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The fire started on Wednesday night, destroying the SuperCheap building.


massive f ire at the SuperCheap megastore on Thepk rassat r i Road in Phuket Town on Wednesday night (October 16) engulfed the entire building with people inside. As The Phuket News went to print on Thursday, there were no confirmed reports of injured or dead. No victims had been treated at Mission Hospital or Vachira Hospital Phuket. The fire started at around 9.40pm on Wednesday evening. Around 50 to 60 firetrucks from Phuket and


Phang Nga were sent to the scene, along with 300 or so firefighters. The fire burned out of control for many hours, engulfing the nearby Thanksina wood factory and completely destroying the SuperCheap building. At 9am on Thursday when The Phuket News went to print, the fire was still burning but officials said it was under control. A Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation official told The Phuket News on Thursday morning, “I have not received any report

about any injured or dead people. The fire is under control now. We have 15 officials from the department standing by at the scene to help.” Police cordoned off the area and evacuated those living nearby due to the risk of a possible explosion following concerns about the close proximity of the Esso petrol station. Once news broke of the blaze, Phuket Vice-Governors Jamroen Thipphayapongtada and Sommai Prijasilpa went to the scene along with mayors from many districts on



the island. Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut was in Bangkok at the time the fire started, but was due to return to Phuket on Thursday. The Phuket News reporter Naraporn Tuarob arrived at the scene of the blaze to find flames coming out of the building and people running from the scene. She gave this report at the time: “At the moment I can hear explosions but I don’t know where they are coming from. The flames have moved to the Thanksina wood factory.”


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Airport boss refutes bus complaints PHUKET INTERNATIONAL Airport Director Pratuang Sornkham has denied a complaint by the owner of the Airport Bus Express service that he has done nothing to help the bus service attract passengers. Prakob Panyawai grumbled to The Phuket News last week that he had requested the airport to erect signs in the arrivals terminal directing people to the buses, and had also asked for a counter in the terminal, but had heard nothing for three months. But Mr Pratuang said there were already 10 signs up in four languages. But he said that the bus company could not have a counter in the building, because it “could cause conflict”, and is not convinced the service will be popular with tourists.



Shoppers, staff flee inferno Continued from page 1.

“One couple told me they were about to pay the bill inside the store, and someone told them there was a fire – people were yelling ‘Fire fire’. Then they ran out of the store and everyone else was running. They said everything was in chaos.” Rasha Shidmaher, originally from Iran but living in Phuket for two years, was driving in the area when he saw the fire, and stopped to take a video. “It was awful when I saw the people crying and trying to leave the area where the fire was. There were people screaming and trying to leave the area. I saw a lot of ambulances as well from all around the island.” A pregnant Thai woman who lived in the village behind SuperCheap told The Phuket News on Wednesday evening,

Phuket Vice-Governors Jamroen Thipphayapongtada and Sommai Prijasilpa at the scene on Wednesday night.

A photo from inside SuperCheap released by police.

“My husband and I heard a loud bomb noise around 9.30pm. Then I saw the flame and we escaped out. “There is only one main exit onto the main road, but we went the back way and managed to get out.” Nuengruethai Buddawong arrived at SuperCheap around 10.30pm on Wednesday, after she drove there from Khao

land, is well-known in Phuket for being the store where you can buy almost anything. It also acts the main supplier for many smaller shops on the island. When The Phuket News went to print on Thursday there were no confirmed reports of any deaths or serious injuries. Police said the owner of SuperCheap, named as

Rang Hill to see what the fire was. She said this on Wednesday night: “I can hear the sirens and the bomb sounds. The traffic police have blocked the main road and the alleyway to get through to SuperCheap. On the main road there are a lot people.” The iconic warehouse-like shop, situated on 10 rai of

Boonsom Anantajaroonwong, told police there were currently no reports of deaths or injuries. In Aug ust 2012, four people, including two foreigners, died when the Tiger Discotheque in Patong caught fire. A hearing in the slowly developing case against the owners of the disco is due to be held in November following several postponements.

Bangkok-style taxis planned PHUKET INTERNATIONAL Airport opened registration on Saturday (October 12) for taxi and limousine drivers who want to operate from the airport – the first step in a drive to clean up the mess that has plagued the airport for decades. The deadline for registration is October 31. By December, according to the plan, Phuket will have a system like the one at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, with passengers going to a single counter, saying where they want to go and receiving a ticket which they will give to the first taxi in a

nice orderly queue. The system will also slash the power of the taxi cooperatives, which have long arranged things at the airport to suit themselves. A major concern for the airport is the possible loss of large amounts of revenue from the cooperatives; up until recently it has collected just over B3 million a month from them in return for allowing their hundreds of members to pick up passengers at Arrivals. Gp Capt Kanphat Mangkhalasiri, Director of Management and Preservation of

Airports of Thailand (AoT), explained at a meeting last Friday (October 11) that after the drivers register individually with the airport and the system is up and running, each will be required to pay airport officials, on the spot, an amount equivalent to 15 per cent of the fare each time they pick up a passenger. The airport aims to register 420 cars, with a further 80 to be listed in a “reserve” pool. Each car will be fitted with a GPS tracker, and all drivers must wear identical uniforms and “be of good standard”.





Corrupt cops slammed Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan

orrupt police were slammed in a press conference on Tuesday (October 15) for demanding massively excessive bribes to allow nightlife businesses to stay open past the official hour of 2am. Chart Jindapol, who had to go public in August after being accused of being the bagman for 17 different corrupt officers, called the press conference at the new “Complain Public Centre of Andaman” that he has set up in an apartment block at the intersection of Palian and Damrong Roads in Phuket Town. Complaints from the public, he said, would be passed on to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. He also disclosed that one police officer in particular – whom he named as “Ja Wit” – has been taking massive amounts of bribes, not only to allow nightlife businesses to stay open late but also to overlook cases of encroachment on public land and beaches, illegally-setup companies with foreign shareholders and many other


Chart Jindapol says a policeman called ‘Ja Wit’ is the most corrupt. contraventions of the law. “He was the one who sent the letter to the Phuket Reporters Club, which said ‘Mr Chart is the one who is collecting bribes in Patong’. “I investigated and discovered he sent the letter. I also found out how his gang is set up. “I know the how, where and what. I have all the information. “He falsely claims that he is just following orders.” Mr Chart said, “Patong’s

business people submitted a letter to the Phuket provincial governor in February, but no one has seriously tried to fix the problem. Patong business people don’t trust the governor anymore.” Weerawit Kuressombut, the president of the Patong Entertainment Association, who weeks ago denied knowing Mr Chart, is now allied with him, and joined the press conference. Mr Weerawit said, “Now there are 17 groups of officials

extracting bribes. All of them are police.” He said that there is only one reason nightspots pay bribes: to stay open after official opening hours. “The way to fix the problem is that Phuket should be declared a special zone, and nightspots should be allowed to register [to open later than the law specified].” “Tourists don’t come to Phuket only for the beach. They also want to enjoy the nightlife. Patong makes lots

of money for the country, so they should think about [extending opening hours].” He added that a senior policeman had told him that if he revealed information about police corruption, the police would promptly apply the 2 am closing time strictly. Patong’s nightlife owners already have a “final measure” in mind – to completely close all their businesses in protest – but he said he has advised them not to do this yet. “If we do, [Thailand] will suffer huge losses,” he explained. But he added that some nightlife owners have already given up the battle. “Some nightspot businessmen have turned their businesses into restaurants because they can no longer afford to pay the huge bribes.” Mr Chart said, “I don’t mind if the government solves this with ministerial regulations or revised rules, but don’t let it continue the way it is now. All it does is allow [officials] to take advantage. “If we want to fix the problem long-term, we should follow the model set by Pattaya. There is no problem in Pattaya because everything is done above board, not under the table.”

Dive instructor dies School partner shot dead WELL KNOWN PHUKET diving instructor Marcia Fisk Ong died last Monday (October 7) after a diving incident off the coast of Sydney, Australia. Ms Ong, an American aged 62, was the owner of Gekko Scuba Divers in Rawai, and also a Padi instructor and master scuba diver trainer. Sydney’s The Leader newspaper reported that Ms Ong was diving with three other people around 10am. She was found unconscious and dragged to shore. A witness tried to revive her but she was

pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police Detective Inspector Shane Woolbank said Ms Ong “was a competent diver with more than 15 years’ experience”. Ms Ong, also known by her nickname “Quero”, was well known in the Phuket/ Andaman diving community. She moved to Phuket in 2005 and set up Gekko Scuba Divers, a private instruction dive school, in 2006. She was also a moderator on, an online scuba diving forum.

A PA RT N E R I N T H E Kajonkiet kindergarten in Pa Khlok was shot dead at 10:15 on Saturday morning (October 12) in front of the school. Khamnun Seangwanloi, 49, was shot with a 9 mm gun wielded by Pairoth Somphet, 48. He told police that the pair often argued, and after a blazing row about construction dust from renovations that was infiltrating Pairoth’s house, Mr Khamnun walked away to check on construction progress. Pairoth then grabbed


IN BRIEF Pharmacy investigated over cough syrup sales to teens

Health officials on October 10 visited a pharmacy in Pharbaramee Rd, Patong, after reports that 10 teenagers had visited the shop the day before and bought 50 bottles of cough mixture each. Provincial Public Health Department officials visited the pharmacy and found paperwork confirming that 500 bottles of the syrup were sold on Wednesday (October 9). They must now establish whether the cough syrup was being stocked illegally. Cough syrup is one of the four ingredients in a mildly narcotic cocktail known as see koon loy (4x100).

Bike rider dies after hitting 18-wheeler

Krisorn Srinonyang, 26, from Phayao Province died in Phuket, just after midnight on Wednesday morning (October 16) when he drove his motorbike into the back of an 18-wheel truck. The driver of the truck, Wichead Boonsong, was driving south along Thepkrassattree Rd when he heard the sound of an impact behind him and stopped to take a look. He discovered Mr Krisorn dead at the back of the truck.

Police arrest two women with ice

Pairoth, seated in Thalang Police Station, with his gun. a gun and shot Mr Khamnun five times. Pairoth has

been charged with murder. Eakkapop Thongtub


Two young women were arrested on October 10 in Patong on charges of possession of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice). The duo, arrested during a raid on a guesthouse on Nanai Rd, were named as Premruethai Chomchuen, 21, – found to be in possession of 0.3 of a gram of ya ice – and Chaipornthip Phajunda, 23, with 1.49 grams.



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follow-up meeting on Tuesday (October 15), after a visit to Racha Yai Island by Governor Maitree Intusut on Saturday, addressed the problem of tour speedboats dropping anchor illegally on coral reefs. Thanes Munnoy, Director of the Phuket Marine and Coastal Resources Office said after the meeting that the boats had anchored on coral because there were not enough buoys for them to moor to. “This was the result of buoys being destroyed by the weather and tides or, in some cases, buoy lines being deliberately cut. “So we will talk with the speedboat operators, fishing boats, and other boats owners about dividing the [water around the island into] zones for the different boat types. “We might also adopt the system from Koh Tao where they have divided the water into different usage zones – a

Thanes Munnoy, pictured in Phuket on Tuesday. preservation zone [off-limits to tourists], a reserved zone [for research only], an [ecological] restoration zone and the zone that is open for everyone. We will discuss the idea with relevant departments.” Asked about penalties for the boats that anchored in coral, he said, “This happened because we didn’t have sufficient buoys for them. However, it was technically illegal. We had a meeting with boat operators on October 10, when we have

told them it was illegal. We will install more buoys before the coming high season.” However, he said, now that boat operators have been told to stop this practice, his department will begin to apply the law: for a first offence a warning; for the second, an automatic fine; for further offences, cancellation of operating license, and a date with the courts. He noted that there had already been a case in Rayong

where the speedboat owner was fined B40,000 and received a suspended jail sentence. “If the infringement is obvious, then we have to follow the law.” Another problem on Racha Yai is the discharge of untreated sewage by some resorts on the island. Kasem Sukwaree, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Phuket (DNRE), said, “On Monday we will collect effluvia samples to check the BOD [biochemical oxygen demand] value. “Once we have precise values, then we can talk to the resorts that are discharging the waste water about installing sewage treatment systems.” On Saturday, Gov Maitree visited Racha Yai island with officials from Phuket, following a complaint from Sarit Jundee, Head of the Racha Conservation Group, that the death toll among tourists was too high. Before the meeting Mr Sarit said, “We don’t have proper life guards here. When tourists get into trouble in the water, the

ones who help them are hotel staff or other tourists.” At the meeting it was proposed that lifeguards be hired from among people on Racha Yai, with support from the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor), which funds the lifeguards on Phuket Island. Mr Sarit told the meeting that most tourists who drown are not wearing buoyancy aids. He added, “I think the ratio of guides to tourists is not high enough. You have one guide taking care of 30 to 40 tourists – they can’t keep an eye on all of them. “Moreover, many tourists see the red no-swimming flags and are warned about the rip currents. But they don’t listen. They ignore the flags. They don’t care about the warnings. “Some of them say they are good swimmers but when the time comes they can’t survive. Gov Maitree said, “It’s about individuals. Even when we do what we can to try to prevent [drownings] they ignore it. It’s really hard.”

Rihanna’s ping-pong bar boss caught Smugglers G OV E R N O R M A I T R I Intusut announced on Sunday night (October 13) that the owner of the Season A Go Go bar where pop star Rihanna watched – and tweeted about – a ping pong show has been arrested. The Governor, on an inspection walkabout in Patong, said, “[Provincial Police Chief] Pol Maj Gen Ong-Art Phiewruangnont arrested Warunyu Jornmuang after the discovery of a lewd show inside the bar.” Rihanna, after her visit to the bar in late September, tweeted, “Either I was **** wasted last night or I saw a

Gov Maitree chats with tourists on Bangla Rd in Patong. Thai woman pull a live bird, 2 turtles, razors, shoot darts and ping pong, all out of her *****.” She described herself, possibly tongue-in-cheek, as

“traumatised”. Pol Maj Pratuang Polmana of Kathu Police said he planned to send a letter to the Governor recommending that the bar be closed temporarily

as punishment. But the Governor’s walkabout was not about cracking down on ping-pong shows, it was more of a display of reassurance for tourists that their security is a priority. Walking with police and local officials, he drew fascinated looks from tourists, some of whom greeted him and asked to pose for pictures with him. “We didn’t even know who he is, but after talking with him, he seems like a nice guy,” said a Lebanese visitor. “It’s great for the Governor to come here with police to greet and chat with people.”

Phuket Veg Fest celebrants poisoned by curry NOT ALL VEGETARIAN food is good for you, as five Vegetarian Festival celebrants found to their cost on Sunday morning, the final day of the Festival. The five were at the Ta Reua Shrine, near the Heroines Monument, and were given generous helpings from a large

vat of red curry made with a certain type of reed known locally as Sorn, or Or Dib. Their tongues went numb, and their throats became itchy, then all threw up. They were rushed to Thalang hospital where a doctor gave them injections that countered the symptoms while hospital staff

called the shrine to tell them not to feed the curry to anyone else. The shrine, which had not served the curry to anyone else, just in case, promptly threw it away. Mr Chalermchai Klongngam, the Village Head of Baan Ta Teua, said that some-

one had contributed some reeds to the shrine to cook and give out free to vegetarians. They were apparently the wrong type of reeds. The five victims – a man and two women in their 50s, another woman aged 28 and a girl of 14 – have all recovered. Eakkapop Thongtub

arrested off Krabi

A FISHING BOAT WITH OIL drums on board containing 10,000 litres of smuggled diesel was seized on Saturday afternoon (October 12) off Krabi. Phuket Customs were tipped off earlier in the day that the Sapwichai Nawee was to enter Thai waters to deliver the smuggled oil. Acting swiftly, they raced out to intercept the boat, which was escorted to the Deep Sea Port. On board the officers found 50 oil drums, each containing 200 litres of fuel. The skipper, Somrit Thongsai, and two crew were arrested. Customs officers believe that the “Mr Big” behind the smuggling operation lives in Krabi. The crew are being questioned to see whether they can be persuaded to reveal more information. Smuggling of fuel from Malaysia – where diesel is much cheaper than in Thailand – is a lucrative criminal business. thephuketnews


IN BRIEF Srisaket man drowns at Nai Yang Beach A man from Sisaket Province died on Sunday morning (October 13) after being knocked down by waves at Nai Yang Beach. Petch Pengjam, 40, was drinking on the beach with five friends and decided to go for a swim, wearing jeans. Komsan Naithong, 23, one of the friends, said the six were relaxing at the beach on their day off. Mr Petch went into the water and was knocked down. He was retrieved unconscious and despite efforts on the beach and at T h a l a ng ho s pit a l , could not be revived.

Russian tourist found dead in hotel room A 37-year-old Russian tourist was found dead on the bed in his hotel room in Karon on Saturday (October 12). Yury Kiryukhin, from Moscow, had checked into the Baan Karonburi hotel, alone, on September 28. Police were called after he was discovered by staff when he failed to check out as scheduled. Police believe he had been dead for at least four hours before his body was discovered, and that he died from a medical condition he suffered from – they found various medicines in the room and there was no sign of a struggle in the room or injuries on the body.

Man sought for rape attempt Police are looking for a man they have named only as Gop, wanted for the attempted rape of a young woman on October 9 in Thepkrasattri. Police and Kusoldharm Foundation volunteers rushed to the site after the woman, from Trang, called the emergency 191 number. She told them that she had met Gop about three days before and that he had been “hitting on her” but she was not interested in him. On October 9 she was with a friend on a bike when they ran out of fuel. Gop came by, dragged her onto his bike and took her to a rented house in Thepkrassattri. Before he could rape her, however, she managed to escape, ran away and called the police. Eakkapop Thongtub @thephuketnews




ED visa holders ‘not at risk yet’ Road sparks stiff opposition Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukban denied there were any ulterior motives in the plan.

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he Superintendent of Phuket Immigration, Pol Col Sanchai Chokkayaikij, has denied rumours that there is to be a crackdown on the abuse of Non-Immigrant ED visas, or that the visas will soon no longer be available. ED visas are required by foreigners who want to come into Thailand to study. Subjects that can be studied in Phuket range from teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL) through to Thai boxing and mixed martial arts. The rumour was floated last week in a post on the ThaiVisa web forum, with the poster, “Phronesis”, informing everyone, “There are 42 language schools in Phuket. They are being called to a meeting with immigration [due to take place yesterday – October 17]. “Immigration want to do away with the student visa because of its abuse by Russians and other foreigners working illegally on the island. So … if you are like me … and are currently staying in Phuket on a ED visa … don’t get too comfortable.” Col Sanchai agreed that a meeting had been set for yesterday (October 17) – but denied any intention by Immigration to launch a drive to find people misusing ED visas, or to stop issuing them. He told The Phuket News, “Phuket Immigration will hold the meeting about ED visas. All concerned (including foreigners) are invited to this meeting so that they can understand

the rules and follow them in the same way. All details will be explained at the meeting.” There has been concern that foreigners come to Thailand on ED visas but do not study. Instead, they work illegally. The visa, with a one-year validity, allows them to enter Thailand at any time during that period for 90 days at a time. In effect, it allows them to stay almost 15 months before they must get a new visa. Trying to work for any length of time while on a tourist visa is much more difficult; the maximum stay is 60 days, and those found entering many times on tourist visas may come under scrutiny from Immigration. They may even be refused a renewal at the border, leaving them stranded in a neighbouring country. A source who works at a Phuket training school where people can study for TEFL certificates, told The Phuket News on condition of anonymity that he was aware of people coming to Phuket, getting a ED visa, but then taking on a full-time job illegally. “I wouldn’t say it’s quite common, but it certainly happens. Technically, I think, you can work up to 20 hours a month on an education visa. But you still have to get a work permit.” When asked if there was abuse of the education visa in Phuket, he said, “The short answer is yes.” Schools offering TEFL or Thai language courses usually charge between B25,000 and B35,000 to organise a one-year ED visa for students.

A PROPOSAL TO BUILD a road just under 2.5 kilometres long close to Freedom Beach – which at the moment can be reached only by boat or bay hacking through forest – has been slammed as potentially opening the area up to a frenzy of corruption and land grabbing. Patong Municipality this morning (October 16) held a public hearing about the concept of building a “green road” from Sirirat Rd at the north end through to Muen Ngern Rd. Land next to Freedom Beach was the subject of an investigation by the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission and land papers cover-

ing 64 rai were later rescinded because they had been corruptly issued. Before that the land was advertised for sale for billions of baht. Opponents believe that building a road along the edge of that 64 rai is likely to promote development greed and a new round of corruption as unscrupulous people try to grab the land between the road and the beach. But Chairat Sukban, Deputy Mayor of Patong, denied any ulterior motives in the plan. He said there were three reasons for it: to create an additional escape route in case of a tsunami; to ease traffic on the existing road; and to create “green route” for tourists.

“The route of the road is bordered by SorPorKor land or Forest Reserve, and there is already a dirt road, so we have to designed it so it will not affect the forest, local people or land owners.” Tambon Karon Headman Kamnan Winai Chidchiew, who opposed the project, said, “First of all, we have to ask who will they use our money for? Who are the ‘locals’ they say will benefit? Real local people who live locally? Or locals as in business people? The track, he alleged, was cut illegally. “We need to find the guy [who did that]. Where was the Forestry Department? Did they do anything about this?”





Owner denies his Patong resort breaks the rules Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan


rab Keesin of Pisona Co Ltd, owner of the Patong Bay Garden Resort, has rebutted accusations that the resort encroaches on the beach. The accusation came in a round-robin to officials, sparking a visit on Monday (October 14) by Tourism Minister Somsak Pureesrisak, officers from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and others. Mr Prab, son of Patong’s currently suspended Mayor Pian Keesin, said, “This resort opened in 1985. My land and the resort are still the same. “But the sea has changed. The [2004 Asian] Tsunami happened. The concrete wall [at the beach end of the resort] was built to prevent erosion by the sea. I did not build it to expand the land, but to ensure the resort is not ruined. “If the resort were to col-

Many of those injured were victims of firecrackers thrown at participants in the wild parades in Phuket Town and Saphan Hin. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Tourism Minister Somsak Pureesrisak on Patong Beach. The wall that is subject of the accusation is behind him. lapse, guests would get hurt. Who is going to be responsible for this damage? I am ready for an investigation at any time. If the construction does extend onto public land, or if I’ve done anything wrong, just let me know. I am happy to follow the rules. “But if the officials want

to investigate this matter, they should check every building that is close to the beach, not just mine. “Whenever I build anything, I always have the good of the public in mind. I can confirm that the concrete wall was built only as protection from natural calamity.”

64 hurt during Veg Festival SIXTY-FOUR PEOPLE REQUIRED hospital treatment during this year’s Vegetarian Festival, according to the Phuket Provincial Health Department. Of the 64, 12 had to be treated for bleeding cheeks, mouths or tongues, nine were burned when fire-walking, 14 suffered eyes injuries from fire crackers, and another 26 had burns elsewhere on their bodies from fireworks, while three fainted. Most of the injured were Mah Song

– the steeds of the Gods – who are the targets of a rain of fire crackers, or their escorts. One Malaysian tourist was injured by a fire cracker that exploded next to his foot but he has been discharged and was due to go home on Tuesday (October 15). As of Monday, only five people remained in hospital. The tally of injuries is an improvement on last year, when 81 people required hospital treatment during the festival.






Course ‘gives tour guides protection against graft’ Ramon Bencharitiwong

eventy-five Chinesespeaking Thai tour guides received their official Phuket Guide Association (PGA) licences on Tuesday (October 8) at the Katina Hotel on the edge of Phuket Town. Each of the guides had to pay B22,000 for the threeweek course. One of the attendees told The Phuket News on condition of anonymity, “Although the course was expensive, and we lost many days of work, it was worth it because we are now legal and no longer have to pay bribes to police officers.” From July 31 to August 20, lecturers from Naresuan University in Phitsanulok taught the guides Phuket history, public speaking in Thai, Chinese and English, conservation tourism policies and laws, and interpersonal relations. In order to pass, the guides had to display a certain level of proficiency in English,

Mark Schofield with wife Rachel on their wedding day.



Canadian bike crash victim returns home Claire Connell

Some of the newly qualified guides pose after getting their certificates. Thai and – most importantly – Chinese. Five failed. Addressing the newly legal guides when he handed them their licenses, Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor) President Paiboon Upatising said, “In the past, tourists from Austra-

lia and Europe were the main market. However, nowadays we see an increasing number of visitors from China.” Tour guides without licenses, even if they are Thai, are subject to arrest. Illegal guides are resented from their legal counterparts, who staged

a protest at Provincial Hall at the end of April. A subsequent crackdown resulted in the arrests in just two days of two Chinese nationals and 13 Thais working illegally in Phuket as tour guides.

MARK SCHOFIELD, THE teacher at Kajonkiet International School who was seriously injured in a motorbike crash last month, is now back home in Nova Scotia, Canada, after spending a month in hospital in Phuket. Canada’s Chronicle Herald newspaper said Mr Schofield arrived at Halifax on Wednesday night last week (October 9), accompanied by a doctor and nurse from Vachira Hospital in Phuket. The 34-year-old was left in a coma with a broken jaw, two broken arms, broken collarbone and a shattered eye socket, plus brain trauma and other injuries. Doctors

removed a part of his skull to relieve pressure from brain swelling. He was not covered by insurance and family and friends raised B1.8 million to cover his hospital care at Vachira Hospital. Mr Schofield still has nerve damage in his left arm, which is in a sling. He has trouble swallowing, has a tracheotomy (he was on a ventilator earlier) and has lost 13 kilogrammes, but he can now see out of his left eye and is able to walk, the newspaper reported. “The one thing that was a huge relief was he recognised me,” Mark’s brother Scott was quoted as saying. “[Despite] his memory loss … I didn’t have to tell him who I was.”







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It’s no easy ride T here’s no two ways about it – Phuket’s new Airport to Patong bus service has got off to a slow start. When it launched in July, the bus route, which takes tourists from the airport to Patong for B120 one way, stopping off at various locations, was a much needed addition to the island’s dismal public transport system. But after three months, the service isn’t doing well and there are a number of reasons for this, which we explored in last week’s front page story. Company owner Prakob Panyawai says posters for the bus have been ripped down by taxi drivers (no doubt not impressed by the competition) and a lack of a service counter at the airport and poor signage has resulted in not many passengers.

He says authorities are not doing anything to help. Airport Director Pratuang Sornkham disputed this, saying there are already 10 signs up in four languages. However he admitted setting up a service counter inside the air por t would cause problems with the taxi drivers. Mr Pratuang raised two valid points, however. One, the bus is not suitable for those with large amounts of luggage, and two, it does not drop tourists off at their hotel door. For example, tourists heading for Patong have to get off the bus at Banzaan Market. If they’re staying in a hotel in wider Patong, they’ll then need a taxi and won’t want to walk with their luggage. And with Patong’s exorbitant transport rates, a taxi from the

Patong bus stop to their hotel might cost almost as much as a taxi from the airport. But these two points aside, surely there is still demand for this new service and perhaps the reason is that tourists just don’t know about it yet. Perhaps Mr Prakob simply needs to wait it out until word spreads that this service exists. There’s another way to increase the number of people using the bus: Install a huge sign inside the airport saying “Bus to Patong, B120”. No doubt that will attract attention from tourists who have just had 10 or more taxi drivers approach them, offering a price of B600, and perhaps as high as B1,200, to take them to Patong. But will that ever happen? We’ll have to wait and see. This is Phuket, after all.

HAVE YOUR SAY Waiting for change [Re. ‘Suvarnabhumi-type system’ for Phuket airport taxis] This initiative sounds like a throw-back to the old days, which didn’t work either, and resulted in one unfortunate driver being shot. The real problem lies with the mentality of the Phuket ‘black taxi’ drivers, and they aren’t likely to go away because someone tells them to. I hope more than a handful of the expected 15 million arrivals opt for the bus – if it’s still running by 2017. geoffphuket Geoff, you should know by now that it is not only the ‘black taxi’ drivers. Go to the airport at any time and it will hopefully open your eyes. In fact, I’ve found them to be the better choice. Laurie Howells Still hoping that they can get this right. The bus is alright but it takes forever to get anywhere. Global_Saffer

Hire a limo from the counter outside the arrivals area – B650 to Patong and never had a problem! Jimbo Or if travelling alone, hop on a van for B150. It’s not much more than the bus, and can drop you at your hotel. Geraldrawai

Charting a new course for Phuket [Re. Pricey Phuket guide course ‘good protection against graft’] There are ten of thousands of illegal Thai guides in Phuket such as: 1. Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers who have tour brochures and take tourists to tourist attractions for a large commission under the table. 2. Employees in all hotels, resorts and guesthouses who book for walk-in customers any sea and land tours for those operators providing the highest commission. 3. All touts, Thais and for-

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Sign of the times [Re. Criminals in Phuket are “mostly outsiders”, says Gov] It might be a good idea to take down all the private signs, which are designed to look like official ones. These ones distract the attention of drivers, and just add to the confusion. I don’t need some “Somchai’s Fish Balls 3 km” or “Blah Blah Condo 12 km” or whatever. B Chang

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I will definitely be using the airport bus in the future. Ryan

Keep going Mr Prakob! Don’t let these other guys beat you.



eigners alike, who have understood the way corruption and commission systems work. Whistle-Blower

[Re. Taxis, lack of tourists create problems for new Phuket Airport bus] It is a shame. There is someone who is going in the right direction and everybody is against him. How backward this community is. Everybody just cares about himself and is driven by greed. Keep your head up Mr Prakob. I used your bus last Saturday coming back from Bangkok and you are right, for people who don’t know there is a bus it’s almost impossible to see. The bus should be allowed to park directly in front of the exit with big signs inside and outside. Cassiopaia


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Supreme Patriarch on mend after op The Supreme Patriarch’s overall condition has improved and there are no complications following surgery to treat an intestinal infection, Chulalongkorn Hospital says. The team of physicians treating His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara found he was unwell and suffering from low blood pressure as a result of a blood infection on Monday morning. The doctors later discovered he had an intestinal bacterial infection and decided to perform an operation to remove part of his intestines. His Holiness’s condition improved after the surgery, the hospital said in a statement released yesterday. Bangkok Post

Motorcycle taxi deadline looms Motorcycle taxi drivers must register by Nov 30 or risk facing legal action, the Land Transport Department says. Drivers need to register by that date to provide the service legally, department deputy chief Asdsathai Rattanadilok na Phuket said.

Drivers can check approved name lists and register at the department’s offices, he said. Once they are registered they will obtain yellow licence plates. Passengers should choose licensed drivers by looking for the yellow plates, he said. The drivers must undergo training in traffic regulations and driving conduct, and must also pass criminal record checks. Bangkok Post


Man attacked by bear in Chiang Dao On October 14 the Chiang Dao Deputy Governor received information from the head of a local village in Chiang Dao that a villager, Tian Krajang, age 42, had been attacked by a bear on the road in Tambon Muang Khong. Thairath reported that the man had stopped by the road to urinate. When he had finished, he said he saw a small bear coming out from a nearby bush. He told his friends to follow the bear, and suddenly a much larger bear, probably the mother or father, came out of nowhere and attacked Tian. City News Chiang Mai


Lithuanian ATM scammers caught Four Lithuanian men were arrested last weekend in Bangkok with the assistance of Thai bank officials in relation to allegations the men are involved in a multi-million baht ATM card scam. The men were arrested at the Good Inn Hotel in Soi Rat Burana in Bangkok after officials from the Siam Commercial Bank had alerted Pattaya Police to a number of withdrawals from ATMs around Pattaya City using stolen foreign bank ATM cards. Pattaya One


Calls to end rice pledging scheme


Death suspect doc gets 5 years in jail The Phetchaburi provincial court has sentenced former doctor Supat Laohawattana to five years’ jail for illegally possessing the vehicle of two missing people he is suspected of murdering. The judge on Tuesday also handed down a jail sentence to Supat’s third wife, Wilasa Chantarabanchorn, but reduced the penalty to three years and four months because she gave information to investigators. Bangkok Post

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ormer deputy prime minister and finance minister Pridiyadhorn Devakula on Tuesday submitted an open letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra calling for an end to the controversial rice pledging scheme. He showed his letter to reporters before attending a forum on the government’s rice scheme organised by an anti-corruption organisation. MR Pridiyadhorn said in his letter that the rice scheme had failed to distribute income to farmers as was expected, and it had caused damage to the country’s fiscal status. He cited figures showing that in the two years since implementing the programme, with a total of 48 million tonnes of paddy involved, the government had lost at least B425 billion, but rice farmers gained benefits amounting to only B210 billion. More importantly, those who were not farmers gained more than B115 billion in benefits, showing that the government had failed to prevent corruption in the rice scheme, he said. “After learning this fact, if you still believe in your close aides and continue the rice

scheme for a third year, it will mean that you have allowed your subordinates to run the country in the way that leads to severe damage to the country’s fiscal budget. “I do understand that you want to help farmers have better incomes, but you should use other methods that cost the state coffers no more than the benefits gained by the rice farmers. “The methodology must effectively prevent non-farmers from gaining such benefit and really enhance income distribution to the poor famers. “Moreover, the government should not take the rice into its own hands, but should allow rice trading via the trade system of the private sector, which works well, and without causing any damage to the state,” he said. In his letter, MR Pridiyadhorn suggested the prime minister put an end to the questionable rice scheme and instead pay direct benefits to rice farmers. The government could set a ceiling for the benefit to be paid to each farm household, and make sure that the money actually reaches the hands of as many poor farmers as pos-

sible, he said. This way the government could help more farmers, and large amounts of state money would not be wasted, he added. Wichai Sriprasert, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said at the forum that the government should not intervene in the rice market and should use the market mechanism in exporting rice. The market mechanism works well and it had enabled Thailand to become the world’s top rice exporter for several decades, he said. MR Pridiyadhorn urged Ms Yingluck to rethink the rice scheme and stressed that it was not too late to revoke it. The US Department of Agriculture estimates the rice stockpile in Thailand will increase about 24 per cent in 2013-2014, as global output rises 1.7 per cent to an all-time high of 476.8 million tonnes. The price of 5-per cent broken Thai white rice, an Asian benchmark, will drop 12 per cent to US$390 a tonne by April, a five-year low, according to the median of eight trader and analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Bangkok Post

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King Chulalongkorn, or Rama V, is remembered by all Thais as Phra Piya Maharaj – the Great Beloved King.


ext Wednesday (October 23) is a public holiday, marking the 103rd anniversary of the demise of one of Thailand’s most respected monarchs, King Chulalongkorn, Rama V. Born on September 20, 1853, the son of King Mongkut, Rama IV, and Queen Debsirindra, King Chulalongkorn came to the throne in 1868, at the age of just 15, after his father died of malaria contracted on a scientific journey to the South of Thailand. Because of the King’s tender age, Si Suriyawongse, the most powerful of Thailand’s government officials, became regent. Thanks to the comprehensive education he had received, and having understood from his father the threats to Thailand, particularly from the colonial powers, especially Britain and France, King Chulalongkor n set about studying ways to modernise Thailand, visiting Singapore and India to understand how the European powers administered their colonies. In 1873 another coronation was held, this time to mark King Chulalongkorn

reaching adulthood and the end of the regency. The early years of his reign were marked by competition with nobles and officials who did not want to cede powers to him – which was a powerful incentive for the King to modernise. He started by establishing the Auditor’s Office to reform the corrupt management of taxes, a courageous move as it hit his rivals for power in their pockets. At the boundaries of Siam – which at that time encompassed much of modern Laos and a large part of Cambodia – he also had to deal with lawlessness, particularly the insurgents from the Taiping Rebellion in China, who had fled to Siam and turned to banditry. It took 15 years – until 1890 – before the last of these bandit gangs faded away under pressure from the Siamese army. Worryingly, to the west, colonial Britain was flexing its muscles, taking over the last of Burma, while in the east, France had taken over Cambodia in 1863 and was eying Thai territory to the east of the Mekong River.

In 1888 French troops entered northern Laos on the pretext of putting down remnants of the Taiping rebels. Having done what they set out to do, they did not withdraw but simply stayed. In 1893, the French demanded that Siam give up all of Laos up to the Mekong, sparking war with the French, which ended with Siam acceding to the French demands. In 1906 a final agreement ceded the Siamese part of Cambodia to France as well. In 1909 Siam lost more territory after control of the Malay states of Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and Trengganu was ceded to Britain in return for certain legal concessions and a large loan that was used to build the railway in Southern Thailand. King Chulalongkorn, understanding that he needed to convince the great powers that Siam was culturally – if not militarily – their equal, toured the European capitals, meeting crowned heads such as the King of Sweden and the Tsar of Russia. He also sent many of his sons to be educated in Europe. At home in Siam, the King instituted sweeping changes

to bring the country into the modern world, abolishing slavery and the corvée (unpaid forced labour on government projects), building railways, introducing electricity, and setting up Sukhaphiban (health districts). He also set up the Monthon system, which continues to this day in the hierarchical system of province, district, tambon and mu baan, all under the Ministry of Interior. This swept away the last vestiges of power held by local lords and kings, bringing the whole country under one government. King Chulalongkorn is remembered by all Thais as Phra Piya Maharaj – the Great Beloved King – one of the great kings of the country, a king who worked hard throughout his life to improve life for the Siamese, and who managed to keep the core of Siam independent of the predatory colonial giants of the time – the only state in Southeast Asia to achieve this. His reign is recalled as a golden age of justice, progress and national pride, and is the reason his portrait may still be seen hanging in homes and businesses around the country.




Savile brushed off women ‘like midges’


ate BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, branded one of Britain’s worst sex offenders, said he brushed off women who accused him of assault “like midges” and claimed they were trying to make money by selling stories about him, it emerged Tuesday. Savile’s comments were revealed in the newly-released transcript of an interview with police in October 2009, two years before he died at the age of 84. Detectives brought him in for questioning over allegations that he had sexually assaulted a number of girls at a children’s home in the 1970s, which Savile rejected as “fantasy”. “I’m quite happy to answer questions, because if you’ve done nothing wrong then you’re OK,” the television star said, according to the transcript released under freedom of information laws. “If somebody alleges you’ve done something... but I’ve had so much of it in 50 years, it started in the

1950s and it’s always either someone looking for a few quid, or a story for the paper.” Elaborating later on in the interview, he said: “[In] my business there’s women looking for a few quid, we always get something like this coming up for Christmas, because we want a few quid for Christmas right? “And normally you can brush them away like midges and it’s not much of a price to pay for the lifestyle that we’re getting, you know what I mean?” Around 450 people have made allegations against the former presenter, with 214 recorded as crimes, including 32 rapes. Surrey Police interviewed him after a woman came forward accusing him of sexually abusing girls during a visit to Duncroft children’s home in Staines, west of London. During the interview, Savile claimed police would regularly visit his home in Leeds, northern England, and would laugh off accusations against him, which went back

decades. “I have up in Yorkshire – where I live in Leeds – a collection of senior police persons who come to see me socially, but I give them all my weirdo letters and they take them back to the station,” he said. “They don’t keep them very long. They pass them round the office, and everybody has a laugh.” He went on to describe his “policy” of threatening legal action to deal with any further allegations. “If I was going to sue anybody, which I never actually got round to... because they all run away and say ‘shush, pay him up’ – we go not to the local court, we go to the Old Bailey [Britain’s top criminal court] ’cos my people can book time in the Old Bailey, so my legal people are ready and waiting,” he explained. Savile was released without charge, but an investigation after his death by police and child protection authorities found he was a predatory and prolific sex offender. AFP

People walk past the damaged Church of San Pedro in the town of Loboc after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the region on October 15. Photo: AFP/Robert Michael Poole

99 dead from Philippines quake THE DEATH TOLL FROM a powerful earthquake that struck the central Philippines rose to 99 on Wednesday and would likely climb further as rescuers reached isolated areas, authorities said. A 7.1-magnitude quake struck the island of Bohol on Tuesday morning, destroying centuries-old churches and triggering landslides that

engulfed homes alongside coastal highways. The confirmed death toll rose from 93 on Tuesday night to 99 as authorities gained a clearer picture of the destruction, the civil defence chief for the central islands, Minda Morante, told AFP. “We expect the number to increase considering there are still areas that need search

and rescue [personnel] and there are areas where they need more aid,” she said. Bohol and the neighbouring island of Cebu, which are both popular tourist attractions because of their pristine beaches and historic churches, bore the brunt of the quake. Most of the confirmed casualties were on Bohol. AFP

Joy as NZ author wins Booker prize C H A M PAGN E COR K S popped as New Zealanders celebrated author Eleanor Catton becoming the youngest ever Man Booker prize winner Wednesday, with retailers reporting her novel The Luminaries was “walking out the door”. Perhaps inevitably in the rugby-mad nation, some Kiwis likened the 28-year-old’s feat in snaring the prestigious prize for fiction to winning the literary equivalent of the World Cup. Others hailed the emergence of a major new talent

following the Booker presentation in London, which took place on Wednesday morning New Zealand time, drawing large crowds to bookshops, which screened the event live. Prime Minister John Key led the tributes, moving a parliamentary vote congratulating Catton for becoming only the second New Zealander after Keri Hulme in 1985 to win the Booker. “New Zealand generally celebrates our sporting successes on the international stage with enormous vigour,”

he told parliament. “We should be celebrating this with equal enthusiasm, as it’s a truly remarkable achievement.” Bookworms packed into the aisles at Unity Books in downtown Wellington heeded his advice, greeting the announcement with cheers and whooping as staff handed out champagne. “We had one customer who said that this was more important for New Zealand than winning the Rugby World Cup,” Unity’s Todd Atticus said. AFP





Pha’ngan is ‘most affordable’ island – TripAdvisor index

K SPACE CHECK Tanan Thanphaibul (centre), developer and former president of the Phuket Real Estate Club, inspects the displays at the Phuket Property Show, the new permanent showrooms on the bypass road just north of Kathu Tesco-Lotus. The space showcases close to 70 developments, with the main aim being Russian buyers.

Silk Air set to fly to Jogja SILKAIR IS TO LAUNCH direct air services between Singapore and Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from November 25, increasing its Indonesian network to 12 destinations. The flights will be three times weekly, on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. Yogyakarta – more casually known as Jogja – is within striking distance of the world famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples. SilkAir already connects Singapore and Phuket, so islanders can now go from Phuket to Jogja via Singapore.


The famed Borobudur Buddhist temple complex is just 40 km from the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. Photo: CazzJJ

oh Pha’ngan comes out the cheapest in a new survey by TripAdvisor, the TripIndex Island Sun 2013, a cost comparison of a day out and overnight stay for two people in 20 key island holiday destinations around Southeast Asia. The index is based on the combined costs for two people of a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, a two-course meal with coconut juice, beers, a massage, and the rental of bicycles and snorkeling equipment. The most affordable island for a day out and an overnight stay for Thai travellers is Pha’ngan with a total index cost of B7,322.50 while Koh Tao takes second place with B7,766.89. Phuket ranks 14th, with an index cost of B11,946, slightly pricier than Phi Phi Don at B11,917, but cheaper than Penang at B14,294. At more than three times the cost of Koh Pha’ngan, Singapore’s Sentosa Island is listed as the most expensive at

B26,815, followed by Langkawi in Malaysia at B17,447. “In light of the upcoming year-end holiday season, TripIndex Island Sun helps travellers identify where their money goes furthest,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson Jean Ow-Yeong. “The list shows that Thailand’s Koh Pha’ngan is the most affordable island destination, while Singapore’s Sento­s a Island is most expensive. The biggest driver of costs is the price of hotels, followed by [the cost of] a massage for two.” The least expensive average hotel room is priced at B3,947 in Penang, Malaysia, while the most expensive, at nearly three times the cost, is Palawan in the Philippines at B10,649 a night. But while hotels account for much of the cost, the biggest disparity in in the cost of bike rental. While it costs B200 a day to rent one on Koh Pha’ngan and Koh Phi Phi Don, on Sentosa it costs a whopping B3,658 – more than 18 times

the price. TripAdvisor concludes, “Islands in Thailand provide the best value for money, with five places in the list of the top 10 most affordable islands.”

The full list Island Baht Pha’ngan (Thai) 7,323 Koh Tao (Thai) 7,767 Gili Trawangan (Indo) 8,108 Ko Chang (Thai) 8,737 Cebu (Phils) 9,075 Batam (Indo) 9,383 Bali (Indo) 9,589 Ko Lanta (Thai) 9,962 Koh Samui (Thai) 10,083 Boracay (Phils) 11,043 Bintan (Indo) 11,166 Phu Quoc (Viet) 11,454 Phi Phi (Thai) 11,917 Phuket (Thai) 11,947 Penang (Mal) 14,294 Redang (Mal) 14,712 Tioman (Mal) 14,886 Palawan (Phils) 15,338 Langkawi (Mal) 17,447 Sentosa (Sing) 26,815





Could there be a crash on the cards? T oday, dear readers, we take a very serious look at what the future may hold for investors in stock markets around the world. Investment managers are fond of mentioning that past performance is no guarantee of future returns. While that may hold true for individual stocks or funds, your humble author never tires of pointing out that history is a fairly reliable barometer of what the future holds for us in general – allowing us to piece together seemingly unrelated pixels of information and see the bigger “macro” picture. What the Bonobo may grasp more readily than most (because he has spent a lifetime studying this subject) may not be so clear to his readers, who must rely on the media talking heads for their somewhat muddled and misleading take on today’s financial world. (A fact well known in the investment world, but never widely disseminated to the general public is that 99 per cent of economists and so-

called analysts get it wrong every time.) According to the world’s new bulls the diet of stimulus from Quantitive Easing being fed to the financial markets means stock markets will only go in one direction – UP! After all, the indicators are bullish, right? All that extra cash has to go somewhere, doesn’t it? You can always rely on the Fed, can’t you? And even if you can’t, you should never try to fight the Fed, should you? Then there are the new oil finds in the US and new fracking techniques, rising property prices, low inflation and near record levels of consumer confidence and corporate profits. So anyone with spare cash lying around should throw it into the markets now, right? Let’s take a closer look. The points above are truly fascinating, my friends, but the “facts” which make the bulls bullish, are in fact the same indicators which make the bears, well, bearish. The difference is simply the way each side interprets

identical data. To a contrarian, the various indicators encouraging bullishness amongst investors are instead warning signs, pointing to the end of a bull market, not the beginning. Consumer confidence, for example, is always seen at market tops, but never at the bottom. And so, to the astute investor, what we see today indicates a time to sell, not to buy. As easy as it is to get caught up in the hype surrounding stock market highs, it pays to remember that the markets will always do whatever they can to prove the greatest number of people wrong. The fact that most US indices have reached or surpassed their previous highs (and/or their long term overhead resis-

tance) may be enough to instill caution in some investors. Other investors may be made wary by the fact that stock market crashes occur, on average, once every 4.4 years, and we are now well past 4.4 years since the last major downturn. Some may also notice that earnings have peaked, with the largest number of companies issuing profit warnings since 2001. And those who follow historical trends and indicators may have noticed that the Russell 2000 Index is trading at 86 times its 12 month trailing earnings. They will understand that this is scary stuff. And the little-known Russell 2000 rears its head again as your author starts to see a divergence between large caps and small caps. Large institutions always get the jump on small ones because they are, by and large, the “market makers”. Because of their size, they trade larger amounts of money, and thus deal mostly in blue chips. So when broader markets like the Dow are trending lower, and small cap indices like the Russell 2000 are rising, that is when the red lights flash and the sirens sound. This seems to have to started, but the US markets have thus far managed to keep their heads above their 200day moving averages. If they break below this key average, then a slow, jittery, nervous walk toward the exit is likely to become another stampede reminiscent of 2008. Should we not also be paying attention to the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet? Mr Buffet, according to the latest SEC filings, is once again sitting on a mountain of cash. This US$49 billion stockpile is almost the same as the

US$48 billion he amassed just before the Dot Com Bubble burst in 1999. Mr Buffet’s market timing secret? Market Capitalization vs GDP. Just recently, market capitalization reached 118 per cent of GDP and the last two times this ratio surpassed 100 per cent was – you guessed it – in 1999 and 2007. Closer to home, HSBC Singapore, having become suddenly bullish again, are once again recommending that their private clients invest in US and Emerging Market equities, which was exactly their strategy at the height of the 2007 market top. The last time we saw a major market crash, Phuket saw a host of retirees lose substantial amounts of money on the advice of Singapore private bankers. Yet those same banks are back to being bullish (after those markets have doubled, strangely enough, but not before). “Buy!”, say the bulls. “UP! UP! UP!” Right now, dear readers, it pays to keep an eye on things. The current budget and debt ceiling crisis in the United States may be cited as the reason why stock markets tumble – if indeed they do – but if anything it would be the catalyst, not the cause. It would be that one grain of salt added to the glass of salt water that causes all the salt to fall out of solution and land on the bottom of the glass. To blame the debt ceiling debacle would be to ignore the fact that a stock market crash will occur 90 per cent of the time in the first and/or second year of a US Presidential cycle. Or that margin debt is back to levels last seen in 2007. But perhaps the most worrying sign of all: corporate

insiders (who are normally much better than the average investor at making directional market calls) are selling right now, not buying. Perversely, the debt ceiling debacle may prove to be a catalyst for higher stock prices, How can that be, you ask? Because if the budget/debt ceiling mess gets resolved before October 17, it could result in a spell of irrational exuberance on the part of investors who fail to recognize that a correction is – and more importantly should be – imminent. The next market crash may be delayed by a few months, but make no mistake, it’s coming. This article is not just about stock markets. It is about risk and the tolerance to risk that his fine readers may have when considering making or holding investments. If you are a risk-averse investor, then you should not be holding stocks right now – and you certainly shouldn’t be buying. Obviously, the irrational exuberance of investors who believe that monetary stimulus will continue indefinitely could keep the markets edging higher for a little while longer, but as they edge upwards, the risk of a dramatic downturn becomes ever greater.

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Condos fail to get EIA approval A g row i ng nu mbe r of condo projects already launched for sale have failed to win environmental impact assessment (EIA) approval, forcing developers to return booking money and revise project designs. T he p r oble m , wh ich causes projects to be delayed or even scrapped entirely, was common a few years ago and has recently re-emerged in the booming condo sector in Thailand. T he condo developer Grand Unity Development Co, a subsidiary of the SETlisted Univentures Plc, for instance, sent a letter to customers this week saying its two condo projects had failed their EIAs. Neramit Srangiam, the developer’s managing director, said in the letter that the company will return all booking money and interest to customers as stated in the contract. The projects are U Delight @ Phaholyothin Station, an eight-storey building with 400 units, and Condo U @ Phaholyothin Station, two eight-storey buildings with 409 units. Both are on Phahon Yo-

thin Soi 23, launched in September 2012 and March 2013, respectively. The two projects are not the first case of failure to receive EIA approval. On Tuesday, the SETlisted Noble Development Plc relaunched a condo project from two years ago after revising the project design. Noble Revo Silom, formerly Noble Unite, will have 319 units sized 31-55 square metres and priced from B123,000 per sq m. The previous design was 220 units sized at 38-65 sq m for B110,000 per sq m. “Our project was initiated during a change in the green area required in the EIA report,” said Noble chief executive Kitti Thanakitamnuay. “The new requirement for green areas does not cover green areas within the building. They must be outdoors, but our previous design also had indoor green space.” Having learned its EIA report needed to be revised, the company returned all booking money with interest to customers after achieving sales of up to 30 per cent of the project. It revised the design, resulting in less space for sale,

and raised selling prices to be more in line with market prices. La nd for t he proje ct on Surasak Road that cost B500,000 per sq wah two years ago is now nearly B1 million. Despite a project value of B1.7 billion that will earn a slightly higher profit than the original B1.5 billion plan, there is still an economic loss from investment in construction during the period, Mr Kitti said. Prasert Taedullayasatit, managing director of the SET-listed Pruksa Real Estate, said his company will launch a new condo project only if the project receives EIA approval. Pruksa earlier this year relaunched The Tree Privata, formerly The Tree Kiatkai, with a new design after it failed to obtain a construction permit. The project is near the new parliament, an area where high-rise buildings are banned. The company has already had to revise one project for failing an EIA, on Soi Ari, where a new project from Land and Houses Plc also faced the same problem. Bangkok Post

Dusit claims three awards DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET HAS WON three awards for the fourth consecutive year at the 20th Annual World Travel Awards 2013. At the Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony held October 1 in Dubai, the Dusit was named Asia’s Leading Beach Resort, Thailand’s Leading Beach Resort and Thailand’s Leading Golf Resort. General Manager Peter Komposch (second from left) flew to Dubai to collect the awards. The regional accolade of Asia’s Leading Beach Resort qualifies the resort to join the Grand Finale on November 30, where it will compete for the World title.

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Purrsonals: Scientific polls show that 85 per cent of singles own cats. We can’t argue with facts, which is why there is a dating site dedicated to cat lovers of all walks of life. Free to sign up to the aptly named, where the site’s homepage includes a woman holding her feline friend, inviting you to check out “finicky” cat lovers like yourself. The site also acts as a social network for cat lovers and even the felines themselves, with the ability to create profiles and blogs. Vampersonals: For goths and the undead, Vampersonals. com is a dating site that helps hook up enthusiasts of things on the darker side of life. Free to sign up and create a profile. Though affiliated with, Vampersonals has more members and a very active community that posts everything from dining ideas (medieval castles are heavily suggested) and recommendations on first dates (bowling, anyone?). Some of the potential mates on this site include ‘SalemWitchBlood’ and ‘spookykitty2000’ – perhaps someone who is also signed up to We can only hope.

DiaperMates: A website dedicated for the hyperspecific adult baby and diaper lover niche, is exactly what the name suggests. Intended for adults over the age of 18 (albeit adults who wish to act like they are pre-toddler), the site is known amongst fans as the largest free personals community for those with a diaper fetish, and is built more like a forum than a dating portal. The public photo and video sections are especially, um, unique though slightly graphic. Hot Sauce Passions: Are you tired of seeing others squirm when you put tablespoons of chilli sauce on that fried rice? Hotsaucepassions. com is a dating site for those of us who have gotten used to spicy Thai food. Never again will it be a dealbreaker whether or not your date can stomach the spice. The site has a ‘Hot Sauce Groups’ section where chilli lovers can find mates by sauce, pepper, and heat preference, and you can filter through profiles by age, country, and, oddly, height.


US Army’s real ‘Iron Man’ suit in the works


hough the project sounds straight out of a comic book, the US Army is in talks with several private companies to develop an Iron Man-style suit that could make its debut in 2016. The tactical assault light operator suit (Talos) will be bulletproof and come with a display that gives information about the soldier’s surroundings and vital signs. The suit is also rumoured to include the ability to heal wounds by temporarily stopping bleeding. “The requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armour suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armour, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and intergrating a weapon into

that,” said Lt Col Karl Borjes, a science advisor at the US Army’s research, development, and engineering command. A team from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also developing liquid body armour

that is said to be made from fluids that transform into a solid when an electric current or magnetic field is applied. A prototype of the ‘Iron Man’ suit is expected next year with an eye for a completed version by 2016.

Trek Passions: Made by the same people behind Hot Sauce Passions, is a dating site dedicated to the sci-fi lover that speaks fluent Klingon and wears a Spock costume and ears because it’s Wednesday. Though the male to female ratio might be an uneven 35 to 1 ratio, the community seems to be very active as the site has reported several marriages.

Plane door falls on motel roof GUESTS AT A CALIFORNIA MOTEL got more than they bargained for when a door from a small plane fell on top of the establishment’s roof. The door, which came from a Beechcraft King Air twin-turboprop plane, somehow detached from the small plane shortly after take-off near Monterey Regional Airport. After hearing a loud pop, the pilot landed

the plane only to realise the door was missing once he was on the ground. Though the plane took off on a Thursday afternoon, the door was only discovered on Friday morning by a contractor working outside the motel. The National Transportation Safety Board is set to investigate how the 34 kg door became separated from the aircraft. No one was hurt during the incident.

Blind Brit golfer hits hole-in-one


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A RETIRED, COMPLETELY blind amateur golfer beat all the odds and hit a hole-in-one during a charity tournament in Surrey, England last week. Jim O’Brien, a 71-year-old man from Leicestershire, was taking part in a tournament for blind golfers when he struck golf on the par three, 139-yard-long hole. The odds of a blind person to hit that shot is one in 14,000, as O’Brien is said to be only the third person in the last 20 years to do so in England. “When I teed off, I thought I’d hit the ball quite nicely. It was thinking ‘let’s hope it makes the green’. After a few second, the guys I was with said ‘It’s in the hole’,” O’Brien said, celebrating with a large glass of grape juice. thephuketnews



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Reflections on nature Jody Houton

Phuket-based artist Christiane ‘Jani’ Wyler weaves together the magic of art and textiles.


ormer textile designer Christiane ‘Jani’ Wyler has combined her knowledge of fabric with unique artistic insight for her first exhibition, which showcases her sunsetand flower-inspired works. Jani explains that for the works in the exhibition, which is entitled ‘Reflection of Nature’, rather than capture a physical representation of a sunset, she instead tried to convey the memory and impression. “The thing about sunsets is that they are incredibly difficult to take a photo of, or rather they rarely capture the intent of the photo, as they’re almost always disappointing and can never live up to the moment.” As well as the sunset pieces, Jani will also display a series of flowers that she has drawn over the years. Despite their very different subjects, both collections were made using a similar method. “It’s an organic process really. At first I have a concept of what I will do, then I work with the fabric, crunching it and learning what the material does.” After painting on a board, Jani uses pieces of trans-

parent fabric to provide different levels and depth. She likes to use natural and organic materials in her work. For example, in one elegant piece she combines the locally available materials coconut fibre and fish scales. For Jani, it is perfectly natural, almost essential to use a variety of textiles and textures, as she has been involved in the textile industry ever since she moved to Switzerland from Germany in 1980. “Switzerland used to be the place for this – high end fashion textiles and so on – but that changed and it’s more likely found in India now. Then I moved into textile design for air planes. “I’ve always been interested in art and the use of textiles, but when I moved to Singapore [15 years ago], I had more time to focus on it.” Jani sees the art scenes in Singapore and Phuket as completely different, but no less significant: “In Singapore, the galleries have more power and influence, but the Phuket scene is much fresher.” The opening night of ‘Reflections on Nature’, is at Mom Tri’s Gallery on October 19 at 7pm. The exhibition runs until December 12.

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Scaring up a bit of fun!


t’s October, time to get spooky! With such a fabulously broad international community in Phuket, we get to celebrate holidays from all over the world, such as Halloween. Once known as All Hallows’ Eve, the festival was the time of year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints or ‘hallows’, but now is one of those holidays that just gets people excited: the kids love the sweets, the parents love the parties and who doesn’t love dressing up in a silly, scary costume? Sometimes though it can be tough to find all the right Halloween decorations and accessories, so making them yourself is a fun option. Every child needs a special bag to haul their candy in, so on October 19, Oasis ed. Phuket is hosting a special “Halloween Bag Workshop” at the Book Café in Rawai. And of course decorations are essential, so the kids can get along to make their own colourful “Halloween Lanterns” on October 26, at Shanti Lodge in Chalong. For more information about these and other workshops, please contact Kez on 084-946-2171 or visit thephuketnews



Vision for the future

Jody Houton sits down with departed TAT chief Chanchai Duangjit Jody Houton

Phuket has changed a lot, even in the short time I have been here. It certainly has had success in numbers, with an almost 20 per cent increase every year for a few years now, but we still have a lot of problems; traffic, too much construction, lack of security, and an airport that’s jammed

Mr Chanchai is now director of the HR department at TAT headquarters in Bangkok. He had been in Phuket for 13 months. @thephuketnews


s opening up Phuket to more profitable ‘niche’ markets was always a high priority for the amiable director of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Phuket office, Chanchai Duangjit, this weekend’s Glow Phuket festival (October 18-20) will, rather ironically, prove to be his final swansong. Mr Chanchai will not be on the island to enjoy it, because as of October 14, he started work as the director of the HR department at TAT headquarters in Bangkok. He had been in Phuket for just 13 months. “I’m sad to leave. I like Phuket, but I’m happy that the TAT and Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut were so receptive to one of my main ideas, which was to introduce new markets.” When The Phuket News first interviewed Mr Chanchai, shortly after he assumed the post in 2012, he said that he saw huge potential in Phuket, as an island that could offer visitors various hitherto untapped options, such as being an international destination for weddings, honeymoons and golfing. During his tenure however, Mr Chanchai changed tack a little, and now says that TAT’s plans for the island in 2014 include focusing on other so called “high yield” markets, such as the yachting and marina industries, medical tourism, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) market. The latter was one that was already gathering momentum. “Although Phuket already has a festival and parade for the LGBT community – Phuket Pride – Glow Phuket want to do something different.” Mr Chanchai believes that there is no reason why Phuket could not one day host a LGBT event that could rival the spectacular gay pride festivals held in places such as Vancouver and Los Angeles – the latter was where he also worked as TAT chief for three years. “In Los Angeles,” says Mr Chanchai, “The gay parades and festivals are popular with the LGBT and straight community – they’re for everybody.” The first ever Glow Phuket festival, being held this weekend (October 18-20), is only the start of Phuket TAT’s plans to really start targeting the global LGBT community. “The LGBT is a high-yield market. We [the TAT] have been talking about targeting the LGBT for a long time, but we’re ready to do it now.” Phuket will form part of a four-pronged attack, alongside Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Bangkok, to target the global ‘pink dollar’ market, and it is Mr Chanchai’s hope that as a result other provinces in Thailand – and perhaps those with less accepting views of the LGBT community – will follow suit. Mr Chanchai added that as Phuket and the three other Thai cities were already so popular and marketable, it is now the TAT’s plan to shift focus to lesser known destinations. “We’re trying to emphasise new areas so we will hold off mass marketing Phuket for a few years now in favour of promoting Phang Nga, Krabi and Chiang Rai for example. We’re trying to promote the areas that do not benefit so much from tourism.” Mr Chanchai added that he hoped the few years of not promoting the island, at least aside from the Glow Phuket event, may give it a chance to rectify some of its problems. “Phuket has changed a lot, even in the short time I have been here. “It certainly has had success in numbers, with an almost 20 per cent increase every year for a few years now, but we still have a lot of problems; traffic, too much construction, lack of security for tourists and an airport that’s jammed,” says Mr Chanchai. A problem that did not exist when Mr Chanchai started, is zero-baht tourism. It is therefore one of TAT’s main objectives to manage visitor numbers, especially among the low-yield markets, he says.

“Zero-baht tourism is something we’re trying to stop, but it something that will happen on the Chinese side.” From October 1, it has become policy for the Chinese government to monitor where companies are taking tourists, and make sure they stick to the programme and not take them to shops to get commission. Speaking in August of last year, Mr Chanchai foresaw this, anticipating the

need to attract tourists for the right reasons: “Even if tourists can’t spend much money during their trip, they could still be ‘quality’ tourists if they visit Phuket for learning and comprehension tourism.” If visitor numbers at this year’s Vegeterian Festival were any indication of success, then Mr Chanchai’s 2012 pledge has come true. It seems that Phuket’s loss, is Bangkok’s gain.




BIS students bond on stage Alasdair Forbes

Clockwise from top left, Young Eddie (Matthew McGoldrick) with his adoptive mother Mrs Lyons (Esme Plunkett); Young Eddie with young Linda (Georgia Franck; Mickey (Carl Ydmark) faces the troubles of adulthood; BIS students enjoy the play; and play director Mr Tim Evans, the school’s drama teacher. Photos: BISP and Tanyaluk Sakoot.


lood Brothers, the 1986 play that spawned the successful musical of the same name, was a courageous choice for drama teacher Timothy Evens and the students of the British International School Phuket to take on. No question: their courage was well rewarded with success and loud applause during the two performances on Thursday and Friday (October 10 and 11). Mr Evans, directing (but with a great deal of input from the cast), chose to stage the play in the round. No fancy lighting, no props apart from a couple of stools and what could be carried in the hand. The play is oddly flawed – others must surely have noticed this: It’s about twins Eddie and Mickey, born into a poor family. Eddie is given away and brought up by an upper-middle class couple. Throughout the play they keep bumping into one another, yet no one seems to notice that they look

exactly the same – that they must be twins. The twins themselves, even after becoming “blood brothers” and discovering they were born on the same day, still don’t realise. Of course, art often requires the suspension of disbelief and in any case, on stage, they didn’t look the same. Eddie was played as a youngster by Matthew McGoldrick and Mickey by Archie Plunkett. From age 14 on they were played respectively by Harry O’Brien and Carl Ydmark. No resemblance at all. The play swings between sad moments and blasts of comedy, especially when the two boys meet. There was loud applause after 14-year-old Eddie gave his twin a lesson in seduction, silence after grown-up Mickey and his wife Linda (Amona Haeusermann) have a furious row over Eddie’s influence in their life. One knew from the beginning that This Was All Going To End Badly. Narrator Fransiska Greene, dressed in sinister black, flitted on and off the stage, warning in rhyming couplets of what was to come. No comedy in her words. Another hint was young Mickey’s air pistol, which grew up as the boys did, to become central to the cathartic finale. Criticisms? Only one: cast members generally rattled through their lines very fast. A little slower, and punchlines could have been savoured more, audience heartstrings played upon to more effect in the darker passages of the play. That apart, for the young actors (none over 17 years of age) this was a remarkable performance, with McGoldrick and Plunkett playing delightfully convincing seven-year-olds, and O’Brien, Ydmark and Haeusermann sliding utterly convincingly from carefree 14-year-olds to 21-year-olds already battered by life.

Nina Grassman as the twins’ mother also aged totally convincingly from the naïve young mum who discovers that twins are on the way, to a much more wordly-wise figure 21 years later. A performance way beyond her years. Esme Plunkett, as Mrs Lyons, Eddie’s adoptive mother, deteriorated from brittle young wife of successful entrepreneur living in the Big House to paranoid and ultimately homicidal loony. That’s range. At the interval, headmaster Neil Richards and others in the audience wondered aloud about one scene in which Mrs Lyons smacks the young Eddie loudly across the face. Was that real? Or is there some sort of theatrical artifice that allows an actor to belt another convincingly without doing damage? Esme Plunkett explained afterwards that no, the slaps were genuine. “I must have hit him [Matthew McGoldrick] a dozen times during rehearsals,” she said. “A couple of times I missed and hit him on the ear. He couldn’t hear afterward.” No one broke a leg but the risk of perforated ear drums – that was proof, if any were needed, that the young BISP actors were totally dedicated to their art. A great success. thephuketnews





IN BRIEF Britain urges gyms to provide needles

Talk to the hand Kim White

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


ello and welcome again to our monthly body tune up with yoga. This month we are talking wrists and hands. Sure we can pick things up with them, tighten and loosen objects and type on a keyboard with them, but can your hands and wrists support you? While teaching of late, I have noticed that a lot of people would have trouble with this task. We all like to think about positive things, but if a circumstance occurred that required you to lift or support your own body weight with your hands, you would like to think you could rely on yourself, right? With this in mind we are looking at side plank pose – vasisthasana. Named after the sage Vasishta, who was known for his teachings on releasing sorrow from one’s life, this asana gives you the opportunity to gain strength and power in the upper body. Benefits of the posture Stretches your hips and groin Strengthens and tones your abdomen, shoulder girdle, low spine, legs, lateral muscles and gluteus maximus Stretches and strengthens your wrists Focuses your mind, leading to deeper concentration, focus, balance and coordination Enhances your senses, mental calmness and composure Enhances your willpower Vasisthasana is said to be a natural treatment for epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. It is also said to help a weak mind, imbalanced spirit and weak core. How to practise this pose: 1. Bend forward and rest your right palms on the floor, making sure your wrist is directly under your shoulder, the left knee is bent and foot flat, extend the right leg straight. Resting the right little toe to heel

Hospital faces baby death probe


he Public Health Ministry will launch an investigation into whether a private hospital broke medical ethics by allegedly turning away a pregnant woman who was in labour, forcing her to give birth at home, which led to her baby dying. The probe will be conducted by the Department of Health Service Support (HSS), Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Vachira Pengchan said on October 14. The investigation would be carried out even though the Social Security Office confirmed that the woman’s healthcare benefits did not cover childbirth. “The investigation will focus on whether the case was an emergency [that the hospital had to admit] and if the hospital strictly followed the min@thephuketnews

istry’s guidelines on emergency cases in providing treatment or referring the patient,” he said. The mother, 31-year-old Chonthicha Wannathip, was found in an exhausted state by neighbours at her home in Inthamara Soi 1 in Phaya Thai district on Sunday afternoon. Her baby was dead beside her. Meanwhile, Social Security Office deputy secretary-general Suradej Waleeittikul said that, according to a preliminary check, Ms Chonthicha had contributed to the Social Security Fund for only four months. A mother seeking benefits for the delivery of a baby must contribute for at least seven months. However, he said, in the case of emergencies, patients could be admitted to any hospital. Bangkok Post

line of the foot (outer foot line) on the floor. 2. Press the hips upward and the left arms also reaches upward stacked on top of the right. If you find this challenging enough, hold the asana here (please see photo one for the beginner posture). 3. To continue, place the left foot on top of the right and extend the leg straight. Maintain a firm core and extended hip and top arm (see photo two). 4. If you are confident in this asana and want to be challenged further, you can lift the left leg and clasp the left foot with your left hand, extending hand and foot upward together. Ensure both legs are straight and the hips are lifting. 5. Hold this asana for 30 seconds to 1 minute to begin with and then when you are more confident, you can have fun with it. 6. Repeat on the left. You will never have to worry about undoing a tight jar lid ever again. Happy stretching!

Gyms should provide needles for people who inject steroids and tanning drugs to reduce the risk of them contracting blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis and HIV, British health authorities said Tuesday. They also urged needle and syringe programmes normally targeted at heroin users to look at how to reach out to people who inject dermal fillers such as collagen or Botox. AFP

Life-long smokers knocking ten years off lives

The health risks of smoking are worse than we thought, an Australian researcher said on October 11. But the good news is that those who quit in their 20s or 30s avoid about 90 per cent of the excess risk compared with those who never smoked. Professor Banks led a study of 200,000 Australians over 45 that found those who smoked were knocking an average of 10 years off their lives. Bangkok Post







Forever blowing bubbles LET’S PLAY Yvon van Kesteren


lthough pretty much all kids enjoy doing it, most children are not allowed to blow bubbles using a straw while drinking. So why not let them have a play session where blowing bubbles is okay? They will have lots of fun and maybe not do it any more during dinner time!


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

What you need: Water Bubble solution or dish detergent


Food colouring A few plastic cups Straw


Preparation: Fill a few cups with water and add a drop of different food colouring and bubble solution to each of them. Put the cups on a table together with a straw. Sitting at the table doing this activity will keep the mess to a minimum. Food colouring can leave some stains behind so cover up the areas that you don’t want to get stained.


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This activity is very easy, just let them blow bubbles using the straw. If your child does not know yet how to blow bubbles, show it to them. Do make sure they don’t drink the liquid. Let them run the show, they can touch the bubbles and try see how high the bubbles can get. You could add some spoons or cups to the play. Or how about blowing bubbles using multiple straws or try to blow bubbles in two cups at the same time? The fun is only limited by you and your child’s imagination.


Add-ons for more fun play: If you are doing this with more than one child let them have a competition to see who can blow the biggest pile of bubbles. Gently put some paper on the bubbles. When lifting it again you can see it left a print. You can repeat this to cover the entire paper. It creates very cool artwork. Now that you have a bubble liquid you could also try to blow the bubbles in the air.


Clean up:

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There is only minimal clean up required. Just wash off the few cups and straws that you have used and clean the table.

Educational: This exercise lets kids learn about the principle of cause and effect; when I blow, bubbles appear!

Finally, your children will not only be allowed, but actually encouraged to blow bubbles into their drink. thephuketnews



QSS offers new opportunities Jody Houton

If their kids have missed a little bit of schooling, they can slot right back into it knowing that they will be receiving adequate attention, which they might not get in a larger international school

Above right (from l-r): QSS GM Brigitta Green, a student, and English teacher Kimberly Parke. For more information about QSS, visit sven


t was always Birgitta Green’s intention to offer an English programme at the Quality Swedish School (QSS) in Kamala when she opened the school in August 2010, and from next month, and with the help of Kimberly Parke, she believes she will finally be ready to do just that. “I always wanted this [to offer an English language programme] and in fact Kimberly came to me two years ago to suggest it, but I wanted to do wait and do it properly and slowly.” When QSS first opened three years ago, there were just three students, but that number quickly grew, and today the pleasant, cosy Kamala school has 14 students who study year-round, as well as a number of children who come to study at the school for short periods. “We also have students coming for stints from four weeks to five months,” Birgitta explains. “Many Swedish parents like to bring their children to QSS to have their children continue their Swedish education while they’re on holiday, or resume the Swedish curriculum after studying at an international school in preparation for a return to Sweden.” As QSS follows the Swedish curriculum, children from that country can come – with their Swedish textbooks – and slot right in and out relatively easily. Students range from 6-15 years old and both Birgitta and Kimberly see the mixture of ages and students’ levels as a positive. “I find that with the mixture of levels, the older children help the younger ones and the younger ones know what to aim for. Different levels are good,” says Kimberly. Birgitta agrees, “It’s also good for social and

IN BRIEF Cuba’s embrace of free enterprise excludes teachers

Cuba railed against public school teachers who tutor students privately, a practice which the government said conf licts with their public duties on October 12. Havana has encouraged Cuban workers to transition gradually into the private sector, as the communist island grapples with continuing economic hardships.AFP

communication skills, they tend to be much more friendly with one another.” Although the Swedish programme at QSS strictly follows the Swedish national curriculum, the new English programme that starts on November 4 will be much less rigid. Of course, the English programme will still, much like the Swedish stream, have core subjects such as mathematics, history, geography, cooking, science, music and PE – the latter two of which students from both courses will be doing together – but the course will be adapted to students’ needs. “Many people prefer a smaller school like ours,” says Kimberly. “If their kids have missed a little bit of schooling, they can slot right back into it knowing that they will be receiving adequate attention, which they might not get in a larger international school. Being able to be flexible in what we teach is good.” Flexibility and choice is key: In May of this year, QSS received their licence to teach both English and Thai, and so have also started offering a weekly Thai lesson for adults in the area.

Japan tops global reading, math skills table

Japanese adults are way ahead in maths and literacy skills than their peers in 23 other countries, the OECD said Tuesday in a report the organisation called a wake-up call for Europe. The study, conducted in 22 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development member states as well as Russia and Cyprus, involved tests on 166,000 people aged between 16 and 65. Europe fared badly and EU officials called for immediate action to narrow the chasm. AFP

Pakistani student says she’s no Western puppet

M Headstart students show respect for their teachers


eadstart International School held their traditional ‘Wai Kru’ ceremony on October 10, giving an opportunity for students to give thanks to their teachers. In the Wai Kru ceremony, students show respect to their teachers by wai-ing, reciting special vows that pledge they will be good students, and presenting their teachers with flowers. “I would especially like to commend the Thai department who helped educate students about this ceremony and prepared the whole event,” said Parimon Paisamran, Headstart International School licensee. “Though Headstart is an interna@thephuketnews

tional school, we have a strong focus in the Thai department supporting traditional and cultural activities. “This ceremony is part of our Thai cultural education at Headstart, and is a good way of demonstrating the respectful qualities of Thailand to all the students and teachers, both international as well as Thai.”

alala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ right to an education, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated her desire to enter Pakistani politics. The activist was shot in the head on her school bus on October 9 last year for speaking out against the Taliban. She was flown for specialist care in Britain, where she has continued her education, while she has been feted and honoured in the West. On Thursday, she won the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize, while US President Barack Obama welcomed her to the White House on Friday. Asked in a BBC television interview broadcast Sunday about some people in Pakistan thinking she was a “figure of the West” and “a Westerner now”, she said: “My father says that education is neither Eastern or Western. Education is education: it’s the right of everyone. “The thing is that the people of Pakistan have supported me. They don’t think of me as Western. I am a daughter of Pakistan and I am proud that I am a Pakistani. “On the day when I was shot, and on

Malala with President Obama. Photo: White House the next day, people raised the banners of ‘I am Malala’. They did not say ‘I am Taliban’. “They support me and they are encouraging me to move forward and to continue my campaign for girls’ education.” She highlighted the problem of education in the midst of the Syrian conflict. “We want to help every child in every country that we can,” she said. “We will start from Pakistan and Afghanistan and Syria now, especially because they are suffering the most and they are on the top that need our help. “Later on in my life I want to do politics and I want to become a leader and to bring the change in Pakistan. “I want to be a politician in Pakistan because I don’t want to be a politician in a country which is already developed.” AFP




New kid on the block Tanyaluk Sakoot

From top left, spaghetti with bacon; pork salad; a delicious ciabatta sandwich; the Warnnissorn family and a vanilla latte.


lassic Cafe has been open for four months on Yaowarat Rd in Phuket Town – the latest in a string of bars and restaurants to set up in the increasingly-popular Old Town area. The cafe is run by the Warnnissorn family, who moved to Phuket a few years ago from Bangkok. On the menu is a large range of main courses, including both Thai and Western food. There’s also a selection of snacks, sweet treats and drinks, and it’s the perfect place to relax. Owner Kornrawarn “F” Warnnissorn said she loves to cook at home, and she and husband often go out to find new places to eat. “I went to have dinner at my friend’s restaurant in Ranong and it was such a delicious meal. I asked my friend if I could come help in their kitchen for a few months, because I planned to open up my own restau-

rant. “It was there I learned techniques to improve my cooking skills. I often found that other restaurants offered small and not very interesting salads for their customers. I wanted to cook something much better,” she said. Every morning she takes her two young daughters to school. Then she

heads to the supermarket and market to get supplies for the day. Recommended dishes include the fusion spaghetti served with chicken mussaman curry, and the pork steak, which starts at B99, and comes served with black pepper gravy sauce. There’s also a great mixed green salad served with grilled pork, also for B99. In relation to sweet treats, Mrs Kornrawarn says she gets her inspiration from her husband’s mother. “She always made delicious cakes to sell and share with her friends at church in Bangkok, so I started teaching myself how to make great cake too.” Drinks start at B60, and recommended choices are the honey lemon juice, or a vanilla latte. Classic Cafe, Yaowarat Rd (near the Suriyadet Circle with the fountain), Phuket Town. Open daily (except Mondays) 11am to 9pm. 081-797-4542. face


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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

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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


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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

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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

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The Bistro Restaurant Tre by DoublePool Villas

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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;

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Fields of dreams

Claire Connell learns the art of rice farming in Laos Claire Connell

The fun (and it really was) began with ploughing the field in preparation for rice planting. One by one, we took turns at wading through a muddy paddock, gripping onto a wooden plough for dear life as Susan the buffalo dragged us around

Top left, clockwise: ploughing the fields at Living Land farm; Mr Vixay gives visitors a tour of the organic vegetable garden; and Laut Lee, farm manager.


ading through sloppy, kneedeep mud and dragging a plough through a rice field behind a huge water buffalo is probably not every tourist’s idea of fun – it’s certainly not what I had planned when I signed up for a tour to learn about the rice farming industry in Laos. But in Luang Prabang, a charming city in the north of the country, hundreds of visitors are eagerly saying yes to the unique opportunity to experience being a rice farmer for the day – even if it includes getting covered in mud and being dragged around by a beast of burden named Susan. Laut Lee, a native of Luang Prabang, is the mastermind behind the rice farming experience project, called Living Land. A rice farmer all his life, Laut became manager of the eight-hectare rice farm seven years ago, and set up an organic garden on the site to sell produce to local hotels and restaurants. Things were ticking along nicely when he received a phone call one day from a hotel, whose American guests had asked if they could visit the farm to see where their organic salad came from. His reaction? Total shock that someone would want to visit his farm. “I thought it was impossible, because it was so muddy and dirty – everywhere here is mud, clay and soil. But they insisted that they really wanted to see it,” Laut explains. “So they came and said, ‘Wow, this is wonderful. Why don’t you set up a place where people can come and visit?’ The idea

grew from there.” These days, Living Land is rated the top attraction on Trip Advisor for tourists staying in the quiet Unesco-listed town of Luang Prabang, and after 10 minutes in the company of the enthusiastic Laut it’s easy to see why. The rice farm actually is owned by seven local families who lease the land. Laut’s the manager, and since he introduced the programme for tourists a couple of years ago, nearly 2,000 visitors have passed through. It’s easy to forget that the farm is a real working farm, and the tours are merely a sideline. The main purpose of the farm is to make profit from rice, and there are 14 employees hired to help with this. Laut is a one man band on the tourism side of things – in the morning he runs the tours or works in the office doing bookings, and in the afternoon he’s back out on the

farm doing the practical harvesting. Laut starts every tour with a short introduction to the history of the farm, and explains to us the importance of sticky rice to the people of Laos. The 14 practical steps to planting sticky rice are explained, and then the fun really begins as tourists get to do it for themselves. While normally the start-to-end process takes all year, one area of Laut’s farm has been set up in various different stages, so visitors can experience all different parts of the harvesting in one day. The fun (and it really was) began with ploughing the field in preparation for rice planting. One by one, we took turns at wading through a muddy paddock, gripping onto a wooden plough for dear life as Susan the buffalo dragged us around. It’s much harder than it looks, and it was not long before some of us were falling into the mud, alongside squeals of laughter – it must have been quite the sight for the real farmers. The next step was planting the rice, where we were all given small rice seedlings to carefully plant in the freshly, although rather haphazardly, ploughed field. Once that was complete we fast forwarded to the harvesting stage, which happens in the next paddock over. After only a few minutes of carrying huge sacks of rice we realised just how physically tiring rice farming is, and we spared a thought for the Lao locals, many of whom do this every day for years on end. For Laut, it’s incredibly rewarding seeing such fun had on the farm, though he never


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M intended on a career as a rice farmer. He attended university in Luang Prabang where he studied to be a teacher. Years of working in restaurants and hotels had left him with excellent English skills, but he was eventually lured into the industry that supports thousands of his countrymen. “Lao people believe rice is our life – it’s our staple food. We live on sticky rice, that’s the main thing on our dining table. The farmers eat sticky rice because it makes them strong and able to work hard.” Laut explains that around 80 per cent of the 6 million people in Laos are still involved in rice farming. On average, every Lao person eats around 20kg of sticky rice a month. One hectare of planted rice produces around 2.5-3 tonnes of rice. Farmers get up at sunrise and work until lunchtime, and usually have a long lunch break to escape the hottest part of the day, Laut says. “It doesn’t bring much money. Working in the fields is very hard, and rice is cheap. You cannot make money from only selling rice, so farmers will have other jobs, like doing crafts,


fishing, collecting food, berries and bamboo shoots from the jungle, or selling vegetables.” Speaking of vegetables, there’s also an organic garden on the farm, which was created by staff member Mr Vixay. We were given a tour of the extensive garden, after we had learned how to make rice flour (like rice farming, a slow and time- and labour-consuming process), rice wine, and also tried our hand at sugarcane juice. It was with great satisfaction that after a busy morning harvesting our rice, we sat down to a huge meal of Laos’ prized national dish with far more appreciation for the exhausting process than we had before. “As a teacher I would earn a bit more money, but not a lot more,” Laut says. “My parents were rice farmers, and growing up I would always help them on the farm. I’m so happy to continue their job. “Even if I’m teaching or doing some other business, I’m still eating a lot of sticky rice. I’m very proud of what I’m doing here.” For more information visit


aison Souvannaphoum, the former residence of Prince Souvanna Phouma, offers a historic platform from which to explore the picturesque charms of Luang Prabang, the royal capital of Laos for six centuries and today a Unesco World Heritage Site. T he ho tel provides guided excursions on foot or bicycle to bring guests to local places of interest, including the fascinating morning market and farms on the riverbanks which frame the peninsula, along with Lao cooking classes and traditional dinners. Maison Souvannaphoum is located opposite the Provincial Office and Governor’s residence in the heart of town near Nampou Square (or town fountain), and features a sprawling garden and courtyard with a swimming pool. The recently refurbished hotel offers five rooms in the Residence Wing, which are Prince Souvanna Phouma’s original suites, and another 20 rooms in the Garden Wing. New facilities including a petanque court and garden seating area enable guests to truly relax and rejuvenate within the lush

grounds of the hotel. The exotic ingredients of traditional Lao cuisine are demystified by a cooking class which involves an early morning visit to the town’s outdoor market proceeded by g u ide d instruction and preparation of dishes back at the resort. Fol lowing a leisurely stroll through the m a rket ’s narrow alleyways and prior to returning to the hotel, guests can relax at one of the many outdoor cafes lining the banks of the Mekong River for a glass of aromatic Lao coffee as the early morning mist gives way to sunny skies. The cooking class is priced at Kip 200,000 ++ (B800) per person. Complimentary daily tours on foot or bicycle through the town’s tree-lined streets lined with traditional Lao and French colonial architecture often mean witnessing a game of petanque or monks strolling in bright orange robes. For reservations, please email or visit for online bookings.



Thailand’s top start-ups



o you remember Mafia? Set in the 1930s in the fictional ‘City of Lost Heaven,’ Mafia was a third-person shooter game that was developed by Czech company Illusion Softworks and released in 2002. Similar to Grand Theft Auto III in many ways, this game featured a much more missionbased story. Gamers, playing as former taxi driver Tommy Angelo, rose through the ranks of the Salieri crime syndicate. Tasks included witness intimidation, driving getaway cars, and forcing other gangsters to “sleep with the fishes.” The game was noted for voice overs from actors in the mafia television series The Sopranos. Mafia was one of the surprise hits of 2002, as some critics even preferred it over GTA III. The PC version of the game was given a 9.2 out of 10 rating by IGN.

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J.P. Mestanza

The platform, already used in more than 50 schools across Thailand, reaching 150,000 students, is integrated with the curriculum to help teachers create and assign multimedia projects


he homegrown technology scene in Thailand has generated plenty of buzz locally and internationally lately, with many Thai start-ups securing private funding. These four caught our eye for their potential to become the next big thing.

Hotel Quickly: As we well know in Phuket, tourism is massive business in Thailand, with millions of tourists arriving every year, pumping billions into the economy. Step forward Hotel Quickly, a locally designed mobile app for last minute bookings that hopes to take advantage of the influx. While not an original idea – has been doing something similar for years – the app gives tourists access to last minute deals on hotel reservations, perfect after a night of partying or for those in need of a room in a hurry. Bookings are updated in real time and available for users until 4am. Hotel Quickly’s particular potential is in attracting backpackers, thrifty vacationers, and the all-important Chinese market. Binumi: This startup allows users to create videos with high-quality stock footage and easy-to-use online tools, all of which are stored online through their cloud service. Binumi’s stock is not limited to video as they have images, special effects, and music available for use as well. Though users have to pony up between US$5 (B150) and US$10 (B300) per month, videos for commercial use are available for a separate fee. Other than the fact that the company gives users a chance

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to make high-quality videos on the cheap, Binumi has partnered with Telco to promote critical thinking in the classroom. The platform, already used in more than 50 schools across Thailand, reaching 150,000 students, is integrated with the curriculum to help teachers create and assign multimedia projects. Currently, the company is looking into making mobile applications that could be integrated with the ongoing ‘one laptop, one child’ policy.

Mathblink: It’s no secret that the math skills of the country’s students leave something to be desired. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings, which assess reading, science, and math skills of 15-year-olds around the world, ranked Thailand 50th out of 65 countries. Part of the problem are large classrooms with up to 50 students, sometimes more. Reviewing homework takes up much class time and there is little individual teaching. Mathblink helps free up teacher’s time through an online platform where students not only do their homework, but receive an immediate evaluation and can earn rewards. The innovative startup also has a ‘school matching programme’ – when a private school buys the software, they offer the same deal to a public school free of charge. AskHanuman: Buying car insurance is never an easy thing, which is why AskHanuman’s simple price comparison – available in Thai and English – is a saving grace. The company has recently shifted their focus to female drivers, offering discounts and special offers. Since wrapping up a new round of funding, the company has also announced that they are adding credit cards and loans to the mix. This development can potentially change the game in making comparisons between banks based on what they offer and who qualifies. This is especially good news for expatriates, who can use the online platform to view the information in one place instead of trying to piecemeal together details of each financial institution.

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IN BRIEF ‘Fifty Shades’ movie looking for new lead

English actor Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of playing the lead role in the film adaptation of the popular book Fifty Shades of Grey. Hunnam was originally cast to play Christian Grey, a wealthy S&M fetishist, opposite Dakota Johnson in the film. The Sons of Anarchy star cited scheduling conflicts that would not allow him to adequately prepare for the role. Universal Pictures executives are currently seeking a replacement for Hunnam in order to stick to their original time-line of a late 2014 release.

About Time

Watching the clock FILM REVIEW J.P. Mestanza

Time travel cannot bring back the dead, but it can win us a few moments and a hug with them. By the time the film tackles this interesting thought though, Tim’s life is already a happy, settled one.

Director: Richard Curtis Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lindsay Duncan, Lydia Wilson Running time: 123 minutes


s the title suggests, About Time is about time. Specifically, time travel and all that can go wrong and right with our wishes to relive encounters or redo ones that didn’t turn out how we wanted. Shortly after turning 21, Tim (Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson) learns that he is just the latest in a long line of men in his family with the ability to travel through time. His father (Bill Nighy) tells him that there are only three rules about time travel: you can’t travel forward, only men can do it, and travelling back to a time before your child was born will give you a different child. In a plot device that is rather too close to Bill Murray’s repeated attempts to woo Andie MacDowell in Groundhog Day, we watch Tim fall in love with Mary (Rachel McAdams) only to have the whole relationship wiped away and see him forced to start all over again (cue awkward sex scenes). The film is actually rife with plot holes that Curtis, the same director behind Bridget Jones’ Diary and Mr. Bean, seems to just glide over and never feel the need to explain. The rumour that this could be his last film as a director almost makes us wish he had stopped before this effort. About Time had a ton of potential to explore further how happiness is ultimately relative. How we can learn to fall in love with life all over again, every day. But at times (sorry), the story becomes

SFX Coliseum Phuket (Central Festival) About Time (E) Gravity (E/3D) Gravity (E/G) Gravity (T) Insidious Chapter 2 (E) Mor 6/5 Pak Mha Ta Phee (T) Rak Kgo Kgo (T) The Smurfs 2 (E/G)


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Ferrel, Reilly to reunite in new hellish comedy

F unny ma n Will Ferrell and award-winning actor John C. Reilly are reuniting on the big screen in Devil’s Night, a film about the hijinks and mischief that surrounds the night before Halloween. The two men will play former friends who must team up to save their neighbourhood from a ‘devil’s night’ that grows out of control. The duo are known for their performances in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. A director has not yet been named.

China plans films for 55 minority groups

just a romantic comedy instead of a tale about life and how to relish the moments that pass us by. Curtis also chooses to go the route of the privileged, giving Tim – who by all accounts seems to have grown up in family bliss on a picturesque British seaside – almost no access to pity other than his woes with women. It does helps a bit that Gleeson looks like the sort of guy who McAdams might not date in real life, though time travel seems to have been the key anyway to his charm. The film’s one saving grace is how it deals with issues of mortality and loss. Time travel cannot bring back the dead, but it can win us a few moments and a hug with them. By the time the film tackles this interesting thought though, Tim’s life is already a happy, settled one. Ultimately, the audience will leave About Time with a smile on their face – but none the wiser.

The State Ethnic Affairs Commission in China announced last week their plans to create at least one film for each of its 55 ethnic minority groups. Government-backed news service, Xinhua said the first four films will represent the Manchu, Dong, Qiang, and Mongol ethnic groups. State-controlled studios will produce each film, though it is uncertain which languages will be used.




Captain Phillips

with a Chance of 3 Cloudy Meatballs 2









Machete Kills




Runner Runner








Insidious: Chapter 2








Don Jon





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SFC Jungceylon Phuket (Patong) About Time (E) Gravity (E/3D) Insidious Chapter 2 (E) Prisoners (E) Riddick: Rule of the Dark (E) Runner Runner (E) The Smurfs 2 (E/3D)

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.




Xana plans huge high season bash


n Saturday, December 14, Xana Beach Club on Bang Tao beach, will kick-off the official start to Phuket’s high season with a huge ‘Carnival’ party. The High Season ‘Carnival’ Launch Party is in association with international dance music magazine Mixmag, and will see one of the island’s biggest ever DJ line ups, with five acts booked from across the world (including the UK, Singapore and Ibiza). The big production event will also feature Brazilian dancers and a Rio-themed catwalk show. For this special event, Xana’s onsite accommodation, Angsana Laguna Phuket, is offering 30 per cent off its room rates, with no minimum or maximum stay (dependent on availability, restrictions apply). For more information or to book rooms, tables or VIP cabanas, email or visit

John and Gill Dalley, the co-founders of the Soi Dog Foundation, with a commemorative photo board. Photo: Max Tiverne

Soi Dog soiree a success

Phuket networking group holds event

he Soi Dog Foundation 10th Anniversary Fundraiser was celebrated in style by 130 guests at Andara Resort and Villas on Saturday, October 12. With a ‘Roaring 20s’ theme and a fantastic effort by all who attended, the party attracted some great costumes. The winner of the “best dressed” were Richard and Panisa. The event raised approximately B800,000 for the Soi Dog Foundation and will go towards the

he new Phuket InterNations networking group will hold its next event on October 24 at the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. InterNations groups are set up around the world, and in September the Phuket chapter was registered. So far there are 300 registered members locally. The event is free for “Albatross” members of the organisation, B250 for basic members, and B350 for others. The price covers a distillery tour, one tropical cocktail plus snacks. The event starts at 6pm. For more information visit


new animal hospital to be built at the Mai Khao shelter. Architects are currently finalising the plans and construction should commence by early 2014. This will be the largest and most modern animal hospital in Thailand dedicated to the treatment of stray dogs. The main sponsors of the event were Andara Resort and Villas, Class Act Media, Soneva Kiri, Pink Shrimp Yachts, Six Senses Yao Noi, Samujana, Wine Gallery, BB&B and the Co Co Group.


WEEKDAYS Breakfast with Sam & Kirsty


The Power Hour




Drive with Jason Wilder


Non Stop Music



SATURDAYS Breakfast Classified

8 - 10am

Saturday Sessions

10 - 1pm

Box of Neutrals

1 - 2pm

Going Green’ with Nick Anthony

2 - 4pm

Non stop music

4 - 6pm

Saturday Night Fever

6pm - Midnight

SUNDAYS Breakfast Classified Sunday Brunch with Jason Wilder Asia Pop 40 with Dom Lau

9 - 11am 11am - 2pm 2 - 5pm

Mellow Moments with Andy Saunders

5 - 7pm

The Chill Factor with Colin Hanslip

7 - 9pm

The Sunday Chill

9pm - Midnight


The weekly countdown of the Asia Pop 40 with Dom Lau is becoming one of the most popular programmes on Asian radio. Dom, one of Singapore’s rising TV and radio stars, presents all the most downloaded tunes from iTunes on the Asian music charts. Recognising Live 89.5’s support of the regional programme, Dom is coming to Phuket soon for appearances and a live recording of his weekly programme at Live 89.5. There will also be opportunities for local fans to catch up with Dom during his stay on the island. Thanks go to RPM Health Club for their support of Asia Pop 40.

Phuket News TV is looking for panelists for a new weekly news and current affairs chat programme. Do you have an opinion about things around the island? Do you speak English? Are you available once a month or so to appear on the show? If so, please send a quick email to

KEEP UP-TO-DATE There is no better way to keep up-to-date with happenings around the island than on Phuket News TV and sister radio station Live 89.5. Our daytime line-up of programmes have more local information, news, traffic updates, ‘what’s on’ guides and events than any other Phuket programming.

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Asia Pop 40 with Dom Lau





FOR THE ANIMALS The 10th annual Soi Dog Foundation fundraiser was held at Andara Resort & Villas on Saturday night (October 12) with a fun “Roaring 1920s” theme. Photos: Max Tiverne

Grace and Daniel from Andara.

Panisa and Antonio.

Mellisa, Pascal and Cristy.

A BIG RACE FOR CHARITY Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach recently participated in the ‘IHG Race Around The World’, a global project by IHG to raise funds for the Shelter in the Storm foundation.

Clive and Alison.

CONGRATULATIONS Islanders Plalida “Giffy” Khamsong and Shaun Dunhofen were married on September 30 in Bangkok. The wedding party, themed “Vintage Chic”, was held at Hotel Muse. Photo: Peerajit thephuketnews



DRINKS AND DANCE Boathouse on Kata Beach held a Wine & Tango event on Saturday (October 12) night, showcasing the best of Argentinian beverages from Zuccardi alongside some great tango dancing.

LATIN LOVE Xana Beach Club on Bang Tao introduced a little taste of Cuba to Phuket on Saturday (October 12) with its Latin night, complete with salsa lessons.

CHARITY GIVING Indigo Pearl GM Kelly Lewis (third from left) and team members visited the Blue House school to donate four televisions which will be used for educational purposes in the classroom, and also helped landscape the garden. The school was built in January this year by the Good Shepherd Foundation to support 150 underprivileged Burmese children.



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The Good Shepherd Merchandise Shop Open

Glow Phuket Phuket’s latest gay event GLOW will be hosted on the 18th to the 20th of October. Splash pool party at Indochine on Friday will be followed by Neon Nights at X Club on Bangla Road, with the grande finale hosted at Diamond Beach Club in Surin. Tickets available online at or from the venues.


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


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.


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.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23 Traditional Sunday Roast Angus O’Tool’s Karon Beach Lunch or dinner served from 2pm. Your choice of either roast beef, chicken, loin of pork or leg of lamb served with roast and boiled potatoes, three fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Only B320 per person which includes a free glass of house red or white. Opposite Centara Karon Resort. See

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


BBQ at Expat Hotel

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

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

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 Curry Fridays at Navrang Mahal Every Friday, all-you-can-eat authentic Indian curry buffet, B449 net per person. 7pm-11.30pm. Call 076 286 464.


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

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

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.

MONDAY OCTOBER 21 Wednesday Ribs

Bollywood Nite Party Get Ready for a Bollywood Bonanza as we bring you a long night of desi beats and Indian treats. Beverage & special prizes “Best dressed” & “Best Moves”. The event will be happening on 19th Oct, 2013. Bar opens at 7.30 pm till late. Tickets 1,200 THB (All proceeds go to The Good Shepherd Charity) at Taste Restaurant, Surin Beach. For more information and reservation contact : Katharine 089 589 4983 / Jade 087 886 6401.

BBQ Ribs All You Can Eat

BBQ All You Can Eat at Shakers

Sunday Brunch at Sails, Hilton Enjoy our lavish international buffet with friends and family each sunday at Sails!

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.

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 5pm-6.30pm (Happy hour) B750 net. Sorry, you must take away. Make a reservation or book your ribs with, no phone calls please. 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


Southern Phuket Pool League Buddha Bar, Laguna, Rawai v Pita Bar, Laguna, Rawai. No Name Bar, Karon v Bye. Australia Bar & Grill, Kata v Bye. Allstar Sports Bar, Kata v Solutions Bar, Kata. Ying Yang Bar, Rawai v The White Hart, Rawai. Walkabout A, Karon v The Islander Bar, Rawai. All games start 8pm.


Pool Player, Trick Shot Performance, Win $100,000 Run the Table Challenge, Raffle and 50/50 Draws, Delicious 180 Baht Dinner Special, Beat Dave’s world record time to win!, Challenge entrance fee is 500 Baht, Wednesday Oct 30, 2013, 6.30pm. - 8pm. at Kamala Beergarden, Spots are limited register now at : info@


The Ginger Wizard VNEA Pool Legues-Phuket. Dave Pearson The Ginger Wizard World’s #1 Pool Entertainer On Tour In Phuket. Anyone beating Dave’s World Record wins the massive sum of 100,000 USD Join us and try to beat Dave’s Guinness World Record! Now Is The Time To Book Your Event & Secure Your Dates!, @Phuket Pool Tables, 081 823 4627, 085 782 1200,, facebook. com/vneaphuket.


A Grand Affair In exclusive partnership with Grand Opera Thailand and British International School Phuket, Saturday 2nd November 2013, 6.00pm to 7.00pm – Opera welcome cocktail reception with drinks and canapés, 7.00pm to late “A Grand Af fair ” the Gastronomic & Operatic journey begins, Dress: Cocktail / Formal, THB, 5,000 NET per person included a bottle of wine per couple, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa, 076 371 371, 0897256994 , events@



is held under the auspices of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). This Regatta attracts teams from around the 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!


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.

Battle of the Babes 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.


Dave Pearson at Beer Garden Dave Pearson, The World’s #1 Exhibition


Melbourne Cup - The race that stops a nation! Be part of the fun in Phuket with Aussies in Phuket at Ao Chalong Yacht Club. Nov 05, 2013 from 09:30am Aussies in Phuket Members - THB 1,000 p.p. Non members - THB 1,200 p.p. Includes a welcome drink, snacks, sumptuous buffet and traditional Melbourne Cup day activities. More details and ticket purchases -

Charity Halloween Ball Tickets are 700 baht each and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd. They can be bought before or on the door, and each ticket gives entry, a free drink on arrival, a 2-for1 drinks voucher and free jelly shots. On the night there will also a be a raffle, prize for best dressed and a seafood BBQ buffet by the beach for 900 baht ++. Email for details.


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

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.





GOT YOUR NUMBER Number of people in the world (roughly) who currently die in a year.


Percentage of women who turn right after walking through the doors of a department store. No one knows why.


Weight in kilos of a sperm whale’s brain – the largest brain of all. (Human brains weigh about 1.4 kilos.)

Hectares of pizza eaten every day in the USA.

This week in history ■■ October 18, 1851




Descending the stairs from Kathu Waterfall after recent rain, I found this juvenile snake lying in the centre of the stairway below the first shelter. It is a Brown Kukri, non-venomous but has a nasty strong bite. I prodded it with a long stick to move it from the stairs, and it was aggressively coiling and striking, so best avoided. John Armstrong Got a Phuket photo to share? Email it with caption to

Publisher Richard Bentley of London launches a book called The Whale by Herman Melville. In later editions the title is changed to Moby Dick. ■■ October 19, 1987 Black Monday: Stock markets worldwide crash. Hong Kong falls 45.5pc, New York 22.6pc, London 26.5pc and New Zealand 60pc. ■■ October 20, 1720 Pirate John Rackham, credited with designing the skull and crossbones flag, is captured by the British Royal Navy. He is hanged a month later. ■■ October 21, 1520 Explorer Ferdinand Magellen discovers a passage through the tip of South America, now known as the Strait of Magellen. ■■ October 22, 1926 J Gordon Whitehead sucker-punches magician and escapologist Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal, precipitating his death nine days later. ■■ October 23, 1958 The Smurfs make their first appearance in the Belgian comic magazine Spirou. ■■ October 24, 1945 The United Nations is founded as a replacement for the flawed League of Nations, which failed to prevent World War II

Crossword by Myles Mellor & Sally York


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Answers to this week’s Pop Quiz:

1. Fingerprints; 2. The right arm; 3. Barry Cranston; 4. 32 days; 5. Moiunt Godwin Austen (K2).

1. What does a dactylographer study? 2. Which arm did Admiral Horatio Nelson lose in battle? 3. Who played Walter White in TV series Breaking Bad? 4. How long was William Henry Harrison President of the United States of America? 5. Which is the world’s second-highest mountain? Answers at the foot of the page.

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fullly furnished with Chanote title, mini office 4x4, living room, European kitchen, CCTV, internet, garden. Permsap Villa Manik, 436sqm. 15min from airport. B6.8 million. Call 089 871 4172.

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.

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.

Kathu, Fully furnished Studio 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.

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@

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

Urgent-3 Bedroom House for sale: 3 Bed, 3 Bath, 4 aircon,

+ 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.

N ew Condo Kat hu For Sale/Rent: Sansiri D Condo Villa with Pool for Sale: Free-

Patong Free Hold Condo:

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

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.

Building 3 storey for sale:

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

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

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

Sea View Off Plan Condominiums: 65m2 Condominium. 1

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

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).

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

a prime area just 50 metres from the north end of Patong Beach (close to Graceland Hotel & the roundabout on beachroad) there are two 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 perfect 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.

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

Beautiful Karon Villa: Budget Bungalows:

Business for Sale: Located in

Freehold House for sale:

Ready to move in, villa 1 on 1,100 sqm. land, for sale B15.9 mil and villa 2 on 2,200 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 electricity and security, only 800 metres from Mission Hills golf course, less than 10 mins to airpor t, Phuket International Academy and Ao Por Grand Marina. Call 081 343 0777. Email:

Seaview Land Patong: 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:

kitchen/dining area, living room, 2 toilets/showers. Aircon in each bedroom. Water tank+pump. 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

Chanote title at Cherng Talay / Pasak7 (Phuket - Surin Beach area) Phone 090 487 8084. Email:

Land Plot for Sale:

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:

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

Rawai Seaview Condo for sale: Seaview condo, freehold, 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:






List your classified now at PROPERTY FOR SALE CONT. Cheapest Seaview land for Sale: Panorama view of sea view

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.

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@

Mission Heights: 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.

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 mil lion, f irm. Contact: peterb@inter, 084 843 3492.

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.

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 service. Call 08 0 143 529 4, email: alain

House on The Corner for Sale: Quiet location and only 500m

from the main road. Thepkrasattri, Heroines Monument. 70sqw x 280sqm, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big living room 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.

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

New House for Sales: Luxur y Villa 3 Bedroom Pool for Rent: New villa 320sqm

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

3 & 4 Bed Pool Villas:

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

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:

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 Bdrm House for sale Thalang: House for sale. 3 bed and 2

(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 11-12.8MB. Rent: from 85,000 120,000 B/Month. 088 751 2389.

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.

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.

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.

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 50 41 e -mail: kubesjoy@

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

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


Beautiful home in Phuket 4.99MB: Spacious open plan home

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.

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:

- 4 bedrooms, granite top kitchen, outdoor seating, 100� home cinema, LED Lighting system, TVs, LAN & Audio every room, alarm,3 phase electric. Call: Ben 086 266 2786.

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.

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.

House for sale near Loch Palm: Three bedroom pool villa

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

Price Reduced, 4beds Villa:

Comfortable 4 bedrooms villa, plus maid room. Approx. 450Sq.M building, corner plot, energy saving, management service available for investor. Located in secured gate community, near British International school. info@


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

INFO: 081 788 8280. EMAIL; thewhite housekata @gmail. com.

Free Hold Condo For Sale: Patong Tower for Sale:

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

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 132MB. Contact K. Peerawat: 084 308 8484. Email: peerawat200@hot

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

PATONG condos for sale:

F O R S A L E - K ATA BEACH CENTRE LUXURY 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT 60 SQM. PRICE B2,700,000. LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. E M A I L; t h e w h i t e housekata@gmail. com.

Sales - House near By Pass:

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.


Rawai Condo Sale/Rent:

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

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.

Sea View Off Plan Condominiums: 65m2 Condominium. 1

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

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

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.

For Sale Rawai Beach Special Twin Villa. 4 suites/studios, 4 bathrooms, pool, large terrace, small garden, living space 400 sqm. Include luxury furnishing Price B8.5 mllion. SMS for info: 081 788 8280 Email: For Russian contact Oxana 080 529 0726 or Email:





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House in Phuket Town / Samkong 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms Semi detached house with large 3 bedrooms , 3 bathrooms, large open living/dining area

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

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: larion2555@

Rawai. 160sqm indoor. 400sqm outdoor. Shared swimming pool. Modern villa renovated in 2011-2012. Fully furnished. For more info: phuketvilla

and entertainment deck outside.

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,

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.

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, 500 beach Price 7.9 mil.Baht with Chanote title Tel.081 691 3029, E: kris.silanachai@

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).

F O R S A L E - K ATA BEACH CENTRE 2 BEDROOMS LUXE APARTMENT 135 SQM. P R I C E B 7, 9 0 0 , 0 0 0 . LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. EMAIL; thewhitehouse

Sea-View Contemporary Pool Villla: Located near Phuket

Seaview 1 BDRM New Condo Patong: Stunning seaview,

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:

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.

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


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

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.

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,

town. L and: 8 5 5 sq.m. H ouse: 650sq.m. Furnished. 3 beds, 2 offices, 2 staff quarters, 1 free room. 2 car parks. Price B54.9 mill.Tel: 081 895 3628 E-mail: jin_koy@

Freehold 2 BR in Kathu: Newly

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.

Reduced for Quick Sale:

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

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:

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

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

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

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.

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

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

SeaView near Airport: 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.

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),

Beaut iful L and L aguna Cherngtalay: Chanote title, yellow

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

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.

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.

Royal Kamala Condo-Sale & Rent: In Kamala. Freehold 1, 2, 3 Bedroom apartment with kitchen, living room, balcony, swimming pool, fitness, security guard, parking. Ready to move. 085-368-3009, salesdirector@

Land for Sale Cherngtalay: Pool villa for sale or rent: 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

Balinese Pool Villa:

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

Allamanda (Laguna) Residences/Phuket Sale/Rent:

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,

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

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.

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.

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:

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,

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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RPM Owner Direct 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.


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.

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

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

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@

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

Chalong Beach Front Pool Villa: Chalong Beach Front Pool

Villa For Sale/Rent, 3 bedrooms, area 1 rai call siriporn 089 649 9939, email: siri_phuket

2 separate Chanote titles each about 1,200 sq metres (4.5 and 5.5M), or will sell as one lot.

Properties for sale: Luxury 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

Underground services. 081 273 7326, email:

Apartment for sale in Patong: Apartment for SALE in

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.

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

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:

Patong Loft Condo:

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

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@

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.

Beautiful Beachfront Land:

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,


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:

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

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.

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


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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).

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.


Sales - D Condo Mine:

A b so lu t e B e ac h Fro n t 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.

2 , 2 0 0 L a nd , N ai H a r n -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.

house. 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:

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,

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.

Waterfront Villa in Boatlagoon: Modern style spacious town2 Bed Thai Style House, Rawai: 110m2 Thai style house, 2

Very Spacious European From Owner: Villa in peace-

Condo in Marina:


Seaview Chalong land price 24MB for 2 rai.

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@

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.

Modern Villa in Marina:

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:


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@

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.

Zion Proper ty CO., Ltd.: 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.

Land for Sale:

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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.

URGENTLY REQUIRED !!! Land Rover is not only the world’s most famous SUVs and all terrain vehicles, it’s also home to some of the very best careers in the automotive industry. Whatever your level of experience or specialist job discipline, you’ll find that Land Rover is a business that encourages personal growth and helps put career development on everyone’s agenda. We work particularly closely with our sister company, Jaguar. This structure offers our people further career opportunities, not just in Thailand but around the world.

JV Opportunity: JV Partner 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

We are an Authorized Dealer of Land Rover in Thailand. We have recently opened our new branch in Phuket and will open another branch in Bangkok in 2013. Currently we are looking for highly potential with positive attitude individuals to be part of our company with promising career development. Sales manager (based at Phuket Brunch) Qualifications: -Male or Female, Thai national

- At least Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Management, or related field

- Able to coach a team of sales executives with strong managerial skills - Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc) Attractive remuneration package and fringe benefits await the successful candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview. Interested persons please email resume, expected salary and recent photo to Human Resources Department GB Automobiles Co., Ltd. Phuket Branch: 9/29 Moo 6, Thepkasattri Road, Rasada, Phuket 83000 081 962 2262

in Bangtao is looking to hire enthusiastic staff - come and join our happy and healthy environment! Thai English speaking receptionist with basic accounting skills (B20k basic per month) and a customer services assistant to operate the juice bar (B15k basic per month) are required. We are also looking to hire cleaners. Please send CVs with photos to peterantonioni@

Personal Assistant Wanted: Tropical Properties real estate

Native English Teacher: Need experienced preschool teacher, 10-14 children. Start immediately, Chalong, 40 hour a week. Send resume to

is urgently looking for Personal Assistant/Office 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!

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

Thai Reporter Wanted A s si st a nt Sal e s M a n ager: • Thai- Male/Female, 25-

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 :

Image Keyworders needed: Design Studio Looking for Image Keyworders to be creating the content of images, including titles, descriptions and keywords. Uploading images to agency’s web page. Applicant must have excellent command of English. Thai or have the visa to work in Thailand. Contact manager: photomorphicimages@ Only English resume & cover letter accepted.

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:


- Assistant / Secretary / Accountant.

- Flair Bartender.

- Head of Security.

Please send updated resume with photo to:

Couple Wanted:

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.

Marketing Executive wanted: Art House is hiring - Marketing

Sales Consultants Wanted: GB Automobiles is

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

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.


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.

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’.


the news desk. This is an exciting position that offers

● Thai or Expat.

great career prospects for the right candidate

● Excellent communication and negotiation skills in Thai

The successful candidate must: ● Be a Thai national

and English. ● Highly motivated self-starter with a positive attitude.

● Have a hunger for the news

● Works well under pressure and has a will to succeed.

● Be a proficient photographer

We offer:

● Have a willingness to learn ● Have good English writing skills ● Be a strong communicator

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 re sor t style surroundings. Must speak English. Send resume to

- Assistant Head Chef.

The Phuket News is looking for a Thai reporter to join

● Be willing to work to deadlines

F e m a l e C o o k / H o m e m a ke r Wa n t e d:

- Graphic Designer.

New Hot Yoga Studio In Bangtao: New hot yoga studio

- At least 5 years of proven sales experience

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:

- IT Technician.

- Head Chef.


- Excellent communication skills

FREELANCE WEB / SEO / EDITING: Do you require up-dates/

- VJ / Light technician.

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

- Phuket Resident preferable

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.

- F&B Manager. - Promotions Manager.

- Singer / Dancer / Performer (female).

-Must be fluent in English

Guest Service Supervisor: Good command in English,

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

If this sounds like you, email your resume with expected salary to or fax your resume to 076 612 553

Class Act Media Co., Ltd. 99/7 Moo 1 T. Kathu A. Kathu Phuket 83120 Tel: 076 612 550-2 ext 100

● 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

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






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Marine and Automotive storage

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

Now for quick sale B5.5 million include dinghy

Coffee shop/cafe/bar for sale: C of fee shop/c afe/ bar for sale,fully equipped and licensed,can be changed to bar,2nd floor 3 bed a/c ff acc.3rd floor covered open area,2 x Honda clicks 4 rent,cheap rent paid to 2014.wiwo. 083 633 1284.

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

Maintenance and repairs at competitive rates

Call Max Marine Asia now on 076 239 502 BOATS & YACHTS

Hotel & Restaurant for sale: Sailing Boat Jeanneau for Sale: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37, year 2004-5. Full Option/ Thai Flag register/ Solar S. Electric 240W/ Autopilot/ GPS/ 2 Engine Fridge Only 2.9MB. 084 843 2551,

Krabi Boat Lagoon: New marina

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boutique Guesthouse & Bar: Boutique Guesthouse, Bar /

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).

Yacht sale 36-ft Searay:

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.

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.

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,

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

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.

Business for sale 40FT Steel Cutter Sloop:

New Varianta 37:

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

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.

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

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

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.

LIV Aboard For Sale: Compres-

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.

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.

Unique Rawai Investment Oppor tunity: We run a business 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:

Account & Legal Consultant: Legal Consultant Company Guest house & Business: For 52’ Convertible FOR SALE: 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

sors and tanks also available. Please contact Joe : 087 891 8912 joe@

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:

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



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.

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

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.

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:

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.

URGENT Boutique Hotel for Lease: A small boutique Patong 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.






List your classified now at 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.







+66 81 892 4804,

Pa t o n g N ew H o t e l f o r Longterm Lease: 40 rooms with full furnished, TV, fridge, aircon, hot water, swimming pool, restaurant and spa. Located in Soi Nanai villa. Contact 086 300 9406.

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. CONTACT PETER: PHONE: 0848433492 Farang Food Paradise:

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:

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:


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

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.

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:

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

Apartment Hotel For Sale In Patong: 18 deluxe apartments and

swimming pool. Fully furnished and very well managed for more than 10 years. Beautiful hill location and calm area, over looking Patong bay. All rooms have kitchen separate,fridge,Air Con.,Cable T V,internet, hot water, safety box. Call Peter: 081 892 8526

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:


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 /

2 Language & TEFL Schools: The schools are very

successful due to the high de mand of people wishing to learn Engli sh as A sia deve l o ps and plays a larger par t in world affairs every day. These 2 schools are lic ensed w it h the M inistr 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

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

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

4x4 Black Vigo FULL OPTIONS: 4 Door - Automatic in very HONDA CITY '03 1.5AT, 118XXXkm: Very reliable and LEXUS-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.

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.

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.

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

Toyota D4D Commuter Minibus: 2009, White Toyota D4D ComFor Sale: Nissan Tida year 2010 in excellent condition, full options, low kilometers, first class insurance and registration till Jun 2014. First to see will buy. B399,000 O.N.O. Call 082 279 9370.

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.

Please contact Khun Ay 081-895-7597

Cement Production Plant: 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.

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.

Sale Bar, Hotel + 1 Shop Rawai Beach: Land plot 700 sq Travel Insurance Franchise: Low investment. Star t within 1 week training. Support from our Phuket office. Safe - no need to handle cash. Call for appointment 076 612 722.


metre+building+10 bed+10 bath+2 restaurants. 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, rawai4@

2010 Mazda 2 Hatchback:

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.


Nissan NV 1.6 Pick Up, 2006:

One hand, private. Only 96,000 km. Looks like new. The car is totally revised for B100,000. Fast and agile. B220,000. Contact Yupin – English and Thai: 081 817 4805.

Free Italian Espresso Machine: Coffee capsules machines on loan, (no investment required), real Italian coffee: organic espresso, 100% Arabica, decaffeinated, at a very fair price, directly imported to Phuket from Bologna, Italy. 088 768 1260.


Free-Bird Bar in Nai Harn for Sale, great location, 3 TVs, 2 pool tables, Seating 60 pax, included Fully Equip Beauty salon which is leased out, parking: 10 vehicles.There is 8 years left on lease. Sale: 1.8 MB. Negotiable! 087 892-6204 or 087 884 8972 Thai 087 244 1322

good condition with Mag Wheels and full Toyota service history - Late 2007 model. 620,000B. 081 979 6320.

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@

Commuter Van For Sale:

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

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.




BUY & SELL IN PHUKET Honda CR-V 2002/Gold 64,000 Km: Used cars -Honda 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.

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




List your classified now at COOKING CLASS 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.

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

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

Isuzu Dmax:

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)

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

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Left: Raphael Bohic, Numnoi, Pen Tai Singpatong, and Damien Alamos in training. Right: The new Muay Thai series will feature bouts from kids trained at Singpatong gym.

New Muay Thai fight series to bring top talent to the island MUAY THAI J.P. Mestanza


new local Muay Thai fight series is looking to become a top destination for combat sport fans, not only in Phuket but all of southern Thailand. “Suk Singpatong + Sitnumnoi”, which translates to ‘Battle of Singpatong and student of Numnoi’, will kickoff on October 26 at Patong Boxing Stadium on Sainamyen Road, and take place every

Saturday night starting at 9pm. Coordinating the entire series is Numnoi Singpatong, the head trainer and owner of Singpatong and Sitnumnoi Gym in Patong beach. “The local population want to see more fights and we want to change the perception that the bouts are fake or set up,” Numnoi told The Phuket News. “People who come to the stadium on these nights will get to see world champions and big names in tough fights.” The fight series is also an opportunity to showcase young up-and-coming fighters from

southern Thailand. Many of these fighters, some of whom are still kids, have trained

alongside current champions and will look to test their mettle in real competition.

“We have lots of kids who train here,” Numnoi said, “we think this is an opportunity for them to fight and practice to develop their skills as fighters.” Many of the fighters are former or current Lumpinee Stadium champions from Bangkok, such as 2012 Thailand Sportswriters Fighter of the Year and four-time Lumpinee champion Penake Sitnumnoi, two-time Lumpinee champ Pen Tai Singpatong, and current Lumpinee super lightweight champion Damien Alamos. “We want to prove that in

order to be in the stadium you have to have good technique learn to protect yourself in the ring,” Numnoi said Foreigners typically pay up anywhere from B1,300 to B1,800 on a given fight night at Patong Boxing Stadium, but Numnoi is offering long-term foreigners a special discounted-rate of B500. For ticket information or reservations, call 087383-3364 or 076-345-578, or email Tickets are also available online at Phuket Ticketmaster:

Phuketians undefeated at DARE MMA in Bangkok MMA J.P. Mestanza

THE AMOUNT OF PAIN delivered by some of Phuket’s best MMA fighters was obvious in the faces of their opponents at the DARE: Rebels of MMA show in Bangkok last week. The event, which took place at Club Insanity and will be broadcast on True Visions (at a date to be confirmed), saw Joe Ray (11-3) submit Muay Thai specialist and former King’s Cup winner Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen (6-4) in the third round. The Florida-native, who fights out of Phuket’s Tiger Muay Thai, exchanged heavy shots with Laursen and peppered in some technical groundwork before moving in for an arm triangle to end the fight. Just moments earlier, Phuket Top Team and Bangrajun Muay Thai’s own Moise “Swamp” Rimbon (20-9) took care of Alexander “Lokomotiv” Gladkov (4-1) with a liver shot in the second round. The win was impressive @thephuketnews

Rasul “Nostrovia!” Mirzaev won a unanimous decision. considering Gladkov had a significant weight advantage of more than 15 kg. Then, in just his second bout after being released from Russian prison last year, having served 15 months for manslaughter, Rasul “Nostrovia!” Mirzaev (7-0) won via unanimous decision in an exciting fight against James “Scraps” Saville (12-7). The three-round melee saw Mirzaev become the aggressor after round one, though Saville proved to have enough in him to finish the fight. Mirzaev’s counryman, Murad “the Strangler” Machaev (13-1), took home a win as well with a submission victory over Gokhan “Turk” Turkyilmaz (9-9) in the first round.

Other Phuket Top Team fighters, Brad Terrey (3-3) and Asker Baragunov (2-4), walked away with knock-out victories in the first round. In particular, Baragunov impressively finished his opponent, Filipino

Stephen Loman (3-1) , with a swift low-hook to the chin just 30 seconds into the figh. This was the first and only DARE event in 2013, but the promoters have already announced their next show will be held on January 25 in Bangkok. The promoter has settled their legal issues that followed the “ban” on mixed martial arts in Thailand early last year, and have become the country’s first government-sanctioned MMA organisation. In the end though, it was a huge success for Phuket, with islanders all over the event as former Patong Boxing Stadium announcer and Muay Thai fighter, Jon Nutt, commen-

tated throughout the night and presented the winners to the sell-out crowd. “We defecated on MMA’s head this evening,” Nutt said

after the event, referring to the dominance of Phuket-based fighters. “Speaking as a fan, that was an unbelievable night of fights.”


Training tips for junior triathletes SUPERKIDZ Tim Jardine


oung triathletes all ove r Phu ke t a r e counting down the days until March 8 when the SuperKidz racing series ramps up the 2013-14 season with a tough triathlon. The series so far has seen highly competitive aquathons, duathlons and night races, with a good number of local expat and Thai children participating. Training for a triathlon, however, involves a good plan to blend the swim, bike, and run components into one continuous effort at race time. All youth can run and everyone has crashed a bike at some stage (Tour de France riders still do!), but it is the swim event that elevates triathlons from its far poorer and less popular cousin, the duathlon. Any child wishing to ex-

Triathletes need to get used to the quick transitions required between biking, running, and swimming legs. cel in the triathlon must swim well, as a lead in the water becomes fully expressed by kilometres on the bike rather than metres in the pool. That sudden change in perceived distance ahead (or behind ) can even cause an experi-

enced child to accept defeat. An untrained athlete will also struggle to cope with the change in cardio and physiological demands on the body. Youth who deliberately practice this change understand the dimensions

in a lead, and are far more prepared. Running off the bike unrehearsed is unpleasant for anyone. Athletes need to understand a bike dismount and the ability to hit the ground running. Here are a few tips for aspiring young athletes: Train a triathlon in a continual forward motion to be better prepared. Those who follow a programme that treats the sport as a whole will beat athletes who segregate the three disciplines. G roup t rai n i ng for a triathlon is very effective and fun due to the changi n g d e m a n d s . Fo r t h i s reason,triathlon groups are becoming very popular with children. For more information on the Superkidz series, of which Class Act Media is a sponsor, visit Tim Jardine is Director of the Triathlon Academy at Thanyapura.



Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will come to Koh Phi Phi on October 26 with 14 divers from nine nations competing.

Extreme divers to jump off Krabi cliffs DIVING THE RED BULL CLIFF Diving World Series will make its first appearance in Thailand with four of Krabi province’s cliffs taking centre stage in the competition on October 26. The competition will take place on four cliffs across Krabi, with the first taking place off a 24 m cliff in Wang Long Bay on Phi Phi Don. The second site will be at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh, where a 27 m high platform will stare cliff divers in the face. The final two sites will be at Viking Cave and Hong

Island, where the jumps measure 24.5 m and 28 m respectively. Spectators and judges will have amazing 90-degree views from several angles on Hong Island as the divers twist and somersault their way into the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Ten divers have qualified for the event, while another four were invited by Red Bull, totalling 14 divers representing nine countries. The event begins at 9.30 am and will continue until 12.30 pm. For more information regarding travel and tickets, visit





Surf’s up on sport in Phuket SURFING s the monsoon period on the Andaman coast dies down, Phuket’s high season is set to return. But perhaps that’s not good news for everybody. To local and visiting surfers, the next week is the last chance this year to have sea waves big enough for them to enjoy their favourite sport. Thanks to many promotional events by both the surfing community and the business sector wishing to boost tourism during the low season, over the past five years the southern island has become more and more popular as a surfing destination. Of course the waves here may not be as large as those in Bali, which has long been known as a mecca for lovers of the board sport. But they are decent enough to make the sea here a good training ground for some of the region’s best surfers, including the 2012 Asian Surfing Championship Women’s Champion, Phuketborn Annissa Flynn. According to Michael Flynn, father of the 15-year-


Phuket is becoming known as a great surfing destination for beginners, with local events and low season waves. old ace surfer, although it is not widely known, Phuket’s surf culture dates back more than two decades. “All you have to do is talk to the old-timers to hear about the epic journeys surfers used to make to find their piece of unspoiled paradise. Nowadays when the surf is up, all the good spots on the west coast of the island have many surfers, local and international, jostling for the best waves,” he said. One of the local surfers

who has seen some of those early days of the island’s surf culture is Jamie Smith, winner of the Pearl of the Andaman Open 2013 and several other events. The 28-year-old chief instructor at Re Ka Ta surf school on Kata beach has been passionate about the sport since he was six, following his uncle on surfing trips to several sites along Phuket’s coast. “There were probably

Should you surf or SUP? SURF SPOT Tim Campbell

PEOPLE MAY BE FAMILiar with surfing but what’s this SUP all about? Is it a way to say hello in slang? Could be, but in this case it’s an acronym for Stand Up Paddle. SUP is the fastest growing water sport in the world at the moment with its wide range of recreational uses including fitness, fishing, yoga and, yes, surfing. It might be going back in the opposite direction as the surfing aspect has come with modern riders wanting shorter boards. The SUP board normally ranges around 9 to 12 feet (2.7 to 3.6 metres) in length, allowing surfers to experience a different style not to mention the ability to surf in areas where short boards cannot. Typically, when I ask surfers “do you SUP?”, their face scrunches up with an awkward smirk replying, “narrr, that’s for girls” or “that’s boring”. I found SUP three years ago. It was wave season and, @thephuketnews

to my surprise, it was not that easy to ride waves. The surf season finished for that year and I became bored. I kept borrowing a friend’s SUP board for something to do and, each time I took it out, I fell more in love with it. I paddled further and further, and discovered a side of Phuket that the everyday person would not. Not to mention that the SUP is a great off-season core workout that keeps me fit for those sneaky surf trips. I have also come to find that SUP is a great social activity which led to Phuket seeing its first SUP event last year, organised by SUP has allowed me to stay in the ocean everyday, and with

its many different applications, keeps the fun alive throughout the flat season. With the sport still fairly new in Phuket, I was stoked to find Jim from LongTAIL Watersports in Cherngtalay who, not only had gear, but was a frother for SUP himself. I no longer get depressed wave withdrawals now knowing that there is still a highseason ocean activity to do that doesn’t cost an arm or leg. Skyla’s Surf & SUP Club on south Bangtao beach offers rentals, memberships and tours for all abilities. If you are interested, contact surfsup@ Tim Campbell

a dozen of surfers on the island back then, most of them farangs,” said Jamie. Like Annissa, he is half Thai. T hese d ays, he said , Phuket is known among international surfers as a great destination for beginners. Apart from locals, increasing numbers of visitors also come to Kata and other beaches to surf or learn to surf. Re Ka Ta is just the latest of the dozens of surf schools and accessory shops sprouting up on

the island. Competitions are also held at different beaches each year during the surfing season, which lasts from May to October. Unlike Bali, where good waves are available all year round because they result from deep ocean water movements, in Phuket the waves come from wind-generated swell, driven by the monsoon, said Michael Flynn. “As soon as the winds die down, so do the waves.”

When the high season comes around, said Michael, his daughter and many other Phuket surfers turn to other water activities such as flowboarding at the new Surf House in Kata, or wakeboarding at the island’s two venues, or kitesurfing which is rapidly growing in popularity. “Annissa’s future plans are to enter the Kite Tour of Asia competition in Phuket in December, and qualify for the Olympics in Rio in 2016,” he said. For those who have plans to visit Phuket during the next week, there is still a chance to get a taste of the surfing experience. And the father of the number one female surfer on the Asian Tour circuit has some tips to share. “Surfing can be a very pleasurable and rewarding experience, but it does help to have a good level of fitness and a degree of flexibility. So try yoga for a few weeks before coming down for your first lesson. “The number one condition though, before attempting to surf, is that you must be a good swimmer.” Bangkok Post




History-makers Bosnia, holders Spain, qualify for ‘ 14 World Cup FOOTBALL



osnia-Herzegovina reached their first ever major finals on Tuesday as a 1-0 win over Lithuania saw them confirm their place at next year’s World Cup. They will be joined by holders Spain, who made no mistake in beating Georgia 2-0 at home in Albacete, and England, who also won 2-0 at home to Poland to reach their fifth successive World Cup finals. England’s manager from their failed 2010 finals campaign Fabio Capello will also be in Brazil after Russia got the point they needed with a 1-1 away draw at Azerbaijan. It will be the 2018 World Cup hosts’ first World Cup finals since 2002. Bosnia – who had lost to Portugal in play-offs for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 – progress at the expense of Greece, who go into the play-offs, while Portugal finish runners-up to Russia and will



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England’s striker Wayne Rooney heads the ball to score the opening goal during the World Cup 2014 Group H qualifying football match between England and Poland at Wembley Stadium in north London on October 15, 2013. Photo: AFP/Glyn Kirk also contest a winner takes all play-off. Vedad Ibisevic was Bosnia’s hero as he scored what was the most important of his 20 international goals as the 29-year-old Stuttgart striker

struck in the 68th minute. His sidefooted effort came just two minutes after he had seen another shot brilliantly saved by Giederius Arlauskas, who had denied Bosnia throughout the match in a

stunning performance. Arlausakas’s performance could be put into the context that only the Germans and the Dutch have scored more goals in the qualifying games than the Bosnians. Greece by contrast have failed to sparkle in front of goal and were only able to beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Athens leaving them with just 12 goals in their 10 qualifiers. Spain’s 2-0 win extends their remarkable record in being unbeaten in World Cup qualifying matches dating back to 1993 and while they have also like the Greeks not piled on the goals coach Vicente del Bosque said they had shown other qualities. “We need to value what we have done in this group. It hasn’t always been easy because the opponents have defended deep and made it difficult for us.” England have made solid if unspectacular progress during qualifying but their last two games – home wins over Montenegro and now Poland have suggested that Roy Hodgson’s side could yet come into full blossom at the finals. “We’ve been working together for 18 months and the way we play has changed,” said 66-year-old Hodgson. Capello, who was replaced by Hodgson shortly before Euro 2012 after the Italian resigned after a falling out with his bosses the Football Association, was also pleased with the manner in which is side had topped their group which had included the dangerous Portuguese.

Only four spots remain to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Heading into the second round of UEFA qualifying are the top eight teams that placed second in the group qualifying stage. Since there were nine groups, the lowest-ranked secondplace finisher was left out of contention for the final World Cup spot. That team, Denmark, finished with just 10 points in group qualifying, one point behind Croatia. The remaining teams will be seeded in a two-leg playoff with games scheduled for November 15 and 19. The second round draw will take place October 21 at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

“I’m satisfied with our performance in this qualifying campaign,” said Capello. “We played well in all of the matches except the game in Northern Ireland where we produced unsatisfactory football [they lost 1-0]. But in general I have positive memories from this campaign.” Portugal, Greece, France and Ukraine – the latter two finishing runners-up to Spain and England respectively, will learn who their opponents are in the play-offs in the draw next Monday. Portuguese coach Paulo Bento admitted they had not been the best team in the group but pledged his side would do their utmost to reach Brazil. “When results and performances have not been good it is logical to shake things up,” said Bento, “However, we cannot as we have a short time only to prepare for the play-offs in the best possible manner.” In the South America qualifiers for the World Cup, two-time champions Uruguay served up a thrilling 3-2 win over Argentina on Tuesday but must beat Jordan in next months’s intercontinental playoff if they are to reach the World Cup finals. Uruguay were beaten to the punch by Chile and Ecuador, who claimed the final automatic South American qualifying berths behind regional group winners Argentina and second-placed Colombia. Saluting his team for a “dignified” end to their regional program, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez indicated they must not take Jordan

lightly, despite their rivals being ranked 73rd to their own seventh. “Like all Uruguayans I hope we make it through [but] we would be very wrong to think Jordan cannot cause us problems,” Tabarez warned. Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 in Santiago to ensure third place in the regional table with 28 points from their 16 matches, two behind Colombia and four shy of two-time world champions Argentina. Despite their loss Ecuador just prised the final automatic slot away from the Uruguayans on goal difference after both landed a points tally of 25. With Uruguayan hopes resting on the playoffs South America faces the prospect of none of the top four at the last Copa America regional championship in 2011 making it to Brazil. It was in Brazil that Uruguay scored their most famous win, defeating the Selecao on their own hallowed Maracana turf in the 1950 World Cup final, adding to the ‘Charruas’’ 1930 success. Paraguay, who lost the Copa America final to Uruguay, and Peru, who came third in the continental showpiece, both crashed and burned in the World Cup qualifiers. Paraguay, whose 2011 coach Gerardo Martino now coaches Barcelona, endured a miserable campaign featuring just three wins. They miss out on a fifth consecutive finals appearance and closed with a 2-1 home loss to Colombia. Peru and Bolivia wrapped up the final night of action with a 1-1 draw in Lima. AFP thephuketnews




England coach Stuart Lancaster (right) faces an uphill battle in deciding who should command the midfield in next month’s international tests against Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand. Photo: Flickr:

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ngland coach Stuart Lancaster named his squad this week for next month’s Twickenham internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand as the midfield gave him the biggest selection headache. Injuries mean England will be without centres Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt, their centre-pairing in last year’s shock 38-21 win over world champions New Zealand at Twickenham, for all three matches. Since winning the World Cup in 2003, England have started 26 players in 39 dif-

ferent combinations. By contrast, earlier this month the world champion All Blacks fielded Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu together for the 51st time, a Test world record for a centre duo. With just under two years until England host the next World Cup in 2015, Lancaster would love to establish a pairing in a key decision-making area of the field. He certainly has plenty of options with the likes of Billy Twelvetrees, Henry Trinder, Kyle Eastmond, Luther Burrell, Jonathan Joseph and Joel Tomkins all vying for the number 12 and 13 shirts. Lancaster gave an indication of his thinking last week

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However, both players missed out on a spot for the original England senior and reserve squads in August which means that, under the terms of the Rugby Football Union’s agreement with the Premiership, it will be difficult for Lancaster to select them. “Picking a player from outside the squads is a challenge. It can be achieved, but it’s not been achieved yet,” Lancaster said. As several players try to forge Test careers, the likes of 28-year-old Toby Flood, are competing for a spot with Owen Farrell and Freddie Burns, and desperate to show Lancaster they are not surplus to his requirements. AFP

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by labelling Northampton’s Burrell as the form centre in the English Premiership. A partnership between Gloucester’s Twelvetrees, renowned for his handling skills, and the dynamic Burrell could start against Australia but it would mean Burrell switching from inside centre to outside centre. Lancaster is also without first choice back-row forward as Tom Croft is in recovery following knee surgery. But Lancaster doesn’t have a free hand when it comes to a replacement. Exeter’s Dave Ewers and Northampton’s Sam Dickinson have both impressed at No 8 for their clubs this season.


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RUGBY UNION THE PROTR ACTED DE bate over the potential breakaway of English and French clubs from the European Cup next season took a welcome back seat as the opening weekend of 2013/14 offered up some scintillating fare. Leading clubs in England and France have made known their intention to quit the existing set-up when the agreement governing the running of the European Cup expires at season’s end and set up their own separate competition, which other teams from the continent have been invited. There was no question,

Florian Fritz goes into tackle Toulon’s Matt Giteau in a 2012 matchup between Toulon and Toulouse. Photo: Lena however, that the clubs involved might field weakened squads in what remains a lucrative competition, albeit likely to be the last such tournament in the current format. The sole Anglo-French

clubs to lose against teams from the Celtic League were out-of-form Harlequins, who went down 33-26 to perennial under-achievers Scarlets, and Leicester, defeated 22-16 by Ulster.

Undoubtedly the biggest shock of the weekend was the 29-23 victory by Edinburgh – bottom of the Celtic League – over two-time champs Munster, while last season’s beaten finalists Clermont suffered a 13-9 loss at Racing-Metro. Reigning champions Toulon, however, kicked off the defence of their title in a thrilling game of two halves against Glasgow. Australian playmaker Matt Giteau was key for Toulon, who raced out to a 34-0 lead against Glasgow after 40 minutes. Giteau was on hand for two well-taken tries to keep his side out front, eventually winning 51-28. AFP




Fight night!

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In this photograph taken on February 24, 2010, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar throws his arms up into the air as he celebrates scoring a world record-breaking double century (200 runs) during the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match against South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior. Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana



ndia’s record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced last week that he will retire after his 200th Test next month, calling time on an extraordinary career that lasted nearly a quarter of a century. Tendulkar, the highest runscorer in both Test and one-day cricket and the only batsman to make 100 international centuries, said he had been “living a dream” since his debut in 1989, but recognised it was now time to call it quits. India will play a two-Test series against the West Indies at home next month which would enable Tendulkar, who has already played 198 Test matches, to become the first cricketer to reach the 200 landmark. Tendulkar, 40, said he found it hard to imagine life without cricket

“because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old”. “All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years,” he said. The right-handed batsman, who has scored 15,837 Test runs since his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989, has struggled for form in recent times. His 100 centuries in international cricket includes 51 Test tons, but his last century in the longer format came against South Africa in January 2011. Feared and respected by opponents, Tendulkar changed the definition of Indian batting, shrewdly combining orthodox and unorthodox shots to dominate any attack on any surface at home or abroad. Tendulkar captained India for several years but the high point of his career came in 2011 when, in his sixth World Cup, he helped

India win the coveted one-day title at home in Mumbai. Known as the “Little Master”, he has been widely hailed by his contemporaries as second only to the Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman in the pantheon of batting greats. Tendulkar, who is an honorary member of India’s parliament, has sometimes struggled to cope with his iconic status but made a point of praising his fans in his retirement statement. Tendulkar first hit the headlines as a 14-year-old when he shared a then-world record partnership of 664 runs in a school match with Vinod Kambli, who would also go on to play for India. Under the guidance of his elder brother and to the bemusement of his late father, a college professor, Tendulkar spent hours honing his skills as a boy along with hundreds of others on a busy park known as the Oval Maidan

in central Mumbai. Legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar once said he was convinced Tendulkar would achieve greatness when he first saw him bat in the nets more than two decades ago. “It is hard to imagine any player in the history of the game who combines classical technique with raw aggression like the little champion does. There is not a single shot he cannot play,” said Gavaskar. South African Test captain Graeme Smith said he was amazed at Tendulkar’s ability to absorb the pressure of millions of fans in his cricket-mad country. “It’s always difficult to comprehend how someone like Sachin lives his life,” Smith said. “He has always managed his career well, managed to perform under extreme amount of pressure and never had any scandals, which is a credit on him and his family.” AFP


Sachin Tendulkar’s career is full of record-breaking stats and unprecedented achievements. Here are his career highlights as one of the most dominating figures in modern cricket:


Most test runs (34,273) and centuries (100) Most one-day runs (18,426) and one-day centuries (49) Most World Cup runs (2,278) 1,000 or more Test runs in a calendar year, six times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2010)


December 11, 1988: First class debut aged 15 with a century. October 17, 2008: Overtakes Brian Lara’s highest run-getter in Tests. February 24, 2010: First batsman to score 200 in one-day cricket. April 2, 2011: Wins World Cup with India in Mumbai. March 16, 2012: Becomes only batsman to score 100 international tons.



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