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SPORT Including Saturday’s crash, 11 large tour buses have crashed in Phuket in the past two years – nine of them on Patong Hill. Photo: Jared Lucow


n arrest warrant has been issued for Manit Saodee, driver of the double-decker tour bus that crashed on Patong Hill on Saturday (November 9), with 38 of the 50 passengers being taken to hospital with a variety of injuries. The bus was one of four carrying exchange students from the Asian

Institute of Technology in Bangkok for a leisure trip. The students were mainly from India, Nepal, Myanmar and Malaysia, with some Thais. The crash took place around 2pm. A witness told The Phuket News it appears the bus wasn’t able to make it up the steep curve, slid back down and then crashed backwards off the

road into a ditch. On Wednesday Pol Capt Vittaya Sanjamruen told The Phuket News that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Manit, who fled the scene of the crash and has not been seen since. After the bus was checked, he explained, it was found that all equipment was functioning effectively,



which meant the cause of the accident was human error. “He changed gear in the middle of the bend,” Capt Vittaya said. “This was on a steep hill with a fully loaded bus, so he lost control.” It is thought Manit may have panicked because he did not brake before the bus crashed.


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Bus driver sought Continued from front page. Capt Vittaya added that most of the injured have been discharged from the Bangkok Hospital Phuket. “At the moment there are still six in hospital but none has life-threatening or major injuries. Some have cuts to the head, or broken arms, and one has a fractured vertebra in the neck, but all are in stable condition,” he said. This is the second bus crash on Phuket in two weeks. One October 26, an empty tour bus crashed into a building on Patipat Rd in Phuket Town. A young woman on a motorbike was hit and seriously injured. That accident was blamed on brake failure. This week Governor Maitree Intusut said that police at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint should check that buses coming onto the island are roadworthy. But many of the bus accidents – most of which are on

Patong Hill – are not because of equipment failures, but appear to be the result of driver carelessness or inexperience. Including the two latest, 11 tour buses have crashed in Phuket in the past two years – nine of them on Patong Hill: On October 22, and small tour bus crashed on the Hill on its way from Kata to Chalong. One Chinese tourist died. The driver blamed brake failure. Two days later, four Russian tourists were hurt when a bus ran straight on at a bend on the Hill. Brake failure was blamed; On February 9, 2012, a brakeless bus with 18 Chinese tourists crashed into a house at the bottom of Patong Hill. No one was hurt. On March 16, 2012, an empty bus careered out of control down the last part of Patong Hill, sideswiping a tuk-tuk and slamming into a house.

On April 20, 2012, Another tour bus crashed on Patong Hill. Thirteen Chinese tourists and their guide were injured. On February 13 this year, an empty tour bus, supposedly with no brakes, went out of control on the Hill, hitting and seriously injuring a woman on a motorbike. On March 15 another bus with no brakes careered down Patong Hill smashing into cars and bikes. One bike rider was killed. One April 3 the driver of a bus on Patong Hill put a wheel off the road into a ditch, causing the bus to crash. No one was hurt. On June 4, in an almost exact replay of the February 9, 2012 smash, a bus careered out of control into a house. Five Russian tourists were slightly injured. Driver panic was blamed. Additional material from Bangkok Post

The excavator sits in the underpass lake on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jason Beavan

Hole load of trouble TORRENTIAL RAIN ON Tuesday night (November 12) left a lake in the hole dug for the Central Festival underpass, and an excavator sitting submerged in the middle of it. Narong Horee, Chief Engineer from main contractor

Italian-Thai, told The Phuket News, “It’s a normal problem – when you get a lot of rain it collects in underground works. We’re just pumping it out. It won’t weaken the walls of the tunnel.” The excavator driver, however, is in for a talking-to.

“That was the carelessness of the driver – our people have standing orders not to leave equipment parked in the hole.” The completed underpass will have automatic pumps that will suck up any rainwater so that the tunnel is never flooded.

Brit tourist survives 3-floor fall A 21-YEAR-OLD BRITISH TOURIST, Melissa Romanni, fell three floors from a guesthouse balcony in Patong around 3am on Tuesday (November 12). Kathu Police said they received a report that a female foreigner had fallen from a

balcony at a guesthouse on Nanai Rd. At the scene they found Ms Romanni, who fortunately was not seriously injured. She was taken to Patong Hospital where she remains under observation. Police suspect she may have been drinking at the time.




Rubber tapper’s body found in well The body of a Burmese rubber tapper, Thaw Zin Oo, 25, also known as Tualek, was retrieved on Saturday night (November 9) from an abandoned 10-metre-deep well shaft on a rubber plantation in Tambon Thepkrassattri. Police were called after the brother of the dead man, who had not seen him for several days, found Mr Tualek body at the bottom of an abandoned well shaft. After the body was retrieved and identified as that of Mr Tualek, a severe wound was found in his head, possibly inflicted with an axe. Police are treating the case as murder.


Man dies in crash on way to wat A man apparently on his way to a temple to make merit in the early hours of Sunday (November 10) died after he crashed his motorbike. Thawatchai Pimpan, 21, called police after he found Thanaphon Phawatphongpan, 44, lying dead in the road, his bike nearby, with some flowers and a garland still in the basket. Police theorised that he was on his way to Wat Mai Khao when he dozed off and lost control.


Two arrested with 1,004 meth pills Two men, Nikom Polkaew, 52, and Suthat Theangtham, 34, were arrested on November 7 at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint as they travelled back to Phuket from Trang, where they allegedly bought more than 1,000 methamphetamine (ya ba) pills. After stopping the car, officers found 1,004 pills wrapped in tissue paper and stuffed into a bag of potato chips. Eakkapop Thongtub






Big store MD finally speaks about future after the fire Zazithorn Ruengchinda


uperCheap will rise from the ashes of the October 16 inferno, with a new, more robust building on the same site. “At the moment we’re cleaning up the area,” said SuperCheap MD Boonsom Anancharoonwong on Wednesday (November 13) after meeting with Governor Maitree Intusut at Phuket Provincial Hall. “We’re planning to start rebuilding at the beginning of next year will reopen around mid-2014. The cost will be about B100 million.” That amount may appear large, but Mr Boonsom said that Supercheap’s annual revenue is between B4 and 5 billion. “We came here today to say thank you to Phuket and to all the authorities involved for helping us during and since the fire.” In the talks, Gov Maitree expressed concern for the wellbeing of SuperCheap’s

The rebuild after the fire, which razed most of SuperCheap, will cost B100 million. employees. “We’re eager and ready to assist if anyone is having trouble getting a job after the fire, though so far there don’t seem to be any problems,” he said. He also urged Super­Cheap’s owners to make plans to mi-

nimise disruption of traffic during the reconstruction, and to be more prepared in future for disasters. Mr Boonsom assured him that the company would have people on standby 24 hours a day, and an improved security

system. Funds for the rebuilding will come from insurance, Mr Boonsom said. “We’re insured and the insurance also covers damage of other houses nearby. “We’re planning to rebuild to an [open air] design similar

to the last one but with stronger materials. It will be two singlestorey connected buildings, but with many more entrances and exits.” Asked about the effect of the fire on the company’s finances, Mr Boonsom said, “Total company revenue drop 30 per cent but are minimarts are selling more since the fire. “We’re still operating [in tents] in the parking lot, selling fresh meat, seafood, vegetables and other necessities but sales of larger items such as white goods and furniture will have to wait until after the reconstruction.” The “cheapest store in town” model will continue, he said. “We watch the details, we minimise unnecessary cost, and we train our department managers to manage their sections as if they were their own stores. “Our aim is to achieve 10 per cent profit growth every year at every store. If profits grow more than that, we will use this to help keep prices down.”

Follow rules, ferry skippers told FOLLOWING THE DISASTER OFF PATtaya in which seven people drowned after their ferry capsized and sank, the national commander of the Tourist Police on Friday (November 8) paid a high-profile visit to Rassada Pier in Phuket Town to check ferries there. Pol Maj Gen Apichai Thiamat, accompanied by Vice Commander Col Supasete Chokchai and Region 5 Tourist Police Commander Col Yodsavee Pornpeerapan, told ferry skippers that they must ensure that they have enough life vests on board. “They must make sure that every boat has enough life jackets, especially child-size jackets, and make sure that they are easily accessible,” the General told The Phuket News. “All ferries should be in good condition, and the person at the wheel should not be intoxicated in any way.” The skipper of the sunken Pattaya ferry

has admitted he was under the influence of drugs when the disaster happened. The ferry was also overloaded. “I think if we are better prepared and more aware, then we can avoid more accidents,” Gen Apichai added. He also stressed that all vessel owners must follow the Regional Harbour Office’s regulations, especially those that stipulate all ferries must have up-to-date, accurate licences; that vessels may never be overloaded (the disaster ferry in Pattaya was overloaded); that there must be enough safety equipment for all on board, and that the skipper and engineer have valid licences. “This is an ongoing project,” said Gen Apichai. “I hope we will get good cooperation from everyone and that [Phuket] can remain a reliable, safe destination for visitors.”

Gen Apichai (left) checks the life jackets aboard the ferry Pichamon after it arrives at Rassada Pier from Phi Phi.





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bout one million baht was stolen on the night of November 6 by thieves who cut open an ATM at the Siam Commercial Bank branch in Boat Lagoon. The theft was discovered at about 10:15am on November 7

when an employee of Bangkok Servex Co arrived to refill the machine. The employee, who asked not to be named, said he found the padlock missing from the door giving access to the back of the two machines at the bank “I opened the door, and found the back of one of the machines had been cut and

burned. I immediately informed my company.” The other machine was untouched. Phuket Town police were alerted within minutes of the discovery. Pol Capt Rachan Punwai, who went to the scene, said, “The machine was opened with a cutting torch. It had about B1 million in it at the time.”

The nearest CCTV camera is in the neighbouring PTT petrol station but there are trees in between, so no useful footage could be obtained from it. Capt Rachan said, “We can’t see the thief or thieves on that camera, so now we are checking footage from other CCTVs installed along Thepkrassatree Rd.”

Canadian arrested for smuggling coral ACTING ON A TIP-OFF from “a good citizen”, police on November 7 arrested a 59-year-old Canadian for smuggling coral into Thailand. Following the tip-off, police stopped a Toyota Avanza being driven by Ted Blenkers, 59, of Vancouver, near the Heroines Monument. In the car they found pieces of coral and a large clamshell, which they seized. Blenkers, who said he worked as a ship’s captain, said he had brought the coral from Indonesia to decorate an aquarium in his home. He was charged with bringing coral into the kingdom without a customs permit, transporting them without a permit and without being able to show an invoice. Eakkapop Thongtub

Officers make sure Ted Blenkers understands the gravity of his infringement of the law.

A 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT at Muang Thalang School died just after midnight on November 7 when his motorbike was in a crash involving a car driven by a British expat, who has been charged with careless driving causing death. Pol Lt Col Chatree Chuwisian of Thalang police said witnesses told him that Faye Louise Taylor, 39, driving a Toyota Altis, was turning left off Thepkrassatree Rd into the airport road. As she did so, the student, Patiphan Lawan, was attempting to overtake her on the inside. Swerving to avoid the car, Patiphat left the road at speed and crashed into a street light pole, receiving serious head injuries. Kusoldharm Foundation and Baan Nai Kam volunteers rushed him to Thalang Hospital where his condition was stabilised so that he could be transferred to Vachira Hospital. However, despite the efforts of emergency room staff, he later died of his head injuries. Eakkapop Thongtub

Fire wrecks 4 tin-roof rental huts FIREMEN WITH FIVE FIRE trucks took an hour putting out a fierce fire that destroyed four units in a cheap tin-roofed rooming block in Rassada on November 7. Naruwan Nawin, 32, the owner, lives in one of the four units and rents out the others. She was having dinner, she said, when she smelled something burning. She ran out to look and found one of the other shacks – rented by a “foreign worker” who was not home at the time – was ablaze. In a panic she ran away, but then realised that her mother, Bunnam Phetsom, 53, was still inside her room. A neighbour helped to bring Ms Bunnam out, but she suffered from smoke inhalation. Kusondharm Foundation staff took her to the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation Hospital for treatment. Eakkapop Thongtub thephuketnews




Zimbabwean Scott Flaxman on the set of Iron Chef Thailand, with his crew, Chef Thanny, left, and Chef Yupa.


One dead, 12 hurt in pickup smash

O Chef all aglow after TV show PHUKET CHEF SCOTT Flaxman, executive chef at the Glow Elixir Koh Yao Yai Resort, appeared on Channel 7’s Iron Chef show on Wednesday evening (November 13). Mr Flaxman, originally from Zimbabwe, was nominated by a resort guest to appear on the show, in which he competed as a challenger to the “Iron Chef”. The Japanese reality show started in 1993 and is based around a cook-off featuring guest chefs challenging one of the show’s resident “Iron Chefs” in a timed cooking battle using surprise ingredients. The Thai version of Iron Chef debuted in January 2012. Mr Flaxman said filming took place two weeks ago in

Bangkok. “[In the episode] I challenge one of the Iron Chefs, and I am given one hour to cook four dishes from the surprise ingredients.” He described the experience as “phenomenal”, despite being “under intense pressure where you have to get everything right”. “The team I took with me I trusted 100 per cent.” Mr Flaxman and his team were given a 100-kilo tuna to turn into a delcious meal for the judges – “absolutely wonderful”, he told The Phuket News. Sadly, their efforts were not quite good enough to score a rare victory over the show’s own chef, but Mr Flaxman was still delighted at the publicity the show created for the resort.

ne person from the Mon minority tribe from Myanmar was killed and 12 others injured when a pickup they were travelling on crashed into a concrete drain near Kamala on Thursday (November 7) around 5.30pm. Police said Mard Kawisead, 51, was driving the pickup truck down a hill when he said the brakes failed. All the injured – Thai, Mon and Burmese – were taken to Patong Hospital, and one man, named Chat, died in hospital. Three people suffered broken limbs. Mard told police he was driving the workers back to their accommodation when he drove down a hill, and reached a curve. He tried to brake – unsuccessfully – and lost control, and drove the pickup into the concrete drain. Mard was taken to the police station for questioning. Eakkapop Thongtub

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Peter Crisp, front left, officially hands over the shirts to the Kamala police officers.

Australian donates shirts to Kamala police officers AROUND 100 CASUALwear shirts were gifted to Royal Thai Police in Kamala on Friday (November 1), thanks to Peter Crisp at the Aussie Pub in Kamala. The aim is not for the shirts to replace their formal police uniform, but rather to

be wornat social events where they are directing traffic, for example. The white shirts have ‘Kamala Beach Police’ written on the front, and ‘Police’ on the back. Peter, the owner of the Aussie Pub, told The Phuket

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Phuket water officials float massive pipeline proposal Zazithorn Ruengchinda


Vadim Eduardovich comforts his passenger after the crash.

Russian admits speeding after car smashes barrier A RUSSI A N TOU R IST was taken for questioning following a smash on early Monday morning (November 11) around 12.30am, after he smashed his car into a safety barrier in Srisoonthorn district, Thalang. Russian man Vadim Eduardovich and his female passenger were uninjured in the

crash. Mr Vadim told police he was driving his car to Pak Klok when he drove too fast around a bend, and smashed his car into the safety barrier. He was taken for questioning and may face charges for reckless driving and damaging government property. Eakkapop Thongtub

ith the number of visitors to Phuket continuing to soar every year, Water Supply Department officials are revisiting the possibility of getting water from the Chiewlan reservoir in Surat Thani – a proposal that has been looked at but rejected in the past because of the high cost of piping the water to the island. “The idea is to share the available resources in Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi and Phang Nga, and we always have lots of water in the Chiewwlan reservoir,” irrigation engineer Nanta Charoenpol told a meeting on Thursday (November 7) at the Pearl Hotel in Phuket Town. The main reason for the meeting was to inform Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut about the proposal and to open it up for discussion by other relevant departments. The water officials explained that the full proposal would see a pipeline built from

At present all water on the island comes from reservoirs such as Bang Wad in Kathu. Chiewlan to Tab Phut, where the line would split, with one pipe taking water to Krabi and another to Kok Kloy, just north of Phuket. There, the line would again split, with one pipe going south into Phuket, to Bang Wad reservoir in Kathu, and the other heading north to Thai Muang and on to Khao Lak. The pipelines would be one consideration. Another would be where the “raw” water from Chiewlan would be treated to raise it to domestic use quality.

A decision would need to be made as to where Phuket’s water would be treated: at Chiewlan, at Kok Kloy or at Bang Wad. So the first action, the meeting was told, would be a series of feasibility studies – which in themselves would cost tens of millions of baht – to see which version would be most appropriate, and indeed whether any of this would be possible, and how much the various sections might cost. Studies would also cover

the location of new water resources between Chiewlan and Bang Wad which might be added to the system in order to make it sustainable for at least 20 years. Other parts of the studies would address environmental issues and the effect on people living near the proposed pipelines. “We also need to study whether there would be enough water for both coasts – west and east. For example, Tambon Punpin [close to Surat Thani City] has a lot of freshwater fish farms that will need more water during the dry season,” said Nanta. “We would like people to get involved more and help us to think about what could possibly go wrong, and to try to address these problems before we start to build.” Phuket has no rivers. At present all water on the island comes from reservoirs such as Bang Wad, which collect rainwater runoff, from wells and from old tin mines. Every year there are water shortages, particularly along the west coast, home to most of Phuket’s hotels.

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Loy Kratong to be a simple affair this year on Phuket Zazithorn Ruengchinda


he Loy Krathong festival this coming Sunday (November 17) will be muted this year in deference to the mourning period for His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, who died on October 24 at the age of 100. As a result, none of the island’s municipalities will be organising Loy Kratong festivities with the usual concerts and beauty contests. Private organisations, particularly hotels, will be organising events, but these too are likely to be quiet, reflective affairs, restricted to launching (or “loy”) kratong on the sea or in swimming pools. The history of Loy Kratong in Thailand goes back to the Sukhothai era, and is based on a Brahmin ceremony in which floating lanterns were launched in praise of the Hindu gods Brahma, Naraiyana and Shiva. Thais adopted the ritual but gave it Buddhist overtones. The story is that in Sukhothai Lady Noppamas, the first concubine of

Above left, the colourful celebrations at Saphan Hin last year. Above right, a child launches a kratong – usually made from a slice of banana stem decorated with a fringe of banana leaves, flowers, incense and a candle. Photo: Ellnik King Pra Ruang made a floating flower cup in the shape of a Lotus flower and presented to him. Delighted, he made announcement that henceforth, on the full moon of the 12th month of the Buddhist calendar, all kings must pay their respects to the Buddha’s footprint (Pra Putthabatr) by floating

a lotus-shaped cup and lanterns. The height of art appears to have been in the Rattanakosin Period when kratong competitions between members of the the royal family resulted in huge and elaborate kratong, some made of entire banana trees, and towering above the water.

Thais still perform Loy Kratong, both as a tribute to the Buddha and an apology to Phra Mae Kongka, the Goddess of the Waters, for any damage of seas, lakes or rivers, but also as a way to float away the year’s negative energy and prepare for a better year to come. Despite the lack of concerts

and Miss Noppamat competitions, Loy Kratong will still be an event worth taking part in, with candlelit kratong bobbing on the water and lantern balloons floating overhead. Some might say that this year’s ceremonies will be closer to the original intent – a beatutiful, quiet, reflective occasion.

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Central Festival starts free wi-fi for customers V

isitors to the Central Festival Phuket mall can now go online while they shop with a free wi-fi service made available throughout the mall. The free wireless internet service was launched on Saturday (November 9), allowing shoppers access to the web through smart phones, laptops and tablets with wi-fi capabilities. Vice President Property Management & General Manager Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree explained, “We have made wi-fi service available to all customers but tourists especially will benefit from the added convenience of being able to go online hassle-free. “Most local shoppers can use their local 3G mobile network provider [to get access to the internet] but Central Festival Phuket welcomes an average of 7,000 tourists each day, many of whom will not be able to access local mobile networks. “They will benefit from the convenience of being able to go online without first hav-


Manggorn, with his drugs, at Thalang Police Station.

Phuket man, 59, caught selling meth to teens

Central Festival General Manager Wilaiporn Pittimanaaree: The complimenary wi-fi is aimed primarily at tourists but can be used by anyone visiting the shopping mall. ing to sign up with a network provider,” she said. The wi-fi service is currently available for a trial period on the first and second floors of the mall, excluding Central Department Store, but will be extended to cover all four floors of the mall by December.

After a simple sign-up procedure, visitors can access the free wi-fi for up to three hours a day. Ms Wilaiporn said the time limit was sufficient to cover the average amount of time shoppers spend at the mall, and would ensure there was always plenty of bandwidth available

Go Eco Phuket held an ocean cleanup earlier this year.

Camp to train more Thai divers GO ECO PHUKET, IN ASSOCIATION with PADI, is offering 20 Thais the opportunity of attending a free open water dive course from November 19-24. The newly trained marine life ‘warriors’ will then, it is hoped, act as volunteers at later dates in numerous eco dives. Narong Chaimo, the director of GoEco Phuket explained, “At the moment we only have a small number of Thai volunteer divers, so we are hoping that this programme will increase the number of Thai divers who can help to preserve marine life.”



Mr Narong added that the training will take place every other month, until 100 Thai volunteers are able to join the regular dive-for-trash events and marine conservation projects. “We hope we will have volunteers who are able to join our next activity, which will be to release sharks around Honeymoon Island on December 1, to celebrate HM King Bhumibol’s 86th birthday.” Any Thais interested should visit or call Jo at 083 550 5169 for more information.

for all the customers using the service at any given time. Customers can begin using the service, provided by AIS, after signing up at the Information Counter on the first floor of the mall. After the first hour, users are required to sign in again for the remaining two hours.

A 59-YEAR-OLD MAN IN Tambon Thepkrassattri was arrested on Monday (November 11) after a police informant alerted colleagues that the man had been “exhibited the behaviour of someone selling drugs to teenagers” in his village, Baan Pru Sam Phran. Officers led by Pol Lt Col Phisit Chunphet, deputy superintendent of Thalang Police, paid a visit to the man, known to them initially only as “Gorn”. Carefully approaching his hut they saw him standing in

front, holding a white plastic bottle. When they revealed themselves, he threw the bottle away. Police retrieved it and found inside it 64 methamphetamine (ya ba”) pills stamped ith the brand WY. Officers searched his hut, finding nothing more that was incriminating. They did, however, find his ID card, which identified him as Manggorn Taguasak of Phuket. He was charged with possession of a Category 1 drug with intent to sell. Eakkapop Thongtub

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Danger on the high seas


ate last week the national commander of the Tourist Police, Pol Maj Gen Apichai Thiamat, paid a high-profile visit to Rassada Pier in Phuket Town to check ferries there, following the disastrous ferry incident in Pattaya the week before that left seven people, including tourists, dead. While there he checked for life jackets, and said that all vessel owners must follow the Regional Harbour Office’s regulations, especially those that stipulate all ferries must have up-to-date, accurate licences; that vessels may never be overloaded; that there must be enough safety equipment for all on board, and that the skipper and engineer have valid licences. The skipper of the sunken Pattaya ferry has admitted

he was under the influence of drugs when the disaster happened. The ferry was also overloaded. With so many boats heading out daily from our shores, this incident could easily have happened in Phuket waters, and we have come close at times to a large-scale disaster. In May, 111 people had to be rescued when the ferry carrying them from Phi Phi to Rassada was swamped, and only escaped sinking when the skipper put its bow on the rocks of a small island. About six weeks earlier, the Thai navy had to send a warship to rescue some 400 people stranded by bad weather on Koh Tachai. In both cases, the judgement of the skippers in setting sail during poor weather was questioned.

The visit by Maj Gen Apichai was important in making sure existing regulations are adhered to, but even more important is regular checks on vessels and skippers, every time a ship leaves a port. Perhaps mandatory drug test testing should be introduced for all skippers before they take to the sea to check they are clean and sober – after all, hundreds of lives are in their hands when they set sail. However, we know the authorities do not have the manpower to enforce such testing on skippers and boats, so the focus should instead turn to education, and taking responsibility. We only hope the lessons are learnt from the Pattaya incident, before real disaster does strike off Phuket.


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Order needed for airport taxis [Re. Phuket’s meter taxis may start picking up passengers across the island, but higher fares loom] I read with interest your article about airport taxis. I am regular visitor to Phuket, and we find it frustrating trying to get out of the airport. There are always a large number of taxi drivers and so-called taxi drivers – you cannot tell the difference. It is a great idea that you are going to have a similar system as Bangkok, it will bring some order. I arrived October 12 and got a taxi cab, he put the meter on and then covered it up with his cap – I asked about the meter but didn’t understand. It’s about time the taxis and tuk-tuks were brought under control. Tuk-tuks are completely over-priced [in Phuket] compared with other areas of Thailand. It looks to me that taxis and tuk-tuks are a law unto themselves. Once you get this industry under control it can only be good for tourism. P. Shea

Sprinklers can help save lives [Re. Debrief held by Phuket officials after SuperCheap blaze] I used to be a member of the fire police in Zurich, Switzerland. Here is my question: Why does a supermarket of this magnitude not have a sprinkler system installed? It was a store where hundreds of people worked and shopped at any time of the day. Isn’t a sprinkler system required by law? I understand the fire exits were in compliance with the fire regulations. Rolf

No justification for water shortage

[Re. Phuket water officials float massive pipeline proposal] As in Las Vegas, water needs to be piped to where it is needed. The areas mentioned should get it because of all the money they bring in due to their tourism and population. There is no justification for the shortage of water in these areas in the modern world.

The purification plant should be placed at the start of the pipeline. There, I just saved you millions on the feasibility study. Jim Too late! I think you’ll find millions have already been spent on previous feasibility studies. Adriane Walter-Scott

Watch out for the dangers of wi-fi

[Re. Central Festival Phuket launches free wi-fi] It should go without saying, but make sure your device is secure before going online on such a large public network. It could be a hacker’s paradise. geoffphuket

Are bikers ganging up on our island? [Re. Biker gangs no problem, Phuket police tell Swedish counterparts]

Biker gangs are a growing problem in Phuket. Most of the time the problems they cause are not violence, they carry out extortion, online crimes, and sell drugs in Phuket. Rebels&Angels

Ha ha! Says the person with the name of the two biggest bikie gangs in their name ‘Rebels and Hells Angels’. Funny stuff. oi_oi_oi

Yet more trouble on Patong Hill [Re. Tour bus crashes on Phuket’s Patong Hill, 38 injured] Yes, Patong Hill is dangerous, but if people knew how to drive properly then it would be safer. Where are these coach drivers taught how to drive these vehicles, and do they have a licence? Many times accidents happen here with all sorts of vehicles because of brake failure. No matter how many accidents there are, there are no compulsory safety checks on vehicles to see if they are road worthy. There will be some deaths because of incompetent companies and so-called drivers. When will Thailand wake up and see what they are doing to the tourist trade? Took my bike for a test and they only checked for noise, nothing else. Phil Nabarro

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Lawyer denies involvement in Jakkrit murder A lawyer who is one of the suspects in the murder of former national sports shooter Jakkrit “X” Panichpatikum surrendered to police on Tuesday, but is pleading his innocence. Santi Thongsem, 28, told police that he knew Voraphanpuree Montreeareekul – another suspect who has accused him of assembling a team of gunmen to kill Jakkrit – because she was one of his clients. Mr Santi said he had also spent time with Jirasak Klinkhlai, the gunmen alleged to have killed Jakkrit, in a social context on one occasion. Bangkok Post


Four alleged drug mules are shot, killed by soldiers Soldiers of the Pha Muang Force in the Mae Ai District of Chiang Mai seized 400,000 amphetamine pills from drug mules, and shot to death four suspects in a gunfight on November 10. The soldiers ordered the

mules to stop and drop their weapons but the armed men allegedly began to shoot at the soldiers. The gunfire lasted for around ten minutes, and four men from the group of drug mules were shot dead. The remaining drug mules fled through the forest, and have yet to be apprehended. It is believed this particular batch of amphetamine pills originated from Myanmar. Chiang Mai City News


Elderly American steals cheese from supermarket A 74-year-old American national was arrested late on Tuesday night, accused of stealing a B210 packet of goat cheese from a Pattaya supermarket. Police records indicated he had previously been arrested in February 2008 on charges of selling sex enhancement medication. The American denied allegations of theft, but was charged with the offence and was taken to the holding cells on the second floor of Pattaya Police Station. Pattaya One

Thai PM pleads for rallies to end after amnesty defeated T hai premier Yingluck Shinawatra appealed Tuesday for anti-government groups to end ongoing street protests after the parliamentary defeat of an amnesty bill failed to defuse political tensions. The bill, which critics say was aimed at allowing divisive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return home from self-exile, was rejected by senators in a unanimous vote late Monday. Anger over the amnesty proposal saw around 50,000 people cluster in the political heart of Bangkok late into the night, with more than 3,000 anti-government protesters remaining on the streets early Tuesday. The opposition Democrat Party, which is seen as benefiting from the protests, has called for a three-day nationwide strike starting on Wednesday despite assurances from the ruling Puea Thai party not to revive the bill. Prime Minister Yingluck – who is Thaksin’s sister – urged

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A protester holds pictures of Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok. Photo: AFP/ Christophe Archambault demonstrators to reject the strike and end their protest. “As many of their demands have been met, I plead for those protesting to stop,” she told reporters, appealing to the public to give her government time to run the country. Thaksin, who is believed to control the government from exile, also wants to withdraw the bill, according to his legal advisor Noppadon Pattama.

“We thought the bill would lead to reconciliation... but it was an error of judgement,” he said. But protesters remained defiant on Tuesday. Some say they do not believe the government’s pledge to drop the bill, while others want to use the momentum from the amnesty defeat to topple the government. “I came here because of

the amnesty bill and I don’t want this government to be in power... the government is too corrupt,” said protester Tan Thongrit at the capital’s Democracy Monument which has become a focal point for protest. Experts say the bill has damaged Yingluck’s administration and helped the opposition and anti-government groups. AFP

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THAI MILITARY FORCES will stay put in the border area surrounding the Preah Vihear temple, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday. She made the comment despite the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) judgement on Monday that Cambodia has sovereignty over the whole promontory of Preah Vihear and that Thailand is obliged to withdraw all military or police forces or other guards that are stationed there. The prime minister said yesterday the ICJ’s ruling is

a win-win for both sides as it will help ease border conflicts. Ms Yingluck said Thailand will discuss with Cambodia how to determine the vicinity area around Preah Vihear through the Joint Commission (JC). She said the government will explain the ICJ’s ruling in parliament today. Ms Yingluck said she has set up a sub-committee to analyse the ICJ’s ruling before holding talks with Cambodia. All procedures will comply with the constitution, she said. Ms Yingluck said the ICJ’s

judgement has further clarified the border issue and the court had not acknowledged the Annex 1 map, which Cambodia used to support its claim to the disputed 4.6 sq km area. The judgement was positive as it has helped ease concerns among people living along the border, Ms Yingluck said. She said the ICJ wanted the two countries to resolve their border conflict through dialogue, and it is now up to both sides to find a solution. Bangkok Post


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UN launches US$300m appeal as warships head to Philippines T

he UN launched an appeal for more than US$300 million in aid as US and British warships on Wednesday steamed towards the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, where thousands of people are feared dead. Five days after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire coastal communities with record winds and tsunami-like waves, the magnitude of the disaster continued to build with almost unimaginable horror. Festering bodies still littered the streets in many areas Wednesday, with the smell of rotting flesh hanging in the air and ramping up the fear of disease in the tropical heat. Increasingly desperate survivors begged for help that was having difficulty reaching them – many still without access to food and water after nights spent in the open. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Manila the money was needed for “food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal and also protection of the most

Typhoon victims wait to be evacuated at Tacloban airport, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12 after Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez vulnerable”. Amos praised the international community’s reaction since Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday, but said much more needed to be done in a disaster of almost biblical proportions. “We have already seen an international and generous response given the horrific

pictures that people have seen, particularly on their television screens,” she said. The UN warned 10,000 people were feared dead in just one city, Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte province where five-metre waves flattened nearly everything in their path as they swept hundreds of metres inland.

Australia Church child sex abuse inquiry urges sweeping changes AN AUSTRALIAN STATE parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child sex cases by the Catholic Church on Wednesday recommended sweeping changes including that concealment of abuse should be a crime. The report tabled in the Victorian parliament follows a long-running probe that heard that at least 620 children had been abused by the clergy since the 1930s. The most senior Catholic in Victoria, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, previously admitted to the hearing that the Church had been too slow to act on paedophile priests, but insisted things had changed. The report, “Betrayal of Trust”, said failure to report serious child abuse should lead to prosecution, a move likely to conflict with the Church’s insistence that information gathered in the confessional should remain secret. The report also recommended making it illegal to groom a child, a new state @thephuketnews

law making it a criminal offence to allow a child to remain at risk and streamlined legislation to make it easier for victims to sue. It also suggested an independent statutory body to oversee the handling of sexual abuse allegations within government, nongovernment and religious organisations. “It is beyond dispute that some trusted organisations made a deliberate choice not to follow processes for reporting and responding to allegations of criminal child abuse,” said the report, which focused on the Church but also examined other nongovernment groups. “There has been been a substantial body of credible evidence presented to the inquiry and ultimately concessions made by senior representatives of religious bodies, including the Catholic Church, that they had taken steps with the direct objective of concealing wrongdoing.” The inquiry heard “graphic accounts that detailed

horrendous and traumatic experiences of victims abused as children in the care of non-government organisations that spanned a period of decades through to more recent times”. Prior to the 1990s, it found the Catholic Church either trivialised the problem, shielded abusers or failed to disclose what was going on to protect its image. Inquiry committee chairwoman Georgie Crozier said children had suffered terribly. “Children were betrayed by trusted figures in organisations of high standing and suffered unimaginable harm,” she said. “Parents of these children experienced a betrayal beyond comprehension. And the community was betrayed by the failure of organisations to protect children in their care.” The Catholic Church in Australia, as in other parts of the world, has endured a long-running controversy over its response to past abuses by priests. AFP

The UN cited local officials for the estimate. However, on Tuesday night Philippines President Benigno Aquino said he believed the estimate of 10,000 killed was “too much”. Speaking in a televised CNN interview, he said that local officials who gave that estimate may have been “too

close” to the disaster to give an accurate toll. “Being in the centre of the destruction... there is emotional trauma associated with that particular estimate,” he said. “They didn’t have basis for it.” He continued: “The figure I have right now is 2,000... so far about 2,000, 2,500 is the figure we’re working on”, though he admitted the toll still could rise. It was unclear if Aquino was referring to the toll in the city of Tacloban alone. On Tuesday night, the official government death toll stood at 1,774, although authorities have said they have not come close to accurately assessing the number of bodies lying amid the rubble or swept out to sea. Nearly 10 million people, or 10 per cent of the Philippines’ population, have been affected, while 660,000 have lost their homes, the UN estimated. Overwhelmed and underresourced rescue workers have been unable to provide desperately needed food, water, medicines, shelter and other relief supplies to survivors. AFP



New PM moves to repeal climate tax Australia’s new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday moved to abolish a carbon tax designed to combat climate change as his first major economic reform since taking office. Abbott said the September 7 election, which he won decisively, had been a referendum on the future of the tax which was imposed by the former Labour government on major polluters from 2012 in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.


Mars mission back on track India’s Mars spacecraft was “successfully” raised into a higher orbit around Earth early on Tuesday, after a brief engine failure during an earlier attempt, the space agency said. The Mars Orbiter Mission, wh ich bla sted of f on November 5 for a 11-month trip to the Red Planet, is being launched on its way via an unusual “slingshot” method. AFP



PM cancels plan to build 20,000 settler homes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Tuesday cancelled plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, hours after their announcement sparked US and Palestinian criticism. Netanyahu ordered Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel “to reconsider all of the steps for evaluating planning potential [for the settler homes] that he distributed without any advance coordination.”


Authorities seizes 10 tonnes of hashish on boat Spanish authorities seized over 10 tonnes of hashish from a fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean and detained the ship’s 13 Moroccan crew members, the interior ministry said Wednesday. Spanish customs agents and police boarded the boat in international waters 50 nautical miles off the Cape St. Vincent. AFP



The White House warns new Iran sanctions may risk war T he White House has warned US lawmakers that tightening sanctions on Iran could derail a diplomatic drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, boxing America into a “march to war”. The remarks Tuesday marked a significant toughening of President Barack Obama’s stance towards Congress on sanctions as Washington prepares to resume high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with Iran later this month. The US president has vowed he will not allow Tehran’s leaders to develop an atomic weapon, but last week’s negotiations in Geneva between Iran and six world powers failed to reach an interim deal to halt its programme. Fresh from the talks, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to make the case for continued diplomacy. Key senators from both US parties, some responding to Israel’s savaging of the proposed agreement, are

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, pictured on June 14, 2013. Photo: AFP/Atta Kenare proposing stiffer sanctions or may curtail Obama’s power to ease current measures, which have crippled the Iranian economy. But the White House said any new sanctions could scupper the diplomatic process and leave little option but the use of military force against Iran.

“The American people do not want a march to war,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying US citizens “justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”. “This agreement, if it’s

achieved, has the potential to do that. The alternative is military action,” Carney said. “If pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options then do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?” The White House believes

in offering Iran some “modest” and “reversible” steps to ease the pain of some sanctions as part of an interim deal to bolster Tehran’s negotiators against hardliners who are sceptical of new President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic opening. But many US lawmakers believe that tightening sanctions will give the administration more leverage – and doubt Tehran is serious about standing down its nuclear programme. Republican Senator Mark Kirk maintains that sanctions are the best way to avoid war. “The American people should not be forced to choose between military action and a bad deal that accepts a nuclear Iran,” he said. White House aides, however, privately say that once war-weary Americans understand the alternative to a deal with Iran means another Middle East conflict, they will warm to Obama’s approach. Tehran denies Western claims it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. AFP

Death mystery fuels JFK movie and book industry THE ENDURING MYStery surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination has drawn generations of writers, commentators and filmmakers, though some have been more successful than others. The 50th anniversary of the killing of America’s 35th president has inevitably renewed the spotlight on the events in Dallas on November 22, 1963, even if the story has been recounted in innumerable films, TV series and books. “JFK’s life and death have been chronicled in myriad ways, and I would expect this to continue for generations to come,” said Shaye Areheart, a publishing expert at New York’s Columbia University. “That he died so young, at the hands of an assassin, before he had a chance to spend more than a thousand days in office, also makes him an infinitely tragic and romantic figure.” His dashing charm, and notorious womanising, have also fuelled a veritable cultural industry built up around him. But it was the manner of his death – allegedly at the hands of lone gunman Lee

JFK. Harvey Oswald, shooting him dead as the presidential motorcade sped through a Dallas plaza – which produced the irresistible JFK myth. “JFK and his untimely demise is probably one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all-time, which is why the story can never really be put to bed, even 50 years later,” said film expert Jeff Bock. “His life had “all the elements of a compelling Hollywood movie – high stakes, intrigue, infidelity and lots and lots of good-looking people,” Bock, of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, told AFP. US director Oliver Stone, whose film JFK starring Kevin

Costner was a blockbuster hit, said the reason it continues to generate interest “is because it has never been truly solved.” The Warren Commission, the official inquiry into the killing, “is a myth at best,” he told AFP. Nelson McCormick, who made the TV movie Killing Kennedy for the National Geographic Channel, said the killing is “a murder case that the more you investigate it, the more questions it produces than answers”. Stone, who came back to the Kennedy story in the TV documentary series The Untold History of the United States last year, said his 1991 film was clearly aimed at calling into question the official version of events. “It was decided that Oswald was the guilty party and the evidence was made in order to fit that thesis,” he said, adding: “It was a dramatic film and not a documentary”. But Kennedy, however admired he was, is not a guarantee of success for storytellers, whether in writing or on screen. AFP thephuketnews


Meusburger to run InterCon in Rawai THE GENERAL MANAGER of the Holiday Inn Phuket Resort in Patong for 22 years, Wolfgang Meusburger, will be stepping down in midDecember in preparation for a new role as opening GM of the new InterContinental, currently under construction in Rawai. During his time at the Patong resort, Mr Meusburger oversaw the massive repairs to the resort after the 2004 tsunami, and a later conversion that almost doubled the size of the hotel. The hotel also won a raft of awards. Before he takes on the new job, however, he will take a six-month sabbatical, he told The Phuket News, starting with six weeks in Paris “taking in the museums and the opera and so on”. In addition to leaving the Holiday Inn, Mr Meusburger is also relinquishing his regional role overseeing the Holiday Inn resorts in Mai Khao, the one on Koh Phi Phi, and those in Krabi and the Maldives. He says he is excited about the new job running what used to be the Evason, now undergoing a huge revamp. “Twenty two years is a




long time,” he said. “When the opportunity came to do something different with the same operator [IHG] and same owner, I was delighted.” The shells of the old Evason buildings will be kept, but inside, the rooms will be made larger, and 20 villas will be built. Whereas the Evason had 260 rooms, the InterContinental will have between 210 and 240, including the new villas. “The reception will be at the beach. The landscaping will be astonishing. We’re keeping the big things, but the grounds were rather overgrown – when we finish you’ll be able to see the sea from all over the site.” The InterContinental will open in the second or third quarter of 2015, he says. Taking over from Mr Meus­burger at the Holiday Inn in Patong will be Sandra Kloprogge, who has previous experience with the group in Krabi and Indonesia. The GM of the Holiday Inn Mai Khao, Simon Morley, is also moving, to Bali. Replacing him will be Chris Batterham who will also shoulder Mr Meusburger’s regional role for the IHG group.

Amari Residences selling, but slowly Alasdair Forbes


mari Estates Phuket Co has completed the first phase of its new resort condos at the former Amari Coral Beach Resort, which itself has been renovated and renamed simply Amari Phuket. Of the 148 condos, around 70 are now complete, with 31 per cent of them sold. These are the smaller, one-bedroom units, ranging in size from 44 sqm, and in price from B7.1 million. About 90 per cent of these villas, says CEO Yuthachai Charanchitta, have been sold to Thai buyers. The next phase, further up the hill on the site at the southern end of Patong Bay, will be next, followed eventually by 12 pool villas starting at B60 million each. Mr Yuthachai admits that sales have been disappointingly slow, something he puts down to a mixture of Thailand’s riotous politics

Yuthachai: says slow sales don’t worry him because he has plenty of demand for the condos for use by his hotel. and the rain, which has made it hard for potential buyers to envisage the glories of the development when it’s still a muddy construction site. “It’s been difficult to bring in walk-in guests,” he admits. But he is not unduly worried. “At the hotel, for a turnover of B300 million I make a net profit of B100 million. This is the hotel to invest in.

You will not lose money. I guarantee it.” The deal for buyers of the condos is that they have the right to use the unit for 60 days a year. Outside that period, the units are part of the hotel’s stock of accommodation. In return for agreeing to the deal, owners get a 90-year lease and are guaranteed 6 per cent a year return on investment for

the first three years. The condos are fully furnished to the company’s specs and colour scheme, so that they reflect the overall décor of the hotel. So far the condos are for sale only; they will not be used by the hotel till the first quarter of 2015. “If we can’t sell them immediately, I still have demand for these units [as part of the hotel] so it’s lower-risk [than other developments]. “I have a track record of running hotels,” says Mr Yuthachai. He has one in Hua Hin that has already received similar treatment to the Phuket property, and two more, in Pattaya and on Koh Samui, are slated for revamps. “I have a track record of running hotels. I’m not building to make a short-term profit. [Amari Residences Phuket] will make money. I won’t put it into a property fund and take the proceeds off to the Maldives. I believe in Thailand. I want to do business in Thailand.”




Yacht Solutions launches superyacht charter unit huket-based Yacht Solutions has set up a new charter division, which will run alongside its established businesses of being a superyacht agency, and refit and repair. Yacht Solutions has been offering a comprehensive shore-side support service to superyachts including agency and refit services for the last 12 years – they will now be offering charter services for 70ft plus yachts in the AsiaPacific region. The new superyacht services manager for Yacht Solutions is Bryony Dalby-Ball, who has been involved in the yachting industry for 15 years. Working in all capacities from stewardess and chef to deck work, race crew and yacht management, Bryony has developed a wealth of experience on charter, private, sail and motor vessels, trans-ocean crossings, international boat shows and the superyacht regatta circuit. This has given her extensive knowledge and understanding of the requirements of both yachts and crew.


AirAsia soars on 26pc revenue rise in 2013 Q3

Been there, done that: Yacht Solutions’ Superyacht Services Manager Bryony Dalby-Ball Originally from the UK, she taught dinghy sailing there, then qualified as a PADI instructor in Australia before moving to Thailand in 2001, this led her onto work as professional yacht crew and after 5 years of travelling and

working throughout Southeast Asia, she continued her yachting career in the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America, sailing over 40,000nm. Last year Bryony took a break ashore when she was

appointed deputy venue protocol manager at Weymouth, UK, for the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information, contact info@yachtsolutions. com

ASIA AVIATION PLC, parent of Thai AirAsia Ltd, recently reported its 2013 third quarter results. Mr Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Asia Aviation and Thai AirAsia, stated that in the third quarter of 2013, Asia Aviation achieved B5.6 billion in revenue, an increase of 26 per cent year-on-year, and B158 million in net profit, an increase of 59 per cent compared to the same period last year. In the third quarter, Thai AirAsia increased the frequency of flights by adding two new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing the fleet to a total of 31. It also reached a 94 per cent on-time-performance at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport.

In the fourth quarter, Thai AirAsia is scheduled to receive an additional four new Airbus A320 aircraft, giving it a total of 35 aircraft. The airline is also adding routes to popular and burgeoning destinations in the domestic, Chinese and Indochina markets, with direct flights from Don Mueang Airport to Siem Reap (started October 1), Khon Kaen (started October 28), Kunming (starts November 15), Nay Pyi Taw (starts November 28) and Phitsanulok (starts November 30). Thai AirAsia is also launching the new “Fly Thru” service, allowing connections to be made at Don Mueang Airport. This service starts on December 1.






Time to regulate the real estate industry Olaf Duensing Tax & Law Expert Duensing Kippen


an you count on and trust estate agents in Thailand?” “What happens if an estate agent in Thailand lies, double-deals, cheats or misrepresents?” These are questions that, in one form or another, our firm has received countless times. They are important questions. Many buyers of real estate in Thailand use a significant part of their wealth. It seems sensible that they should receive professional advice before making such a significant decision. The role of an estate agent is, in the public eye, one of a “fiduciary” (like a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant) – someone in whom one puts trust, believing in their competence, loyalty, diligence and honesty to tend to one’s interests—in short, someone who should be a “professional”. Thus, in most western countries, estate agencies, as with most professions, are regulated. Society expects a certain minimum level of professionalism from estate agents – and the sanctioning of those who do not live up to minimum level. Clients are often confused because they assume that, as is the case back home, estate agents are “professional” by definition; and they assume that they are regulated here in Thailand. This belief often leads to “blind” trust by the client. The unfortunate truth, however, is that estate agents are not regulated in Thailand. Of course, a given estate agent could act professionally without being regulated, but can you count on such professionalism from estate agents in Thailand? We believe that due to the absence of effective regulation, the answer is “no”. The situation is, therefore , not good for clients, not good for the reputable estate agents and, from an investment and economic standpoint, not good for Thailand. A recent legal article in a Southeast Asia property magazine stated: “Lawyers don’t like agents … and agents don’t like lawyers much

either.” This may be true in cases where one or both of them is unprofessional or more concerned about their own interests than about about those of the client. But it would be quite odd to think that estate agents and lawyers would dislike one another if both routinely conduct themselves professionally. Where that is the case and both recognize their fiduciary duty to the client, then their duties and interests are actually in sync – not in conflict. The article then asserted that estate agents are regulated under Thai legal provisions governing the conduct of “agency” or “brokerage” or both. The article concludes that this leads to confusion among clients and estate agents. This alleged confusion is surprising when one reviews the law. Under Section 797 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code (“CCC”) “Agency is a contract whereby a person, called the agent, has authority to act for another person, called the principal, and agrees so to act …” This means that an “agent” has legal authority to act on behalf of the client, as if the agent is the client himself or herself. Think “power of attorney” – what you give to your lawyer to act for you and to legally bind you. This firm is not aware of any estate agent concluding an agreement by which the estate agent and client agree that the estate agent has the power to legally bind the client. In short, estate agents in Thailand are not legal agents as defined by Thai law. Rather, legally speaking, estate agents are “brokers”. Section 845 of the CCC provides that a “broker” is someone you pay if they give you information or provide performance that leads to a third party entering a contract with you. That is what estate agents basically do, not only in Thailand, but worldwide. Any confusion is clarified, once the relevant law is consulted and understood. It should be noted that under Section 847 of the CCC, estate agents

may be liable if they improperly represent both the buyer and the seller. However, this is a long way from addressing and requiring the very real professional responsibilities that an estate agent wields. What is needed is to: Protect sellers; Protect buyers; and To enhance the quality and professionalism of estate agencies in Thailand; so that Sellers, buyers, professional estate agents and, therefore, Thailand will benefit. This can be done either by what may be called “internal” regulation by way of a recognized, respected and fully functional estate agency association (or associations) in Thailand, or by “external” regulation – ie, legislation. Both of these approaches are common place in the developed world and, in fact, are slowly and inevitably taking root here in Southeast Asia.

Trisara Chairman Narong Pattamasaevi: Ten Trisara and independently branded luxury properties are planned.

Brand Trisara ‘ready to take on the world’ NARONG PATTAMASAEVI, chairman of Montara Hospitality Group, announced on November 8 that the Thai-owned hospitality management group will spearhead the Trisara brand across the globe. “We are ready to start our expansion on a solid foundation, said Mr Narong. “With Trisara, which has been consistently voted as one of the world’s finest resorts, and the iconic Boathouse on Kata Beach in Phuket, both under our ownership and management, our quest to strengthen and spread the Trisara brand initially in Thailand and ultimately across Asia, will not be so daunting.” To support this expansion and reflect the owning family’s passion for knowledge and know-how, the Group will establish the Trisara Academy in Phuket. The hospitality learning institute will train Thais and others in the art of service and all aspects related to the hospitality industry. “With experienced and

recognised hospitality and development professionals on its senior management team, such as William Black, Morris Sim of Brand Karma, Anthony Lark, Kittisak Pattamasaevi and Dilokpol Sundaravej, Montara not only provides management services to owners of existing luxury resorts in Southeast Asia. “It also offers partnerships with independent land and real estate developers or owners to transform their projects into resort experiences – often with a residential villa component – which are available to international investors. “Thai hospitality has won the hearts of generations of guests and visitors to our Land of Smiles, and this will certainly provide a strong competitive advantage in other countries in which we plan to operate. “We look forward to adding 10 Trisara and independently branded luxury properties in our luxury collection within the next few years,” Mr Narong added.

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Burger King’s Flame: It’s Christmas 2008, and lastminute shoppers are scrambling to find that perfect gift. Suddenly, during lunch-time, it appears: Burger King body spray. Flame was the fast-food chain’s short-lived spell into the fragrance market. The spray was promoted as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” Sold for just US$4 (B120), Flame was also said to smell like barbecue sauce, cheese burgers, and fries. Sadly, it was only sold for the 2008 holiday season and has not been on shelves since. It was promoted for men, though we’re sure meat-loving women probably found their reasons to spritz too. Eau de Stilton: How do you get people to eat more blue Stilton cheese? Let them smell like it! This cheesy fragrance was launched seven years ago by the Stilton Cheese Makers Association in order to help increase sales of the food. Eau de Stilton’s smell is described as fruity, earthy, and musky with sweet undertones, and was blended by a Manchester-based aromatics company. We are unsure if a bottle of the stuff goes great with crackers. Surprisingly, the fragrance has sold very well and is still on the market. Funeral Home Scent: A possible gag gift, Funeral Home Scent borders on being creepy and shockingly normal. Anyone who has had the unfortunate opportunity to go to a funeral will recognise the smell of lilies and stench of death. For those that miss that distinctive scent, Funeral Home Scent is a blend of lilies and other white flowers including carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums, with a hint of mahogany and oriental carpet. Making your product out of the best ingredients sure sounds better than adding the “rotten corpse” part. Secretions Magnifique: Clearly the grossest smell on this list is Secretions Magnifique from Etat Libre d’Orange perfumers in France. To put it nicely, the fragrance is meant to convey a blend of blood, sweat, saliva, and semen. The perfume is meant to be a celebration of sex, adrenaline, and tension relief. Several reviewers have likened it to a metallic, floral sense with notes of sandalwood – which sounds far better than the real fragrances behind Secretions Magnifique. The perfume is currently sold in America and France. Lobster Cologne: A combination of sea, sweet meat, and a hint of drawn butter – that’s how Demeter, the makers of the Lobster Cologne, describe their product. For those exPhuketians who decided to leave the island for whatever reason, Lobster Cologne might be a way to bring those memories of island life back. The company charges just US$6 (B150) per 30 ml bottle of the stuff, though the price goes up to US$40 (B1,250) for a bigger bottle. Online forums recommend using Lobster Cologne in the summer, since it smells rank in the winter. Also, we would advise that you do not wear around cats or hungry women.



Bali snake massage ‘tickles’, say clients A

spa in Jakar ta is changing the way people learn how to relax by using their natural fear of reptiles. Snake massages have become a big seller for the Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Indonesia as the soft hands of professionals are traded away for the scaly flesh of the slithering reptile. The animals, in bunches of three, are placed on top of the client’s back or chest – with its mouth taped shut – as it slithers around the body. “It tickles you, giving you a unique sensation ,” said Feri Telykay, who had three snakes on him during a recorded session. “Initially I was afraid of snakes, I had a phobia but after undergoing several treatments the phobia went away.” The adrenaline that comes

from the fear of having the snake on the client is said to positively impact their metabolism and produces a much more calming effect

once it is complete. “By having a snake massage you can really release your emotions. There are people that come from Europe

just to have a snake massage then tomorrow they go back to their own country,” said Paulus Abraham, general manager of the spa.

Japanese women smile A night out in Bordeaux over new burger wrapper ends with stolen llama A FAST-FOOD CHAIN IN Japan has become a popular destination thanks to the new “Liberation Wrapper” they put on one of their burgers. In Japan, women with small and modest mouths, called Ochobo, are considered attractive while widening the mouth is considered ugly and rude. This is why burger chain Freshness Burger, in a bid to free women from the curse of Ochobo, came out with a wrapper that covers the lower half of the face and has a

printed smile. Taking advantage of the country’s social etiquette, sales figures of the chain’s ‘Classic Burger’ are up 213 per cent, reports said. “The best-tasting ‘Classic Burger’ used to be one of the least chosen by female customers due to its size,” said a spokesman for Denstu East Japan – the firm that created the wrapper. “It is good manners for women to cover their mouth when they have to really open it up.”

A GROUP OF FRENCH club-goers win the “best night of the year” award for stealing a llama from a circus and then going out on the town with the animal. The group abducted the llama from a closed circus, and took the animal on a walk through the streets of Bordeaux. After getting bored of the walk, the group decided to take the llama on a tram, the driver of which called police. The group eventually

tied the animal to a lamppost before f leeing, but police caught up to them. As they spent hours in a holding center, they posted photos of their adventure on Facebook. The circus director is not laughing, however, and has said he will pursue charges against the group. “The offence is too serious, a zebra nearly escaped from the cage. We had to run everywhere to catch it,” the director said.

Smells like lean spirit: Bacon deodorant A COMPANY BASED IN THE US state of Washington is stopping sweat with bacon. Customers at J&D’s Foods in Seattle can now enjoy their new line of Power Bacon, a baconscented deodorant which went on sale last week. “We realise that everyone

loves bacon. Well, now everyone can smell like it 24 hours a day,” said company co-founder Justin Esch. The company, which launched in 2007, makes bacon-centric products including Bacon Lip Balm, BaconLube, Bacon Sunscreen, and even a Bacon Coffin.

Their headquarters also has a life-size head of Kevin Bacon made out of the meat. “Kevin Bacon has earned this. He deserves to be enshrined in bacon,” co-founder Dave Lefkow said. If you must, customers can purchase the new deodorant at thephuketnews



SGS’ Barrie Buck on being secure in life



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Sukunya Hassanee, an officer at the Baan Bang Jo drug rehabilitation centre, speaks with a male inmate. Photo: Ramon Bencharitiwong

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Much more than meets the eye... Jody Houton


huket Town is not short on art galleries and studios, but the problem is that unless you are an arts enthusiast, viewing painting after painting can become quite monotonous. 3D art however is fully interactive, and since Phuket Trickeye Musuem opened in October, Phuket Town residents and tourists have been enjoying the artwork by placing themselves in it. Wasana Hatsajak, general manager of the museum, said that it was the aim of the owner to do much more than just titillate the visitors. “He wants to bring Phuket Town to life again. Phuket has bars and beaches but not much else.”

The actual building itself, on Phang Nga Road close to the old bus station, used to be quite a significant landmark, and was at the heart of the more bustling Phuket Town culture of yesteryear. “My boss chose this building because of the heritage. It used to be a cinema and even just two decades years ago was still very popular with the younger generation.” It is Mrs Wasana and the owner’s hope that their new 3D art attraction will prove to be a hit with foreigners and Thais, both locals and tourists. “Thais don’t tend to holiday in Phuket, so this could be one attraction for them. Pattaya and Chiang Mai already have something similar to this.” Indeed, 3D art has become exceptionally popular in Thailand in the last couple of years, with Chiang Mai even hosting a 3D street painting festival in

March 2012. Despite its recent popularity, 3D Art – also known as anamorphic art – is actually a 500 year old technique that distorts perspective depending on the positioning of the subject and viewer, There are 95 paintings in the Trickeye Museum, all of which were drawn by experienced Korean artists. Visitors can get punched by Mike Tyson from a TV screen, stumble across a broken suspended bridge, emerge from a zombiefilled train, or my personal favourite – throw a hadoken fireball. Phuket Trickeye Musuem is open seven days a week, from 9am-9pm. Price: Thai Adults: B250, Thai Children: B150, Foreign adults: B500, foreign children: B300 or Thai price with Thai driving licence. For more information, call 076 212 806 or visit the Facebook page: facebook. com/PhuketTrickeyeMuseum

Top: Jody Houton comes close to falling into a raging river while Gollum looks on. Above: General Manager Wassana Hatsajak at the Phuket Trickeye Museum.

Art that bottles it all up


s it a bottle? Is it art? Is it recycled rubbish? Is it a cool, practical tissue dispenser? In fact it’s all of those things. For those of you who have become accustomed to finding tissue on Thai dining tables, which in other countries would mostly be found in bathrooms, this receptacle is the pinnacle combination of art, recycling and functionality – and the perfect Christmas gift for folks who appreciate presents lovingly made by little hands. Khun Bom, the creator of

these gems, has traveled the world sharing her creation, with projects in Thailand and Bosnia-Hersnogiva. She works to bring together her two main loves, art and care of the environment. On Saturday, November 23, Khun Bom is conducting a workshop for kids to make these fabulous tissue dispensers and invites all to join the fun! For more information about this and other workshops, please contact Kez on 084-946-2171 or visit the website:

Australia fumes at UK ban on art


he National Gallery of Australia on Thursday blasted Britain’s decision to block the export of two historic paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo as depriving the nation of its heritage. The two oils by British artist George Stubbs are thought to be the first depiction of the animals in Western art, with the kangaroo in the painting the basis for Australia’s earliest coat of arms. They were first exhibited in London in 1773, giving the public their initial glimpse of the exotic creatures most identified with the wild new territory of Australia, but in recent years became the subject of an international tug-ofwar.

The National Gallery of Australia had been negotiating to buy them from their private owner, a descendent of the wife of English botanist Sir Jospeh Banks, who took part in Captain James Cook’s 1768-1771 first voyage to the Pacific, including Australia. But the British government blocked their export in February to allow a British museum to raise money to purchase the works of “national importance”. The National Maritime Museum in London on Wednesday said it has now raised £4.5 million (B227 million) with the help of charitable and public donations, reportedly enough to match the Australian offer. AFP thephuketnews


The buck stops Jody Houton

We should be able to open windows in Phuket and not have to turn our housing estates into Fort Knox, but the reality is that things on the island happen because of opportunists, or desperate people

BARRIE’S TOP TIPS: 1. Keep your VNAs (valuable and attractive items) indoors and under lock and key. 2. Don’t advertise your belongings. If you’re sunbathing on the beach with an iPod and iPhone and then go into the water, don’t be surprised when somebody steals your possessions. 3. Close all windows and doors. 4. Leave the light on when you go out. 5. Get somebody to clear junk mail out of your letterbox. 6. Clean the locks so that they function properly. @thephuketnews


arrie Buck always sits facing the door when he goes to restaurants. He also categorises people according to the level of risk that they pose. He knows he shouldn’t, but it’s an ingrained habit after 25 years spent in the British military, and years of working as a bodyguard. “I suppose I was always destined to be in the military,” says Barrie, as we sit in the Thalang office of security company Siam Guardian Services, where he works as general manager. “For 31 years my father was in the military, and that was the life that I knew – I was always walking around with a gun in my hand and jumping out of dens and things like that. I grew up in military camps and went to 19 different schools.” When he came of age, Barrie embarked on a colourful career that included serving in three war zones, training soldiers to remain “operationally current”, and all types of military parachuting, including HALO, HAHO, Tandem, and Military AFF (Barrie has done more than 5,500 jumps). One of the most important things he learned from training people how to jump out of places, was how to have trust. “After every course I had taught, I had to feel happy that I would be comfortable in jumping out of a plane at night from 25,000ft with these guys at my side. If so, then job done!” Eventually though, he decided to walk away from the service. “In 2006 I left the military and my house in Oxford in the UK to come [to Phuket] and learn how to play the guitar and play golf.” But like many who come to the island with plans of retiring, it didn’t really work out like that. “The clubs have gathered dust and I can’t play a note,” jokes Barrie. After two months on the island, Barrie started working in ‘security’ and providing protection for ‘personnel’ in Southeast Asia. “I worked for rich people who thought that they needed protection, and for those who did actually need protection. I worked mainly in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand.” Many of Barrie’s clients were wealthy and famous types, including several footballers. “It sounds exciting,” says Barrie, “but a lot of it is just hanging around, and it can get quite boring taking the client from A to B or maybe C. It amounts to little more than babysitting.” Sometimes though, Barrie’s job was made harder when the client wanted to go somewhere where they shouldn’t have been, such as illegal or illicit venues, or “clubs”. After one particularly dodgy adventure in a Hong Kong fish market, Barrie had a change of mind protecting certain ‘types’ of people. “I’d had enough of being in situations that I couldn’t control, I’d had enough of that in the military.” So in 2008 Barrie assumed the role of general manager at a new Phuket-based security firm – Siam Guardian Services (SGS). “After a while, I noticed a niche in the market for providing quality guards that could speak English and were well trained. We started out with just a few contracts, now we have more than 30 contracts for marinas, schools, construction sites, private villas, resorts and hotels.” At SGS, guards are taught English, self-defence, fitness, fire fighting, first aid, care in the community, lifeguard duties, and of course how to provide security. As we walk around the SGS HQ, with its various training rooms, Barrie says that although SGS is slightly more expensive than its competitors, the level of service cannot be compared. “Our guys are so well organised that we can really cut down on the ‘flash to bang’ [reaction time].” How to remain calm and effective is at the heart of dealing with any scenario, believes Barrie. “It’s not just a tsunami, snake bite or fire, it ap-



Barrie Buck in a classroom at the Siam Guardian Services offices in Thalang. plies to everything. It’s how to manage, and then give people ownership of the situation.” Regarding safety on the island, Barrie believes there is a need for security, but unlike some places, it doesn’t necessarily need to be overt. “We should be able to open windows in Phuket and not have to turn our housing estates into Fort Knox, but the reality is that things on the island happen because of opportunists, or desperate people.” He believes that by taking simple

steps, everybody can make their home more secure and safe. “My biggest fear is people who don’t take security seriously. Many foreigners come to Thailand and forget to do the basic things in keeping their property and themselves safe. Ninety per cent of theft is done by opportunists.” “The Thai military and police have some good departments but there are just not sufficient numbers,” explains Barrie, “So people have to manage their own security and keep alert.” Or call in the SGS.




Ya ice: no swift resolution Ramon Bencharitiwong

This page clockwise from top: Signs to the Baan Bang Jo prison; an inmate in the prison office; a Phuket man shows 65 reasons why he was arrested.


arely a week goes by without the media on the island reporting the arrest of someone for ya ba (methamphetamine pills) or ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) possession. This is little wonder considering arrest for possession of ya ba continues to be one of the most common crimes committed in Phuket, year on year, while ya ice – which is smoked, causing the effects to be felt instantaneously – is increasingly becoming a major problem. Drug-related issues are not unique to Phuket, with almost every country suffering in one way or an-

other from the consequences of addiction. The difference is how these, often young, men and women are punished or cared for. In many Scandinavian countries, there is an enlightened approach that treats drug users as addicts with an illness that needs to be treated, whereas in other Western nations such as the UK and US, there has been a more gradual shift from treating drug users as criminals that need to be punished. The current system in Phuket is for first or second offender drug users to be sent to the drug rehabilitation centre at Baan Bang Jo prison in Thalang, as a less harsh alternative to jail time. They complete a 45-day stint in Baan Bang Jo and then are released, but are required to check in at their local hospital for urine tests every month. If they fail to attend a single session within three years, they will be sought by the police and arrested. The Phuket News recently paid a visit to Baan Bang Jo to speak to the ‘patients’, and was surprised with the level of apathy and hopelessness exhibited – not only by the inmates, but also the staff. Baan Bang Jo is a new prison, built on 108 rai of land, with sports facilities, football fields, a vocational school

and comfortable dormitories. The 20-or so inmates that are currently resident in the drug rehabilitation centre live in separate dormitories from the mainstream prison inmates, and are free to do whatever they want, except of course do drugs. The rehabilitation centre doesn’t offer withdrawal medication to the inmates, instead they are required to stop using the highly addictive ya ice and ya ba ‘cold turkey’. The system is failing though. “People come here for therapy, but 100 per cent of them go back to being addicts or even become drug dealers when they leave Baan Bang Jo,” says Adul Butrat, the prison warden. “It is a big and unsolvable problem in our society.” “Although we sometimes send men to do Air Force training, it doesn’t work,” says Warden Adul. “Even if we send them to other provinces, they will find new friends who are using drugs anyway. They are just going to do drugs wherever they go – it never ends.” “I have never heard of someone that can quit ya ba or ya ice. I know that there is no follow-up programme for those that complete their time in here. “Before, ya ice was used only in




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A sliver of ya ice. Photo: Pschyonaught A homemade ya ice ‘bong’. Photo: Whitney from Scottsdale US high society, but now it is cheaper and more accessible to these young people. Eighty to 90 per cent are from other provinces, and their parents don’t know about their addiction because they are not in Phuket. “It would help a lot if we could get assistance from their parents. It is very hard to solve this problem.” A 24 year-old male inmate from Udon Thani, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Phuket News about his experiences with ya ba and ya ice. “Ya ice is much stronger than ya ba. I tried ya ba for a few months after my Phuket friend told me about it. He got arrested and is now in prison. “He was in his 30s and asked me to use ya ba because he knew that I did not drink alcohol.” Soon, he had moved onto ya ice. “While using ya ice I felt euphoric, excited and a sense of well-being that could last for a full three days. I felt alert and confident, with high energy levels.” However when he was not on the drug, it was a completely different issue. “When the ya ice ran out, I felt handicapped. I felt depressed and anxious. The feelings were terrible.” Eventually, his spiralling addiction led to his arrest by police. “I was arrested for fighting with a guy because of my uncontrollable moods on ya ice. “The guy called the police and the police checked my urine and they found that I was using. They could tell that I was high because I appeared aggressive.” Despite the predicament he now finds himself in, he does not consider himself an addict. “I just wanted to try, but I don’t crave it and can quit quite easily. “My parents do not know that I use drugs, but my girlfriend does and when she found out she cried. I felt terrible and I will stop doing it. “If I can get a job, that would make my life better. I don’t feel like I want to smoke ya ice here in Baan Bang Jo, only cigarettes are fine,” he added. The young man is thankful that his time in Baan Bang Jo has helped clean him up. For others inside though, they @thephuketnews

see their time at the detention centre as much less productive. A woman, who also wished to remain anonymous, said that her ya ice use was not a major concern. “It is wasting my time to keep me in here. I am 24 and I have to work to send money to my two children who are living in Ubon Ratchathani. “I used ya ice every morning before going to work for about three months before getting arrested. All my coworkers used drugs. We were all arrested at the same time, but I don’t know why it was only me that was sent here.” She tells The Phuket News that she used the drug so she could work longer hours. “Ya ice makes me work longer. I used it to work from 10am to 10pm every day. I am a small woman and I have to massage farangs and their bodies are big, you know? “I didn’t feel hungry, anxious, depressed or anything. I felt normal. It just helped me to work longer hours and not feel tired, and I am not sure that I can say I will not go back to it.” This is a common attitude among inmates says Sukunya Hassanee, an officer at Baan Bang Jo. “Many women use ya ice because they sleep with guys who are using it, so they have to use it too. Some of them use ya ice to lose weight. “Although some know the bad side of ya ice, they still continue using it because it can help them get more income. So that’s why they don’t feel bad about smoking ya ice at all. “Ya ice is a big help for these women. I’m not so sure if Baan Bang Jo is a therapy centre or a place for criminal networking. Sometimes they get connections while they are in here.” Mrs Sukunya said that one of the main reasons for the failure to cure addicts at the drug rehabilitation centre was because the programme – just 45 days – was too short. The fact that after-programme care is so minimal is also a concern. An addict, regardless of whether they live in Phuket or Paris, will quit when they are ready. They need to know that when they do there is help available to them. They also need to know about the ravaging effects drugs

can have, both physically and psychologically, on users. That’s why solving the ya ba and ya ice problem in Phuket begins long before prison, before Baan Bang Jo – it begins at school, and in the home. Warden Adul agrees, “Schools, universities, family and the workplace should all share the burden of responsibility when dealing with addicts.” For the young woman with children in Ubon Ratchathani though, spending any time at the Baan Bang Jo drug rehabilitation centre is pointless. She already knows the solution. “I know how to quit ya ice – just don’t use it.”

Passengers on the Moscow metro puffed and sweated for a free ride last week after Olympic officials unveiled a machine that issues a free ticket as a reward for performing 30 squats. By setting the somewhat embarrassing challenge with a time limit of two minutes, the organizers said they were encouraging people to incorporate “Olympic values” into their commute. AFP



Rice to the finish line LET’S PLAY

Yvon van Kesteren

Make a sensory box in a specific theme; create a desert with brown rice and plastic play snakes and spiders, camels and palm trees



ensory rice play is an open-ended activity that can help with improving your child’s fine motor skills. Just by picking up and pouring rice into a cup, they are working on developing them. Rice is inexpensive and you don’t much. Once finished playing, you can clean it, store it and re-use it.


From 1.5 years to 4 years.

What you need: Rice (approximately 250 g) Plastic box or tray Spoon, small cups, plates, pans, funnel etc Food colouring (optional)

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

Put the rice into a large storage container or tray and choose a place to play where you can keep the mess controllable as there will be rice spilt on the floor. Optional: you can paint the rice in different colours. Just add a drop of food colouring to the rice

and mix it together in a cup. Let it dry before playing with it.

Play: Let the kids feel the rice and encourage them to grab it and pour it into different cups. Add to the play any household items, play kitchen items, or beach toys that you have lying around the house, such as measuring cups, saucers, spoons, spade etc. There’s no need to buy anything for this activity.

Add-ons for more fun play: Make a sensory box in a specific theme; create for example a desert with brown rice and plastic play snakes and spiders, camels and palm trees. Pretend that you are cooking a nice rice dish. Stir through the rice and add beads or pieces of felt to be meat, fish or vegetables. If for some reason you don’t want to play with rice, you could use dry fine sand instead.

Clean up: Sweep the rice off the floor, then use a strainer to clean the rice. That way you can separate the dirt from the rice. Store the rice in a plastic container so you can use it again.

Educational: Fine motor skills are the ability to co-ordinate the small muscles in the fingers. This includes picking up, grasping and releasing things using the hands and fingers in coordination with the eyes. Kids develop their fine motor skills by doing different activities in different stages of early childhood. For babies this could be grabbing and passing objects between their hands. Toddlers improve their skills using objects for a purpose, like eating with a spoon or colouring with a crayon, while pre-schoolers might string beads on a string or make a tower with blocks.




Scholarships and responsibility Jody Houton

We worked with the Patong Beach Rotary Club, who contacted thousands of Rotarian clubs around the world to find out who could benefit most, and bring something new to the school

Above, left to right: Enamul, Tri, Natcha and Raymond at the British International School Phuket.


t’s been a few months since foreign scholarship students started the new term at the British International School Phuket (BISP), and despite an initial culture shock, they’ve now fully settled in and are enjoying their new home. Bangladeshi Enamul Hossain, age 17, is one of the five students who started their academic scholarships in August, and like many of his classmates is now in his first year of IB Diploma. “Everybody has been very welcoming,” says Enamul, “Phuket is nice, it’s much busier in Bangladesh, but more expensive here.” Living on-site at the BIS is a far cry from his home life in Bangladesh, but Enamul said that owing to the friendliness of his fellow students, it has been a relatively easy transition. A good friendship that he has already struck up is with 18-year-old Vietnamese classmate and fellow academic scholarship student ‘Tri’ Hoang. Tri tells The Phuket News that although there are certain similarities between Vietnam and Phuket, there are still enough differences for him to notice, like for example the “beautiful Buddhist temples.” With so many hundreds of thousands of worthy students the world over, BISP Headmaster Neil Richards explains the recruitment process for scholarship students. “We worked with the Patong Beach Rotary Club, who contacted thousands of Rotarian clubs around the world to find out who could benefit most, and bring something new to the school.” Mr Richards added that BIS’s scholarship programme was a new initiative, and they will be awarding five external scholar-

ships annually, to students from around the world. “We’re looking for young students who can be exemplars for the future and inspire and motivate subsequent generations.” Interestingly, Mr Richards also tells The Phuket News that in the future, students will be involved in the recruitment process. One student, Raymond Windsor, who is in his tenth year at BIS and was also awarded an internal scholarship this year, says that he is excited about the proposed scheme. “When I found out that as long as we [BIS student body] keep our grades up, each year group will be able to choose the students and country where they are from, and that we might be able to help these children, it was a great motivator.” Having students involved in the selection process of future scholarship students is quite a responsibility for teenagers, but as

scholarship students themselves, Enamul, Tri, Raymond and Natcha Vijitrujanaphan, say responsibility, pressure and expectation is something that they are used to. Natcha who also received an internal academic scholarship this term said, “It’s a privilege to set this example and to know that my little brother is looking up to me, but I know that if I start to slip it’ll be noticed.” Tri agreed and said that being a scholarship student at times is a lot of pressure, but was also a motivator. In the future, Mr Richards would like to have the whole island helping these young, talented students on their way, and as such is seeking individuals and companies to assist with the programme. To find out more information about scholarships and how you can help, email Headmaster Neil Richards at asktheheadmaster@

Schools ban Malala Yousafzai’s ‘anti-Pakistan’ book ‘I am Malala’


akistani private schools have been barred from buying a book written by global education icon Malala Yousafzai due to its “anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam content”, a top official said Sunday. “Yes we have banned Malala’s book [I Am Malala] because it carries the content which is against our country’s ideology and Islamic values,” said Kashif Mirza, chief of All Pakistan Private Schools Federation. “We are not against Malala. She is our daughter and she is herself con-


fused about her book and her father has asked the publisher to remove the paragraphs about Salman Rushdie and write Peace Be Upon Him after the name of our Holy Prophet [Mohammad],” Mirza said. Mirza said that that some 152,000 private schools across Pakistan stood in solidarity with Malala after she was shot by the Taliban in northwestern Swat valley last year, but the views she had expressed in her autobiography were not “acceptable”. “No school will buy ‘I Am Malala’

for its library or any other co-curricular activity on the campus,” Mirza said. He denied any threat or pressure by any militant group on his federation to ban the book. Taliban militants had threatened to attack Pakistani book shops selling Malala’s book. Co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban tells of the 16-year-old’s terror as two gunmen boarded her school bus on October 9, 2012 and shot her in the head.

The book describes Malala’s life under the Taliban’s brutal rule in northwest Pakistan’s Swat valley in the mid2000s, hints at her ambition to enter Pakistani politics, and even describes her father’s brief flirtation with Islamic fundamentalism as a youngster. The book describes public floggings by the Taliban, their ban on television, dancing and music, and the family’s decision to flee Swat along with nearly one million others in 2009 amid heavy fighting between the militants and Pakistani troops. AFP




From Patong Beach to Paresa Claire Connell

Mr Mancini says his style of cooking is contemporary, but not too extreme, with a classic flavour. He works with the products and aims to create a good tasting dish first, then works on the presentation

Right, a new take on an old favourite: Tiramisu served in three separate portions; and Luca Mancini, the new executive chef at Paresa Phuket in Kamala.


hen Luca Mancini first came to Phuket in 1999, he had sold his Volkswagen car so he could afford to come on holiday here with a friend. Mr Mancini then spent the next 10 months on the island, and ran a “beach food” kiosk near Patong Beach, where he sold hamburgers and drinks to tourists. Fast forward 14 years, and Mr Mancini has come a long way from the burger beach shack of ‘99 – he’s the new executive chef at Paresa Phuket, replacing Ryan Arboleda who recently moved to the Middle East. Mr Mancini, from Italy, has now been at Paresa for two months. After his stint on Phuket almost 15 years ago, he returned to Italy, where he studied for three years at the Università dei Sapori in Perugia, before working as sous chef at the one Michelin star restaurant La Pernice e la Gallina in Bolonga, and then taking up senior positions at the Hotel Brufani Palace in Perugia and the The Leela Kempinski in Mumbai. Thailand eventually lured him back around six years ago, where Mr Mancini worked at Koh Samui’s Rice restaurant as executive chef, before joining the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, where he spent three and a half years working as the Italian chef. He then moved to Amanpuri where he spent two years as executive sous chef, before joining Paresa. Since his arrival at Paresa he has redesigned the Italian menu at the resort’s Dia-

volo restaurant, introducing a new lunch and dinner menu. He’s also “tweaked” the Thai menu at the restaurant, and introduced some new fusion dishes. Mr Mancini says his style of cooking is “contemporary, but not too extreme” with a classic flavour. He works with the products and aims to create a good tasting dish first, then works on the presentation. At a recent tasting at the resort, Mr Mancini introduced The Phuket News to four new dishes he has put on the menu at Diavolo. These included Salmone Marinato, in-house cured wild salmon, mesclun green, fennel and citrus salad with cream fraiche; and Tournedo alla Rossini; sautéed black Angus tenderloin, foie gras escallop, wilted spinach with pine nut and raisin in truffle and madeira jus. The stand-out dish for us was the Cernia Arrosto, pan roasted, line-caught grouper fillet with fennel veloute, and crispy caper and black olive mash. Mr Mancini says he loves serving red with seafood dishes, and

this Phuket-caught grouper goes well with a young, medium-bodied variety. And finally, what Italian menu would be complete without tiramisu? Mr Mancini has a new take on this Italian favourite, serving the mascarpone, dark chocolate ganache, and lady finger ice-cream in three separate portions, designed to be all mixed together. “For me, an Italian restaurant without tiramisu on the menu – there’s something missing. This idea is simple and original – I try to be original.”

Trisara chef heads to Europe


risara Executive Chef Chalermchai “K la” Prakobkit will take part in the International Gourmet Festival in Algarve, Portugal, tonight (November 15). Fo r t h e 3 0 0 e u r o , 10-course dinner titled “One Night in Bangkok”, Chef Kla will be joined by Dutch celebrity chef Marco Westmaas, plus other famous Thailand chefs including Ian Kittichai, David Thompson, McDang, Gaggan Anand and Herve Frerard. Speaking to The Phuket

News before leaving for Europe, Chef Kla said he was very excited about the event and it was real honour to be taking part. Chefs he would be working with on the night were his “inspiration”, he said. At the time of the interview, Chef Kla was unsure about the dish he would create, but said it would likely either be a dessert or appetiser. “Every experience is very important for me, including those in Phuket.”


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Bodega & Grill

Irish Times

Navrang Mahal

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.

Serving up an eclectic mix of tasty East-meetsWest tapas, and a colourful new vibe on the rooftop. Enjoy trendy fusion finger food influenced by cooking styles from around the world alongside your main course, or simply relax with Eurasian tapas and sip sundowners from a selection of creative cocktails. Open 5.30pmmidnight, KEE Resort & Spa, 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.

Weaves Restaurant


Watch the evening sunlit ocean in the lavish and contemporary ambient atmosphere that is the Weaves restaurant. With its intimate low lit private dining, Weaves serves a variety of delectable Asian and International fusion cuisine, rich enticing desserts and tropical blended refreshments. Manathai Resort Phuket, Surin Beach, 076 270 900

A menu of modern Mediterranean influences created by Chef Ryan 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

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 Vijitt Restaurant

Breeze 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

The Bistro Restaurant 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; @thephuketnews

A half-century old Sino-Portuguese style house at The Vijitt Resort Phuket offers a unique authentic experience of Thai cuisine with a focus on regional specialties. Thai Select Premium Award certifies the quality and standard of product and service here. The Vijitt Resort Phuket, Rawai;, 076 363 600

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


Phang Nga adventures Pichaya Svasti

Travel a little farther to the river estuary and you’ll reach the small offshore island of Kho Khao where you can admire the blooms of Thailand’s tiniest species of lotus as well as insect-eating pitcher plants (aka monkey cups), both large and small

From top: The Amazon-esque Sang Neh; Takua Pa Old Town.


ugging the shores of the Andaman Sea, Phang Nga is best known for the stunning dive sites around the Surin and Similan islands and the immaculate strands of Khao Lak. But it has much more to offer. Inland are beautiful mountains carpeted with lush vegetation, tranquil streams and waterfalls, a diversity of cultures, and a rich history of human settlement dating back more than a thousand years. Kayaking in Phangnga Bay and scuba-diving in the azure waters of the Andaman are perennially popular activities in these parts, but so, too, is trekking and rafting in Khao Lak-Lam Ru, a national park located 33km from Takua Pa district. Pint-sized adventure-seekers will doubtless enjoy taking out one of the two-seater pedal boats which can be hired for excursions along the Sang Neh, a small tributary of the Takua Pa River, which wends its way through a tropical forest whose aerial roots and vines give it an ambiance that’s been likened to that of South America’s Amazon, albeit on a much smaller scale. Travel a little farther to the river estuary and you’ll reach the small offshore island of Kho Khao where you can admire the blooms of Thailand’s tiniest species of lotus as well as insect-eating pitcher plants (aka monkey cups), both large and small. If you’re lucky enough to arrive at the right time, you may spot herds of water buffalo, sometimes several


hundred beasts at a time, swimming in the sea. Raised by villagers in a relaxed, freerange style called kwai lai thung, the animals return to their stables of their own accord once the sun begins to set. Raucous-sounding hornbills live in the dense forests here, as do other unusual kinds of birds and several types of mammals, the largest of which are wild pigs. Also on Kho Khao, near the village of Thung Tuk, there’s an archaeological site where a host of artifacts have been uncovered from the 9th and 10th centuries when a town called Takola flourished here. Thanks to its sheltered location, the harbour here was a good refuge for sailing ships, which would dock here for long periods during the tempestuous monsoon season and Takola developed into an important port and major trading post where local goods (spices, wild products and tin) were bought and sold alongside imports from Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Artefacts discovered here include household items, lustreware (porcelain with a metallic glaze) from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Chinese ceramics and porcelain of the Tang period (618-907 AD), Basra turquoiseware from Persia and beads from the Middle East and India. Polychrome mosaic glass beads, luxury items usually only found in major port cities, have also been dug up here. Also recovered at Thung Tuk were religious sculptures including Buddha images and a statue of Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Back on the mainland, the old town of Takua Pa is well worth a visit to see the harmonious way in which Thai-Chinese, southern Thai and Malay cultures have co-existed for centuries. In the cool season, tourists can enjoy


stunning views of the sun rising above mist-shrouded mountains from two popular lookout points, on Highway 4032 about 2km outside the town and the hill on which Wat Khuan Tham is built. Nature lovers often head down to the beach in the neighbouring district of Thai Muang to see the various aquatic animals and plants kept at the Phangnga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre. At this facility, which is run by the Fisheries Department, sea turtle hatchlings are regularly released into the ocean as part of an ongoing captivebreeding project. ‘’Visitors will definitely enjoy the beauty of the natural attractions along the Andaman Sea shoreline. Phang Nga has long been an important southern province and it hosts a particularly well-preserved version of the Vegetarian Festival,” said Patrapon Sithivanich, executive director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Product Promotion Department. Bangkok Post


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Fare thee well Princess Nick & Maple Anthony

Sausage was welcomed at Trisara and almost all 5 star hotels who would generously save her the best bits and accorded full GM welcome! She was used to the high seas, dinghies, storms and even flew to Bangkok on several occasions

Former soi dog Princess Sausage enjoying a day out at the beach.


ometimes life sends a gift, and in our case it was a young, smart dog of about a year or so old that came to the Surin Bay Inn hungry and a bit disheveled with a leather collar. Day in, day out she waited in front of the restaurant for a month until she won my heart, then my doorstep, then my house. Princess Sausage was a wonderful role model for all soi dogs – happy, caring, relaxed, calm and admired as a queen by all dogs big and small, aggressive and friendly. She graced the cover of Prestige Thailand magazine, just like the King’s dog Tong Daeng. Sausage was welcomed at Trisara and almost all 5 star hotels who would generously save her the best bits and accorded full GM welcome! She was used to the high seas, dinghies, storms and even flew to Bangkok on several occasions. Princess Sausage had a book written about her to support the Soi Dog Foundation, and is testament to streetsmart local dogs without attitude, airs and graces and happy with her humble roots. I once saw her get attacked by around 20 dogs in Kamala, and instead of running she charged them all, scattering them to the wind as they howled and retreated, then slowly walking back to the car, occasionally glancing over her shoulder and snarling at the yapping pack.


Singapore police K-9 Unit dog handlers. Photo: Huaiwei

Controversial puppy euthanasia sparks web backlash in Singapore

In 2010, Sausage was kicked by a cruel Surin beach restaurant owner, who broke her back and front leg. She rarely complained though, kept her spirits high and after six months got back on her feet with a metal plated leg and a bit of a limp, but that didn’t slow her down. At 13 years, three years later, with mammary gland tumours that slipped cancer into her lungs, she valiantly left us for dog heaven and was buried in her beloved Surin and blessed by local monks. Travel safe sweet Sausage. Phuket will miss you but you will always be in our hearts. It has been really our honour to have taken care of this special soul. Thank you to the incredible support from the many people whose hearts were touched by Sausage.

of the week

This gorgeous animal named Cat is around 9 months old and belongs to Dan Miles. Cat just showed up at Dan’s house one day so he took her in, and has now become part of the household. Want to see your pet here? Email photos to @thephuketnews


he euthanising of a puppy in Singapore last month sparked an online furore, with the country’s dogloving law minister even weighing in on the issue. Animal rights activists say the case highlights a growing frustration among Singaporeans with affluent pet owners who abandon their furry companions after their initial enthusiasm wanes. The seven-month-old mongrel puppy, named Tammy, was put down on October 7 after its expatriate owner Alison McElwee said the dog had become aggressive and bit her young children. But a local woman, Ada

Ong, who rescued the dog from the streets and gave it to the expatriate, complained in a Facebook note that McElwee was obliged under an adoption agreement to return the dog to her if she could not care for it. Louis Ng, the executive director of the Animal Concerns and Research Education Society (ACRES) in Singapore, said the case was symptomatic of an increasing trend of pet abandonment in Singapore. “We are seeing a trend where, because of rising affluence in Singapore, people are buying or adopting pets without due consideration about the lifetime commitment it involves.” AFP

Taking to the friendly skies SOI DOG STORIES


doptions are still going strong Adoptions from the shelter continue to go well. Last month saw another “super six” jetting to the UK with regular flight volunteers Zat and Izzy. Annie, Fran, Daisy, Alpha, Lil Scooby and Xanxus made their way via Bangkok and Amsterdam to their new homes in the UK. We wish them and their new families all the happiness in the world. Flight volunteers welcome Want to be a hero on your next trip overseas and make a difference to a dog or cat (or two) from Thailand? If the answer is yes, then please consider participating in Soi Dog’s flight volunteer programme. Adopted animals can travel with a passenger as accompanied baggage. The advantages to this is a reduced cost compared to the animal

travelling as cargo and it is less stress on the animal as they can be with the passenger up until close to boarding time. All of the pre-flight arrangements are handled by Soi Dog and we will meet you at the airport to check the animal in. See; soidog. org/en/be-a-flight-volunteer Sala sponsorships The dogs at the shelter love their “salas” – they’re cool and comfortable to lay on, the dogs get a better view of their surroundings, plus a sala is a great place for dogs to hang out with their mates. Instead of the old bamboo salas, new concrete

salas are being built as they are cooler and much more durable. Each sala costs around B15,000 to construct. We are giving our supporters the opportunity to fund one of these salas and in return we will put a plaque on the sala with your name, the name of a friend or loved one, or a message in memory of a loved pet. Sponsoring a sala can be a great holiday gift! The dogs will be so grateful for your help – sleeping on the ground is no fun. For more information, contact




CONSOLE BATTLE Skylanders: Swap Force GAME REVIEW J.P. Mestanza


J.P. Mestanza

Xbox Live returns with its solid reputation as a strong online multiplayer service. The console was initially even going to be an online-only experience, until user backlash put a halt to that

The PlayStation 4 will be in Thailand in December while the Xbox One will arrive in early 2014.


t’s almost time for the future to reveal itself. Make no mistake, the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One – hitting shelves around the world next week – is the next step in integrating all of our current modes of entertainment into one hub: complete with voice command, cloud storage, motion capture, and much more. In short, it’s a game changer in how you will interact with media. Thailand will have to wait a little longer than the rest of the world to plug them in, but both consoles will eventually arrive in the kingdom, Asia’s fastest growing technology market. For now though, let’s pit the consoles in a match-up of firepower and capabilities. Ready, fight!

cessed through voice command and lets users share their content easily (from any computer as well). Winner: Xbox One

ROUND 3: Launch exclusives PS4: Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. XBO: Dead Rising 2, Forza Motorsport, and Ryse: Son of Rome Winner: Xbox One

ROUND 4: Controllers

PS4: When the PlayStation 3 was released in 2006, Thailand had to wait almost a full three years before it officially was sold domestically. Sony will not be making the same mistake this time as the PlayStation 4 will be released in the kingdom sometime in December. XBO: The Xbox One will not be released in Asia until January, and Microsoft has not even set an official date for Thailand. Winner: PlayStation 4

PS4: The PS4 will have a touch pad, integrated speaker, and a four-color light bar that interacts with the PlayStation Camera to keep track of your movements. Did we mention a share button to stream and record games? It will have “partial support” with lastgeneration systems. Price B1,990 XBO: Xbox One controller has force feedback on its triggers to help first-person shooters become more of an immersive experience. The usage of two new buttons (Menu and View) will be up to app and game developers. The controller, in tandem with Kinect 2, will also be able to recognise users and apply personal settings based on previous play. Price B1,990 Winner: Draw

ROUND 2: Online

ROUND 5: Camera

PS4: PlayStation 4 owners will have to pony up about B1,130 per year to use PS Network’s premium subscription service, PS Plus. However, the company will feature a free game to be played on the network each month for newbies to test the waters. The success of Grand Theft Auto V’s online multiplayer mode has made the PS Plus an instant cash cow. XBO: Xbox Live returns with its solid reputation as a strong online multiplayer service. The console was initially even going to be an online-only experience, until user backlash put a halt to that. While both will feature an array of online video and music services, as well as cloud integration, the Xbox One goes a bit further with SkyDrive (formerly Windows Live), a file hosting service that can be ac-

PS4: PlayStation Camera will have motion control, video chat capabilities, and 720p resolution. However, it will be sold separately and only two titles so far have confirmed they’ll be using the camera (Play Room and Just Dance). Sold separately for B1,990. XBO: The Xbox One’s Kinect 2 will come with a full 1080p RBG camera for HD detection, facial recognition, and active IR (infrared) to detect users in the dark. Comes with the system and already confirmed for use in 26 games, including six Kinect 2-exclusives. Winner: Xbox One

ROUND 1: Release date

With clear wins in three out of five rounds, the Xbox One wins hands down. Still, don’t underestimate the power of the PlayStation to come out of the box all guns blazing. The battle’s just begun.



Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3


WWE 2K14

Xbox 360, PS3


WhatsApp (Messaging)

iOS, Android


Battlefield 4 (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC


Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Xbox 360


HeyWire (Travel)



Fifa 14

Xbox 360, PS3, Wii


Skylanders Swap Force

Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Wii U


The Blockheads (Game)



Grand Theft Auto V (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3


Just Dance 2014

Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3


Clash of Clans (Game)

iOS, Android


Batman: Arkham Origins

Xbox 360, PS3, VITA

10 Pokemon Y, Pokemon X



Bandcamp (Music)

iOS, Android

his game makes no sense, and that’s kind of the point. Skylanders: Swap Force is the third in a series, and possibly the best so far as it is packed with more than enough action for adults but also caters to children. The game is a platformer, live-action roleplaying title that puts the gamer on Cloudbreak Islands in a battle against cartoonish villains who try to steal magical powers from the rest of the characters. All of the characters in this latest edition of the game are able to swap torso and legs with each other, giving the gamer a variety of different ways to tackle challenges and explore its vast world. Certain mini-games and secrets can only be accessed through specific body parts and abilities. Each character is well balanced, which is important if gamers are to take advantage of the ‘player vs player mode’ – one of the highlights of Skylanders: Swap Force. All abilities are distributed well, which seemed like a tall task considering the vast array of possibilities within this game. The charming absurdity in the side stories are very kid friendly, but make no mistake – this is a game for all ages. It’s difficult, high-flying, and expansive, which is perfect for a gamer looking for something different and fun. Developers Vicarious Visions made sure that Skylanders: Swap Force would appeal to both button mashing children and tactical adults. The 3DS version is also one of the most visually flawless handheld games this year, and deserves to be on top ten lists for Christmas.

Which game would you like us to review? Let us know at thephuketnews



IN BRIEF Robert Pattinson joins Lost City of Z In a film that already boasts Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead, The Lost City of Z will also feature Robert Pattinson. The film, an adaptation of David Grann’s popular book, will be scripted by James Gray (We Own the Night; The Immigrant). It will tell the story of three traveller’s who head to the Amazon jungle in 1925 to discover the fictional lost city of Z. No timetable for production has been set.

Thor: The Dark World

It’s hammer time FILM REVIEW J.P. Mestanza

The story of Loki is by far the most interesting aspect of this movie. His evolution between the last few films, including in The Avengers, is paramount as he has become as important to the franchise as Thor himself

Director: Alan Taylor Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba. Running Time: 112 minutes


veryone’s favourite hammer-wielding Norse God is back on big screens in Thor: The Dark World, a sequel to the popular and highly-successful 2011 film Thor. As second installments go, this one is a solid effort, though the story is predictable and at times rather cheesy. Explosions, visuals, and emotion: it’s all there and treated with the usual happenstance that we have come to expect from these type of superhero flicks – our generation’s Westerns. And just like in a good Western, the protagonist in Thor: The Dark World has to rely on assistance from a not-so-trusted ally who has to prove himself in an effort to defeat the forces of evil. The film starts with the nine realms, ruled by Thor’s father King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), coming closer to peace as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) travels around to ensure things stays that way. Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his adopted brother who craves the throne and betrayed the family in the last film (as well as in last year’s The Avengers film) has been sentenced to rot in a dungeon by Odin. During this time, a dark power called the aether is released and finds a host body in Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Then, an ancient villain, Malakith – leader of the dark elves – is awakened along with his army and attempts to find the aether in order to use it to bring eternal darkness to the universe. Thor and Loki eventually have to team up to defeat Malakith (Chrisopher Eccleston) and also save Foster’s life. The story of Loki is by far the most interesting aspect of this movie. His evolution between the last few films, including in The Avengers, is paramount as he has become as important to the franchise (and by extension the Marvel universe) as Thor himself. The half-brothers complicated relationship buoys this film, though audiences can see the ending coming from a mile away. Still, the humour and tragedy really

SFX Coliseum Phuket (Central Festival) Ender’s Game (E) Escape Plan (E) Hachima Project (T) Planes (E/3D) Thor: The Dark World (E/3D) Thor: The Dark World (E/G) Thor: The Dark World (T) Tom Yum Kung 2 (T)


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Star Wars Episode VII set for Dec 2015 The new release date for the first Disney installment of the Star Wars franchise will be December 18, 2015. The news comes just two months after it was announced that Star Trek producer JJ Abrams and director/screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan had taken over story duties from Toy Story III’s Michael Arndt. Disney purchased the rights to the franchise from Lucasfilm for US$4 billion (B126 billion) last year. “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process,” Abrams told reporters last week, “that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when.”

Hunger Games theme park may be on the way Lions Gate Entertainment is looking into the possibility of opening a Hunger Games’ based amusement park, CEO Jon Feltheimer said last week. Though discussions are still in the early stages, Feltheimer admitted that two locations were being looked at as possible locations for a theme park installation of the popular film franchise. The second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be released in the US on November 21 with two more films slated for production over the next two years. starts to coalesce into something very entertaining towards the final third of Thor: The Dark World. In fact, the last half hour saves the film from being just another forgettable popcorn flick into a solid sequel that has you looking forward to the next one. Well aware of the depth of the comic book source material, Marvel have done a great job so far of creating a cohesive universe out of their characters, while still leaving enough room for each overlapping franchise (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Avengers) to follow its own course. Ultimately, Thor: The Dark World is a good example of a franchise taking the next logical step. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here though, since the “stop the ancient weapon that has unlimited powers” shtick is starting to feel a little tired.




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10 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

SFC Jungceylon Phuket (Patong) Ender’s Game (E) Escape Plan (E) Hachima Project (E) Thor: The Dark World (E/3D) Thor: The Dark World (E) Tom Yum Kung 3 (T) Tom Yum Kung 2 (T)

Weekend gross

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As some movies and movie times change every Thursday morning, after The Phuket News has gone to press, the accuracy of the following information cannot be guaranteed. For up-to-date information, visit, or call the cinemas directly: SFX Coliseum Phuket 076-209000 and SFC Jungceylon Phuket 076-600-555.




Jazz Summit returns for 2013


he Phuket City Jazz Summit, the brainchild of the Spotlight Production Group, is back for another year on the island, this time being held on Sunday (November 17) at the Iguana Beach Bar. Tickets are B1,000, and include food and free-flow drinks from 6pm to 7pm. The event will start at 5pm, and bands include Boy Navio and friends, the Jazz Classic band, Bluroom band, Tomadachi trio, Arvie Bautista, Siobhan McGovern, Editha Ballesteros, El Bulan and Miss Tik. The first ever Phuket City Jazz Summit was staged on October 31, 2011, at the Lemon Grass Restaurant in Phuket Town, and was attended by local and foreign musicians and jazz-lovers. This year the Phuket City Jazz Summit will move to Iguana Beach Bar in Kalim, thanks to venue sponsors B-Lay Tong and Iguana Beach Bar, who offered their venue for the event. The Summit has also collaborated with the Phuket Jazz Society, a group promoting jazz music on the island. The Phuket City Jazz Summit first began three years ago, and initially started as a tribute concert for Romeo Navio, a noted Filipino pianist who played on the island for more than a decade. The event was organised by his son Boy Navio, also a celebrated jazz guitarist on the island. Seeing the success of the event, Boy decided to hold it every year. Then in 2011, Francois Bona, a relative of Romeo and the GM of Spotlight Produc-

Last year the Phuket City Jazz Summit was held in Phuket Town; this year it will be held at Iguana Beach Bar in Kalim.

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tion, decided to create the Phuket City Jazz Summit, expanding the tribute concert and promoting it as a way to welcome visitors to Phuket for the high season, and to celebrate jazz music. This year jazz musicians from around

the island will perform free, as the event is a benefit concert to raise money to build a rest-room and kitchen for the Aram Rattanaram Temple in Phuket Town. For more details, contact 080-052-8636. Class Act Media is a sponsor of this event.


e are coming into the traditional ‘silly season’ when the Christmas holiday tourists flock to the island for their New Year’s celebrations. Live 89.5 will be bringing you more surf updates, more weather reports, more traffic reports, more what’s on guides and more great music you want to hear. Because Christmas can also be a lonely time for some expats, we have been wading through our music library to find your favourite Christmas music along with some newer versions as well. Celebrate Christmas with us and keep tuned to 89.5 for all the latest island information. Live 89.5 will soon be broadcasting to the wider Krabi area. This is the start of an expansion by Class Act Media with our radio services. What does this mean for you? Some new programmes, new announcers, better news and information. But the island’s best music will continue and there will be no change to Live 89.5 providing the most upto-date mix of news, information and entertainment.


e were the first in HD. We are the first with the latest events and news stories. Now we are the first with a new panel discussion programme. Starting this week Phuket News TV will be recording a weekly discussion about the hot news and topics that affect you. The programme will frequently be recorded in public locations where you can share your opinion and get involved. We predict that the island’s traffic woes will be a popular topic in the first show! You can watch Phuket News TV by going to and clicking ‘TV’, be a part of our group at thephuketnews or watch us on Channel 1 or Channel 20, Phuket Cable, up to four times a day, every day of the week (channels may be different on some TVs).

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The Phuket City Jazz Summit first began three years ago, and initially started as a tribute concert for Romeo Navio, a noted Filipino pianist who played on the island for more than a decade. The event was organised by his son Boy Navio




REALLY WICKET FUN The Phuket International Cricket 6s was held at the Alan Cooke Ground from Friday to Sunday last week. A great time was had by all competitors and supporters, who came from Australia, Singapore, across Thailand, and many other places around the world.

From left, Erich Friedl, GM of The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket; Riccardo Barella, Cluster Director of Sales, Leisure - Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Lee Yoon Joo, Hotel Marketing Manager of CJ Blue Tour Co Ltd; Janet McNab, General Manager The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket, Area General Manager Starwood Hotels South Thailand; and Jason Beavan, GM of Class Act Media.

TWO YEAR MILESTONE The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket held a special lunch to thank supporters and celebrate its second anniversary on November 6.


ROCKING WITH THE BEST Pop fans filled all four floors around the main hall of Central Festival Phuket on November 5 to watch a free mini concert featuring singing sensation “Baitoey” with a special appearance by the “Power Storm Crew” – southern Thailand finalists in Thailand’s Got Talent 2013 – for the Condo, Home & Car Big Sale expo. The event was jointly organised by Ace Condominium, Centrio Condominium, Phuket Villa, Triumph motorcycles, Volvo cars and Izuzu, and held from November 1-7.




ARTY SHADES The opening night of the “Shades of Grey” photo exhibition was held at Rendez-Vous restaurant in Phuket Town on Monday (November 11), featuring art from Jerry Minoret. The exhibition runs for a month.

Miguel Kirjon, Rendez-Vous owner Peerasak “Ae” Sripruk and Lin Prachakrich.

Mimi and Graham enjoy the night.

Artist Jerry Minoret.

Bart Duykers and Antoine Melon.

DISCO FUN AT XANA Xana Beach Club on Bang Tao hosted a special beach performance by tribute band Abba Forever on Friday night (November 15) as part of its regular disco night event series. Photos: Nawin Komolwanit

Bill Hardy, left, and Jirawat Lohsiriphat, Senior Sales Manager - Upcountry, Ambrose Wine Limited.

A TASTE OF AUSTRALIA William ‘Bill’ Hardy, brand ambassador for Hardys wines from Australia, hosted a cocktail party at Beachcomber, Centara Grand Resort Phuket on the evening of November 11. thephuketnews



'Alcohol may be a health hazard' FRIDAY NOVEMBER SEPTEMBE 25 FRIDAY 15

Pool Competition at Expat Hotel

Battle of the Babes

Suk Singpatong + Sitnumnoi

Battle of the Babes is an international model search pageant with events taking place within the Asia Pacific Region this year. Prizes include a trip to Hong Kong and PARIS + help for local models to pursue a modelling career. Open to beginners and professionals. It’s free to register at Phuket events coming soon at The Novotel Phuket Vintage Park & Hollywood Discotheque. PHUKET GIRLS Register now.

Indian Curry Night on Fridays


Starting from Saturday October 26 and continuing through the year, Num Noi Singpatong, the head trainer and owner of Singpatong + Sitnumnoi Gym in Patong Beach, will be launching an elite fight series in Patong Boxing Stadium (Sai Nam Yen). Visit the official website at www.patong

BBQ at Expat Hotel 8pm, Expat Sports Bar, Expat Hotel, Soi Taipan, Patong.

TIRAS PATONG BEACH HOTEL TIRAS Patong Beach Hotel is a new small hotel consisted of 18 rooms. Locate in Soi DR.Wattana, right in the prime area of Patong. The contemporary design, orientated with comfort, fully equipped with basic facilities that certainly eases the joy of your stay. Grand opening on November 16th 2013, 2-8pm. Featuring Zimplex Crew Phuket House Mefia For more detail call : 085 666 8586

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,

of meats and seafood, live cooking stations, your favourite Italian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Every Sunday through November, 12 – 3pm at Prego by the Beach, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket. THB990++ per adult plus free access to Prego pool. THB495++ per child (7-12 years old). 076 335 600 or

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

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

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..

'Alcohol may be a health hazard'

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.


Phuket Jazz Summit 2013

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.

Traditional Sunday Roast Angus O’Tool’s Karon Beach

Sunday Brunch at Thanyapura

Phuket Jazz Summit 2013 for Charity. This year would be held at Iguana Beach Club, Kalim. Meet 3 Jazz bands from Classic , Pop and Latin Jazz with 3 amazing Jazz singers ; Editha Ballesteros, Siobhan Mcgovern and Arvie Bautista. On Sunday 17th November, starts from 17.00 - 21.00. The ticket price is 1,000THB includes buffet dinner and 1 free flow drink (from 18.00 - 19.00). Event’s earning will go to Aram Rattanaram Temple to build restrooms and kitchen. To buy ticket or more info , contact : 076-618180, 083-2939984 and 089-1953069

Live Seafood & Jazz Sunday Brunch at Banyan Tree

Sunday Brunch at Thanyapura 11.3014.30 Get Free Day Pass and Free 1 Hour Tennis Court Enjoy Sports Club facilities and group classes. High quality imported Oysters,Lobsters, Grilled Seafood, Wagyu beef and a sumptuous choice of homemade desserts. Buffet with free flow nonalcohol drinks Adult THB 1,800*/Child THB 900* Buffet with free flow selected beverages THB 2,150*/person Call: 076-336000

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


BBQ All You Can Eat at Shakers

Sunday Poolside BBQ at Westin Indulge in a lavish BBQ buffet with a variety

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. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure. thephuketnews


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RBFC Thailand 2014 Classic Sport Fishing Tournament Offshore The Similan Islands

25 th

27 th February 2014

Proudly organised by the Rawai Beach Fishing Club, (RBFC) Phuket, Thailand.

Huge cash and other prizes to be won!!

57 hours of non -stop fishing!

Huge media coverage!

For further details please contact Warren Crowe or Andy Bright m Warren tel: +66 (0) 812604291 Andy tel: +66 (0) 862739948 Website:

Prizes include fishing trips, tackle, limited edition prints, and much more!

Rawai Beach Fishing Club is an official Sponsor Club of the International Game Fishing Association. RBFC supports recreational fishing



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.

Wednesdays and Fridays. BBQ ribs all you can eat with salad buffet and potato salad for B295 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.



Southern Phuket Pool League

Wednesday Ribs The ribs are dry rubbed and smoked for 6 hours then massaged with Kentucky Bourbon BBQ sauce. Full rack set: 3 course set with corn chowder and bread pudding souffle: B1,500++ per person. Must reserve. For residents order one kg full rack on Friday for takeaway on Wednesday. Pick up and pay at SALA Beach Bar 5pm6.30pm (Happy hour) B750 net. Sorry, you must take away. Make a reservation or book your ribs with events@salaphuket. com, no phone calls please.

The Islander Bar, Rawai vs Pita Bar, Laguna, Rawai. The Islander Bar, Rawai vs Pita Bar, Laguna, Rawai. The White Hart, Rawai vs Walkabout A, Karon. Solutions Bar, Kata vs Ying Yang Bar, Rawai. Walkabout B, Karon vs Allstar Sports Bar, Kata. Mad Mohallys, Rawai vs Australia Bar & Grill, Kata. Buddha Bar, Laguna, Rawai vs No Name Bar, Karon. All start at 8pm.


EVERY DAY Casino Royale night at Aleenta Life is brighter on the other side of the bridge, Come and join us for our fourth fundraising annual event, that will take place at THE EDGE, Aleenta’s newly renovated Beach Restaurant and Lounge. With a “Casino Royale” theme, this year will again set new heights in the Phuket nightlife. Guests will have the chance to play classic casino games. Professional dealers will be flown in for the occasion. All proceedings will go to the foundation and the guests will not win money but other desirable prices such as free hotel nights at SLH hotels worldwide. A silent auction will run all night and more surprises will be revealed on the night. PJae Stanley Band and DJ Ben Jay will entertain the crowd until late. Entrance 1,500 net per person including Drinks and Food all night. Casino Chips form 1,000 net Dress code: Elegant Beach Cocktail, Start at 19:00, on 7th December,2013. RSVP:

SAT DEC 7 - SUN DEC 8 Charity Bike Ride in Khaolak

Live Jazz Trio at Mom Tri's Enjoy live Jazz at Mom Tri’s Kitchen. Every Wednesday and Sunday Night in the Sea Shell Bar. Sunset Happy Hour daily from 6-7pm including selected beverages by the glass and 50% off drinks. Great live music, gorgeous sunset views and Thai and international cuisine. See


Camillian Social Center Takuapa in association with The Sarojin and Bike for health Phangna Club would like to invite you to support and partivipate in the “1st Charity Bike ride for children living with disabilites” Preceeds from the event will go towards the Children living with disabilites. On Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Ban Nam Sai Community Khaolak Registration Start at 07.00 am. Ride Start at 08.15 am from Ban Nam Sai Community – Center 30 Kilometers. More info please contact

world. Phuket Dragons Dragonboat Club is certainly the only team representing Phuket to compete in this prestigious event. If you are interested to join the team, they now train 3 times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Visit phuketdragonboatclub. com or call Jon on 08749836630 or Инфо на русском тел 0811881596 for details. Be sure of a warm welcome!

Penang Dragon Boat 2013 The Phuket Dragons will again enter teams in the Regatta held at Teluk Bahang Dam, Batu Ferringh in north Penang. The event is held under the auspices of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). This Regatta attracts teams from around the

Phuket Wake Park 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 in a Phuket Wake Park! Welcome from 7:30 to 22:00 every day.

Water Colour Painting Course We’re bringing this popular course up North! In just 5 weekly lessons, you’ll be well on your way to painting fabulous Water Colours to be proud of. Starting on 20/09 until 18/10, 9.30am-12pm, classes are taught by a highly regarded artist and teacher. Only B3950 per person, this promises to be a fantastic creative experience. Contact for info & to book now, phone: 084 946 2171.

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The number of muscles you use to take a single step.


Percentage of the pollution in San Francisco’s air that is estimated to come from China.


Percentage of the world’s human population who are drunk at any particular moment.


Number of winning couples in all 16 series of the reality show The Bachelor who have remained married.


This week in history ■■ November 15, 1971

Intel puts on sale the world’s first commercial intergrated microprocessor, the 4004, with a clock speed of 740 kHz. ■■ November 16, 1849 Crime and Punishment author Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities. As he stands before the firing squad the Tsar sends a message commuting his sentence to four years’ hard labor. ■■ November 17, 1869 The Suez Canal is inaugurated, greatly shortening the sailing time from Europe to India and the Far East. ■■ November 18, 1307 At the orders of tyrant Hermann Gessler, Swiss folk hero William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow. ■■ November 19, 1998 Impeachment proceedings against US President Bill Clinton begin, following the Monica Lewinski scandal. ■■ November 20, 1820 An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the whaler Essex, providing inspiration for Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. Hilde, who submitted this picture, says this is one of the many beautiful sunsets she has seen from the Yamu Sunrise ■■ November 21, 1969 The first Arpanet link – precursor of the Restaurant at Baan Yamu on the east coast of Phuket (but looking west). Internet – is established between UCLA Got a Phuket photo to share? Email it with caption to and Stanford Research Institute.

Crossword by Myles Mellor & Sally York


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Solutions to last week’s puzzles:

Answers to this week’s Pop Quiz:

1. Not happy – it means ‘brainless’; 2. Cuba; 3. Chromium; 4. Rose – the rest are members of the Solanaceae family of plants; 5. Four.

1. If you described someone as ‘decerebrate’ would they be happy or not? 2. In which country is the Sierra Maestra mountain range? 3. What metal is added to make steel “stainless”? 4. Tobacco, sweetcorn, tomato, nightshade: Which is the odd one out? 5. How many pecks are there in a bushel? Answers at the foot of the page.

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Kata Beach Apartment Sea Views: Western 1,2&3 bedroom

units fully furnished, parking fully fitted teak kitchens. Granite tops Western baths, sat.TV&internet included. Masterbed with ensuite bath starting 20,000/m longterm. No party people. 084 840 1262, north8east98@yahoo. com.

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Luxury Private Villa - 48 MB: A stunning villa sits on 1.8 rai in prime location of Kathu, only 5-10 mins to major shopping c e nt r e s , Phuket Tow n, 4 g o l f courses and 15 mins to Patong. Comprising large main residence living/dining area, fitted kitchen, 3 ensuite bedrooms. Separate office or maids’ quarters. Within the grounds full size bar/games room also separate apartment with modern kitchen, large living area and 2 ensuite bedrooms and 1 toilet. Within the beautifully landscaped grounds is a large swimming pool and much more. Secured by CCTV alarm system and electronically controlled gates. This villa has to be viewed to be appreciated. To view online visit type in “big house in Phuket” Viewing by appointment only CALL NOW 084-293-7923 (Thai/Eng) 081-8540061 (Eng) Email: mrgeoffcurry@

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: Ocean Front Villa for Sale:


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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3 B e d H o u s e Te r m Fu n Cherng taly: Main bed & sitting room both air con, large kitchen. Newly renovated. Part furnished. 10 minutes. from Laguna, 15 minutes. from Surin Beach. 12,000 per month, minimum 12 months. 087 272 5250. phetmeekha@

Charming 4 Bed. House for Sale: Full privacy. Great for families. 5km East from Heroines Monument. Photos available. THB 4,5 mill. Contact Lin (+66) (0)81 8922419, linphuket@

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@





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PROPERTY FOR SALE CONT. 3 Bed Pool Villa Pa Khlok:

FOR SALE 2 VILLAS WITH THIS VIEW Lease or sale, commercial building, intersection corner location, highly visible, developing area. call Dan 081 892 0960.

In Karon:

Situated at Ao Por, 2 modern contemporary villas. Infinity pool, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, study, large living area, terrace and covered parking for 2 cars. Priced from 24 MB.,

3 Beds, 2 Bath 6x3m pool. Full aircon and funishings. Ready for occupation and rental. Secure estate, private parking. 6km from Heroines monument. Close to PIA, BCS and shops. 081 737 0722.

Freehold House for sale: Outstanding investment Lanta: Outstanding investment op-

portunity! 7 studio apartments within beach front development. All 7 apartments, being offered at a discounted price to a total of 18 million baht for all of them. Call: 089 83 98 255. Email:

Freehold house for sale in estate in Cherng Talay. Land 735m2, floor area 230m2, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom. Many upgrades incl new carport included. Price B11 million. Call 083 509 8797 for info or viewing.

Urg e n t 2 N ew A p a r tments For Sale: Because

of divorce URGENT RE-SALE 2 brand new apartments. Welcome real buyers No agents. Call on +66 (0) 87 269 2274, Chrismar.

Furnish Condo Patong by Owner: By owner, condo in Patong.

Land Plot for Sale: Chanote title at Cherng Talay / Pasak7 (Phuket - Surin Beach area) Phone 090 487 8084. Email: utaipan@ Single House For Sale: In soi jaofah 73 (before phunaka golf club) Land area 2 Ngan 92 sqwah, Usable area 450 sqm. 3 bedrooms, 3 bat hro o ms, sw imming p o o l, room for maid. Sale: 12.9 million baht. Tel. 081-4761640(Eng) 0818923709 (Thai)

Fully furnished 1bed/1bath 29sqm 2.9 MB. & 2bed/2.5bath 72sqm 6.9 MB. Close to Jungceylon, Bangla road & Patong hospital. Ramon 085 644 9344,

Business for Sale: Located in 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.

Beachfront Condo in Cape Panwa: Two floors 282 sq. m of

living space with stunning views. 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms + Study + large kitchen. Fully furnished. Communal 40m pool 5 steps away. Beach 15 steps! 091 876 2330.

a prime area just 50 metres from the north end of Patong Beach (close to Graceland Hotel & the roundabout o n b e a c h r o a d) t h e r e a r e t w o commercial townhouse buildings incorporated into this sale. They are on offer on a freehold basis which comes complete with a Chanote land title deed. The two 3 storey buildings sits on land measuring over 30 sq.wah. This prime real estate has been prepared for total refurbishment and is a per fect business investments for a property developer for resell potential or a business person who wants the freedom to create their own business design concept. Plans have been drawn-up to develop the property into either a 8 room or a 14 room guesthouse/apartments. 081 893 2330.

cent 4 bedroom pool villa on the west coast of Phuket, above prestigious Kata Beach. Exceptional opulence throughout. Long & short term rental. Enquiries on 087 283 8884 or 080 690 5248.

Sin g l e H o u se Sp e c i a l Price Rent/Sale: Nice house

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.

Bedroom, 1 En Suite Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen, Pool, Large Balcony and Terrace Space, Parking. Excellent investment opportunity.

THB 26,000,000. Only 300 m. from Kata Beach. 236.25 sqm. 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. For more information call K.Chavarin 089 911 8833/081 866 9253 or email:

Luxury Villa in Chalong: Perfect 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.

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.

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.

Private House For SALE - 21MB: An outstanding home

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:

Studio condo on 4th floor 50s/m. Huge swimming pool, beautiful gardens, completly renovated new tiles, light, painting, new furniture, kitchen, shower and toilet. B2.5 million, Eng 085 471 9246, Thai 087 621 3405.

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

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

Urgent-3 Bedroom House for sale: 3 Bed, 3 Bath, 4 aircon, f u l l l y f u r n i s h e d w i t h C h a n ote title, mini office 4x4, living room, European kitchen, CCTV, internet, garden. Per msap V illa Manik, 436sqm. 15min from airport. B6.8 million. Call 089 871 4172.

Beautiful Karon Villa:

Modern open living villa has it all, fully furnished, private secure estate close to beach. Enjoy the private salt water pool and undercover parking, 3 large bedrooms freehold investment. 081 719 4688.

note for sale, concrete access road, Land plot, electric & facilities ready to build your home. Direct contact Thai owner K.Dallas (Poy) 089 472 9870 or

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).

Land Close to Thanyapura/PIA: Half Rai 1.3MB, 1 3 Gorgeous Lots, Clean Titles: For sale or long lease.

2 lots on island-beachfront (bungalow-/housing-estate) and 1 big mainland-mountain property all in very quiet, safe, well maintained locations near Krabi. 089 291 4671.

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@

Stunning Town Home: 3 BDR

Home Office Near Thanyapura: New 2-storey home

fully furnished with teakwood furniture, ready to move in. 240 sqm. 4 bed 4 bath, close to Kathu waterfall and market. Near Loch Palms, major stores, BIS and KIS. B45,000 per month. Call Oranwan 086 883 3169.

Patong Free Hold Condo:

1 Rai Land QUICK Sale in Rawai: Beautiful land with Cha-

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

250m road frontage near Bypass: 16 rai next to Phumundra,

in the perfect location of KATHU on 162 sq.wa. This 2-storey property has a well proportioned living/ dining area with access to a large outside area by the pool for entertaining. The kitchen is fully fitted, 3 large bedrooms are all ensuites plus a separate office. The property is 85% furnished and within 5-10 mins to major shopping centers, Phuket Town, 4 golf courses and 15 mins to Patong. Secured with an electronically controlled gate and fully alarmed. To view online visit www. type in “pool house in Phuket” Viewing by appointment only CALL NOW 084-293 -7923 (Thai/Eng.) 081-854-0061 (Eng.) Email:

Luxury 3 beds 3 baths stunning condo. 179 SQM. Foreign freehold. Views to sea, marina, lake and mountains. 2 balconies. B16.9 million. Call: 082 493 8526. Email:

Sea View Off Plan Condominiums: 65m2 Condominium. 1

Building 3 storey for sale:

Luxury Villa for Rent: Magnifi-

RPM Marina Condo:

Nai Harn Baan Bua: When only the best will do!!!!4 bed/pool villa in Phukets best kept gated community.410 villa.812 land.Overlooking lagoon.Beautiful.Ph: 0812704291.or

+ Study or 4 BDR, 4 bathroom, maid’s quarters, full AC + hot water, pool, 2 car garage, western kitchen + extra storage. A must see. Was B21million reduced to B17million including Laguna family golf membership. Call 081 737 5001.

Villa with Pool for Sale: Free-

New Condo Kathu For Sale/Rent: Sansiri D Condo

Land & House Park, Chalong: Villa for sale, 4 Bedrooms,

Rawai Seaview Condo for sale: Seaview condo, freehold,

hold 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.

K at hu, Fully f ur nished Studi o Sale 1.15M on 6th Floor, good facilities with fitness gym and large swimming pool. Only 5 minute to Patong, Lotus, Big C, Central. 086 1058 144.

2 Pool Villas next to PIA:

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:

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:

Af fordable 3 Bedroom House: Single floor, 3 bedroom, kitchen/dining area, living room, 2 toilets/showers. Aircon in each b e d r o o m . W a t e r t a n k+ p u m p . External covered area. Chanote title: 256 sqm Quiet developed village near Heroines Monument B3.2 million. Call 087 276 0529 .

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:

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)

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

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

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:






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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@

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.

Property for Sale

For Sale with yield 5%-7% per year, land for Investment: Near Jungceylon 49 sq.wa: 25 MB. Boutique Hotel:17 rooms: 25 MB. Guest House: 8 rooms: 12 MB. Call: 093-620-1369, 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:

Beach Land on Koh Yao Yai:

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.

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.

Luxury Villa 3 Bedroom Pool for Rent: N ew villa

320sqm fully furnished. 4 bathrooms, 12m long pool, 5 min. by car to PIA, situated between Naithon and Naiyang beaches. Longterm rent B80,000 include maid and gardener ser vice. Call 080 143 5294, email: alain


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

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: B2,995,000 including furniture. Must see! Email: Call 081 607 8000.

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: 3 & 4 Bed Pool Villas:

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.

Beautiful home in Phuket 4.99MB: Spacious open plan home

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.

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

Land for Sale:

3 Rai Chanote Mangosteen Land: Beautiful square land plot next to Mangosteen Resort, 3-0-38 Rai, Chanote title, light slope, great access to Soi Saiyuan, show villa can be completed, ideal for villa or condo development. 081 536 5846.

- 4 bedrooms, granite top kitchen, outdoor seating, 100� home cinema, LED Lighting system, T Vs, L AN & Audio ever y room, alarm,3 phase electric. Call: Ben 086 266 2786.

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

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

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.

(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.

Sales - House near By Pass:

2 Storeys single house in Rock Garden 5 V illage - By Pas s Road. N ear town, quiet and safe. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & housekeeper's room. 2 cars parking. Nice English & German neighbours. Call 089 159 3239.

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

Beachfront Building - Lanta: Urgent Sales! Beach front 2 Commercial buildings (3 storeys), 14 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms Klong Dow beach, Koh Lanta - Krabi. Contact owner directly - negotiable price: 081 270 8622, 084 841 5635.

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:

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,,

Rawai Condo Sale/Rent:

Price Reduced, 4beds Villa: 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.


Ao Makham. 5.5 rai, B10 million per rai. Contact Siriporn 089 649 9939, email:


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.

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@

House for sale near Loch Palm: Three bedroom pool villa

in Kathu close to international schools. Views over Loch Palm. All bedrooms with aircon and ensuite bathrooms. Two car garage and secluded garden. Chanote title. Call 084 844 0991

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.

Budget Bungalows: 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.

Sea View Land for Sale:

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.

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

Sell 1.1MB, Full ownership foreverbeyond the financing plan of 10 years. Rent 9,000B/Month. Studio room renovated with furniture. A/C, WiFi, kitchen, 200m to beach. 084 242 8914.

New House for Sales:

Khao Sok, 25+ rai, B400,000 per rai: 25 rai, 3 ngan in Khao

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

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.

Two shophouse for lease in Patong: Low Rent! 2 Shophouse - 2

flrs.Can make business ground floor. Huge 2nd floor fully furnished as 2 bed apartment with private bathrooms. Includes furniture. Big kitchen and living area. 084 189 7696.

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:

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

Villa and farmland for sale:

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

Sea View Off Plan Condominiums: 65m 2 Condominium. 1

Bedroom, 1 en suite bathroom, living room, kitchen, pool, large balcony and terrace space, parking. Excellent investment opportunity. See property

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

Beautiful Karon Villa: Stunning,

safe, secure estate villa, close to beach, crystal clear salt water pool, 3 large bed, modern open living, fully furnished, freehold, everything done. 13.9MB. 081 719 4688.




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House in Phuket Town / Samkong 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms

Beautiful Naiharn Pool Villa: Modern Family House for sale: Beautiful 3 bedrooms villa in New Luxury Villa For Sale: 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,


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. Email:

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 17MB. Contact 089 727 5407,

Semi detached house with large 3 bedrooms , 3 bathrooms, large open living/dining area and entertainment deck outside. Large western kitchen with all appliances . Great area very 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 B4.3M 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: Surin Beach Office For Sale: Prime location sales office/ Hot Price Sale- PuriAnda Villas: New Pool Villa in Rawai 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.

Donsak Beachfront Land 3 Rai: 67 metres absolute beach

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


Mansion in Town for Sale:

359.7 sq. 43 rooms. 15 air-conditioners, 28 fans. balcony, hi-speed internet, parking, CCTV and sentry box. In & out with finger scan. Near shopping centre. B32 million. Call: 090 167 9816 (Eng), 086 300 5052(Thai).

Double your money in 5 years!: New Year special promotion: Studio in brand new, world class, eastcoast development. Never seen on Phuket; amazing luxury at real prices. Call 080 882 1377, email: beachpro


shop. Internal 144 m2, back garden 60 m2, 4 car parks, kitchen, internet, phone/ fax, TV, 5 AC. 6 yrs lease then 3 years rolling, rent B35,000, sale B1.5 million. Call 085 060 0033.

Golf View, Kathu. Tastefully renovated large (83m2) apar tment 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

Allamanda (Laguna) Residences/Phuket Sale/Rent:

Seaview 1 BDRM New Condo Patong: Stunning seaview,

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,

One condo unit, half of a deluxe twin house, fully furnished and equipped, set direct on the picturesque lagoon with balcony right over it. 3 bedrooms each with shower/bathroom, roof terrace. Long term rent or sale. 090 487 8084,

Patong Bangla Building for Sale: B28 million, Chanote, 4 floors 6m x 14m. 1st & 2nd tenanted. Flr 3-staff accom, bath, kitchen. Separate office with access to lower floor. 4th flr private penthouse one bed. 087 881 7600.

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.

renovated & decorated, Large living room, fully furnished, shower & jacuzzi, Mature gardens with waterfall, Security. Because of sickness NOW REDUCED to 3MB. Call: 087 877 2320, 084 854 9889.

Amazing 3 Bedroom Villa With Swimming Pool: Guarded

compound Kokyang Estate Phase II, 3 min to Nai Harn beach, modern interior design, garage, developed infrastructure. For more information: Call Elena 084 305 0634.

Sea View Land for Sale:

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

Nai Harn / Rawai, Balinese Pool Villa, 2 years old, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, price reduced for quick sale. Please call our agent 082 420 70 52 or send email to

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.

Land for sale:

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

Land & House area 119 sqm. Sale for B13,000,000. Contact 086 036 3944 and 086 282 7457 Khun Touch.

Furnished House for Sale Phuket Villa 5: 3 bedroom

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),

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.

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

Land for Sale Cherngtalay: 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.

Beaut iful L and L aguna Cherngtalay: Chanote title, yellow zoned, safe area. Nearly 4 rai, direct from owner. Subdivided in 6 plots each ca. 1,000sqm. ready to build. Only 6.75 MB per rai.

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

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

Pool villa for sale or rent:

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.

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:

Land At Kathu For Sale: Only

15 min to Patong and only 10 min to Phuket Town, located at Kathu, total 141 sqw or 564 sqm with ready public utility. Call 081 892 0610, 081 472 0770,

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:

For sale: 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

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

minutes to Naithon Beach. 10 minutes to Naiyang Beach. 10 minutes to Airport. 7 minutes to New Tesco Lotus. - Roadside land and Chanote title. Call 085 793 2718.

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.

Sea-View Contemporary Pool Villla: Located near Phuket

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

Urgent 6.1 Rai Land for Sale: 6.1 rai (10,000sq metre). - 5

Free Hold Condo For Sale: Balinese Pool Villa:

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:

Freehold 2 BR in Kathu: Newly

N i c e H o u s e + Po o l Fo r Sale: House with pool for sale at

SeaView near Airport:

Reduced for Quick Sale:

Beaut iful L and L aguna Cherngtalay: Chanote title, yel-

low zoned, safe area. Nearly 4 rai, direct from owner. Subdivided in 6 plots each ca. 1,000sqm. ready to build. Only B6.75 million per rai. Call 081 367 7683,

Rawai Beachfront Pool Villa for Rent/Sale: Rawai

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

Kamala 3 bed pool villa reduced: Expat owner must sell, Beautiful home on 1 rai 1 ngan 66 sq.w. chanote 24.5 MB. Mountain views. Best buy in Kamala. Tel: 086 269 5108 eng, 080 744 7625 thai, email:






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Luxury Four Bed House In Laguna

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.

Wonderful 4 bed house over looking the lake & Golf course in Laguna. Sale: Reduced to: 32.7 M / Rent: 170,000 P/M. Call Mick: 0848186045 Email: or www.

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.


4 Rai & Home & Thai Co. 18 M B 4 R ai w 2 b,1b a h o m e

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

NS3G title. Next to Nat’l Park Layan, N Bang Tao Scenic Quiet 5 min to Cherng-Telay Walk to beach Prior permit for 6 villa develop Road, runoff culvert & tank built. 084 842 4581,

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

East Coast Sea View Land Total 1.5 rai (2,450sq metre) on gently sloping land with sea view of Phang Nga Bay.

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

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:

DETACHED OR SEMI-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., 0827383007

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, Properties for sale: Luxury Commercial Building For Sale: 5M. x 18.30M.,3 floors, located close by Condo at Saiyuan, 2 big halls, 2 bedrooms,4 bathrooms,clean&new building. Price negotiable. Tel:087 881 7979, 081 472 0770, ss.kijrungruang@

investment condo N/East aspect Rawai 5th floor corner sweeping ocean rural views. 126sqm, 2 bed, 2 bath, free hold, furnished, pool, B8.75million perment tenant at B40,000 p/m. Call 089 050 5664

Rawai Great Buying: Lovely

house with 2 bedrooms or separate SC flat downstairs.Well ventilated with natural light in pristine condition.Distant sea views.4,995,000 Baht. 0812704291 or thailandmls@

Phuket Country Club Condos: 3 Only Luxury Contemporary

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,

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.

Patong; 50 sqm of the living area, sea-view /mountain view, furnished, Pool, 24hr security, for SALE B2.8M B3.3M. Contact +66 (0) 83 103 3801, 081 415 7774.

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.

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.

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:

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@

URGENT!! SEAVIEW LAND 12 Million Baht 081 8937027

Beautiful Beachfront Land:

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. Was B2.5M. 087 276 0529 for info.



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Very Spacious European From Owner: Villa in peace-

World Class Sea Views: 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:


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@

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

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:

Apartment for sale in Patong: Apartment for SALE in Condo in Marina:

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@

Patong Loft Condo:

2 Bed Thai Style House, Rawai: 110m2 Thai style house, 2

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,

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).

Chalong Beach Front Pool Villa: Chalong Beach Front Pool Villa For Sale/Rent,3 bed rooms,area 1 rai call siriporn 089-6499939, email: siri_phuket


bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, office/study, upstairs balcony, large car park, high walls & electric security gate. MUST SEE!

Zion Proper ty CO., Ltd.: 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.

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.

Sales - D Condo Mine:

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.

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:


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.

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

Thai House@Phuket Fantasea : Traditional Thai house design 4bed, 4bath, kitchen. Mountain views.8,8 MB.Large living room, 3 aircon. 1.5km from Phuket Fantasea. Well maintained with 47sqm. 085 644 9344.

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.

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Guest Service Supervisor: Good command in English, customer service skills, knowledge in F&B, HK, front office, Knowledge of computer basic skills, own car with driving license, working in Phang Nga -Natai Beach. Candidate send resume to: Office: 6/84 Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang Phuket 83110. Call 076 527 633, 087 881 0003.

S w i s s S e r vic e / Phon 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.

JV Opportunity: JV Partner

Marketing Executive wanted

with a commercial focus sought for Phuket based company. New startup delivering a well-established world know building related system licensed exclusively for design, production and installation in Thailand. This is an exciting opportunity for the right partner: Chris on 081 956 2966 or

Art House is hiring - Marketing Executive, working at the booth in Central. Thai female, good command of English. We pay basic salary + commission + bonus. Call Alexandr 089 594 6888,

Personal Assistant Wanted: Tropical Properties real estate is urgently looking for Per sonal Assistant /O f f ic e Manager. Must have very good knowledge of spoken & written English, basic accounting & good computer skills is essential. Must be able to organize & work independent and be in a position to start work almost immediately. Thai national only!

Brilliant Smile’s hiring staff Cosmetics company "Brilliant Smile" is looking for staff. Work at "Banana Walk" Patong and Central Festival. G o o d En g l i s h w i t h c o m m u n i c a tion skills. Ages 25 - 40 years. Salary 15 - 35,000 THB. Training will be provided. Call 094 319 4637,

Native English Teacher Need experienced preschool t e a c h e r, 1 0 -14 c h i l d r e n . S t a r t i m m e di ate l y, C h a l o n g, 4 0 hour a week. Send resume to

A s si st ant Sal e s M an ager: • Thai- Male/Female, 25-

Personal Assistant

Thai Male/Female, 25-40 years, fluent in English, good computer & communication skills, self motivated, background in marketing/Real Estate/ Travel Agency is a must. Please send CV:

35 years • Bachelor's Degree • 2 Years related sales experience • Good command of English • Good computer & communication skills • Own a car & driver license Salary + Commission + Benefits Send CV to :

F&B Manager. VJ / Light technician. Promotions Manager. IT Technician. Head Chef. Graphic Designer. Assistant Head Chef. Assistant / Secretary / Accountant. Flair Bartender Head of Security. Singer / Dancer / Performer (female).

Fluent command of English (speaking / writing). Experience in the field required. Must be hard working, flexible, professional, fun & talented. Thai applicants only.

Female Cook/ Homemaker Wanted: Exceptional conditions for live-in cook /homemaker for semi-re tired UK/Canadian businessman. Separate high quality room with shower & T V in high- end resort style surroundings. Must speak English. Send resume to

New Club Opening in Phuket We are now seeking to fill in the following positions:


Project Coordinator needed: Design studio is looking for a creative and focused individual to join our expanding team. Responsible for keywording images, analyzing market t r e n ds,p l anni n g p h oto g r ap hy shoots, and assisting in general office administration. Successful candidate will have an excellent command of English. *Contact: Jaey* photomor phic images@

Personal Assistant Wanted: Tropical Properties real estate is urgently looking for Personal Assistant /O f f ic e Manager. Must have very good knowledge of spoken & written English, basic accounting & good computer skills is essential. Must be able to organize & work independent and be in a position to start work almost immediately. Thai national only!

Couple Wanted: ENGLISH- SPEAKING THAI GIRL: Looking for a Thai

woman with good written and spoken english for office work. Computer literacy is a must. molokophuket. c om, info@molokophuket.c om, Call: 084 060 7050.

Thai couple, house & pet care, work and stay at foreigner villa, speak English, no smoking, husband as driver, wife as housekeeper. Contact: aoaphuket@gmail. com 076 203 010.

Sales Consultants Wanted: GB Automobiles is looking for Thai nationals that are fluent in English, self motivated, with a postive attitude and desire to make above average income. Sales experience preferred but not necessary as full training provided. Contact or call 081 962 2262.

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. For examples email:

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’. & ‘Phuket FC Match guide’

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’. & ‘Phuket FC Match guide’

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’. & ‘Phuket FC Match guide’

PR & Marketing Assistant

Thai Reporter Wanted


Responsibilities :

● Assisting the PR manager with planning and implementing PR plans for the company ● Representing the company at events & exhibitions ● General Marketing and PR admin tasks


● Good communication skills both in Thai & English ● Degree qualified – recent graduate welcome to apply ● Have own transport (bike or car) ● Ability to work after normal work hours and/or weekends (time in lieu will be given)

We offer:

● Competitive salary ● Social security (10%) paid by the company ● Excellent career progress opportunity ● Time in lieu for any overtime hours worked If you are professional & enthusiastic person, this is an excellent opportunity to advance in a growing & innovative media business in Phuket

Interested applicants are invited to apply in person or send application with full resume indicating qualifications and experience, expected salary and recent photo to: Tel: 076 612 550-2 ext 101

The Phuket News is looking for a Thai reporter to join the news desk. This is an exciting position that offers great career prospects for the right candidate

The successful candidate must: ● Be a Thai national ● 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 Interested applicants are invited to apply in person or send application with full resume indicating qualifications and experience, expected salary and recent photo to: Tel: 076 612 550-2 ext 101

Qualifications: ● Thai or Expat. ● Excellent communication and negotiation skills in Thai and English. ● Highly motivated self-starter with a positive attitude. ● Works well under pressure and has a will to succeed.

We offer: ● Competitive salary, bonuses and travel expenses. ● A friendly work environment. ● Social security paid by the company. ● Excellent career progress opportunities. Interested applicants are invited to apply in person or send application with full resume indicating qualifications and experience, expected salary and recent photo to: Tel: 076 612 550-2 ext 101

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BOATS & YACHTS Krabi Boat Lagoon: New marina sister of Phuket Boat Lagoon, ready for berthing now with marina charge 50% off and long term berth available. Well protected by sea conditions and full facilities provided. Contact Khun Choo 086 281 0330.

SR MARINE NEW SR-21 SR-21 Center console,only 375,000 baht. Excluded only engine. Come with all accessories. We also produce 18-36ft Power boat. For more picture or info, please contact Showroom office at Chalong, 0817820921

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

Kawasaki 750Sxi Jet Ski Pro:

Need to sell my SAILBOAT 2 mast 17 metre (50 c.v. Yanmar engine) excellent condition Fully equipped located in Chalong/Phuket valuated price B12 million

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:

Now for quick sale B5.5 million include dinghy

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.

Call French: 080 035 1626 English: 081 788 8280 Email:

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

Jeanneau for Sale Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37, year 20045. Full Option/ Thai Flag register/ Solar S. Electric 240W/ Autopilot/ GPS/ 2 Engine Fridge Only Euro 66,500. 084 843 2551,

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.

40FT Steel Cutter Sloop: Ready to c r uise. C ent rec o c k pit . Safe, strong German design. New S ai l s, 4 4H P Ya nm a r En g i n e, 6 Berths, solar, wind generator, BBQ, dinghy&outboard. AUD$110K. 085 378 0498,

S a l e N e w B o a t S R-18 Finished: SR.Marine, We are professional boat builders. Our showroom is in Phuket. This model is SR-18, finished. Price B295,000. “This price excludes only engine”. Email: / 081 782 0921.

Sale New Boat SR-21 Finished: SR.Marine. We are professional boat builders. Our showroom in Phuket. This model is SR-21, finished. Price B375,000. “This price exclude only engine”. Email: 081 782 0921.

13 Metre Wooden Hull Cruiser: Cap. 17 PAX. Wooden 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

Speed Boat For Sale:

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

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).

Boat Sales and Charters: 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 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

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 081 894 9967.

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.






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Patong Massage Shop For Sale: Cosy renovated shop. Shop is located inside a hotel on a busy street directly leading to Patong Beach. Business from hotel customers as well as from many tourists going to/from Patong Beach. Email:

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

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.

profitable business lease 5.2M. Fully refurbished, 6 year contract (fully pre-paid). Low rent. Busy Soi 2minutes from the beach. 5 beautiful en-suite rooms. Sports bar, fully fitted kitchen and restaurant area. Account available. Call 081 891 9461 /

Hotel and Land for Sale: Lovely 22 room & 9 apartment Hotel with 1.5 Rai land on Soi Nanai 2, Patong for sale. Special price only 72 MB negotiable. Contact 087 886 5360 or for full details.

2002 Bertram 510 Flybridge luxury yacht. Reduced to only USD675,000. Contact Marcus on marcus@leema

URGENT Boutique Hotel for Lease: A small boutique Pa-

tong Beach hotel offer for long term lease. Location: Patong beach front ocean panoramic view. 18 rooms, aircon. internet, cable TV, telephone, safe, full furnished. Contact: 076 342 197-8, K.Thanin,K.Tum.

Patong Massage Shop For Sale: Cosy renovated shop. Shop Restaurant/Guesthouse for sale: Located in Kamala.

40 metres to the beach. 10 rooms with full furnishings. Restaurant 54 seats. Price B8 million. For more information call 081 396 0033.

Luxury Yacht for Sale: For sale

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

Guest House for Sale in Patong: Lovely guesthouse Just 100

metres from Patong beach. 12 rooms, 13 bathrooms, coffee machine, well listed on the main booking site, possibility to run coffee shop too. Cheap rent. 081 079 7398.

Unique Rawai Investment Opportunity: We run a busi-

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is located inside a hotel on a busy street directly leading to Patong Beach. Business from hotel customers as well as from many tourists going to/from Patong Beach. Email:


Occupancy rate, per fect location, Easy to start business! High ranking on online travel agents, such as:, agoda. com, Legal, current and up to date contracts with overseas tour operators that have high sales volume and many loyal customers with repeat business. Current sales channels and property management software- you can run your business online from anywhere in the world. 30 rooms. Restaurant and terrace with 40 seats, huge roof terrace,kitchen fully equipped.7 years lease left, rent paid until 31.12.2013.Turnover 7,5 million baht/year, profit 2 million baht/year. Price: 7 million baht includes business, Thai company limited (CO.,LTD) with 3 work permits, and many legal things you don’t need to waste your time on if you started from scratch –Everything is included! Contact scandinavian owner directly (speaks English): e-mail shincorp1@yahoo.

52’ Convertible FOR SALE: One original Owner – fully refurbished 2012. Immaculate condition, 2xCAT 660hp, 16kw Onan, new watermaker, fully rigged for fishing. US$ 420K. Contact 086 280 6526

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:


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.


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Free-Bird Bar in Nai Harn for Sale, great location, 3 TVs, 2 pool tables, Seating 50 pax, (PLUS) Fully Equip Beauty salon which is leased out, parking: 10 vehicles, 8 years left on lease. Sale: 1.5 MB. Negotiable! 087-892-6204 or 087-884-8972

2 Language & TEFL Schools: The schools are very

successful due to the high de mand of people wishing to learn English as A sia deve l o ps and plays a larger par t in world affairs every day. These 2 schools are lic ensed wit h t he M inist r y of Edu c at i o n a n d t h e C h a - a m branch also holds a TEFL license. As part of a franchise group, you will always have on-going support for sales and training. The selling price is calculated at 5 times the net profit and with sales growth averaging over 20% year on year, your breakeven point is within 4 years. As all truly profitable business there is no negative cash f l o w. C a l l 0 81 8 4 6 919 3 . S e e


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.

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:

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.

For further info email

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 4.9 MB. Contact 0867479292 or claudstrey@

Guest house & Business: For

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

Boutique Guesthouse & Bar: Boutique Guesthouse, Bar /

Bar for sale: Very Busy Mushroom

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.

For sale in Bang Tao Beach Road. Get 10 year contract, great location 50m from Best Western Hotel & Beach. Full furniture and equipment. Price B2.5 million. Call 087 893 8590, Email:

Hotel & Restaurant for sale: Chanote title in Patong,Central position, new building, started four years ago.20 rooms, reception&restaurant fully furnished, lift. B32M negotiable 086 279 8175(Eng/Italian)Stefano/084 840 1566(Thai)Ning.

Sale Bar, Hotel + 1 Shop Rawai Beach: Land plot 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,

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.

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

4x4 Black Vigo FULL OPTIONS: 4 Door - Automatic in very good condition with Mag Wheels and full Toyota service history - Late 2007 model. 620,000B. 081 979 6320.

Honda CR-V 2002/Gold 64,000 Km: Used cars -Honda

Cement Production Plant:



Tile I t: Thalang. Wana Park on Srisoonthor n Rd. Phuket ’s quality tile boutique. Tiles for interior, exterior, residential, commercial. Contact 076 620 168 or 081 424 2828. Email info@

CARS FOR SALE Patong N ew Hot el for Longterm Lease: 40 rooms

52’ Convertible FOR SALE:


Farang Food Paradise:

Bar for sale on Soi Bangla:

Located mid-soi on Bangla, Patong Beach. Contact now for best units & special offers on pre-sales. 3 year contract. Price starting B1.7million. Call 08 5887 7414.

ness in Chalong that has paid back 50% of its cash investment in the first year of operation. An opportunity for a similar business exists in Rawai. This is not a hotel, guest house, restaurant, dive shop, car rental or real estate. This business benefits Thai society as a whole and is environmentally neutral. We are looking for 1-3 equity investors to make a total 20 million Baht investment. E-mail:

CR-V 2.0E (i-VTEC) with clean condition and no bad accidents. Top and full option with com plete book service and manual. Year:20 02,Engine Size: 20 0 0 cc.,Fuel: Petrol.081 818 9696.

Coffee shop/cafe/bar for sale: Fully equipped and licensed,

walk in I walk out, can be changed to bar, 2nd floor 3 bed a/c ff acc. 3rd floor covered open area, 2 x Honda Clicks for rent, cheap rent paid to 2014. B600,000. 083 633 1284

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

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COMMUNITY Toyota Vigo B Cab 3,0 D 2011: White large Carry Boy fiber

Honda CR-V top model year 2010 for sale, engine 2400cc, 4WD White colour, black leather interior, one owner used only 43280km, very excellent condition. Contact Cat: Tel 084 744 4304 for info.

Honda CR-V for Sale:

cargo box CBL 1970. Power windows, film, alarm GPS tracker, 17,100 KM. Load volume 7.3m3, load dimension 2.37m x 1.68m x 1.85m, max load 1.5 ton. New 700 000 THB. For sale at B500,000. Call 085 060 0033.

Toyota Hilux VIGO 4 x4 Auto: Toyota Hilux VIGO, 4 door, 4x4, 3.0 Diesel, model 2007, mileage 87,000 km only, first owner, all service by Toyota, new tires, beige interior, Alpha Canopy/front Bull bar. Call 086 943 8989 Chalong.

The Seed Church Talang Phuket

Welc ome to Sunday ser vices: 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. G u n g Te l : 0 7 6 - 2 74 9 7 5 - 6 , 0 8 4 0567027 Email:

Toyota D4D Commuter Minibus: 2009, White Toyota D4D ComLEXUS-4 door sedan 1.4million: Lexus 250, 2006, 2.5 V6 gas-

oline. Paddle shifter, sports drive. Brand new rims and tires. Travelled 93K. Recently fully ser viced from dealership. Needs new owner ASAP. 082 282 6947 Dan.

muter Minibus for sale. Genuine 15,000 km. One owner (red plate), Always garaged underground, curtains / TV & Video (ceiling mount) 16 seat. Excellent condition. 087 999 6174.

PET ADOPTION BMW 730 Li Se Long Wheelbase: Oct 2006 registered Feb 2007

Bought new: 7.2MB. Se = Back TV, Dvd 6, Auto shut doors, Fridge, phone, Alloy wheels 18”, Cruise control and much more. Selling for B1.9m. Call 089 812 4070.

PERSONAL SERVICES 2010 Mazda 2 Hatchback: HONDA CITY '03 1.5AT, 118XXXkm: Very reliable and user-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. Price B218,000. Call 083 102 0070.

New in 2010. I am an expat who is moving on and can’t take my Mazda with me. One owner, 32,000 accident free kilometers, auto trans, air bags, auto braking, etc.

Backgammon: Play-

ers Wanted. Tel: 081 577 8443, email: phuketcon

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

FunStart: Commuter Van For Sale:

210,000 and past on to finance! Mazda 2 sedan 1.6 Sport top model, year Nov. 2010. Touch screen navigation system, TV, Blutooth, DVD.Black leather interior for sale, Call : 081-788 4078.


2012 Toyota Commuter Van – Low mileage 13,500 kilometers. Loaded, leather seats, back up camera, video system. Only B900,000. Contact via email: mar tin@phuketfish

ner 3.0 turbo diesel Manual 15,000kms Black with leather interior excellent condition. 084 625 8225.


MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS / VISAS Online health food in Thailand. Good karma, all natural, healthy, and organic products. Please contact 082 276 1675, w w w.good

Health Food:

Pure Honda rotary mower, nearly new B20,000. Call English 082 516 8717, Thai 086 079 0890.

Mini Cooper S JCW GP for sale: Only 2000 made worldwide. 2012 TOYOTA VIGO PRERUNNER: 2012 Toyota Vigo Prerun-

Hi there! My name is Lucy, would you like to be my friend and take care of me? I am only 1 year old and very sweet! If you want more information please call: Sherin 084 877 3566

Home Needed:

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@

Buds International School & Kindergarten: Phuket’s old-

est international childcare facility. High-quality, time proven schedule and curriculum. Now in brand-new purpose-built school. Experienced native English teachers to teach ages 1 1/2-10. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Bus service available from Patong, Karon, Kata, Phuket, Rawai and Chalong. Tel:076 384 638, 080 624 7060(Eng)/087 278 5511(Thai)

Jacuzzi - B120,000: Imported

from USA 2012. 6-8 People. CD, USB STEREO built in. 220V 3 phase, two jet systems, long term storage, air filtration system. Easy to move & install with cover. 082 282 6947 Dan.

CLUBS & MEMBERSHIPS Phuket Country Club Membership: Lifetime full family mem-

Lady & Yam-Lai are abandoned and in desperate need of a loving home. Mum 1.5 years & Puppy 4 Months old female. I have boarded them at Surin Beach Pet Hospital. But this is not a long term solution and the dogs can not just be put out on the street as they need an owner. They are both the most beautiful girls who want nothing more than you to love them. Wonderful with other dogs and great with children. Beaut i f u l l ov i n g w e l l m a n n e r e d girls. They can go together or separately. Call 081 271 3211, email:

Looking for a VISA Service? Visa to China, India or Shenzen & no need to fly to Bangkok. Check all procedures by email to jryjariya@ or contact 080 887 4431.

G o l f M e m b e r ship fo r Sale: Loch Palm 500,000 Baht.


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SOVEREIGN Dining/Pool Tables : From Patanakarn Bil-

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

Blue Canyon Golf Membership: Blue Canyon Golf Lifetime

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


Best buy / Best Price!: Phuket Pool Tables offer you the best deals on 2 m o dels of our p o ol t ables, 4’x8’, slate bed, full accessories included, free installation and advise. Come, try, and play before you buy it. Call 081 823 4627.

SPORTING GOODS & EXERCISE Kite Surf Equipment for Sale: 2 new boards, never used.

2 Kites, used 2-3 times. New price was more then 200,000 Baht. Sell altogether for 100,000 Baht. For single items. Please call: 086 747 9292 (English) or 081 970 520.

PUBLIC NOTICES members. Please contact urgently.

bership (man, wife and limitless kids) at Phuket Country Club. Seller leaving Phuket hence only B570,000 ono. Transfer fees and this years subscription included. Call 081 273 7326.

Buyer pays for transfer. 083 388 5566. Email

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6FT Non-Coin and Coin-Operated Slate Pool Tables SPECIAL price at 49,700THB from Patanakarn Billiards PHUKET. All Accessories+Delivery incl. Call Now 081 171 2121, 076 521 211.

Carbon Mountain Bike

2011 model Merida 96 dual suspension for sale, this is a world cup winning XC mountain bike. Too may spares to list here, call or e mail for more information -, 0872654431

Custom Trek MTB HardTail: Trek 8 Series Alu Frame, 20.5 inch (180 cm+) pimped in white. Fuji/ XT/ Deore drive train. XT SIS disk Brakes, Custom Alex/ Veulta wheels, Sock Shox SID Team front shox. SuperFly bike. Call 081 737 0722.


Phuket Cooking Academy:

Cooking and baking classes have never been more fun using our top-class professional facilities. With complimentary transport from around the island, head to the best Masterchef kitchen on the island. Learn the tricks of the trade from international award winning Chef, Lionel Raiffort. Learn how to cook, from Thai & European cuisines, to the art of baking. Get involved and make a day of it, groups are welcome. For more information, visit or call 081 821 4064.

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.

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Kangaroos look towards USA All to play for clash after nightclub incident in World Cup RUGBY LEAGUE


s Australia prepares for a clash with a surging American side, the team is trying to move on from an incident in which one of their players was questioned by police following a nightclub attack. Daly Cherry-Evans insists no-one in the Australia team will be underestimating their quarter-final opponents USA after he starred in his side’s nine-try rout of Ireland. The Kangaroos continued their perfect start to the Rugby League World Cup with a 50-0 mauling at Thomond Park last Saturday (November 9) that ensured they topped Group A ahead of England. And Cherry-Evans, given his chance with Johnathan Thurston rested for the clash in Limerick, was the star of the show in a man-of-the-match performance.

But USA have been the surprise package of the tournament so far and they now face the daunting prospect of taking on Australia in Wrexham this weekend (November 16) and Cherry-Evans is expecting a tough encounter. “USA have been the surprise package, the Aussie boys in their side definitely do lend a helping hand. We will definitely need to be on our toes or else anything

can happen,” said the Manly Warringah half-back. Meanwhile, shaken Australia full-back Billy Slater says an alleged unprovoked attack on him in a British nightclub was a wake-up call for the whole team at the Rugby League World Cup. The player, a member of the Australian squad at the tournament being held in England and Wales, was released by police after being

briefly detained on Monday (November 11) following an incident in Manchester. After reviewing CCTV footage of the scuffle, police determined that Slater was the victim, then acted in selfdefence when exchanging punches in the early hours of the morning, team officials said. Slater, who had been out celebrating a victory over Ireland with team-mates, told Australian media the police version of events was correct, but indicated he would not press charges. It is the second late-night incident involving Australia since they arrived for the tournament after forward Josh Papalii was threatened and robbed of 200 pounds in Manchester last month. Br it ish police said a 40 -year-old man was in custody over the Slater scuffle. AFP

Venus Williams confimed for Hobart WTA event in Australia TENNIS AMERICAN STAR VENUS WILLIAMS has been confirmed as a starter in the Hobart WTA International in January, organisers said on Wednesday. The seven-time Grand Slam champion, now ranked 48, will be making her first appearance in the tournament in the run-

up to the Australian Open in Melbourne. “The tournament is played on the same surface as the Australian Open, so it will be a great place to get some good match practice against tough opponents before I head to Melbourne,” Williams said in a statement. She will join Australia’s former US Open champion Sam Stosur in the event from January 5-11. AFP

‘14 deciders FOOTBALL

A SLATE OF INTERNAtional football is on tap for the coming week as a slew of nations vie for a chance to play at the 2014 World Cup, with several European teams, Mexico, and New Zealand still fighting for a place in Brazil. Eight European teams are competing for the final four spots, play-offs that are headlined by the match-up that pits France against the Ukraine. They are scheduled for a two-game playoff starting today (November 15) with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday (November 19). The remaining UEFA playoffs pit Portugal against Sweden, Greece against Romania, and Iceland against Croatia – all of whom play on the same dates as France and the Ukraine. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas expects Hugo Lloris to play for France in this week’s World Cup play-off, despite being told by medics not to play for the club on the eve of the international break. Lloris failed an impact test, which assesses reaction speed and memory, and missed the club’s last outing in the Premier League. Villas-Boas insists he

Golden Boot contender Franck Ribery will be a key player against Ukraine. was right to allow Lloris to continue playing at Goodison Park despite the goalkeeper being unfit for selection seven days later. Meanwhile, New Zealand have placed the emphasis firmly on defence as they prepare for the first leg of their World Cup play-off against favourites Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on November 20. Coach Ricki Herbert named Ipswich Town centreback Tommy Smith to lead the Oceania champions in place of the injured Winston Reid, saying he had worn the captain’s armband with distinction before. “But it won’t all fall on one person’s shoulders; we expect to have 11 leaders out there together,” Herbert said.

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Ecclestone goes on trial ahead of US Grand Prix FORMULA ONE WITH THE 2013 FORMULA One season all but wrapped up with Sebastian Vettel’s dominance, the focus has turned to the future of the sport as owner Bernie Ecclestone faces bribery and corruption charges ahead of the US Grand Prix on November 18. Formula One supremo Ecclestone insisted last week that, far from being a bad thing, a trial where he has been accused of making a “corrupt bargain” was good for the sport. A German media group, Constantin Medien, which claims it lost out in a deal to sell the Formula One group, has launched legal action against the 83-year-old British tycoon and three other defendants. Constantin is seeking over US$100 million (B3 billion) in damages. Ecclestone, chief executive of the F1 group, says the claim “lacks any merit” and

Buakaw will bring the pain Tuesday MUAY THAI

Bernie Ecclestone. Photo: Silverstone Circuits Limited has denied being party to any form of “conspiracy”. The key charge levelled against him is that in 2005 he paid US$44 million in bribes to a German banker to engineer the sale of F1 to current owners CVC Capital Partners. Swiss prosecutors have also opened an investigation into the issue, which is the latest challenge to Ecclestone’s authority in a sport he has helped to turn into a billiondollar business. The London trial, which is expected to last several weeks, remains ongoing. AFP



egendary Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek will headline a night of fights at Patong Boxing Stadium on Sainamyen Road on Tuesday (November 18). The 31-year-old last visited the stadium in November 2012, as part of an exhibition where he took on two well-known fighters of Muay Boran – an ancient form of Muay Thai – at the same time. It has not been announced what t y pe of ex hibition Buakaw will take part in this time out, but the former K-1 MAX World Champion will be available after the event for photo opportunities.

Buakaw is one of the most well-known Muay Thai fighters of this generation, with just under 500 fights under

his belt. A highly decorated knockout specialist, the Surin-native has won the Thai Fight

Tournament two years running starting in 2011, the K-1 World MAX Championship Tournaments in 2004 and 2006 (finalist in 2005), and was the WMC Super Welterweight World Champion several times, among many other achievements in a stellar career. He is currently competing in the K-1 World MAX 2013 Championship Tournament, making it into the final eight after knocking out his opponent in the first round on September 14 in Mallorca, Spain. Tickets can be purchased at Patong Boxing Stadium box office and are priced at B1,300 for regular, B1,500 for ringside seats, and B1,800 for VIP seats.

Singapore CC takes home inaugural Sunseeker Sixes CRICKET

Bailey to make his Test debut during the Ashes CRICKET GEORGE BAILEY WILL make his Test debut in the opening Ashes clash against England next week while Mitchell Johnson returns to Australia’s pace attack, selectors said Tuesday (November 12). Bailey got the nod in a 12-man squad on the back of his remarkable one-day international form including the recent tour to India where he amassed 478 runs at 95.60 while also serving as captain. “We have included George Bailey in this line-up and are excited by what he can offer at @thephuketnews

Test level,” national selector John Inverarity said ahead of the first Test in Brisbane, starting on November 21. There were no surprises in the squad, with David Warner to open the innings with Chris Rogers after hitting four centuries in the past month and all-rounder Shane Watson included despite a niggling hamstring injury. Johnson returns to the attack alongside Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle in the absence of the injured Mitchell Starc, with the 32-year-old left-armer set for his first Test since Australia’s loss to India in March. James Faulkner is likely to be 12th man. AFP

CRICKETERS FROM ALL across the region arrived at Phuket’s Alan Cooke Ground for the first ever Sunseeker Thailand International Cricket Sixes Tournament, which were held last weekend. Singapore Cricket Club, a team of mostly expat players based in the Lion City, took home the inaugural title after they defeated local powerhouse Laguna Cricket Club – winner of several local tournaments and competi-

tions – in the final. With teams from Australia, Singapore, and Thailand taking part, the tournament was a chance to showcase Phuket’s cricket talent as well as the impressive facilities of the ACG. The tournament also included a Thai youth team that the Phuket Cricket Group has been developing for the past five years. By the end of day one, Laguna stood atop Group A with six points while Madras Patong and Misfits shared the lead in Group B.

But it was a Singaporean affair on day two as they climbed their way up the

standings and into the Grand Finals, where they took on and beat Laguna.



The Phuket Vagabonds celebrate their victory.

Phuket Vagabonds win Southern Thai Championship 2013 RUGBY Pat Cotter

FRESH OFF THEIR 30-28 win against the visiting Petersham Rugby team from Sydney, the Phuket Vagabonds took home the Strategic Sports Challenge Trophy in the return leg of the inaugural Southern Thai Championship at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club. In the first leg of the championship, an annual home and away competition between the islanders and Prince of Songkla Rugby from Hat Yai, the Vagabonds were able to decisively pull away from their Songkhla foes. The Vagabonds were in no mood to be lenient with the young and inexperienced visitors, and raced away to a 54-0 half time lead with tries from Graham Gallows, Dar-

ryn Mathee (2), William Gramond, Simon Phillips, Matthew Thomason (3) and 7 conversions. By the start of the second half, a demoralised PSU side were finding it difficult to hold onto possession when they did get the ball, so ferocious was the Vagabonds tackling. It was great credit that with the game basically over early the Prince of Songkla lads kept fighting to eventually cross the line for a couple of concerted scores. The final score saw the Vagabonds up 131-13 It is hoped to expand the tournament to four teams next year, which will help the continued development of the sport in the south of Thailand.

Vagabonds: Tries: Mathee (7), Thomson (3), Pentland-Smith (2), Ashburn, MacRea, Whippy, Lek, Cairncross, Haskins, Phillips, Gramond, Gallow.


It’s human nature SUPERKIDZ Jurgen Zack


wimming, biking and running are in the nature of every kid. I started doing triathlons as a teenager. During 23 years as a professional ath-

lete, I have had the chance to see fantastic places around the world and made lots of friends. With seven years of coaching athletes of all levels and age groups, I find great joy in helping kids experience competition as they become aware of how to use both their body and mind.

Thanyapura will host the last Superkidz Triathlon Event of the current series on March 8, 2014. Kids will be competing in and around Thanyapura’s world class facilities, located in Thalang. Distances and categories: Junior Kids age 6-9, 50m swim, 3km bike, 500m run; Intermediate age 10-13, 150m

swim, 6km bike, 1,5km run; Senior Kids age 14-18, 300m swim, 12km bike, 3km run. Superkidz online registration is now open at Also in 2014, there will be two swim meets that will take place on March 29-30 and April 18-20.

Why mornings always move me SURF SPOT Tim Campbell

STANDING WITH MY FEET in the soft sand, the gentle rolling tide stretches out just enough to touch the tip of my toes, my eyes gaze out at a mercury-like landscape with intriguing pockets of mist that rise from the silky big blue. A splashing clap as my ten foot friend touches the water, a quick step and my feet adjust to their new soft cushion feeling beneath them. Effortlessly, I glide away

Just another day in paradise. Photo: airinnajera leaving one domain to another, a surreal feeling overcomes me, a peacefulness that only this place can offer. The further I go the more I don’t want to go back: even

when I try the troubled thoughts of what’s back on land can’t infiltrate my current state, my mind is at total bliss. Now sitting on my friend soaking up the 360-degree

masterpiece, I wonder how such a creation can be. The reds and oranges that now fill the sky are mixed with a swirl of cloud, each minute gives more and more warmth and I sit in amazement as to how, in one short hour, the world around me can change in appearance so much. As I reach back to shore, energised and stoked for whatever the day brings, all I can think about is tomorrow’s session back with my friend. Stand Up Paddle boarding can be more than just something to do, it can be a way to explore, refresh and enjoy life. Tim Campbell

Dolphins’ Martin to speak with NFL about harassment GRID IRON

Miami Dolphins’ Richie Incognito. Photo: June Rivera

MI A MI DOLPHI NS OF ficials will delay plans to meet with blocker Jonathan Martin until after he speaks to the NFL and a lawyer hired to investigate the intimidation that provoked him into leaving the team. The Dolphins announced

they would postpone the meeting so he could first explain his situation to the league as part of its investigation into workplace issues such as bullying, threats, racial insults and intimidation by teammate Richie Incognito that allegedly went on in the Dolphins locker room. Dolphins players have supported Incognito, a fellow offensive lineman who played

alongside Martin, and Incognito says e-mails of threats, racist comments and intimidation were simply part of the locker room context of communication. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says the team was “committed to getting to the bottom” of what led Martin to leave the team two weeks ago and to “making any necessary changes

to improve our organization.” Incognito told Fox Sports that he has never bullied Martin but admitted his remarks might have been too harsh and regretted using racist language. In their first game since the scandal broke, the Dolphins lost to Tampa Bay on Monday, surrendering the first victory of the NFL season to the Buccaneers. AFP thephuketnews




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Two Chefs (red), maintain pressure at the top of table in Division 3 after a 6-1 win against Raum-pheun Coffee Club.

IN JUST TEN YEARS, the Phuket International Soccer 7’s tournament went from two visiting teams playing on a vacant lot, to over 90 teams from 20 different countries dribbling and shooting on world-class football pitches.

The competitions, which begin November 16 and stretch over two weekends, will take place at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club, and feature three distinct tournaments – each with several brackets and age groups. The 8th Andaman International Soccer 7’s is set for November 16 to 17, and

will feature an Open Mens bracket and Masters Over 35’s category. That same weekend will also see the 2nd Phuket International Women’s Soccer 7’s, with expat teams from all over, including Australia, UAE, Thailand, and Hong Kong. The 11th Phuket International Soccer 7’s will then

take place on the weekend of November 23 to 24, with Over 40’s and Open Men brackets. An awards ceremony is scheduled on each Sunday night (November 17 and 24) at Taipan Discotheque in Patong. For more information, visit The Phuket News is a sponsor of this event.

Filipinos hope to heal shattered nation through golf GOLF W ITH TH E COU NTRY still reeling from the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, Filipino golfers are hoping to bring a bit of good news to fellow countrymen as they tee off at the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters.


“Filipinos have a very strong heart,” veteran Frankie Minoza said, “We’ll get over this as we are survivors and we help each other. “It’ll be nice to win this week so that I can make some money and help the typhoon victims,” he said. The 53-year-old, a multiple winner in Asia, joins a field that includes several

Filipino golfers who are also familiar with the course at Manila Southoods Golf and Country Club. The Asian Tour has allotted 30 spots to players from the Philippines Golf Tour (PGT) to compete in this week’s event in an attempt to further develop the game in the region. “Hopefully one of us can

win this week’s event as I know it’ll bring lots of cheers,” said 30-year-old Asian Tour player Artemio Murakami. The Resorts World Manila Masters will feature a field of competitors from over 22 countries, including two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra and China’s Lian Wen-Chong.





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obin van Persie turned on his old club by scoring the only goal of the game as champions Manchester United beat Premier League leaders Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday (November 10) to revive their title hopes. The Dutchman, who joined United in a £24 million (B1.2 billion) move in August last year after failing to be convinced about the trophy ambitions of Arsenal, who last won a major piece of silverware in 2005, struck in the 27th minute. Van Persie attacked a Wayne Rooney corner before flicking his header over Kieran Gibbs on the post and into the net. This victory, arguably David Moyes’s most significant success since replacing the retired Alex Ferguson as United manager, saw the title-holders move to within five points of Arsenal, who themselves remained two points clear of Liverpool at the top. Had United lost, they would have been 11 points

Manchester United’s Dutch forward Robin van Persie leaps above Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny during the two team’s recent EPL match. Photo: AFP/Paul Ellis adrift of the Gunners, a gap which even at this stage of the season might have been too large for them to overhaul if they were to have a chance of retaining the title.

“It’s been a great weekend – we’ve not had many of them,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “This was a big result for us, Arsenal have been in terrific form this season.

The only consolation for Arsenal fans last Sunday (November 10) was that arch North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur also lost 1-0, to Newcastle, earlier in the day. Victory would have seen Spurs go level on points with Liverpool but it was Newcastle who emerged triumphant following an inspired performance by goalkeeper Tim Krul at White Hart Lane. Loic Remy scored the game’s only goal in the 13th minute. But that the visitors, fresh from beating Chelsea, took all three points owed much to a brilliant display by Dutch shotstopper Krul, who produced a hatful of excellent saves. “I think he is the best Dutch goalie for sure and I think he is one of the best in this league,” said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. Meanwhile, Manchester City saw their away form prove fallible once again as secondbottom Sunderland beat them 1-0 for the fourth season in a row at the Stadium of Light. Phil Bardsley dented City’s title aspirations with a 21st minute curler. City boast a 100 per cent record from their five home league games this season, but have now taken just four points from a possible 18 on their travels. “I am concerned because we are losing too many points away and, of course, that’s very difficult if you don’t win away to try to fight for the Premier League,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini. Elsewhere, Swansea and Stoke shared six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Liberty Stadium. With virtually the last kick of the game, Charlie Adam rescued a point for Stoke from the penalty spot following a handball in the box. AFP



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Phuket coach to face ‘The Horror’ MMA

A Brian Ebersole, head MMA coach at Phuket’s Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp.

fter more than a year out of competitive action, Phuket-based MMA coach Brian Ebersole will finally step back into the octagon on Saturday (November 16) as he takes on a tough opponent in Rick “The Horror” Story at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs Hendricks. “I’m comfortable I can win, so I don’t see him causing me big problems with the take down,” said Ebersole, who is head MMA coach at Phuket’s Tiger Muay

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Waldburger (16-8) in Atlantic City. Ebersole’s Saturday night opponent Story, on the other hand, lost his last bout against Mike Pyle (15-7) back in May of this year and split his two fights before that. Still, the match-up puts two tough veterans in a grind-it-out battle that is sure to go to the ground. The event can be seen on Thai cable through Fox Sports. Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp will also host a viewing party on Sunday morning (8am local time), all welcome.

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points up at his chin, dubbed “The Hairrow,” though he has admitted to thinking of switching his ritual. “Inspiration could strike from anywhere, so we’ll see. The hairrow is always the default until something more entertaining and curious comes along,” he said last week. The last time Ebersole stepped into the cage, he lost a split decision against James Head (13-4) in Canada after taking the fight on three week’s notice and dropping weight. That bout was exactly one month after Ebersole won a unanimous decision against TJ


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Thai and MMA Training Camp. “I do plan on being on the bottom at some point in the fight, but I don’t think he can hold me down.” Currently 4-1 in the UFC and 50-15 in his career, the 32-yearold former collegiate wrestler is known for his superior grappling skills, unorthodox striking, and a first round cartwheel kick knock-out victory against Shannon Forrester. One of the few veteran fighters to have never been knocked out, before every fight Ebersole shaves his chest hair into an arrow that

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