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wo of Phuket’s most notorious gang members are dead and a police officer is recovering in hospital after a dramatic shoot-out in Kata on Sunday. Adisorn Tongyon, 18, was killed during the confrontation with police near the Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort & Spa, while Somkit Kongtin, 21, died on Tuesday at Vachira Phuket Hospital. Pol Sgt Hattaporn Tongkaobua, 37, was shot three times in the legs and has undergone two operations at Phuket International Hospital. Two bullets grazed him, while fragments from the third bullet remain in his left leg. Chalong Pol Lt Col Boonlert Oanklang said the two gangsters had been on the run from police for two and a half years. Police referred to the duo as the Fat-Thin gang – due to Adisorn being “fat’’ and Somkit being “thin’’. Pol Lt Col Boonlert said the duo have been known to impersonate police officers and extort money from Burmese migrant workers living in labour camps. Sunday’s drama began in Naiharn, where Adisorn and Somkit were spotted by a patrol officer on a motorbike. They were wearing police caps and army pants. The patrol officer told them to stop, but they roared off on their motorbike in the direction of Kata. Sgt Hattaporn, who was on duty at Kata Plaza, received a radio call from the patrol officer to be on the lookout for the pair. A short time later Continued page 3

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Pol Sgt Hattaporn Tongkaobua, who was shot by local gang member Somkit Kongtin last Sunday.

‘I just wanted to survive’ When Pol Sgt Hattaporn Tongkaobua received a radio call to be on the lookout for two known criminals, he had no reason to think it was anything but routine. But now sporting three bullet wounds in his legs, Sgt Hattaporn has earned the praise of his colleagues for his heroic actions that ultimately led to the deaths of two notorious local gangsters, Adi­sorn Tongyon, 18, and Som­kit Kongtin, 21.

Speaking from his bed at Phuket International Hospital, Sgt Hattaporn, who has been a police officer for 10 years, said he never expected the gang members would shoot at him. “It was a real shock,” he said. “But I wanted to survive, and I managed to return fire.” Sgt Hattaporn has a sixyear-old daughter, and is expecting another baby with his wife, who is eight months pregnant.

However, he said they were far from his mind as he looked down the barrel of the gun. “The only thing going through my mind was my duty as a police officer. I fired my gun because I didn’t want them to get away. When I heard they had been caught, the pain from my wounds all but disappeared.” Sgt Hattaporn’s wife “Aon” didn’t share his commitment to duty, and was

understandably upset when she heard the news. “I was so frightened when I heard he was shot. I was crying all the way to the hospital to visit him,” she said. As the wife of a police officer, Mrs Aon said she must accept that her husband’s life is in danger every day. “He has to do his duty, and we are all very proud of him. My six-year-old daughter would also like to be in the police when she grows up.”

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A couple of hundred parents descended on the British International School on June 9 to enjoy dance performances by their children, ranging in age from tiny tots up to 14-year-olds. Performances included favourite nursery rhymes, ballet, jazz dance and hip-hop, all choreographed by dance teacher Kathy Roche.

Railway bid has eye in sky zero-interest loans to Phuket to pay for the project but had no interest in a concession to manage the rail system once it is built. He said a light railway system was not suitable for Phuket as an international destination, claiming the island needs highstandard transportation like the airport link that was built in Bangkok. Bangkok’s airport link though has been plagued by controversy since it opened last year. As of April this year, it was operating at a loss of B42 million per day, and Rak Prathet Thai party leader Chuwit Kamolvisit predicted in May that

New airport director

Patong to get tsunami-detecting radar

Phuket International Airport has its first ever female director. Duangjai Korndee has replaced Wing Cmdr Prathuang Somkhom, who was moved in relation to an incident last October where passengers without the required flying documents tried to board a VIP flight to the Middle East. Ms Korndee is the former deputy director of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Wing Cmdr Passakorn Surapipit has been the acting director of the airport since January, and will now be transferred back to the position of deputy director of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Patong will be the first place in Thailand to get a highfrequency radar system to monitor ocean currents to aid in the detection of approaching tsunami waves. The radar system will give warning of a potential tsunami by measuring the velocity of particles on the surface of waves approaching Patong Bay from as far out at 200 kilometres. The system, to be set up on the Kor Sai Lod headland at the south end of Patong Bay, is a joint effort by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) and Patong Municipality. The Patong radar is one of two that will be installed

it would take more than 634 years for the project to recoup the construction costs. Mr Tophon estimated that B20 billion would be needed to construct the three main routes for a Phuket sky train; from Phuket International Airport to Chalong Circle (41.40 kilometres), from Patong to Phuket Town (18.40 kilometres) and from Bangkoo junction to Chalong Circle (16.8 kilometres). The additional route from Phuket International Airport to the new Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC) is included in the budget. Another company interested

on the Andaman Sea coast by American firm Medlink, under contract to the TMD. The other unit will be installed at Baan Nam Khem, a village in Takuapa district, Phang Nga, where 1,400 people – about one in three – died in the 2004 tsunami disaster. The TMD has allocated B200 million to install such systems in the country; away from the Andaman Coast there will be two in Rayong, one on Koh Samui, and one at Sichon in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban told The Phuket News that the municipality has already contracted a company, BO Power Tech, to run more

in the project estimates it would cost B2 billion for the airportChalong light rail link. “We will not be involved in running the project after construction is completed,” Mr Tophon said. “We will offer Phuket Province a zero-interest loan though to make the project come to fruition.” “We think Phuket Province will be able to pay us back under a 30- to 50-year plan, depending on the MoU [Memorandum of Understanding] signed” Mr Tophon said. He added that his company’s engineers would be ready to start the project within 30 days of signing an MoU.

The month of July was set as the deadline for companies interested in building the Phuket Railway project. “After that,” Gov Tri said, “we will arrange a place and time for all interested investors to present their proposals for our consideration. “We will then select one of those proposals and present it to Cabinet.” Ten companies have so far expressed interest in the project. “If everything goes well, the successful bidder will be announced in September or October of this year,” Gov Tri said.

Proposals for a rail network on Phuket appear to be getting more extravagant, with the latest company to express interest in the project advocating the construction of a sky train system, similar to Bangkok’s BTS network. Representatives from Gold Phoenix Construction Consulting (Thailand) Co Ltd, the Thai affiliate of Hong Kong-Korean joint venture company Zhi Shan Yan Construction, met with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha last Friday (June 10) to discuss the proposal. Tophon Kraianupongsa, managing director of the company, said he would provide

than 100 metres of power cable to reach the site. Once power is hooked up, the radar will be installed by its supplier, probably by the end of June, Mr Chairat said. The radar technology monitors ocean currents and can detect anomalies in the circulation and velocity of particles of water, also known as Bragg waves, on the surface of waves. If the velocity of the particles increases unusually compared with a database of background information, this can indicate a tsunami wave moving from deep to shallow water. Mr Chairat said that in addition to watching out for tsunamis, the radar will have

other useful functions such as monitoring and predicting the movement of oil spills, or helping rescue services by monitoring currents and predicting the possible track of people or small boats lost at sea. Tsunamis move at astonishing speed across deep ocean – velocities can be as high as 800 kmh, the speed of a jet aircraft – so detection of a tsunami by the radar station would give just 15 to 20 minutes’ warning, even supposing the alert went out immediately. Thailand also has three tsunami warning buoys off the Andaman coast, but being out at sea these are more difficult to service and maintain.



FREED! After six months in an African jail A British seaman, locked up in the east African country of Eritrea for six months facing espionage and terrorism charges, was this week suddenly released and put on a plane to Qatar. Adrian Troy, who had worked in Phuket for Arrow Pearls, a natural pearl company based in Broome, Western Australia, took a new job in December with Protection Vessels International (PVI), a company that works to protect ships from piracy, the website of Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV reported. The trouble apparently began when the vessel he was working on, the Sea Scorpion,

went into the port of Massawa. There was apparently a dispute over payment for fuel. As it escalated, Mr Troy and six other Britons on the Sea Scorpion and another vessel apparently attempted to sneak out of Massawa at night. The Sea Scorpion was stopped by the Eritrean Navy with Troy and three other Britons aboard. Things got stickier. According to a detailed press release by the Eritrean Foreign Ministry, a search of the Sea Scorpion revealed that the PVI men, who had entered Eritrea “disguised” as tourists, had taken film of themselves and colleagues earlier stopping at the Eritrean island of Romia.

On the island, they “cached a number of light weapons fitted with silencers, telescopes and distance-monitoring sailing equipments were secured. “Moreover, night vision binoculars equipped with a GPS together with poisontipped bullets, bullet-proof vests, radios, as well as V-SAT satellite telephones were seized during the search.” The Eritrean statement alleged that while Troy and others headed for Massawa for fuel, 11 others stayed on the island to guard the weapons cache, telling anyone who came near that they were tourists “keen to observe sharks”. After being stopped by the

IN BRIEF Neighbour held with stolen goods

Adrian Troy, free after six months in an Eritrean jail. – Photo by Steve Arrow navy, Troy and the other three were thrown in jail, with the Eritreans accusing them of “invading” the island, and of espionage. The government also surmised that the cached weapons were for acts of “terrorism” and added that charge. Six months of diplomatic manoeuvring by the British and Australian governments have apparently had the desired effect and on Sunday Troy

and the three others were put on a plane to Qatar. Both the British and Australian governments have since thanked their Qatari counterpart for its help in getting the men freed. No announcement has yet been made by the Eritrean government, but the full text of its press release, detailing the accusations, with photographs, can be seen at – Alasdair Forbes

BBC news presenter talks to business group BBC World News presenter/ producer Sharanjit Leyl was in Phuket last week speaking candidly at the IBAP monthly meeting. The charismatic Singaporean, who was visiting the island with her mother and young son, talked about her career with the BBC and the news organisation’s new weekday programme Newsday, which was launched on Monday. Presented live from Singapore and London, Newsday replaces the long running Asia Today. She said Newsday will focus on stories from both an Asian and global perspective as well as the latest business and sports news. The programme will be

Sue Ma, Heidi Jauch, Lek Atitaya and Choladda ‘Imm’ Chabsantia enjoy their evening at IBAP.

BBC World News presenter Sharanjit Leyl speaking at the monthly IBAP meeting last Friday at Indochine.

presented by Babita Sharma in London and Rico Hizon in Singapore. Sharanjit said the Power of Asia, a new month-long

ment under the microscope. After an informative presentation, Sharanjit answered many questions from enthusiastic IBAP members.

Officer shot in gang pursuit Continued from page 1 Sgt Hattaporn spotted the duo and gave chase to Soi Kate Kwan. Still on the motorbike, the pair went to the back of the hotel while Sgt Hattaporn called for police back up. With only one access road, they became trapped and had to double back. Somkit then produced a .38 calibre handgun and fired three shots at Sgt Hattaporn, hitting him once in the right knee, and twice in the left leg. Sgt Hattaporn fell to the ground but managed to draw his own weapon and return

fire. Both Adisorn and Somkit were hit, opting to run away on foot to a nearby three-storey construction site. Around 20 police officers arrived and surrounded the site. Adisorn was preparing to fire at police, when officers shot him, killing him instantly with shots to the head and stomach. Somkit was shot six times and taken to Patong Hospital before being transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he later died from his injuries. Police have confirmed both deaths as lawful homicide.

programme which began on June 10, will be interesting to people in Thailand as it will put Asia’s economy, its business, politics, society and environ-

Speaking about Thailand’s upcoming July 3 elections, she said BBC planned to report live from Bangkok to provide viewers with “unbiased coverage”.

Seafood festival is back The Phuket Seafood Fiesta is back for another year to help boost tourism numbers during Phuket’s low season. The festival will be held in July/August, and people will be entitled up to 20 per cent discount on seafood dishes at any participating restaurant. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office Director Bang-ornrat Chinaprayoon said the event has been organised by TAT, Phuket tourism agencies and local authorities to attract tourists to sample Phuket’s seafood. About 100 restaurants in Phuket and Phang-nga are


The Phuket Seafood Fiesta will be held in August. expected to take part. Patong, Rawai and Phuket Town will also host activities and food presentations as part of the festival, which will be launched on July 30-31 in Soi Bangla, Patong. On August 12-13, fresh seafood will be on display

for tourists in Rawai, and later in the month, on August 26-27, at the Sea Dragon park in Phuket Town, near the TAT office. Mrs Bang-ornrat said so far the low season in Phuket had been busier than usual, with scheduled direct flights starting from New Delhi, India, and Taipei, Taiwan, to Phuket. For more information about the festival please call TAT Phuket Office: 076 212 213. The website is not yet up and running, but plans to give details in July of participating restaurants.

Teerachai Saesoa, 22, was arrested last Friday (June 10) after Chalong police found stolen goods in his house on Soi Anusorn in Chalong. The goods belonged to Teerachai’s neighbour, New Zealander Michael William Laird, aged 50, who had been away from Phuket for two months and returned to find the contents of his house all but gone. Police said they found a television, a microwave oven, a fan, a gas stove and 30 other items on the list of Mr Laird’s belongings that had been reported stolen from his house.

Trio nabbed for stolen bikes, drugs Three teenage gang members were arrested in Phuket on Monday after being caught in possession of stolen motorbikes and narcotics. Kittisak Sae-eug, 22, Arnon Singharat, 20, and a 15-year-old teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested by Chalong Police. They had 10 stolen motorbikes in their possession, plus 1.6 grams of ya-ice and 20 ya-ba pills. Police first arrested the 15-year-old teenager after he allegedly tried to steal a motorbike in Karon. The teenager then provided information to police about the other two gang members.

Phuket streaker leads police on chase A 25-year-old Norwegian man took a very unusual scenic tour through Phuket Town last Wednesday – but it was bystanders who saw more than they wanted to. Ronald Stølen was arrested by Phuket City Police after running naked from his apartment, near Phuket bus station, to the Phuket Royal City Hotel. Police chased him for half an hour, before finally apprehending him. Staff from the Kusoldharm Foundation, who later took the man to Vachira Hospital, said Mr Stølen was suffering hallucinations. They said his body was tense, his eyes wide, and he seemed to be in shock. He also seemed to be frightened by a non-existent figure. Doctors at Vachira Hospital said his hallucinations might have been stimulated by a congenital disease, and confirmed that drugs were not involved in the incident.




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The new Nepalese Ambassador to Thailand, Navin Parkas Jung Sha, centre, was welcomed to his new position on Sunday night by the Phuket Nepalese society.  – Photo by Boonrat Apiwantanakorn

Phuket welcomes new Nepalese ambassador The new Nepalese Ambassador to Thailand is encouraging Phuketians to visit his native country and take advantage of its ‘tourism year’ campaign. Navin Parkas Jung Sha was welcomed to his new po-

sition on Sunday night during a function at Patong Resort, taking the opportunity to introduce himself to Phuket’s Nepalese community. Mr Parkas said Thailand and Nepal have maintained a close relationship for some

time, and he would like to invite Thai people to visit his country as it celebrates ‘Nepalese tourism year’. President of the Thai-Nepalese Association of Phuket, Phanupong Limbuprasertkul, said Nepal is one of the most

naturally spectacular countries in the world, making it ideal for travelling. Most Thai people will already be aware of the Lumpiniwan Garden as the birth place of Lord Buddha, and the more adventurous may be drawn in

by the challenge of conquering Mount Everest. “Nepal has a unique culture, and despite having some internal political conflicts, the Nepalese people are incredibly respectful and welcoming,” Mr Phanupong said.

Giving Laguna set to rock to help others More than one hundred people went to the Phuket Regional Blood Center in Saphan Hin on Tuesday to donate blood for World Blood Donor Day. At the Phuket Community Hall, Phuket Town, there were also activities and education awareness sessions on blood donation. There were also free basic health checks from Mission Phuket Hospital representatives at the Phuket Regional Blood Center.

Jintara Kerdkaew donates blood for the fifth time.

Laguna Phuket’s Summer Family Festival gets off to a rocking start next Saturday night (June 25) with a “Skool’s Out” opening party featuring teen rock band sensation The Screaming Hypocrites. The band of five British International School students will play the Festival marquee at Canal Shopping Village to celebrate end-of-term and give a rocking send-off to departing drummer Tristan Smith. Also on the launch party line-up are fun and games with the team from Quest Laguna Phuket Adventure, a spectacular fire show, the KidzSole flying trapeze, DJ party music, face painters, a bouncy castle and trampoline. The Screaming Hypocrites have wowed Phuket for four years with their brand of dynamic rock and they’re set to continue performing after Tristan’s departure with new

drummer Jack O’Brien. The Summer Family Festival at Canal Village runs until 27 August with daily Kidz Fun Zone adventure activities and evening entertainment with bar, barbeque, music and live sports broadcasts in the Festival marquee. Until October 31, Laguna hotels offer Summer Family Festival benefits that include free dining for kids aged 12 and under; free golf for children when playing with a fullpaying adult; free speedboat tours for kids to Naka and Khai islands; free evening Kidz Lounges; free tennis for in-house guests; and free extra beds for kids aged 12 and under.

For further details go to: lagunaphuket .com . The Phuket News is co-sponsoring the Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival.



Youngsters visit recycling centre School children at the ABC International Nursery and Pre-School on Tuesday visited the Evason recycling centre. With the words “reuse, recycle, reduce” in mind, the little ones were on a little mission to discover more about helping Mother Nature. ABC staff teamed up with Evason Resort to take the children on a tour of the recycling centre and also around the herb and vegetable garden where the hotel grows produce for its restaurants. ABC owner Lesley ParkerSmith said, “We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Evason. I would like to thank Executive Chef Thomas Jacobi and his staff for allowing the children to see firsthand what a recycling centre does.


Pre-school students visit Evason Resort’s organic garden. They absolutely loved this trip – except for the smell of the compost.” The international nursery is on Sai Yuan Rd in Naiharn, catering for children aged 18 months to six years

using a British curriculum Early Years Foundation Stage. Students are also given daily Thai-language instruction. For more information, visit

It might be good but it stinks. Children see how compost is made.

Two-year work permit ‘still available’

Different factors considered for the longer permit.

Labour officials have denied rumours in Phuket’s foreign community that the two-year work permit, first introduced a couple of year ago, is no longer available. The Chief of the Foreign Work Control Department of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO), Jiraphan Sukwhan, said the two-year work permit is still available for foreigners working in Phuket, though the vast majority of permits issued by the PPEO are for one year only. She explained that, in making a decision whether to grant a two-year permit, officials must examine a number of factors. “Regulations call for us to examine the company’s business license and whether the company has complied with

the law in the past, and has paid taxes regularly. “We also take into consideration the employment policy of the province – whether foreign workers are needed in a particular sector or not; Thailand’s current investment policy – whether the kind of business the employee will work in is being promoted by the country to help boost the economy; and security issues.” The result of all this consideration, she said, was that almost all the two-year work permit issued have been for staff of hotels in which at least B100 million has been invested. “Even then,” she added, “we still have to consider the number of Thai employees in the business, and any security issues.”

Korea proposes twin city Geoje for Phuket South Korea’s Ambassador to Thailand Chung Haemoon paid a visit on Tuesday to Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha to propose the Korean island city of Geoje be twinned with Phuket, and to generally bolster relations between Phuket and Korea. Speaking after the meeting, Amb Chung explained Geoje, in South Gyeongsang province, just off the port city of Busan, home to Daewoo’s shipyard and the Samsung heavy industry complex, has similarities to Phuket and he would like to see the two cities twinned. He added that, in order to strengthen the rela-

tionship between the two countries, the South Korea government will send 54 teachers to teach Korean language to Thai students in schools around the country. The selection of the schools is currently under way and the courses are expected to begin in September this year. Amb Chung told the governor he was grateful for the support the Korean community in Phuket had received from the local authorities. He added that he has also received good support from the Korean Honorary Consul in Phuket, for mer M P Tossapor n Tephabutra.

Compromise reached in tattoo storm

More than a hundred tattoo artists from all over Phuket met last Thursday with the Permanent Secretary of the Culture Ministry, Somchai Seanglai, and various other officials, to discuss the highpriority problem of foreigners being tattooed with Buddhist images. The meeting came after Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat said he would seek to ban Thai tattoo artists from using images sacred to Buddhism or any other religion in their patterns. The tattoo artists at the

meeting said they understood the problem, but urged the government to use persuasion rather than new laws to tackle the problem. They pointed out that it is not only in Thailand that people can get tattoos featuring religious symbols, so bringing in a law in Thailand to ban such tattoos would not solve the problem of people being offended at seeing the face of the Buddha or Ganesh tattooed on someone’s body. They advocated cooperation between tattoo artists and the government as preferable

to the imposition of controls. Saksit “Kob” Narksing, an artist from the Patong Anesthesia Tattoo studio, explained, “Before I create a tattoo I teach the person wanting it about the importance of every religious symbol, especially Buddhist ones. “I’m Buddhist myself, so I would never do such a tattoo below the waist. But I am not going to stop doing tattoos that include religious imagery, even if you bring in a new law.” The tattoo artists also

pointed out that there are unrecognised or amateur tattoo artists on the island, who would not be easy to control. These included young gang members and even drug addicts, they said. “Many young people want a tattoo but can’t afford a professional job, so they may ask a friend or someone who is not a specialist to do it for them,” said Weerawat Rachasee, a tattoo artist from Patong. “I usually refuse to tattoo any Thai under the age of 18. For foreign youngsters, they

must have the permission of a parent or guardian before I will agree to tattoo them.” The assembled tattoo artists agreed to make no religious tattoos lower than the recipient’s waist, and to make sure the customer understands the image’s significance before starting work. Ministry man Mr Somchai agreed that legislation might not be the answer – though he did not rule it out – but said that the ministry felt it had to discuss the matter with the tattoo artists so that everyone was on the same page.

“A law might be ineffective in stopping this practice, but the artists must be ethical. They must educate their customers and not [tattoo religious images on] improper areas [of the body],” he said. The tattoo artists also asked that the government provide them with some sort of professional licence to distinguish them from the amateurs. Mr Somchai said, “I accept your proposal and I will discuss it with the relevant authorities in the Ministry of Commerce, Public Health and Culture.”





Doing the right thing for the environment

Nithi Ruktaetraku is the branch manager of the Wongpanit Garbage Recycle Separation Plant in Kathu, the only large commercial recycler on the island. He shares his views about the future of waste disposal on Phuket. However we do it, we must reduce the amount of rubbish that we need to burn each day. In the five years that I have been in the business, Phuket’s rubbish production has grown from 250 tonnes a day to 750 tonnes a day, as we speak. Of that, 60 per cent can be recycled, but in reality only 20-30 per cent is currently being separated and reused. The municipalities do not collect recyclables separately from household or street rubbish bins. I don’t know why this is not being done as it is in many parts of the world. But an unofficial saving grace is that the municipal garbage collectors working on the trucks themselves separate out many of the recyclables, which they can then sell privately to supplement their wages. To be fair, the municipalities show a sense of urgency in dealing with the recycling problem. But their effort needs to be helped by consistent efforts at the level of households, businesses and schools, to separate out recyclables from other waste. I have no problem at all with the fact that Phuket incinerates much of its daily rubbish. I believe that it is an effective way to manage waste. There is a problem though that some of the waste that has to be burned, such as plastic, gives off dangerous gases. I worry about the impact that has on the health of local residents

Nithi Ruktaetrakul feels good doing his recycling work for the island. and the local environment. The good thing about this [recycling] business is that it conserves energy. Instead of someone having to make something new from raw materials, they can reuse what has been made already. I started the business six years ago, kind of on a trial basis, which gradually grew. From a small place on the main road, we had to move a much larger facility. I believe in my heart that it’s a business that benefits a lot of other businesses, helping them save a lot on their production costs. I feel good also that I’m helping to make our environment better. I always tell everyone who will listen that Phuket is only a very small beautiful island. We all need to do the right thing by the environment to keep it that way. At his plant behind the new Shell service station, on the right hand side as you drive to Patong Hill from Tesco Lotus on Pra Phuket Kaew Rd (Route 4020), Mr Nithi will weigh your recyclables and buy them from you for cash.

A total of 686 Phuket police officers are patrolling the street in the lead up to the July 3 election.

More cops hit the beat as election tensions rise About 150 Phuket police officers are patrolling the streets as part of the island’s crime suppression mission in the lead-up to next month’s general election. The troops were released by Phuket Police Commander Maj

Gen Pekad Tantipong at Muang Police station on Sunday night. Gen Pekad confirmed three MP candidates had requested police protection as tensions mount in and the July 3 election draws closer, but added that no

election-related violence has been reported so far. “Nonetheless, our police officers will have to remain politically neutral during the coming weeks, and work intensively to quell any criminal

activity that may come about as a result of the election,” Gen Pekad said. “The officers will also have full authority to arrest those who are caught defacing political posters.”

Ladyboy cabaret show coming to Phuket Town Phuket’s famous ladyboy cabaret show, Simon Cabaret, is to spend B60 million to open a new theatre in Phuket Town. Phuket Simon Cabaret Co Ltd President Wirat Ruayrin has revealed the new Simon Cabaret will open in November at the Thai Village to the west of Rajabhat Phuket University. Mrs Wirat said the company will refurbish and expand the existing theatre at the Thai village to hold 600 people, and promised the shows will be different, and more spectacular than the shows in Patong, helped by sophisticated lighting and

sound techniques and set decoration. “We expect to attract both tourists and people living in town and the surrounding area who won’t need to travel to Patong,” she said. “We will have total 19 sets every night, featuring a combination of Thai cultures and modern performing art. Our target audiences are Thais and Asians, so the tickets will be cheaper than in Patong.” Mrs Wirat added she is not worried about competition from the new Siam Niramit, due to open next year. Simon Cabaret is a leader in cabaret, she said, and its shows will be different from others.

OrBorJor Phuket Junior League with 10 school teams playing basketball.

Basketballers ready to take court

Young basketballers are preparing for the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) and Phuket Basketball Club’s second annual basketball tournament, the OrBorJor Phuket Junior League.

The event will run from June 25 to September at the Saphan Hin Gymnasium, Phuket Town. The competition is open to young basketballers under 17, with the aim of drawing new

players into the sport and to find new basketball players for the Phuket Games 2012. Teams from 10 Phuket schools and colleges – Stree Phuket, Phuket Wittayalai, Thalang Wittaya, Kathu Wit-

taya, Phutta Mongkol Nimitr, Phuket Thai Hua, Muslim Wittaya, Kajonkietsuksa schools, Phuket Technical College and Phuket Vocational College – will compete for prizes worth B55,000.




Yingluck cleared of perjury Thailand’s financial market regulator said it has cleared the sister of fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra of allegations she broke the securities law, boosting her bid to be premier. Polls show Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai party pulling ahead of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrats ahead of the July 3 election, but she has faced questions linked to her brother’s finances. In a statement issued late Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Ms Yingluck had not breached the financial market laws with her involvement in a legal case against her brother. She has been accused by

her opponents of committing perjury in a case which saw the Supreme Court confiscate half of Mr Thaksin’s assets last year. Ms Yingluck, a political newcomer who has helped to reinvigorate the opposition, had said she was confident her record was clean. “I think Thailand must be transparent. I’m willing for people to investigate me,” she said. Thai courts in February 2010 confiscated B30.4 billion of Mr Thaksin’s assets for abuse of power, out of a total of B60.3 billion frozen after the former tycoon was toppled in a 2006 coup. Finance Minister Korn Cha-

Registration opens for illegal workers Labour experts have welcomed the next round of foreign worker registration, beginning on Wednesday (June 15), saying it would help prevent migrant workers from being abused. The next round of registration for foreign workers who have illegally entered the country is from Wednesday until July 14, said Director of the Office of Foreign Workers Anurak Thotsarat. Registration will be held at the Office of Foreign Workers’

one-stop service centres in 17 provinces, including Phuket. Many foreign workers were keen to register their employment status with the government as well as apply for work permits to help them avoid harassment by police and poor treatment by employers, labour experts said. Foreign workers and their employers may download registration forms on the Department of Employment’s website:

Tortoises left at airport Authorities have found nearly 400 protected tortoises in unclaimed bags at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, an official confirmed on Saturday. The Indian and Burmese Star tortoises had been inside luggage for about 10 days by the time they were found late on Friday, said a senior customs official. Loading tags suggested they had originally come from Dhaka in Bangladesh, according to the Freeland Foundation, a counter-trafficking organisation, before going

to Japan via Bangkok and returning to the Thai capital when they were not collected. The foundation estimated the tortoises could fetch up to B940,000 on the black market. Out of 370 found, four had died during the journey, it said. The star tortoise, which is popular in Asia as an exotic pet, is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and a permit is required to export them. – AFP

tikavanij criticised the SEC’s decision on Ms Yingluck, saying it had “only tried to please somebody in line with recent polls”, in an apparent reference to Pheu Thai’s lead in voter surveys. Mr Thaksin faces a series of arrest warrants for charges including terrorism – an accusation linked to violent street protests last year by his supporters within the anti-government “Red Shirt” movement. Mr Thaksin lives in selfimposed exile to avoid a prison term imposed in absentia for corruption, but is widely seen as the de facto leader of Pheu Thai, with Ms Yingluck as his Priem ministerial candidate Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai Party, centre, poses – Photo AFP proxy. – AFP with supporters in southern Yala Province on Tuesday.

Army chief urges stability Powerful army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha has appeared on national television to urge voters to protect the revered monarchy, in a thinlyveiled attack on the resurgent opposition weeks before the election. “If you allow a repeat of the same election pattern, then we will always get the same result,” General Prayut, dressed in full military uniform, said in an interview aired on two armyrun channels late Tuesday. “I want you to use sound and reasonable judgement to make our country and our monarchy safe and have good people running our nation,” he said, apparently endorsing the ruling Democrats, who came to power with army backing. Parties linked to fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra have won the most seats in the past four elections, but the former telecoms tycoon was ousted in a 2006 coup and the courts reversed the results of the last two polls. Thaksin’s youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra is the main opposition candidate for prime minister and polls show her Puea Thai Party pull-

ing ahead of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrats ahead of the July 3 vote. The army has a long history of meddling in politics, with 18 actual or attempted coups since 1932. The 2006 military intervention ushered in a period of political instability and bloody unrest, including street clashes

between armed troops and protesters in April and May last year that left 90 people dead and about 1,900 wounded. On the instructions of its commander-in-chief, the military filed a complaint in April against three leaders of the opposition “Red Shirts” for allegedly insulting the royal family during rally speeches.

Mr Prayut, a staunch royalist, said the military would stay neutral in the election, but said anybody insulting the monarchy should be prosecuted. “Based on security intelligence there are widespread violations against the institution,” he said. “Thailand exists today because of the monarchy.” - AFP

“Don’t let animals loose in Parliament,” says this election sticker being distributed by the yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to promote their “Vote No” campaign in the run-up to the July 3 general election. “Exercise your right to vote but put a cross in the box to say that you do not wish to vote,” the PAD advises.  – Photo by PAD



IN BRIEF Olympic ballot woes More than half of the people who applied for tickets in the London 2012 Olympic Games ballot have received no tickets. About 1.8m people applied for the 6.6m public tickets available. About 55 per cent of applicants missed out. There is a second ballot for the million who were unsuccessful but no tickets remain for the opening and closing ceremonies or athletics finals. London 2012 said those who missed out will have priority in the next ballot. BBC London’s Olympics correspondent Adrian Warner said the big events had sold out but added that cheaper events like BMX and archery had also all gone.


Bali bombing suspect arrested in Java raid An alleged terrorist wanted in connection with the deadly 2002 Bali bombings has been arrested in Indonesia after almost a decade on the run. Police on Tuesday confirmed they had arrested Heru Kuncoro during a raid last Thursday in Pekalongan, Central Java. Kuncoro is suspected of buying electronic equipment used by the reputed bombing mastermind known only as Dulmatin, who was killed early last year in a police raid near Jakarta. Kuncoro is also suspected of helping

run a jihadist training camp for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the southern Philippines. A police spokesman said 14 people from across Indonesia, including Kuncoro, were arrested in a suspected cyanide plot, and said the suspects planned to insert cyanide into food and water at police facilities. The spokesman said the group previously killed two policemen who were guarding a bank in Sulawesi. Kuncoro is now in custody in Jakarta.

“His involvement in the Bali bombings was taking Dulmatin to buy electronic devices for the bomb and in planning the bombing along with Imam Samudra, Mukhlas and Noordin M. Top,” police spokesman Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said. “He’s a core player in the Bali bombing, but below the other men.” The arrest also comes after Umar Patek, another suspect in the Bali bombings which killed 202 people including 88 Australians, was captured in January in Abbottabad, the same

Floods force evacuations

Gillard rejects Dalai Lama Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard refused to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Parliament House on Tuesday but insisted that the snub had nothing to do with Chinese pressure on world leaders to shun the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. “I make my own decisions and the government makes its own decisions about meetings that we hold,” Ms Gillard said. The Dalai Lama said he wasn’t disappointed. He seemed to know little about Gillard, including her gender, twice referring to Ms Gillard as “Mr” before he was corrected.

Fire threatens power

A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona that has forced thousands from their homes is headed for a pair of transmission lines that supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of people as far east as Texas. The 1,572-square-kilometre blaze was expected to reach the power lines today (June 17). If the lines are damaged, parts of New Mexico and Texas could face rolling blackouts.

More NZ quakes Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by two more large earthquakes of 6.3 and 5.6 magnitude on Monday. The earthquakes caused power outages, damage to buildings and extensive liquefaction across the city. Four people suffered moderate to serious injuries.

Pakistani city where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in May. It is believed Kuncoro fled to the Philippines in 2003. However, Mr Ketut said Kuncoro has remained in contact with other members of Jemaah Islamiah, the group behind the Bali attacks and a string of other bombings in Indonesia. The al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group was also behind bombings in Jakarta at the Marriott Hotel in 2003 and the Australian Embassy in 2004, as well as the second Bali bombing in 2005.

A Chinese woman grieves during a mass funeral for victims of the floods in Linxiang, in central China’s Hunan province. – Photo AFP

China has been pounded by more summer rain, forcing the evacuation of more than 55,000 people, state media said late Tuesday, warning of further downpours. Most of the evacuations were in the city of Xianning in the central province of Hubei, as water levels in the city rose to two metres. China said on Monday the number of people confirmed dead in more than a week of floods and landslides triggered by the torrential rains had leapt past 100. Some of the hardest-hit areas have only recently been through a severe dry spell, but the relentless rains are forecast to last until today (June 17). In Yueyang, in nearby

Hunan province, 15 people died and 25 were reported missing, The two provinces were among the worst hit by a severe drought in recent months that devastated millions of hectares of farmland in central and southern China along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze river. In eastern Jiangxi province, 1,200 people remain stranded by floods after heavy rain fell on the northern part of the province last Thursday. China is hit by heavy summer rain every year. In 2010, downpours across large swathes triggered the nation’s worst floods in a decade, leaving more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

Tensions escalate over South China Sea claims China on Tuesday pledged not to resort to the use of force in the tense South China Sea, as neighbours with rival border claims stepped up their complaints over Beijing’s assertive maritime posture. Beijing called for more dialogue to resolve the longstanding territorial disputes in the area after the Philippines sought help from the United States and Vietnam staged live-ammunition exercises in a show of military strength. “We will not resort to the use of force or the threat of force,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. “We hope relevant countries will do more for peace and stability in the region.” Tension between China and rival claimants to the strategically vital South China Sea – home to two potentially oilrich archipelagos, the Paracels and Spratlys – has escalated in recent weeks. The Philippines and Vietnam in particular have expressed alarm at what they say are increasingly aggres-

sive actions by China in the disputed waters. Beijing has insisted it is committed to resolving the issue peacefully. In Manila, Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday his country needed help from longtime ally the United States in the increasingly tense maritime dispute. “Of course they [China] are a superpower, they have more than 10 times our population. We do not want any hostilities to break out,” Mr Aquino told reporters when asked about recent Chinese actions in the disputed waters. “Perhaps the presence of our treaty partners, the United States of America, ensures that all of us will have freedom of navigation [and] will conform to international law.” The Philippines has accused China of undermining peace and stability in the region by sending naval vessels to intimidate Filipino fishermen and the crew of an oil exploration ship. China, the Philippines,

Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia have competing claims to the Spratlys. Beijing and Hanoi are also at odds over the Paracels. The area has commercial shipping lanes that are vital for global trade. Mr Hong insisted Vietnam was to blame for the recent flare-up in the spat between Beijing and Hanoi, sparked by a confrontation last month between Chinese surveillance vessels and a Vietnamese oil survey ship. “Some country took unilateral actions to impair China’s sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, and released groundless and irresponsible remarks with the attempt to expand and complicate the issue of the South China Sea,” Mr Hong said, in a thinly veiled reference to Hanoi. He said China was willing to hold direct negotiations with the other nations making territorial claims within the framework of a code of conduct agreed to in 2002. – AFP

Ash from the Chilean volcano Puyehue is seen over Tasmania, around 12,000 kilometres away.

Volcano ash flight chaos continues A Chilean volcano spewing dangerous ash high into the sky, sowing air travel havoc from South America to Australia for the past week, could have even more intense eruptions in the days to come, government geologists have warned. “It is possible there will be a return to increased eruptive activity” of the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile’s Andes mountains, which started belching June 4, Chile’s National Geological and Mines Service

said late on Tuesday. It said it was detecting no let-up in the volcano’s emissions, which were towering eight kilometres into the troposphere. Its alert level remains at “moderate eruption.” That was bad news for airlines flying into or over Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern Brazil, and – half a world away – Australia. Passengers in those regions had to make other plans or cancel them entirely. -AFP




Slightly different, but alive Photos of a smiling but visibly altered Gabrielle Giffords have been posted on her Facebook page, the first images of the US congresswoman released since she was shot in the head in January. With flecks of gray visible in her now closely-cropped dark hair and wearing wirerimmed glasses, Giffords smiles broadly in one of the two pictures, dated May 17. A second photograph shows her, still beaming, seated next to her mother Gloria Giffords. Both pictures, released by Mrs Giffords’s congressional campaign, were taken the day before the Arizona representative underwent surgery to replace part of her skull. No post-surgery pictures of her have been released. Her official congressional portrait taken before the shooting shows a smiling Mrs Giffords with chin-length blonde-streaked hair standing before the pillars of the US Congress building. The photos were intended to show the world how far Mrs Giffords has come since a gunman shot her through the brain from point-blank range on January 8 outside

a supermarket near Tucson, Arizona, where she was meeting constituents. “These photos reveal an upbeat image of Gabrielle Giffords,” her spokeswoman CJ Karamargin said. “When you see the pictures you see that she has progressed in leaps and bounds. When they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, if ever that was true, it is true here.” The interview did not reveal the state of Mrs Giffords’ cognitive functioning nor did it give any indication as to whether or when the thrice-elected US lawmaker might be able to return to her job on Capitol Hill. But her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, told the Arizona Republic last week that Mrs Giffords seems to understand what is said to her, but still has trouble speaking in complete sentences and expressing complex ideas. “We do a lot of inferring with her because her communication skills have been impacted the most,” Ms Carusone said. “[From] what we’ve been able to infer … we believe that her comprehension is

Before: Gabrielle Giffords pictured in 2010 in an official congressional portrait. – Photo US Congress

After: One of the two Facebook photos of Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot through the head.

very good,” Ms Carusone added. “I don’t know about percentage-wise or not, but it’s close to normal, if not normal.” Six people, including a federal judge and a nine-

was declared mentally unfit to stand trial. Experts found the 22-year-old to be schizophrenic and unable to help in his own defence or understand court proceedings. Mrs Giffords is expected

year-old girl, were killed and 12 others wounded in the shooting spree, which shocked America and made headlines around the world. In March, the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner,

soon to leave the Houston hospital where she has been receiving rehabilitation treatment, reports said. The reports said she would continue to receive outpatient therapy at home. -AFP




Editor’s viewpoint

Language exchange should work both ways A new language school offering free classes has been set up in Patong to encourage Thais to learn English, as well as German, French and Russian. This is a fine initiative organised by The Pisona Group Co Ltd and the Phuket Provincial Labour Skill Development Centre to help Thais become more active in the tourism industry by being able to converse with foreigners. Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Skill Development, Jiraporn Kasornsujarit, said it was essential for locals working in the tourism industry to improve their English. But it works both ways. English-speaking people should learn Thai too. Should English-speaking tourists come to Phuket expecting everyone here to speak their language? Surely that takes all the fun out of travelling in a foreign country? Many tourists come to Phuket with the expectation that Thais will have perfect English, and are frustrated when they find out many local people do not know a word. The language classes should

Letters to the editor

Low season.

What papers do I need to register the motorbike I just bought? What is the difference between an invoice and a green book? An “invoice” is simply a document you shows the bike was originally bought new from a dealer. This will have information about the dealer, the original buyer and details of the bike including the engine number and possibly the frame number. It does not, of itself, make the bike legal on the road. It proves only that the vehicle was bought in Thailand legally, making it possible to apply for the proper paperwork. A “green book”, on the other hand, is the official document proving that the bike has been registered with the Phuket Provincial Transport Office (PPTO), and means the bike can be driven legally on the road. Is it legal to drive with an invoice alone? No, but if you have bought a new bike it will usually already have a green book and be registered to the dealer. In some cases, however, it will come with a red dealer

plate. You may drive it with the red plate (though only in Phuket and not at night) until the dealer has it properly registered, after which you will receive the green book and white plates from the dealer. What if I buy secondhand bike? Can I ride it legally? Yes, you can, so long as the tax sticker is up to date. Before the sticker expires, however, you should get the bike transferred to your name (in the green book). How do I do that? You will need to take your passport, visa, and work permit or other document certifying your address in Thailand, plus photocopies, to the PPTO, along with the “invoice” (detailing the original sale by the dealer to the original owner) and also the bill of sale between you and the previous owner. Alternatively you can get a bike dealer, a representative of a motorbike shop, or a mechanic to organise this for you. They will know what is required. They may

require a power of attorney document. Blank documents can be bought for B5 at most stationery stores. The fee for transfer of ownership of a bike is B105. What do I need to do to keep it legal each year? You must pay tax every year to the PPTO. First, you must buy basic third-party bike insurance (Por-Ror-Bor). Currently, this costs B324. If the bike is more than three years old you must also get a certificate of roadworthiness from a registered garage. Costs vary. Take the Por Ror Bor receipt, the certificate, the green book and your ID card or passport to the PPTO, and pay the fee and the road tax. The fee is B100 and the tax is half a per cent of the value of your bike (as defined in the PPTO’s own database). So if your bike is worth B100,000, you will pay tax of B500. This will get you a square sticker with the date of expiry, which must be displayed on your bike. Officially, this process

work in reverse too – free Thai language classes should be offered to all expats living on the island. Many people would take up this offer to help improve their day-to-day speaking as well as writing and listening skills. Tourists might even be tempted to sign up to a daycourse to learn some basic literacy skills while on holiday. Then they can put their skills to good use while in Phuket. Classes at night or weekends, as well as some during the day, would be ideal for the many expats who work in Phuket. Many of the language schools hold classes but during daytime only, and can be expensive. Many are also run by unqualified teachers, which can make the learning process more difficult. Free language classes for expats living on the island would help bridge the gap between Thai and Western people. Perhaps the classes could be funded through the Thailand Ministry of Culture. The onus should not just be on Thais to learn English; expats should meet them halfway.

Q&A: must be completed three months before your current tax sticker expires, but in the past there has been considerable flexibility over this. What if I have absolutely no paperwork? Then you’re out of luck. There is no process whereby you can register a bike for which you have no green book or invoice. You’ll need to track down the original owner (somehow), and get some form of “invoice” or proof of ownership. Or you can take your chances and ride it illegally. Note: if the bike is imported, the process of registration is significantly more complex and costly. The details of this are beyond the scope of this article. Is there more information in English? Unfortunately, no. The Department of Land Transport has a website at but this is in Thai only. To clarify any specific issues, it’s best to get a Thai friend to call the Phuket Provincial Transport Office at 076 211 019.

‘Cool’ tattoos devalue Buddha

I had wanted to stay dry in this tattoo storm in the teacup but here is my two baht’s worth, for what that’s worth. As the elected guardian of our culture, the Culture Ministry has to do its job, and act for people who are concerned. Who else would do that job? Like Socrates, I might ask the following questions and reply to them on behalf of Thai Buddhists, as I am one myself. Would the national flag be devalued if it was cut and worn as a shirt, T-shirt or underpants? Yes. If the Buddha’s head is cut from a statue and sold to be simply art decoration in a hotel lobby or a Sukhumvit condominium bedroom, does that devalue it? Yes. If the same image is tattooed as a cool body decoration to show off the fact that someone has been to Thailand, does it devalue it? Yes.

Why devalued? I suggest because the raison d’être of these symbols has either not been recognised or has been deliberately discarded. Should we let that happen? No. Socrates Patong

Taking out the trash I laughed out loud when I saw your editorial cartoon last week [issue of June 3], of the three recycling bins, one labelled “Political Parties”. It was timely, it was witty, and it made a sharp point: that you can get the law courts to trash political parties in Thailand but they’ll always get recycled – Thai Rak Thai gets recycled as the People’s Power Party and then again as Pheu Thai; Chart Thai gets recycled as Chart Thai Pattana; and so on. The sad part, of course, is that the same old politicians keep getting recycled, too. Nomenklatura Rawai


Life-changing for austistic children F

or a newly-married couple, having a baby is a fulfilling addition to the family – especially when the child says the first words like “mummy” or “daddy”. But what would you do if your child doesn’t speak when he or she is expected to? Or if your child behaves strangely, or screams for no reason? Phuket father Kittisak Lohakarn faced the same problem when his daughter Mew was two years old. She is now five years old. Mr Kit tisak told The Phuket News the family lived separately from Mew’s grandparents, so no one had guided them on how to raise a baby, or what normal development was. “We thought our daughter

By Janyaporn MorelJornjarun (Yo) SENIOR REPORTER

was not normal. She behaved strangely, but we thought she might be slow at developing. She couldn’t speak a single word at two years old, she tiptoed around, screamed when she didn’t get what she wanted, and flicked her hand when she was angry,” he said. It wasn’t until Mr Kittisak’s brother arrived from Bangkok, armed with information about autism, that the family went to see a doctor. When the family arrived at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, a doctor diagnosed Mew with autism and suggested she have hyperbaric treatment

to help with the condition. But opinions on the therapy vary worldwide. Despite the study at Vachira Phuket Hospital, as well as several others around the world showing the chamber improves the behaviour of children with autism, research conducted by the Centre for Autism and Related Disorders in the US showed that hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not have a significant effect on the symptoms of autism. In Phuket, Bangkok Hospital has a hyperbaric chamber where two children are getting treatment for autism. Phuket International Hospital has a chamber but it is only used for decompression, and the Mission Hospital does not have one.

But the chamber at Vachira Phuket Hospital is getting results for many children using it. The children are also taking part in development related activities. The chamber treatment is expensive – B50,000 per session (which includes one 1.5-hour stay in the chamber for 40 consecutive days), but Mr Kittisak said it is worth it. “My daughter is becoming calmer and concentrating more on what she’s doing. We have finished the first session of using the chamber for 40 days, and my daughter has stopped walking on tiptoes and stopped flicking her hand. She has already started to speak.” “I’m now requesting the second session for my daughter. We are really impressed


Parents and autistic children use the hyperbaric chamber. with the results, and I’m sure we are making the right decision,” Mr Kittisak said. Even though Mr Kittisak thinks there is not much chance

Mew will ever be as developed as a regular child, he hopes she will be able to live on her own one day and his hope lies with the hyperbaric treatment chamber.

How it works The hyperbaric chamber uses oxygen therapy to help improve autism behaviour. The treatment aims to increase blood flow and the amount of oxygen delivered to areas of the brain which are thought to be oxygen deficient, and hence stimulate brain development. The therapy also reduces excess fluids and swelling of brain tissues which help neurological functions. The chamber can also be used in the treatment of decompression sickness or situations where gas bubbles end up in the bloodstream, as well as for cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.

Study shows good results

Vachira Phuket Hospital was the first hospital in the country to conduct a study on using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for the treatment of autistic children, psychiatrist and Deputy Director of Health Medical Personnel of the hospital, Dr Tappana Sumpatanarax said. “The director (Dr Jessada Chungpaibulpatana) was interested in autistic therapy and had read research that showed HOBT could be used for autistic children. There are an estimated 400 children with autism in Phuket,” Dr Tappana said. A total of 21 children were tested during the 2008 study,

Above: The hyperbaric chamber in Vachira Phuket Hospital. Below: Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Jessada Chungpaibulpatana, pictured centre in the pink shirt, with some of the autistic children who are finding success with the hyperbaric chamber.

higher levels of oxygen experienced better development over time. The research has been published in several medical journals. “It is good to use this therapy along with other alternative therapies for holistic care, such as combining it with animal therapy, aqua therapy and music and art therapy,” Dr Tappana said. “Many parents are impressed with the results of the treatment – some even cried when Dr Tappana Sumpatanarax they heard their children and were evaluated after every say “mom” after such a long 10 sessions using the chamber. time. It’s really a good alterResults showed children native treatment for autistic who used the chamber with children,” Dr Tappana said.





As the The Phuket News’ first Random View this week, photographer Teerapat Pattanasoponpong, an architect from Songkla Province, obviously admires our Phromthep Cape at the southern most point of the island. In the fading evening light, a slow camera shutter speed blurs waves on the sea and grasses in the foreground, rendering a mellow view of a long day that is just coming to an end. The photographer said the landscape was more beautiful just seen by itself without people. The views may be random but the quality of the photography to be shown here each week will not be. We invite all photographers to send scans of good photos (at least one megabyte in size) of any subject, and we will show to best ones here. Please email to:


Prasong Luemuang


ARTEYE Many contemporary artists these days discard traditional methods of creating art such as drawing and painting. If they wish to convey a message about cans, or the environment, for example, they no longer see the need to draw or paint cans or a spoiled landscape on paper or canvas. They simply assemble discarded cans, plastic bags or rubbish in a gallery for viewers to touch, walk around, and most impor-

tantly, think about. The skills used by the artists showing such works are not the traditional ones that thousands of art students still strive everyday to master with their hands, but conceptual ones coming out of their heads. This sculpture, made by a compacting machine at a commercial recycler in Kathu, is pleasing both visually and environmentally, as the cans are on their way to be recycled as well.

Walking from one large painting to another within the exhibition Various different mental minds by Prasong Luemuang in March at the National Gallery, opposite Sanam Luang park in Bangkok, was like walking inside the artist’s head.

And if this artist thinks the way he paints, his world is both very complex and very ordered at the same time, and his memories are chiselled in there to the very last wellexecuted detail. The hieroglyphic pictures

takes one back to the walls of the ancient Egyptian temples on the banks of the Nile. It also reminds the viewer of decorations on fine ancient Chinese porcelain, drawn with the same finesse and love of detail. Born in 1962 in Lampoon

in Thailand’s north, Prasong is another graduate from the fine arts department, Silpakorn University. He is pictured here in the “uniform” of many Thai famous artists - the white cotton country clothes complete with a goatee beard, of course.



Food for the heart and soul “I

f music be the food of love, play on.” In the centuries since it was penned, it has become one of Shakespeare’s most oft-quoted lines and the link between music and love has become synonymous. Many believe that King Henry VIII wrote and composed the romantic ballad Greensleeves for his lover and future Queen consort Anne Boleyn. While this may not be entirely true, the composition of a song specifically for one’s loved one is often seen as the ultimate romantic gesture. Certain styles of music can help create an ambience in which romance can blossom and while the music of Barry White might seem a cheesy stereotype, there’s an undeniable link between music and passion. The same can be said for food. It is often stated the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; this must be true, for man cannot live on music alone. Ask anyone to name an aphrodisiac, chances are they’ll say oysters. Then there’s the humble strawberry: the colour of passion and formed in the shape of a heart. It was the combination

Belgian DJ to play Belgium’s number one DJ, Marco Bailey, will be spinning some wicked house tunes at Famous Nightclub next Thursday (June 23), supported by Tropical Sound System.

The foie gras was a powerful dish complemented perfectly by the sweetness of the mango-raisin chutney. of music, fine and potential romance that enticed us to Opus One on its “After Dark” soulful Friday nights. Located at the top of Surin Plaza, Opus One has recently undergone some changes, the most notable being the arrival of new executive chef Christoph Lindner and general manager Benedikt de Bellis. Christoph spent four years studying at the renowned Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance and the Alain Ducasse Foundation, while Ben has forged a reputation on Phuket as a host of the highest class; a bright future for Opus One is on the horizon. The deep brown wooden floors and walls, the use of subtle lighting and the colour red creates an cosy atmosphere that is romantic and intimate and at the same time relaxing and sophisticated. This ambience is accentu-


Dance the night away

The five-piece band joined by US soul diva PJ Stanley entertain guests at Opus One. ated by the excellent choice complemented perfectly by the vore, the beef tenderloin was of music that resonates softly sweetness of the mango-raisin the standout of the evening; around the high-ceilinged res- chutney, while the tempura melt-in-the-mouth tender, taurant/bar area, providing the prawns and calamari were cooked rare to perfection and early evening soundtrack before light and crispy; the contents nothing short of divine, it was the main act gets underway. both fresh and delicious. wonderfully accompanied by We are greeted warmly Next on our list of culinary the smooth merlot. by Ben, who shows us to our delights were the moules frites By the time, we came to table and recommends we and Australian Angus beef dessert, many of Opus One’s begin with a glass of Prosecco tenderloin with a Choncha y patrons that night had thrown while we peruse the menu. Toro Sunrise Merlot from Chile. caution to the wind and were After careful deliberation, As our main courses ar- up dancing to the band. A we plumped for the foie gras ter- rived, the five-piece band visit to Opus One any night rine with brioche, mango-raisin struck up, entertaining diners of the week is worth the trip chutney and honey balsamic and drinkers alike with a blend to sample Christoph’s excelreduction, plus the calamari and of jazz, soul and bossa nova. lent cuisine and Ben’s warm prawns in tempura as appetizers, For the band’s second set, hospitality. Friday night’s accompanied by a glass of pale, they were joined by PJ Stanley live music gives Opus One dry Heart of Stone Sauvignon of the USA, whose soulful another edge. Blanc from New Zealand. As the great Bard once voice took the assembled The foie gras was outstand- masses on a musical journey. wrote, “Play on”... – Dan Ogunshakin As a self-confessed carniing; powerful and rich, it was

The fourth Salsa Event will be held at Royal Phuket Marina on June 25 from 8pm. Dance the Cha-cha, Bachata, Samba and Rumba to the sounds of resident DJs “Miscaro” and percussionist “Oy”. Live on the Boardwalk outside Les Anges. For further information contact Anna or Dider on 084 306 2016.

Dancers to perform Students from Katherine’s Dance Studio will be performing in their End of the Term Dance Concert this Sunday at the Phuket Orchid Resort (Convention Hall) in Karon. The public performance will be held from 5pm to 6pm and tickets are B200. For further information call Kathy Roche on 081 535 9806.



Tight squeeze: Phuket’s classic old Yank tank My Car T his eye-catching car can usually be spotted parked on Vichit Songkram road in Phuket Town – given its size, it’s pretty hard to miss. The General Motors-produced 1965 Oldsmobile 98 leaves little breathing space through old Phuket Town’s narrow laneways, and its distinctive left hand drive makes it even more difficult to drive.

The American classic belongs to a young mechanic at West Coast Riders, Sittichoke “Non” Chuanchit, who developed a passion for American cars from watching TV, reading magazines, and learning from his brother who used to work at the Harley

Davidson shop. For two years, Mr Sittichoke tried to save enough money to buy his dream car. Just one month ago, he managed to track one down in Bangkok for B350,000. The original engine was a massive 7.0L V8, but that has since been replaced with 3.0L 6 cylinder twin-cam engine by a previous owner to cut down on fuel bills.

Both the exterior and interior remain in original condition, though Sittichoke plans to give it a new coat of paint.

Both the exterior and interior remain in original condition (with a bit of wear and tear), but Mr Sittichoke has plans to restore his new pride and joy. Mr Sittichoke still hasn’t been able to drive the car too often, as he says he is busy and its size and lack of power steering makes it a difficult task navigating Phuket’s roads. He plans to take it for a proper test run soon to Hat Yai district in Songkla province. “I am proud to own this car, and I think this kind of car should be conserved because of its unique and beautiful design.” Mr Sittichoke said. There are very few classic American cars in Phuket, and most that are here are for The Oldsmobile 98 is one of the few American classics being driven around the island. display purposes only.

Above: The car has an imposing presence on Thalang Road in old Phuket Town. Below: Sittichoke “Non” Chuanchit is a young mechanic with a passion for American cars.


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any small villages on Phuket have been slowly losing their identity as tourism takes hold of the region. One of these villages can be found in the Khao Kad area, about 20 minutes south of Phuket Town. Here you can still view remnants of the way life used to be, back in the days before Phuket was a popular tourist destination. But a great deal has already changed. Most of the residents living in this beach village used to earn an income from agriculture, such as rubber plantations, coconuts, and pineapple orchards. But now, many have sold their land to property developers, or joined the tourism industry themselves. Less than 10 per cent of agriculture in the area remains. You can still see isolated houses, owned by local farmers, dotted along the side of the road with their rubber plantations and orchards. But resorts and spa developments have been sprouting up in Khao Kad, making the area appear similar to other

Khao Kad viewpoint.

The house of Toenjai Boontong, which was rebuilt following the tsunami. quiet tourist areas in Phuket. It won’t be long before many more resorts are built. Fortunately, the environment is still being maintained by the Wichit Municipality that continues to look after the area. Green trees still grow along the roadside, and Ao Yon beach has maintained its sense of tranquility. With its diverse scenery, the Khao Kad/Ao Yon area boasts one of the best driving and cycling roads on Phuket. The road leads the driver through several spots that show how diverse the area is. Mangroves, green forests, coconut fields, rubber plantations, and beaches line the road along the way. Two particular viewpoints are recommended to visitors. One is located on the side of the road (it’s hard to miss there’s a concrete pavillion

built there), and another at the top of Khao Kad Hill. Three kilometres past Khao Kad is Ao Yong beach. The bay is small and calm, and provides a great location for a picnic. Toenjai Boontong, 70, has been living on Ao Yon beach for 30 years and remembers clearly the 2004 tsunami. Though the tsunami had only a minor impact in this area, Ms Toenjai’s house was swept away by the wave, leaving her nothing but the clothes she was wearing at the time. She received help from the government to replace her home, which now stands as a symbol of the devastation. “A lot of things have changed here,” Ms Toenjai said. “But my life seems to be the same...except I’m getting older.” Today the bay has become popular with sailors who anchor their boats there, or anchor to escape from storms. Going forward, the most difficult aspect for Ms Toenjai and other residents will be to keep what is left of the village untouched from commercial developers. Soon there may be no village left here at all. How to get there: Drive along Sakdidesh Rd heading south from Phuket Town. Turn right into Muang Tong-Khao Kad Rd, where there is a big sign saying Baan Boa Rae. Take the first left onto Khao Kad-Ao Yon Rd. – Paritta Wangkiat

This beach artwork was created by a local resident who collected abandoned shoes on Ao Yon.

Above: A map of Khao Kad. Left: Toenjai Boontong, 70, has been living on Ao Yon beach for 30 years. She has seen the village around her replaced by new luxury residences and resorts.

The panoramic view from Khao Kad viewpoint, situated at the top of Khao Kad hill.



Populist policies bad Write arbitration into your deals for economy – BoT

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor has expressed his concern over the populist policies being presented by many political parties as part of their campaigns for the upcoming general election. BoT Governor Dr Prasarn Trairatvorakul said that many of the promises of political parties, aimed at getting high voter support in the July 3 election, may, if kept, cause inflation as well as driving up public debt. Dr Prasarn added that rising inflation and public debt issues could well have an impact on the overall economic stability of the kingdom. Asked which of the two issues is more worrying and would affect the country’s economy more seriously, the governor answered that the two are connected and would affect the economy equally. Pulling his punches, however, he said that the matter should not be of great concern right now as no populist policies will be implemented until a new government is in power and announces specifics of its plans.

Bank of Thailand Governor Dr Prasarn Trairatvorakul: Inflation and public debt will have an impact on all aspects of the economy. His concerns are backed by the World Bank. World Bank Senior Economist for Thailand Kirida Bhaopichitr said she was concerned that political parties’ promises to increase people’s income and invest in infrastructure projects would stimulate domestic

spending and might trigger rising inflation. But Ms Kirida, too, pulled her punches, saying she believes that whichever party forms the new government – whatever its election promises – will remain fiscally responsible.

She noted that Thailand has always lent importance to avoiding large budget deficits and public debt; any government that allowed such problems would end up with its image tarnished. The economist suggested that specific target groups should be set for each policy aimed at assisting people; failing that, there would be a vast amount of directionless budget spending. She gave as an example the Village Fund, which, she said, should focus on the grassroots. Another World Bank economist in Thailand, Frederico Gil Sander, admitted that the inflation rate in Thailand has been rising since the current government began gradually cancelling the policy of pinning prices of consumer products and diesel. The World Bank predicts the Thai economy will grow this year by 3.7 per cent. In the first quarter growth was higher than expected but it slowed in the second quarter following the twin disasters in Japan. – NNT

Bangkok 2nd most costly city in SE Asia Bangkok may be the top Asian city in terms of visitors and the money they will spend this year (see facing page) but it is also the city with the second highest living costs in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according the 2011 cost of living survey of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The survey showed Singapore had the highest living cost in the ASEAN region and was ranked 10th in the world while Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur were ranked second and third in ASEAN as well as 72nd and 90th in the world. EIU economists said prices of domestic products and exchange rates were the major factors driving the living costs in Asian countries. Tokyo reportedly had the highest living cost in the world, followed by Osaka. Hong Kong moved up to th 11 from 28th while Shang­hai and Beijing were also rated 29th and 36th after being ranked 45th and 58th last year respectively. There were five cities in Asia on the list of top 10 cities with the lowest living costs, comprising Manila, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Mumbai and Karachi. – NNT

If you are doing business in Thailand you may already have had some experience of the local civil court system. An all too common complaint of the local business community is that cour t proceedings in Thailand are agonisingly slow. Furthermore, a non-Thai businessman usually does not understand the proceedings, because the official language in Thai courts is, not unnaturally, Thai. Finally, a domestic court ruling is generally not enforceable in another country, and if one or both of the parties does not live in Thailand or has their assets in another country, a domestic court win may be a hollow victory. There is, however, a very good alternative: arbitration, which is readily available in Thailand. An arbitration agreement needs to be in writing and signed by both parties – it is not possible for one party, without the approval of the other, to go to arbitration. If the parties have not included an arbitration clause in their original agreement or contract, and a dispute arises, it must be settled by the local courts unless both parties agree to arbitration proceedings. In our experience, once such a dispute arises, getting the parties to agree on anything, including how to solve the dispute, can be very difficult, often impossible. If both sides agree to write into their contract that any future disputes should be solved by arbitration rather than the courts, it is also highly advisable to select and include in that clause of the contract a professional arbitration institute that can provide the procedural and administrative support needed to conduct proper arbitration proceedings. In Thailand there are three possibilities: Internationally, perhaps the most widely known arbitration body is the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration (ICA), which has its headquarters in Paris, France, but which conducts arbitration hearings worldwide. Founded in 1923, the ICC established its own rules governing the proceedings between the parties themselves and between the parties and the ICA. These rules of arbitration are “universal” and govern all ICA proceedings worldwide.


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Locally, Thailand established its own Thai Arbitration Institute of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, Office of the Judiciary (TAI) to provide arbitration services within Thailand. The TAI, too, has its own rules governing arbitration proceedings. Thailand’s Board of Trade also offers arbitration services which are provided by its Thai Commercial Arbitration Institute, and which are conducted under its own rules. The choice of arbitrator has an impact both on the fees charged for the service and also on the recourse a winning party has to claim for compensation for legal fees incurred during the arbitration procedure. Arbitration has several big advantages over court action. For a start, compared with Thai courts, arbitration proceedings are fast. ICC rules, for example, usually require a decision and award within eight months of an arbitrator being appointed to a case. TAI proceedings are even faster; six months. Second, arbitration proceedings can be in any language the parties choose. Third, the parties usually get to choose the arbitrator, so they can select someone with expertise and experience relevant to the dispute. Fourth, unlike decisions made by Thai civil courts, an award issued by any of the arbitration institutes mentioned above is enforceable in any country that is the signatory to the 1958 New York Convention. Thailand is one of these, so an arbitration award made here will be enforceable in Thailand or in any other signatory country (currently 145 countries worldwide). All in all, formal arbitration can be an outstanding alternative to Thai court proceedings, and it is highly advisable to include provision for such dispute resolution in your commercial contracts here in Thailand. Olaf Duensing is a principal of Duensing Kippen, a multiservice boutique law firm specialising in property and corporate/commercial matters. It is also the only such firm in Thailand offering core tax law practice. Duensing Kippen can be reached at or for more information, visit



Bangkok top Asian city in MasterCard survey Bangkok will be the top Asian city in 2001 in terms of visitor arrivals and spending, according to a hefty report just published by credit card company MasterCard. The Thai capital will also rank third in the world behind only London and Paris. But the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Global Destination Cities, released on June 1, indicates that Bangkok’s position in Asia is likely to be challenged by other up-andcoming cities in the region, which are showing higher rates of growth in visitor arrivals. Bangkok will also do well in terms of total visitor spending, ranking fourth in the world behind London, New York and Paris, and once again first in Asia. The MasterCard survey is, say its compilers, “a new approach to understanding the global economy from the perspective of connectivity between global cities, especially in terms of international travel and cross-border expenditures”. Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, global economic advisor, MasterCard Worldwide, who led the research team, explained, “The leading cities of the world – the global cities – are the … hubs that knit the global economy together. Without these global cities, there would be no global economy.” The Index projects that the 132 destination cities surveyed worldwide will record visitor and expenditure growth of up to 30 per cent in 2011. Cities in the Asia-Pacific

are predicted to take eight of the top 20 places, with Bangkok ranking third overall and first in Asia, with a projected 11.5 million visitors. It is followed by Singapore (fourth with 11.4 million visitors), Hong Kong (fifth, 10.9 million). Also in the global Top 20 are Seoul (in 11th place), Kuala Lumpur (14th), Shanghai (18th), Taipei (19th) and Tokyo (20th). Only one city in North America makes it into the

Global Top 20 destinations by international visitor arrivals in 2011 (figures in millions)

Global Top 20 destinations by international visitor spending in 2011 (figures in US$ billions)

1 London 20.1 2 Paris 18.1 3 Bangkok 11.5 4 Singapore 11.4 5 Hong Kong 10.9 6 Madrid 10.1 7 Istanbul 9.4 8 Frankfurt 8.4 9 Dubai 7.9 10 Rome 7.9 11 Seoul 7.9 12 New York 7.6 13 Amsterdam 7.4 14 Kuala Lumpur 6.9 15 Milan 6.7 16 Barcelona 6.7 17 Vienna 6.2 18 Shanghai 5.5 19 Taipei 5.4 20 Tokyo 5.0

1 London 2 New York 3 Paris 4 Bangkok 5 Frankfurt 6 Sydney 7 Los Angeles 8 Madrid 9 Singapore 10 Hong Kong 11 Seoul 12 Istanbul 13 Amsterdam 14 Rome 15 Tokyo 16 Miami 17 Taipei 18 Dubai 19 Melbourne 20 Barcelona

More visitors will flow into Bangkok in 2011 than any other Asian city, according to the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Global Destination Cities.

25.6 20.3 14.6 14.4 14.0 13.8 12.5 11.8 10.8 10.4 10.2 10.2 9.9 8.9 8.7 8.7 8.5 7.8 7.5 7.5

top 20 – New York, ranked 12th with 7.6 million inbound passengers expected. When it comes to spending by all these visitors, Bangkok will also come out top in Asia (4th worldwide, behind London, New York and Paris), attracting US$14.4 billion in spending. Singapore will come second, though a long way

Asia-Pacific Top 10 for growth in visitor arrivals from 2010 to 2011 (percent) 1 Kuala Lumpur 21.8 2 Beijing 20.2 3 Shanghai 18.6 4 Hong Kong 17.4 5 Taipei 16.9 6 Manila 15.3 7 Singapore 14.5 8 Tokyo 13.5 9 Bangkok 10.9 10 Seoul 10.4 Asia-Pacific Top 10 for growth in visitor spending from 2010 to 2011 (percent) 1 Kuala Lumpur 31.0 2 Shanghai 24.3 3 Singapore 23.9 4 Hong Kong 23.6 5 Tokyo 20.8 6 Taipei 20.3 7 Melbourne 19.0 8 Seoul 18.6 9 Bangkok 18.6 10 Sydney 12.1

behind, with visitor spending of US$10.8bn, followed by Hong Kong (US$10.4bn) and Taipei (US$8.5bn). In terms of visitor growth, however, the Index predicts that Kuala Lumpur (21.8 per cent) will outshine Bangkok (20.2 per cent). And – possibly as shot across the bow – Bangkok drops to ninth place in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of growth in visitor spending. Once again it is KL that shines, with predicted spending growth of 31 per cent, compared with Bangkok’s 18.6 per cent.

Asia-Pacific Top 10 destinations by international visitor arrivals in 2011 (figures in millions)

Asia-Pacific Top 10 destinations by international visitor spending in 2011 (figures in US$ billions)

1 Bangkok 11.5 2 Singapore 11.4 3 Hong Kong 10.9 4 Seoul 7.9 5 Kuala Lumpur 6.9 6 Shanghai 5.5 7 Taipei 5.4 8 Tokyo 5.0 9 Beijing 4.6 10 Manila 3.0

1 Bangkok 14.4 2 Sydney 13.8 3 Singapore 10.8 4 Hong Kong 10.4 5 Seoul 10.2 6 Tokyo 8.7 7 Taipei 8.5 8 Melbourne 7.5 9 Kuala Lumpur 6.0 10 Shanghai 6.0

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Unusually designed leap of faith in Cherng Talay By

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iPad makes it easy to control your pad HomeTech by Ben Hobbs Advertorial The iPad from Apple is selling like the proverbial hotcakes; it’s a great machine, and most owners use their iPad to check email, surf the web, play games or actually do real work. But did you know you could also be using your iPad to control your home? Most of the new generation of audio systems will allow you to control your music in different rooms via the iPad. For example, both the Sonos music system and the Logitech Squeezebox allow you to choose artist/song, adjust volume and stream internet radio into different rooms all by using your WiFi connected iPad. It’s as easy as dragging your album choice into the room or zone where you wish to listen to it, using the applicable iPad app, many of which are free to download from Apple’s App Store. If you already have a lighting control or smart home system installed in your house, then you may like to know that it’s very likely that your iPad can be used to control your home’s lighting, fans, water features, electric gate and anything else that is on the system. Sometimes this will need the addition of a WiFi or IP interface to your existing control system, but it’s a relatively

Ben Hobbs. simple job that will allow you to command the mood of your entire home from your lap. Media servers are another increasingly popular device that can be controlled across your entire home with an iPad; simply choose the room you wish to watch your HD film in, choose the BluRay from the gallery and hit play. I would suggest however, that you don’t specifically design your home technology around today’s iPad – technology changes fast, and in a few years there will either be something new or the latest version of the iPad may bear little resemblance to the iPad we know today. Better instead to choose technology whereby the iPad is simply one of a number of networked control options, albeit currently the sexiest one. Ben Hobbs is the Managing Director of Phuket-based Smart Home company – H3 Digital.

Quirkiness, fantasy, whimsy – risky propositions all in architectural design. Magic castles in Disneyland, pyramids and the Eiffel tower in Las Vegas, or giant hotdogs in Los Angeles; these all require from the viewer a leap of faith in order to succeed. They work – or maybe not – because we have suspended disbelief as an expected part of the experience. We are prepared to be amused or entertained because we have been warned in advance to expect a radical departure from the established local norm. In business districts or residential neighborhoods, the results can vary. Tudor style homes or French Normandy mansions set amidst the usual Spanish Colonial fare in southern California may succeed if well done, Above: Dominating? Or protecting? The Moorish-style building certainly can’t be missed although many consider So- above the huddle of Cherng Talay. Below: Windows or arrow slits? Cal to be fantasyland anyway. In southeast Asia, foreign visitors expect to see tropical architecture or something reminiscent of the local vernacular. In Thailand, this generally means “Thai style” buildings with steep sloping roofs and upturned eves, design elements derived more frequently from temples and palaces than run-of-the mill housing stock. Many are surprised, and perhaps dismayed, to arrive here and see bad imitations of European architecture, Corinthian columns and all, quite out of context. So how far out of context – and unexpected – can we get in Phuket? How about a Moorish castle in the middle of Bang Tao village? A four-storey fortress with a turret, arrowslit windows, parapets, and other architectural elements architecture is also on a grand rather than dark, interior. The typically found in medieval of the street below. While the small oblong scale, and clearly defines the irregular but thoughtful placebattlements and designed to fend off invading desert windows maximise historical character of Bang Tao village. ment of windows provides references on the exterior, Its arches, spires, and visual interest. armies. domes, all fronting on a large they do so, no doubt, at the No, you say? Impossible Unexpected details invite public square, suggest a strong us to suspend belief and be expense of natural light for you think? Design aficionados and sceptics alike are invited interior spaces. The severity sense of community and seem transported to the realm of to drive down and take a look. of the façade does not present to provide both a physical and another time and place. In Under construction in fits and a particularly friendly face to social anchor in the centre of matters of design, no small the town. starts over the last four years, its neighbors. achievement indeed. Yet on balance – and I am In this context, a whimsical Phuket’s own fantasy fortress is nearing completion on the prepared to be in the minor- Moorish castle provides an Scott Gorsuch is Princiity on this one – I think the equally strong counterpoint at west coast. the opposite end of the street. pal, Leisure Design Group, Such a bold undertaking building succeeds. Consider: Just up the street, Spend some time with this a Phuket-based company is bound to be controversial. By conventional standards, renovations have recently been building and it soon seems providing design direction the structure invites criticism completed on what is now to protect, rather than domi- and project management to on several fronts: Oversized, most assuredly Phuket’s most nate, the neighboring shops. resort and villa developments. it dwarfs the surrounding beautiful mosque. This gleam- Whitewashed walls and nar- He can be reached by email at buildings, ignoring the scale ing white example of Islamic row windows suggest a cool,



Govt officials ‘encouraged’ not to buy pirate goods Phuket continues to conduct onagain, off-again drives against the sale of pirated goods, but when government departments themselves, in the capital, are buying and using items, particularly software, that infringe copyright, it’s going to be hard to carry out credible crackdowns. This is one reason why Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), which comes under the Ministry of Commerce, has sent out letters to various ministries, including12 official unit chiefs, “encouraging” them to stop buying and using pirated products. DIP Director-General Pajchima Thanasanti said the Commerce Ministry has been “forging ahead” with its measures against intellectual property infringement despite the countdown to the general election on July 3. Ms Pajchima said the public sector has been urged to purchase and use only original tools, equipment and software in a bid to reduce the demand for counterfeit goods within the kingdom. The DIP is also preparing to launch a campaign against intellectual property violations by installing advertising billboards with a message encouraging people to stop using pirated products. Other public relations materials will include TV spots using famous actors in each presentation, as well as stickers and postcards to be distributed. All will, no doubt, use only images and words that have been bought and paid for. – NNT

First Indian cruise liner to call soon

India’s first cruise liner, the MV Amet Majesty, will stop in Phuket for two nights on June 24 and 25 during its first 10day cruise from Chennai via the Andaman Islands and back. The liner, which has 254 cabins and a capacity of 680 passengers, will also double as a training ship for crew. The Amet in its name stands for “Academy of Maritime Education and Training”. Initially, the ship will alternate between cruises along the coast of India and trips across the Indian Ocean to Phuket. It will stop at Phuket roughly every two weeks. The cruises are priced at Rs3,500 to Rs8,000 per person per night (B2,400 to B5,400). In the off-season, the ship will be used for crew training.

Lagarde leads IMF race France’s Christine Lagarde and Mexico’s Agustin Carstens were shortlisted Monday to lead the International Monetary Fund (IMF), while Israel’s central bank chief, a last-minute entry, was left off as a candidate. The determined backing of crisis-mired Europe made Lagarde the odds-on favorite to become IMF managing director after her countryman Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in May to fight sexual assault charges in New York. Carstens, the Mexican central bank chief who has tried to break the 65-year European lock on the job, acknowledged as much earlier on Monday to a Washington audience. “The chances of Christine Lagarde getting elected are quite high. I’m sure that she will make a good managing director,” he said. The two were the only ones named when the IMF released the short list after nominations closed Friday. In a statement on Monday the board said it would meet with the two with the aim of making a choice by June 30. Lagarde, France’s finance minister, and Carstens, who spent three years as IMF sec-


Christine Lagarde, the front-runner. French Finance Minister, under a bit of a cloud owing to allegations of abuse of power, but strongly backed by Europe. ond deputy managing director from 2003-2006, have crisscrossed the globe seeking endorsements from the major economies whose weight is strongest in the IMF process. Both have strong credentials, but only Lagarde, 55, has picked up major support, foremost from the powerful European bloc. She gained momentum in

Agustin Carstens, Mexican Finance Secretary, has strong backing in South America, though not from two major economies, Brazil and Argentina.

recent days with official support from Egypt, Indonesia, and a number of African countries. Carstens has only garnered the expressed support of a dozen Latin American countries, but significantly not Brazil or Argentina. But the United States and Japan have not yet named their favourite; nor have the increasingly crucial emerging

economies: Brazil, Russia, India and China. Carstens, 53, lobbied US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Washington Monday morning for support. Geithner remained uncommitted but thinks that Carstens “has a strong mix of financial talent and political skills, making him an exceptionally capable candidate to head the

IMF,” said a Treasury spokeswoman. Carstens, an orthodox, University of Chicago-trained economist, suggested that Lagarde could be too deeply involved in Europe’s fiscal problems to be the unbiased, unsentimental leader the IMF requires. With Greece’s debt situation and a 110-billion euro (B4.8 trillion) IMF-European Union rescue on the rocks, critics say the IMF needs someone who is not so wedded to the Eurozone. “There could be a conflict of interest,” Carstens told the Peterson Institute audience. Lagarde has stressed her independence and ability to serve the Fund’s entire membership in trying to woo supporters. Lagarde’s candidacy nevertheless faced a potential problem. On June 10 a French court postponed a decision on whether to investigate her role in an alleged abuse-of-power scandal until July 8 – after the date for deciding the next IMF head. “Lagarde’s legal entanglements could throw her candidacy off track,” said Eswar Shanker Prasad, a Cornell University professor and former IMF researcher. – AFP

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With Natai Beach at arm’s length, there are few better An Ocean Loft with its raised pool and spectacular ocean places to enjoy a cocktail and watch the surging sea roll in. views.

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rom the luxurious perch of Ocean Loft 307 at the Aleenta Resort and Spa on the Phang-nga coast, the advantages of off-season travel become clearly apparent. Patches of blue sky show through dramatic grey clouds, and the coconut fronds wave in the strong balmy winds blowing in off the ocean. The surging sea provides a constant background, a hypnotic lulling sound, day and night. For a welcome change, the sea is restless, with whitecapped waves and foamy surf, pushed by an unknown energy from the deep, and washes the beautiful expanse of Natai Beach which starts right at the doorstep of the resort. The sun is shining on the pale blue water of the long raised pool that is shared by

these few tall, luxurious splitlevel units. From a private ocean-facing deck in front, you can slip in for a cooling swim against the backdrop of a wide horizon of the wild sea in the near distance. Some of the other guests are floating peacefully in front of their units at the other end of the pool. The few guests at the resort this weekend are Asian tourists taking advantage of the cheaper off-season rates. The resort’s main attractions are having its own private beach, and the seclusion of its location, says genial French manager Yann Gouriou, born in sunny Provence. Yet he recounts with some amusement that guests in the past had asked in which direction they should walk to Patong and how far it was.

Manager Yann Gouriou. Their answer could have been “south for about three days”. He says proudly that the resort, since its opening some five years ago, has won many awards, the latest being from Bloomberg Television for the best small boutique hotel in Asia and Pacific and the best sustainable small hotel for the same region. Sustainability comes from the resort’s efforts to conserve energy and be in tune with its surroundings. It is helping a

local school in a village not far away, and it pays the salary of one staff member at the impressive government marine research centre a little way to the north on Tai Muang Beach, which raises many young endangered sea turtles to release into the ocean. Resort guests can help the turtles too by choosing to pay B40 extra per night, which is doubled by the resort, towards funding the good work of the marine centre. At dusk one day last month, 20 young endangered sea turtles raised at the centre were released by guests at the resort to swim free. Swiss consultants regularly visit to check on the resort’s efforts to create an artificial reef some 100 metres out to

Above: The striking modern architecture of Aleenta Resort blends seamlessly with the natural surrounds. Right: A mature olive ridley sea turtle at the nearby marine research centre at Tai Muang Beach. sea. Built of a metal structure with real coral and warmed by wired solar energy, guests will soon be able to snorkel and observe the brightly coloured corals and fish that are already beginning to take possession of it. Managing Director Anchalika Kijkanakorn began her career modestly, turning a family home in Branburi, south of Bangkok, into a boutique hotel. She now owns this successful 45-room five-star resort, and plans to launch more

elsewhere in the country. The tall turquoise Blue Curacao cocktail glass at happy hour stands, holding the colours of a brighter day. The resort’s French chef has also left a sensitive touch to his Thai cuisine in the restaurant. But as the big waves surge on, and big pulom crabs scuttle like wind into the night, a precious seclusion returns. For more information about Aleenta Resort and Spa, visit their website: – Norachai Thavisin



Five of the happy newly-wed couples, all of whom made the journey from Taiwan for the occasion.

Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha stood out in his traditional governor’s outfit.

A colourful take on Phuket history T he annual traditional Baba mass wedding ceremony was held in Phuket Town last Saturday, with nine couples travelling from as far as Taiwan to tie the knot during the colourful ceremony. The dress and overall style of the event was based on late 19th century Phuket, at the height of the tin boom that brought wealth

to the island’s Chinese community. During the event, grooms met at Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha’s mansion, while brides gathered at the Hongsyok mansion. A colourful parade then proceeded through the streets of old Phuket Town, beginning from Hongyok mansion on Thepkrasattree road to Phuket Thai Hua Museam on Thalang road.

Above pictured: from second left: Mr Chang Chin Hao, Ms Tsao Chiung Shuang, Ms Huang Qiu Hui and Mr Chen Wang Chin pose with two Taiwanese pop stars.

Onlookers greeted the procession down Thalang Road by blanketing them with flowers.

Some of Phuket’s elderly residents watched on, recalling a bygone era of the island’s history.

Tradition met with modernity as students from some of Phuket’s schools joined in the celebrations.

Two young sisters from Phuket donned period dress and joined the parade.

The Baba wedding was a colourful affair for all involved.



Arctic Monkeys

Babysitting George

By Celia Walden Bloomsbury, 2011, 272 pages. The rise of George Best in the 1960s as one of the world’s pre-eminent footballers brought the sport from the back pages of the news to the front. But his volatile private life would keep him in the headlines for the wrong reasons until his death in 2005. Celia Walden was only a junior reporter when she was given the job of travelling to Malta to “babysit” the sporting great and, in the process, would witness the final months of his decline. Far from a book about sport, her memoir offers readers touching insights into George Best the man, the media circus that made him, and the lifestyle that eventually destroyed him.

Suck it and See Domino, 2011 The title certainly bodes well. In the tart phrase “suck it and see’’, one might just about detect some of the bloodyminded passive-aggression of the Monkeys’ early days – the teenage diffidence in interviews and the accepting of awards while dressed as the Village People. While that’s not always the case, when it’s at its clearest, Suck It and See still has a bleak sense of humour that helped launch the band to such enormous success back in 2006. That’s fleshed out by bandmates whose tastes run more toward Black Sabbath stomp or Stooges aggression. It’s a shame that the group have completely ditched their indulgent psychedelic frills, but it’s also wonderful to see them revert to their pop songwriting again. It’s invariably what they do best, and Suck it and see contains truly superb pop moments in abundance.



Run Time: 112 minutes Rating: 13+ Don’t be deceived – that number eight at the end of this movie title does not indicate earlier versions. Nor is it a superhero movie. For the first time in months, an original film premise comes to Phuket cinemas. And it’s a welcome change. Super 8 tells the story of a group of young friends in 1979, who set out to make a zombie movie with improbably high production values. After witnessing a major train derailment, which they suspect is not an accident, strange occurrences begin to happen in their small rural town. It is in these opening sequences that the movie really shines. Director JJ Abrams (Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek) has pains-

takingly recreated the late 1970s, with a sense of period detail that sits right on the line between dedicated and neurotic. He also needs to give a special thanks to his casting agents, because the young leads give such a strong performance that it is easy to forgive some of the film’s more obvious flaws. Their sense of innocence, of genuine friendship, is so compelling, so watchable, that the rest of the movie’s extraterrestrial plot becomes superf luous. Elle Fanning (younger sister of Dakota

Fanning) steals every scene she’s in, and Riley Griffiths is superb as the dominating aspiring filmmaker. The special effects are well done, as is the sound – this one needs to be seen at the cinema to appreciate the full impact – but again, the real star of this show is the emotional depth of the performances. The shift in focus in the latter half of the film toward CGI and Michael Bay-esque action is a little disappointing. Abrams has an eye for awe though, and his deft orchestration of indelible images – a tank trundling through a children’s playground, a plot-pivotal landmark framed in the distance through a small hole in a bedroom wall – demonstrate the talent he possesses when he steps away from the explosive action-oriented genres and focuses on storytelling. Steven Spielberg also appears as producer, and there

are inescapable comparisons to ET to be made, even if it lacks the same sense of visual and emotional poetry. But without Spielberg, Abrams might just have been able to get away with making Super 8 as he originally wanted: as the intimate, autobiographical tale of a group of young film-makers. Much as the final, more action-heavy closing stage of ET feels like a letdown, so Super 8, after the bravura opening and enchanting scenes that take place between the three central characters, is less fun once the focus shifts and the pixels start flying. But is doesn’t matter too much – by that time Abrams has already delivered enough emotional depth and affectionate nostalgia to fill several movies. – Dane Halpin

As some movies and movie times change every Thursday morning, after The Phuket News has gone to press, the accuracy of the following information cannot be guaranteed. For up-to-date information, visit, or phone the cinemas: Phuket 076 209 000 and Patong 076 600 555.

AT SFX COLLISEUM PHUKET THIS WEEK 3D Sex and Zen (Thai/3D) [20+]: 12:20, 14:40, 17:00, 19:20, 21:40 The Hangover 2 (Eng) [18+]: 13:45, 18:00, 22:15 Kung Fu Panda 2 (Eng) [G]: 11:45, 16:00, 20:15 Small Roo Goo Naew (Thai/Eng sub) [15+]: 11:30, 14:05, 16:40, 19:15, 22:00 Super 8 (Eng) [13+]: 12:00, 14:25, 17:00, 19:25, 21:50 Super 8 (Eng/French) [13+]: 13:05, 18:35 X:Men: First Class (Eng) [G]: 12:10, 15:00, 17:45, 20:30 X:Men: First Class (Eng/French) [G]: 15:50, 21:20 X:Men: First Class (Thai) [G]: 11:15, 14:00, 16:45, 19:30, 22:15

AT SFC JUNGCEYLON PHUKET The Hangover 2 (Eng) [18+]:

13:30, 15:45, 18:00, 20:15, 22:30

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Eng) [G]:

11:20, 13:20, 18:05, 20:05

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (Eng) [13+]:

15:20, 22:05

Small Roo Goo Naew (Thai/Eng sub) [15+]: 12:00, 14:35, 17:10, 19:45, 22:15 Super 8 (Eng) [13+]:

11:20, 12:40, 15:05, 17:30, 19:50, 22:20

X:Men: First Class (Eng) [G]:

11:40, 14:20, 17:00, 19:40, 22:25

STRETCH YOUR BRAIN Across 1. Mother’s vehicle a lash improver. (7) 4. Speaks unclearly about battercakes. (7) 8. Tidy way to drink whisky? (4) 9. I’ll hear about Phuket, perhaps. (4) 10. Brown skin? Go dance! (5) 12. Not quite 50 golddiggers. (11) 14. Gospel writer’s not cold, but not hot either. (8)

Solutions to last week’s puzzles

17. Pea is mashed into brown color. (5) 20. Boat excites no ace. (5) 21. Drug points to monument. (8) 25. Frightened? Inmate did it badly. (11) 28. Forms fungi (5) 30. Somewhat pursued into court (4). 31. Cancel vacuum. (4) 32. Tries representatives. (7) 33. Cruel as deranged lay. (7) Down 1. Bone chap with garden implement, it’s said. (8) 2. Stick workers. (5) 3. As speaker, checks 12 ac’s output. (7) 4. We, iniquitous, make beetle. (6) 5. Grease section of hard drive. (3) 6. Small roads in big ones. (5) 7. Demonstrate to her

majesty a bathroom fitting. (6) 11. Power reduction – toast not possible. (8) 13. Canine peeper and gnasher. (8) 15. I bark back at place across the bay. (5) 16. Moderately soft hydrogen speed measure. (3) 18. In the tavern, it’s said. (3) 19. Maybe slid near

Phuketian. (8) 22. Infinite, so finish not as much. (7) 23. Crikey! Leftovers! (6) 24. Letter to inspirers brings a smile. (6) 26. Agree to sleep a little. (3) 27. Medico has no learners – that’s rather amusing. (5) 29. Mel returns to space craft. (3)



THE BIG LIST A talented bunch

Chiang Mai resident Kann Trichan has a pretty flashy party trick.

Chicken vendor goes hands-on Chiang Mai resident Kann Trichan is a deep fried chicken specialist with a hands-on approach that is turning heads. The 50-year-old, who regularly forgets his cooking utensils, can dip his hands into a boiling hot wok of oil and bizarrely suffer no blisters or burning whatsoever. It’s party trick that has even earned him a Guinness World Record for pulling 20 pieces of chicken out of 480 degree oil in a minute. Mr Kann discovered his tal-

ent seven years ago when he was splashed with searing hot oil after a feasting squirrel knocked a mango into his frying wok. “The fat flew everywhere, all over my head, arms, hands. It should have seriously hurt me,’’ he said. “I remember looking in the mirror, expecting to see blisters and red blotches, but there was nothing. Now I can fry rice, chicken, and many things with just my bare hands.” Mr Kann said when he puts his

hands into the oil it feels hot but it doesn’t burn or blister his skin. Scooping his deep fried delicacies out from the wok has earned him world-wide acclaim and people travel far and wide to visit his food stall which lies near the Chiang Mai technical college. “People are coming from all over just to buy my chicken and watch me spoon it out with hands. “It’s crazy, but my stall gets busier and busier every day with tourists and customers wanting to see me.’’

Titillating treats This rather sinister looking sign was spotted at a restaurant in the north of Phuket Town, just near the bypass road. Apparently advertising some form of ice

cream, the “how to eat” sign certainly leaves an imprint on the minds of the more juvenile among us. Creamy liquid spurting out of a cut nipple? Bon appetit!

Tu Jin-Sheng: Crotch of iron Perhaps Kung Fu magazine puts it best: “When a man can tow a truck with his genitals, that’s all anyone ever really remembers about him.” Tu Jin-Sheng, a 50-year-old man from Taiwan, can do exactly that.

In 2005 this martial arts grandmaster of Iron Crotch – a branch of Qigong said to have 60,000 followers worldwide – attached his manhood to a truck for a demonstration, and pulled it several yards across a car park in Fremont.

Ru Anting: Tearful art Fifty-six-year-old Chinese man Ru Anting has a very special talent: he can write calligraphy with water he shoots from his eyes. After sucking up water through his nose, he then sprays it through his tear ducts and onto paper. Ru discovered his unusual talent

as a child while swimming in a river. “Sometimes I would swallow water while swimming, and once I accidentally discovered the water I swallowed could be shot out through my eyes. My friends were all shocked to see it,” he said. After three years of intensive practice, he found he could shoot water accurately for distances of more than three metres.

Manjit Singh: Pulls a jet with his ears 57 year-old Manjit Singh, aka “Ironman”, holds more than 30 world records including pulling a double decker bus with his hair, lifting 85 kg with his ears, and if that wasn’t enough, pulling a jet with his ears

to raise charity money. In April 2007, Singh pulled the aircraft – weighing approximately 7.4 tonnes – four metres at the East Midlands Airport in the UK. Speaking after the record attempt, he said: “I don’t feel too bad, I have a little bit of pain around the ears but I’m ok.”

Zhang Quan: Roaring applause 70 year-old Zhang Quan of China

is hoping to get into the record books – by clapping his hands. His claps have been recorded as measuring 107 decibels, just three decibels lower than whirling helicopter blades. The bad news: Local environmental protection officials say Zhang is so loud, he could face arrest for noise pollution if he claps too often.

Miroslaw Magola: Magnetic man Reminiscent one of scenes from The Matrix, Miroslaw Magola – the “Magnetic Man” – apparently defies laws of gravity with an extraordinary ability by using “mind control” to transport objects through the air and affix them to his body. Miroslaw explains that he employs “psychokinetics” to perform

these uncanny feats. “It works because I load myself with energy and at the same time I wish for the object to rise.” Miroslaw has undergone numerous tests of his perplexing skill which remains unexplained by conventional science to date. It should be noted that some still question his abilities.

Paul Oldfield: World’s Only Flatulist Former train driver Paul Oldfield doesn’t operate under the alias “Mr Methane” for no reason. The Englishman claims to be the only performing professional flatulist in the world or, more colloquially, a “professional farter”. His ‘talent’ came to light when he accompanied his sister in yoga practice. There, he discovered – to his surprise and delight – that he was able to take in air through his rear end, retain it, and then expel it as and when he chose. At first, it was nothing more than a party trick to entertain fellow railwaymen, but eventually Mr Methane found that by

careful control, he could pick out a simple tune. He gradually expanded his repertoire, which now ranges from Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz through to Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky. In 1991, he left his job at British Rail and devoted himself to his new entertainment career, which now has him travelling around the world. On stage, he wears a skin-tight green-and-purple costume with cape and mask, looking like a superhero.

Wei Mingtang: Inflating auditories This 55-year-old is a factory worker from Guilin city, in Guangxi province, China. About 30 years ago he discovered his ears leaked air, so he came up with the idea of using his

ears and a pipe for his now famous act: inflating balloons with his ears. During a recent Spring Festival Party in Guilin, Wei also blew out 20 candles in a line within 20 seconds using a hose leading out from his ears.



Street Fashion

Must haves

Accessories from Dewa Phuket, located at Naiyang Beach, just before the National Park.

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Nachcha Pornritkitkul, Dental student.

Nachcha bought her T-shirt (B800), her Kloset head band (B900), sandals (B700) and her bracelet (B100) from Siam Centre in Bangkok. Her shorts (B300) were bought from Platinum Mall in Bangkok. She bought her sling bag (B300) from Jatujak Market, and her sunglasses (B1,000) from the Central World department store in Bangkok.

Kathy Bolzon,

Australian tourist. Kathy’s shirt (B2,500) and her necklace (B1,000) were bought in Australia. Her shorts (B3,500) were bought from Junceylon in Patong. She bought her shoes (B1,200) from Japan, her sunglasses (B10,000) in the USA and her bag (B5,000) in Kuala Lumpur.


Leonardo Mantik and Inneke Woen from Jakarta, Indonesia, spent a romantic time in Phuket recently for a ‘pre-wedding’ shoot. – Photo by Karim “Kim” Khamzin

1: Amethyst ring, B4,900. 2: Caviar & pearls on ice, B2,800. 3: ABC ring, B17,000. 4: Ladies leather wallet, B2,200.



A very patient drive north Grandpa’s yarns


he sound of voices mixed with the thudding of bags dropped on the floor of a six-wheeled truck. People were hustling and bustling to load their bags, boxes of food, and sacks of spare mechanical parts. Soon the truck was filled with passengers and piles of parcels that would be delivered along the journey north, recounts Grandpa. The engine fired with a roar that shook the ground in little Phuket Town. This truck, similar to a present day school bus, took passengers on a 130-kilometre drive from Phuket Town over the sea in the north and across to Phangnga Town. The trip took 12 hours. “Yes, you heard that right. It was a 12 hour drive,” says Grandpa with a laugh. The truck ever-so-slowly rumbled through streets with rows of shophouses on either side. The scene gradually changed from that of a busy town to an isolated road, punctuated by small villages.

A public bus, known to locals as a portong, similar to Grandpa’s Phang-nga truck. This photo was taken in 1942. Then suddenly the truck changed direction, heading out of its way to a mining camp. “The first delivery,” a woman sitting on the back seat said, seemingly familiar with the frequent deviations of the driver.

When the truck arrived at the mining camp, sacks on the back of the truck were unloaded. The driver ticked off an item from his delivery list and drove on. After this first delivery, there followed a second, third,

tenth, and so on. The truck didn’t just carry passengers but also delivered whatever the mining camps and villages needed along the way, said Grandpa. Alhough driving a few kilometres took almost an hour,

passengers adapted themselves very well to the situation. As the slow bus was the only public transportation available, they had no real choice. They used the long hours of the drive to get to know each other and to gossip about

strangers. Words flowed freely: “Who are your parents? Did you hear about his daughter? I heard that she’s just found a boyfriend...” Some passengers slept leaning on others. Some unpacked and ate their lunches. Activities slowed down when the truck approached the northern point of the island. The smell of the ocean wafted and the salty breeze whipped through the bus. A ferryboat was waiting on the shore at the far end of the dirt road. The truck was loaded onto that ferry that carried it across the sea channel to Phang-nga, there being no bridge like there is today. When the wheels began rolling on new provincial territory, passengers resumed their conversations. They had reached the halfway point. There were yet many hours that needed to be spent in the bus and many more stops along the way. The long, tedious hours of the journey north taught the virtue of being patient, says Grandpa with his usual wise smile.



Adopt a gibbon? It doesn’t cost much.

Project director Veterinarian Suwit “Tum” Punnadee.

Gibbon project needs a hand A

Baby “Emily”, rejected by her mum.

Volunteer Sarah Hopson from London.

Meet the natives


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

A reader of The Phuket News sent in this photo of ‘Lester’ the Lizard, that lives with his “mates” on an empty block of land at a “secret” location in Karon. Certainly Lester looks like a sociable chap that loves to go for a morning run. With his spots, Lester

may be a Common Butterfly Lizard (Leiolepis beliana) that is found in the Mekong Basin of Indochina, coastal areas of Thailand, West Malaysia and Sumatra. The juveniles are striped and have reddish tails. As this lizard can grow to 50 cm in length, our reader

may be able to confirm to us whether it is in fact that big? Other identification of Lester is welcomed, along with any other photos and information on flora or fauna found in Phuket that we can publish. Please email to: editor3@

large gibbon swinging in a cage in the rehabitation area at the back starts a loud drawnout mournful call and was soon joined with other patient gibbons there, a cacophony that would normally echo triumphantly in the jungle. Veterinarian Suwit “Tum” Punnadee, project director of the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, sits at the back of his office near the Khao Phra Taew Non-hunting Area, and looks in their direction with a smile. It’s all familiar music to his ears. The centre he has run for some years, funded privately from donations without any gover nment funding and manned by small staff and local and international volunteers, has rehabilitated in total some 68 gibbons, mostly of one White-handed species. There are 12 gibbons in large individual cages in the hospital quarantine area at the back of the streetside office. In the half-way-house cages on the steep bamboo hills near the Bang Pae Waterfall, there are 33 more, awaiting their turn to be released into the tall forest of the reserve that they can see from their big cages. Some 23 have been released into the national reserve deep at the back of the waterfall and are breeding there. So where did these gibbons come from? “From Phuket province alone, we don’t have enough cages and facility take care of them,” the vet said. Many of the gibbons started life as babies taken

Volunteer Richard Billington from Britain. around tourist areas to be photographed for money for the owners, or kept as pets, eventhough it is against the law to be so kept. As the apes grow fangs, they become unmanageable and bite their owners. So they are given away to the Forestry Department, temples and usually end up at the centre. Being territorial, the apes need to be housed in individual cages to prevent them fighting and even killing each other. They are not released into the wild until they form pairs and often have young, so that they would stay put in the reserve and not wander off. So their stay in care can be for years. Some can not be released at all because of injury and mental stress. From the accommodation quarters for volunteers comes Richard Billington from the UK who has volunteered here for some six months. He says he loves it here and plans to come back. He has been looking after “Emily”, the cutest three-week-old baby that was rejected by its

mother and had to be bottlefed every three hours. School groups also come to volunteer. Help just for the day or the weekend is welcome and training and accommodation are provided for longer stay. The animals are fed vegetables in the morning and fruits in the afternoon. A gibbon’s lifespan is 30 years, but in captivity they can live up to 50 years. This centre is the only one in Thailand that has successfully rehabilitated families of gibbons back to the forest where these families continue to breed. But the centre struggles with the high-costs involved in the lengthy care of each gibbon, claiming it costs tens of thousands of baht each month to care for them. The centre has managed to be mostly self-sufficient but when donations dry up, the parent body, the Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand, has to top up funds. - Norachai Thavisin For further information on visit gibbon



The six-star resort, Trisara, and Tri Trang beach.

Naiyang Beach and, beyond it, Phuket Airport and Mai Khao Beach stretching into the distance.

A bird’s eye view of Phuket The six-star way to see the island


ne way to get a new view of Phuket is from the air. And one of the best ways to do this is is in a helicopter, from a height of about 150 metres. Advance Aviation, which has its headquarters in Bangkok, and flies choppers out of the capital, Phuket and Chiang Mai, recently gave members of the press a quickie tour of the north end of the island, where its six-seater Eurocopter is based.

Flitting around in a chopper is not cheap – for example, a 30-minute tour over Bang Tao, Surin Beach, Patong and Karon will set you back B42,135. At the top end of the range (no one has yet taken up this offer, apparently) you can get yourself and five friends over to Pha Ngan Island for the Full Moon Party, flying out in the afternoon and back the following day. Just B210,700. Prices apply whether there is one passenger in the heli-

copter or six, or any number in between. But if you have money to burn, this is definitely the six-star way to see the island and its beautiful surroundings. The company’s website is at For inquiries or bookings call 08 0522 555 or 076 327 130, or email phuket@ The helicopter is based on the old airport road, about three kilometres south of the airport.

The six-seat Eurocopter used by Advance Aviation.



Above: Thai model and actor Mario Maurer, centre, joined in the 5km fun run. He is pictured here with students from Baan Klong Mai Daeng School.

Marathon grows in popularity T

he sixth annual Laguna Phuket International Marathon was held on Sunday with a record breaking number of entrants. This year the marathon attracted more than 5000 people. As well as the 42.2km marathon, participants had the option to also enter a 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km run, 2km children’s race and a 5km family walk. Each year runners are encouraged to fundraise for either their own chosen charity, or Laguna Phuket’s community initiative to support local schools. This year money raised will be donated to Baan Klong Mai Daeng School. – More on page 40



Malaysian flavour in Phuket N

asi dagang is a Malay dish of rice steamed in coconut milk, and served with a selection of curries. The dish is found in Malaysian/Southern Thailand, as popular food on both sides of the joint border. But it is also come here to a small restaurant in Phuket Town.

Above: Bao’s nephew, Manas Kamolchaiwat, prepares nasi dagang. Below: Khao mok gai.

Nasi dagang translates as “trading rice” in Malay. It is normally served at important events such as wedding ceremonies and house warmings and is a popular breakfast in the provinces on the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula, such as Terengganu and Kelantan. Known khao man gaeng in Thai, it is also served in the southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, and also in Songkla or Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is rare to find this dish in Phuket, but there is one restaurant on Wirat Hong Yok Rd that prepares this usually breakfast dish anytime of the day. Roti Bang Bao (Bang is Malay for brother) restaurant is the brainchild of Wisit “Bao” Ratchasarn. He opened his shop three months ago, after the success of two shops in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. It is harder to cook nasi dagang here because the rice that is used – leb nok and sang yod – and the curry paste have to be ordered from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattalung or Pattani provinces. Beef, chicken, goat and shrimp curries are ideal for serving with this rice.

Street eats

Above: Plain roti with chicken curry, another menu option at Roti Bang Bao restaurant. Roti Bang Bao is open daily from 7am to 2pm, and from 5pm to 11pm. It is closed the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The restaurant also serves other Muslim food like roti (flour bread), khao mok gai (curry steamed rice served with chicken), khao mok pla (curry steamed rice served with fish), khao mun gai (steamed rice with coconut milk and boiled chicken) and drinks, all ranging in price from B10-50. Roti Bang Bao is on Wirat Hong Yok Rd, less than a kilometre east of the Naka weekend market.

Nasi dagang, or kao man gaeng goong, is ready to eat all day at this Phuket restaurant.

A very profitable smell Chanthaburi province produces a wealth of tropical delights including rambutan, lychee and mango, to the more exotic dragon fruit and mangosteen, but for most people durian is “the king of fruits.” Bordering Cambodia, the eastern Thai province grows about 500,000 tonnes of assorted fruit, including about 220,000 tonnes of durian for export each yea r, Cha nt habu r i Deputy Governor Kriangdej Khemthong said.

No durians Thailand is now the leading producer and exporter of the fruit, despite Malaysia, In-

donesia and Brunei also producing it. Chantaburi produces 80 per cent of Thailand’s durian exports. “That’s worth up to five billion baht,” Mr Kriangdej said. Despite being banished from hotels and airports because of its strong smell, many people just can’t get enough of the fruit and more are learning to like it. “The market for durian is growing. It is particularly popular in China. Forty per cent of Thai exports go there,” Mr Kriangdej said.



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JUNE 17-19 Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket serves up its 9th Annual Tennis Doubles Tournament Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket will hold its ninth charitable tennis doubles tournament 2011.

HOT! JUNE 17-19 Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket serves up its 9th Annual Tennis Doubles Tournament

Up Coming


JUNE 01-25 Kalim Kinetic Art Fair Brush presents the Kalim Kinetic Art Fair featuring kinetic art pieces and balloon art ending on June 25th with a finale event that same night at Brush featuring all art pieces made along with show, dance and performances as well as interactive pieces to stimulate your mind and creativity. Party will start from 7pm.

JUNE 17-30 Grand Marnier Promotion Luna Bar at the Centara Grand Beach Resort, Phuket will host a Grand Marnier event where you can enjoy exclusive cocktails featuring Grand Marnier liqueur at favorable prices. To kick off this promotion, a special Grand Marnier party is arranged for tonight (Friday, 17th June 2011) at Luna Bar with discounted prices. The event will be presented by Julien Defrance, Grand Marnier brand ambassador from Paris.

JUNE 25-AUG 31 iFly flying trapeze by KidzSole

“Learn to Fly” on Asia’s only Mini Flying Trapeze open to the public at Laguna Summer Family Festival. There are many reasons to go on holiday. One is to enjoy new culture and to gain new

experiences for you and your children. iFLY are offering you that chance, to create memories to last a lifetime and to try something new and unique with your entire family. Classes are open to all ages at all times. Great for families, BDAY parties, and corporate events. Be in the iFLY Fantasy Fly Show. Call 084 837 5726,

JUNE 24 Frescobaldi Wine Dinner An exclusive wine dinner headlined by the leading Italian producers of fine quality wines of Frescobaldi winery will be presented by Erika Ribaldi on Friday, 24th of June at 7.00pm at the Mare Italian restaurant of Centara Grand Beach Resort, Phuket. The five selected Frescobaldi wines will be served with a flavoursome five-course menu created by our Italian Chef, Fabrizio Crocetta. B1,990 ++ per person. 076 201 234.

JUNE 27-AUGUST 19 Brazilian Soccer School BSS are offering Summer Holiday Courses at TSLC in Thalang from 27/6 - 1/7, 4/7 - 8/7, 8/8 - 12/8 and 15/8 - 19/8 from 9am - 1pm. The BSS summer camp program will consist of daily training with the unique FDS moves to beat players, with turns, juggling and core skills. Each day has a 3 on 3 World Cup with various awards. A bus service from south and west are available on request. Price is B4,000 for the week and B1,000 for the bus. Please email

JULY 2 Independence Day Picnic Navy League Phuket is sponsoring an American Independence Day picnic at Headstart International School across

Proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards purchasing essential items, sports equipment and stationery for students affected by recent flooding in neighbouring Krabi province. Held at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s from Makro. Free admission to the public. Hamburgers, hot dogs and American beer/ soda will be sold. Live band, jumping castles, kids games, watermelons and fireworks. Bring your Thai friends to see an American picnic. Last year over 900 attended. Tents provided in case of rain. Contact David on 087 266 7514 for further details or sponsorship.

JULY 3-30 Summer Camps at BIS Phuket

BIS Phuket runs its very popular Sports and Adventure Camp simultaneously with its renowned English Camp. Whether you are looking to learn English or have the holiday of a lifetime in an exciting and action-packed sports camp, BIS Phuket has something for every youngster this summer.

onsite tennis courts, the three-day event is open to male and female players of all ages. Phuket-based tennis instructors and hotel staff are invited to participate in the event, and entrants are categorised in one of two leagues: Hoteliers or Open. Spectators free

JUNE 17 Phuket Property Dot Com Pro Am Invitational Phuket’s first charity pro am golf event was launched in 2010, and following its success, will take place again in 2011 at Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Up to 30 touring pros from the Asian Tour and OneAsia tours will be taking part. A great day of golf

enter the monkhood for the rainy season.All monks live in a monastery for three months. This tradition coincides with the rainy season, because the men do not tend to the rice fields.

as National Mother’s Day (Wan Mae Haeng Chat). It is a public holiday.

During this time the monks should learn and practice religion. Only after the three months are over should the monks again be permitted to travel, thus giving birth to the Khao and Auk Phansa traditions. It is a public holiday.

Ethnic Chinese in Phuket believe that Por Tor Kong is the God who controls the demons in Hell. The seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar is believed to be the period when the gates of Hell are opened and spirits released to wander or revisit their homes.

JULY 20-24 Phuket Raceweek Phuket’s rainy-season regatta has been growing in popularity, not only for its sometimes wild and windy racing conditions but also for its excellent parties. For information, visit www.

JULY 30-31 IBAP Business Fair 2011

This is the anniversary of the day that the Buddha delivered his first sermon, over 2,500 years ago. The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. It is a public holiday.

AUGUST Por Tor Festival

The fresh market on Ranong Road is where most residents make merits by offering food to these wandering, hungry ghosts. An essential offering for the festival is red turtle-shaped cake, large or small. Celebrants believe that turtles convey longevity. The auspicious red turtle shaped cake is believed to pass on the blessings to Por Tor Kong and also bring long life to the presenters.

SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 5 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Courses are available by the week, as Day Camp or Full Camp, and are open to ages 8–16. Contact for more details on 076 238 711, cespouy@

JULY 15 Asarnha Bucha Day

JUNE 17-19 Laguna Phuket GC hosts the Phuket Property Dot Com Pro-Am

The IBAP (International Business Association of Phuket) business fair is back. The exhbition will feature exhibitors from all industries in Phuket and beyond. As well as local exhibitors, this year the show will also feature celebrity appearances, lots of prizes and free giveaways and much more. Spaces are limited.

JULY 16 Buddhist Lent

Contact Events Thailand on www.

This is the beginning of Buddhist Lent, and occurs from mid to late July, on the full moon of the eighth lunar month.

AUGUST 12 HM the Queen’s Birthday

This is the traditional time of the year for young men to

Commemorates the birthday of Queen Sirikit, also observed

OCTOBER 23 Chulalongkorn Day A public holiday in remembrance of the death of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1910. Thai people lay wreaths at statues of him all over the country.

NOVEMBER 26-27 9th Phuket International Soccer 7s The one and only Phuket Soccer 7s will celebrate its ninth anniversary this year. This tournament has developed into one of the largest 7s tournament in Asia with over 80 teams from 20 countries that will compete during two weekends. Running concurrently is the 6th Andaman International Soccer 7s on December 3-4. Register your team now by email to, or by calling 086 999 8839. Website:

DECEMBER 3-10 Phuket 25th King’s Cup Regatta 2011

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. The festival is famous for its parades of mah song, or spirit mediums with a variety of skewers and other objects stuck through their cheeks. There are also displays by believers such as walking barefoot over hot coals or ascending ladders with bladed rungs.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s largest regatta comprising five days of competitive racing, with six nights of some of the best regatta parties to be found anywhere. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the regatta regularly attracts over 100 boats and 1000+ participants from all corners of the globe. The jewel in the crown of the Asian Yachting Circuit, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta has become “the one to win”. Visit



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NORTH FRIDAY Colin Hill Colin Hill performs(duo) every second Friday at Legends Bar in Kamala, with local guitarist “Florian” Call 081 079 1069.

Beach BBQ Enjoy a beach BBQ at Catch Beach Club, Surin (from B1,190++ per person). 7pm-10pm. Call 076 316 567.

Free Tai Chi on the beach Enjoy a relaxing session of Tai Chi on the beach from the talented and inspiring Rick Attix at Skylas Beach House. Contact 082 519 3282.

SATURDAY Facebook 101 Seminar (In Thai) How to set up a Facebook presence for your company, charity, club or organisation. Sign up

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 Enjoy a beach BBQ at Catch Beach Club (from B1,190++ per person). 7pm-10pm. 076 316 567.

THURSDAY Andaman Wine Club Sampler Table Event Sampler Table EventAustralian wines, free of charge for members and special offer that night only, buy six get one free, AWC member get 10% off. 076 620 101.

SOUTH FRIDAY Curry Fridays at Navrang Mahal Alternate Fridays, all you can eat authentic Indian curry buffet B449 net per person. Draught beer B50. 7pm-11.30pm. Call 076 266 464.

SATURDAY AA Phuket Meetings @ TGM All meetings are one hour long and held in English at The Green Man Pub 82/15 Moo 4 Patak Road, one km from Chalong circle. Contact Phuket helpline on 081 895 4763 or 081 891 2895.

Every Sunday, the beachfront bar becomes a celebration of fine wines, exquisite tapas, live cooking stations and Phuket’s best dessert, featuring the cool sounds of a jazz trio. Come and indulge in Roederer Champagne or a wide variety of wines. Kids club welcome all children with complimentary snacks. Advance reservations reccommanded on 076 310 100 or guest@

AA Phuket Meetings @ TGM All meetings are one hour long and held in English at The Green Man Pub 82/15 Moo 4 Patak Road, one km from Chalong circle. Contact Phuket helpline on 081 895 4763 or 081 891 2895.

Colin Hill (Solo) At Enigma Bar Aussie expat, Colin “Illy” Hill plays solo at Enigma bar, Rawai. Time 9pm-midnight. Contact Illy on 089 777 3063 or

Rawai Ballroom and Latin Dance At The Green Man Pub, near Chalong circle. More info please visit on http:// Hope to see you on the floor.

DAILY Australia Bar & Grill at Kata Projector screen plus 50” TV’s. TrueVisions and Astro systems. All live sport include AFL, NRL, rugby, F1, football. 089 226 2878.

Indian Night At RPM

Free Tai Chi on the beach

Champagne Brunch at Trisara

Pub Quiz The Green Man Pub, near Chalong circle. The famous pub quiz with Master John and beat Howard on his Landlord’s question. Call 084 437 0233.


Live music in the Kamala Magic Garden. See more details on www.phuket. ag/mg.




Live Music-Kamala

Enjoy a relaxing session of Tai Chi on the beach from the talented and inspiring Rick Attix at Skylas Beach House. Contact 082 519 3282.

cakes with your favourite coffee or tea only B99 at Delish cafe, Wiset Road, Rawai, 150 metre past Tesco.

TUESDAY AA Phuket Meetings @ TGM All meetings are one hour long and held in English at The Green Man Pub 82/15 Moo 4 Patak Road, one km from Chalong circle. Contact Phuket helpline on 081 895 4763 or 081 891 2895.

Salsa Dance With Didier and Anna in their Dance Studio at The Green Man Pub. Dance continues in the pub after class. Happy hour 6-7 pm. Call 084 437 0233.


Due to the overwhelming success of our “Indian Feast” at “Les Anges”, you will now be able to enjoy this unique event regularly. Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine from 7-10pm. This authentic Home made Indian Buffet will be prepared and served by very own in-house Indian Chef Padum Kahtri. Only B495++. Reser vations recommended, please call “Les Anges” on 076 360 803 Or call Khun Murat on 081 797 3364.

Saturday Family Brunch At Club Yamu by Twinpalms. Noon till 3pm. Enjoy delicious pasta, BBQ, Thai home cooking. Call 076 310 557,


Wicked Wednesdays in June

Salsa Night

Delish-ous selection of

At Royal Phuket Marina.

Happy to announce the 4th salsa event at Royal Phuket Marina. Dance the cha-cha, bachata, samba and rumba to the sounds of our resident DJ’s “Miscaro” and percussionist “Oy”. Live on the boardwalk outside Les Anges on June 25, 8pm onwards at Les Anges at Royal Phuket Marina. Entrance: free. Dress: colourful. For all enquiries please contact Anna & Dider on 084 306 2016 or Mr.Murat on 081 797 3364.

SUNDAY Family Brunch on The Boardwalk Les A nges at Royal Phuket Marina introduces “Family Brunch on the Boardwalk”. Each and every Sunday, starting 11am-3pm. Mums and dads dine on the sumptuous buffet, including one complimentary welcome cocktail, while the kids can enjoy all their favorites including pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade ice cream. B795++ Adults, include one glass of house wine, 50 per cent discount. Children under 12 eat for free. Reservations please call 076 360 803.

Sunday Family Brunch

salad, potato and a beer for B250. From 6-9pm at 5!5! Bar OTOP shopping centre. Call 086 786 5501.

BBQ Ribs

20% off all Pizzas

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

At Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim area. Call 081 891 4381.


At The Bistro. Millennium Resort Patong. B 595++ per person. Reservations please call 076 601 704 or fnb@millenniumresort

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

All Major Sports Live On the big screen. F1, Motor GP, Tennis, Golf, AFL, NRL. Irish Times,Irish Pub, Jungceylon, Patong.

BBQ Seafood Buffet By the pool at Level Four Restaurant. Millennium Resor t. B1,200++ per person. One free bottle of wine for four paying adults. Call 076 601 704.

20% off all Pizzas At Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations 081 891 4381.

SUNDAY Best Sunday Carvery in Phuket

At Club Yamu by Twinpalms. Noon till 3pm. Enjoy delicious pasta, BBQ, Thai home cooking. Please call 076 310 557 for reservations.

Roast beef, BBQ ham, chicken, pork and Yorkshire pudding. All you can eat B399. Irish Times, Jungceylon, Patong.


Sunday Roast Buffet

Salsa Class RPM Salsa c las s at Royal Phuket Marina from 7.309pm. For more info on

WEST FRIDAY Tapas & Wine Night Order Tapas as much as you like plus one bottle of wine. B1,200 net per person. 6-11pm at White Box Kalim. 076 346 271.

50% Off All Drinks From 10pm-12 midnight with live music, Roaring Bhoys. Every Friday. Irish Times Irish pub, Jungceylon, Patong.

Steak Buffet Night By the pool at Level Four Restaurant, Millennium Resort Patong. B790++ per person. Call 076 601 704 or

Fillet Friday Enjoy the best steak deal in Phuket. Fillet steak,

Aloha Villa Hotel (Dinner out on the first Tuesday of mont). Visit rotarypatong. org.

B350 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim areas. Reservations call 081 891 4381.

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

Roaring Bhoys Live Music every Monday night. The largest selection of draught beer in Phuket. Irish Times, Jungceylon, Patong.

BBQ Buffet Only B295 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick Patong and Kalim. Reservations 081 891 4381.

TUESDAY Rotary Club of Patong Beach Weekly meeting of the only English speaking Rotary Club on Phuket at the

Italian Buffet Night

WEDNESDAY Interactive Pub Quiz night. Starts from 8pm every Wednesday night. The largest se lection of draught beer in Phuket. Irish Times, Jungceylon, Patong.

BBQ Ribs Only B250 per person at Shakers. Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong. Free pick up Patong and Kalim. Reservations call on 081 891 4381.

BBQ Seafood Buffet By the pool at Level Four restaurant. Millenium Resort Patong. B1,200++ per person. One free bottle of wine for four paying adults. Call 076 601 704.

Live Music in Kamala Live music in the Kamala Magic Garden. See more details on www.phuket. ag/mg.

THURSDAY Phuket Punchline Comedy Club Live international stand up comedy at Holiday Inn resort, Patong. on June 23.

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

European Buffet Night At The Bistro restaurant, Millennium Resort Patong. B595++ per person. For reservations please call 076 601 704.

DAILY Escentika Spa Special Promotion Millennium Resort, Patong. A very special promotion, 50 per cent discount for all massages and 30 per cent discount for all treatments from “a la carte menu”. Reservation call on 076 601 944.



Flower-seller’s saddest smile T

he constant smile hides many bitter life stories. Aunty Yupa Meesomsang, 72, is a familiar figure in old Phuket Town after dark. She wanders from bar to bar on Yaowarat Rd, selling her roses and jasmine garlands. When people ignore her existence when she encourages them to buy the garlands, she keeps that smile on her face. Aunty Yupa says proudly that she once won the Miss Songkran Phuket contest, held during the Thai new year festival, when she was 15 years old. The perfect combination of ethnic Indian and Mon of her parents gave her the beautiful face that had floored many Phuket men. At only 17, she married a Chinese man from a wealthy family, with an extravagant wedding ceremony. They had four daughters and three sons. She worked as a chef in a high-class hotel while her husband ran a transportation business, which brought them

Street People

richness in the heyday of their lives. They sent their children to universities and bought property for the children’s future. But the dream life ended and the nightmare began when Aunty Yupa’s husband died when she was in her early 30s. Her children took her land and all her money, leaving her on the street with nothing. One daughter even took the liberty of leaving her two children with her when the daughter remarried. The grandmother now sells flowers every night to support her grandchildren, but her income is not enough to feed them all. “They call me mother,” Aunty Yupa says. “I have taken care of them since they were babies.” Once, in a local restaurant, she met one of her sons and his wife while she was selling flowers as usual. Her son looked away and pretended not to recognise her. Then he

gave her B20 and told her to stay away. “His words were so harsh that it made tears run down my face,” the old woman said. “I walked out of the restaurant with a broken heart. I know my kids are ashamed of having a mother who is so poor.” Another time one of her children scraped her with his car. He did not even get out to check if she was alright. “I try to think that I don’t have children anymore,” she said. “I don’t resent them for acting the way they did. It’s just misfortune that has brought me these circumstances.” Despite it all, Aunty Yupa finds herself enjoying selling flowers to the young people around Phuket Town, who speak to her with respect. She loves to chat with them and tell them not to leave their mothers. “Because your mother is the person who gave you your life,” she often reminds them. Buy her flowers when you see her. She deserves any help that comes her way. – Paritta Wangkiat

Auntie Yupa Meesomsang, wandering from bar to bar to sell her garlands and roses.

A great playground for local family Claire Ratcliffe

Part-time race director for Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club’s Ironkids Phuket, and full-time mum.

How long have you lived on the island and why did you move here? I moved here 18 years ago, to visit my parents who were living here. Dad was a director of Shell, and the MD of Thaisarco, the tin smelter in Phuket’s south. I loved it and was at the time studying business and finance with tourism in England. Part of the course was to work in the tourism industry for six months of the year, so I worked for a few hotels, like Cape Panwa, and Meridien. But my passion was diving, so I also trained to be a diving instructor. When I finished university, I moved here permanently to work as an instructor. I started Coral Seekers with my then-partner Mark Breit. We built up the business for 12 years. What were were doing before you moved here? I was in Bristol, studying! I was an expat kid, so I moved around all over the world. England is home to Mum and Dad and that is why I chose to go to university there. It’s not really a home for me though. What is best thing about living here? I love living here. Food, friends, safety - it was a great place 18 years ago, when I was young, but the island has changed and developed over the years and has grown up with me. I now have three small boys, and it’s like living in a playground for them,


with all these great facilities and in jelly fish with a skirt on and a rock on it’s head. She had the whole boat a natural, safe environment. . intrigued and trying to figure it out, What do you do to relax? until we finally found a photo of a Massages, reading a good book and cuttlefish! The next day her slate was dancing. full of interesting pictures from the What hobbies or sports are you crew and divers! interested in? The person you admire the most I still love diving, but haven’t manand why? aged to do that since having kids. I Right now it’s Ayn Rand (Russianlove sailing, waterskiing, and going American novelist). I love her books for a long bike ride. and her amazing philosophy of life. Favourite food or dish? If you could come back as any other I really only like Thai food or salads person who would it be and why? and raw food. My favourite Thai food I’d love to be Richard Branson! Not is Guaytiaw Kee Mao Pak (Spicy just for the money, but for the diversity noodles with vegetables). of business ventures, and the success What kind of music are you into? he’s achieved. I like a bit of everything, especially Is there anything you don’t like if I don’t have to think about what to about living here? listen to, and thankfully we now have Being a middle-aged, single, Caucagood radio in Phuket. But I have to sian female! But seriously, not really. admit I love Pink. Her songs can be Sometimes I think of things that I very therapeutic. don’t like, but then I think you’d get What is the best tip you have for that living anywhere, just wrapped people moving to Phuket? differently. Love it and ignore any negativity. It’s Favourite place on the island, and just as great now as it was years ago. why? What is the funniest thing that has It’s actually off the island, on the sea. happened to you while living on We have such a beautiful sea around the island? us, and I love being on a boat around Hearing the description of an uniden- the island. Some islands I avoid tified fish from my sister, Sarah. On because of the negative impact of a live-aboard in the Similans, my uncontrolled tourism, but there are sister surfaced from a dive asking plenty of islands and bays to visit what was the fish that looked like a that are still nice.



Loving the listeners D

DJ Tom works at Blue Wave 90.5FM in Phuket, but also holds various gigs around the island.

J Tom Somsanuk of Blue Wave 90.5 FM in Phuket says the most interesting part of his job is helping listeners relive memories through music or putting a smile on their faces with a great song. Known as DJ Tank, or “Tommy the Tank”, he was born in Washington DC but has both Thai and American citizenship. DJ Tom grew up listening to great local radio stations in America, where he felt part of a community of listeners. This was his inspiration to become a disc jockey. “I wanted to be able to create those same great feelings

JOBS Engineer Supervisor Engineer salary B11,000B12,000 per month plus service charge. Shift 8am7pm, six days. Skilled in electrical and plumbing systems, wood work and swimming pool. Thai national, fluent in English. 076 333 222 or sales@

ESL Summer Camp Teacher at BIS

Sales Manager Needed For the Imperial Adamas Beach Resor t, Phuket. Start immediately. Please send your CV to elyes.b@ or

Spa Therapist Thai, age no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Shop Manager

Assist. Sport & Recreation Manager Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, two years experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Commis I Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Engineering Maintenance (A/C)

Manager for Deli shop. Female, 25 years old and up, Thai, good English and computer skills. info@

Thai, aged no more than 35 years, one year experience in field., 076 602 500.

Health Consultant

Sales Manager is seeking a Thai national to join our detox team. Excellent English required.

Based in Bangkok. Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, two years experiece in field. jobs.phuket@

Thai, aged not over 35 years old. two years experience in field. jobs.phuket@ radisson, 076 602 500.

Assist. Restaurant Manager

Guest Service Attendant

Captain Thai, age no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Cook Helper (Canteen) Thai, age no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@

Engineering Secretary Thai, female, age no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs., 076 602 500.

Native English Teacher Female caucasian to teach class of 10-12, 3-5 year old children. Chalong, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. Start immediate. phuketpreschool@yahoo. com, 080 624 7060.

I asked if they knew anyone in the business they said no. However, those people made me think, well maybe someday I’ll look into it,” DJ Tom said. DJ Tom also used to work as a nightclub bouncer as VIP security, looking after famous nightclub clients such as American singer James Brown and British singer-songwriter Boy George. “I also used to be a nightclub manager, when I specialised in babysitting the rich and famous on a rampage. It was good fun though. I also used to be a nightclub owner, specialising in paying bills and having a good time.” DJ Tom said he connects

with his listeners daily through his broadcasts, but he would really like to meet up with more. “It would be more great to connect more through events and parties like in Bangkok or in the States. Phuket listeners are still relatively very shy so audience participation is a growing and developing concept,” he said. DJ Tom said although being a DJ is not easy, he is happy in his job. “There is a fine line between being paid to bulls**t and being paid to broadcast... those who last can do both really well,” he said. – Janyaporn Jornjarun

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British International School Phuket. ESL summer camp teachers with degree and TEFL qualification required from July 3-30. 076 238 711.

Thai, age no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

of community on the radio here in Phuket. I used to sit at the radio, trying to catch my favorite songs to make a mixed tape...way before the advent of MP3s and such.” His DJ career started in 2001 in America, and shortly after he got a job as a DJ at 95.5 FMX in Bangkok. He was the last DJ on air before it became Virgin Radio. He started working at Blue Wave, in Phuket, four years ago. Before becoming a disc jockey, he worked in various occupations but always longed to get on the radio. “I used to be a bookshop clerk and people used to tell me I had a radio voice. When

Thai, aged no more than 30 years, one year experience in field,, 076 602 500.

Accounting Manager

Bachelor degree, five years working experience, prefer in property industry, knowledge in taxation, good English. Call 076 345 212.

Chief Steward

Landscape Attendant Thai, aged no more than 35 years., 076 602 500.

Guest Service Supervisor Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, two years experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Demi Chef de Partie Thai, aged no more than 35

years old, two years experience in field. jobs.phuket@ 076 602 500.

experience in field. Contact jobs.phuket@radisson, 076 602 500.

Human Resources Manager. i/c CSR

Sport & Recreation Attendant

Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, one years experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Thai, aged not over 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Executive Housekeeper

Phuket Event Company Hiring

Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, two years experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Food & Beverage Supervisor Thai, aged not over 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

CSR Coordinator Thai, aged not over 35 years old. One year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Food & Beverage Attendant Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, one year experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

Native English Speaking Teacher Need Native English speaking teacher with ability to speak, read and write Thai. Contact Robin 081 803 7189.

Office Administrator Bachelor degree, female, good command in English both writing and speaking. Good command in computer skills. marketing@

Duty Manager Thai, aged no more than 35 years old, two years experience in field. jobs.phuket@, 076 602 500.

The Phuket News is looking to add to its ever growing team of professionals and seeks:

Temporary Beach Boy


Thai, aged not over 35 years, one years experience in field. Contact jobs., 076 602 500.

Bartender Bartender Thai, aged not over 30 years old, two years

Sales Manager (Immediately) - Reaching sales target - Developing and following up new sales leads - Self discipline in developing and managing sale volumes - Preparing regular sales activities report to the General Manager

Classifieds Manager (Immediately) - Good command of English & Thai - Able to work to deadlines - Excellent Time management - Experience using InDesign would be an advantage

Sales Representatives (Immediately) Responsibilities:

- Reaching sales target - Developing and following up new sales leads - Self discipline in developing and managing sale volumes - Preparing regular sales activities report to the sales manager

Job Management Desk Good administrative organisational skills. Good communications skills, strong basic to intermediate English. Call 076 226 084.

Looking for event planner, models, female promotion staff, bartenders and service staff. Contact hr@ Talent/Performer Wedding planner, bands, singers, DJ

and any single or group performers and part time admin staff.

Tele Sale Executives (Immediately) The Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is

looking for a personal assistant to the Honorary Consul. The qualifications are as follows: female university degree representative, independent, enthusiastic and discrete personality good knowledge of English (speaking and writing) computer experience (windows, Excel) eager to learn driving license preferred    

- Good command of English & Thai - Able to work to deadlines - Experience in sales or telesales would be an advantage - Thai National


- Excellent communication and negotiation skills both in Thai & English - Self driven and motivated with a positive attitude - Work well under pressure and highly achievement oriented

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Monthly salary around 15,000 – 20,000 baht. No previous consular experience needed. The successful applicant will be trained on the job. A job description is available upon request. If you are interested please send your resume’, including photo, to:

Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 14/18 Dara Hotel Chao-fa road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket Tel : 076-304 096-7 E mail :



To advertise in our classifieds visit CONTENTS Accommodation Available....................34 Animal Care................34 Apartments & Villa Rentals...............34 Articles for Sale.........34 Audio & Video Equipment.................34 Boats & Yachts....34-35 Building Suppliers....34 Business Opportunities............35 Business Services....................35 Cars for Rent............35 Cars for Sale..............35 Cars Wanted..............35 Clubs & Associations.............35 Computer- Sales-Repairs............35 Diving Sales & Equipment.................36 Diving Services.........36 IT & Technology........36 Jewellery & Accessories..............36 Landscaping Services.....................36 Motorbikes for Sales & Rent...............36 Motorbikes Wanted..36 Personal Services....................36 Personals Needed......36 Pets for Sale...............36 Property & Concierge Services.....................37 Property for Rent.......37 Property for Sale..37-38 Trade Directory..........38

ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE Spacious Studio Apartments Ser viced apar tments. Weekly and monthly. B 9 , 0 0 0 - B14 ,70 0 p e r month. Twic e -weekly maid service, internet, TV, kitchenette, full furn i s h i n g s . S e e w w w.

Inexpensive Stay in Phuket Limthong House is a small guest house in Phuket. More detail please visit

Alanta Villa Koh Lanta A luxurious villa in Koh Lanta, Krabi, with the most attractive price and a range of facilities. Call 084 187 0666.

Cheapest Rooms Condo Rental Cheap rooms. B2,500, B2,800, B3,000 per month, fully-furnished for rent weekly, monthly in Phuket Town near Super Cheap. 082 420 3134.

Guesthouse Sukhumvit Upmarket guesthouse on Sukhumvit Road, Bang kok. Clean, convenient a n d ve r y r e as o nab l e prices. www.mhc-guest

Andaman Cove Condos

4638. fives minutes walk from Kata beach.

Three luxury condos for rent inside the Evason Phuket. View www.anda


ANIMAL CARE Chaofah Pet Hospital 8/28–29 Moo 9, Chaofah East Road. 076 283 365, 083 501 8488.

APARTMENTS & VILLA RENTALS Studio Apartment Near the Beach New studio apar tment with quality furnishing, 50 metres from Chalong beach, garden and small pool. Babysit our house. 086 274 3060.

Apartment for Rent in Patong Fully-furnished. B13,000 per month. Short and long terms. Call 081 893 2165, 081 956 1218.

Moving Sale All potted. Green and red palms, plants, Bungainvillia, orchids, birds of paradise and big vases. 087 925 3778.

hand made in UK. Hot overdr ive. SG sound, one year old. Carry bag. B9,600. 081 537 9196.


Office/Home Equipment


Standing shelf, 24”Sanyo LCD, 22”LG LCD, 35-litre waterfilter, 750 -itre Nano watertank, Samsung security system four cameras. 086 281 888.

THE PLAZA, SURIN TEL: 076 271 629 076 270 055 WWW.SOULOFASIA.COM

Secondhand Scott Elite Bikecycle

Kustom KG210 Guitar Amp

Secondhand racing bike for sale. B10,000 ono. For more details please email

Kustom 2x10” speakers. Built in Reverb delay. Line out. MP3 in. two channels, high-gain. new-boxed. B4,500. 081 537 9196.

Zee Zee Interior Grand Sale

Bakery Oven for Sale

Rent Condo Rawai

Brand new gas bread oven for the bakery business, one door. Price B16,000. Call 081 892 5538.

Two Arms Flour Mixer for sale Brand new, size for 1-5 kg. Price B20,000. Call 081 892 5538.

5-6 Pax Dome Tent

Good price for low season, 300 metres from the beach, clean and quiet. Call 0 8 0 078 0931.

Rent In Phuket Looking for a house to rent long term in Phuket? Call today on 089 646 8563.

Apartment and Bungalow Low-season and empty. Rawai/Naiharn area. Now give a big discount to get some new people in. From B5,500. 086 274 3060.

Happy Home Apartment (Rawai) Apar tment for rent at Saiyuan 15, Rawai. Fullyfurnished, swimming pool, free WiFi. Start B6,800 per month. Call 081 893 2165.

Superb Two-Bed Apartments Kata A variety of superb 1, 2 bedroom apartment, penthouses with pool for rent, also long term.

Nice Apartments Kata Beach Nice, B500, clean, 1BR. kitchen, air-con, cable TV. internet and jacuzzi. Call Ari 086 595 8512, 081 970

Old Java funiture items. The third floor of Zee Zee Interior. All items on sale. Clearance Sale. Call 076 620 095.

T806 Treadmill Secondhand Secondhand treadmill for sale, fast sale required B12,000 ono. Call for more details 08 4 8 45 5643.

Articles for Sale High - end fur niture in two-bed condo at Royal Phuket Marina. Call 089 054 4354.

South Thailand Auctions Seller: list your stuff now. Buyer: register now for July 10, 2011 auction. For more info see www.south Call 084 837 6655.

Sunloungers for sale Two for sale, good to soak up the sun. Chalong area. Call 076 374 562, derrick

Roland 80XL Guitar Amp The Roland 80XL. 80watt, 12” speaker, four channels, 11 Amp models, 8FX.Looper, four switchable channels. New boxed. B15,000. 081 537 9196.

Epiphone Wilshire ’66 guitar Reissue in Black/white. t wo mini - humbuckers

New tent never used. Suiteable for family 5-6 people with 240 x 240 x180 cm . Sale price B3,000 (new B3,250) ono. Call 081 535 8080.

Wii Game Player A full set of Wii game with board and other joysticks, with 1,000 games. Sale price B10,000 (New B14,000) ono. Call 081 535 8080.

SeaSpec Sunglasses

Turn your unwanted assets into cash. Gordon 081 892 4804 or Lucky 087 276 0529.

Panasonic PABX One-year-old (KX-TEM824BX) 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). 081 084 1730.

Scott F/S Mountain Bike


Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2

TV and DVD Player Sale Big Panasonic TV and Pioneer DVD player in top condition. B8,000. Call 080 718 1686.

BOATS & YACHTS Water Sport Equipment Sale Stand up paddle. SUP McTavish 9’6” B20xxx. SUP Uber Fish 10’ B20xxx. SU P LO N G t ail 10 ’ 6 B20xxx. Call 076 620 201.

Grady White Tournament 19 Merc Optimax 150hp w per 172hrs. New everything. Too much to list. B675,000. mmcgrath2@, call Matt 089 587 1862.

Riviera Motoryacht For sale as new at US$ 190,000 ono. Full-time captain, length 40 ft, sleep five, game fishing/cruises. Call Duilio 081 820 6313.

Inflatable Canoe

Fishing Gear For Sale

Unused, can run three different versions 400V, three phase, 220V, single phase, gasoline engine, 200 and 300 bar switch. Make an offer. Call 087 280 1721.

120 sqm. light brown, excellent condition in condo at RPM, cheap to clear. Call 089 054 4354.

2.2 Carat Diamond Watch Invicta Lupah Pave 2.2 carat diamond watch with steel bracelet. Must be seen, bought 2003 price B400,000, now B150,000. Call 080 362 6531.

Assets to Cash South Thailand Auctions is receiving goods now.

Hans Christian 38T Traditional For more info on this Hans Christian 38T and other great yachts for sale, please see www.

LodeStar Canoe for sale 3 pax size. B20,000 One year old and used twice. VGC. Call 081 985 2478.

Carpet for Sale

Beneteau 50 T h e s e B e n ete au 5 0 s share the same Bruce Farr hull as the Beneteau First 53f5 and sail really well. Call 084 842 6146.

Scot t Aspect 15 (Dec 2008) with LCR Genius remote rear suspension, disc brakes, Shimano X T drive, Stella seat. B45,000, 081 273 1740.

Extreme sport sunglasses. Protect your eyes, polarized and 100% UVA/ UVB resistant. Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop. 076 271 050.

2 Penn 130 Senator reels/ rods/lines including 30 new repella lures. Call 081 892 0960.

Jeanneau 52.2 looks to be in very good condition, US$440,000. kwan b o a t s h e d p h u ket @ h o t

LW100E New Compressor

L. Davidson 55 S/Y for Sale Rac crus. 3 cabins, Isuzu 85 RK, many sails, Avon dingy plus 3PK outboard,

New Power Catamaran for Sale All f ibreglass with f ly bridge. Almost completed with teak decks. Requires only interior fit out. Tony on 081 891 2688 or tony@

Jeanneau 52.2 This beautiful blue

With four double cabins plus saloon. Great sailing performance, great familly cruising boat. www.

Wharram Tiki 30 Thai registered 20 09, Wharram Tiki 30 cruising catamaran, ready to sail, sleep six in three bunks B1,999,000. Contact Eric on 086 001 5641.

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

SkyHigh New Amazing Boat Choose the style and difference, cruise with DreamCruiseAsia on SkyHigh the unique boat in Phuket. www.dream

Stand Up Paddle Phuket’s first and only SUP dedicated shop. Visit www.standuppaddlethai. com. Call Mam on 081 9 8 5 2478, jimsupt hai

BUILDING SUPPLIERS Casa Nine Co.,Ltd Mosaics, tiles, stones, wall plaques, hand-made, c e r a mi c s, d e c o r at i ve items. Call 081 514 8547, or

Phuket Pro-Built Construction, renovation, electrics and shop fitting. Call 089 909 8604,

KV Southern

Waterproof flooring. Engineering, product architectural, product repair system. Call for more info on 081 828 2457.

Water Proof Phuket Waterproof, water stop and water swell. Design, construction for factory and home structure roof.



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Karaoke Bar B u sy k a r a o ke b a r i n Kathu. Fully staffed, best location, two rooms, one with air-con. plus two staff rooms. B150,000 ono. 087 993 8737.

Laundy Shop for Sale 280,000 Baht. Good location with a solid customer base. Fully furnished inclues 2 bedroom. Can negotiate. 086 115 2184

Massage Shop For Sale Patong Beach, Nanai rd, next to Seeka Hotel, fully furnished ready to run business, Quick sale 150,000 B. 0835933768

Bar and Restaurant for Sale On Nanai Road (Soi 8), next to Seeka Resor t. Four Years lease, four rooms, three bathrooms, staf fs optional. Pr ic e B600,000. 083 593 7553.

Beachfront Resort B17.5m Eight-room luxury beachfront pool resort for sale. 20-metre private beach.

Guest House Restaurant/Bar Ten rooms plus “studio” residence for owner, huge restaurant-bar, main road frontage. B21.5m. info@

Luxury Bungalow Resort Kamala Beautiful pool resort with 12 luxury bungalows and large pool. Price B55m, freehold and f inance.

Luxury Detox & Hotel Karon Incredible business investment. Price reduced from B55m. Now only B 3 0 m. info @ t hailand

Shop & Guest House for Sale Shophouse and guesthouse minimart next to Water Ski in Kathu and Palazzo. Many opportunities. Special for Korean people, B2.7 million. Call 081 535 0177.

Bar Sale/Rent Sale/Rent B2.8 million or

Bar For Sale Bangla Soi Gonzo Bar at front of soi. All the key money paid with four years to run on contract. Only B10,000 rent per month. B2.9 million. 088 440 9324.

Unique Business Opportunity Partner for new business in the south of Thailand. Auctions Phuket, investment one million baht. Covering the whole of southern Thailand. Contact Gordon on 081 892 4804 or gordon_asia@

Restaurant-PizzaCoffee Shop for Sale In Kathu. Completely setup. Price B450,000. Monthly rent B16,000. Call 087 271 1627.

BUSINESS SERVICES Alarms & CCTV Protect your home or office by an alarm system and CCTV cameras. Call for more info on 085 798 9469 or

Cheap Copy 40 Satang copy, menu, card, colour printing/copiers, binding/laminated, rubber stamp etc. Free Delivery order B1,000.

TwinTech Hospitality technology systems. POS system for F&B, spa and retail businesses. Hotel and property reservation systems. See

Wheelchair Rentals w w w.buddy wheelchair Wheelchair rentals B200 per day. B2,000 deposit. Retained until product is returned.

Sawasdeesign Studio Construction, renovation, architectural, interior, graphic and lighting designs. Best work and maximum satisfaction. Call 084 059 5656.

Get exposure

Car Rental

Toyota Altis

Hospitality solutions, asset management and project marketing services for resorts, estates, condos. See

The island’s cheapest car rental. www.tour-phuket. com, 076 522 039-41.

Full options, with air bags, ABS breaks, automatic gears, power windows and digital aircon. Dark blue. B429,000 for quick sale. 084 184 1856.

New Cars-Good Price for Rent

Suanluang Wedding & Studio One-stop wedding. Providing a wonderful party including gowns, wedding cakes, engagement rings, decorations, limousines. Call 076 221 976.

Amarin Design Service includes feasibility study, master plan, architectural, Interior, landscape and conceptual design. 081 626 6393.

Take One Display Box Simple, effective, inexpensive way to promote your local business in Phuket. 081 084 1730,

Aquatira Zen Interior, furniture design, fitted and loose furniture packages, project management, professional photography. www.aquati

Fine 9 Design Fine living arcade, design and decoration. Call 081 337 7682 or finenine99@

Global Services Agent Daily tour, bespoke travel, accommodation, business travel, visa runs. See w w, call 086 266 0484.

Maximum Security for Hotels Instruct your security chief in the development of the most sophisticated precautions specific to your facility. 089 896 5600.

Phuket Men’s Group The Phuket Men’s Group meets weekly and is focused on personal development and growth.

Urgent Sale Corolla Auto

Tile It Thalang. Wana Park on Srisoonthorn Rd. Phuket’s Quality Tile Boutique. Tiles for interior, exterior, residential, commercial. Contact 076 620 16 8 or 081 424 2828. Email

days at 3pm. Ages 12+. Free membership. Get Paddling!

Toyot a C orolla pr ic e: B89,000. Good condition and running order. Cool air-con. automatic gear and power steering wheel. 083 252 5509.

Honda Jazz, City. Toyota Vios and minivan, for rent with first class insurance and delivery ser vice. Contact 081 607 8567 or suksavat@

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

Audi 80 E Automatic

MV Motor Motorbike, bike, car for rent. For more details visit or call 083 390 8847.

Parn Car Rent M otor bike for rent in Phuket Town opposite Royal Phuket City Hotel. Contact 081 979 7805.

Cabrio Renta Phuket All kinds of cars for rent. Contact Ronald on 089 971 5664 or cabriorental

Naiharn Car Rent Cars and motorbikes for rent. The best prices. Call 081 539 3399 or


Phuket Sport and Tennis Club

Leaving Thailand and need to sell Audi 80 E. Checked, new tyres and allu. wheels, new stereo. B160,000. Call 086 274 3060.

Tennis, beach volley ball, petanque, pool, dar ts, table tennis, lake fishing, bar and more. Everyone welcome. w w w.phuket

Isuzu D-Max 4x4 Double Cab

Singapore Club Phuket

Ice silver, manual, 62,000 miles. Lovely condition TV, DVD, alloys, full service history. Bargain at B500,000. 086 757 1362.

Calling all Singaporeans in Phuket to join “Singapore Club Phuket”. Contact Robin 081 803 7189, 076 303 500.

2010 Mercedes 250E Coupe

Akido of Phuket

Pearl White 7,000 km as brand new, electric everything. Cost over B5.0 million, will sell for B4.2 million. 086 757 1362.

Martial arts for adults and children. Classes Mon. Wed. Fri 5-6pm and 6.307.30pm. School break classes and seminars. David 086 007 4010.

Volvo S80, D5 Year 2006, 2.4-lt, diesel, top options, top conditions, price B930,000. Or make an offer. Call 086 846 3266.

COMPUTER SALES-REPAIRS Compaq Presario Desktop

Toyota Vios Dec 2004

BMW 320DT Two years old, as-new condition. Call for details. B2 Million. 087 993 8737.

Lancer for B69,000 Mitsubishi Lancer, dark green in mint condition. Comes with many accessories and leather seats. More info please call 084 184 1856.

Mira B76,000 Daihatsu Mira. Beautiful and in excellent condition. Pink, economical, with new tyres. Serious inquiries only please. 080 883 1062 (English).

Compaq presario CQ3270L computer plus 16 inch Acer screen. Keyboard. Leads etc. Under one year-old, B9,000. Call 081 537 9196.

Black, A/T, CD player, insured, foreign owner, very good condition. Urgent sale B350,000. Call 081 891 6375.

2005 BMW 323I

PC Computer

Silver, 91,000km. Expat owner. Excellent condition, dealer ser viced. B1.2M. 086 272 2810.

PC Computer with lot equipment for sale, B3,50 0. Call 080 718 1686,


English Computerman

Rawai-Naiharn Dragon Boat Club

Sales, service and repair. Hardware/Software. WLAN a speciality. Free telephone advice. 084 625 7744.

Get fit, have fun with a rapidly growing social club. Naiharn lake on Sun-

Sale, Rent, Profit Sharing All Billiard & Snooker accessories and services. w w w . p h u k e t p o o l t a b l e s . c o m Call us: 0818 234 627, 0857 821 200


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New Mazda2 & New Vios For Rent

Add your business to our directory for free and get reviews. www.Hotin

First-class insured with free delivery, special price for short and long term rental. Call 083 690 9159. or

Programmable LED Signs

Phuket New Car Rent

Perfect advertising for your business LED signs. One metre long comes with software and USB. Chris on 084 377 2526.

For availability and rates contact 080 991 3366 or booking@phuketnewcar w w w.phuket



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To Chalong

Jomthong Courtyard

Baan Nabon School

chaofa East Rd.

To Laguna To City

1 Phuket Pool Table Chalong Branch


Route 4008

Opportunity to invest in Chalong Bay. Suitable for marine business, eight rai of land for immediate development B3 million per year. 128 metres sea frontage. Contact 081 802 4098 (English), big-dad

ASEAN Hotelworks

Kwang Rd.

Land for Lease in Chalong Bay

B20,000 per month for large, nice and busy restaurant, pizzeria, lounge bar in Naiharn, Rawai. Call 082 420 3134.

Soi Palai


To Airport

To Pakok

Sriroonthorn Rd.

Phuket Pool Table Cherngtalay Branch


To City

Permsap Villas Wat Manik



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Compressor for Sale

Phuket Pearl Gem

Bauer Jr. Compressor as new. B110,000. Call 081 892 0960.

Brand new, genuine quality Phuket pearls. 100 styles, perfect gift, online store. www.phuketpearl

Diving Gear for Sale Two sets of diving gear. Bottles and regulators, great condition. Call 081 892 0960.

Dive Compressor Big compressor, 250 litres per minute, only B85,000. Phuket/Rawai. Call 080 718 1686.

Assorted Dive Gear

Cherng Talay area. Professional design and care. Call 076 318 266

Honda Wave 125R for Sale

Phuket Home Services



Oceanic Dive Center PADI 5* IDC

Charity Seeks Housewares

Friendly, professional dive centre in Kata. For all your diving needs, training, daytrips and live aboard. 076 333 043.

Charity seeks household items for volunteers apartments, includes wardrobe, sheets, fans, and any other home items. Call 080 693 4965.

All 4 Diving 5/4 Sawatdirak Road, Patong Beach. For more info call 076 344 611 or info@

MOTORBIKES FOR RENT Motorbike for Rent Honda PCX, Honda Airblade for rent, cheap price and free delivery. Call now, Omar 087 075 2166 or omaralquaini@

Cheap Motorbike/ Scooter Hire

All courses and diving trips. Boat charter and individual tours. Contact 076 328 278.

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

One Stop Dive

June Madness

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

Rent Honda Clicks/Airblades/Nouvo for B3,000 per month. Contact Simon on 087 418 3552.

Paradise Diving Asia


MOTORBIKES FOR SALES Honda Choppa Go Well Air brush paint job. Best price B90,000. Call 082 271 4487.

1997 Harley Davidson Dyna lowrider. The best in Phuket, according to Scottie. B400,000. Call for more details on 081 892 0960. iMenu transforms ordinary menu to luxury interactive menu for the best experience on iPad. Call 086 375 5083, imenu@

Honda Wave 125 i for Sale

Chateau Sabai Villa


Used dive gear including two pairs fins, one Mares regulator, one US Divers regulator and male leg shorty, prices negotiable. Call 086 272 2810.

Phuket Scuba Club

Three years old, 27,000 km. New front and back t yres, tax, insurance. B28,900. 083 647 3509.

Top bike, top condition, t hre e - fo ur ye ar s o l d. 29,0 0 0 km, B3 0,0 0 0. Contact 080 718 1686,

We design and build salas, pergolas and decks. We can also offer custom design and build water features and ponds. 076 324 400, www.phuket

PADI 5 Star Centre. Half day, daytrips, liveaboards an d di ve r e duc at i o n. Phuket’s only dive club! www.phuket-scuba-club. com. Call 076 284 026.

Honda Air Blade for Sale

Yamaha TY 250 For Sale Yamaha TY250 off road bike. Must sell so open to offers. Contact Shaun for more details on 083 969 8331.

2003-Just basic reliable Wave. If you want new and fancy don’t bother. Green book and current reg. B15,000. Call 081 958 3695.

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 Khun Bang on 087 382 2494.

PERSONAL SERVICES Visa run B1100 A completely new visa run company. Only B1,100. Leave 5am get back 5 am. No crazy driver, no boats, no bull. 083 390 4924.

German Lessons for Thais At Kathu Phuket, in preparation or tutoring for A1, A2, B1. Private lessons individual teaching ThaiGerman. 089 8662721.

Chinese Translation English to Chinese, Thai to Chinese translation. Chinese translation by native translator. Contact

House Keeping

Middle aged couple, European/ Thai, Teacher/ housekeeper. Take care of your property when you are abroad. Thalang area, 085 798 9432.

Night Time Babysitting-Phuket Experienced babysitter, English speaking, for one year-old+ children. Rate per night depends on location, own car. Contact

Learn Thai Via Skype

come to you. Call for appointments 085 889 7758.

The Cashewy Phuket

Lanna-Wedding Professional

Kata Hot Yoga

Cashew apple juice, the sole manufacturer of Cashewy healthy beverage in Asia. 076 272 925-8.

Wedding service, gowns, suits, Thai dress and Muslim. Professional make-up artist 081 539 9608.

Most popular Yoga for men and women in Phuket. Four classes every day. Kata Yoga, it works! www.katahotyoga. com, 076 605 950.

Image Editor Top quality image editor (see my site at http://www. can do excellent work on any image you need. Call 084 690 2217.

DN Dental Clinic Near Tesco Lotus Phuket Town. Services: dental implants, root canal treatment, dental prosthesis, periodontal treatment. Call 076 12 699.

Bon Cafe Phuket A producer of premium coffee blends and powdered mixes as well as selling, maintaining, servicing and repairing all major brands. Contact 076 355 600-1.

Guitar Lesson By Pro Player Guitar/bass lessons beginner to advanced. Personal one on one or by DVD. Diploma of Teaching (Aust) Degree. Call 089 777 3063.

Live Music By Colin Hill Popular expat pro musician (guitar/vocals) with work permit. Can perform solo, duo or band. www., call 089 777 3063.

Phuket Private Tutor Phuket International Tuition Assignments IGCSE grade 1-12 IB++ qualified English-speaking teacher British International. Call 084 192 4975.

Ban Boran Textiles

Private Yoga Instruction

By fully-qualified, amiable, “Yoga Alliance” San Fran teacher. From B1,000 per hour. 089 800 4845.

Rawai Progressive School International private school for ages 3-12, offering Montessori education.

Naturopathic Chiropractor

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

Phuket Visa We offer consulting and ser vices on c ompany registration, work permit, visa, accounting, auditor, legal advice. Please call 081 892 9960.

Chalong Language School Professional language instruction, translations, and education visa. English, Thai, German and French. 081 607 6765.

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

Phuket Dental Cosmetic Established in 2004 by three dental surgeons focusing on aesthetic work. Call 076 236 823.

Havana Cigar Shop

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

Opposite HomePro Village Chalong. Khun Vasanh 081 956 2024.

The Royal Spa & Health Club

Sawan Anda Boat Charter

One Stop Service for Thai Spa Business including Spa products, Spa academy, Spa development, Spa retreat. 076 236 663.

Enjoy individual boat trips to islands near Phuket with our boats, Wally Tender and White Turtle. Call 081 956 8611.

Visit the website if you are interested in learning Thai: Teaching both online (via Skype).

Air Ticket & Tour Service

Monkey Jungle Cruise

PR Travel and Tours-Air ticket, tours, taxi, minibus services, car rental, city tour. 087 265 8865.

River Rovers Tours Co., Ltd. Contact Gordon for bookings on 089 875 8691 or

Deep Tissue Sports Therapy

Phuket Salsa and Latin Dance

Pet Hotel Dog Walker

Trigger points structural intergration. 14 years experience. Rid headaches stiff shoulders etc. Can

Rawai. Thai and English 084 051 7455 (Anna). French and English 084 306 2016 (Didier).

We are happy to take care of your pets while you are away, short and long term. 084 440 7482.

Lamont Handmade designs, accessories, furniture, lighting, framing, sculptures. Surin Plaza. 076 271 621.

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


Member of Chanintr Living. For more infomation please call 089 471 7707,

HOME NEEDED Homes for Cats Needed

Need good homes for five lovely house cats, all neutered. One male and four females between 10 and six years. Can be split up. Call 087 417 8860.

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

Niigata Koi Farm

Fancy carp fish, imported from Japan. Sales, design, and care. Only one in Phuket. 086 691 2120.

Doberman Puppies Born April 23 ready for collection on June 18 (8 weeks). Have Pedigree. Last four puppies price B15,000 each. Contact 081 083 0024.

For Sale 13 Pedigree Puppies

First time in Thailand. w w w.rhodesian - ridge Healthy Ridgeback puppies born on May 15, from these 2010 Top World Champion Dogs of Europe. Choose your best friend now! Contact lenysikuv@hotmail. com or call 089 871 2744.



To advertise in our classifieds visit PROPERTY & CONCIERGE Personal Interior Decorator Home furnishing: Reupholster y. Ser vices: Interior. Renovation: Bespoke interior fitted furniture with design. Call 089 668 3639.

Project-Asset Management

We provide project design input, project marketing services: resort, estate, asset management. www.

Resort-Estate Management

Provide individual, property management and rental services for villas, estates etc. For more details see

PROPERTY FOR RENT Superior Four Bedroom Villa & Pool For rent short day rate holiday or long ter m monthly. Safe quiet location at Land & House Park Estate. 081 676 4849.

One Bedroom House Seaview Great little house, four minutes walk to Ao Yon beach, Cape Panwa. B6,000 weekly, everything included. Call 083 390 4924.

Patong Tower Rent

Sea view and Mountain View. Short term and long term, starting B30,000 Good location,walking distance to the beach. 081 878 2199.

Beautiful Office for Rent Nice and quiet of f ice space for rent, includes kitchen, server room and toilets. Perfect for property, IT, legal business. 076 521 873.

Large Office Space Rent Patong

96sq metre, two levels behind Jung C eylon. Good for legal practice, real estate or tour company. Call 086 281 8883.

Pool Villa for Rent fully furnished with three bedrooms. Near Lotus Rawai, in quiet and secure

area. Call 086 940 0379.

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B7,500 per month Bungalows Nai Harn. Aircon. hot shower, cable TV, internet and maid. 089 728 6242, purimas_

Lovely Single House Two-bed Fully furnished in a quiet surrounding Thanapa Park View, near the monument. Long term rent B16,000 per month. 081 851 2280.

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Patong Hotel Lease 30 years 20 rooms plus shop. 50 metres from the beach. Price B25 million. Contact info@thailandphuketprop

Home-Office For Rent

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Studio Apartment for Rent On the beach, Chalong. Studio apartment/office can convert to cafe, close to the light house. Call 081 892 0960.

Superior Four Bedroom Poll Villa For rent, short day rate, holiday or long ter m monthly. Safe quiet location at Land & House Park Estate. 081 676 4849.

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Saiyuan-House for Sale

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

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms in Soi Samakee 2, Saiyuan. Near Naiharn beach. 100 sq.wah, B5.5 Million. Contact owner 087 883 0105.

House for Rent Two-bedroom furnished house with air-con, one bathroom, living room, kitchen and car park. 081 537 9878.

Affordable Office for Rent

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Three-Bedroom Pool Villa near BIS Three bedroom, three bathroom pool villa. 5/6 already sold. Check for more infomation at www.

PROPERTY FOR SALE Jindarin Beach Resort Beach Resort Lots: B1 million. Cottages: B2.5 million., wayneredgraham@gmail. com. 076 238 732, 081 797 0358.

Land up Patong Hill, Sea View

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Land on East side of Phuket. Some have seaview. B500,000 and up. All reasonable offers accepted! Can finance! Chris 086 942 1930.

Land for Sale One rai with Chanote title. Five minutes to Rawai Beach in secure area. Contact owner on 086 940 0379 or nunok-ka@

Rawai-Naiharn Land Soi Saiyuan13. Sale at reduced price. 640 sq.m. B4.2 million. Elevated, walled, views and Chanote. Call 085 782 7551.

Furnished Two Bed Pool Villa

Land at Anuphas for Sale

Furnished, air-con. two bed two bath pool villa in Rawai area, 500m from Tesco Mall on quiet private road. 081 968 3546.

40 sq.wah of land behind weekend market at Naka Temple, on Wirathongyok 3/1 road, more info call 089 668 3639.

Intira Villas is a development of 15 boutique villas in the hear t of Rawai. Second phase open now! Only few villas available., call 083 594 9279.

Golf View Land for Sale 17 rai in Kathu, ​connects to main road, Nor Sor 3 Gor. B75 million. Call for more detials on 089 724 7211,

One rai plot situated adjacent to Laguna Village. Has lake views, electric and water supplies. Price B5.5 million. Call 081 187 3840.

Naiharn. 150sqm foreign freehold, two bedroom, swimming pool, GRG FLR, lake view, 150M to Naiharn Beach. Price B9.8M. Contact 089 875 4173.

Condo Rawai

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At Royal Phuket Marina. Space from 40-200sq.m. A/C, car park, CCTV and 24 hr. security. Khun Koi 081 810 3328.

Private Pool Villas, from B4.9M

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Patong Beach Phuket Palace 50 sq Metres, was B3.4 now reduced to B2.0 as going back home. Fantastic location. Call 086 757 1362.

Lake View Land

Small condo third floor corner unit close to beach, 28sq. metre, aircon and cable. B500,000. Call 085 889 7758.

Two bedroom, two bathroom penthouse. 200meters walk to Bangtao beach. Price at B11.5million, plus furniture. phuketbbgc31@

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Various sizes of land with sea view overlooking Patong bay. znresidence@, Please Eight rooms, internet cafe and an apartment. Rent B5,2000 per month. Asking price B1.75 million. Call Merv on 085 794 6530.

reduced now to B4.5 million. Call for more details on 087 053 6016.

Three bed, three bath. H eroines M onument, Paklok. Bargain 460sqm. land, reduced from B3.8M to B3M for urgent sale. 080 124 1245.

Two-Bedroom Villa Fully Furnished With garden, parking. 10 minutes to Kata and Naiharn beaches. thegreenhousephuket.

Patong Cheap House Seaview Three storey plus three big apar tments, only B5.4M and one pool villa

Stunning three bedroom villa with big kitchen, living room, office, pool garden and parking. Freehold and free transfer. Original price B19 million. Now B14.5 million. Call 081 788 8280 or maurice.

Single house near Laguna B2.1M Two beds with air-con. two baths on 220 sqm. in Baandon. Furnished, phone, ADSL, garden, chanote. Call Tay for more details on 086 280 4734,



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Patong Townhouse Three beds, three bathrooms, 150sqm, six-yearold modern townhouse, Nanai Road area, fullyfurnished, with swimming pool. B5.9 million. 082 498 0872.

Seaview Land Plots Bangtao Seaview and water fall views. Plots from B5-10.5 million. Secure private

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The Home Place Condo

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Conveniently situated at the centre of Phuket. Pool views suite very spacious. Call 076 355 688.

This modern three bedroom house in a compact Lshape is designed for easy maintenance. 076 355 688.

Two studio apar tments located 300m from the beach. Freehold, B2 million each. Fully-furnished and newly-renovated. 084 442 6144.

Contemporary four bedrooms located near the British School. Contact 076 355 688.

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Quiet villa and green area in the South of Phuket with two bedrooms. Fully-furnished. 076 355 688.

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Two Houses in Kamala for Sale Both houses are fully-furnished and priced at only B8.6M. yours.

Kamala Resort for Sale 5,000sqm. land with seven villas only B49m. For description go to www. Call 089 291 7733.

TRADE DIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING Phuket Home Services Installing and servicing c ommercial and resi dential air-conditioning systems since 2001. All brands. Call 076 324 400, or www.phuket

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C & C Marine (Thai) Marine Engineering Services. Call 076 273 247.

Dan Marine Limited Koh Kaew. Yacht interiors, maintenance and management. Call for more info on 081 271 742.

ELECTRICAL SERVICES AVC Engineering Mechanical, electrical and plumbing to international standards. 076 615 810.

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. Call 076 324 400 or go to www.phukethome

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

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HOME IMPROVEMENT Designer Furniture Packages

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FC Phuket back to winning ways FC Phuket’s run of six games without a win came to a stunning end on Saturday night when the home side thumped Chainat FC 4-1 in a badtempered match at Surakul Stadium. The win sees FC Phuket remain in ninth place in Division One with 23 points; 19 behind league leaders Buriram FC and BBCU FC, but with a game in hand. After successive home defeats, the crowd at Surakul Stadium was significantly lower than in recent weeks, but those that did make the trip to Phuket Town were rewarded by the home side’s best game in recent months. Having seen the Southern Sea Kirin fail to find the net in home fixtures against Saraburi and Buriram, coach Sompong Wattana opted for an attacking line up as FC Phuket went in search of goals. Chainat FC have enjoyed an excellent start to life in Division One, and began the game full of confidence as both sides went on the attack. First, Brazilian striker Paulo Renato tested visiting goalkeeper Panupong Pichittham with a long-range effort before Phuwadol Suwannachart brought a stunning save from Leurcha Jantawong in the FC Phuket goal. Chainat continued to pile forward, creating chances, but it was the home side that struck first. On 26 minutes,


Sarach Yooyen swung in a free kick from the right which was only parried by Panupong. The Chainat defence failed to clear the danger and Nirun Panthong was on hand to force the ball home. The visitors responded well and had an appeal for a penalty turned down on 36 minutes, hit the crossbar directly from a corner on 42 minutes and missed a glorious opportunity two minutes later when Pascal Kouadio headed wide with Leurcha missing in action. On the stroke of half time the game erupted in controversy; FC Phuket’s Watcharapong Chang-ngam burst into the penalty area and was shoved to the ground. No penalty was awarded and Chainat launched a counter attack which came to an end when the referee awarded a dubious free kick. The resulting set piece was crossed into the box, the home side failed to clear the ball, and Phuwadol converted at the far post. The injustice of the situation incensed the home fans and they made their displeasure of the referee’s decisionmaking known at the interval. Two minutes after the restart, however, FC Phuket were back in front. Sarach swung in a testing ball from the left and Nene Bi arrived on cue to head the ball home.

Defender Nene Bi made it 2-1 early in the second half. With 68 minutes gone, Kone Adama bulldozed his way through and was brought down by the last defender Kouadio. The referee awarded the foul but failed to send the big Ivory Coast defender off. From the resulting free kick, Sarach curled a delightful shot into the top corner to send the home fans wild. A minute later, the visitors were down to 10 men as they started to lose their disciple. Phuwadol was sent off for a dangerous tackle and, taking advantage of the extra man,

FC Phuket made it 4-1 six minutes later when Renato headed into Nirun’s corner from the right. With just seven minutes remaining, Chainat’s night got worse when Chalermsuk Kaewsuktae was shown a second yellow card for his foul on Sarach as FC Phuket fans celebrated their side’s return to form. FC Phuket: Leurcha; Ronnachai, Suphat (C), Nene Bi, Nithirot; Coulibaly (Kornprom, 90+2), Sarach (Seksit, 90+2), Nirun, Renato, Watcharapong, Adama. The Phuket News Star Man: Sarach Yooyen – a timely return to form for the diminutive midfielder. Next Match: Thanyaburi RA United (a). Saturday, June 18. Kick off 6pm. Raj Pracha 2 - 0 Suphanburi RBAC Mittraphap 1 - 1 Chanthaburi Phuket 4 - 1 Chainat BBCU 3 - 0 Air Force United Rangsit JW 1 - 3 Buriram FC Bangkok United 1 - 0 Saraburi Songkhla 5 - 1 Customs United PTT Rayong 6 - 0 Thai Honda Chiangmai 1 - 2 Bangkok


Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-nuh won the 2011 Sangsom Phuket Cup.  Photo by Sunti Karanas

Thepchaiya victorious in 2nd Sangsom Cup Thailand’s Thepchaiya Unnuh won the 2011 Sangsom Phuket Cup with a 5-3 final victory over England’s world number 17 Stuart Bingham at the Royal Paradise Hotel in Patong on Saturday. Despite being the only ranked player left in the event, Bingham hadn’t performed like a man ranked in the world top 20 leading up to the final. Armed with that knowledge and with the support of the local crowd behind him, Thepchaiya sensed an opportunity to create an upset and grabbed it with both hands to

SNOOKER land the title and the B100,000 first prize. That outcome had looked unlikely at one stage, as Bingham raced into a 3-1 lead in the best-of-nine frame final. Rather than concede defeat to his more experienced opponent, Thepchaiya dug deep and rattled off three straight frames to stand just one away from completing a famous upset. The Thai star held his nerve to claim the eighth frame and with it the title.

Andrew De Bruin on Slipstream leads the pack in a good stiff breeze.

De Bruin makes fine start The first races in the three-event Lady Pie Series saw typical green season monsoonal winds off Ao Yon, Phuket, producing plenty of interest for competitors, spectators and race management alike. Lots of thrills and spills characterised the three races on June 12, with some close racing amongst the Phuket Tasar fleet and some new faces taking part. Capsizes while crews were on full hike added to spectator excitement; the Tasar race at times resembled that of an AC45 on San Francisco Bay. The tough conditions saw Slipstream, skippered by Andrew de Bruin, take three firsts for an early lead in the Lady Pie Series. Seakitt Casschris finished a close-fought second in all three races to also make a good


start to the series. G-String finished 4,3,3 and Lady Pie 3,5,4, not making it to the startline for the second race and being awarded last place by default.. While Harry “Lord Pie” Usher was competing out on the water, Sue “Lady Pie” Usher’s company made sure all were duly fed once ashore with the best Aussie pies in Asia. The three-event Lady Pie series continues on July 3 and finishes August 17. Anyone interested in joining the Tasar fleet, contact Class Captain, Andrew de Bruin, on andrew@ For more information on the Lady Pie Series or the activities of the Phuket Yacht Club, visit



Clockwise from left to right: Russian winner Vsevelod Khudyakov, kids and parents at the start of the two-km kids’ run and Thai star Mario Maurer helps raise money for charity.

Life’s no beach for Khudyakov Russian student Vsevelod Khudyakov smashed the Laguna Phuket International Marathon (LPIM) record in the early hours of Sunday morning (June 12), posting a winning time of 2:33:51 on a day of record breaking at the sixth staging of the annual event – despite spending the previous night on the beach. Khudyakov, 22, left his opponents trailing in his wake, crossing the line more than 17 minutes ahead of nearest rival American Christopher Paulett, who finished second in 02:51:24, followed by thirdplaced Lekcome Caradloung of Thailand in 02:54:31. The man, whose hometown of Khabarovsk on the TransSiberian railway suffers winter temperatures of -30 degrees Centigrade, has run marathons in Russia, Europe and India, but this was his first run in the heat and humidity of Thailand. Khudyakov was a lastminute entrant into the race – Asia’s bigest destination

ATHLETICS marathon – arriving in Phuket from his home near Vladivostok on Russia’s eastern seaboard on the Saturday and reaching Laguna just in time to register. Such was the last-gasp nature of his entry into the event, the engineering student was so concerned that he wouldn’t be able to find the starting line the next morning, he spent the night before the race sleeping on the beach. The unorthodox preparation didn’t hinder the young Russian as he slashed almost seven minutes off the record of 02:40:08, set by Australian Stephen Paine in 2009. “I read about the marathon and decided I wanted to run it,” he said. “It was a beautiful course and very unlike any I’ve run before. I really enjoyed my marathon and I’m very pleased that I finished so well,” he said. Overcast skies and a gentle

sea breeze made perfect running weather for the biggestever field in the LPIM’s sixyear history. A combined total of 5,000 runners and walkers from 45 countries took part in the full marathon, half marathon, 10.5km run, five-km community charity walk and a two-km kids’ run. The main event itself got underway at 4:30am as thousands of runners lined up in the dark to start making their way around the 42.2km course. The women’s marathon was won by Mari Kauri of Finland – no stranger to freezing temperatures herself – in 03:30:46, with Moira Lowe of Great Britain second in 03:39:07 and Australian Angela Steven third in 03:42:45. The top Thai female finisher was Prateep Thongchai in 10th place with 04:03:00. Celebrity runners and walkers added to the carnival atmosphere at Laguna Phuket. Thai film star Mario Mauer

– the event’s Charity Ambassador – sparked excitement from fans as he led schoolchildren from Baan Klong Mai Daeng School in Surat Thani on the five-km walk to raise funds for their flood-damaged school as part of Laguna Phuket’s Developing Sustainable Schools community initiative. Elsewhere, three contestants from reality TV show The Biggest Loser Asia, who shed a combined 150 kg in weight, completed the half marathon as part of their new fitness lifestyle. Thailand’s Atikom “Nai” Laksanapanal finished first of the three in 02:36:39, ahead of Picharatch “Peachy” Phunthawornawin in 2:40:06, with American Scott Hanna third in 03:14:27. Among the other notable contestants was marathon centurion Julia Thorn, the first Australian woman to run 100 marathons, who completed marathon number 115 in a time of 05:24:58.

Phuket Boys cruelly denied in Bangkok The Phuket Island Boys were narrowly denied victory in the BCCT Tesco-Lotus Bangkok Masters 2011 final, beaten 3-2 on penalties by Sunbelt Asia after the match finished 1-1. The team, led by manager Andrew Hunter, represented their island home magnificently at the popular annual football tournament held at Bangkok Patana International School over the weekend of June 4 and 5. The Island Boys made light work of their three group stage opponents, winning two games and drawing one to qualify

FOOTBALL for Sunday’s knockout stages undefeated. The Island Boys arrived the following day knowing they were just three wins away from victory and progressed through to the final with wins at the quarter final and semi final stage. There they hoped to face the Robert Walters All Stars which consisted of former professionals and ESPN Star Sports pundits from Singapore including former Liverpool stars John Barnes and Ian Rush, ex-Manchester

United players Lee Sharpe and Paul Parker and Australian PJ Roberts from ESPN Star Sports. In a major shock, the All Stars fell victim to the lottery of penalties, which set up the final between the Island Boys and Sunbelt Asia. Sunbelt goalkeeper Rene Jessen had been the hero of the penalty shoot out in the semi final against the All Stars, and it was he who clinched the match for his team in the final. Jessen saved two Island Boys penalties and then struck the winning spot kick to seal a memorable victory for his team.

Phuket Island Boys: Back row (L-R): Andrew Higginbottom, Nick Pilott, Kevin Quilty, Ratko Zadravec, David Sweetman, James Saunders and Andrew Hunter. Front row (LR): Matthew Heys, Simon Templar, James Firth and Michael Edwards.



McLaren appointed Forest boss Former England national coach Steve McLaren has been appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest following the sacking of Billy Davies last Sunday (June 12). The 50-year-old has signed a three-year contract as Forest believe he is the man to return the club to the Premier League. The two-time European champions have been absent from England’s top division since suffering relegation in 1999 and even had a spell in England’s third tier between 2005 and 2008. The club missed out on automatic promotion last season and were beaten 3-1 on aggregate in the playoff semi finals by eventual winners Swansea. The former Manchester United assistant manager had been out of the game since February after parting company with German side Wolfsburg following a run of poor results that saw the defending champions in the bottom half of the league. McLaren, whose last club job in England was with Middlesborough before he left to take over the position as England manager, had been linked with the vacant jobs at West Ham United, Fulham and Aston Villa before signing with Forest. The former midfielder spent his professional career in the lower echelons of the football league with Hull, Bristol City and Oxford United before moving to join the coaching staff at Derby County, Forest’s bitter rivals. McLaren’s influence at County caught

FOOTBALL the eye of none other than Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who enticed him to join the Red Devils. The two formed an excellent partnership; the pinnacle of their achievements coming in 1999 when the club won the unprecedented treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. McLaren left United in 2001, taking his first managerial position with Middlesborough. There he led the Teesiders to their first ever major domestic trophy, the 2004 League Cup, before taking them to the UEFA Cup final in 2006, which they lost 4-0 to Sevilla. His success with the club was enough to persuade the FA to appoint him England manager but his 16-month reign ended in the rain at Wembley as his England side slumped to a 3-2 defeat against Croatia. Memorably, McLaren spent the majority of the game on the touchline under an umbrella which earned him the moniker, “the wally with the brolly”. Dutch side FC Twente offered McLaren a chance at redemption and he grabbed it with both hands; first leading the unfancied side to second in Holland’s Eredivisie (top league) in 2009 and then to the title a year later before moving to German champions Wolfsburg. McLaren will hope to build on the foundations laid down by former boss Davies as Forest push for the Premier League.

Steve McLaren in his days as England manager. The former Middlesborough coach has rebuilt his reputation in Europe and is now preparing to get Nottingham Forest back into the Premier League after a 12-year absence. – Photo AFP

Barnes out for rest of Super 15 season Wallabies inside centre Berrick Barnes said on Tuesday he was taking an indefinite break to deal with concussion-related issues, putting his World Cup participation in doubt. The 25-year-old was forced from the field in the first half of the NSW Waratahs’ 33-7 victory over the Otago Highlanders on Saturday and later suffered a severe headache. Barnes, who played in the NRL with the Brisbane Broncos before switching to rugby union in 2006, consulted medical staff the next day and has ruled himself out of the rest of the Super 15 season. “I’ve got to thank the Waratahs medical staff for giving me the opportunity and the right advice to take some time off,” said Barnes, who has battled headaches all season after several head-knock incidents. “I’m not hiding from the fact I’ve been probably a bit frustrated and anxious about things and that’s probably causing some of the issues I’m having as well. “So to get away from the environment is probably going to be beneficial in that respect.”

Wallabies inside centre Berrick Barnes: severe headaches. – Photo AFP

RUGBY The Waratahs picked up a bonus point in their win over the Highlanders to lie in seventh place, just one point behind the Bulls and Sharks in what is developing into an absorbing climax to the Super 15 regular season. Barnes did not put a timeframe on his absence, with the Australian World Cup squad is due to be announced on July 10, ahead of the tournament

in New Zealand in September and October. “It will be an extended time off... I haven’t put a time limit on it,” he said. “I’d love to be involved in the World Cup, so that’s obviously giving it some sort of time frame but it’s not at the forefront of my mind.” The Waratahs face rival Australians the Brumbies tomorrow (June 18) in the final round of Super 15 league fixtures. A win for the NSW side will see them qualify for the season-ending playoffs. The Bulls and the Sharks from South Africa currently occupy the final two playoff berths with 53 points, one ahead of the Waratahs, but go head-to-head on Saturday in a winner-takes-all match. The time difference between Australia and South Africa means both sides will know what is required of them if the Waratahs overcome the Brumbies in Sydney. In the event of a Waratahs win, the side that loses the allSouth Africa clash will be out of the play-offs. –AFP



Button zips it up McLaren’s Jenson Button sealed a dramatic first grand prix win of the season in soaking conditions in Canada on Sunday when he took advantage of a mistake by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on the final lap of a race of high drama, incident and excitement. Vettel ran wide before partially spinning while under pressure from Button, allowing the McLaren driver to take the lead. Vettel recovered to take second with team-mate Mark Webber completing the podium positions. Button now moves up to second place in the Drivers’ World Championship race on the back of the win, 60 points behind defending champion Vettel and seven ahead of Webber. Following two exciting races in Spain and Monaco, Formula One crossed the Atlantic bound for Montreal and the Canadian Grand Prix around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Historically, with a record 11 wins apiece, this track has


favoured McLaren and Ferrari but in Saturday’s qualifying session, it was Vettel who stormed to yet another pole position – his sixth in seven races this season. Given the fact that the Red Bull RB-7 out-qualified the other cars on a circuit considered to be among its least favoured, many pundits predicted the only way the others would stand a chance of victory would be if it rained. And rain it did. In fact, it rained so much the race had to begin behind the safety car because none of the drivers had any real experience of driving with the Pirelli wet tyres, and then the race was halted for two hours because of a downpour of biblical proportions after just 45 minutes. None of this drama had seemed likely before the race began when the track was bathed in sunshine. The safety car was called out five times, and there were

collisions between Lewis Hamilton and Webber, and Hamilton and Button, which caused the former to retire; and between Button and Alonso, an incident which ended the Spaniard’s race. Button pitted a total of five times and also had to make an enforced visit to the pits for a drive-through penalty for speeding behind the safety car on his way to victory. After the safety car was withdrawn five laps into the race, it was Vettel who surged into an early lead. Button came in for his first pit stop on lap 13 to change to intermediate tyres as the rain began to dissipate and was soon the fastest man on the track. Around half of the other drivers opted for the same tyres four laps later but the rain returned on lap 20, causing the race to be halted on lap 25. After a stoppage of more than two hours, the action got back underway behind the safety car which led the drivers around the track for the next nine laps.

The exit of the safety car saw another flurry of activity as teams piled into the pits to change to intermediates again after the track had dried. However, the safety car was out just moments later following the collision between Button and Alonso. Once again the Briton remained on the track while his rival was forced to retire, but the 2009 champion found himself at the back of the field once racing resumed on lap 40. By the time a clash between Nick Heidfeld’s Renault and Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber brought the safety car out for the fifth and final time with 12 laps to go, Button had moved up to fourth behind Vettel, Webber and Schumacher. The McLaren driver passed both the Australian and the German before closing the gap on Vettel. As they went round the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the final time, Vettel made his first genuine mistake of the season, which allowed Button through to take the win.

All smiles: Jenson Button hailed the win in the rain in Canada as the greatest of his Formula One career.

Stoner moves ahead as Lorenzo crashes Honda Repsol rider Casey Stoner of Australia leaped to the top of the 2011 MotoGP standings after a comprehen­sive victory at a rain-soaked Silverstone in the British MotoGP, as former championship leader and 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo crashed out in spectacular style. Stoner qualified fastest on Saturday and led the race virtually from start to finish the following day, making light work of the pouring rain to finish more than 15 seconds ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso of Italy. Colin Edwards, who participated in the race despite having a broken collarbone, took a fantastic third place to complete the podium positions. Former world champion Nicky Hayden was fourth, Alvaro Bautista finished fifth and multiple world champion Valentino Rossi was sixth in his first Silverstone race despite starting at the back of the grid. Ben Spies and Marco Simoncelli also crashed out of the race in the wet conditions. Going into the race at Silverstone, it was Lorenzo who held a lead of seven points over his Australian rival, but by the time the dramatic race had come to a conclusion, the 2007 champion had moved 18 points clear at the top. It was Stoner who occupied the number one spot on the

MOTO GP grid but it was the defending champion who led the race off the starting line into turn one, with Italy’s Dovizioso in second. The Spaniard didn’t have sufficient pace to maintain his lead, however, and was soon passed by the Italian and his team-mate Stoner. Stoner then moved ahead of his fellow Honda Repsol rider on lap two and never looked back. The former world champion started to open up a decent gap between himself and his team-mate, but because of the tricky conditions caused by the constant rain, Stoner was lapping almost 20 seconds slower than he had on Saturday. As he continued to increase his lead, the real battle was taking place between Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Italian Simoncelli for second place. The Spaniard crashed out spectacularly on lap eight, fortunate to walk away unscathed, and was joined in premature race retirement by his team-mate Ben Spiers on the same lap. Simoncelli was next to go, crashing from second place. His accident moved Dovizioso up into second and American Edwards into third.

The winning Audi howls round a bend, followed by one of the Rebellion Lolas.

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Audi snatch Le Mans win

Audi, with German Andre Lotterer at the wheel, won a gripping Le Mans 24 Hours race on Sunday, June 12. The Peugeot 908 driven by France’s Simon Pagenaud crossed the line in second, with the French car manufacturer also filling third, fourth and fifth places. Driving responsibilities in the winning Audi R18, which edged the 79th edition by a mere 13.854 seconds at the end of the 24-hour race, were shared by Lotterer, Frenchman Benoit Treluyer and Switzerland’s Marcel Fassler. For all three drivers this was a first win in the iconic endurance test, while for Audi it was a 10th win out of the last 11 races.


The win was all the more memorable after Audi suffered the twin disaster of their two other cars crashing out spectacularly in the opening hours of the race on Saturday. First to go was the R18 driven by Scotland’s two-time winner Allan McNish, who miraculously walked away from the wreckage of his car after a high-speed accident less than an hour after the start. McNish’s team-mate and last year’s winner Mike Rockenfeller was next to go after his car touched a backmarker and speared into the barriers. Despite the carnage, Audi’s lone survivor held the lead and kept the chasing Peugeot

pack at bay throughout the long night. As dawn rose on the Circuit de la Sarthe, the Peugeot of Alex Wurz was lying second but his chances of winning were scuppered when he slid off at Indianapolis, rejoining the action after a pit stop four laps adrift. Wurz’s car was to eventually take fourth. That left the Peugeot driven then by Pagenaud in closest pursuit of the Audi, setting up a dramatic climax for the 300,000 die-hard Le Mans supporters as the drizzle came down to further complicate matters. With just 35 minutes to go, the tension in the Audi pits was palpable as their car came in for its final tyre change.

It sped back out onto the circuit with a mere sevensecond lead over the chasing Peugeot, which had pitted at the same time – the Audi mechanics high-fiving and backslapping at a job well done. Only unscripted disaster could now deprive Audi of a famous victory, and Lotterer avoided any mishaps to cross the line in front after 355 laps of tense racing. Locally-born Treluyer, who had handed the wheel to Lotterer a couple of hours before the finish, said, “That was a great job by everyone, it was a true team win. It’s difficult to appreciate what we’ve achieved. “It was a very hard race; that makes the win even better.” -AFP



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Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki was named Most Valuable Player in the finals as he led the Dallas Mavericks to their first ever championship.

Mavericks clinch first championship Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks captured their first NBA championship on Sun­day (June 12) with a 105-95 win over the Miami Heat – the team that denied Dallas the title five years ago. Jason Terry scored 27 points and Nowitzki finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks won the bestof-seven championship series four games to two. Germany’s Nowitzki was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, finally earning the NBA’s biggest prize to secure his place among the game’s greats. “We are world champions. It sounds unbelievable,” said Nowitzki, who will be 33 on Sunday. “This feels amazing.”

FIXTURES: June 17 - June 24 Australian NRL Round 15

Super 15 draw Week 18

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Friday June 17 Broncos v Dragons Rabbitohs v Titans Saturday June 18 Knights v Panthers Cowboys v Warriors Sunday June 19 Bulldogs v Sharks Tigers v Storm Monday June 20 Sea Eagles v Eels Bye: Raiders, Roosters

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Friday June 17 Blues v Highlanders Rebels v W Force

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Saturday June 18 Chiefs v Reds 12:30 Crusaders v Hurricanes 14:35 Waratahs v Brumbies 17:30 Bulls v Sharks 22:05 Sunday June 19 Cheetahs v Stormers 00:10 Bye: Lions

Miami superstar LeBron James top-scored for his team but is still awaiting his first NBA championship.  – Photos by Keith Allison.

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Saturday June 18 Hawthorn v GC Suns Essendon v N Melb B Lions v Richmond St Kilda v Geelong

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Sunday June 19 Demons v Freemantle 10:10 Carlton v Sydney 11:10 West Coast v Port 13:40 Bye: Collingwood

BASKETBALL Terry ran the clock down in the final minute then passed to a wide open Shawn Marion who chose not to shoot as the seconds ticked down. When the buzzer sounded Marion handed the ball to 17-year veteran guard Jason Kidd who tried twice before in the finals with the New Jersey Nets but failed to get a championship ring. “Everybody wrote us off but ourselves,” Kidd said. “No matter how old you are we understood how to play the game. “I don’t feel 38 mentally or physically. I feel great.” Kidd and JJ Barea combined to finish with 24 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks, who clinched their first NBA championship in their 31-year franchise history. For the Heat, LeBron James scored a team-high 21 points and Dwayne Wade finished

with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. But the team failed to push the series to a decisive seventh game despite having home court advantage. “Hats go off to Dallas,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There is an emptiness to it. It was a tough series. Sometimes you just come up short. Crunch time needed to be done, they made bigger plays than us.” This year’s final was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which Miami took in six games for its first title in franchise history. With Terry enjoying a superb start to game six, the Mavericks led 53-51 at the end of the first half in what began as a game of hot streaks by both sides. Terry came off the bench to score 19 points in the first two quarters on eight-often shooting. James had his best start of the series by scoring nine points and dishing three assists in the first quarter. But he never did

get the synergy going with his fellow superstars Wade and Chris Bosh, the latter finishing with 19 points. “It hurts of course,” said James, who made his first four field goals of the contest. Tempers flared halfway through the second quarter when the Mavericks’ DeShawn Stevenson and Miami’s Udonis Haslem got into a shoving match. “Our guys took it personally tonight,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “They were not going to be denied. Dirk and Jet (Terry) have had to live for five years with what happened in 2006 and as of tonight those demons are officially destroyed.” Nowitzki struggled early on, scoring just a single point in the second quarter, finishing with three points on one-of-12 shooting in the opening half. But once again he finished strong by scoring 10 of his 21 in the fourth. -AFP

Sport on TV Friday June 17: AFL: Bulldogs v Adelaide, 16:30. Australia Network. Super 15: Rebels v Force, 20:15. Astro Supersport. Golf: US Open Round Two, 21:00. ESPN NRL: Rabbitohs v Titans, 22:00. Astro Supersport. Tennis: AEGON semi finals, 20:00. Star Sports.

Saturday, June 18: AFL: Hawthorn v Gold Coast, 11:00. Australia Network. AFL: Essendon v N Melbourne, 14:00. Australia Network. AFL: St Kilda v Geelong, 17:00. Australia Network. AFL: Lions v Richmond, 20:00. Australia Network. Tennis: AEGON final, 20:00. Star Sports.

Sunday, June 19 Golf: US Open Round Three, 01:00. ESPN. AFL: Melbourne v Freemantle, 10:30. Australia Network. AFL: Carlton v Swans, 13:30. Australia Network. Monday, June 20 Golf: US Open Round Four, 0:30. ESPN.



Big 4 set for Wimbledon showdown

On the eve of the 125th Wimbledon tennis championships at the hallowed All-England Tennis Club, men’s tennis’ ‘Big Four’ have all run into form at the same time and are set for a titanic tussle over the next fortnight for the right to be crowned champion. The famous tournament gets underway on Monday, June 20, as 128 of the world’s top professionals prepare to don their traditional white t-shirts and shorts and do battle on the famous grass courts at SW19. Rafael Nadal of Spain, Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Britain’s Andy Murray are the world numbers one to four respectively and will start the two-week event as the favourites to lift the famous gold trophy. Nadal heads to Wimbledon to defend the title he won for the second time in 2010. The Spaniard arrives in London on the back of equalling Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles with victory


over Federer at Roland Garros. The current world number one did, however, suffer a blip in his preparations for tennis’ grandest stage, when he slumped to a surprise defeat against France’s Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the quarter finals of the recent AEGON Championships at Queens. Despite the defeat, Nadal declared himself happy with his first outing on grass this season as he prepares for an assault on grand slam title number 11. Given their records at the All-England Club, there is every chance that Nadal might face Roger Federer in the final in a rematch of the climax to the tournament in Paris. Given Nadal’s rise to the top in 2010 and the emergence of Djokovic in 2011, the 16-time grand slam winner has almost slipped under the radar. Anyone who doubted the ability the Swiss master wields

with a racket must have eaten humble pie when Federer put the previously unbeaten Djokovic to the sword in the French Open semi-final and had Nadal on the ropes in the opening set of the final. Plus, if clay is the domain of Nadal, then grass is Federer’s surface. The Swiss ace has been Wimbledon champion six times - more than anyone bar William Renshaw, who won the title seven times in the 1800s and American Pete Sampras who reigned supreme on the famous grass courts in the ‘90s and in 2000 as well. For a man considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, Federer’s return of one title in 2011 is below the standards he sets himself but few would be surprised if he was last man standing on July 3. Djokovic has been tennis’s man to beat this season. He was just one match shy of equalling John McEnroe’s run of 42 matches unbeaten at the

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Andy Murray start of a season and three shy of equalling Guillermo Villas’ all-time record when he lost to Federer in Paris. The 23-year-old Serb has already won the Australian Open this year, and has claimed four other titles on both clay and hard courts. Djokovic has beaten all three of his main rivals in 2011, including back-to-back final wins against Nadal on


– Photo Christopher Johnson expection of an entire nation on his young shoulders over the Wimbledon fortnight. British tennis hasn’t had a male champion since before World War II. The last time a home player won the title was back in 1936, when Fred Perry beat German Gottfried von Cramm, while the last British male Wimbledon finalist was Bunny Austin in 1938. Murray has reached the semi-final on two occasions Novak Djokovic in 2009 and 2010. clay in Madrid and then Rome. Despite concerns about an The young Serb is playing ankle injury suffered at Roland as well as he has ever done and Garros, Murray recovered well a win at SW19 could see him in the pre-Wimbledon warm become world number one. up event at Queens, where he The pace of the grass beat Tsonga in the final. should suit his game well but With his ankle not giving it remains to be seen how he any problems and and the bounces back from the shock of tennis-loving public of an entire his straight sets loss to Federer nation behind him, Murray will after such a long unbeaten run. hope to be the man holding Britain’s Andy Murray will the trophy aloft on the first once again carry the weight of Sunday in July.

Sisters back doing it for themselves

Venus and Serena Williams will return to England’s famous All-England Club where they have dominated proceedings since 1997. – Photo of Serena by Larry A. Simmons.

Should everything have gone as planned injury-wise for Venus and Serena Williams at the women’s pre-Wimbledon warm up event at Eastbourne on England’s southeast coast this past week, it will once again be a case of SWR (Sisters With Raquets) doing it for themselves at the world’s premier grasscourt event. Since Venus made her debut at the All-England Club in 1997 and Serena a year later, the talented sisters have

TENNIS dominated proceedings on the famous Wimbledon courts, lifting the title nine times out of a possible 14. In recent months, both Williams sisters have been absent from the game for such a long time, many fans and pundits began to wonder whether or not we would see them on a tennis court ever again. Serena, the defending Wimbledon champion, has been out

of action for the best part of a year recovering from cutting her foot on broken glass in a restaurant in Germany after the 2010 Wimbledon final. She was then diagnosed as having several blood clots on her lungs, which could have been fatal. Williams has won a total of 13 grand slam singles titles and stands sixth on the all-time list of women’s champions. Older sister Venus has been missing from the game since

withdrawing from the Australian Open with a hip injury. Since then, she has fallen to number 32 in the world. Despite their falls from the upper echelons, few would relish taking on Serena or Venus at Wimbledon this fortnight. Standing in the way of the devastating duo will be likes of recent French open champion Li Na of China, Denmark’s world number one Caroline Wozniaki, Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Maria Sharapova.


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