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undreds of tuk-tuk drivers closed down traffic right across Patong on Monday night (March 3), blocking the three main gateways into the city from Kathu, Kamala and Karon in protest against what they believe were the unjust arrests of four of their colleagues. The blockade began at around



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Tuk-tuk drivers blocked the main roads into Patong on Monday night (March 3) in a protest against the arrest of four of their brethren.

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8pm when more than 200 tuk-tuks blocked Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd at the intersections with Sai Nam Yen Rd and Bangla Rd, and, on the beach road, the intersection with Soi Haad Patong. Sakol Srisompotch, Director of the Patong Small Four-Wheel Club and tuk-tuk mob leader, explained, “Yesterday four [yellow-plate] tuktuk operators were arrested while preventing black-plate tuk-tuks from parking in public parking [provided

for tuk-tuks].” This infuriated yellow-plate drivers who feel that the police – instead of tackling the increasing numbers of illegal “black” plate vehicles on the streets of Patong – had been concentrating on giving legal yellow-plate drivers grief. Mr Sakol told The Phuket News, “The truth is that the police were trying to trap us. An undercover policeman parked a black-plate tuk-tuk in a space


reserved for yellow-plate tuk-tuks. “The tuk-tuk drivers asked him nicely to move his vehicle out, but then he showed his police ID and claimed that the drivers had abused him. “The police then arrested them on charges of forcing someone to do something (moving out of the parking lot) and not allowing someone to do something (parking in their place). The drivers denied doing either of these so they must now go to court.”


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Tuk-tuks warn: no more tricks

Continued from page 1. “We closed Patong traffic to let people know that we do not want the police to trick us this way. “Since June 26 last year, we have asked five times to meet the Governor about this but he has assigned vicegovernors to receive our complaints, and they told us to wait 15 days. Now we have been waiting for seven or eight months, and no action has been taken.” Asked what he wanted from the government, Mr Sakol said, “We want the fine increased to B2,000 so that the illegal tuk-tuk drivers will not be able to afford it, and the amount of black tuk-tuks will dwindle. The fine now is too low.” The legal drivers are so strapped for cash, he said, that some are turning to the dark side. “Some of yellowlicense tuk-tuk drivers have sold their yellow plates and

Protest target: Col Jirapat Phochanapan, seen in discussion with tuk-tuk drivers, has been transferred out of Patong. become black-taxis because they can get a lot of money.” Yellow plates, he said, sell for as much as B500,000, enough to buy two or three new vehicles, allowing a driver to pay off debts or to start his own fleet. “We can’t demand a new

law – that’s not our job. But we want a higher fine and we want the police to get more serious about arresting the illegal tuk-tuks. This will get rid of them. “We can’t prove that police officers took bribes from anyone, so we can’t talk about

that until we can get evidence.” The angry yellow-plate drivers made three demands before they would lift their blockade: that the problem of illegal “black plate” tuk-tuks be seriously tackled; that no charges be brought against those joining the blockade; and that Kathu Police Chief Col Jirapat Phochanapan be transferred out of Patong. Col Jirapat earlier met with the protesters to ask them to open the roads. They refused, telling him that they had already talked with him many times and he had failed to solve their problems. After 20 minutes of fruitless debate, Col Jirapat gave up and went back to the police station. As the yellow-plate drivers grew more frustrated they extended the siege, blocking the three gateways into Patong by parking their vehicles across the road near the Sea Pearl Villas on Patong Hill,

the road in from Karon in front of Simon Cabaret and the road in from Kamala near the Novotel. In front of Sea Pearl Villa, tourists had to walk down the hill in order to get transport on the other side of the road block, and traffic going east towards Kathu was blocked entirely. On Tuesday morning, the yellow-plate drivers opened the roads again, but warned that the lifting of the siege might be temporary and they will continue closing the roads without warning until they receive satisfactory answers to their grievances. A Phuket News reader, asking not to be identified, told the newspaper, “At 5am there was no way in or out of Patong for vehicles. People were rolling their luggage from two kilometres outside Patong hoping to find their hotel after a 30-to-45-minute walk into town.

“They were even blocking motorbikes. Some people were riding through restaurants to get past the blockages. “Most of the police seemed to gather in groups away from the tuk-tuks, in well-lit areas, minding their own business and looking helpless. “I talked to three officers who all said they feel ‘powerless against the tuk-tuk mafia’ and tired of the grey areas of the law. I suggested they call in the Royal Thai Army and their expressions indicated they wished they could.” Later on Tuesday, it was revealed that the tuk-tuk siege had scored one victory, when it was confirmed that Col Jirapat had been moved from Kathu to a temporary post in the Phuket Provincial HQ, pending reassignment. Mr Sakol said on Wednesday that the siege was over – so long as is no more “trickery” by police officers, or arrests of legal tuk-tuk drivers.

Siege not a good idea – Prap PATONG BUSINESS LEADer Preechawut “Prap” Keesin does not agree with the tuk-tuk drivers who blockaded Patong because this “caused trouble for innocent tourists”. Mr Prap spent time at the barricades on Monday night trying to calm things down. He told The Phuket News the following day, “The police tried to run a sting on [yellowplate tuk-tuks] so they could arrest them. “They [yellow- and blackplate taxis] were fighting for customers. Instead, they should have been talking to each other. “There were two groups [of

Prap Keesin at the barricades on Monday night. protesters]: the Sakol [Srisompotch] group who have been trying to stop people [using] illegal black-plate tuk-tuks. “The other group was the tuk-tuk group of Bang Lee. They wanted the Kathu Police

Superintendent, whom he accused of corruption, to resign.” Mr Prap, who is a member of tha Kathu Police Oversight Committee, said he did not agree with this view. He said that the procedures needed to solve the tuk-tuk drivers’ woes will take time, because they involve changes to some rules and regulations. Mr Prap is the owner of Pisona, whose interests include resorts, tour operations and limousine services. He is also the president of the Patong Taxi Federation, whose membership includes many tuk-tuk drivers. Wiparatana NaThalang


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Family and friends farewell popular island DJ Josh Ezell Claire Connell


he mother and sister of Josh Ezell, who died in a motorbike crash on the island, arrived in Phuket earlier this week and met Josh’s four-month-old son for the first time, as tributes were paid to the former Bed Supperclub DJ. Josh’s mot her Cher y Hayes, and his younger sister Mia Medina, arrived from San Francisco, USA, early on Tuesday morning after they heard the news of the crash last Friday (February 28). They planned to meet on Wednesday with Josh’s Thai girlfriend, A, and finally meet baby Christian, who has his father’s middle name. “I’ve never seen him, and we are very excited,” Chery said. “[Josh] was over the moon, excited and happy, he loved that little boy. I’m glad I had him for as long as I did, I’m trying to look at it that way – that he got to have a baby and leave a legacy. There’s a part of him that will live on, and his music will live on.” Josh was cremated yesterday (March 6) at Wat Thepwanaram (also known as Wat Manik, off Sri Soonthorn Rd). Services are also planned in San Francisco and there will be a tribute night next Tuesday at Diamond Beach Club, where Josh worked as a DJ. The family will leave some ashes here for Christian, scatter some in the ocean off Phuket, and take some home. Chery explained the shock of first finding out her eldest and only son had died when his motorbike collided with a bus in Thalang on Friday (February 28). He was 42 years old. “My husband woke me up and said, ‘I have some horrible, horrible news.’ I flew out of bed, and he said, ‘Josh has been killed.’” Through contacts the family got in touch with Bruce Stanley, a warden with the American Embassy, and booked f lights to come to Phuket. Cher y recalls Josh as “funny, sarcastic, and a real pain in the a** sometimes. “He was just his own person. He was a good student, people loved him – he had a lot of friends. “Music was such a big @thephuketnews

Josh Ezell made his name first in San Francisco then in Bangkok at Bed Supperclub. love for him, an obsession. “It was his release, his outlet, and his passion. “His dad was a musician. Josh had the love of music because his dad would sit him on the floor and strum the guitar, and Josh would sit there and listen and rock back and forth as Norman [his father] played the guitar.” Sister Mia said Josh first started off in the rave scene in San Francisco, and was one of the first DJs in the city at around just 18 years-old. From there he made his name, and moved to Bangkok 12 years ago. In 2002 he was the first DJ at the now-closed Bed Supperclub on Sukhumvit 11, one of Asia’s top clubs, and made a name for himself in the city as DJ Josh Christian Ezelle. Close friend and fellow DJ Emanuel Skinner said he first met Josh in San Francisco, and later the pair spent nine years working at Bed Supperclub. “Josh had a real ear, passion and deep knowledge of electronic music no-one could touch. If a song was playing

and he had 30 seconds left, he could find a track and cue it up and have it perfectly beatmatched in key, in seconds, on vinyl. “I’ve never met a more intellectually-stimulating person with such love for life and others. I learned so much from him and can’t wait to tell his son Christian of our adventures and what a beautiful human being he was. “He will be missed and is in all our hearts, connected by a pair of headphones.” DJ Kensho, aka Mat Vinyl, told The Phuket News that Josh was highly respected in the industry, especially in Bangkok. “He was one of the pioneers in the early days of the Bangkok club scene. So many people know him and have worked with him.” Josh moved to Phuket last year and became the DJ at Diamond Beach Club at Surin Beach. “I was proud of him for being him,” Chery said. “He knew what he wanted, and not a whole lot of people

do. About being a DJ, I would say to him, ‘You have got to have something to fall back on,’ and he would say, ‘Music is my life’. “He loved Thailand, this was his home and he lived

here for 12 years. He was instrumental in the house music scene here. He loved the people, he loved the slow pace; he said there was no bullsh*t. “Of course I worried about him [being in Thailand]. I was worried about him riding his bike without a helmet. He would say, ‘Oh Mum, nothing will happen to me.’” Mia said the two siblings were very close growing up. “We wou ld laug h so hard together,” she said. “He spent hours – all his free time as a teenager – in record stores,” Mia said. Chery said she read a book on the plane titled Proof of Heaven which she said was giving her strength during this difficult time. “I’m devastated. I’m devastated as any mother who has lost a child could be, and I go through periods where I just want to die and be there with him. And there are times when I get such strength from this, because I know it didn’t

hurt him. “As soon as his soul was taken from him, he was on a better journey. I have to believe that and that’s what gets me through. “Right now we want to take care of Josh, and get our boy back [to the US]. He’s going to be missed by so many people, but us more than anybody.” Thalang police said the crash happened near Kokmoo curve and The Valley in Sri Soonthorn district when Mr Ezell, on a motorbike, was in collision with a tour bus around 7am on Friday. The bus driver, Isara La­ lam­kon, 47, told police he was driving from Cherng Talay to pick up a group of Chinese tourists at Koh Siray. The bus and the motorbike, both travelling the same way, collided on a bend, Mr Isara said. Police questioned Mr Isara and concluded that he was not at fault for the crash. – Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub




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ommy Viktor Söderlund from Sweden was sentenced to life in prison on Monday (March 3) for his part in the August 1, 2011 killing of Russian-born Swede Maxim Schantz. Mr Schantz died after his throat was cut by Söderlund’s compatriot Johan Sebastian Ljung in The Lantern apartment complex in Koh Kaew, following a dispute about a Pattaya boiler room scam all

three were involved in. On January 24 this year Ljung was sentenced to life in prison for murder. Both pleaded not guilty, telling the court that Mr Schantz had struggled as Ljung held a knife to his throat, and that the killing was accidental. Their defence lawyer, Phychaya Titapattawong, told The Phuket News after Monday’s hearing that the court had decided on the guilty verdicts after police introduced evidence that the duo came equipped with a knife,

a handgun, a strip of rubber for restraining their victim, and a woolen ski mask. When arrested, they had also confessed at first to murder, which Mr Phychaya said was a mistake on their part. He said that he had already filed an appeal on behalf of Ljung and would do the same for Söderlund. Ljung has already been transferred to Nakhon Sri Thammarat Central Prison and Söderlund will follow him. The appeal hearings will be held there.

Driver ‘killed bike rider while using her phone’ A YOUNG WOMAN ACcused of using her phone while driving smashed into a motorbike on Monday evening (March 3), driving the bike and her own car into a deep roadside ditch, and killing the motorbike rider. Police, who were quickly on the scene in Pa Khlok controlled a mob of local people who, seeing Trisukon Lohplodpai, 24, emerge from the wreck of her car with a mobile phone to her ear, were all ready to give her a very hard time. In the ditch police found her badly damaged Toyota Vios, a Yamaha motorbike and the body of the bike’s rider, Panthep Suebsode, 28. Witnesses told police that

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5 register for poll Local people examine the wreck of the Toyota in the ditch. the car and the motorbike were coming the same way, from Pa Khlok heading west. The car slammed at speed into the back of the bike then dragged it and Mr Panthep 100 metres

across the opposing lane and into the ditch. Police said Ms Trisukon will be charged with careless driving causing death. Eakkapop Thongtub

AS PREDICTED BY ELECtion officials, five people registered as candidates on Tuesday (March 4) on the first day of registration for the Senate elections that will take place on Sunday, March 30. After they registered, the five, all men, were invited to draw a number for their campaign posters and for the ballot sheets. The desirable No 1 went to Bamrung Rungroeng, with Chaiyod Panyawai picking No 2, Songwut Hongyok getting No 3, Chaiyen Muangman No

4, and Manot Panchalart No 5. Vice-Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak, who observed the registration, said, “So far we have received no complaints that any of the candidates is not eligible to run for election. “We will have 363 polling booths across the island for this election. We expect voter turnout of around 60 per cent.” The winner will replace Tanyarat Achariyachai, who has been Phuket’s elected senator for the past six years. Suthicha Sirirat

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‘Lawyer’ held over $10,000-note scam P Dr Taweesak Chotiwattanapong, right, introduces Mr Chuan to the tools of the trade at the International Heart Symposium.

Former PM Chuan gets close to heart of Phuket WHILE FORMER DEPUTY leader of the Democrat Party Suthep Thaugsuban was lambasting the government in Bangkok, former Democrat leader and prime minister Chuan Leekpai was in Phuket on Thursday (February 27) with a less onerous task: opening a symposium on heart disease. Opening the 4th CDI International Heart Symposium at the Phuket Merlin Beach Resort, Mr Chuan said, “Heart disease is a health problem across the world. But now treatment techniques are rapidly advancing. “This seminar will boost


the knowledge and skills of the participants who can use them to help patients in the future.” The seminar, which ended on March 2, was directed by Dr Taweesak Chotiwattanapong, President of the Thai Heart Foundation, along with Dr Trevor Fayers from Australia, Dr Patrick Perier from Germany and Dr Hisayoshi Suma from Japan. Over the four days the 200 participants – doctors, nurses and other medical personnel – will hear presentations from 33 international specialist lecturers from around the world. Suthicha Sirirat

olice on Sunday night (March 2) arrested a Thai lawyer in possession of B145 million worth of apparently counterfeit US Dollar notes, some of which he was planning to exchange for Thai baht. On Saturday the Tourist Police received a tip-off from staff of an exchange booth, who said they had received a call from a man saying he wanted to quietly exchange some money. Worried that they might be a target of a scam, the booth staff arranged to meet the man with the money, lawyer Wachirawich “Geng” Janejarernchaisin, 39. They then called the police, who sent undercover officers along to the meeting. A f ter i nspect i ng t he US$10,000 note, the exchange staff said they could not change the money immediately, but made an appointment to meet Mr Geng at the Black Canyon coffee shop in Central Festival Phuket the following day.

Police display the 482 bogus US$10,000 notes. The staff and Mr Geng met initially without the police, who later arrived and identified themselves. They found Mr Keng had 482 of the US$10,000 notes in his possession, all of which he intended to exchange. They arrested him. “He also told the staff that the money was from a politician who wanted to exchange money quietly. So, the money exchange staff felt that there had to be something wrong. That’s why they reported it to

us,” Pol Col Jirapop Puridech from Tourist Police Region 5 told The Phuket News. “We sent officers to the first meeting. [Mr Geng] showed the money to them and they knew straight away it was fake. But, they told him the money was real and it would be possible to exchange it the following day.” “The suspect offered the exchange staff a good price, at a rate lower than the current exchange rate. So all of them managed to meet again

at Central Festival Phuket.” After the arrest, the notes were examined more closely and police discovered a spelling error. Where it should have read on one part of the note “San Francisco” it actually read “Nan Prancisco”. A sample was examined by US Embassy experts and declared to be fake. Geng was charged with possession of counterfeit notes with intent to use them. Pol Col Supaset Chokchai, Deputy Superintendent of Tourist Police, said, “The suspect has admitted that more people are involved in this case with him, so our investigation has now extended to catching them as well.” According to a recent Time magazine online article, the last time a US$10,000 note was printed was in 1934, and the notes are no longer legal tender, though genuine ones are valuable – they are worth considerably more to collectors than their face value. Eakkapop Thongtub





Protest leaders in hot water F

ive leaders of the antigovernment protesters who successfully blocked the general election of February 2 in Phuket, went to Thalang Police station late last week to answer summonses on charges of hindering the work of election officers. Surathin Lianudom, also known as Kamnan Sang, the leader of the more radical group of anti-government protesters in Phuket, the Patriotic Rebels, along with Sanya Srimuang, Saman Kraulek, Chatchai Cheuch it a nd Sompaup Kaunkiew, were summonsed after a complaint lodged by Jirayuth Songyod. When the five arrived at the police station, they were mobbed by some 300 cheering supporters who pressed bouquets of roses on them. The five were members of a large group that blockaded the police station at the time of the election, allegedly blocking the distribution of ballot sheets and boxes, which had been stored in the police station for safekeeping. “I knew this protest was definitely going to result in a summons,” Mr Surathin said. “But we did it with good intent, which is constitutional. We want reform [of the political

Surathin Lianudom (grey hair) is showered with bouquets as he arrives at Thalang Police Station to answer the charges. system] before elections [are held] so we do not agree with the election [going ahead]. We want a transparent election.” Inside the police station they were charged with “jointly acting without legitimate authority to hinder an election in contravention of Section 43 of the 2007 Organic Act on the Election of the Members of Parliament”, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail or a fine of up to B20,000, or both.

They were also charged under the Thai Criminal Code section 138, for obstructing government officials in the exercise of their duties, which also carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. The five were accompanied by a team of 10 lawyers from the Phuket Attorneys’ Council, including the council’s president, Chaiyod Panyawai, a candidate in the upcoming election for Phuket’s new senator. Pol Lt Col Yongyud Krong-

malai, Thalang Police Chief Investigator set an appointment for the five to come to the police station again on March 18 to give testimony to the Provincial Prosecutor. Mr Surathin acknowledged the allegations, which he denied, and then was released, thanking all those present and stating, “We will continue to fight for reform before an election. Even if all the leaders are arrested, we have the next generation [of leaders] to con-

tinue our fight until we win.” The other four took a similar line, acknowledging that they had seen the charges, but denying any wrongdoing. All five were released without bail after hearing the charges against them. The lawyers’ leader Mr Chaiyod said, “We came to look after the protestors, which we said we would do from the beginning [of the protests in Phuket].” In defence of the five lead-

ers, he said, “The five were not the ones who brought the people to Thalang Police Station [before the election]; those people arrived before the five leaders did. “The people came to show election officials in a symbolic way that they want reform before elections – they didn’t hinder anything.” The summons has not deterred the five from campaigning against the government, Mr Surathin said. “We will continue to protest. The protest at Thalang Police Station showed that we did not agree with the election. Mr Surathin added, “The Patriotic Rebels will continue to protest, taking non-violent actions in parallel with those of Kamnan Suthep [Thaugsuban, national leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee]. Mr Suratin also revealed that he is being watched by sinister, unidentified people. “I want to request the people who have been following me to my house for the past three nights to know that I know they are following me. Don’t follow me again because I know my way home. I don’t need anyone to accompany me.” Suthicha Sirirat

Car meets fiery end PHUKET MAN SOMCHAI discovered on Monday evening (February 3) that trying to drive your 15-days-out-ofthe-showroom Toyota Yaris on the beach is not a good idea after his car turned into an inferno at Nai Yang Beach. Mr Somchai – who understandably declined to reveal his full name – decided to drive from Phuket Town to watch the sunset at Nai Yang Beach

and hang out for a while. Things became considerably less romantic when he decided to leave. To his irritation, Mr Somchai got stuck in a sandy hole. In his efforts to get out of the hole he accelerated wildly. No luck. He tried again, and this time the superheated tyres of his car set light to the tinder-dry grass on the border of the beach.

The fire rippled across the grass and up into the engine compartment. As the engine caught fire, Mr Somchai abandoned his lovely new car. By the time local fire services got there the entire vehicle had been engulfed by flames. It was not clear whether Mr Somchai’s car insurance covers fire on a beach. Eakkapop Thongtub thephuketnews





Two dead, foreigner hurt in road smash A

teenage girl and a child died on Friday afternoon (February 28) when a motorbike and pick-up truck collided head on, on the main Heroines-Pa Khlok road. A foreigner on another motorbike was badly injured. When police and rescuers arrived at the scene close to the mosque in Bangla Mu 7, Pa Khlok, they found Ratchada Nonsri, 6, and Ratchada Pongpongsuwan, 17, lying badly injured in the road. The

two girls were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital, where both later died of their injuries. They also found a foreign man lying in the road close to the wreckage of another motorbike. He was taken to Thalang Hospital where he remains unconscious and as yet unidentified. Witnesses said they saw a blue Isuzu pick-up truck heading west towards the Heroines Monument. It collided head-

on with the motorbike being ridden by the two girls. The foreigner was following behind the pick-up truck. He swerved to avoid the accident and crashed into a lighting pole. Police said the driver of the truck, in a panic, raced away home and locked himself in his house. They said they expected to interview him once he calmed down. Eakkapop Thongtub

Ajarn Pranee becomes Hon Con for Nepal PRANEE SAKULPIPAtana, retired Associate Professor of English at Rajabhat Phuket University, has been named Honorary Consul of Nepal for Phuket province. Prof Pranee is the first Honorary Consul of the newly-established Consulate of Nepal, due to open officially very soon, and begins work today (March 3). The Consulate is lo-


cated at 23/27 Soi Sapanhin, Phuket Rd, Phuket Town. Prof Pranee’s contact details are as follows: Email: pranee81@, Tel/Fax: +66-76217343 Website: Visa Hours: 13:00 From left, Dornath Aryal, Chargé d’ Affaires from the Embassy of Nepal; hours to 15:00 hours Pranee Sakulpipatana, the Honorary Consul of Nepal; and Rajendra Kumar Baudhcharya, Second Secretary from the Embassy. (Monday to Friday)

Embassy rep Trudy McGowan gets in on the action.

Aussie Channel 9 documentary film crew jets in A N AU S T R A L I A N documentary TV crew made their way around Phu ket la st we eke nd (March 1) as they followed members of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. The show, tentatively titled The Embassy and set to air on Channel 9 in Australia, takes a look at the inner-workings of the embassy and the officials who run the entire operation. The crew were seen at a Muay Thai event on at Patong Boxing Stadium on March 1, following a representative of the Aus-

tralian Consulate, Trudy McGowan, as she put garlands round the necks of fighters, as an honorary guest at the event. The series is set to follow wherever Australian officials go within Thailand, helping Australian citizens in trouble. “We have unprecedented access to the embassy, it’s quite something,” said Belinda Williams, Senior Field Producer of the series. Though no date has been set for the reality series to air, producers expect it will be by the end of the year.



Four tourists hurt in minivan crash F

our tourists and three Thais were injured when two tour minibuses crashed on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd, near the TescoLotus on the bypass road, around 11pm on Sunday night (March 2). Police said Sulaiman Udom, 45, from Phuket Maikhao Saku Co was driving a minibus toward Patong when it was hit by another, leased to Tez Tour, being driven by Sitthichai Chuayjan, 36, who lost control and crashed through the median barrier. Mr Sitthichai’s colleague said a tyre blowout was to blame for Sitthichai losing control. Mr Sulaiman was seriously injured in the crash and Mr Sitthichai suffered a broken leg. Mr Sitthichai’s passenger, Papassara Tanode, was in the passenger seat; both her legs were broken in the crash. Both drivers were stuck in their vehicles and had to be extracted by rescue workers. The four tourists in Mr Sulaiman’s minibus suffered



Extensive erosion is visible below a small shrine on the hill.

Work on Big Buddha suspended after slip

Rescue workers try to help the drivers of the vehicles, both of whom were trapped inside. moderate injuries and were taken to Bangkok Hospital. Mr Sitthichai’s colleague told The Phuket News, “The driver finished working at 2pm.

When the accident happened, he was not on duty. “Now the driver and his passenger are in Vachira Hospital.”

She said the driver was covered by insurance, and believed his passenger was as well. Eakkapop Thongtub

CONSTRUCTION ON THE site around Phuket’s Big Buddha has been ordered suspended after complaints that it is causing erosion and may give rise to landslides. Vice-Governor Somkiet Sungkaosutthirak ordered work stopped after receiving complaints from people living on the Karon side of the Big Buddha site about the erosion of topsoil at the base of the site. He and responsible officials, after visiting the site, found the surface of the road on the Karon side of the hill was at risk from erosion. There had been several complaints, he heard, and it was pointed out that no one had asked for permission to create a topsoil trap or build a wall to stop any small landslips. The Buddhism Bureau, the the Department for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the

Royal Forestry Department, the Environment Department, Karon Municipality and the Phraputtamingmongkol Foundation, which is building the Big Buddha complex, will be invited to a meeting next week to discuss ways to solve the problem. V/Gov Somkiet said provincial officials will continue to support the Buddhist faith in Phuket but this does not mean the site can be expanded continuously without paying heed to rules. “For now, the Foundation has to stop any construction until we have met to restore the confidence of the people who live below. If there are any violations the Forestry Department will be asked to clearly limit the construction area according to the appropriateness of the job.” Suthicha Sirirat






German warns bike hire firms of passport scam involving tourists Claire Connell


Krabi restaurant owner has issued a warning to motorbike rental people about a new scam that could result in their motorbikes disappearing. Jurgen Weber, who owns the Divers Inn Steakhouse in Krabi, has a sister in law who runs a bike rental business. On February 2, he explained, two foreigners showed up at the

motorbike rental shop at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, to hire a bike on behalf of their friend who, they said, didn’t have time to come to the shop. The two handed over the Russian passport of their “friend”, and hired a Honda PC X scooter. The bike was due to be returned two days later, but wasn’t. When staff then checked the Russian passport, they found it had expired. A check with Immigration revealed the Russian

left Thailand in 2012 and had not been back since then. “The possibility is high that the passport was stolen and they [the foreigners] used it to rent the motorbike. “Or, it’s a big gang who work together, using passports to carry out this scam,” Mr Weber told The Phuket News. “It is not possible to find the two guys; they left no form of identification of themselves. “I told my sister-in-law she

should educate the staff about what to look for inside the passport: The entrance stamp, the visa, and the expiry date. And never to give a bike away to a third party, only to the individual named in the passport. It’s always a risk if you rent [someone a bike] using a third-party passport. “I wanted to tell people about this to get the issue public, so maybe it raises more awareness. We don’t expect to get any help getting the motorbike back, but

people should know what can happen.” Mr Weber said he had not heard of the scam being perpetrated in Phuket, but wanted to warn motorbike rental shops to be careful about passports. Foreign governments, however, frown upon the use of passports as security for bike rentals or any other kind of loan. Passports, they point out, are the property of the government that issued them, not of the bearer.

Police hunt milk-drinking store robber

CCTV footage of the armed robber inside the store.


POLICE HAVE RECEIVED a court warrant for the arrest of an armed robber who has robbed at least two convenience stores in the past week, escaping with B14,000 in total. All they have to do now is discover the name to put on the warrant. They have what may be a clue: in each case the robber took a bottle of milk before threatening staff and robbing the shop.

On Friday (February 28) police received an urgent call from staff at the Family Mart branch on Pisitkoranee Rd in Patong to say that they had been held up at gunpoint at about 4am. The staff told officers that a man aged about 20-25 came into the shop, walked to one of the refrigerators and took out a bottle of milk. He then walked to the cashier, pulled

out a gun and demanded all the money in the till. The cashiers said that in the drawer they had only coins, which they handed over. Jingling with some B1,000 in change, the gunman – who was described as wearing a black T-shirt and an open-faced motorcycle helmet – carried his ill-gotten gains out to his black Honda Scoopy with no licence plate and headed off in the di-

rection of Suwankiriwong Rd. At about 5.30am the police in Phuket Town received a call about a very similar robbery of a 7-Eleven store on Songkhla Rd. The staff described the robber as being around 20-25 years old, wearing a black T-shirt, black sneakers, black shorts and a helmet. As in the previous robbery, he first went to the fridge and took out a bottle of milk then went to the

cash counter, pulled out his gun and demanded the contents of the register. This time the robber fared rather better, escaping with about B13,000. Police are examining security camera footage from both areas in an effort to glean clues as to the robber’s escape routes and some hints as to who he is or where he lives. Eakkapop Thongtub

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his week’s siege of Patong by hundreds of tuk-tuk drivers was just the latest manifestation of the power of the mob to run a steamroller over Thai law and the rights of the public. It has happened time and again, and each time they get away with it. The drivers made three demands. First, that the police superintendent in charge of Patong be removed. On this point they scored a big victory. The superintendent was transferred within hours to an empty desk at Provincial Police HQ. Second, they demanded that no legal action be taken against them for blocking all roads in and out of Patong, an offence that would normally merit a fine of B500 under Section 385 of the Thai Penal Code. On this, too, they won, with the authorities promptly caving in.

Third – and this was the tricky one – they demanded that action be taken to rid Phuket (or Patong at least) of the plague of unlicensed, or “black”, tuk-tuks that have been competing against them. Unfortunately, the only legal action that can be taken against unlicensed transport is a B1,000 fine for each offence. That’s just two fares. So were the tuk-tuk drivers justified in their siege? In one sense, yes. They have grown increasingly frustrated at competition from the illegal tuk-tuks, and at the inability of the authorities to do anything about it. The law needs to be beefed up, perhaps by bringing in a sliding scale of penalties for repeat offenders, up to confiscation of the vehicle or even jail time. That might be effective. But at present the law is ineffective, and the legal tuk-tuk

drivers are, as they see it, in a battle for their livelihoods. Six months after they first carried their grievances to Provincial Hall, nothing has been done (and nothing can, under present law) to turn back the tide of illegal competition. But in another, much more important sense, the licensed tuk-tuk drivers are absolutely not justified. Causing chaos, blocking roads and strangling the tourism lifeblood of Phuket is a Neanderthal way to behave, quite apart from being illegal. The authorities appear powerless to address the root problems or deal with the inevitable mobs. Tuk-tuk drivers already have a terrible reputation for extortionate pricing and explosive reactions to any perceived threat. This latest show of truculence will do nothing to improve that reputation. Do they care? Probably not.

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Wheels on fire [Re. Brand new car gets stuck in sand, then catches fire on Phuket beach] I go to this beach regularly and always see people stuck, they spin the wheels in the sand thinking they will get out but just get deeper stuck in. I have seen Thais stuck spinning wheels till they smoke. There is normally a guy with a 4x4 and a winch to pull people out for a small fee, must have been his day off! Jonny Impossible, if only sand. If there is rock or a tree root below the surface then yes, it can smoke, but not superheated enough to start a fire. You really need to attend the drags for the “burnout” competitions, to see just how hard it is to cause the tyres to ignite. If only sand, the tires will dig down until the belly of the car rests on the sand. Laurie Howells

Block heads [Re. Angry Phuket tuk-tuk drivers blockade Patong]

Wow, did this happen when the visiting Australian documentary crew was here? Would make for some good footage for them. Maybe the cops need to invest in an APC, or perhaps an armoured bulldozer? The bulldozer could have many uses in Patong: pushing tuk-tuks out of the way, knocking down beach shacks, pulling cars off the beach, pulling motorbikes out of holes and ditches and, of course, removing landslides. Charles Amazing, nothing ever changes when it comes to the tuk-tuk mafia. Where is the DSI and all of the changes they were going to bring? It would be nice if tourists simply stopped going to the beach towns for a while, show the tuk-tuk drivers that tourism boycotts can trump their childish protests. Dave Williams

Phone home? [Re. Phuket driver ‘caused death crash while using phone’]

Hope the fact she was observed on the phone moments after the collision isn’t considered any kind of evidence. In fact, making a phone call is usually the first thing anyone does when involved in an accident. Christy Sweet

RIP Josh [Re. Popular DJ Josh Ezell dies in Phuket bike smash] My son loved Thailand from the moment he first visited there. Even though he was born and raised in California, he considered Thailand his home. He will be missed more than words can say. Chery Leigh Hayes All our love – I only knew him through his incredible music (1990s SF). In his short time with us, he made the world a better place. Geekgirl3.141

Making cents [Re. ‘Lawyer’ arrested in Phuket for passing 482 fake US$10,000 notes] I passed a 1 dollar bill once.

The doctor told me to come back if there was any change. The Clown

Money matters

[Re. Phuket: B60bn lost to corruption in rice pledge scheme] Of course, it also raises the question as to why he (the banker) reported the transactions in the first place, putting his own personal security at risk? We’re talking almost US$2 billion, in a country where people are murdered over disputes of a few hundred baht. Adriane Walter-Scott

Seeking justice

[Re. Phuket: Irish woman drops case of Phi Phi rape] Being drugged is normal there and raped – you are too afraid to stay in the country to fight it. The police laugh at you, you have to hire a lawyer and fly back and forth for the hearings. Yeah, I left too and didn’t fight it. Name withheld

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‘School camp’ spirit thrives at Bangkok’s Lumpini park Paritta Wangkiat


eople’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters seeking to unseat caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are now gathered in central Bangkok’s Lumpini Park. There they sleep in tents in makeshift campsites on lawns, next to running tracks, boating lakes and under big trees. The PDRC protesters moved from several protest sites across the capital to Lumpini Park on Monday after PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban announced an end to the “Bangkok shutdown” campaign last Friday. He called on his supporters to gather at the park and set up a so-called “Suan Lum village” and continue to keep fighting for the end of the caretaker government and the prime minister. The Bangkok Post had a look round the Suan Lum village and found that it was divided into seven communities grouped according to which former rally site the

A tattooed Thai anti-government protester sits beside tents after protesters regrouped at a single protest site at Lumpini park on March 2. Photo: AFP/Christophe Archambault protesters had camped out at. Each community is overseen by the PDRC leader who ran the respective former rally site. For example, Issara Somchai who took care of the PDRC’s rally stage at Lat Phrao intersection is now in charge of the Lat Phrao community in Lumpini’s Suan Lum village.

Each community has its own guards to provide security. Many protesters yesterday began registering with the PDRC’s administration team to obtain their own PDRC identity cards to make it harder for opponents to infiltrate the village. “It’s like putting everyone

Appeal clears sanctuary of ‘crimes’ against wildlife THE THAI COURT OF APPEALS ON February 27 cleared Edwin Wiek, his wife Jansaeng “Noi” Sangnanork and the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) of charges of illegal wildlife possession and a variety of other charges arising from a series of raids two years ago by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP). The court ruled that all cases against the three defendants be dismissed after evidence provided in court clearly showed that the WFFT had always registered all


animals correctly and that the DNP Region 3 officials had not produced follow-up paperwork, resulting in WFFT and other defendants being charged with illegal possession of protected species. The court also ordered that B90,000 in fines levied on the three last year should be returned to them. It also advised them that they had grounds for suing the DNP for losses and for tarnishing their reputations. of wild elephants, theft and environmental pollution.

in school camp. So we can manage them and they can take care of themselves more easily,” said PDRC spokesperson Akanat Promphan. Some communities appear to be competing with each other in a contest to see which community is the most habitable. They group their tents to-

gether and use plastic cords to create boundaries and also to dry clothes. Some communal tables can be seen in the middle of an open area where people can gather for morning coffee, play chess, watch television or read a newspaper. Outdoor barbers, massage booths and fried chicken kiosks are scattered among some communities. Everything is offered free of charge. But if people want to pay, proceeds go into the donation box for the PDRC’s communal kitchens. Thanyaporn Petprapan, 54, and Sakorn Homchuen, 58, both from Nakhon Si Thammarat, met up at Lumpini Park and have become good friends. Both are camping in what is called the Victory Monument community. “She [Ms Thanyaporn] came here just before I did. So she showed me the ropes as it were,” said Ms Sakorn. “Food, water, even underwear are free here. You just need someone to tell you where to get them.” Bangkok Post


Army rangers admit killing boys in deep south Two Thai army rangers have confessed to shooting dead three young brothers in the country’s violencetorn deep south in an attack that sparked a spate of gruesome tit-for-tat killings, police said Tuesday. The men also shot the boys’ mother, who was pregnant, although she survived. AFP


PM could face murder charges Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could face murder charges after relatives of two anti-government protesters who died following clashes with police filed a complaint with a criminal court, a lawyer said Tuesday. The protesters were among six people who died after an outbreak of violence on February 18, which saw barrages of gunfire and at least one grenade thrown at police in Bangkok’s historic heart as officers tried to clear a protest site near Government House. AFP.



Emirati among three police killed A bomb explosion in Bahrain killed three police, including an Emirati, during confrontations with “rioters” near Manama, in the bloodiest attack on the security forces since they crushed the 2011 uprising. Witnesses reported hearing a blast in the Shiite-populated village of Daih, on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital, as the police fired tear gas and buckshot to break up a demonstration.


Bribery probe into Rolls-Royce deal India’s defence ministry has ordered an investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s RollsRoyce in a deal reportedly worth US$1.6 billion, an official said Monday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe allegations of kickbacks over the deal for Rolls-Royce to supply engines to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) between 2007 and 2011, a defence ministry official told AFP.



Machete attack may be sign of wider China troubles: analysts Kelly Olsen


brazen and bloody machete attack at a Chinese railway station could herald an ominous change in the violence Beijing blames on separatists from Xinjiang, analysts say, threatening more incidents far beyond the restive region. Until now, disturbances have largely been confined to Xinjiang, a vast resource-rich area in far western China, and focused on symbols of the Chinese state, such as police. But the scale, location, nature and timing of the Kunming mayhem potentially points to a change in mindset with the overt targeting of civilians – whoever was behind it. Xinjiang is home to Uighurs and other ethnic minorities with strong cultural and historical links to neighbouring Central Asian states such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It has seen regular clashes for much of the past year. Uighurs resent decades of immigration by China’s Han

A man walks past a poster showing Chinese presidents with Arabic writing after an attack at the main train station in Kunming, on March 3, 2014. Photo: AFP/Mark Ralston majority they say has brought economic inequality and discrimination in education and religious affairs, such as a campaign to stop the Muslim practice of women covering their faces.

China counters that it plays a positive role and has brought about development and improvements to health and living standards. Deadly incidents as reported in state media and by exile groups often centre on violence between Uighurs and local police and security authorities, with both sides trading accusations over who is to blame. But Saturday’s bloodshed in the southwestern city of Kunming, where knife- and machete-wielding attackers clad in black killed 29 people and wounded 143, stands out for its brutality and targeting, analysts say. “It must have taken a lot of planning and involved the recruitment of a large number of attackers who assumed most would die,” said Gardner Bovingdon, an expert on the history and politics of Xinjiang at Indiana University in the United States.

State media were quick to point the finger at “Xinjiang separatists”, code for Uighurs, the largest single group in Xinjiang. Some analysts outside mainland China, however, are wary of such assertions until hard evidence emerges, given the state’s overwhelming control of domestic information and media. Clarke said that if eventually proven, it “really signals a new level in development in terms of the conflict there, in a sense spreading the struggle from Xinjiang basically to the rest of China. “And that has to be concerning for the Communist Party moving forward.” Beijing regularly accuses what it says are exiled Uighur separatist groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) as being behind terrorism. The US-based SITE Intel-

ligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, said in November that in a video posted online TIP leader Abdullah Mansour described a fiery vehicle crash on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as a “jihadi operation” and the perpetrators “mujahideen”. He warned Uighur fighters would target the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, where the ruling Communist Party holds key meetings such as this week’s annual session of China’s rubber-stamp legislature. “The Kunming attack is either ETIM-led or ETIMinspired,” said Rohan Gunaratna, professor of security studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, describing it as the military wing of the TIP and the only group with the ability to conduct or instigate such an assault. But other experts doubt the strength of the groups and their links to global terrorism, with some arguing China exaggerates the threat to justify tough security measures in Xinjiang. Chung Chien-peng, professor of political science at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, cautioned it was too early to say who was responsible for Kunming. But it had “shock value”, he said, and “desperation or... frustration” may prove to be the cause. The latest assault will not be the last, Gunaratna believes. “The Kunming attack is a natural progression of violence that we have witnessed in Xinjiang,” he said. “It’s a low-cost, high-impact attack and a long-range attack. And this kind of attack sends a very clear message to China. They will strike again, they will strike outside Xinjiang.” AFP





Obama thrust into fabled role as leader of the ‘West’ Stephen Collinson

is first instinct was to pivot to Asia, then Barack Obama was dragged back into the Middle East: now he must play a role born in the Cold War – leader of the “West.” President Vladimir Putin’s blunt show of Russian power by sending troops into Crimea, presents the US president with challenges to his personal and political credibility. NATO is also in the spotlight, suddenly facing a Kremlin-engineered threat close to its own borders after years retooling its mission to combat terrorism and more than a decade fighting in Afghanistan. As leader of the alliance’s most powerful member and effective guarantor of a weakened Europe’s security, it falls to Obama to lead the West’s response. It is a role that was familiar to two generations of US presidents, but one that fell out of fashion with the eclipse of the Soviet Union. “President Obama is facing the most difficult international crisis of his presidency,” said Nicholas Burns,



US President Barack Obama listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin after their bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico on June 18, 2012 on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Photo: AFP/Jewel Samad former US ambassador to NATO. “I think most Europeans and Americans would agree it is the most serious threat to Europe’s security since the end of the Cold War.” The Ukraine crisis follows Syria’s torment, the Libyan war and the souring of the Arab Spring as the latest disruption to Obama’s best laid foreign policy plans. He had set out to remold the US role in the world by resetting testy US relations with Russia, ending

the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, waging a drone campaign against Al-Qaeda and rebalancing US power to emerging Asia. But now he must deal with what top aides describe as a 19th Century style crisis – a land grab in Europe. Obama has frequently praised NATO as “the most successful alliance in history.” But his interactions with Europe often seem more dutiful than enthusiastic. He lacks the Europhile zeal of

his Secretary of State John Kerry, but knows the continent is now looking to him for leadership. Political stakes for Obama are also elevated because his own leadership style has drawn criticism at home and abroad. Republicans have always accused Obama of weakness, and the charge has become a cliche. Now, despite his reluctance to play Cold War chess with Putin, Obama’s foes feel the Russian leader has outthought him on Syria, Ukraine and Moscow’s asylum offer to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Obama’s instinct for multilateral solutions has underpinned his moves so far on Ukraine. Over a weekend on the phone, he enlisted support from NATO allies Britain, Canada, France and Germany and orchestrated an implicit threat from the G8 to kick Russia out of the rich nations club. The president said Monday he was working on economic and diplomatic punishments to “isolate” Moscow if it did not change course, apparently seeking to stop Putin’s Crimea adventure spilling over into wider Ukraine. AFP


Maori king refuses to meet Britain’s Prince William New Zealand’s Maori king has refused to meet Prince William during a royal tour next month, Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday, expressing disappointment at the snub. Key said Kensington Palace had hoped Prince William would visit King Tuheitia at the Turangawaewae marae, or meeting place, during his April 7-16 trip to New Zealand.


Rio Carnival twists and shouts to Beatlemania Beatlemania gripped the Rio Carnival on Monday as more than 130,000 revellers twist and shouted to samba versions of the Fab Four’s greatest hits. Street band Sargento Pimenta – Sergeant Pepper in Portuguese – belted out more than three hours of Beatles classics as the five-day fiesta prepared to reach its climax on Tuesday.


Conflict halts airport tax hike

A BID BY AIRPORTS OF Thailand (AoT) to increase airport departure taxes has been stalled by the political conflict but counter check-in fees will go up. Department of Civil Aviation chief Woradej Harnprasert, said it was unlikely the planned departure tax increase would be approved soon. There had been no meetings called on the issue by the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC), he said, because of the absence of political direction, due to the current conflict. “The airport passenger tax increase is a policy issue which needs consultation and agreement from the CAC first, before final approval from the Minister,” Mr Woradej explained However, even as the airport service tax remains unchanged, for now, the counter check-in fee will rise from May 1 to B30, up from B25. Bangkok Post



Absolute unveils B3bn plan to buy 20 hotels worldwide B

angkok-based hotel management company Absolute Hotel Services Co (AHS), which manages three hotels in Phuket, is eyeing the purchase of at least 20 hotels abroad in the next five years. A new company will be established in London in the third quarter. Apart from AHS, a venture fund with US$100 million (B3 billion) in assets is already committed as the key stakeholder. The company will raise funds from other sources in London as well. Chief executive Jonathan Wigley said AHS is expected to list on the London Stock Exchange. “It’s a big change for Absolute this year. We will start buying existing properties, mainly in Southeast Asia, around the third quarter.” At present, AHS operates 22 hotels – 14 in Thailand and eight elsewhere. They include the U Sunsuri at Nai Harn Beach, the U Zenmaya in Kalim and the Eastin Yama Hotel in Patong. It will add 40 new manage-

The U-Sunsuri is one of three hotels managed in Phuket by Absolute Hotel Management. ment contracts to its portfolio this year. Mr Wigley said if the company could acquire 20 properties in the next five years, it would have more than 80 hotels in its portfolio. Its brands include U Hotels & Resorts, Eastin Hotels, Eastin Easy and Eastin Residences. Of its total revenue, 70 per cent comes from Southeast Asia and 30 per cent from India and the Middle East. That ratio will

become 60:40 by 2015. For the hotel management business, AHS focuses on established destinations in Thailand like Phuket due to its excellent air connections. Mr Wigley said Thailand’s tourism relies on international demand while other countries such as Indonesia and India can survive on the domestic market. “Thailand is a very competitive market. Even its hotel

room rate is lower than the rate in Indonesia by around 30 per cent. The value-formoney concept is a strength of Thailand. “This is why tourism always bounces back quickly after any crisis,” he said. While many tourists are avoiding Thailand during the political turmoil, they don’t have many choices to travel elsewhere, he said. For example, Malaysia may make

international tourists feel uncomfortable because it is a Muslim country, while Vietnam has a low repeat tourist rate because it is less charming than Thailand. “Thailand offers good food, interesting culture and hospitality. As soon as we’re back to normal, [tourists] will always come back,” Mr Wigley said. The company projects the long-haul markets such as Europe and North America will recover quickly while the sensitive Asian market will naturally follow travel advisories issued by their governments. Once they are lifted, Asian tourists will come back within three months. In Thailand, Mr Wigley said there is still room to grow in the tourism industry even though some destinations are facing oversupply. “If you have a plan to build a five-star hotel in Thailand, you can only quote a room rate similar to a four-star hotel when it’s finished. “However, you still have a good return on investment if you can control the budget.” Bangkok Post







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AmCham seminar to look at Mice industry THE AMERICAN CHAMber of Commerce (AmCham), Phuket Chapter, is to stage a seminar on the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industry (commonly known as Mice) at the Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort next Friday (March 14). A series of presentations from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the private sector will lead into an open session during which the audience will be able to exchange ideas with the speakers and other tourism industry representatives. Speakers will include Supawan Teerarat, Director – Vice President of Strategic and Business Development at the TCEB; Welf Ebeling, Vice President, APAC, of the GBTA; and Mark Simmons, Vice President Sales

and Marketing, Asia-Pacific, of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. The event is open to the public and, AmCham says, “presents a tremendous opportunity for those associated with hotels, tourism and the service industry to learn more about Phuket’s Mice sector and how this important segment can contribute to the island’s focus in generating quality visitors versus quantity.” Registration for the event, which is co-organised by the Greater Phuket Chapter and Travel & Tourism Committee of AmCham, begins at 4pm, with the event running from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Admission is B100. Networking drinks will follow. To sign up for the event, visit the website amcham, or contact Sheree Tanpensuk by email to sheree@ or by calling 02-254-1041 ext 212.

orrupt rice-pledging officials have siphoned B60 billion of state cash to Hong Kong through an illegal money exchange network in the Yaowarat district of Bangkok, a rice miller has claimed. Niphon Wongtra-ngarn, honorary president of the Thai Millers Association, said he had met with a banker who informed him that politicians and senior civil servants involved in the rice-pledging had skimmed around B60 billion from the programme in 2013. The banker claimed that corrupt officials used a system known as Phoi Khwan to channel cash and cheques through an operator in Yaowarat, centre of Bangkok’s Chinese community, in exchange for money orders that could be redeemed in Hong Kong. The money would then be deposited in Hong Kong or transferred back to Thailand. The money exchange system provides a cheap alternative to formal transactions via financial institutions and avoids

PM Yingluck: under investigation for neglect of the scheme. Photo: GEF legal fees associated with transferring money overseas. It also circumvents scrutiny from the Bank of Thailand, which supervises unusually large transfers. Mr Niphon said the rice industry believes around B80 billion was now in the hands of crooked officials involved in the rice-pledging scheme, which is reported to have suffered losses of B300-400 billion. He argued that the rice-

pledging scheme was ill-advised from the outset, since government mistakenly believed that holding rice in Thai stockpiles would help push up the global price of the grain. He warned that rice is a degradable product and that when Thailand refused to sell its stocks, other countries simply stepped in, meaning the global rice price did not increase as predicted by ministers. Mr Niphon said that the initiative was also vulnerable to corruption from the start due to loopholes in the registration process for farmers, which led to inflated numbers of farmers and cultivation areas getting onto the books. Insufficient numbers of surveyors to inspect the quality of rice meant low-quality produce had been sold to the scheme, he said, adding that some high-quality rice had been removed from government warehouses and replaced with low-quality stock. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is accused of knowing about the

corruption in the rice-pledging scheme and failing to stop it. Her management of the scheme is the subject of a National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) probe. The anti-graft agency said she ignored warnings that the rice scheme was fostering corruption and causing financial losses. She has been charged with dereliction of duty, which could lead to her removal from office and a five-year ban from politics. Ms Yingluck was scheduled to answer the charge at an NACC hearing last week, but assigned her legal team to meet the NACC instead. Norawich Lalaeng said Ms Yingluck was willing to cooperate with the NACC to establish the facts because the rice-pledging scheme had been implemented for the benefit of the people. Meanwhile, a survey of 60 Thai economists has revealed that more than half believe corruption is the biggest failing of the government’s rice-pledging scheme. Bangkok Post

Best Western bails out of Allamanda NEARLY FIVE YEARS AFTER THE Allamanda Phuket was branded under the Best Western chain, the two are parting ways, hotel consultant Bill Barnett reports. Going forward, the 115-unit property will be known as Allamanda Laguna Phuket, Mr Barnett says in his ThePhuket blog.

“It’s understood that management is looking at rebranding possibilities, but for the moment will be operated independently. “Hotel branded residences at the island’s leading destination resort are having a defined impact on the accommodation market. “Within the resort Banyan Tree, Dusit, Angsana, Outrigger Laguna Village,

Allamanda and Laguna Holiday Club each have a number of properties under individual ownership schemes. “This number is set to rise with the entry of the new Laguna Shores, which is currently under development, and will be managed by a third brand which has yet to be announced, under the Banyan Tree group.”




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THE BIG LIST Animal heroes With great paw(er), comes great responsibility...

Real-life lassie: A real life Lassie story played out in Alaska four years ago when Buddy, a German shepherd, led a state trooper to the burning home of his owner, Ben Heinrichs. The owner told the dog, “We need to get help.” The dog ran in the middle of the night, through a winding road in the middle of the forest, and finally found a state trooper whose in-car GPS navigation had frozen due to the cold. The trooper followed the dog all the way to the house, which was was caught on video through the vehicle’s dashboard camera. The video shows the dog looking over his shoulder to make sure the car’s keeping up. Firefighters got to the house in time, saving the owners. The goat that could:

When Australian farmer Noel Osborne broke his hip while walking around his farm in October of 2002, he fell on top of a pile of manure and lay there helpless. One of his goats discovered him on the ground and, though she wandered off to find food, returned to be by his side, snuggling against him to provide warmth, and was even able to feed him some of her milk. The man laid there for five days before he was discovered, but the goat was there every night to help keep him alive

Gorilla guards boy: Jambo was a silverback gorilla and leader of his pack at the Jersey Zoo in Great Britain. In 1986, five-year-old Levan Merritt fell into the gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Jambo stood guard over the boy and to keep the rest of his troop away. Observers also said Jambo rubbed the boy’s back to comfort him. Merritt soon woke up and started crying, getting the attention of the other gorillas. Jambo quickly led his troop into a small house inside the enclosure, allowing rescuers to grab the boy. The gorilla – whose name is Swahili for hello – gained worldwide fame for the incident. S u r f ’s u p f o r Californian dolphins: The moment surfer Todd Endris encountered a great white shark off the coast of California, he knew he was in trouble. The animal hit Endris three times, peeled the skin off his back, and mauled the right leg down to the bone. But a group of bottlenose dolphins in the area saw the commotion and formed a protective ring around the injured 24-year-old, allowing him to catch a wave back to shore. After months of intense physical therapy, Endris returned to surf in the same spot as the attack. Whale of a time: When the Polarland Aquarium in Harbin, China held a free diving contest in their 6 m deep whale tank (you read that right), the rule was that the divers could not use a breathing apparatus. Unfortunately, a leg cramp forced one of the divers onto the bottom of the tank. She began to drown in the frozen water, until Mila – one of the two beluga whales in the tank – saw her and grabbed the 26-year-old’s leg with her mouth. The whale began to push the diver to the surface, saving her life.


The best man and his excellent toast(ers) A

fter Mike and Victoria Seymour tied the knot last year in Mexico, the couple decided to host a belated reception for their family and friends in the United Kingdom just last month. But best man Rob Kanok wanted to mark the occasion with something unusual. When it was time to give the obligatory best man speech, Kanok stood up and invited the couple to open their wedding gifts. “Please raise your glasses for a toaster to the happy couple,” he was quoted as saying.

The couple were left speechless when they then unwrapped 27 toasters of various shapes and sizes that ranged in prices from £6 (B326) to £25 (B1,360) models. “I though it was a bit weird the table at our reception was loaded with presents considering we hadn’t asked for any gifts,” the groom said. “We did notice that they were all rectangular and around the same size, but we didn’t really think anything of it.” The couple returned 20 of the toasters and donated the remainder to charity.

Up pops a surprise at a British reception.

Indian parrot solves whodunnit Woman A M A N I N I N D I A’ S northern Uttar Pradesh state used a bit of ingenuity to find the person who killed his 45-year-old wife, Neelam, and their pet dog. Vijay Sharma found the bodies and the house looted after coming home from work. Local police believed that the wife’s pet parrot, Hercule, witnessed the entire crime but was still in shock after the incident. A week later and despite their best efforts, police could not pinpoint who the killer could have been, though they did know it was someone the wife knew since “there was a friendly entry into the house,” Sharma told reporters. Police then gave Sharma a list of names to spout off to the parrot in a last ditch effort to crack the case. Much to their surprise, the parrot squawked in Hindi “Usne maara, usne maara” (meaning “he’s the killer, he’s the killer”) when

to marry her dead fiance

his own nephew’s name was said out loud. Local media reported that, when the nephew walked into the house, the parrot became hysterical. “The parrot, which was usually quiet, suddenly started shrieking and flapping around the cage. It was clearly distressed about something and only calmed down when Ashutosh [the nephew] left,” Sharma said.

The nephew confessed to the murder after police hauled him in for questioning. He intended to rob Sharma’s home but was startled by his aunt, whom he killed so he would not be identified. “[Ashutosh] admitted he had also killed the dog, worried that it could be used in an identity parade against him, but had not thought about killing the parrot which had been silent in its cage,” said a police spokesman.

Pussy pub ready to open THE PURRFECT PLACE to unwind has finally opened its doors. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London’s first cat cafe, saw their first customers last Saturday (March 1). Since the world’s first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taiwan, the craze has caught on around the globe with shops opening up in Japan, Austria, Germany, Spain and the United States. Patrons pay a cover fee to watch and play with cats at the eatery, and can bring their own feline friends as well.Lady Dinah’s

establishment will include cat toys, scratch pads, and food for felines and humans alike. “At Lady Dinah’s, visitors will have the opportunity to

kick back and relax with a cup of tea and spend time in the soothing company of our purring feline friends,” read a note on the cafe’s website.

LATER THIS MONTH, A French woman will stand alongside a picture of her dead fiance in front of the mayor of her town to finally make the marriage official, and it’s all thanks to a little used law in France. The woman, identified only as “Pascale,” was set to marry her fiance Michael in June 2012 after six and a half years of being together. Unfortunately, Michael suffered a fatal heart attack just one month before the wedding. T he g r ief st r icken bride-to-be, carried on by writing letters to the president invoking a rarelyused French law that allows one to marry a dead person in special circumstances. “I wrote with my heart, I went beyond just simple words and it was accepted,” she told local media. The law, which was first enacted in 1959, has its roots in a tragic accident in which 420 people died when a dam burst in southern France. President Charles de Gaulle signed the law that allowed a living person to marry a dead person as long as officials have proof that the couple planned to marry before their death. According to reports, about 50 of these types of marriages take place every year in France. thephuketnews





Australian stuntman Ian Jamieson > page 3

On April 19, Ian Jamieson will attempt one of his most daring stunts to date: riding a 250cc motocross bike at 90 kph off a bike ramp and catapulting himself over rotating helicopter blades at Phuket’s 15,000-seat Surakul Stadium.


Artist explores motherhood


Riding the Big Bus in Hong Kong





Naïve expressions of MOM Anthika Muangrod


ull-time artist, wife, mother, teacher, blogger, painter, and poet, Paulina Constancia – a Filipino-Canadian based in Singapore – sat down with The Phuket News to talk about her latsest collection Moments of Motherhood or simply, MOM. Showcased from February 24-27 at the Gallery Café by Pinky’s new location’ on Yaowarad Rd in Phuket Town, the travelling exhibition was initially launched in March last year in Indonesia, and also exhibited in Japan last August. “My art is my passion and my life. The highlight of my work is that I portray very personal themes. They are like a visual diary of the chapters of my life,” she said. Paulina identified her style as a kind of “Naïve Art”, citing a definition from the Gallery for International Naïve Art or GINA as a style “characterised by a refreshing innocence and the charming use of bright colors, child-like perspective and [an] idiosyncratic scale that portrays simple, easily understandable and often idealised scenes of everyday life.” Asked about her preferred choice of medium, she said, “I like to experiment, so every time I make a new

‘Family Hug’ by Paulina Constancia. collection, there is always a fresh new twist to the way I render my art. The themes of my work are very personal and heartfelt, thus painting with a more natural flow and no rules best capture my stories and sentiments on canvas.” Paulina, who has been painting since the early 1990s, continued, “I like to experiment with different media and I enjoy working on different themes. Life experiences – my own and of those I cross paths with, inspire me to create art.” The artist revealed to The Phuket News that one of the main inspirations for creating the MOM exhibi-

tion is being a mother herself, to a four year-old, and her latest collection expresses some tender mother and child moments. Asked about other drives, she said, “I am delighted when people find a connection with my work and if the affinity for it is strong enough for them to desire to purchase the piece, I do welcome that. However, I have no target customers. I paint for myself.” Aside from channeling her feelings and emotions through painting, Paulina also loves to articulate her thoughts through words. “After this travelling exhibition, I am going to get back to my writing. I want to start writing a new book of short stories,” she revealed. Paulina encourages readers to do things they love, something she believes in part of a healthy life. “You don’t need to be a professional artist to be creative. Everybody needs some form of creative outlet,” she said. At press time, MOM was exhibiting in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, with an eye towards Singapore next month before wrapping up in the Philippines in May. A permanent collection of the artist’s works can be viewed at the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naïve Art in Cebu, Philippines (, or visit

Photo: Nico Nelson

Free batik-making course at PSU


imited spots are available for a free traditional Southern Thai batik fabric-making course being offered over four days in the coming weeks by the Faculty of International Studies (FIS) at the Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) Phuket campus. The course, with classes to take place between 9.30am to 4pm on March 15, 16, 22, and 23, will be taught by batik specialist Mr Sopon Supawiriyakorn at PSU Phuket’s Yang Building, opposite the Faculty of Technology and Environment. Batik is a traditional cloth found throughout this part of the world, in particular Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, which is usually made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Dr Kesinee can be reached by phone on 089646-3533. To register for this course online, go to



Never too old to fly J.P. Mestanza

All my life people have said you can’t do [this]. Becoming a stunt man has opened a lot of doors for me. I think this stunt is a great opportunity to showcase Phuket

Clockwise from top: Ian Jamieson makes his entrance in Leszno, Poland in 1986; Jamieson at Surakul Stadium; performing a high fall in Poznan, Poland.




f you think your life is exciting, then you haven’t met Ian Jamieson. Even at 61-years-old, the Australian still thrives on the danger that has set his life apart from the normal harangue of the nine-to-five grind. Since 1976, Jamieson has been performing live stunts, including falls from 25 metre-high scaffolds. Each time, he has pushed the envelope by first introducing blindfolds and, later, even explosives. On April 19, Jamieson will perform his first ever live stunt in Thailand when he rides a 250cc motocross bike at 90 kph off a bike ramp and catapults himself over rotating helicopter blades at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium. “It’s something that hasn’t happened in Thailand, especially a stunt of this magnitude,” the Aussie says, “When you go to the level of flying over helicopters, that goes past stunts and into life-risking. It’s one of the things I do.” Considering Jamieson currently holds five world records – 270m human torch fire run (without a breathing apparatus); 35 m high fall into explosives while blindfolded; 29 m high fall while on fire into explosives; 16.45m motor bike catapult over four cars; and a 38m human catapult over five buses – he’s not short on experience. “There’s the blade draft, the blades will be spinning, the speed of the bike, and I have to find a suitable trampoline to help me train; all these things I have to take into consideration, but I can make it work,”

he says. Despite his travels all over the world, the Adelaide-native considers Phuket his home. Jamieson first fell in love with Phuket in the early 1980s while he was filming a television special here. He subsequently moved his family to the island in 1991, set up a bungy jump attraction in 1994, and can recall when Phuket got its first traffic light. “It was just the one set of lights at the intersection of Central Festival. Back then it was on amber, blinking for months on end. The traffic was 90 per cent motor bike,” Jamieson says. The Aussie wants to continue to add to the massive growth that Phuket has undergone through the years by opening a stunt academy in Chalong. Jamieson, a longtime stunt coordinator, has previously operated his own school in

Australia, and has taught some of the top stunt coordinators in the movie business. Some of his alums have gone on to work on The Matrix and The Hobbit. Unlike many, he has been able to fulfill his dreams: he has been a film producer, written two books, and survived a scrape with death in Poland, when he fell blindfolded 30 m onto the ground in 1986 (he left the hospital three hours later and successfully performed the stunt later that week). “All my life people have said you can’t do [this],” Jamieson says, “Becoming a stunt man has opened a lot of doors for me. I think this particular stunt is a great opportunity to showcase Phuket.” Class Act Media is a proud sponsor of Ian Jamieson’s world record live stunt at Surakul Stadium on April 19. For more information, visit



A way we can stop wrecking our reefs JOE DIVER

Joe Blasy

It’s important people start thinking about preserving Thailand’s coral reefs now. The latest studies show up to 23 per cent of Thailand’s coral reefs are already gone

Joe Blasy is a dive instructor for Sea Bees Diving ( His monthly column, Joe Diver, will highlight issues regarding the marine environment that surrounds southern Thailand.


ecently, an anonymous diver posted a video online showing several speedboats illegally anchoring directly on the coral reef at Koh Racha Yai, a popular diving and snorkeling site south of Phuket. Phuket Department of Marine and Coastal Resources Director Tanet Munnoy was quick to address the issue by calling a mandatory meeting with speedboat operators, “big game” fishing boats, and charter boat operators. Many of these vessels, as anyone who is a regular diver at Racha Yai can tell you, can be seen anchoring on or very near the coral reef every day. The director should be commended for his quick response. It shows he is committed to addressing these problems, and now all operators know the rules… anchor on coral and risk up to a B40,000 fine or five years in jail, or both. Director Mannoy understands the future of reef-based tourism in Thailand depends on if we are able to protect what we still have. But awareness is just the first step. As he points out, at present there aren’t enough moorings. Some have broken due to age, some may have been stolen. But another major problem with Phuket’s moorings is the way in which they are attached to the bottom. Most are tied to living coral. This obviously damages the coral and in many cases breaks large pieces of coral completely off of the reef. In the past, moorings were tied to concrete blocks which turned out to not be heavy enough for the heavier

boats when the seas were up, thus were dragged around the bottom causing even more damage to the reef. This also creates a hazard for the boats which use them. So history has shown that tying moorings to coral or concrete blocks is not the answer. It would seem that we need not only more moorings, but moorings installed in a way that does not cause more damage to an already ailing reef system. Local marine conservation group Go Eco Phuket, a group of local divers and operators, proposes something different. They are teaming up with Pattayabased Dive Tribe Marine Research and Conservation Company who have devised a method for drilling mooring points directly into the substrate. Moving the mooring lines off the coral and into sand will reduce the number of divers making incidental contact with coral. It is a method that has already proven itself in other parts of the world. But the Helix mooring system isn’t just about moorings, it comes as part of a larger reef protection package. Last month, marine conservationist and Dive Tribe founder and CEO Gwyn Mills, along with one of the Dive Tribe’s marine biologists Dr Wayne Phillips of Mahidol University, spent a week inspecting Phuket’s reefs for suitability of the Helix drilled mooring system, as well as conducting a detailed reef survey. Gwyn explains, “We don’t just install the moorings then leave. The Dive Tribe also conducts a coral and fish survey in the vicinity of each new moor-


ing, which can be used in the overall reef ecosystem management process. Later, Dive Tribe members will return to re-assess the reefs around the Helix moorings to determine their impact. “The anchors come in two sizes. Small ones for speedboats and long-tails will be placed in the shallow water, and larger ones in deeper water for the bigger dive boats. Each will be clearly marked, and each comes with a 20 year guarantee. “It’s important people start thinking about preserving Thailand’s coral reefs now. The latest studies show up to 23 per cent of Thailand’s coral reefs are already gone. “The Helix mooring system is more cost effective than concrete blocks, it’s a proven system already in place in places like Egypt, Fiji, and the Bahamas. It’s important we take measures now. This is not a quick fix solution. This is a long term programme based on solid scientific research.” I was lucky enough to spend two days assisting the Dive Tribe Team with substrate tests as well as the environmental monitoring programme (EMP). After 13 years of diving here and seeing a continuous decline in Phuket’s reefs due largely to anchor strikes, it is my opinion that this may be the single most beneficial marine conservation programme Phuket’s reefs will ever see. The Dive Tribe and Go Eco Phuket presented the project personally to Director Mannoy during the Dive Tribes visit. “The director was very responsive, pledging support from his department. So we are now green-lit and have entered a fund raising stage. Dive resorts, hotels, businesses or even individuals can sponsor a single Helix anchor and buoy, a whole bay of buoys, or even an entire island,” Gwyn says. For more information on Go Eco Phuket, visit For information on the Dive Tribe, visit




Dealing with the downward dog Kim White

Kim White is the owner of Sala Samadhi. she offers authentic Hatha yoga instruction for private and group sessions. Contact: www. mindbodyyogasystem. com or 086 276 9174. The opinions and advice contained in this column are those of the author only. The Phuket News is not responsible for the outcome or results of following any advice in any situation.



ello and welcome again to another yoga asana in the pursuit of a healthier and happy body and mind. This month, my choice of yoga asana adho mukha svanasana, commonly known in the West as Downward Facing Dog, was inspired by two things: 1: The terribly tight calves of the students that I have encountered in my yoga classes over the last month. 2. The outstanding work that the compassionate and hardworking organisations manage to do here in Phuket, funded mostly by donations alone, supporting and caring for the endless number of street dogs and cats on this island. So where am I going with this? In order for there to be healthy, happy animals there needs to be a level of ongoing care, nurturing and education. This posture is another great all rounder. I have seen this asana in many different shapes, sizes and levels of execution, and the end reaction on many astonished faces is always the same...“Oh man that feels tight but really good, I can tell my body needs it.” You too can soon be witness to these amazing benefits: Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression Energizes the body Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands Strengthens the arms and legs Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.


Helps prevent osteoporosis Improves digestion Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis Alleviates stiffness in the shoulder blades and shoulder joints Creates strength in the ankles, flexibility in the hamstrings and relieves lower back pain. A long hold in this posture is effective in bringing back lost energy. I like to call this posture the little mini yoga “berocca” boost.

Steps of asana:

1. Come onto the floor on your hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out 2. Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. At first keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis and press it lightly downwards



towards the heels. 3. Then with an exhalation, push your top thighs back and stretch your heels onto or down toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them. 4. Firm the outer arms and press the bases of the index fingers actively into the floor. From these two points lift along your inner arms from the wrists to the tops of the shoulders. Firm your shoulder blades against your back, then widen them and draw them toward the tailbone. Keep the head between the upper arms. 5. Stay in this pose anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes. Then bend your knees to the floor with an exhalation and rest in child pose (balasana). Happy stretching! Kim








Like a big pizza pie... LET’S PLAY

Yvon van Kesteren


ooking with kids is fun, educational and (hopefully) yummy. Most kids that get to be involved in making their dinner, do well at eating it too. One of the easiest things to start with is making a pizza together. You don’t need to use the stove, so don’t have to be afraid of the kids getting burnt. This makes it a great activity for young kids too. And who doesn’t like pizza!

Make funny face pizzas. Rocket could Age: From 2 years be hair, a mushroom What you need: would make a great Pizza base (home made or store bought) nose, tomato slices Tomato sauce Grated cheese could be eyes, and Italian herbs seasoning a slice of capsicum Toppings; mozzarella cheese, ham, could be a mouth. pineapple, mushrooms, tomato, capsicum, Let creativity shine! onion and anything else you like. Preparation: Get all the ingredients

ready, chop them up into small pieces if necessary. Put them into different cups, so it will be easy for the kids to decorate the pizza. Check how to prepare your pizza base and preheat the oven accordingly.

Originally from The Netherlands, Phuket-based Yvon van Kesteren is the mother of two girls.


Play: Start to spread the tomato sauce over the pizza until it is completely covered. Then put on all the ingredients to your liking. Sprinkle over some grated cheese and Italian herbs to finish it off. Put the pizza in the oven. For how long

will depend on the base you have used and how high your oven is set to. On average it is around 15 minutes, but check in between. When the cheese is melted normally is a good indication that the pizza is ready to be served. Buon appetito!

Add-ons for more fun play: Don’t have

a pizza base? Use a tortilla wrap or pita bread instead. Make funny face pizzas. Rocket could be hair, a mushroom would make a great nose, tomato slices could be eyes, and a slice of capsicum could be a mouth. Let the creativity shine! Dress up as a real chef with a chef’s hat and an apron. Also a good way to protect your children’s clothes from getting stains on them.

Clean up: A tidy and clean kitchen is es-

sential for staying healthy. You don’t want to spread any germs when cooking. So when you prepare food, keep the kitchen hygiene top of mind. After you have enjoyed the pizzas, do the washing up together.

Educational: When making a pizza talk to your kids about all the ingredients you are using. Ask them if they know where they come from i.e different countries and how they grow i.e on a tree or in the ground. Or teach them about the variety of tastes and flavours there are. The five basic tastes are; sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savoury. Let them taste everything, raw and cooked. See if your kids can categorise the taste of an ingredient into one of the five basic tastes. For more of Yvon’s great kids’ craft ideas, visit:


THEPHUKETNEWS.COM FRIDAY, 2014 List your restaurant here: call 076 612 550 or email FRIDAY, MARCH MARCH 7,7,2014





Bodega & Grill

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Trisara Seafood

A rustic, homely atmosphere serving North and South Indian dishes, freshly prepared by hereditary chefs and served in brass Katoris in the Royal Mughal style of bygone Emperors of India. Many mouth-watering dishes prepared exactly to your liking. Open from 12.30pm - 3pm and 6.30pm 11pm daily. Karon Sea Sand Resorts & Spa, Karon Beach. Also in Patong Soi Bangla. 076 286 464

The first truly world-class destination seafood dining experience on Phuket. A private entrance leads guests either to an outdoor, beachfront deck or to the cool, relaxed interior. The menu is a balance between local and imported seafood prepared and served in a Mediterranean way. Dinner 7pm-10.30pm. Trisara, 076 310 100.

Bodega & Grill is situated on a picturesque patio by the lagoon. The restaurant serves premium char-grilled steaks and seafood from a wood-fired oven, as well as authentic homemade pastas, risottos and paellas. Bodega’s generous steaks are available in portions of up to 1.2 kilogram. Angsana Laguna Phuket, Cherngtalay; 076 324 101

The only Irish owned and managed Irish Pub in Phuket. A real Irish Pub at the heart of Phuket’s world famous nightlife. In this traditionally styled Irish pub you will find a very warm welcome from the Management and their fantastic staff. All your favourite Irish food and beverages. Jungceylon, Patong Beach;

Ceramic Kitchen Mom Tri’s Villa Royale


RE KÁ TA Beach Club


Enjoy fine dining with panoramic sea views in sensually indulgent setting. Delicious Thai and European creations are served on the open-air terrace. Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is the winner of the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence. Situated on the only road into to Kata Noi Beach. Reservations recommended. momtriphuket .com; 076 333 568

Enjoy a unique dining and shopping experience at Ceramic Kitchen. We offer a wide range of beverages as well as the chance to shop for ceramic after your lunch or dinner, while every Sunday we do a traditional roast all day. We’re also experts for special events, wedding ceremonies, staff parties, birthday parties and more. 185/5 Moo 7, Srisoonthorn Rd., T. Srisoonthorn, Thalang district. 076 272151-2, 082 153 3163


Connoisseurs of fine cuisine can revel in Acqua’s experiential concept. The Acqua restaurant experience promises to deliver only the freshest of ingredients, sourced from only the best producers both local and international. Taste explosions from the portfolio of Chef Alessandro Frau, of both traditional & contemporary are offered. Kalim Bay-Patong, 076 618 127

The beachfront restaurant off­ers modern innovative cuisine with a strong focus on seafood. In the evening RE KÁ TA transforms with Kata’s magical sunsets and cool sounds along with the delicious drinks and tapas, right on the beach. Open daily 6.30am-11pm; Kata Beach (next to Boathouse);, rekata, 076 330 421

Baan Kalim Restaurant & Seafood KEE Sky Lounge


La Boucherie

La Boucherie is a French steakhouse located on Soi Sansabai in Patong, next to Jungceylon and just a short walk from Bangla road. You’ll find a varied menu of wonderful and reasonably priced food that includes perfectly cooked steaks and dishes from France, all with friendly and efficient service that guarantees you a very pleasant and satisfying experience. Open daily 11am-5am. 076 344 581.

“A World of Fusion Awaits You !” Trendy rooftop dining, drinking and dancing venues with Patong Bay view. Serving up an eclectic mix of tasty east-meets-west tapas, appetizers, and a colourful new vibe on the rooftop with light and sound from in-house Live Band. Enjoy our trendy new fusion finger food influenced by cooking styles from around the world alongside your main course, or simply relax with some Eurasian tapas and sip sundowners from our new selection of creative cocktails. Open 5.30PM- Midnight, Contact us: The KEE Resort & Spa, Phuket Tel.076 335 888

Great food and people you know! Authentic Italian cuisine in Nai Harn area. Three different dining areas, cocktail lounge, children’s play area, Delicatessen, live music....DaVinci is not just a meal, it is an experience of taste, atmosphere and more. Restaurant open daily 5pm-11.30pm; Deli open 11am-6pm; Sunday close; Naiharn 076 289 574.


Start your evening with delicious food and fine wine. Pick the perfect spot to take in stunning views of Patong bay, as the evening breeze surrounds you. Relax and enjoy live music to make your evening into that truly wonderful and unforgettable dining experience. Open daily 11am-Midnight. Patong;;, 076 618 125

THAI Baan Aroi Restaurant

Breeze Restaurant Panache Restaurant

Phuket’s most exciting new restaurant is situated on the waterfront at Cape Yamu. Chef Cheryl Johnson is providing diners with her innovative modern French interpretations of local ingredients. Open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner, and from Wednesday to Saturday for lunch. Our menus change frequently. Cape Yamu, Paklok, 081 271 2320

Tre by Double Pool Villas

An array of culinary experiences is offered to tempt and intrigue in Tre - the exclusive contemporary French Vietnamese restaurant set among the superb surroundings of the DoublePool Villas. Tre’s signatures dishes include scallops and green apples and tartar with pan-fried foie gras. Banyan Tree Phuket, Cherngtalay;

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try our creative and innovative cuisine. Open daily from 7.00 am till 11.00 pm. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas,

The Bistro Restaurant

A menu of modern Mediterranean influences created by Chef Luca to tantalize the senses in a modern ambience. Offering everything from fresh seafood pastas to simple good pizzas. An impressive selection of well priced beverages and stunning sea views complete the experience. Open daily for lunch or dinner. Paresa Resort, Kamala Beach; 076 302 000

Offers authentic Thai cuisine, showcasing traditional local flavours with the freshest, finest and healthiest ingredients. This restaurant is surrounded by a lush tropical garden and provides a warm and friendly atmosphere. Open daily from 11.00 am till 9.00 pm. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas,

JAPANESE Talung Thai Tamarind Restaurant

Find all the Italian traditions in one location, and savor and experience the real Mama style dishes serving only the traditional taste of Italia. The Bistro is at Impiana Resort Patong Phuket. Happy Hours 50 per cent off for selected beverages, soft drinks, juices from 3pm-5pm & 10pm11pm daily. Open 3pm-12am. Impiana Resort Patong Phuket, Patong Beach, 076 340 138.

To complement an already distinctive cuisine, Tamarind is bringing to the island high quality authentic Japanese cuisine, courtesy of Master Chef Shiraishi. Gracing our Japanese menu will be fresh sushi, sashimi, healthy salads, yakitori and tempura and much more. Tamarind is your ultimate destination to savour the best Japanese cuisine in Phuket. Cherngtalay;

The restaurant has a stunning sunset location, offering views of the Andaman Sea. The menu of southern Thai specialties and true local dishes, are not seen on many other restaurant menus in Phuket. Chill with a cocktail from our award wining mixologist at sunset and then relax with authentic Thai cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paresa Resort, Kamala; 076 302 000 thephuketnews



Fine dining on island time Claire Connell

Chef Pon has been with the Treasury Group, which owns Koh Yao Yai Village and The Memory at On On in Phuket Town, for an incredible 27 years, and has been based on Koh Yao Yai for the last 12 months

Top left, Executive Chef Kampon “Pon” Chuaibamrung; and right, the scallop salad – one of the stand-out dishes of the event.



uests at the Koh Yao Yai Village resort, only a 40 minute speedboat ride from Phuket, were treated to an impressive wine and food matching event recently at the resort. Executive Chef Kampon “Pon” Chuaibamrung put on a spectacular spread, with a starter of scallop salad served with red wine vinegar, followed by fresh and smoked salmon tartar, then lobster bisque. Everyone at our table agreed the scallops were the stand-out dish of the night, with the salmon following closely behind. “I make the salmon differently, I use fresh mango which gives it more flavour and character,” Chef Pon says. Chef Pon has been with the Treasury Group, which owns Koh Yao Yai Village and The Memory at On On in Phuket Town, for an incredible 27 years, and has been based on Koh Yao Yai for the last 12 months. He’s in charge of 14 staff at the resort’s three different outlets, including Khayee Restaurant, where we are enjoying this dinner. Originally from Phatthalung in southern Thailand, Chef Pon explains that the majority of the vegetables for this dinner came from an organic garden at Laem Hin, on Phuket’s east coast. The group hopes to soon start supplying their organic produce to other hotels in the area. Next on the menu is the main course, the famous Koh Yai Yai Mixed Grill, consist-

ing of charcoal grilled beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, duck braise, fillet of fish and rock lobster, served with selected sauces and buttered vegetables. These are generous portions of meat and it’s great to be able to sample a wide range. Providing the drinks for the event was Kajnarong “Denny” Pitrachat, from Phuket Food and Beverage. Denny worked for the Tourism Authority in Thailand (TAT) office in New Jersey, United States, before returning to Bangkok around four years ago to set up his own business. He’s still based in Bangkok, but the company has recently expanded to Phuket. One of his favourite drinks served at the dinner is the Chenin Blanc from The Winery of Good Hope in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

“This smells very good, like tropical fruits and lemon. It has good acidity, you can feel it in your cheeks when you taste it,” Denny explains. He speaks positively about Thailand’s constantly improving wine industry. “The one that I like most is GranMonte [in Khao Yai], because they have many varieties. The soil and weather over there is good for grapes and they do very well. Their Shiraz is my favourite.” All in all, it was a great dining experience at Koh Yao Yai Village, and the restaurant is well worth visiting on a day trip or as part of a longer stay on the beautiful island. For more information on the Koh Yao Yai Village, visit



All aboard! Simon Ostheimer signs up for a tour of Hong Kong, hoping to see his home from a different perspective Simon Ostheimer

Clockwise from right: The Big Bus Tours’ open-top red bus; Star Ferry’s Solar Star; the famous view from The Peak; bustling Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok; Kaian squares up to Jackie Chan on the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui; riding up top on the southside of Hong Kong Island; a traditional Chinese junk in Victoria Harbour. Photos courtesy:



hen I go home, I always like to try something new. Sometimes this just means checking out a new restaurant (you can’t go wrong with most of the selections in the 2014 Michelin Guide to Hong Kong and Macau, though they’re not without controversy – who can forget when the 2011 edition awarded one star to Hin Ho Curry Restaurant, a shabby Indian eatery in an industrial district whose owner had never been to India!), or heading to the latest shopping mall – there’s always a new one around the block. This time though was the first occasion we were visiting as a family of four, and I really wanted to show my kids – young as they are – the very best side of the city where I grew up. So when an email dropped into my inbox promoting the services of a company called ‘Big Bus’, my curiosity was piqued. A quick internet search brought up a video of an open-top double decker bus zipping (presumably

not at rush hour then, when it’s pure gridlock) through the streets of north Wan Chai, a district known for its soaring skyscrapers, one of which – Central Plaza – houses the highest church in the world. Among others, the montage showed the yellow and red buses passing the Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, the marina of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (where Queen Elizabeth II is still the patron, despite British rule having ended in 1997), and the bustling Sogo crosswalk in Causeway Bay, home to some of the most expensive retail space in the world. Interestingly, in-between the bus shots were images of happy, smiling passengers on a funicular railway and green and white harbour ferry. A quick check on the Big Bus website confirmed my suspicions, their ‘Deluxe Tour’ package included not only the ability to hop-on, hop-off on three different routes (north Hong Kong Island, south Hong Kong Island and Kowloon), but also tickets for the Peak Tram, Star Ferry, and even the chance to ride a traditional sampan in Aberdeen Harbour. I immediately booked the tickets online (you can get up to 15 per cent off by doing so), and called the kids over to explain how we were going to go to Hong Kong to go on a


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bus ride (to which my impatient son, age 2, replied, “But I want to go now! Right now!” Soon enough, I promised him.) The next two weeks leading up to the flight saw me spending evenings confirming to my son that yes indeed we would be riding a Hong Kong bus, and a Hong Kong tram, and a Hong Kong taxi, and a Hong Kong train (nightly reads of his book of transport meant that he was now a walking encyclopedia on ways of getting around). By now I was worried that we’d be spending our four day holiday on a never-ending succession of transportation, forever connecting to another form of motion. At least it would beat going shopping, which was my wife’s suggestion as to how we’d fill our time. (Our conversation went something like this: Me – ‘Do I really need more work shirts, T-shirts and polos?’ Wife – ‘Do I want to be married to a scruffy husband?’ Long pause. Me – ‘No...’). Finally, after a pleasantly easy check-in at Phuket airport, we were on our way. The day after our arrival, we’re standing at a stop – there are a few dozen dotted around the territory – waiting for our Big Bus to arrive. Our destination today is Stanley, a village on the south coast of Hong Kong Island that was once a pirate lair (which ex-




plains the name of The Smugglers Inn, a British-style pub on the main street). Today, it’s home to a different type of rip-off merchant – shop owners who will make you bargain hard for that perfect souvenir. If the market haggling gets too much, make for the main drag where, alongside Smuggler’s, you’ll find a dozen or so international restaurants and bars facing the ocean. The Victorian-style Blake Pier which juts out into the bay, and the elegantly colonnaded Murray House next to it once stood in Central before being relocated here. You could easily spend a day in Stanley, but as the Big Bus Deluxe Tour ticket is only valid for 48 hours, we have a seaside lunch before getting back onboard and heading for the Star Ferry Pier. If you can, snag the front left seats on the top deck when leaving Stanley. The south side of Hong Kong Island only has one narrow two-lane road, meaning that at times buses are only inches from the steep cliff that falls into the green water far below. Fortunately, Hong Kong bus drivers are not like those in Phuket, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride, as much of a thrill as the roller coaster at nearby Ocean Park, the city’s top theme park – not Disneyland, but that’s a whole other story. The bus drops you off at the Central Ferry Piers, from where boats take daytrippers and commuters to some of Hong Kong’s 250 islands. Today though we’re just catching the famous green and white Star Ferry across the harbour to Kowloon, the peninsula opposite. The price of the ferry is included in your Big Bus ticket, so we pass through the gate and walk down the gangplank to the boat. The Star Ferry are designed to go in both directions, so that they never have to turn around. They also all have names, which I point out to the children. Today, we’re on Morning Star, which is the most famous, though others go by the names Silver, Twinkling, Shining, Northern and Meridian. We end up taking several during our stay, resulting in my son refusing to board until he knows its name.


The Kowloon-side Big Bus route is unique out of the three the company runs, in that it also goes at night, albeit on a slightly different route. After getting off the Star Ferry, we make a quick detour into Ocean Terminal, the gargantuan shopping mall that occupies the adjacent cruise terminal. With time at a premium, we make a beeline for Toys “R” Us, stop by Mothercare (there’s that shopping, creeping in...), and grab a meal to go before hustling to the tour starting point around the corner, located behind The Peninsula, Hong Kong’s most storied hotel. Built in 1928, it is a gloriously colonial-looking affair, complete with a splendid Afternoon Tea service, and fleet of “Peninsula Green” Rolls-Royce (you know you’ve made it when they name a colour after you). We don’t have much time to take it all in though, before the bus arrives and we rush up top to secure our seats. Hong Kong (or specifically Kowloon in this case) is a neon wonderland at night, with the main thoroughfare of Nathan Road lined with huge signs in Chinese promoting spas, jewellery, fashion chains, bookshops, restaurants, watches, nightclubs and a whole lot more besides. While it is a little chilly on the night we take the tour, enduring a little cold (you might not believe it, but it can get down to single digits Celsius in the city) is worth it for the amazing ride. We drive past the ICC, Hong Kong’s tallest building at 484 metres, opposite of which is the under-development West Kowloon Cultural District, which – upon comple-

tion – will be home to cutting edge arts centres, theatres and museums. As we drive by, the annual Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival is in full swing – the fantastic-looking 2013 line-up included the US’ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brit rockers Franz Ferdinand, and Belgian DJ act 2 Many DJs, as well as a mini film fest, Unfortunately, we can only gaze wistfully at the ongoing concert as the bus continues on its merry way – next time perhaps. Over the next 90 minutes, we soak up the bustling atmosphere, passing the famous Temple Street and the festively lit-up buildings of Tsim Sha Tsui East, before getting off at the start of the Avenue of Stars. Devoted to the icons of Hong Kong cinema and based on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, here’s where you’ll find hand prints of actors Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat, as well as directors like John Woo and Tsui Hark.

The most popular star here though has no print, but he does have a larger than life statue – kung fu legend Bruce Lee. If you don’t mind a wait, you too can have your photo taken with it, but on this evening we keep heading down the boardwalk to where it faces Hong Kong Island – it’s the perfect viewpoint for the Symphony of Lights, when, at 8pm nightly, some 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour come alive in a synchronised laser and music show. As we watch the spectacle unfold across the night sky, I glance down and see the wonderment in my son’s eyes. His easy joy reminds me that it is always possible to see your home in a new light. You just need to enjoy the ride. The Big Bus tour of Hong Kong costs from HK$220 (B920) per adult. For more information on routes, tickets, and online purchasing, visit




Slave, Gravity share Oscars glory


arrowing historical drama 12 Years a Slave won the coveted best picture Oscar on Sunday, while 3D space thriller Gravity, with seven, was the top prize winner at a politically tinged Academy Awards. True-life AIDS activist drama Dallas Buyers Club won three Oscars including best actor for Matthew McConaughey, while Australia’s Cate Blanchett won best actress for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Much-hyped 1970s crime caper American Hustle and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street went home emptyhanded from the Oscars, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season. 12 Years a Slave won three Oscars overall: best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress for Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o for her searing turn as a brutalised slave. The movie, which won plaudits for

depicting slavery with a raw realism not seen in the past, marks the first time the work of a black director – Briton Steve McQueen – has been honored with best picture glory. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today,” McQueen said. Mexican Alfonso Cuaron won best director for Gravity, the first Latin American to win the award. His film – hailed for its jaw-dropping imagery – took six other prizes: best visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, film editing and original score. As widely expected, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar for his fearless portrayal of a transgender woman suffering from AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club. Politics surfaced in his acceptance speech: the actor and rock musician paid tribute to people in troubled Ukraine and anti-government protesters in Ven-

ezuela. “To all the dreamers out there... in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, we are here. And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight,” Leto said. A tearful Nyong’o earned a standing ovation as she took the stage to accept her Best Supporting Actress prize. She paid tribute to her slave character Patsey, saying: “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.” Host Ellen DeGeneres quickly earned raves for her second stint as host as she later set Twitter ablaze when a “selfie” photo she took with stars including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence quickly went viral, with more than 2.3 million retweets – a new Twitter record. While McConaughey was always the favourite for best actor, there had been

growing talk in recent weeks about an upset win by Leonardo DiCaprio as debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. The Titanic star’s first nomination was 20 years ago, and he has now had five nods without a win. Small consolation: The Great Gatsby, in which he starred, won two Oscars, for costume design and production design. Disney’s blockbuster musical hit Frozen won best animated feature – the studio’s first since the category was introduced in 2002 – as well as best original song for ‘Let It Go.’ Italy’s The Great Beauty won best foreign language movie and Twenty Feet from Stardom, about the unsung lives of backing singers, won the best documentary feature prize. The Oscars celebrated the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with a reunion of Judy Garland’s three kids Liza Minnelli, Lorna and Joey Luft, while Pink sang ‘Over the Rainbow’. AFP

Worst films ‘crowned’ at the Razzies


ci-fi flop After Earth starring Will Smith and son Jaden earned three Golden Raspberries last week at the annual Razzie worst-of film awards, Hollywood’s hall of shame. A day before the Oscars, spoof comedy compilation Movie 43 won worst picture, while Adam Sandler, a perennial Razzie favorite, went home emptyhanded despite being nominated in seven categories. Jaden Smith won worst actor, while his Hollywood A-list dad Will earned worst supporting actor, and the fatherand-son team were named the worst screen combo. Sandler failed to make it three worst actor awards in a row, despite earning seven nods for his latest film, Grown Ups 2. The actor won in 2012 for his cross-dressing romp Jack and Jill, and last year for the lowbrow comedy That’s

My Boy. Nominees very rarely attend the Razzies, usually held in small venues somewhere in Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock turned up to accept worst actress in 2010 for All About Steve, a day before winning best actress Oscar for The Blind Side. Bullock was nominated for best actress in this year’s Academy Awards, for space drama Gravity. The Razzies were created in 1980 as an antidote to Hollywood’s star-studded back-slapping annual awards season, which climaxed on Sunday with the 86th Academy Awards. Most of the Razzie categories are chosen by the 800 or so members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, who earn voting rights by paying an US$40 (B1,200) membership fee, with a US$25 (B750) annual renewal. AFP thephuketnews




The Monuments Men

Too many stars FILM REVIEW J.P. Mestanza

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett Director: George Clooney Running time: 118 minutes


et’s be honest, no-one thought The Monuments Men was going to be a contender for an Academy Award. The plot of this film, based on a true episode from World War II, is simply not tight enough to distract from its star-packed ensemble. The mash up of A-listers, led by a George Clooney who too often relies on his charm rather than acting ability, distracts the audience enough to make us wonder: is he just playing Danny Ocean’s father? The script is based off a book of the same name, and follows a platoon of seven “soldiers” – each of whom are highly regarded in their field, including an art historian, museum curator, and architect – tasked with recovering some of the world’s greatest works of art before the Nazis destroy them.

The treasure hunt begins and ends with Clooney, who also directed the film, as he leads the troops into the fray with Bill Murray – a glimmer of hope for some possible humour – by his side. Interestingly, it is the non-American actors – Hugh Bonneville and Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin – who are the most enthralling, with believable back stories that give the film its morality. Death is not ignored in The Monuments Men, but there’s a sense of naivete that besets our seven protagonists. That is, until (spoiler alert) tragedy barrels down on them during a scene at a church in Belgium. All in all though, Clooney seems to have treated the true story with too much respect, giving us an overly-long history lesson – a gussied-up version of the actual events that led to the recovery of priceless stolen artifacts.

Bangkok to screen heralded cheerleading documentary


n award-winning documentary that chronicles the rise of Thailand’s cheerleading team is set to make its Bangkok debut on March 13. The documentary, The Cheer Ambassadors, follows the transformation of the Thailand national cheerleading squad from an easy-going group of newbies to world-class contenders that shock the globe when they take home several medals in the 2009 and 2011 World Cheerleading Championships in the United States. “Countless people came up to me after screenings with tears in their eyes tell@thephuketnews

ing me how inspired they felt by these young athletes from Thailand,” said the director Luke Cassady-Dorion, “It meant a lot to me that I could help change the way foreigners look at Thailand.” The film has been screened in 10 countries in three different continents, wining awards such as the Audience Award in Indonesia and Best Documentary in Norway. The Cheer Ambassadors will screen at House RCA cinema in Bangkok on March 13. For more information, visit








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SFX Coliseum Phuket (Central Festival) 3 Days to Kill (E) 12:40, 15:05, 17:30, 19:55, 22:20 3 Days to Kill (G/E) 13:50, 16:20, 18:50, 21:20 The Monkey King (3D/T) 11:40, 14:10, 16:40, 19:10, 21:40 The Monuments Men (E) 14:40, 19:30 Open Grave(E) 12:20, 17:10, 22:00 Pompeii (E) 13:15, 17:45, 20:00, 22:15 Pompeii (T) 11:15, 15:30 Robocop (E) 14:30, 19:30 Robocop (T) 12:00, 17:00, 22:00 Time Line Jod Mai Kwam Song Jam (T/E Sub) 11:30, 14:00, 16:45, 19:30, 22:15

SFC Jungceylon Phuket (Patong) 3 Days to Kill (E) The Legend of Hercules (3D/E) The Monkey King (T) The Monuments Men (E) Open Grave (E) Pompeii (3D/E) Robocop (E)

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Battle of Young Bands returns


n May 4, Legend Music Recording Studio in Phuket hosts the third annual Battle of the Young Bands competition. Battle of the Young Bands was started in 2011 to provide the many talented young bands on the island with a platform to strut their stuff. The only criteria are that all of the band members must be 18 years old or younger, and the previous year’s winners are not eligible to enter. Last year 10 bands entered the competition, with Thai band Sicma walking away with the spoils. Sadly the band doesn’t appear to have continued long after the competition and they did not make use of their PR prize, recording prize or music video prize. Other bands that fared well last year were Eye Forgot, The Bayonets and Lost Soul. Having just announced this year’s contest, four bands have already entered with more expected as the battle date gets closer. Eye Forgot, Soul and an as-of-yet-untitled band from PIADS will join year 1 winners Legends of Siam in this year’s competition.

Sicma took out the top place in last year’s Battle of the Young Bands competition, held in Patong. Historically it’s been a winnertakes-all contest, but this year Legend Music has changed the format slightly to ensure that the top three bands all get a share of the spoils. First place will win B25,000, second place wins B15,000 and third place wins B10,000. Bands get to play two songs each to impress the panel of judges and the large audience, and the previous year’s

winners get to close out the show. “Competitions of this nature are impossible to sustain without support from sponsor companies,” said Gary Crause, Producer/Owner of Legend Music. “Fortunately the contest creates an amazing buzz on the island in the young music community, so sponsors are always happy to contribute to the

development of the young talent on the island.” This year’s sponsors include Hard Rock Café Phuket as the host venue, the Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS) as the generous cash sponsor for the three finalists, and Class Act Media as the main media sponsor providing PR coverage for the event and the winners through their vast network of newspapers, radio station, TV channel and online web and social media sites. “We are truly blessed to be surrounded by some fantastic companies that are also passionate about the youth music scene in Phuket, and quite a few more have shown an interest already for next year’s contest,” Gary said. The details of the Battle of the Young Bands 2014 are: Date: May 4, 2014 Time: 3pm to 6pm Venue: Hard Rock Café Phuket (inside stage) To enter, email your band details to before 5pm on April 15.

Album the main focus for the Legends of Siam


f you are mildly interested in music or the local music scene, chances are that you have already heard of, or come across Legends of Siam, a dedicated and hard working young rock band based in Phuket. If not, let’s catch you up on their recent antics. The band was started in 2011 by a then 11 year old Blaze KC and 15 year old Rannze Davies. Both young talents were serious about their passion for music and wanted to be involved in more than ‘just another school band’ playing covers in dad’s garage. They found themselves a few more like minded kids and Legends of Siam was born. The band entered the first Battle of the Young Bands competition and emerged victors with a recording deal, music video deal and a nice media sponsorship, which set them on their way to bigger things. They fast became a sought after live act at local events and were invited to open for Thai superstars Hugo, Modern Dog, Paradox and Job2Do. They also had one of their music videos li-


Legends of Siam. Photo: Anastasia Melnikova censed by Hard Rock Café world-wide for play on the chain’s global music television channel which streams through all of their outlets. It may all seem like a bit of a fairy tale, but it’s not been without bumps in the road. The band have seen no less than seven band members come and go due to Phuket being the transient location that it is, each time resulting in the remaining members starting again from


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scratch. After the last of these rebuilding exercises mid way through last year, Legends of Siam have managed to rebuild themselves into a lean, mean noise machine. This month they managed to land a ground-breaking media sponsorship with Class Act Media in Phuket, which will see them take advantage of the conglomerate’s English and Russian news-

papers, television channel and radio station to help further the band’s cause. Having just released their new single ‘Now That You’re Mine’, Legends of Siam are hard at work writing and recording their debut album of original material. “It’s been a long time coming,” says band member Blaze KC. “We have had so many problems and changes in the last two years, which has made it impossible to get anything finished. Now the band seems very stable and the current line-up are the most committed that we have ever had! Our main focus at the moment is finishing an album.”



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Fish Darwin took home the main prize.

FISHING FINALE The Rawai Beach Fishing Club held their awards dinner for the 2014 Classic Fishing Tournament on February 28 at Kan Eang @ Pier. Dozens of participants from about 20 teams took part in the competition. Fish Darwin took home the grand prize as the winning Tournament Champion Team.

James Corin, Director of Tennis for Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, teaches a youngster how to play.

TENNIS TIPS FOR THE KIDS The newly opened Tennis Centre at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort held an open day on Saturday, March 1, providing a great day out for the island’s youngsters. thephuketnews



GOOD LUCK TO PHUKET FC Phuket FC Chairman Pamuke Atchariyachai (centre), along with representatives from Class Act Media (Founder and Managing Director Simon Samaan, far right in black), AIS, British International School, Chang, AirAsia, Grand Sport, and others, held a press conference to welcome the 2014 Yamaha League-1 season prior to The Ronins first match last Sunday.


Amari Phuket held a fund-raising CSR fair, titled “Baht for a Better Life Project”, on February 26. Money raised will be used to buy new stationery sets for students at Baan Huay Muang Border School in Chumporn province and new uniforms for students at Baan Bang Doong School in Phang Nga.

HELPING THE COMMUNITY From left, Natchaya Sittiprasert, assistant sales and PR manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; and Michael Nielsen, hotel manager, present a 21-inch television to the Red Cross Phuket. Sirinee Leelanon, right, assistant district officer, accepts the donation on behalf of the Red Cross.

GIVING BACK TO THE ISLAND’S MARINE LIFE Staff from Phuket’s three Starwood hotels – The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort and The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket – helped clean the turtle pond at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre in Cape Panwa on February 21. @thephuketnews



07 MAR

List your event at of eye candies and treats! Enjoy a healthy dose of retail therapy and the opportunity to discover the newest collection of resort inspired apparel and jewelry by pink lotus during our unique take on afternoon tea, complete with “pink” cocktails! Join us at The Plantation Bar on Saturday the 8th of March from 2.00 until 5.00 pm for an afternoon of high tea & shopping at 600 THB++ per person inclusive of free flow. Cotact:

A delicious way to enjoy your Saturday. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pasta and pizzas freshly prepared to your order. Choose from a great selection of delicious home made pasta sauces and pizzas. Every Saturday at Prego by the Beach. THB550++ per person. Kids 4-12 years old get 50% discount. For reservations, please call 076 335 600., 076 335 600

Pool Competition at 9pm. Expat Sports Bar, Soi Taipan, Patong.

BBQ at Expat Hotel Indian Curry Night on Fridays


08 MAR

Pretty in Pink To celebrate International Women’s Day The Pavilions goes pink for an afternoon

Sunday Brunch at Sails, Hilton Enjoy our lavish international buffet with friends and family each Sunday at Sails! Our live band sets the mood for a relaxing afternoon with delicious food, live cooking stations, refreshing drinks and good company. Balloon artists entertain the little ones with face painting and kid activities. 12pm - 3 pm. B1,400++ per adult, B700++ per child (Ages 5-12). 076 396 433.


Pool Competition at Expat Hotel

Come to Navrang Mahal in Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa for an authentic Indian Feast every Friday in Karon Beach. Try out our delicious naans, mutton vindaloo, chicken tandoori, dal makhini, butter chicken, samosas, lassis and many more mouth-watering dishes. For only 499/- nett and special reduced prices on drinks.


Suk Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Every Saturday Night, Num Noi Singpatong, the head trainer and owner of Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Gym in Patong Beach, has been launching an elite fight series “Suk Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Saturday Night Fight” in Patong Boxing Stadium (Sai Nam Yen), where top international fighters will compete. Visit the official website at www.patong

CATCH OF THE DAY @ THE WESTIN Indulge in a variety of seafood and rock lobster buffet, choose the day’s freshest catch on the live grill. Enjoy a fantastic selection of gourmet dishes, Andaman seafood on ice and delicious desserts. Every Friday 6pm-10:30pm at Seasonal Tastes. THB1,400++ per person. Kids 4-12 years old get 50% discount. For reservations, please call 076 335 600. Person : FB , Address : The Westin Siray Bay , Email : , Phone : 076 335 600


Time 8pm, Expat Sports Bar, Expat Hotel, Soi Taipan, Patong. www.expatsports bar. com.

Thanyapura Superkidz The Thanyapura SUPERKIDZ is coming back for Triathlon (swim + bike + run) on 8th March 2014. We are dedicated to providing more excitement and competition for those athletes who are based in Asia, love the sport of triathlon, and have the heart to race and pursue achievement. Age group from 6-18 years old and adult. The race will be started at 8.00 am. Entry fee 1,500THB for individual and Team. For Thanyapura members is 1,200THB for individual and Team. To register call 076-336000 or . Visit thanyapura. com for more information.


Live Seafood & Jazz Sunday Brunch at Banyan Tree Join Banyan Tree’s indulgent LIVE Seafood Sunday brunch featuring lots of LIVE Canadian Lobsters, Tiger prawns, freshly shucked Oysters, Wagyu rump and Foie Gras. Meander from one live cooking station to the next, and don’t forget to leave room for cheese and dessert. With live Jazz music and a kids club, starting at B2,500++ per person including free flow of selected beverages. Advance bookings are highly recommended. Contact 076 372 400.

09 MAR

The Good Shepherd Merchandise Shop Open Every Wednesdays and Saturdays. Plaza Del Mar, Laguna (Behind Bake). Time: 10am to 1pm every Wednesday and 9am to noon every Saturday. We have a wide and wonderful selection of handicrafts such as toys, greeting cards, ornaments, lanterns, bags, purses and many more. You can also find exquisite arts and craft created by local residents. Pre-loved items include books, clothes and toys. Handicraft items are made by the disadvantaged members of society that The Good Shepherd strives to empower. All proceeds go directly to The Good Shepherd mission. See

Phuket Walking Street Traditional Sunday Roast Angus O’Tool’s Karon Beach Lunch or dinner served from 2pm. Your choice of either roast beef, chicken, loin of pork or leg of lamb served with roast and boiled potatoes, three fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Only B320 per person which includes a free glass of house red or white. Opposite Centara Karon Resort. See

Phuket Walking Street, “Laad Yai” is a Village & Community Development Potential Project (SML) of the “Old Phuket Town Community” in Laad Yai, Phuket Town. The visitors can enjoy the Old Phuket Town atmosphere which benefit to the local economic growth in the Old Phuket Town community. Open every Sunday from 16.00 - 22.00Hrs. For more info visit facebook. com/phuketwalkingstreet or contact : 089 474 5253.




10 MAR

Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.

BBQ Steak night Thai market night Experience an authentic taste of Thailand and simple a wide variety of dishes prepared fresh for you. Market night price is weight of chosen items every Monday at Ban Aroi from 6.30 - 9.00 pm. For bookings, please call Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas on 076 336 900 # 781.

Enjoy flame-grilled steak, cooked to perfection and served with fresh selections from our buffet BBQ night THB 1,190++ per person. Free children under 7 and half price for 7 to 12 yrs old every Wednesday at Panache from 6.30 to 10.00 pm. For bookings, please call Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas on 076 336 900 # 781.


13 MAR


11 MAR

Half Chicken Spit Roast Tuesdays and Saturdays: Half chicken spit roast with french fries, salad buffet, potato salad & gravy sauce for B225 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.


12 MAR

tions) is a key segment which can help Phuket attract quality visitors. American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) has organized a tourism event focusing on how to sustainably grow MICE business. A series of presentations from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the private sector will lead on into an open session during which the audience will be able to exchange ideas with the speakers and other tourism industry members in attendance. Speakers include: Supawan Teerarat, Director – Vice President Strategic and Business Development, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) Welf Ebeling, Vice President, APAC – Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Mark Simmons, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Asia-Pacific – Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Shine PR’s, Natasha Eldred will serve as moderator. The event is open to the public and presents a tremendous opportunity for those associated with hotels, tourism and the service industry to learn more about Phuket’s MICE sector and how this important segment can contribute to the island’s focus in generating quality visitors versus quantity. Agenda: 4 pm - Registration 4.30 pm - Presentation 6 pm - Networking with cash bar. Please call 02 254 1041 ext 212


BBQ All You Can Eat at Shakers Mondays and Thursdays. BBQ all you can eat: pork, chicken, beef, prawns, fish and squid with salad buffet, cold and hot sauces, garlic bread, baked potatoes, potato salad and more for B325 per person. 7pm11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.


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28 MAR

2,000 for 3rd place. There is a THB 500 entry fee and the competition is limited to only 30 contestants, so hurry and get your entries in early.


Under the Tuscan Sun Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate in the Brunello region of Tuscany, established in 1978. Critically acclaimed by the top guides in Italy and abroad, the Mariani family has sparked a worldwide renaissance in the art of Italian wine making. Let our culinary team guide you in the discovery of our Tuscan inspired Mediterranean menu, highlighting the unique character of Castello Banfi’s noble beverages, in the perfect marriage of Italian flavors. Exclusive 5-course pairing menu at 2 700 THB++ per person Please contact reservations.phuket@thepavilionsresorts. com to reserve your Tuscan adventure


14 MAR

Andaman Food @ Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong Andaman Food (Monthly Event on 28th March 2014) If you enjoy seafood don’t pass this place by (Mix Bistro Restaurant) with Andaman Food, the place you can find seafood market prices and market fresh only Baht 350 net/person . Wide variety of unlimited choices of fresh seafood which will be cooked and prepared to your liking on Friday, 28th March 2014 @18.30-22.00 Hrs. Reservation recommended. Phone: 081 171 0143

All you can eat BBQ 399 Baht @ Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong All you can eat BBQ 399 Baht & Pitcher of Bubbly 450 Baht Finding a great all-youcan-eat BBQ only Baht 399 net/person at Centra Ashlee Hotel. A great choices of salad, a barbecue with prawns, squid, fish, and mussels, beef, chicken, pork cuts for meat lovers and tropical food everyday @ Mix Bistro Restaurant start 18.30-22.30 hrs. Plus enjoy every day and night with a pitcher of bubbly serving with a choice of tapas 450 Baht @ Air Rooftop Bar & Lounge (from 19.00-22.30 hrs.). It’s just an extraordinary value for money in a busy & stunning area of Patong. Phone: 081 171 0143

Phuket Wake Park The Youth Talent Competition BBQ Ribs All You Can Eat Wednesdays and Fridays. BBQ ribs all you can eat with salad buffet and potato salad for B295 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in


Phuket’s MICE market–AMCHAM The island’s growing MICE market (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibi-

The Youth Talent Competition is being held again on Friday 28th of March at Boat Avenue shopping complex in Cherngtalay. The competition starts at 6.00pm and runs until 9.00pm. Cash prizes of THB 5,000 for the winner, THB 3,000 for 2nd place and THB

The place for outdoor activities for the whole family. Ring winch for water skiing and wake-boarding. Reversible winch and coaching services for beginners. Restaurant, swimming pool, massage, fitness equipment and mini-hotel with 28 rooms.All this at Phuket Wake Park! Open from 7:30 to 22:00 every day.




Crossword by Myles Mellor & Sally York

1. MVEMJS. What’s the next in the series? 2. Which Phuket tambon has a name that means ‘Burning Forest’? 3. Where would you find a futtock? 4. In which profession would you expect to see a trocar used? 5. Can you name the vampire in the 1922 movie Nosferatu? Answers below right.


65. Cooking style 69. As a result 70. Doozie 71. Dance 72. Dither 73. Mesh 74. With understanding

29. Biblical pronoun 30. Lady of Lisbon 32. Ore remover 1. Bohemian, e.g. 33. “___ Not There,” 5. Foreshadow 2007 film 10. Beat 35. Sea monster of 14. Calcite rock myth 15. Kind of force 36. Dangerous bacteria 16. Deplaned 37. Greek promenade 17. Hoagie, e.g. 38. Knocked off, in a 20. “What’s Happening!!” Down way character 1. Bustle 21. Grand 2. Vermeer’s “Woman 39. If not 44. All excited With a ___” 22. 1965 Ursula Andress film 45. ___ Doubt, rock 3. A long way off band 23. Delineate 4. Care for 46. It has a certain ring 26. Fertilizer ingredient 5. Dr. J’s first pro to it league 28. Common contraction 47. Excuse 6. Mantel piece 31. Some deer 51. Glazier’s items 7. Surge 33. B & B 8. Bryce Canyon locale 52. Scrub 34. Creamy dessert 53. Cheek cosmetic 9. City near Sparks 40. The “B” in N.B. 55. Bar offering 10. Aviary sound 41. “Arabian Nights” menace 58. Skin products maker 11. Elite 42. “___ cost you!” 59. Swift fly 12. Corner 43. Basic 13. Aromatic solvent 60. Oenologist’s interest 48. Blinking light, maybe 18. Foreword 62. Municipality in 49. Jewish month France 19. “Beats me!” 50. Cow, maybe 24. Rank above maj. 63. Organic compound 51. Zoroastrian 64. Buck 25. Got wind of 54. Nile wader 66. Word 27. Indigenous 56. ___ system 67. Nod, maybe Canadian 57. Hot 28. Part of a nuclear 68. Adaptable truck, for arsenal, for short 61. Didn’t walk short Across

Solutions to last week’s puzzles:

Answers to this week’s Pop Quiz: 1. U, for Uranus; 2. Pa Khlok; 3. In the frame of a wooden ship; 4. Surgery; 5. Count Orlok.




of the week

Percentage of the human population who have genuinely blond hair.


The number of times the average healthy person farts in a day.


The estimated number of serial killers currently active in the USA.


The record number of Oscars won by an individual: Walt Disney. Source: Uberfacts

This gorgeous pup named Harley is an American Staffordshire Terrier, who just turned two. According to owner Heidi, Harley is a “super sweet, affectionate, Duracell bunny who loves to drive on a scooter”. Harley’s favourite thing to do is spend a day at Nai Harn Beach and swim for hours. Want to see your pet here? Email photos to

This week in history ■■ March 7, 1912

Roald Amundsen announces that his expedition had become the first to reach the South Pole. ■■ March 8, 1979 Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time. ■■ March 9, 1908 Inter Milan is founded as Football Club Internazionale, following a split from the Milan Cricket and Football Club. ■■ March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call to his assistant in the next room, telling him, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” ■■ March 11, 1702 The Daily Courant, the world’s first national daily newspaper is published in London. A single sheet, it has stories on one side and advertising on the other. ■■ March 12, 1894 Coca-Cola is sold for the first time in Mississippi, by soda fountain operator Joseph Biedenharn. ■■ March 13, 1996 16 primary schoolchildren and a teacher are shot dead by Thomas Watt Hamilton in the Dunblane massacre in Scotland. Source: Wikipedia







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Mission Heights.900 Square meters 1.5 MB. and 1,050 Square meters 1.75 MB. Gated community, ready to be built.1.5 MB & 1.75 MB, picharly@, 087 060 8400.

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Condo in Marina:

Last 1 Studio of The Cleat condo (Phase 1) in Krabi Boat Lagoon, low-rise waterfront Condo built around the lagoon with Mangrove, Sea and Marina view and full facilities. Call +66(0)76 238 948.

Beautiful Villa 550sqm. Land 2,400 sqm. with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, maid's room, laundry room, home of f ice, Western kitchen. Large mature garden, garage for 2 cars Price B32 million. Call 081 978 5181.

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Land for sale: 2 rai of land in the South of Phuket. Unique location on the hills between Naiharn and Rawai, 5 mins from the beach. Panoramic view on Chalong bay and Naiharn. Easy access via private road, reputable neighborhood (German village), tropical forest. Ready project for a 3 storey villa. 3200 sq. m. Call Svetlana 086 743 4657 or Alexander +7 926 914 5555,;, Price : 18.5 million for 1 rai .


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1.5 Rai cleared, tiered land with constructed, drained access road from “Beach Road”. Chanote. 400m from Ao Por Grand Marina. Building will have 270 degree view of islands and Krabi. B10,000,000, 082 277 5971.

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Freehold 2 bed villa in Laguna: Laguna Residences, Outrigger, 2 bedroom END unit villa. FREEHOLD title!With lifetime golf membership in Laguna Golf Club and privilage card with 50% discount in Laguna restaurants and spa. Fully Furnished! Selling price : 12.950.000,- Baht Please call 080 041 4464 or email : Rental1386@

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Villa on 1 rai reduced now18MB: Private big 4 bedroom Villa near mission hills golf with guest house and maids quarter. All ensuite bathrooms. big swimming pool 8x12M, garage for 2 cars, koi ponds, European kitchen, 2x home cinema etc (price was 25MB!!) 083 643 8384.

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Building 3 storey for sale:

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Patong Free Hold Condo:

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3 & 4 Bed Pool Villas:

Luxury Villa in Chalong: Per-

pool 6 house is two bedrom kitchen private laundry place 2 house is t h r e e b e d r o m k i tc h e n p r i vate laundry Aircon in all romms. Fully funitures 5 Min from Chalong circle about 2 rai land Price reduced from 28 milj, B24,500,000 ,Hakan, Chafa road, , 085 789 1773 .

Land Plot for Sale: Chanote title at Cherng Talay / Pasak7 (Phuket - Surin Beach area) Phone 090 487 8084. Email: utaipan@

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Ready to move in, villa 1 on 1,100 sqm. land, for sale B15.9 mil and villa 2 on 2,20 0 sqm. land, for sale B19.9 mil. Brand new, each with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 12 metre swimming pool, guest bungalow with 1 bedroom 1 bathroom. Perfectly located in a development with underground e l e c t r i c i t y a n d s e c u r i t y, o n l y 80 0 metres from Mission Hills golf course, less than 10 mins to airpor t, Phuket International Ac ademy and Ao Por Grand Marina. Call 081 343 0777. Email:

fect condition, 660 sqm on 3 levels, 1,600 sqm land, 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, swimming pool 12.5m x 6m with jacuzzi, large sala, double garage. Top quality construction. Reduced price: B25.5 million 086 271 3260 or 086 273 4149.

the best will do!!!!4 bed/pool villa in Phukets best kept gated community.410 villa.812 land.Overlooking lagoon.Beautiful.Ph: 0812704291. or Price 22.5 MB.

Land Close to Thanyapura/PIA: Half Rai 1.3MB, 1

Home Office Near Thanyapura: New 2-storey home

office near Academy for sale, 280 sq metres, Chanote title, 2 beds 3 baths, nature mountain view. Main street, multiple entrances and exits. 10 minutes to Airport. Only B4.95 million. Call: 086 948 2294.

Rawai Soi Saliga Land for Sale: Land for sale, Soi Saliga

Nai Harn Baan Bua: When only

Patong Condo for sale: A nice foreign freehold condominium for sale in Patong is located in a recently complete development of one & two bedrooms condominiums. Located on the fourth floor of a total of five. 080 052 8082.

Rawai - 1 rai plus 81 T/W. Telephone 089 645 5049.

LUXURY 3 BR IN 4 STAR R E S O R T: 3 b e d r o o m 4


4 s e p a r a t e b u i l d i n g s w i t h 11 dif ferent c ustom maid ro oms, restaurant /cafeteria in a sweet and idyllic sanctuar y for the sense. Surrounded by lush green mountains and tropical forest. The Resort is an oasis of natural beauty and only a couple of minutes walking to beautiful Naiharn beach! Location Soi Naya PRICE 33.3 MB, o l i ve r @ t h u r m a n n g r o u p.c o m , 087 877 2320.

bathroom, Land area 580 m2., Spacious living quarter’s feature open plan living & dining areas, a fully equipped, open-concept gourmet kitchen. The Villa comes fully furnished, Contemporary and expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces are offered, private pool. Services as Restaurant, Gym, Spa ,Maintenance ,Security and Maid. 19.8 MB, oliver@thurmanngroup. com, 087 877 2320.

Two parcels of superior land 11 rai. Inc seaview. Main road frontage. Ideal for resor t or condominiums. B150 M . N e g o t i a b l e . ( T h a i ) 0 81 3 7 0 8114 or (Ger) 081 892 1108. Email:

Seaview Land Patong:

Land & House Park, Chalong: Villa for sale, 4 Bedrooms, 250m road frontage near Bypass: 16 rai next to Phumundra,

behind Premium Outlet. 250m road frontage, 300m deep. Sloping upwards, starting at 15m and ending at 65m above sea level. 6M/rai. Contact owner direct at 081 893 6630.

3 Bathrooms, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, Fully furnished and equipped, Garden 240 SQM. B6.8 M Tel. 083 394 4536(Eng) /084 443 5389(Thai/Eng)

A spacious family home in Boat Lagoon. Modern contemporary style with 4+1 beds, 4 bathrooms. Large dining area, private swimming pool and fully furnished. 29.5 MB. Size 616 Sq.M. Call 076 238 948.

Guesthouse for Lease in Patong: 12 rooms, good location Nanai

beachfron. A few minutes by boat to Phuket. Facing west to the sunset and views of Phuket. Contact: 086 278 8300 or Danai 090 1700 429.


Sales Down Payment Dcondo Mine: 7th floor. with

pool & lake view. Fully furnished, near Kajonkiet International School, Tesco Lotus, Big C. 10 mins to Patong. Move in Mar 2014. Only B99k. Contact: 081 694 4144, 081 307 7247, email:

Land & House for sale: 2.5 rai (N.S.-3 K document) near Kathu waterfall. 2 houses, 1 small house & 2 pools, big garage. 3 way Entrance. B28 million. Call 081 893 0540, 076 385 775 email:

Villa with Pool for Sale: Freehold 3/4 Bedroom Villa. 3 Air Con. 4k. to Ao Makarm Beach. 10x5m pool with 4th bedroom / office on other side. Plot size 104Sq Wah. 416Sqm. Reasonable offers. Call 089 831 4703/084 304 6723.

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 120sqm. B7.8 million, fully furnished. For more pictures and information please contact:

Road.9 year lease: very low rent,strong starting, easy to manage and good return on investment. Price 1MLN. Take this opportunity. Thamad17@yahoo. com. 089 728 4005.

For Sale-Beachfront land@ Naka: 2 rai of absolutely amazing

Large 3 Bedroom house in mature estate offering high security. (Option to build 4th bedroom)Located in a peacefull no thru road, min’s from beach. Recently renovate, available for immed move in. Chanote title, Price 12.5 MB Call 087 078 9707 Email:

Rai is 2.5 MB, total 3 Rai of Land, Mountain View, Chanote, 3 Mins drive to Thanyapura/PIA School, 15 Mins to Airport. Contact Marisa 084 305 6667 or marisar1978@

Rawai Seaview Condo for sale: Seaview condo, freehold,

Modern Villa in Marina:

Kamala Pool Villa:

Laguna / Layan. Luxur y pr ivate pool villas in secure development. Available now. All beds ensuite. Fully furnished. Rental programme available. B12-20 million. Contact owner: 085 549 7110.

room, 4 bath room, 2 livingroom, 1 dinningroom, 1 kitchen (american style), 1 garage (2 cars), 1 swimming pool (10x4), 1 bed room for a maid, 1 bath room for a maid, Internet, Security 24/24, Sea view and jungle view, Total sqm 556.92, Total land sqm 581,4.24MB, a.p e ll e gr in o2810 @ gm ai l.c o m, 084 241 3387.

Family resort for sale.:

MODERN HOUSE IN KATA: Designed house, modern look, 4 bedroom, big dinnerplace, kitchen, pool, sauna, washerroom, elevator ,close to Kata Beach, quiet area. Contact Cookie for more info 088 450 0463.

Beautiful lakeview family resort in quiet area.4 apartments with each 2 bedrooms fully furnished, land include 1600sqm, company and license include, swimmingp ool, 2 garage, automatic gate and very private estate.More details please c o nt ac t 0 8 8 3 912 2 6 5 (Engli sh speaking). krisverstricht@hotmail. com.






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Hou se on Th e Cor n er for Sale: Quiet location and

Pool Villa Mission Heights: 5 year old fantastic

bungalow style (no stairs) pool villa in a small gated community 1,2km from mission hill golf club 6km to PIA, 3bed 3 1/2 bath, huge living room, large saltwater swimming pool, newly planted garden, 2 car carport, 2 telefon lines, fiberoptic internet, price 12mill./13mill. or 15mill. depending on your needs,, 087 060 8400

only 500m from the main road. Thepkrasattri, Heroines Monument. 70sqw x 280sqm, 3 bedrooms, 2 b at h r o o m s, b i g li v i n g r o o m with open-plan kitchen (9x9m),1 separated kitchen, carpark for 3 cars and a small storehouse, 2 aircons, cable TV, 1 phone line TT&T. Price: 2.7 MB. including furnitures. Must See!, 081 607 8000.

House for Sale - Chalong:

Quiet stand alone villa, 3 bed, 2 - 5 star baths, 5 aircon, full furn, garden dining lush green, 50 Wah, quality new paint, excellent condition, B3.5 million, firm. Contact: peterb@inter, 084 843 3492.

25 year lease for sale. Well situated in fast developing and sought after area close to Laguna. Some fixed rent applies. Contact 087 884 0644 for more info.

2 Rai, Cherngtalay: Cheapest Seaview land for Sale: Panorama view of sea view

golf course view mountain view land for sale. Near Mission Hills Golf course. 6 rai chanote title. B3 million per rai. 087 675 9555, email: pee_bang56@



The Aqua pool villa-sales/ rent: In Land & House Park Phuket

(Manthana Zone) Land area = 440 sqm. Home area = 300 sqm. 3 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 1 living room and kitchen 1 swimming pool (3m*10m) out door jacuzzi and pavilion Sales: from 1112.8MB. Rent: from 85,000 - 120,000 B/Month. 088 751 2389.

Resort for Sale: Resort 2 rai, with

chanote. 22 double villas with kitchens, large pool and big coconut garden with own well. Restaurant and bar with satellite TV and Adsl. Opened for 15 years, with lots of repeat customers, parking, quiet. 086 940 1860.

Beach Land on Koh Yao Yai: Price Reduced, 4beds Villa: RAWAI PRIME LAND PLOTS: Adjacent to Mangosteen Resort, quiet residential area. 3 different sizes: 1-1-86.5 rai - 11.80 MB 2-0-87.5 rai 16.64 MB 3-0-35.5 rai - 22.50 MB Best land and best price in the area. Quick sale, price negotiable.081 536 5846.

Patong Tower for Sale:

And for rent. Sea view and mountain views. Freehold from 64 to 448 sq metres. Phone no: 080 692 6114. Email: orsoreal

Sea-View Chalong-Residence: Dream pool villa with 5

bedrooms all with ensuite on 1 rai of land. Big hall, office, maid’s room. Brand-new construction opposite Wat Chalong on the way up to the hill. A huge 685 sq.m of living area, fully furnished. Modern Europeandesigned kitchen. Big sea view pool terraces incl sala and attractive bar area. Security alarm system. Selling price on request. By owner directly. Call 085 654 4011 or 089 404 0737. Email:

Comfor table 4 bedrooms villa, plus maid room. Approx. 450Sq.M building, corner plot, energy saving, management ser vice available for investor.Located in secured gate community, near British International school.

Land for Sale: 400m from Naiyang Beach. 3 Rai 1 Tarangwah. 6.5MB per Rai. Call 087 091 8331 or email chiangmaibeltrade@hotmail. com for more information.

FOR SALE Penthouse in Rawai: 360 panoramic breathtak-

Mai Khao Prime Location Land: I will sell my piece of land

Villa and farmland for sale:

PAT O N G c o n d o s f o r sale: Beautiful, modern Condos/

ing views of Chalong Bay, mountain views and Big Buddha. Two bedrooms, 310 sq.m of spacious living area and balconies. Contact Izzy 0862788300 or Danai 090 170 0429.

next to the new tourist attraction in Mai Khao. Perfect for investment in future like shops, guesthouse. Please email for mobile number and more details.

D E TA C H E D O R S E M I DETACHED: Large detached 4

Bed.4 Bath 2 en suite, 4 air con. OR 2 adjoining semi-detached. Live in one, Rent one ? Water storage with pumps. Secure Parking. Quite Soi. All in Excellent condition. B3.5M. 082 738 3007.

House and Business for sale: 3 storey, 5 bedrooms, good

location, off road parking, busy road. Contact Thai 084 630 6920, English 082 534 7410,,

Khao Sok, 25+ rai, B400,000 per rai: 25 rai, 3 ngan in Khao Sok, Klong Sok district. B400,000 per rai. Close to Khao Sok National Park entrance. PNSS3 title, to be upgraded to Chanote soon. Phone 081 693 2759.


Sales - down payment 250,000 B D Condo Mine Phuket Town by Sansiri. Finished in March 2014.Corner room on the 7th floor with nice view. 2 Bedrooms Call:089 159 3239.

Sales - D Condo Mine:

Seaview Land For Sale: Land located right in the heart of Chalong with panorama view of Chalong pier. Close to a number of sandy beaches; Naihan Rawai Kata and Karon. Easy access to major depar tment stores. Surrounded by public facilities including education institutes and hospitals. You will benefit from a perfect location that's rapidly increasing in value. 3 rai and 1 Ngan with Chanote title. Call 087 278 7206, 089 215 5041 e -mail: kubesjoy@

New House for Sales low price than Project, Phanason Villages at Bang Joe for 50 Sqm, 3bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Free contract. Contact: 089 729 9503.

New House for Sales:

A big beautiful house with 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, fully furnished. Located in stunning panoramic hilltop scenery in Takuapa, Phang Nga, covering an area of 127 rai. Surrounded by fertile farmland with fruit trees. Price 96MB. Contact K. Peerawat: 08 4 308 8484. Email: peerawat002@hot

Apartments, furnished, best/quiet locations, garden, s-pool, from 36-67sq metre, sea-city-mountain views, from B2,375. Call 087 819 2162 or

Patong Apartment Reduced Price: Condo 4 years old. Swimming

pool, security 24/7, cafeteria. Studio 46sqm fully furnished. Freehold for foreigners. Price: 2.6MLN. Urgent sale, no agent. Tel: 089 728 4005. Email:

House for sale: Baan Manik area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, ceiling fans all through out, 2 aic con units, furnished. 2.7MB, no offers. For more info - Farang - 080 323 1918, Thai 081 607 9874.

Luxury 3 Bed Villa For Sale:

This luxury three bedroom home is located in a secure estate with security and office. It is only five minutes from Bangtao Beach and Laguna Phuket including the Laguna Phuket Golf Club and 20 minutes from Blue Canyon Country Club and Phuket International Airport. The villa comes fully furnished with luxury leather lounge suites and quality furniture, all bedding, kitchen utensils and cooking facilities. For details and inspection, see www. or contact graham@ or call 081 897 0225.

3 Bdrm House for sale Thalang: House for sale. 3 bed and

2 baths, large living and dining room, 4 X aircons, 2 X car ports and garage. House 7 yrs 1 owner , well maintained with 135sqm living area. Land Chanote 92tw. 3.5MB 081 737 3116.

Three floor villa for sale: Brand new three floor villa on Phuket, near Villa Market. Glass elevator, swimming pool, ocean view. 700 sq. m. Freehold contract available. Current price: 13m THB. Please call Alexander 080 521 0736.

New house for sale: At Siri Village, Pa Khlok, 2 flrs, 3 beds, 2 shower rms, kitchen, living & dining area, garden, car park, 2 aircons, unstair curtains, 1 furnished bedroom. 3.8MB Contact Kirana 088 760 6083. Pool Villa Rawai: 4 Bedroom/ 4 Bathroom European style single storey house with self contained guest house and pool in Rawai on 736m2 plot. Large master bedroom with en-suite, walk in wardrobe. Modern western style kitchen with granite tops, built-ins throughout. Established 7 years. Plenty of outdoor living area with several verandahs and under cover car park, air-conditioning in all bedrooms and lounge. Situated about 2km from Chalong circle in a quiet lane 1km from Viset Road. House & Guest house 180 sqm Land area 736sqm (184TW). 3 bedrooms Master ensuite, 4 Bathrooms 7x3.5m salt water pool. Electric gate. Well water. Concrete road access. Call 087 891 9349.

6.26 rai direct beachfront, power, water, road, unobstructed views, chanote title, white sand, peaceful. Only 5.8 mil baht per rai. Doesn't get much better than this! Beautiful beach land. 081 649 3557.

12 Rai Chanote to sell: One of the last pieces of beautiful sea view land between Ao Makham and Ao Yon Road. Infrastructure done B210 million. Call 081 917 0377, 10am-5pm.

Luxury Condo Rent / Sale:

Seaview Townhouse Patong: Bet ween the c it y and

the jungle at the northern edge of Patong. 70m alt. 10mn walk to the beach. 4 storey + 290 sqm, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 toilet. 4 aircon, partly furnished. Email:

Budget Bungalows:

Two Bungalows in Chalong.2-3 bedrooms.Close to all amenities. One has room for a pool,the other is like a rain forest. From only 2,300,000 Baht.Ph:0812704291. Email:

2 B e d r o o m , L- r o o m a n d f u l l y equipped kitchen, 160 -212sqm. Very high standard with a nice view. Big balcony, swimming pool, gym. Location: Kathu, 10 min. Patong Beach, 5 min. Phuket Town and all department stores and international hospitals. Rent Long term: B45,000 – B63,50 0 Buy: B8,50 0,0 0 0 – B11,500,000. Contact 086 268 7901 or send e-mail to: condophuket@




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House in Phuket Town / Samkong 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms Beautiful Naiharn Pool Villa:

New Luxury Villa For Sale: FREEHOLD - LAGOON VIEW!!!



3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, private swimming pool (12 metre). House area of 600 sq.m., land 1.5 rai (2400 sq metre). Located on the shore of the ocean on the Koh Kho Khao, Phang-nga. larion2555@ 084 226 4574.

Modern Family House for sale: Beautiful 3 bedrooms villa in Rawai. 160sqm indoor. 400sqm outdoor. Shared swimming pool. Modern villa renovated in 2011-2012. Fully furnished. For more info: phuketvilla

Secure private hillside by Naiharn Beach. Quality furnished throughout. 3 big bedrooms, office, 4 baths, 230 sm plus carport etc. 1050 sm land. New condition. 15x4.6 m pool. Freehold. Nice. Only 17.5MB. Contact 089 727 5407,

Conveniently located 5 minutes from all amenities including both international hospitals, Central Festival, international schools and the centre of town. Selling due to relocation. Priced to sell at 4.3 M THB including 4 air cons and all modern style furniture. Nothing more to spend. Contact (English): 084 768 0536 or (Thai): 085 888 0502

Apartment on Golf Course:

Seaview 1 BDRM New Condo Patong: Stunning seaview,

Lu xu r i o u s G o l f V i l l a @ Laguna Village: MUST BE SOLD ! Surplus to family invest needs. 3-bed, plus maid's qtrs. This home has been lovingly cared for. Leasehold/freehold. BVI status. POA. Ph 082 810 4184,

4 plots (3 connecting, 1 separate) 1km north of Airport, along the road to MaiKhao Beach. Sea view towards south east. NorSor3Gor. 4.5 Rai in total. B4 million per Rai. Contact owner: 081 893 6630.

SeaView near Airport:

city view 1 bdrm condo on hill 500m from Patong beach. Fitness centre, roof top pool, security, car park, freehold. Only B4,400,000. Keith 084 628 3430,

Serenity near the Beach,Chumpon: 210 sq.M

2 Bed/3 Bath, Built-In & Partial fur. Private pool & jacuzzi, sala, 50 0 beach Price 7.9 mil.Baht with Chanote title Tel.081 691 3029, E: kris.

Sea View Land for Sale:

House for sale near Central

Free Hold Condo For Sale:

Hot Price Sale- PuriAnda Villas: New Pool Villa in Rawai

Ao-Yon, 13.5 rai, chanode title.10m/ rai.Call Siri 089 649 9939, email:

Golf View, Kathu. Tastefully renovated large (83m2) apartment in Phuket Country Club. Golf view. 1 bed but easily converted to 2. Store, large Western kitchen and all furniture included. Ideal (holiday) home. Contact 081 273 7326, Email: keith

contemporary 2 story house,pool.400 M. to ThungWualen.Situated in a green belt of jungle,palm plantations,10 mins walk to the beach No traf fic jams.Chanote title.Total 2648 sq.M., Email :, Phone : 083- 391 4405.

43 Sq. Free hold. 1 balcony (Great view). 1 bed room. 1 living room. 2 air conditioners. Full furniture. Internet.Swimming pool. Gym. Automated door lock and key card. Call 080 040 9077.

Town house in Chanakarn houses estate. Walking distance to Central Phuket Town. 32 Sq wa. Fully furnished, air cons every room. Wooden floor,Thai/Western kitchens. Call Issarapan or A: 081 535 4839.

Investment Proper t y for sale!: New, modern waterfront town-

home at the Boat Lagoon for sale. Rented out long term at B570,000 per year. 3 bed/4 bath, 2 balconies, terrace at canal, 6 m berth in front of house. 250 sqm living space. Top condition. Luxury finishings. Brokers welcome. B9.9 million. 086 747 9292 (English) or 081 970 5204 (Thai/English).

3 Bedroom Pool Villa, Rawai:

160m2 Private Pool Villa. 3 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom (3 En Suite), Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Large Balconies & Terrace, Carport. Freehold, Chanote title. 2 minutes from beach! See proper

Donsak Beachfront Land 3 Rai: 67 metres absolute beach

Home For Sale By Owner:

Royal Kamala Condo-Sale & Rent: In Kamala. Freehold 1, 2, 3

frontage, fully infrastructured, ready to build. Close to ferry going to Koh Samui. Chanote title. 4.5 MB for all. Email:

Bedroom apartment with kitchen, living room, balcony, swimming pool, fitness, security guard, parking. Ready to move. 085-368-3009, salesdirector@

Sea-View Contemporary Pool Villla: Located near Phuket

town. L and: 8 5 5 sq.m. H ouse: 650sq.m. Furnished. 3 beds, 2 offices, 2 staff quarters, 1 free room. 2 Parkings. Price B38 mill.Tel: 081 895 3628 E-mail:

1.5 Rai Private Land Cape Yamu: 1.5 Rai flat land at Cape

Furnished House for Sale Phuket Villa 5: 3 bedroom

Land area 500m2, House area 164m2. 3 bed, 4 bath, fully furnished, aircon in all rooms, fans, Internet, satellite TV, swimming pool, independent water supply wells. Finish work December 2012. B8.5 million. Call 088 838 3242.

Mission Heights:

Sea View Land for Sale: Ao Makham. 5.5 rai, B10 million per rai. Contact Siriporn 089 649 9939, email:

Yamu. 2 x 0.75 Rai adjoining plots. OrBorTor road access to quiet end of soi location. Sale direct from the owner. B3.75 Million per rai negotiable. Call 081 087 9237.

furnished house near Kajonkiet School. Secure area, Cul De Sac. Nic e gardens, t wo bathrooms. B3.5M negotiable. Call 081 370 8114 (Thai) 087 889 3838 (Eng),

One level 3 Bdr,2 Bath,fully equipped kitchen, set in private, secure surroundings and conveniently located as it’s just a 5 minutes drive to the BIS international school.Community Pool. Email : robert.anthony.krause@gmail. com, 084 851 9795.

Reduced for Quick Sale:

Studio condo at The Point near Lotus, Big C, Central. Fully furnished. Great views 6th floor. Cost B2.8M. Reduced to B2.25M. Call 087 889 3838 or 081 370 8114. Email:

Beaut iful L and L aguna Cher ngt alay: Chanote t it le, yellow zoned, save area. Nearly 4 rai, direct from owner. Subdivided i n 6 p l o t s e a c h c a . 1, 0 0 0 s q m . ready to build. Only 7.5 MB per rai. K hun Chanc hira, 0 81 3 67 76 8 3.

Condo At The Heights, Kata: Immaculate 2-bed foreign-

freehold unit in award-winning project. 195 sqm, sea view, near gym & pool. Quality furnishing throughout. Designer kitchen with utility-store.

Land for Sale Cherngtalay:

Beautiful 2,400sqm (1.5RAI) Chanote titled land plot in Pasak 8, located on the highest point of a gentle slope. Quiet and safe area. Only 8.5MB. Agents welcome. Phuketlandvilla@, 089 875 9609.

Ocean Front Villa for Sale:

Land for sale: 206.4 sqm, Chanote title in Phanason residence(next to Makro). 1 min to Central festival, 5 min to town. Call 084 061 4314, 076 393 965.

Happy Home Apartment for sale: Nice apartment, fully

furnished at Rawai. The apar tment is set in a private compound with pool. It is located only 5 minutes from beach and convenient to Phuket Town. Only B15 million. Tel: 081 893 2165 www.happyho

Luxury brand new villa, fully furnished and ready to move in, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with infinity 10 metre long swimming pool and truly beautiful sea view. Located in a small development, only 50 metres from the sea and 3 mins from Ao Po Grand Marina. For sale B19.9 million or for long term rent B150,000 per month. Call 081 343 0777, email: montha_phuket@

Spac ious one bed room apar tment with ocean view, nor th of Patong. Floor area 96m2 internal and 72m2 terrace including water feature with sala and jacuz zi. Per fect bachelor pad with rental income. Email for info: bart

For sale:

Beautiful Karon Villa: Stunning,

safe, secure estate villa , close to beach, crystal clear salt water pool 3 large bedrooms, modern open living, fully furnished, freehold, everything done – enjoy the lifestyle. Phone 081 719 4688 Email :

Pool villa for sale or rent:

Hillside setting. Luxurious 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom pool villa for sale or rent. Sale 20M Baht. Rent Low season Daily 6k, Weekly 36k, Monthly 80k. High season Daily 7k, Weekly 42k, Monthly 100k. One complete year 85k per month. Call 087 078 6379.

Absolute Beachfront:Set on the beachfront, the ff villa offers uninterrupted sea and island views of the south east coast of Phuket. Situated between two 5 star resorts: Vijitt and EVASON near Laem Kanoi. 081 480 3834, http://www.

Rawai Beachfront Pool Villa for Rent/Sale: Rawai

Beach front pool villa for sale. 3 bedrooms, furnished. Contact Siriporn on 089 649 9939.

Absolute Beach Front Land: Songkla district near new

deep sea port. 4.5 Rai divided into 7 Chanote plots. Reluctant sale. B4.9M the lot. Email: jmic chia@ or call 087 276 0529.

Laguna/Layan Beach Luxury 13M Salt-Water Pool Villa For Sale (Or Rent): Three large

bedrooms with bathrooms in tastefully re-decorated bungalow set in mature garden plot of 550m2 within secure development for ownership and/or investment. B15.5 million. Email:

Condominium for SALE in Patong: Freehold title, Studio type,

32 sqm. of the living area, Furnished, 1 Bathroom, Fitted kitchen with dining area, Swimming pool, Restaurant. Call 083 103 3801 (English and Thai).






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East Coast Sea View Land

Unique luxury condo 2 bed, 2 bath, 155sqm. Foreign FREE HOLD. Recent architect remodel. New Jacuzzi. Views to lake, mountain, marina, pool etc. Completely furnished to very high standard. Motivated owner leaving.

Total 1.5 rai (2,450sq metre) on gently sloping land with sea view of Phang Nga Bay. 2 separate Chanote titles each about 1,200 sq metres (4.5 and 5.5M), or will sell as one lot. Underground services. 081 273 7326, email:

Reduced by 600,000B. ONLY 16.9MB. Contact Brian (Owner) 089 054 4354, +632 906 435 7146, Alan 087 999 6174, See for complete details.

LUXURY 5 BED HOUSE IN LAGUNA Wonderful 5 bed house over looking the lake & Golf course in Laguna. Sale: Reduced to: 31.5 M / Rent: 190,000 P/M. Call Mick: 0848186045 - Email: or


Must see! Great 4bd villa: Truly exceptional 4 bd villa on the 1900 sqm land, surrounded by jungle. 10x5 m pool must see! 10 min drive to Tanyapura and to Naithon Beach. Great lovely home for large families! 084 060 7050, buy/1999-east-residential-for-sale.

Seaview Condo For Sale/ Rent: Rawai Seaview condo, Luxu-


rious, Furnished. Foreign free hold. 120 sqm 2 beds 2 baths. Rent 2000 baht per night. Long term 45k / month. 090 408 3800 Email : adrian_troy@

URGENT!! SEAVIEW LAND 12 Million Baht 081 8937027

Patong Loft Condo:

Makes a good condo deal now. 1-bedroom, fully furnished, 67 sqm living area. Only B2.99 mil. Big swimming pool. Normal price B3.7 mil. Call 089 872 6895. Email:

Land for Sale - Khao Lak: A beautiful 402 rai land with 860 meters of beach front in Khao Lak,Phang Nga,Chanote Title,sale all land. Ru/ En translator Call:088-7652203,0813707289,

Chalong Beach Front Pool Villa: Chalong Beach Front Pool Villa For Sale/Rent,3 bed rooms,area 1 rai call Siriporn 089 649 9939,email: siri_phuket

Beautiful Beachfront Land:

Rawai Great Buying: Lovely Land For Sale: Mission Hills. 3/4 of rai in small community, very quiet and private, close to all services, 10 min to school, airport, beach, golf, Tesco. B2.5M. 087 276 0529 for info.

Paklok Land Only B7,999/ Sqwah: Only B7,999/Sq wah at

Paklok, Chanote, Mountain View, 200m from main road, 11 km from monument and 4 km to Mission Hill. Interested or want a larger size? CALL 084 305 6667, email: mari

house with 2 bedrooms or separate SC flat downstairs.Well ventilated with natural light in pristine condition.Distant sea views.4,995,000 Baht. Warren Crowe 081 270 4291 or

Absolute beach front land only 4 to 5 hours from Phuket. Why pay 30-50 million baht per Rai when you can have the best from B1.1 to B2.9 Million Baht per Rai!!! Email: thailandmls@

Ocean Front Land: 7 rai with 185 metres of sea frontage. Water, electricity, road and boat access, located 800 metres from Yacht Haven marina, perfect site for small beach front development. For quick sale only B5 million per rai. Tel 081 343 0777 Email: montha_phuket@

45 Sq.m Freehold. 2 balconies (great view). 1 bedroom. 1 livingroom. 2 air conditioners. Full furniture. Internet. Cable TV. Laundry. Fresh market. Swimming pool. Gym. Restaurant. Call 080 040 9077.

4 Bedroom British Colonial style house, Cape Yamu, Phuket. Amazing views spanning over 100km, as far as Krabi. Price reduced from B35 to B28 million. 086 279 6283, email:

Inexpensive land plots on East coast of Phuket for sale, 0.3 - 5 rai, some with a sea view (Bang Pae, Pa Klok, Yamu Hills). Direct sale by owner. 095 068 1672, 080 271 6484.

back of Mangosteen hotel. Very good access , road, electric, water. Size approximately 30 by 70 meters. Chanote. Contact 087 897 0501.

Patong; 50 sqm of the living area, seaview /mountain view, furnished, Pool, 24hr security, for SALE B2.8M - B3.3M. Contact 083 103 3801, 081 415 7774.

Land for Sale:

Mission Hills. One rai. Very quiet and private, close to all services, 10 min to school, airport, beach, golf, Tesco. B3.4M. 087 276 0529 for info.

Freehold Condo For Sale:

World Class Sea Views:


2,200 Land, Nai Harn -12,9 min: Located in Sai Yaun 9, at the

Apartment for sale in Patong: Apartment for SALE in

Waterfront Villa in Boatlagoon: Modern style spacious townhouse. 3 large beds/4 baths. 250 Sqm. one office area and 2 balconies. One private birth for a boat up to 6 meters behind the house. freehold/leasehold. B9.9 million. Call 082 493 8526. Email:



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Superb Ocean View Lux Penthouse: B148,000 per sqm,

R AWAI VILLA: BARGAIN PR I CE: S p a c i o u s p r o p e r t y i n

288 sqm of heaven. Plunge pool, 3 bed, 4 bath overlooking perfect panoramic ocean views. Beach shops, fabulous restaurants, nightlife all a 3 minute walk. B42,624,000. Contact: 088 761 4030 or

1,000sqm garden. Private 9x4m pool. Three large beds, all a/c and en suite. Big Western kitchen. Plus guest house. Furnished. Private access. Price cut for quick sale. 13,500,000, alangath@, 087 273 0141.

Urgent Sale: 6 rai

Hilltop Land for sale, near Mission Hills golf club, was B4.2 million per rai now only B2.99 million per rai, full chanote, water/ elec. sea/mountain views. 087 978 5804 (Eng).

2,200 Land, Nai Harn -B10.9 million for Sale: Located in Sai Yaun 9, at the back of Mangosteen hotel. Very good access , road, electric, water. Size approximately 30 by 70 metres. Chanote. Contact 087 897 0501.


Phuket Country Club Condos: 3 Only Luxury Contemporary

Modern Villa in Marina:

A spacious family home in Boat Lagoon. Modern contemporary style with 4+1 beds, 4 bathrooms. Large dining area, private swimming pool and fully furnished. Size 616 Sq.M. Call 076 238 948.

Hill Land for Sale: Very nice location hill land by the Bangwat Dam, total 60 rai, 96,000 square metre. Contact: Attapong 081 892 0610 (Thai), Jantiwa 081 890 8268 (Eng). e-mail: jantiwa_ j@

Condos, 1 per floor C/W lift. Located on the 15th fairway 275 M3 per floor total.Common Pool and Sundeck. Underground parking 1/unit, Floor 3 show unit complete Floors 1&2 are unfinished, waiting for owners choice of flooring and kitchens. Could still develop into one very large private home. Floors 1&2 could be offices star ting from B10 million. Or B32 million for project Partial financing available. Info contact 084 840 1262,

Great Investment Opportunity: Completed show house and infrastructure seven further plots for development. 1.5km from Mission Hills Golf Club. Please call 087 888 1761 (Aom) for details.

7th Floor Suites (Hotel) Building For Sale Kata Beach Center 9 apar tments and a 300 sqm Penthouse on the roof plus fully equipped restaurant and pool with terrace are free of rent and now available. Price total 38 million Baht (9.50.000.euro) include chanote and Thai company. For serious interest email: for RUSSIAN; Ms. Oxana Email:


Very Spacious European From Owner: Villa in peaceNai Harn Pool Villa For Sale: land area 336 sqm land,158 sqm interior floor, fully fitted Western kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 toilet/shower, 9x3 m pool, tropical fruit garden, chanote title, modern open design, fully furnished, 50 inch TV. B7,950,000, vankets@, 085 473 7812 .

ful place in Rawai. Large living area and terrace. 3 bedrooms, 4 aircon, 3 bathrooms, 1 guest toilet. Western kitchen, garage, laundry, beautiful garden, swimming pool. 612 sqm plot, chanote title. Price B9.5 million. Contact Tanya 083 506 8345,

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Native English Teacher N e e d ex p e r i e n c e d p r e s c h o o l teacher, 10 -14 children. Star t i m m e d i a t e l y, C h a l o n g , 4 0 hour a week. Send resume to

Business Development Executive: We are searching

S w i s s S e r vi c e / Pho n e Operator: Swiss Ser vice / Telephone Operator .Good level of English. Ability to work under pressure. Good in communication and organisation. Responsible and reliable. Minimum one year experience. Contact: HR Department, email: Humanresources.phuket@ or call 076 303 000.

for Thai nationals to fill our position as Area Business Development Executive to manage our list of customers in Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak. Applicants should be fluent in English and have previous sales experience in Horeca. Must own a vehicle for business travel within the region. K.Jongjit, K.Michael and K.Sarah,, 026 785 188-90.

FREELANCE WEB / SEO / EDITING: Do you require up-dates/ SEO to your site, blog or Open Cart? Also: s-engine/RSS/Blog submissions - PDF/Photo flip shows - Web Photo Video’s etc. Email: mr.m.hopkins@

Design Manager - The Design Manager liaises with the design team with regard to coordination and quality, takes a leading role with the contractor design team and gets involved in site-based decisions affecting specifications and build.

Class Act Media is southern Thailand's most comprehensive media company, incorporating Phuket’s leading English newspaper ‘The Phuket News’, Russian language newspaper 'Novosti Phuketa', Phuket’s leading English radio station ‘Live 89.5’, Phuket English TV 'Phuket News TV' and a a host of publications & services including ‘The Phuket Colouring book’ & ‘Phuket Ticket Master’.

Site Architect - Ensure that the design is delivered by the contractor and is responsible for dealing with any on-site design problems.

The Job:  

The applicants must have:

Excellent knowledge of Windows Server 2008 and networking systems  Good Knowledge of PHP, HTML5, Javascript, JQuery, Ajax, CSS, XML, MySQL  Good knowledge of website CMS  Good knowledge of English (spoken and written)  Experience of minimum 1 year in a similar job 

We offer:

Good salary Monday – Friday (8.30am – 6pm)  Friendly work environment  Excellent progress opportunity and job security  

If you are professional & enthusiastic person, this is an excellent opportunity to advance in a growing & innovative media business in Phuket

For more information, call K. Mod on 076 612 550 ext. 101, or email To apply online, visit

Class Act Media Co., Ltd. 99/7 Moo 1 T. Kathu A. Kathu Phuket 83120 Tel: 076 612 550-2 Fax: 076 612 553

Class Act Media is southern Thailand's most comprehensive media company, incorporating Phuket’s leading English newspaper ‘The Phuket News’, Russian language newspaper 'Novosti Phuketa', Phuket’s leading English radio station ‘Live 89.5’, Phuket English TV 'Phuket News TV' and a a host of publications & services including ‘The Phuket Colouring book’ & ‘Phuket Ticket Master’.

TV PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Phuket News TV, a division of Class Act Media, is looking for a new member of staff who wants to learn everything about the production of video material - camerawork, video editing, studio and live recording. You will be part of a small, dynamic team and will be an important contributor to the weekly content from Phuket News TV. Previous industry experience is not necessary. But it is important to have an interest in digital broadcasting, video production and telling stories through the medium of video. Experience with shooting video material and digital editing software would be an advantage. Phuket News TV use Sony HD cameras and edit primarily on the Apple platform with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. For more information, call K. Mod on 076 612 550 ext. 101, Interested candidates are invited to apply online at or email To apply online, visit

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99/7 Moo KathuPhuket Phuket 83120 99/7 Moo1 1T.T.Kathu Kathu A. A. Kathu 83120 Tel:Tel: 076 Fax:076 076612 612 553 076612 612550-2 550-2 Fax: 553


Use Social Media to Help Dogs and Cats in Need!: Soi Dog Foundation, the fastest growing animal welfare organization in Southeast Asia, seeks a Social Media Officer to take the lead in our Facebook page. Responsibilities include creating and publishing content on Facebook for supporting Soi Dog’s fund raising, adoptions and public awareness programs. The position requires excellent creative writing skills, strong computer skills including video and photographic content creation and a strong empathy for animals. This is a full time position at Soi Dog’s animal shelter in Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand. A visa and work permit will be arranged. Please send a CV and a cover letter that explains why you are qualified to:

HR,, 076 617 763.

Fr e e l a n c e G r a p hi c s Designer: Looking for Freelance Graphics Designer for occasional projects using Photo shop, In Design and Illustrator programmes. Contact Simone on or call 083 596 0018.

Class Act Media is southern Thailand's most comprehensive media company, incorporating Phuket’s leading English newspaper ‘The Phuket News’, Russian language newspaper 'Novosti Phuketa', Phuket’s leading English radio station ‘Live 89.5’, Phuket English TV 'Phuket News TV' and a a host of publications & services including ‘The Phuket Colouring book’ & ‘Phuket Ticket Master’.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER We are currently recruiting for a graphic designer to join our team to handle the layout of our publications, including online.

The job:

PR & Mar keting - The View: PR & Marketing at The View Condominium Female 2035, Job description: Promote, contact, PR to prospective customers on our booth, Coordinate with recruiter, Collaborate with team, Language: English and Russian or English and Chinese. Call 081 666 6622, 086 439 9996. Email:,

LIVE THE LIFEST YLE OF YOUR DREAMS: International financial advisors required for south east asia finance and sales experience a huge advantage please send your CV and contact details to: info@pp-intl. com

Schedule and Program Manager The Program and Schedule Manager will be responsible for managing the program-wide planning/ scheduling activities.

IT SUPPORT Maintain our Dell in-house server and network Programming for our website  Maintain & develop new features on the website  General IT support & maintenance for 50 users

DMG Thailand is hiring Development Management Group Co., Ltd. is looking for the best candidates to join our successful team on a high profile hotel development project in Phuket. Thai Nationals with relevant construction experience desired. We have the following positions open:

Au pair Qualifications: ·Bachelor’s degree + qualified teacher status. ·Accredited qualifications for working with young children. ·First language English speaker, plus the ability to teach other language . ·Expected to play at least 2 musical instruments. ·Between 35 to 47 years old, Female Experience: ·Minimum 7 years experience as Private Tutor. ·Minimum 3 years teaching experience preferably as a qualifiedteacher. Rationale: ·The purpose is to support the family in personal growth and development of the children. ·The focused on the manners, etiquette, well being and educational progress of the children. ·The post will have a significant influence on the children’s personality development and always ensure their well-being. Pls contact Carol 081 978 0090 or email me carolgarciastudio@

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G enkan Creative is looking to expand its international team. We are looking for a self-motivated, highly creative individual to work with our international team creating world class web applications. Candidates are expected to have the following experience; Thai Nationality Minimum 3 years’ experience working in Web Development Knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP Minimum 2 years’ experience working with Wordpress Knowledge of SEO a plus Knowledge of graphic design tools. E.g Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop a plus Knowledge of Facebook Apps a plus Expected Salary between 25,000 – 30,000 THB depending on experience. Candidates should send their CV to

GHOST WRITER WANTED: Experience and CV Resident Phuket Apply

Graphic Designer wanted Genkan Creative is looking to expand its international team. We are looking for a self-motivated, highly creative individual to work with our international team creating world class web applications. Candidates are expected to have the following experience; Thai Nationality 3 years’ experience in Web graphic design Knowledge of HTML & CSS Knowledge of graphic design tools. E.g Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Knowledge of Wordpress a plus Expected Salary between 20,000 – 30,000 THB depending on experience. Candidates should send their CV & Portfolio to

Class Act Media is southern Thailand's most comprehensive media company, incorporating Phuket’s leading English newspaper ‘The Phuket News’, Russian language newspaper 'Novosti Phuketa', Phuket’s leading English radio station ‘Live 89.5’, Phuket English TV 'Phuket News TV' and a a host of publications & services including ‘The Phuket Colouring book’ & ‘Phuket Ticket Master’.

THAI REPORTER The Phuket News is looking for a Thai reporter to join the news desk. This is an exciting position that offers

● Designing advertisements for clients ● Layout of our The Phuket News and other publications ● All artwork and graphic design work related to production

The successful candidate must:

Applicants must have:

● Be a Thai national

● Excellent skills with InDesign, Photoshop, In Copy and other graphic design software ● Min. 1 year experience in designing and layout of newspapers or magazines ● Good English (written and spoken)

We offer: ● Competitive salary ● Friendly work environment ● Excellent progress opportunity and job security For more information, call K. Mod on 076 612 550 ext. 101, or email To apply online, visit

Class Act Media Co., Ltd. 99/7 Moo 1 T. Kathu A. Kathu Phuket 83120 Tel: 076 612 550-2 Fax: 076 612 553

great career prospects for the right candidate

● Have a hunger for the news ● Be a proficient photographer ● Have a willingness to learn ● Have good English writing skills ● Be willing to work to deadlines ● Be a strong communicator For more information, call K. Mod on 076 612 550 ext. 101, or email To apply online, visit

Class Act Media Co., Ltd. 99/7 Moo 1 T. Kathu A. Kathu Phuket 83120 Tel: 076 612 550-2 Fax: 076 612 553






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BOATS & YACHTS Luxury Yacht for Sale: For sale 2002 Bertram 510 Flybridge luxury yacht. Reduced to only USD675,000. Contact Marcus on marcus@leema

2 2 m . I n d o n e s i a n Pi n i s i Ketch: Licensed and registered in

Boat Sales and Charters:

Thailand. She is in good condition and currently working as a snorkel and sunset tour boat. For sale or long-term rental. Price negotiable for quick sale.

Want to build or charter your own boat to get out among Phuket’s many islands for fishing or pleasure? Then please contact the experts on 081 270 4291 or go to www.

New Dehler 29 New Varianta 37:

Max Value – Min Price 37’ yacht built by Hanse and designed by Judel/Vrolijk at a 32’ price. Performance 2/3 Cabin Layout. Base Price €74,900 ex Fact 0813701995

This 29’ yacht performs well and has a high quality 2 Cabin fit-out. An ideal family boat with Options & Delivery to Phuket. THB 3,500,000 app. Contact: - www. - 0813701995

LIV Aboard For Sale: Compressors and tanks also available. Please contact Joe : 087 891 8912 joe@

Glass bottom Looker 320 Glass bottom cruise boat for sale. Length 9.5m, beam 3.7, passenger capacity 22, speed up to 40 knots, dural/composite hull. Engine Mercruiser 320 hp. Fuel tank for 150 l, consumption 50 l, consumption 50 l / 100 km. Front transparent windshield, bottom glass 3x2 m, hydrofoil, toilet + shower, navigation. Built in 2011, excellent condition. Sell for 9MB or barter for villa/apartment.

Yacht sale 36-ft Searay: A very good condition with bedding for 5, air-con, generator, kitchenette, BBQ grill, twin propulsion, Mercruiser 5.0L bravo III DTS, raymarine chartplotter, GPS and depth sounder. B4.5 million. Call 089 647 5204. NEW ZODIAC 420 YACHTLINE: SPECIAL OFSELLING YOUR BOAT?: With high season just around the corner, now is the right time to get her listed, are always looking for new listings,big or small, power or sail, contact Alan Giles. 084 842 6146.

FER FROM MAX MARINE ASIA – A great sporty RIB, designed as a tender/people carrier for a larger vessel of approximately 70 feet. A smooth, fast ride guaranteed from the world’s most famous inflatable boat brand. -Hypalon tubes -Honda 50hp EFI 4 Stroke outboard -Boat cover FOR SALE AT 750,000 THB Contact Craig Murphy on 081-9700583 Or, Paul Stamp on 08-40 60 70 20

J e t s k i s & Tr a i l e r 600,000THB: Two 3 person jet skis, fully maintained & just fully repainted and serviced. Refurbished stainless frame trailer included with trailer jack and hand winches.082 282 6947 Dan (Thai/English).

Crownline 320 LS 50 kts B o w r i d : Ve r y f a s t - n i c e s p o r t boat,2x350 MPI engines, year 2009, like new, lifetime hull warantty, only 100 working engine hours, Thai flag, tax payed. Only 3M THB, Airberth 0,5 M THB seperately.

40FT Steel Cutter Sloop: Ready to cruise.Centrecockpit. Safe, strong German design.New Sails, 44HP Yanmar Engine, 6 Berths, solar, wind generator, BBQ, dinghy&outboard. AUD$90K. 085 3780 498,

Kawasaki 750Sxi Jet Ski Pro: Stand up. Trick conversion kit, R&D ride plate, Race bars with finger throttle, Hydro-turf floor mat with foot-holds, Very reliable, fast, and great fun. Very good condition. B150,000. Contact:

Boat for sale: Boat for sale at Ao Yon Bay (Cape Panwa, Phuket). Boat has two engines 140 cc yamaha. 13+ 2 per persons. Price:550. 000B. Phone number : 083 637 9704 Thai/Eng and 081 894 9967.






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Steppa Fiberglass 32 feet Flybridge two 200 hp Yamaha outboard engines. Ideal for diving and tours. B850,000. Call 081 894 2124.

Speed Boat For Sale:



Company for sale - Owner retiring Well known 12 year established company specializing in sales and rental of containers, site/sales offices, Porta Loos as well as Self Storage. Customer base includes Tesco Lotus, Laguna, Marriot, Boat Lagoon and many more. Enormous potential for expansion and export. A conservative value of company assets exceed 11MB which is included in the sale price of 14MB. Call Gordon 081 892 4804, www.

 20 YEAR PROFITABLE OPERATION  50 MB PLUS TURNOVER 2012 CALANDAR YEAR 44’ Yacht - 8 berth layout with two bathrooms, B&G instruments and many options with Delivery to Phuket. THB 6,950,000,,, 081 370 1995.


New Varianta 44’: CONTACT PETER: PHONE: 0848433492 Boutique Guesthouse & Bar: Boutique Guesthouse, Bar /

A new premium Hanse with Sail Away options included - less than THB 4,500,000 in Phuket 0813701995, Person : Inq, inq@, 081 370 1995.

Hanse 325 Max 2014:


Boat: Swedish impor ted Buster XL maid by aluminum 2 scow, Suzuki 4 stroke outboard Engine used only 200hrs, Brenderup-trailer + wakeboard + all needed accessories. Car: Mitsubishi Triton 4 wheel, only 6 years old. Boat and Car sells as a package or separate. For more information please contact: 087-8772320 or E-mail: oliver@, B1,350,000.

H Y PA LO N D I N GY 3 . 3 M:

Brand-new with UV cover and storage cover, pump, oars, kits. Only B110,000 Email: 089 971 0278, Eddie.

P r i v a t e L u x u r y Ya c h t Char ters: Luxur y day & over-

Bertram 505 Conver for sale:

Launched in 1989 this long range sport fishing vessel is powered by 2 Hino Marine 360hp V8 Turbo . The interior is fully air-conditioned and features a saloon, three cabins and a galley. Price : 7,000,000 THB , Stefano, info@, 087 834 5293 .

night yacht char ters with crew & chef on board. Rates from 64,000 b a h t p e r d a y. Te l . 0 8 9 9 710 2 7 8 ,

45ft. 4 cabins. Volvo D- 4 IPS 300. Genset. Aircon. “Bose” surround. Raymarine. Low hours. Fully loaded. Fast and economical. As new. Bargain. Only 339,000 euros. Email: 089 971 0278, Eddie.

A steal for a quick sale:

2007 Italian demo yacht Cranchi 47ft Hard Top. Fully loaded with Tropical air con, genset, Electrical winches, garage, roof, Raymarine Premium Navy, BBQ, Ice Maker, 3 Fridges, “Bose” Sound, 2007 Italian demo yacht Cranchi 47ft Hard Top. Fully loaded with Tropical air con, genset, Electrical winches, garage, roof, Raymarine Premium Navy, BBQ, Ice Maker, 3 Fridges, “Bose” Sound, Neon light, Twin 570HP with reliable shaf t drive, under 300 hours, Brand New Condition. Euro 335,000. Tel: 089 971 0278,

Land area approx 3,800 sqm. Main road with twin house in compound. Big garden, mangoes, tamarind, banana trees and a large restaurant in middle. Good lease and low rent. Price : 1.3 MB. Khun Asok, Rawai. big_redchili@, 089 646 7176.

Car, Bike, Internet, Game shop: Car and Motorbike Rental Coffee shop/cafe/bar for sale: URGENT-fully equipped and

licensed,you walk in I walk out,can be changed to bar,2nd flr 3 bed a/c ff acc.3rd flr covered open area,2 x Honda clicks 4 rent,cheap rent paid to 2014. Price: 400K, rjpooklook@, 094 316 1461.

Sport Club for Sale by Owner: Set on 4 rai land with


13 Metre Wooden Hull Cruiser: Cap. 17 PAX. Wooden 2009 POWER CATAMARAN:

Rawai Restuarant for Sale:

SEATBOAT 369 sale. Year 2009, engines 2x225 hp, capacity 22 passengers, great condition, ready to run, 2 stern exits, bathroom, shower, set of new options (coach, tent anto-staining), all documents. Priced at 1.9 MB, negotiable. Call Andrey 085 368 5908.

hull, 3.5 metres W, draws 1.5 meters, diesel engine generates 123 KW. Perfect for fishing or day tours. Fitted w Fish Finder and GPS. Was B1,500,000 now only B500,000. Call 082 414 6931, email: phil@ krabikon

N E W S E A L I N ES AVA I LABLE: Orders are now open for the

new range of Sealine Sports and Flybridge, both 380 and 450. For details of this exciting new range Contact: inq@ - - 081 370 1995.

full chanote title. Include tennis court, volleyball court, fishing lake, game room, restaurant and bar and separate guest bungalow for sale or long term lease. Call +66 81 569 6026, +61 498 248 656 (English & Thai) Email:patbittersweet@gmail. com. See

Reduced for quick sale: 2 rai prime development land near Villa Market & the new Central Festival site, Laguna/ Bangtao area. Long registered leases THB 1,800,000. Minimal ground rent. Contact 087 884 0644.


with Internet and Gaming Shop. Well established, for sale 2 Million THB. bargain, near Rawai beach. Contact Mr. Brown 081 090 9640 e-mail: info@

Bar for sale: Very Busy Mushroom

profitable business lease 4.7M. Fully refurbished, 6 year contract (fully pre-paid). Low rent. Busy soi 2 minutes from the beach. 5 beautiful ensuite rooms. Sports bar, fully fitted kitchen and restaurant area. Account available. Tel: 081 891 9461 /

with full furnished, TV, fridge, aircon, hot water, swimming pool, restaurant and spa. Located in Soi Nanai villa. Contact 086 300 9406.

Business for sale Business only or business and property. Est 2003. Repeat business from big data base, non-tourist related soft furnising manufacturing and retail business. Genuine enquires only, no tyre kickers.

70 0 s q m e t r e + b u i l d i n g +10 b e d +10 b a t h +2 r e s t a u r a n t s . Newly renovated. Private financing by owner. Down B2 million + 13 yearly payment of 1MB. Own forever title land. 100 metres to Rawai landing pier. 084 242 8914,


Massage shop Patong: Due

to a relationship split,we must sell the massage business in Nanai. 5 Bed platform, 3 individual beds, 5 chairs 2 toilets, 1 shower, staff accommodation Large premises, could add other business All reasonable cash offers considered. B480,000,, 083 594 1293.

Thai food in Patong close to beach and main shopping Jungceylon. First class equipment included pizza oven. Main road location, 350 sqm. Good lease cheap rent. Owner health problem must sell URGENT . Only 8 MB! 0870 368 551.

Laundry shop for sale: Laundry shop for sale located in The Promenade Plaza Nanai Rd Patong. Free deposit, free key money, Three month rent free sign contract direct to owner of Plaza. K. Jeeppy, 093 160 6566,

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Russian Cuisine Restaurant:

Ready Mixed Concrete Company’s factory. 446.92 Horse power. Output of workers in the production of 22 people per day at an average yield of about 100 Q/Day (B1,800/Q) average revenue per day for about B180,000. Manufacture of ready-mixed concrete. Can continue immediately. Just buy a cement truck then start delivery. Ready water source to be used for production. Address: Moo. 4 T. Maikhao Thalang Dist. Phuket 83110. Land Size: 20 rai 2 Ngan and 56 talang wah. Price: B130 Million. Contact: Mr. Lee, mobile: 081 803 7189.

Guest house & Business: For sale / rent long term. 400 sq m. (N.S.-3 K document) next to Swissotel Kamala. 500 m from Kamala beach. B32 million. Call 081 893 0540, 076 385 775 email: Sale Bar, Hotel + 1 Shop Rawai Beach: Land plot

Restaurant for Sale Urgent!: Seafood Europain and

bar for sale in Soi Bel Air. Wally Bar, all stock, T.V. sound system, beer boxes and fridges included in sale, rent, only B10,000 monthly. Only B600,000 ono. 086 725 0771.

Cement Production Plant:

G u e s t h o u s e Ca f e B a r Karon Beach: Easily managed

Patong N ew Hot el for Longterm Lease: 40 rooms

Restaurant business for sale. Fully equipped rooms and bar, website and facebook page established. Well situated only three minutes walk from both Kamala beach and main road with all their amenities. B1,500,000. Contact: 084 442 7015.

Business For Sale

Nice location 1km. from the beach and pier. Chanote title. Walking distance to many shop. 2 story, 9room and 6bath. Upstairs:4bd with baths for rent. Downstairs:5rooms and 2bath, 2kitchen, restaurant, bar, beauty salon etc.Entrance from the front and back. Only 8.9 MB. Call: 081 270 6310

Russian restaurant for sale. Located in the middle of Kata beach. Advertising on Radio and TV. Fully equipped and staffed. Price : B3,000,000, Konstantin,, 082 417 2444.

BAR ON BANGLA In the front of a new discotheque in the center on Bangla Road. We have 5 bars for rent. They are prepared and can be used immediately. Best return of investment is guaranteed.

Please contact Khun Ay: 081-895-7597 Dive Center for sale: Once in a life time opportunity: Paradise Diving Asia Co.Ltd. is selling its 12 years established 5* Dive Center / Retail Shop in Phuket, Nai Yang plus it’s unique location and connections,, 081 891 5539.

For sale massage shop Pa r adi se: Ground floor

armchair,massage bed, cooking room, toilet, 1st floor 4 shower rooms. 2nd floor jacuzzi big room+bathroom.3rd floor 1 big r o o m+2 s m a l l r o o m s. 8 0 0,0 0 0 + 40,0 0 0/month c all Yves 081 895 1759 / 08 4 8 49 8 403 Bangboon(Thai).

Car Rental Company for sale !

Fully equipped office, website with online booking, many customers. New cars. Risk free opportunity.Start to make money immediately.Only 5.5 MB. Contact 0867479292 or claudstrey@




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Your specialist of imported food and drinks in Phuket. Visit our shop at the Billion Plaza, opposite Tesco Lotus. Contact: 076 612 733, 076 248 900 or visit:

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Mini Cooper S JCW GP for sale: Only 2000 made worldwide. Per fect condition, 20 0 6, manual, 17,500 km, 218 hp supercharged, high end hifi, Recaro seats, Book Service, Ultimate Mini. Collectors item. B1.6m, 089 866 3756 (Eng/Th) frankdreist@


Welcome to Sunday services: Thai: 10.00-12.30 AM and 7.30-9.30 PM. English: 2-4 PM. Free lunch and Sunday school for kids. Contact: K.Gung Tel: 076 -274975 - 6, 08 4 - 0567027 Email:

ship to Phuket’s most prestigious golf course. THB 840,000 Includes transfer fee of THB 140,000. Email or call/ sms 0818913051. Serious offers only.


Isuzu Dmax 2006, 105,000km, one owner, 4x2, silver automatic, double cab, good condition. Contact 087 079 0650 or 080 073 5371.


coffee machines for biodegradable coffee capsules,6 blends:100%arabica,r obusta,organic,decaffeinated..BEST RESULT WITH MINIMUM EFFORT AND ZERO INVESTMENT,a real taste of Italy,call! 088 768 1260.


HONDA CB500F FOR SALE: HONDA CB50 0F for sale. Only 2 month old bike, 200 km after first maintenance. Charged with high performance parts worth 40,000 baht: Akrapovič carbon exhaust, new clutch and brake handle, fuel tank protection. Full one year accident insurance as a sweet bonus for the buyer. B180,000. Call Dmitry 095 546 3649 .

HONDA CITY '03 1.5AT, 118X X Xkm: Ver y reliably & friendly car, carefully used for last 3 years. Good condition with some wears. Clean interior, good car audio, fresh tires. Best choice for young family. Honda serviced only. Igor, Chalong, B280,000, 083 102 0070.

PEUG EOT 2 07 f o r sa l e:

2008 Peugeot 207cc, 33k kilometers, 1 owner, per fect c ondition, leather seats, Convertible, B940,000. 080 523 8819.


TOYOTA CAMRY VI-2.4 V V TI G PS: Toyot a C a m r y

VI-2.4i,16V WT-i VSC(167hp)AT(only 77,000km)6 years. Integrated GPS,DVD,Bluetooth. Anti-spin and speed control, outdoor censors & rear-camera. Leather/wood interior.Only B760,000, 088 445 2800.

Family sports and leisure club. Swimming/golf/ playcentre/ gaming arcade. Contact 076 203 185, 087 882 5544. See


LEXUS-4 door sedan 1.2million: Lexus 250, 2006, 2.5 V6 gaso-

line. Paddle shifter, Spor ts Drive. Brand new rims and tires. Travelled 93K. Recently Fully Serviced from dealership. Needs new owner ASAP. 082 282 6947 Dan.


Blue Canyon Golf Membership: Blue Canyon Golf Lifetime

membership for sale! Excellent saving! B89,500 Call 084 052 2277.

Isuzu D-max super platinum3.0L: Bought on 04/2010. Check up every 5,000 km, only 65,000 km on clock. Double Surround sound with USB, navigator, many extras. Price : B620,000. Norbert 080 878 3542 GER/ENG. Email: norberts923@

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Furniture for Sale: European

style sofa and matching chairs 35,0 0 0 2 matching side tables 2,000 set Wooden dining table & 6 chairs 1.5m X 1.2m (extends to 1.5m) 10,000 Curtains (2) 5.74 X 2.4 8,000 Roman blind light brown color 1,000, 089 866 5887.


Horse Rescue Seeks Don a t i o n s: w w w. P h u k e t H o r s e T/A Andaman Horse Center,Co.,Ltd seeks support, networking and financial help. PHR/AHC Co Ltd. helps any horse in need. Please help us help them. Layan, N Bang Tao Beach, Thalang. 084 842 4581.

Total Web Solutions: Need a professional SEO website customised for your business needs? A website that you can manage, control & update. To make a difference with your website contact websolutions@, 081 091 9282.

liards. 6FT start at only 64,500THB plus BIG discount or FREE Football table for Phuket Customers only!! Call NOW 081 171 2121


We Sell Boxes & Moving Supplies: At MY STORAGE Self Storage you can buy quality moving and packing supplies like individual boxes, bubble wrap, packing tapes & knives plus secure padlocks. We also help you to move and store. Call 076 292 909.

FOR KIDS! This Air Hockey Table is truly out of this world and one of the most unique game tables available. Big and small children will be lining up to get the next game! Complete your Game Room Now, Ying, ying@thailandpooltables. com ,085 797 0005.


Earn Extra w Coin Pool Tables: Earn Extra $$$$$ with our

Coin Pool Tables Make money while keeping your patrons enter tained! No risks..No Hassles.. We install, regularly maintain the tables and share all the income with you! Contact us now., 085 797 0005.


Cruise Phuket in style. As new. 3 speed gears, disk/ drum brakes, comfortable riding position and plush saddle. Wide tyres and “chopper” forks. A must have for this season., Price : 32,000 , Person : Allan Mossop , Address : 393/2 Boi Ao Bang Tao 1, Cherng Talay, Phu , Email :, 081 737 0722.

Cool Cruiser Bicycle:

Kite Surf Equipment for Sale: 2 new boards, never used.

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Account & Legal Consultant Legal Consultant Company Registration Work Permit Visa Account & Audit Civil Criminal Litigation Property business Consultant Tax Planing Attorney Translation etc. 081 477 9154.

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Ronins to harvest the Rice Warriors MATCH PREVIEW

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fter two home games this season, Phuket FC will travel for their first away game to play “The Rice Warriors” Ang Thong FC this Saturday (March 8). Ang Thong FC were only recently promoted to Yamaha League-1 for the first time thanks in large part to their Head Coach Vorawan “Pum” Chitawanich, a former Thai national team midfielder, who took the job in the second half of the 2013 season, after leading Tampines Rovers to Singapore’s S League championship. In their first game at Ayutthaya FC, Coach Pum employed a 4-5-1 formation with Nigerian striker Obatola Ojimi “OJ” as his lone striker. Most of his star players were unfit to play in the first league game, but in their Toyota League Cup game last Sunday

Phuket FC, here in training, are set to play their first away game of the year against Ang Thong. Photo: Steven Layne (March 2), he played 4-4-2 with Laotian striker Khampheng Saiyavutthi and former Sri Racha striker Gaston Gonzalez, who scored one goal each, sending Ang Thong through to the next round. Coach Pum might start with a 4-4-2 formation against Phuket, with OJ and Khampheng up front, and he may play a cautious first half. As such, Phuket FC will do well to apply early pressure. In the last two matches,

it seems that one of Phuket FC’s weaknesses has been on the left side of th pitch. Last weekend The Ronin’s Dusit Nongprathum, playing as left wingback, lost Sisaket’s Gorka Velasco and was punished by a 6-yard goal drive. On Saturday, Dusit might once again be exposed by Angthong’s speedy Japanese player Nobuhito Takahashi. Teco should consider another layer of protection on the left. Both Ang Thong wing-

Phuket United obliterate Ayuthaya FUTSAL Steven Layne

THE ISLAND’S PRO FIVE-aside futsal outfit came from two down to score eight unanswered goals in their fourth fixture of the Futsal Thailand Premier League 2014 season last Sunday (March 2) at the Saphan Hin Gymnasium in Phuket Town, defeating Ayuthaya City 8-2 in a rowdy contest. Coming into the match, Ayuthaya City – having acquired league competition


rights this year from nowdefunct Samut Songkhram – were sitting in 5th place with two wins and a draw. In 8th place, morale-sapped Phuket were coming off the back of a devastating 9-0 trouncing away last week to AFC Futsal Champions Chon-

buri Blue Wave. After allowing two scores, the Brazilian duo of Jackson Santos and Edson “Gugu” Silva each found the net to equalise shortly before halftime. After the break,a fantastic joint effort from Gugu, Kittipong Sonsuwan, Thanakorn Piaprichayut and team captain Nattapong Buachai put the team ahead, with Thanakorn Penpakul also adding two scores. Santos would score once again, his fifth in four game, which puts him in joint-third for the golden boot race.

backers, Decha Petchtakua on the left and Captain Santad Klinyisoon on the right, are comfortable playing down the wing. If Decha drives the play, he’ll come face to face with Eber and Sakareya, while Watchara will be busy in midfield as he might be facing Sittipan Chumchuay, a former TPL player who has both speed and agility. As we all know, Ney Fabiano is on a fine goalscoring streak, but his age won’t allow him to run a full 90 minutes. It would seem wise to start him, hope he gets an early goal, and then replace him after 60 minutes with Anusak Laosangthai to inject pace and energy later in the game. Maybe this is a reason why Teco sets his team up to attack from the first whistle, because Ney Fabiano – as much as we’d like him to be – is not the Energizer Bunny.

Kaze’s prediction: Phuket FC 2-1 Ang Thong FC


Anusak Laosenthai (second from right) celebrates his game winning goal agains Sisaket. Photo: Steven Layne

Phuket FC down Sisaket 2-1 in League Cup clash FOOTBALL Steven Layne

PHUKET FC MAINTAINED their unbeaten record this year by downing Thai Premier League side Sisaket FC 2-1 in a thrilling Toyota League Cup match last Saturday (March 1) at Surakul Stadium. The second round matchup was attended by 4,300 fans, a record turnout for the Ronins so far this year. Once again, it was Ney Fabiano who put the Ronins on the scoreboard first, when in the 15th minute the seasoned Brazilian forward drove the ball into the back of the net following a pass from left winger Eakartit Somjit.

Sisaket answered back five minutes into the second half when Spanish import Gorka Velasco scored an equaliser through a beautiful strike from just outside the box. But in the 75 th minute Phuket struck again when Anusak Laosenthai, with an assist by Japanese player Yusuke Sato, scored from a set play. Despite five minutes of extra time, neither side could find the net for the remainder of the match. Next up, Phuket will go on the road for the first time this year when they take on Yamaha League-1 upstarts Ang Thong FC on March 8 at 6:30pm. The Phuket News and Class Act Media are proud sponsors of Phuket FC.




Thalang dominate Patong in finals rematch, take top spot CRICKET

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halang took care of Patong by 128 runs in a rematch last weekend of their 2013 Jones Lang LaSalle final and the Outrigger T20 final. The match got underway at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with a maiden first over from David Watson, with his left arm swingers beating the bat of Thalang’s run machine Justin Thomatos 3 times in a row. As the batsmen’s nerves settled though, the runs started to flow. A finger injury to opening bowler Richard Desmond saw him removed from the attack after just a single over and with Imtiyaz Mushtaq late to arrive at the ground, Patong were forced to change their plans. Thalang were 75-0 at the break. Thomatos plundered 18 runs off the next over, and soon after the openers brought

Thai cricketer Paan unleases a fast ball for Thalang. Photo: Michael Way up their second consecutive 100 run partnership. The opening stand came to an end on 131 when Thomatos (63 from 64 balls) was caught in the deep off the bowling of Monish Chandawaskar. When the second break came around the score was 163-1 with Andrew McMillan 81 not out and Bill Stahmer

on 8. Just 2 straight David Watson deliveries after the break and Thalang had lost Bill Stahmer (bowled) and debutant Carl Baxter (LBW). Walking out to defend the hat-trick opportunity was Simon Wetherell who steamed in and delivered a full, straight ball that was played through the field for 2 runs.

Chipping in with some fast runs at the finish was Wetherell (32 off 17), and Craig Murphy (30 not out) including a 6 from the last ball of the innings that was dropped over the boundary rope. When play resumed, Bowler Anamul Hossain opened the bowling and struck gold in the second over removing David





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Watson. Seemant Raju then played around a full pitched ball from Anthony Dupont in the next over and Patong were 16-2. Paddy Morton and David Thomas set about playing Patong back into the game, keeping the run rate in check by punishing the leg side bowling. Heads dropped out on the field and the heat started to play a role until Paddy missed a straight one and was bowled for 28 runs in the 10th over. Patong went into the break 75-3 with a lot of runs still to make. David Thomas and Imtiyaz Mustaq toiled hard after the break, but with the score on 96 Bill Stahmer had Thomas

(LBW) trapped in front of his stumps on 29 runs. Momentum swung Thalang’s way from that point as Roshan Jayasuriya picked up the next 2 wickets with Patong stagnant on 99 runs. All-rounder Bill Stahmer saw his opportunity for a man of the match award and went through the next 4 Patong batsmen. In the end Patong were all out for 113, 128 runs shy of Thalang’s score and with 2 very valuable bonus points going to Thalang they now sit 3 points clear on top of the ladder. This Sunday (March 9) Laguna play the Village at the Alan Cooke Ground starting at 10am.





2014 NRL PREVIEW The 108th year of the NRL kicked-off yesterday (March 6). With tons of nail-biting match-ups set to play out this year, we take a look at the field of title contenders

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Sydney Roosters Last year’s champions and the oldest team in the league (this is their 107th year), the Sydney Roosters are once again a heavy favourite to take it all. The addition of cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams, James Maloney and Michael Jennings is sure to bring firepower to a squad that scored the most points per game last year (26.3), conceded the fewest points per game (13.2) and had the most shut-outs with six. The Roosters will do well despite the loss of forwards Martin Kennedy and Luke O’Donnell.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Despite their record 20 NRL titles, the Rabbitohs have not won since 1971. The loss of Sam Burgess to rugby union and Matt King to retirement could be a factor in their title hopes, but the additions of Joel Reddy, Lote Tuqiri and Joe Picker should be enough to put the Rabbitohs in contention. Last year, the team lost out on the minor premiership on points differential, which makes this year a boom or bust type of season. It all depends on how well they handle the distraction caused by Burgess’ move.

Manly Sea Eagles

Only two years removed from their last NRL title, the Sea Eagles are healthy enough to make another title run with essentially the same team that appeared in the Grand Final. With one of the best combinations in the league – Kiran Foran and Daly Chery-Evans – as well as the best center with both hands in Jamie Lyon, it would not be a surprise to see Manly back in the final this year. Coach Geoff Toovey is in


his fifth year with the squad and looks poised to bring the Provan-Summons trophy home.

during the off-season, signing halves pairing Peter Wallace and Jamie Soward, as well as centre Jamal Idris. Will it be enough to lift them into the top eight after missing out by one game last season? Notoriously slow starters, the Panthers have to get onto a fast start this time out. With a whole year of playing together, James Segeyaro, Lewis Brown, and Sika Manu could propel the team to a top eight finish, though a final berth may be unlikely.

New Zealand Warriors T he Wa r r ior s came on strong too late into the 2013 season, losing eight of their first 10 games then winning nine of the last 14 and just falling short of a top-eight berth. The team added 24-year-old English Super League stalwart Sam Tomkins, who will join Shaun Johnson, Konrad Hurrell, and Many Vatuvei for one of the most dangerous backlines in the league. The team has the potential to finish in the top four, that is unless their 2013 form creeps in for another topsy-turvy season.

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Melbourne Storm The loss of Garry Widdup to St. George puts pressure on 22-yearold Queensland junior Ben Hampton who, despite showing flashes of brilliance last year, is still a concern in the five-eighth spot. The team’s big three of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater is sure to be enough to put the team in the Grand Finals this year, though injuries are always a worry. Time will tell if the Storm can regain their 2012 form when they held up the Provan-Summons trophy at season’s end.

North Queensland Cowboys

The Cowboys thought they had a ready-made replacement for full-back Matt Bown in Lachlan Coote, until the youngster blew out his knee. The loss of Coote is tough so it will be up to one of the best players in the world, Jonathan Thurston, to pick up the slack along with props James Tamou and Matt Scott. A top eight finish is likely, though luck will have

a role if the Cowboys are to go beyond that.

Newcastle Knights

The law was not so kind to the Knights, as veteran willie Mason, youngster Zane Tetevano, and new signing Russell Packer were all in trouble during the off season. Star five-eighth Jarrod Mullen’s torn hamstring could be what sinks the Knights the most though, as the team does not have a suitable enough replacement until he returns. A top eight finish is possible, though unlikely.

Cronulla Sharks

The Shark’s 2014 season will mostly depend on how they deal with off-thefield distractions, namely the ASADA investigation into their supplements programme and the suspension of coach Shane Flanagan. With Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifits, Luke

Lewis and scorer Michael Gordon, the Sharks have a tough squad that can stand toe-to-toe with any team. Still, it’s going to be a long season with the spectre of the ASADA findings hanging over their heads.

Brisbane Broncos The arrival of Martin Kennedy from the Sydney Roosters could be a game changer for the Broncos, despite the drug scandal that has followed him. Along with Sam Thaiday and new signing Ben Barba, the Broncos have a formidable squad that can take advantage of their youth. Coach Anthony Griffin is banking on young player Ben Hunt to inject some life into a team that had almost no fifth-tackle options last year.

Penrith Panthers

T he Pa nt he r s have made the most noise

Suspensions and injuries plagued the 2013 Bulldogs, an unfortunate set of events that followed a brilliant 2012 when they reached the Grand Finals. Coach Des Hasler’s old school style could slow down Canterbury, especially after losing Ben Barba to Brisbane in the off-season. The Bulldogs are the wild card team of 2014, but are likely to repeat their dismal 2013 form. The clock is ticking on Hasler if this proves true.

Gold Coast Titans Coach John Cartwright is in the hot seat as the team looks down the barrel of a fourth consecutive mediocre season outside the top eight. If Ryan James can improve upon his brilliant 2013 form, and Dave Taylor can play just a fraction of his potential, the Titans have a chance to finally crack the finals brackets. Near-misses have plagued the Titans for several years though, and all indications point to the same for this year’s squad.

Canberra Raiders It’s hard to believe things could get any worse for the Raiders after a dismal 2013 campaign that included a player uprising

against then-coach David Furner. Current coach Ricky Stuart could provide a spark to David Shilington, Josh Papali and Josh McCrone, which may be enough to keep Canberra from finishing bottom of the league. Still, with little in the way of noteworthy off-season additions, it will be a tough year for Canberra.

St. GeorgeIllawarra Dragons

The Dragons would do well to forget 2013, where they won just seven games and went through 30 players due to injury on their way to a 14th place finish. Despite the addition of Gareth Widdop from Melbourne, there is a shortage of talent to surround him. If flashes of improvement don’t come early for the Dragons, Steve Price could be the first coach to be shown the door this season.

Parramatta Eels Things can’t get any worse for the Eels, who have gone back-to-back seasons as the worst team in the league. The addition of England international Lee Mossop and half-back Chris Sandow could be what new Coach Brad Arthur needs to build a foundation of success. Still, the Eels know they will go into 2014 in rebuilding mode. If the team can improve upon the 740 points conceded last year, 2015 will be much easier.

Wests Tigers Last year’s bottom-feeders, the Tigers won only seven games in 2013. It’s going to be a rough year again for the team especially with no major offseason signings, and the loss of Benji Marshall, one of their only decent players. In only his second year, Coach Mick Potter looks to be in a race with the Dragons’ Steve Price to see who will be sacked first.





Chelsea pull clear, Pardew headbutts player on pitch





n Andre Schurrle hat-trick saw Chelsea stretch their lead in the Premier League last Saturday (March 1), while Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was sent off for headbutting an opposition player. Germany international Schurrle scored three times in 17 second-half minutes as Chelsea won 3-1 at Fulham, while a 1-0 loss for Arsenal at Stoke City left Jose Mourinho’s side with a four-point lead over their London rivals. A rsenal manager A rsene Wenger described his side’s result as a “massive setback” and his misery was compounded later in the day when Liverpool moved above Arsenal into second place following a 3-0 win at Southampton. At Craven Cottage, new Fu l h a m m a n a ge r Fel i x

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Chelsea’s German striker Andre Schurrle is mobbed by teammates as he celebrates scoring his third goal to complete his hattrick against Fulham. Photo: AFP/Ian Kington Magath was overseeing his first home game and he almost saw his side take an early lead when Clint Dempsey headed wide from close range. However, after Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg had saved from Fernando Torres just before half-time,

Schurrle made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute when he ran through to score from a lofted Eden Hazard pass. Hazard teed up Schurrle for his second goal in the 65th minute before Torres released the former Bayer Leverkusen

man for his third goal four minutes later. Victory extended Chelsea’s lead to six points over Manchester City, who have two games in hand, while Fulham, who replied through Jonny Heitinga, remain four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table. “At half-time, I told them nothing,” said Chelsea manager Mourinho. “Nothing, not a word. I walked in, then I walked out. I don’t know if anyone else gave a team talk. The second half was a great reaction to the worst performance of the season.” Unlike City, who tackle Sunderland in last Sunday’s (March 2) League Cup final, Arsenal do not have the consolation of any games in hand on Chelsea after their defeat at Stoke. Wenger had Mesut Ozil back in his squad after injury, but he saw his side beaten by a 76th-minute Jonathan Walters penalty after Laurent Koscielny had been penalised for handball. “It is not slightly worrying, it is a big worry for us to lose a game like that. It’s a massive setback,” said Wenger. The win continued Stoke’s excellent record at home against the big sides as they made the Gunners their latest scalp, having previously beaten Manchester United and Chelsea and drawn with Manchester City. Arsenal’s fifth defeat of the season enabled Liverpool to steal above them on goal difference after their success at Southampton. Luis Suarez opened the

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scoring in the 16th minute, sweeping home after Jose Fonte had inadvertently gifted him the ball to mark his 100th Premier League appearance with a 62nd league goal. In reply, Adam Lallana hit the post for Southampton, but Raheem Sterling made it 2-0 in the 58th minute with his first touch after coming on as a substitute before Steven Gerrard added a stoppagetime penalty. Newcastle won 4-1 at Hull, but the match was overshadowed by Pardew’s dismissal for aiming a headbutt at home midfielder David Meyler. Pardew was sent to the stands after inclining his head towards Meyler during a second-half touchline confrontation and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke subsequently announced that his organisation would investigate the incident. Pardew issued a public apology moments after the final whistle, telling Sky

Sports: “It was a heat-of-themoment thing. I massively regret it and I will have to sit down from now on. “Of course, I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive. I did move my head forward, and that’s enough. Of course I apologise. I represent a big club.” Moussa Sissoko scored twice for Newcastle, with Loic Remy and Vurnon Anita also on target, while Curtis Davies replied for Hull. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month-long absence with an ankle injury by coming off the bench to score the winning goal for Everton in a 1-0 win at home to West Ham United. The Belgian slammed home from Leighton Baines’s pass in the 81st minute to end West Ham’s run of four consecutive wins and take Everton to within two points of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur. AFP thephuketnews




All smiles for contest CAST AWAY Jimmy Stewart

ello my fellow fisheroos, T h e R B F C ’s (Rawai Beach Fishing Club) annual three-day competition, based out of M.V. Phoenix anchored off Island Four on the Similan Islands got underway in near perfect conditions on February 25. But before it began, there ought to have been prizes for some of the team’s names: Wasted Seamen and Squid Marks, both Australian, spring to mind. The competition itself went exceptionally well due to the diligence of Warren Crow, Andy Bright and the rest of the RBFC committee. The weather was ideal for fishing with not much wind and slight overcast even if it was a bit warm in the afternoons, giving us all an excuse for another cold one. Entries came from all over the Seven Seas: America, Australia, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Scandinavia, South Africa, UK and Thailand – a real international affair. The winners were another Aussie team, who sneakily claimed a marlin minutes after it began and compounded this gross injustice by landing a sail fish the next day.


Phuket FC line-up before kick-off against Sisaket in last Saturday’s Toyota League Cup match. Photo: Steven Layne

Ronins on the right track this season KAZE’S FREEKICK Kazira Hans

Well done Fishing Darwin team, 110 points! You put our Squid Marks team’s wahoo, king mac, GT’s and cobia in the scuppers, but we have proved conclusively that you don’t need an expensive “fast” boat to get results. KP Team were joint winners, you will never guess, with the same points. Not a joke, the highly trained, intelligent committee originally miscounted (tee hee). Despite some poor catches, everyone had a great time and personally I haven’t laughed as much in years, some of the stories were outstanding. Rawai Pla Boyz came in third with 40 points, while Fish Eagle arrived in with

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35. Ardent Anglers and Squid Marks amassed a respectful 30 points, PGFC (Phuket Game Fishing Club) and The Snoodles each had 20 points, and had 10 points. I award the Wooden Spoon to Warren with the RBFC All Stars (less fish than they had fingers and still couldn’t count) who was in the Doldrums on Dorado, too embarrassed to even come onboard the “weigh-in” vessel for free beer, just because he had fewer points than a toothpick. Only kidding me old mates, it was a very tough competition, with only 50 per cent of the boats on the score board.

The award dinner was, as usual, excellent. The Kan Eang @ Pier restaurant is a superb venue and we thank them for their continued support. Music by Cold Chili was also first class with guest appearances from Elvis and our own fishing warbler Dave “Flob” Roberts of the Walkabout Bar in Karon,who even managed to have me dancing. Thanks also to Class Act Media for their support and having the courage to print my monthly “maritime” meanderings. Looking forward to next year’s competition. As usual, tight lines to all. Jimmy

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LAST WEEK’S TOYOTA League Cup win over Sisaket FC was a big morale boost for both Phuket footballers and fans. It seems that Phuket FC are at a point where they believe they are good enough to take down a Thai Premier League side, especially a team they see as a rival because it is led by a man who disappointed them last year – Coach ‘One Point’, Paniphol Kerdyam. Ney Fabiano has proven his worth in the past two games as he provided the goals, and got the island’s football fans dreaming about possible Thai Premier League promotion (again?). Though the match against

Sisaket was entertaining, it’s still too early to tell if this Phuket FC squad will be able to keep the winning streak going, and for how long. Admittedly, this season’s Yamaha League-1 competition doesn’t seem as tough as last year. Gone are tough teams like Singh Tharua who fought tooth and nail to get back to the TPL, or PTT Rayong, who consistently won all through last season. These two examples though are exactly what Phuket FC needs to imitate; to find that same enthusiasm like Tharua had, and continue winning like PTT Rayong. The Ronins seem to be on the right track by employing heavy pressure early and scoring as many goals as they can, and if luck, from their new colours and logo, has anything to do with any success, I hope Phuket FC take their chances. Do you agree? Email Kaze at




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England have learnt from Welsh defeat SIX NATIONS


ngland forwards coach Graham Rownt ree warned Wales that his side have learnt the lessons from their one-sided Six Nations defeat in Cardiff a year ago. England and Wales face off at Twickenham on Sunday (March 9), with the two sides level on four points in the Six Nations table ahead of the final two rounds of matches. England crashed to a 30-3 defeat at the Millennium Stadium in last year’s title decider, with the visitors’ forwards overwhelmed by their Welsh counterparts, but Rowntree says his side are now a different proposition. “That game hurt. It’s well documented how much that hurt me and the forwards,” he told a press conference. “It’s driven us on. The intensity their forward pack brought to that game is something we are striving to match. I think we have shown we can do it, but we have got to do it

Wales’ Mike Phillips kicks clear during the Six Nations game last year between England and Wales. Photo: sum_of_marc consistently.” With Billy Vunipola having suffered an ankle injury in England’s 13-10 win over Ireland, Gloucester’s Ben Morgan is due to start in the back row against

the Welsh and Rowntree has backed him to impress. “For a big man he’s very good at quickly getting off the floor post-tackle. He is a line-out threat and has a good

brain as well,” said 42-year-old Rowntree, who won 54 caps at prop for England. Meanwhile, the Scottish scrum will have to produce their best performance of the

Six Nations if they are to upset France in their match at Murrayfield tomorrow (March 8), former Scottish lock Nathan Hines said. The Scotland pack have

proved the Achilles heel of the team this season, providing little ball for their backs to do something with especially against England where they were humiliated 20-0 at Murrayfield. However, Australia-born Hines, who was capped 77 times by his adopted country, said that based on the resolute performance in their last outing – a nail-biting 21-20 win over Italy in Rome – there was some hope for Scotland and not just because of France’s woeful away form which has seen them fail to win in two years since winning in Edinburgh. “The win over Italy confirmed the impression Scotland made in their first game against Ireland [a 28-6 defeat],” said Hines, who is in his final season with French giants Clermont before moving to English club Sale. “Scotland needs the ball so it can express itself. It will be the scrum that decides the match against France. “If we correct this area then we can pose the French all sorts of problems.” AFP

Laguna Marathon on track for big year RUNNING FOR THE FIRST TIME since its inception in 2006, the Laguna Phuket International Marathon is on track to reach 6,000 participants. The running event, which takes place this year on June 8 at Laguna Grove in northern Phuket, attracts thousands of participants annually, and also includes a half marathon, 10.5 km Fun Run, 5 km Community Walk, and 2 km Kids Race. While the overall winner for the past three years has been under the age of 29, the remaining top five have gotten increasingly older, with two of the top three runners last year

over 40-years-old, though this is not the only development. This year, Class Act Media, Southern Thailand’s leading media company, which includes The Phuket News, Phuket News TV and Live 89.5, has signed-on to be the media sponsor for the marathon. “We are very happy to be associated with an event of this prestige. It’s one of Asia’s biggest events, and is also recognised as one of the world’s best marathons,” said Class Act Media Founder and Managing Director Simon Samaan. “To be entrusted with an event of this prestige confirms Class Act Media as the leading media company in Phuket. We have no doubt that this year

will be the most successful event yet.” Similar sentiments were expressed by Event Director Roman Floesser of Go Adventure Asia, who said, “We are very excited about our new media partnership with Class Act Media. Partnering with the leading local media company, which reaches the community through print, radio and online channels will help us to effectively promote the Laguna Phuket International Marathon to visitors and residents.” The Laguna Phuket International Marathon takes place on June 8 and registration is available until May 31. For more information or to register visit

Just some of the participants at the 2013 Laguna Phuket International Marathon.



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