commercial electrical wiring installations, telephone, internet and security systems. Our services range from wiring / re-wiring through 3 phase upgrades to lighting, AC and safety inspections. We can work to IET 2050 or IEE BS 7671 Standards. 076 324 400,

Phuket Sound System Rental

Having a party? Check out our website for your sound system needs. We have three sizes to choose from. Contact Glenn on 0895871841.

AAA Phuket Electrician


UK-approved electricians available to advise on all electrical issues. Contact us for a quote 081 691 9907.

Asia Marine Ltd.

AVC Engineering

Parts supply, refits, repairs, project manage-

Cherng Talay area. Mechanical, electrical

Bargain Land for Sale in Kathu Near British International School and Patong beach. 1,192 m2 serviced land plot, public road, Nor Sor 3 Kor title. Only B2,500,000. Call 089 724 7211.

One Bedroom Pool Villa

Land 125 sqm. Building 83 sqm. Fully-furnished with private pool 3x5 m. Quick sale B5.5m. Long term rent B35,000 per month. Call 081 979 3369.

900sqm Land for Sale.

Closed to Mission Hill golf (route 4027). Size is perfect for building house with swimming pool, and garden. Surrounded by nature. Call 086 846 3266.

To advertise in our classifieds visit and plumbing to international standards. 076 615 810.

Mono Sun Technology

hotel, condo development.

Phuket Home Maintenance

Phuket solar, tomorrow’s technology, working today. Wind and solar at down to earth prices. 076 263 717.

Renovations, house repairs, painters, electricians, plumbers and construction workers. Fluent Englishspeaking manager. Free quotes. 084 139 5124.

J-SAT Communication

Phuket Home Solutions

The leader of a communication system in Phuket. Service fire alarm, CCTV system, PABX system, TV system. 076 258 200,

HARDWARE STORES Phaisan Makita Paint All types of paints, colours for home and more. Fin d us at M ae Luan Road, Phuket Town, entrance to Rang hill 076 355 664.

HOME IMPROVEMENT Phuket Home Services We of fer high- quality building, c o nt r ac t ing and refurbishment work in Phuket and the surrounding region. We build houses, renovate apartments and homes, fit out shops and offices. Call 076 324 400 or visit www. phukethomeser vices. com.

Stonearth Luxury Bathrooms

The highest quality luxury natural wood and stone bathrooms for your villa,

Contex Phuket Co.

Bangtao. High-end teak doors and windows with German technology. Call us on 086 281 1264.

Fletcher Aluminium Thalang. Premium window and door systems. For free quotes call 076 275 278.

May Curtain and Decor

Cherng Talay. Providing a solution for all your home requirements. Call us on 076 270 854.

We are the best for curtains. wwwmaycurtain. com. Contact on 076 304 304 or may@maycurtain.

Pro Carpeting & Wood Work

DWF Home Services

Thepkrasattri Rd., Boat Lagoon. Home, office, bar, renovations, rebuilds and repairs. 076 238 947, www.

Built-in bars, counters, pools, kitchens, ponds, etc. Call Noi on 081 606 5746. DWF_

Canvas Creations

Boat Lagoon. Deluxe awnings and covers for your boat. 076 238 946.

Phuket Awnings Service

Rassada. Making an alliance with the sun. Contact 076 612 870.

Shades (Thailand) Awnings, shade sails, tension fabric structures. C o n t a c t 076 3 6 7 5 6 6

AdisakTrading Co.

Bypass Road. We have the largest selection of TOA paint. 076 261 420.

Builder Smart Public. Thalang area. Treated pine, Thai gypsum, Shera, Weber, and Wattyl. Call 076 275 221.

The Stone Doctor Thalang Restoration, sealing, maintenance and cleaning. Call us on 087 282 4930, or visit www.

REMOVAL SERVICES Phuket Universal Services Co., Ltd. Worldwide household removal services. Warehousing and pac k ing ser vices. w w

Town Contact for more details on 076 225 444.

Siam Pickpack (Phuket) Boat Lagoon. Global transportation services. For more details on 076 238 791,

Advance Interfreight Express

Chaofah (East) Road. Moving and shipping. Better services, better prices. 076 376 677.

Global Logistics Asia

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SAIL REPAIRS Rolly Tasker Sails (Thailand)

Chaofa Road, Wichit. Sails, rigging, covers harken and etc. Call us for details 076 521 591.

WATER SYSTEMS Phuket Home Services

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Phuket home ser vies plumbing has been repairing, designing and installing plumbing systems sinc e 20 01.

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We can offer a range of qualified in-house plumbing engineers, plumbing installation teams and plumbers. Call 076 324 400, or visit

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Asian Cricket Sixes Tour and The Phuket Cricket Group The ICC Award Winning

Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament 2011

Karon Stadium Phuket, Play Starts Daily at 9.00am Admission Free - All Welcome Refreshments Available Beach Cricket at Karon Sands Tuesday 12th April from 1pm Twenty/20 Charity All Star Floodlit Cricket, Ladies Game And Junior Cricket Display Friday 17th April from 5.00pm at Karon Stadium

For further information Tel: + 66 (0) 852 398 254 For future details contact Tel: +61 (0) 40 738 5481

Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th April 2011

Come and join the fun in the sun! :


Rooney ban gives City chance to make noise Following the purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayhan’s Abu Dhabi United Group, the Citizens have slowly reduced the gap on bitter city rivals Manchester United, so often the benchmark for success over the past two decades. The season that Sheikh Mansour group acquired City saw the Sky Blues beat United home and away. But since then the club’s only success over the Red Devils was in the 2009/10 League Cup semi final first leg at Eastlands. United won the second leg and the tie on aggregate before beating Aston Villa 2-1 in the subsequent final. After the thrilling 4-3 derby win by United at Old

Trafford in 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson belittled City as nothing but “noisy neighbours”, and with an all Manchester FA Cup semi final looming at Wembley this weekend, City have the perfect setting to make the wily Scot eat his words. Roberto Mancini’s side have had their task made easier thanks to the suspension of United striker Wayne Rooney, who misses the match as he completes a two-match ban for foul and abusive language in United’s recent 4-2 win against West Ham. It was Rooney who scored the winning goal in the most recent league encounter between the two sides, meeting a right wing cross with an stunning over-head kick that left goalkeeper Joe Hart no chance.

After struggling earlier this season, Rooney has started to look his old self in recent weeks and is starting to hit the heights of last season when he was regularly being touted as one of the best players in the world. His hat trick against the Hammers dragged United back from a two-goal deficit to help them win 4-2, and then he scored the winner in the Champions League quarter final against Chelsea just four days later. His suspension for this critical match is likely to hurt more than the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson, currently undergoing a five-match ban for comments made about Martin Atkinson’s performance during United’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last month.


FIXTURES April 15-22 England Premier League Fixtures (Times in Thailand) Saturday April 16 B’gham v Sunderland Blackpool v Wigan Everton v Blackburn West Brom v Chelsea West Ham v Aston Villa Sunday April 17 Arsenal v Liverpool

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring a goal against Chelsea during their UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, 1st leg football match at Stamford Bridge on April 6.  – Photo AFP Since his touchline ban, United have played three and won three to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League. The weekend’s encounter

21:00 21:00 21:00 21:00 21:00 22:00

Saturday April 16 - F.A. Cup 23:15 Man City v Man Utd Sunday April 17 - F.A. Cup 22:00 Bolton v Stoke

Australian NRL Round 5

will be the third meeting of the two sides this year. The last time the two faced each other, City were without the injured Carlos Tevez who left United for their city rivals in 2009.

Friday April 15 Gold Coast v Wests 19:35 Eels v Canterbury 19:35

Cowboys shoot down Queensland rivals

Saturday April 16 Manly v Warriors 17:30 Cowboys v Raiders 19:30 Roostersv Broncos 19:30

Townsville’s North Queensland Cowboys continued their strong start to the season with a comfortable 22-12 win against fellow Queenslanders Gold Coast Titans in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) last Friday night. Tries from Willie Tonga, Johnathan Thursten, Gavin Cooper and Matthew Bowen, three of which were converted by Thursten, saw the Cowboys romp to a 22-0 lead at half-time. The Townsville side took their foot off the gas after the break, allowing the Titans to close to within 10 points thanks to converted tries from Steve Michaels and Esikeli Tonga, but the Cowboys held their nerve to ensure the Titans remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Reds fly-half Quade Cooper, left, looks at the ball as he converts a penalty against the Stormers last Saturday during their Super 14 Rugby match at Newlands stadium in Cape Town. – Photo AFP

In other round five fixtures, West Tigers thrashed the Russell Croweowned South Sydney Rabbitohs – the most successful side in NRL history – by 30 points to six, the New Zealand Warriors picked up an important two points as they overcame the 2010 runners up Sydney Roosters in Wellington, while there were wins for the Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles. In this weekend’s fixtures the defending champions St. George and Illawarra Dragons take on the Rabbitohs on Monday, while the high flying Brisbane Broncos lead by NRL legend Darren Lockyer who is set to retire at the end of the season travel to Sydney to take on the mid-table Roosters.

Reds end Stormers’ unbeaten start ’Pies take top position The Queensland Reds moved for a personal tally of 14 points. Crusaders into second place to the top of the Super 15 table after a surprise 19-6 win against the previously unbeaten Stormers of South Africa. The defending champion Stormers had made a perfect start to the season, winning six from six, but came unstuck against the Brisbane side whose 19 points came from a try to Mike Davies, converted by Wallaby fly-half Quade Cooper who also struck four penalties

Stormers kicker Peter Grant scored two penalties for the home side whose fans were left stunned by the result. The Crusaders of Christchurch also moved ahead of the Stormers on the back of a comprehensive 27-0 victory over the Bulls. Tries from Sonny-Bill Williams, Israel Dagg and Tom Marshall, plus four penalties from Matt Berquist helped the

as the Bulls suffered their first pointless match in 12 years. In other fixtures, the Highlanders beat the Cheetahs 24-21, the Brumbies held out the Hurricanes 17-16, the Waratahs triumphed 31-3 against Western Force, while the Sharks beat the Lions 27-3 in the all-South Africa clash. The Melbourne Rebels, Waikato Chiefs and Auckland Blues all had byes.

Sixes winners determined on Sunday The Eighth Phuket Cricket Sixes tournament is in full swing as we head into the weekend, and the winners of the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Spoon competitions will be determined by the end of play Sunday. The six-day carnival of cricket comprising 24 teams from eight different countries has been running since Tuesday, and with three days of play still remaining, things

have begun to heat up. Former Australian internationals Trevor Chappell and Karen Rolton have been in action throughout the week as the knockout phases loom. One of the highlights on the cricket festival programme is the charity fundraiser Twenty20 match which takes place under the floodlights of Karon Stadium this evening (April 15). An Australasia XI and a

Rest of the World XI featuring the best players of the tournament so far will go head-to-head in the popular shortened version of the game, with everyone involved helping raise money to support junior cricket in Phuket. Michael ‘Cat’ Maher, one of the organisers of the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour, said over B132,000 was raised last year to support junior cricket development.

Defending AFL champions Collingwood threw down the gauntlet to the other 16 teams in the league last weekend as the 2010 Premiers beat in-form Carlton by 102 points to 74. The clash between two of AFL’s oldest clubs had been billed as a potential grand final dress rehearsal after both clubs made impressive starts to the season, including inflicting heavy defeats on North Melbourne and the Gold Coast respectively in round two. Carlton hoped the presence of former Magpies assistant coach Gavin Brown amongst their ranks might have swung the game in their favour, but the well oiled Collingwood machine proved too strong, kicking 15 goals to Carlton’s 11 to extend their winning streak over the Blues to four matches. In other round two results, newcomers Gold Coast were comprehensively beaten by the Western Bulldogs, Freemantle

toppled Adelaide 79 to 54 in a low scoring match, Hawthorn thrashed Richmond by 115 points to 52, while Perth’s West Coast Eagles slumped to a home defeat against the Sydney Swans 101 to 88. In round four fixtures, the game of the weekend sees Geelong take on 2005 champions Sydney Swans with both sides having made strong starts to the season, while Collingwood take on struggling Richmond at the MCG.

(Local Times)

Sunday April 17 Knights v Sharks Panthers v Storm

14:00 15:00

Monday April 18 Rabbitohs v Dragons 19:00

Super 15 draw for April 15-16 (Times in Thailand) Friday April 15 Chiefs v Crusaders 14:35 Rebels v Highlanders 16:40 Saturday April 16 Blues vs Warratahs 14:35 Ch’tahs v H’canes 00:10 (Sun) Lions v Stormers 22:05 Reds vs Bulls 16:40 Sunday April 17 Brumbies vs W Force 13.10 Bye: Sharks

AFL (Aussie Rules) (Times in Thailand) Friday April 15 Richmond v C’wood 16:40 Saturday April 16 H’thorn v WC Eagles Carlton v Essendon Sydney v Geelong Port v Adelaide

11:10 11:10 16:10 16:40

Sunday April 17 G Coast v Melbourne 11:10 F’mantle v N Melb 13:40 Bye: Brisbane Lions, St. Kilda, Western Bulldogs



Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel, centre, of Germany lifts the winner’s trophy as secondplaced McLaren-Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, left, and thirdplaced Renault driver Nick Heidfeld of Germany applaud on the podium after the finish of Formula One’s Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday. Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a dominant drive to take an early grip on the Formula One season.  – Photo AFP

Vettel storms to Malaysian win

World champion Sebastien Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a dominant drive on Sunday to take an early grip on the Formula One season. The 23-year-old German steered his Red Bull car from pole position to the chequered flag to win ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, and Nick Heidfeld who

finished third for Renault. Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber recovered from a poor start to storm back and finish fourth ahead of the two Ferraris of Brazilian Felipe Massa and two-time champion Fernando Alonso. The 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing seventh after looking set for

a podium spot, until a slow pit stop and then a struggle with worn tyres in the closing stages. Japana’s Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber was eighth ahead of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who was ninth for Mercedes, and 10th-placed British rookie Paul Di Resta, who scored another point for Force India in only his second start.

Vettel has now won both of the two season-opening races, in Australia and Malaysia, and five of the last six to take charge of the 2011 drivers world title race. Final standings from the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, raced over 56 laps at Sepang International Circuit on Sunday:

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) 1hr 37min 39.832sec; 2. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) at 3.261; 3. Nick Heidfeld (GER/ Lotus-Renault) at 25.075; 4. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull) at 26.384; 5. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) at 36.958; 6. Fernando Alonso (ESP/ Ferrari) at 37.248; 7. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren) at 49.957; 8. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber) at 1:06.439; 9. Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes GP) at 1:24.896;

10. Paul di Resta (SCO/Force India) at 1:31.563; 11. Adrian Sutil (GER/ Force India) at 1:41.379; 12. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes GP) at 1 lap; 13. Sebastien Buemi (SUI/Toro Rosso) at 1 lap; 14. Jaime Alguersuari (ESP/Toro Rosso) at 1 lap; 15. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/Lotus) at 1 lap; 16. Timo Glock (GER/Virgin Racing) at 2 laps; 17. Vitaly Petrov (RUS/Lotus-Renault) at 4 laps.



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