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axi drivers in Karon have said they “will not allow” the planned new airport bus service to take their jobs, saying they “guarantee” protests if the buses start running. The new bus service, that will run between the airport and Kata, was initially planned to start in March, but now a public meeting to include locals and taxi drivers has been planned for no later than May 15. Vice-Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada, chairing a conference on Tuesday (March 19) at the Provincial Transport Department to discuss the new bus service, said it was a useful and needed service

Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers remain adamant the new airport bus service won’t go ahead. for the public. But he admitted he was worried about the reaction of taxi or tuk-tuk drivers in Kata-Karon and in Patong

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– through which the service will run, and which are home to some of the most fiercely territorial drivers. But taxi drivers spoken

to by The Phuket News after the meeting were against the service. One driver was blunt. “A lot of local people here are taxi drivers, and we will not allow the bus service to take our jobs. “They tried to do this kind of bus service around Phuket many years ago. In the end, the bus was damaged and the bus driver was hurt. The bus service has been stopped since then,” he said. Another said, “There will be protests if the buses start running – we can guarantee that. You can also ask any other taxi driver in other areas, they will say the same.” For people who wanted to use public transportation, he said, there are already the pink po-tong buses run by the OrBorJor from Phuket Town to the beach areas. Another taxi driver admitted that there had been tourist complaints about the prices of taxis, but he said the price had been approved by the provincial authorities,

and in any case could always be negotiated. During Tuesday’s meeting, Teerayut Prasertpon, Director of Transport, pointed out that a company is ready to run the service and has procured vehicles, and fares have already been agreed. All that is required is the issue of the operation permit. V/G Chamroen said worriedly, “I am afraid that local people may not accept this idea about the bus service. I want the Transportation Department to convene a meeting to include taxi organisations and local people to get their opinions.” He also ordered Mr Teerayut “to find out and make sure about the bus stops in the Patong and Kata area.” So far, specific spaces for the buses to pull into the side of the road have been reserved only on the way to Patong, but not in the most contentious areas. V/G Chamroen insisted that he did not want to rush into giving the go-ahead for the bus service. “I do not want us to provoke a mob over this.” Mr Teerayut accepted the Vice-Governor’s demand for a public meeting to raise awareness. He said he would organise this no later than May 15. He told The Phuket News after the meeting, “The bus service is for Phuket people and offers them more choice.” “This new service will be approved for sure. If I am afraid of problems and if we do nothing [because we are afraid], then the service will be postponed again and the people of Phuket will never have the benefit of it.”

Tourist cop charged with murder after 2 die in shootout A TOURIST POLICE OFFicer was charged on Wednesday (March 20) with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder after two people were shot dead and another seriously injured in a shootout earlier in the day. Called to the scene in a boarding house in Sam Kong, Phuket Town, police found 25-year-old Chalermpon Tripak dead on the bed in his room with one shot in the stomach. Lying dead in a bloody heap next to the door was 25-year-old Saran Chaiyatham, shot in the left side of his chest. Still alive on the bed, but also with a stomach wound, lay Natthapong Keawkuanchum, 25. T he i nvest igator s checked the area and found two 9mm bullets and two spent cartridges on the floor of the room, along with a large amount of kratom leaves and drug paraphernalia. There was also a pool of blood outside the door. Warankana Wichien, who rents a room in the same building, told police that her husband, 40-year-old Tourist Police Sen Sgt Maj Pinchai Piyadilok, had been shot twice in the right leg, but had already been taken to hospital. She said that her husband developed the suspicion that the room was being used by drug users, and walked in. His wife, hearing gunfire, run to see what was happening, and saw her husband slumped outside the room, bleeding. He was taken to hospital and has since been transferred to Haad Yai for repair of a severed femoral artery. Phuket Police Chief Gen Choti Chavalviwat told The Phuket News that although all the details were not yet clear, SSM Pichai’s gun was the only one found at the scene, indicating he had fired the fatal shots. Gen Choti added his assurance that all those involved would receive equal treatment and consideration.


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Phuket ‘not happy’ says Thai survey PH U K E T M AY LU R E thousands of tourists a year to its sandy shores, but its residents are some of the unhappiest people in the kingdom, according to a survey by the National Statistical Office. Phuket was ranked the 56th-happiest out of the 77 provinces of Thailand. The province didn’t worse in the “life satisfaction” section, coming in at 59th. The NSO surveyed the happiness level of 80,000 participants aged above 15 nationwide last year. Isarn’s Bueng Kan province, on the border with Laos, which became a province only in 2011, was No 1 for both happiness and satisfaction. Phuket’s nearest neighbours, Phang Nga and Krabi, were second and 13th respectively in the happiness section. Bangkok was fairly miserable, at 68th and 69th respectively in the happiness and life satisfaction sections. Narathiwat, in the country’s troubled south, came in last place, in both sections. The survey result was released by the Mental Health Department on Monday, to mark International Day of Happiness on March 20.

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run Sorot, President of the Rawai OrBorTor has said the owner of the Marine Seafood restaurant, currently under reconstruction on the rocks at the southern end of Nai Harn Beach, has been ordered to demolish the concrete he has laid, within 30 days. But the manager of Marine Seafood has said he had received no warning notice from the municipality about the demolition, and says he did not know about plans to knock down his establishment until The Phuket News visited him on Tuesday (March 19). The 30-plus-table restaurant has drawn criticism from local people for allegedly encroaching on public land and polluting the klong leading from the lagoon at the end of beach into the sea. Mr Arun told The Phuket News on Monday (March 18), “The area belongs to Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (OrBorJor) and basically, we have allowed

Marine Seafood restaurant may face demolition. Inset, manager Kamron Kanakun. vendors who have been trading in this area for decades to sell their things there. We have set zones for them and have a list of all their names. “Initially there was only one small restaurant allowed on the rocks but the new restaurant stretches beyond the zone allocated. “If they do not move before the 30 days expires, we will have to report the matter to the police, urging them to prosecute, and that will be worse

Expensive jet ski fun for Chinese tourists THREE CHINESE TOURists have returned home after learning how expensive it can be to hire a jet ski in Patong. On March 12 Chinese twins Wu You and Wu Lu, driving separate jet skis, crashed into each other, damaging both machines. They bargained the owner down from B90,000 to B45,000 for repairs. The same day, another Chinese tourist crashed into the side of a yacht anchored

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in Patong Bay, damaging the jet ski so badly that only the engine could be salvaged. Amazingly, he was not hurt. The jet ski owner initially demanded B300,000 to replace his machine, which the rider bargained down to B105,000. However, there was still the matter of the damage to the yacht. Also, the tourist’s passport, which he had handed to the jet ski owner when he rented the machine, had disappeared.

The Haad-Yai-based Chinese Consul, Qin Jian, who became involved in the hunt for the passport, said he had delivered letters to the Damrongtham Foundation and to Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut, demanding that the passport, wherever it was, should be returned. Police said they did not have the passport, however it was later found in the police station and handed back to the tourist.

[for the owner] because he may be charged with encroachment and contravening the Building Control Act.” Asked about the pollution alleged to be generated by the restaurant, Mayor Arun said that he had received no complaints about this. But Marine Seafood restaurant manager Kamron Kanakun said he had never received any letter or document from Rawai Municipality about the demolition plans, and said he

believed the cause of the fuss was a business conflict. “We bought this restaurant from the previous owner about four months ago. Before we took over the ownership, the restaurant was very unhygienic. Since then we have upgraded the kitchen, making it hygienic and proper,” Mr Kamron said. He said he had received a letter two or three months ago from the Rawai Municipality asking him to stop the construction because of encroach-

ment issues. However, he visited the Municipality to explain that it was not a permanent structure, and he believed the issue was resolved. He had not heard anything more from the municipality. He said the conflict with a neighbouring restaurant was “a long-term problem”. “They have been trying to shut us down for the past four months, because we are competition.” He denied draining wastewater into the sea. “We have separate reservoirs for the toilet and kitchen wastewater, and we do not drain these anywhere else.” With regard to the beach encroachment issue, he accepted that he had put chairs and tables on the sand, but said these did not constitute a “permanent” structure. Mr Kamron also offered a free toilet service for members of the public, unlike the neighbouring restaurant which he said charged B10 for the toilet – which was a sore point for his neighbour, he said.

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ne person died and nine were injured, some seriously, after a bus with no brakes, heading downhill into Patong, sideswiped several cars and knocked motorbike riders flying during the morning rush hour last Friday (March 15). Aphitwat Phetsai, 19, a Patong hotel worker, died in the chaos. The bus, from Air Bus Co, was carrying no passengers at the time. Its driver, Thamanun Pinthongpan, was taken to Bangkok Hospital suffering from chest injuries and a broken left wrist. Traffic on both sides of Patong Hill came to a halt for several hours as ambulances ferried the injured to hospital and police cleared up the wreckage. Taxi driver Anan Phemjit, 56, whose vehicle was rammed from behind, described scenes following the multiple crashes, saying that after being hit he looked in his rear view mirror to see ‘injured bike riders lying all over the road’.

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MOU signed on trash, pollution The smashed front of the runaway bus after it finally stopped. “I was on my way from Phuket Town to Patong,” he told The Phuket News. “There was a traffic jam and I came to a halt in the front of Wat Suwankiriwong [at the foot of the hill, on the Patong side]. “The first thing I knew was when I was slammed into from behind by a Toyota Vios. “I looked in my rear view mirror and could see the road littered with cars and motorbikes that had been smashed by the bus as it came careering down on the hill. “The bus kept coming, smashing into cars and bikes. There were bike riders lying

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all over the road. I could see many were injured. “Finally, the bus hit the temple wall and stopped.” He climbed out of his taxi. “Two women were lying in the road near my car. They asked me to help; their faces were covered in blood. When the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived I got them to give first aid to the women and take them to Patong hospital. “It was very scary, absolutely horrible,” Mr Anan said. The bus driver has since been discharged from hospital and is on bail while police investigate charges against him.

GOVERNOR MAITREE Intusut on Monday (March 18) signed a memorandum of understanding with all tessabaan (town councils) and orbortor (sub-districts) on the island on controlling garbage, water pollution and air pollution. The signing at Provincial Hall was the start of a public information campaign to raise awareness of trash control through schools, communities and other public organisations, and to help people set up systems and groups to organise recycling and re-use of garbage. The Phuket Pollution Control Officer, Surachai Koontong, has set up 39 shops around the island to accept trash and sort it. The aim of these is, through recycling, to cut the amount of garbage that

is burned by Phuket’s incinerator by 30 per cent by 2016. Currently 700 tonnes of garbage a day is incinerated. Wichien Jungrungruang, Bangkok-based Director of Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment told The Phuket News, “I believe pollution in Phuket is not difficult to solve because Phuket is already a well organised place. “Trash is the first priority because Phuket is a popular tourism place, and increasing numbers of tourists will mean increasing amounts of garbage. “Water pollution will become another problem for Phuket if not solved, and if the beaches are not clear and clean. Our next priority is to check sources of water pollution.”

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A RUSSIAN COUPLE WERE arrested on the tourist hotspot of Koh Khai Nok on March 14, accused of illegal possession of three baby macaques – a protected species. Officers of the Natural Resources and Environment Department’s Crime Suppression Division visited the island after receiving information that the couple were offering tourists on the island the chance to be photographed with the monkeys, and pay for the photos. The officers were told that the couple – Andrey Olegovich Belov, 31, and Ekaterina Nikolaevna Denisovich, 22 – had been visiting the island daily for several weeks, charging tourists B200 to be

photographed with two of the monkeys, or B300 with all three. Although Koh Kai Nok is in Phang Nga Province, it was getting late by the time they had been arrested, so they were taken to Phuket City Police Station for initial processing. At first, the couple told police that the monkeys belonged to them, and Belov produced paperwork which he said confirmed this. However, officers discovered the paperwork consisted only of health records, and the names of an animal hospital in Chalong and of a microchip installation company. The couple then told the police that the macaques belonged to a friend called Alex, but that he had gone back to

Russia so they were looking after the animals for him. All th ree mon keys – named Anthony, Sam and Sonya – had microchips in their bodies and appeared to be in good health. Police concluded that the couple had no government paperwork confirming their right to be in possession of a protected species. The macaques have therefore been seized and were be given into the care of Awat Nithikul, Senior Forest Academic at Khao Phra Taew Forest Preserve, before eventually being released into the wild. The couple were officially charged at the police station on Koh Yao Noi on Monday, and released on bail of B50,000 each while they await trial.


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he Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) has given PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC) of Chiang Mai another 30 days to complete the construction of 396 police stations nationwide. If PCC fails to do so by April 17, it will face a civil suit demanding B5.8 million a day in damages, national police chief Gen Adul Saengsingkaew announced on March 14. PCC was awarded the sole contract for 396 police station buildings in all nine police regions. The contract, after several extensions, expired on March 14. Most of the work remains unfinished and the sites, including several in Phuket, have been abandoned. Pol Gen Adul said although the contract had expired and PCC was still unable to complete the job, because the project involves a very large budget, about B5.8 billion, it is necessary to give the contractor a little time to hand over the work it has already done to the RTPO. Therefore, the RTPO decided to extend the contract for 30 days, and give PCC until April 17.

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THE DRIVER OF A TOUR bus died on Monday morning (March 18) when he was caught in the vehicle’s automatic door. Aekarat Sarapon, 29, was driving one of three buses picking up tourists from the Boat Lagoon Resort. He had arrived the night before, planning to sleep in the bus. A security guard saw two of the buses leave and, wondering why the third was still sitting there with its engine running, went to take a look. He discovered Mr Aekarat jammed half in and half out of the bus, and already dead.

The tour company had just bought the 10-year-old bus from a transport company in Bangkok. A representative of the tour company told police at the scene that Mr Aekarat had worked with the firm since March 11, and this was his “third or fourth trip for us”. “[This morning] I called him two or three times [to discuss the schedule] but he did not answer. I thought maybe he was busy. Later I was informed that he was dead.” After the discovery of Mr Aekarat’s corpse, it took rescue staff and police a while to open the jammed door and get the body out.

‘Slug’ owner dies in crash Part-completed accommodation block at the police station in Baan Bang Rong, Pa Khlok. If PCC was still unable to complete the job, the RTPO would terminate the contract on April 18 and ask the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to file a civil suit against the firm demanding B5.8 million a day in damages. Fresh bids would then be called for the work in all police

regions, Pol Gen Adul said. Pol Gen Ek Angsananont, a deputy national police chief, said the RTPO would notify PCC of the contract extension and formally ask it to honour the contract. Pol Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha, also a deputy national police chief, said criminal

action would later be taken against PCC, as set down in the law, to protect the interests of the RTPO and the country. PCC also received a separate contract to build 163 accommodation blocks for police officers. Few if any of those have been completed. Bangkok Post

ARCHARA KHANCHANAkub, co-owner of the popular Cherng Talay restaurant The Slug and Lettuce, died in a car crash on Tuesday night (March 19). A Phuket Ruamjai Rescue Foundation volunteer confirmed that Mrs Archara, 45, died instantly in the crash, which happened around 3:30am The volunteer said Mrs Archara was driving her car on Chao

Fah East Rd, heading south to Chalong when she crashed into the back of an 18-wheel truck parked outside the Krajang Garage. She owned the Slug and Lettuce, on Bandon-Cherng Talay Rd, with her husband Phanpat “Ott” Khanchanakub, who is currently in England. The couple have two sons. Her funeral will be held in Bangkok.

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STR I NGENT CHECKS on work permits, focusing on Russian, Nepali and Vietnamese people in Kathu District will begin on April 14, Vice-Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosuthirak and Kathu District Officer Veera Keudsirimonkon announced on Tuesday (March 19) in a conference at Provincial Hall. V/Gov Somkiet said, “Foreigners working illegally must be dealt with according to the law. Three teams have now been set up, one for each district, to check for foreigners who have no work permits. “Each team will consist of officers from the District Office, the Business Development Office, the Tour Guide Association and Immigration, working together to crack down on work permits and companies with illegal nominee shareholders in the Kathu area.” M r Veera Keud si r imonkon, Chief of Kathu

District, said, “There are 3,071 foreigners holding work permits in Kathu. We will set short- and long-term plans to deal with foreigners who are working illegally. “I want to tell every foreigner in Kathu who is working without a work permit that from April 14, we will be checking very seriously. And, we will focus on Russians, Nepalis and Vietnamese.” Provincial Labour Office Chief Yaowapa Pibulpol told The Phuket News later,“ We have put together a team that will take this very seriously. “I have full information about foreigners who work in Kathu District [legally]. There are 3,071 of them. Of these, the largest numbers are British 303, Russians 221, French 208, Italians 200, Filipinos 185, Australians 157 and Nepalese 28.” The Muang District Office was due to announce its plans yesterday (March 21) after The Phuket News went to press.

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Phuket man is on the hunt for support crew and a boat to help him set a new world record for the longest distance sailed in a Laser dinghy. Yassine Darkaoui, originally from Morocco but resident in Phuket for around 18 months, decided to attempt the impressive task as a way to show that “it is possible to make your dreams a reality”. Yassine was a drug addict for more than eight years, but has been ‘clean’ and medication-free for the past two. He now says he’s a “dinghy addict” instead, and sails whenever he can. “The main purpose of this is to show people it is possible to take control of their life again. It is possible to change the direction of your life and make your dreams a reality.” Yassine has been sailing boats for the past 22 years, including Lasers for around two decades. He was in the Moroccan national Laser team, and now sails regularly in Phuket. He plans to leave Nai Yang

Yassine: ‘It’s possible to take control of your life again.’ Beach for the Similans in his Laser, on loan from the Royal Thai Navy, before sailing to Koh Tarutao, close to the Malaysian island of Langkwai, and then returning to Ao Yon – a total distance of 370 nautical miles. The previous record

is around 300 nautical miles. “Once I do this I will move onto my other goal, of creating an international sailing school. And there’s another record I want to do, but that’s a surprise.” The world record attempt

will need to be done under strict watch, with officials requiring GPS tracking records, videos and photos to confirm the attempt is legitimate. All the documents, plus the journey itself, needs to be verified by a notary – something Yassine doesn’t think will be a problem. More difficult to find, however, are qualified people for a support boat, and a boat itself. He needs at least one more person and ideally up to four people, to stay alongside him on a support boat, keeping an eye on him throughout the journey. Already confirmed is Pornprom Sagultem, a captain in the Royal Thai Navy and the commander of the Thai Navy sailing school. “I’m an experienced sailor,” Yassine said. “But the laser is a very small boat, only four metres long. “In rough weather it is difficult to spot [on the sea], and it’s my life too – so I want to be okay if something happens.” Anyone interested in helping Yassine should visit his blog andamanlaserchallenge. blogspot.com or email totem tech@gmail.com.

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AN UPRIGHT SENIOR OFficer at the Phuket City police station has laid a complaint of criminal libel against a woman who, it is alleged, claimed he could be bribed to get a convicted felon out of Phuket Provincial Prison. Investigation inspector Lt Col Prawit Eangchuan told The Phuket News on Tuesday (March 19) that he had filed the complaint against Lapatlada “Pui” Kaewpaluek, 40, on the charge of criminal defamation. Ms Lapatlada is charged with telling the wife of the felon that she knew a policeman – Col Prawit – who could

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be bribed to get her husband freed. Duangporn “Ying” Luesup explained that she initially believed that a bribe could get her husband, Suwit Buaprom out of jail, where he was serving a term for possession of 50 grammes of crystal methamphetamine, having been locked up on February 15. Ms Lapatlada, she said, claimed she could help because the police officer she had in mind was ‘a former subordinate of her husband’. Duangporn said she paid a total of B400,000 to Lapatlada, but a month later her husband was still behind bars. On Monday (March 18) Duangporn went to the police

to confront Col Prawit, the head of the investigation team that had arrested her husband after shooting out a tyre in a chase along the bypass road. She went again the following day. Col Prawit denied absolutely having received any bribe. “Police officers don’t behave this way,” he told Ms Duangporn. “Why would I risk my life and that of my officers, chasing this man, and then take a bribe to let him free? You should have kept the money for your children’s future.” Turning to journalists, he said, “Put the message out that if someone claims that they can bribe the police, it is not true.”

HeadStart School celebrates THE HEADSTART INTERnational School, Phuket hosts its International Day next Friday, March 29, from 4-8pm at their FunStart Family Sport and Leisure Club. Only parents are invited to the event, which involves all the students and staff from preschool all the way up to

Year 12. Miki Edouard, manager, school administration and registration for HeadStart said, “This special event is a time for us all to come together to share a little of our own cultural backgrounds with other members of the community, as well as a chance for us all to learn

lots of exciting and interesting things about the world. “International Day really is a wonderfully rewarding experience, and very special for the students.” For more information, contact Miki Edouard at miki@ headstartphuket.com or call the office at 076 612 876.


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Why we need the Russians A

Russian guest was so happy recently with the service at a swanky restaurant, where he had been dining with his family, that at the end of the meal he threw a wad of baht notes into the air as a tip for the Thai staff. Mayhem ensued as the waiters – to the complete disgust of the owner – scrambled for a share of the B20,000 littering the floor. A crass gesture, perhaps, but one that gives the lie to a commonly held opinion on the island that the Russian tourists coming here these days are all cheap-Charlie, zero-dollar visitors. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin spent a few days in Phuket about nine years ago – one of the very first Russians to visit the island, and himself a noted big spender – word has spread and today the Russians pour in by the thousands every day. Last year Russian tourists and Chinese visitors – the other big boom group – accounted for 38 per cent of arrivals to Phuket, and more than 3 million people from China and Russia visited Thailand as a whole. Some numbers: In a recent report, consultancy C9 Hotelworks said the largest spending by tourists in Phuket was on accommodation (30 per cent), followed by shopping (24 per cent). Chinese, Russian and Australian visitors were the top spenders at leading shopping centres. The top five international source markets for the islandprovince accounted for 60 per cent of all tourists last year, up from 56 per cent in 2011. They were China (22 per cent), Russia (15 per cent), Australia (10 per cent), South Korea (9 per cent) and Malaysia (4 per cent). The number of Russians living on the island, too, has

Hey big spenders: ‘The Russians are happy to spend a lot for exclusive extras in terms of entertainment and champagne’. Photo: AFP/Miguel Medina swelled. Estimates by expat Russians themselves of the number of their compatriots in Phuket on non-immigrant visas vary between 1,000 and 5,000, depending on the time of year. Phuket’s Russian community even has its own church now, the Holy Trinity Church in Thalang, built with funds raised in the Russian community, proof positive that there is money around. So are Russians cheapCharlies, or are they the geese laying golden eggs? The manager of a Phuket luxury villa rental company, specialising in middle- to highend villas, told The Phuket News that the number of Russian clients coming to him was increasing at such a rapid rate that he was looking into getting Russian agents to handle the demand. Christmas and New Year were the peak time for Russian tourists to rent villas on his books, with families paying up to US$10,000 (B300,000) a night for a five- or six-room villa. The individual numbers are

impressive: one Russian group of 10 people came over for 10 nights, and paid US$32,000 (B960,000) – in cash – to rent a five-bedroom villa from the agent. “The Christmas just gone we had another Russian client who spent US$90,000 (B2.7 million) on a villa for six weeks.” Asked if Russian tourists were cheapskates, he said, “I totally disagree with that. The cheapest tourists we get are Singaporean, Hong KongChinese, and Indian. You cannot compare the Russians with them in terms of spending. “As far as I’m concerned the Russian clients we have had are all very high-end and spend a lot of money.” As for people who complain that Russians don’t spend much money on things other than accommodation, he said he believed they did spend the money, but with companies that have Russian-speaking staff. “Ninety per cent of them don’t speak any English. The high-end ones do; they’re educated. But the Russians

who stay in hotels often can’t communicate. Which is why they tend to go to the Russianoperated businesses. They probably do spend money but they spend it with Russianspeaking companies.” A Phuket car rental agent agreed. He said that in the three years he had been renting out vehicles he had noticed a significant increase in the

number of Russian customers. “Especially since I started advertising convertibles for rent, 90 per cent of the [hirers] of these cars have been Russians. The cost is B4,000 to B5,000 a day for the convertibles.” The reason Russians want to rent a convertible, he said, is “for lifestyle reasons”. “T hey li ke exclusive things. And that’s the problem – there are not too many exclusive things in Phuket. “The Russians who come to stay two or three weeks have money to spend. They have no trouble paying, even when there is damage. “My friend rents out motorbikes, the big bikes, and 60 per cent of his customers are Russian. There are never troubles with them paying. “I also get a lot of requests from Russians who want small cars, and for these they are happy to pay B20,000 a month. Many Russians prefer cars to bikes. Russia itself is a dangerous place to drive, so they feel safer in a car – especially when they have a child. “I have many long-stay customers, who stay three or four months and rent a house. But most stay short-term over

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the high season, and they have money. They rent expensive villas. When I deliver a car it is usually to high-priced accommodation.” A manager at a Phuket entertainment venue said about 20 per cent of his clientèle are Russians, and many have a lot of money. “The rich can spend a lot. For example, a bottle of champagne might cost B24,000. And sometimes they buy two or three bottles [in a single evening].” A representative of another venue said, “They like to book private parties, and are happy to spend a lot for exclusive extras in terms of entertainment and champagne.” This, of course, is by no means all Russians. Some, like many of the Chinese, do come on zero-dollar packages, with flights, accommodation, meals and tours prepaid, and spend little in the local market. But like all nationalities, Russia has its not so wealthy people and its very wealthy people. And for the latter group when they arrive in Phuket, it seems that mere money is never going to get in the way of having a thoroughly good time. Perhaps more so than any other nationality.

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eople power ladies and gentlemen, people power. Hailing from Western countries, which are – at least on the face of it – democratic countries where elected officials act and make decisions, pass laws and enforce them for the apparent good of the people, there is little understanding of such a term nowadays. There is little need for such understanding. People power is needed in countries beset by corruption, where the general population are mistreated by the few in power and are abused financially and physically for the latter group’s own ends. Most famously in Southeast Asia, this was scene in the Phillipine revolution of 1986 that overthrew hated dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Revolution, fists in the air, hat cocked to the side, Che Gueveara type people power. Positive people power. Of course negative people power also exists. These groups are known as ‘mafia’.

Any organisation, committee, company or group of people who act in flagrant defiance of laws or regulations, who prevent progress for the good of the many, with apparent impunity, are mafia. March was supposed to be the month that this world renowned island was to be ‘allowed’ to operate a local bus service from Phuket International Airport to various beach destinations around Phuket. The announcement in January was met with joy and derisory scepticism in equal spades. But this week, in the month that this would-be huge positive step was to be made, Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada announced that the bus service would be delayed until a further meeting on May 15 was held. The reason – rumoured protests. The Phuket News spoke to taxi drivers in the Karon area who agreed that there would be protests if the link was introduced.

Of course the delay is very good news indeed for the taxi and tuk tuk drivers on the island, and bad news for every single other person who lives in and visits Phuket. Nowadays, the mafia in Italy and Sicily are becoming less and less influential by the day. This is not so much as a direct result of the efforts of the police and government officials, but because of the townspeople. The bakers, the shopkeepers, the opticians, the jewellers of many normal villages and towns who have started to refuse to pay extortion money to the gangsters. We can and should do the same here. Expat doomsayers, local residents, community leaders, GMs, police officers, politicians, children, rich, poor, Thai, foreign – it is time to come together to end this ridiculous and harmful monopoly of public transport on the island. People power, ladies and gentlemen. People power.

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Banking on the truth Graham Doven editor@thephuketnews.com

T Enough is enough IN REGARDS TO YOUR story on Friday, March 15 ‘One dead in Patong Hill smash’, when will they introduce safety inspections and routine maintenance and skilled licensed drivers for these HGV’s and buses? O p e r at or s of t he se vehicles should be made responsible for their road worthiness. It cannot be right that innocent people on their way to work or going about their daily life are wiped out in such fashion. Of course every country has accidents, but the statistics here are just ridiculous, and so many of these “accidents” are preventable with the most basic of safety checks. When will the media take up the campaign and pressure the governments

(both local and national) to act on road safety standards? It is the media’s duty along with the general public to take a stand when government fails. Just think how easy it would be for you and I to get caught up innocently in this type of incident. We could be the next victim on the way to hospital or the morgue, or receiving a dreadful call about a loved one. RIP the poor soul, just 22 years old, who was caught up in this sad and usually preventable carnage. Songkran is around the corner, and another jumbo jet’s worth of people are about to be killed in five days of mayhem, amd who knows how many maimed and injured. Tom

here are some unique things about Thailand, nothing sur prising about that. Thailand’s politics, traffic, alcohol laws and banking systems all have some unique qualities. Even the mighty Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Thailand operates differently to anywhere else in the world. After losing my ATM card in the machine for the third time, resulting in the pleasant lady from the customer relations desk in the bank suggesting humiliating solutions such as tying a piece of string round my finger attached to the card, it became necessary to analyse the reasons behind this problem, considering possibilities like catastrophic memory loss or some sort of distraction. The solution did not present itself until I visited an ATM in Singapore, where the card comes out first. I checked it out in the UK, in the US, in Taiwan, Philippines, Paris, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and my home in Australia, and the evidence was indisputable.

In every country except Thailand, you can’t get your money until you’ve taken the card. The first thing that comes out is the card except in Thailand, where the money comes out, followed later by the receipt, then slowly, the card, by which time I had put the money in the wallet, checked the slip and walked away and the card has disappeared into the bowels of the money machine. The local bank manager assured me that Thailand was the same as every other country regarding banking matters, so I suppose I’ll have to take a

video clip of the operation in a few other countries before I can convince him. It won’t change anything, but at least he will know. This little matter was annoying enough, and then came another little surprise, although not unique to Thailand. While security at ATM machines has long been a matter of concern, my bank has now decided to show in full screen the bank balance. That used to be an option, now it’s a public matter. You can imagine a young girl at the machine at night and a couple of mini-brained thugs from the bottom end of

the social spectrum standing behind and noticing that there’s B50,000 there for easy pickings. It would be a lot easier to persuade the young lady to part with her life savings than knocking somebody off a motorbike for uncertain rewards. Some banks tell everybody your name as well, so the unsuspecting young lady could be fooled into thinking that these hoodlums were acquaintances. You put in your card and up pops your name for the whole world to see. Next thing the machine will be talking. “Hullo Miss Supaphorn. Here is your B10,000. You have B100,000 still in your account in case you would like to give some to the nice man behind you with the knife. He must be hungry and looking for a nice piece of fruit to cut from a tree. Oops, swallowed your card. Sorry, please pop in to your issuing branch in Udon Thani and get a new one. You can take a plane or a bus to Udon Thani, get your new card and be back in two days. Have a nice day”. Have an opinion to share? Email editor@ thephuketnews.com

HAVE YOUR SAY The right of reply [Re. Have Your Say, March 15, 2013] Uh, Dave Williams, slow down and take a few breaths. “Arresting any foreigner for paying money” to have her picture taken with a cute little animal? 1) Most tourists are “stupid buffalo” in this culture, not knowing laws or how to behave. 2) That would surely keep them from coming back and recommending the island and country to others. 3) There would be ‘dandy’ international press if that happened. Imagine the headline: “Foreigners held in Thai jails for having photos taken with animals”. 4) The simple solution is to regulate the trade, tax it, educate the handlers, see that the little critters are happy and healthy, along with the handlers and tourists. Work with people, don’t jail them. By the way, agogohome you may have missed the point of the movie ‘Flight’, which looks at functional alcoholism and other substance abuse,

and taking accountability for your actions. Naga, re: DiCaprio, he is a well known philanthropist. Jonw

Rules are rules [Re. Speeding Phuket driver causes road carnage] Drink driving penalties (in Thailand) were significantly increased late last year, and are now as tough, or tougher than many countries in the West. Pity is, little publicity regarding the changes have been made. agogohome No driver education, no action by the institutions, the roads in Thailand are among the most dangerous in the world. In 4 years I had just one accident with my motorbike, fortunately nothing serious, but every time I come back home it feels miraculous. alessandro carafa I was just around the corner and heard the crash when it happened, and was at the scene in less than a minute.

The woman on the motorbike was clearly not going to survive her injuries. I am an EMT, and have lived in Thailand for 12 years. I have worked a few vehicle accidents, but this was the worst I have ever seen. At least a dozen emergency vehicles arrived fairly quickly. NomadJoe

Bloody news [Re. Phuket: Witness describes Patong bus crash horror] I was at the crash and my car got damaged bad and blood was all over it. Phantom

On the right track [Re. Momentum grows for B1m Phuket skate park] Great idea and well done to the team for doing something for the community. Governments all around the world build and create skate parks for kids and communities. Pushing kids to participate in outdoor sports is becoming more and more difficult,

so this is a positive step for community socialising and physical fitness. Well done and good luck. NBC

Not so evil [Re. Phuket: Bag-snatch teen dies in hospital] Easy to feel that a young boy got what he deserved, but does bag-snatching deserve a death ‘sentence’? Sady Karma rarely punishes the truly evil. Catcher in the wry

Monkey business [Re. Russian couple caught touting monkeys in Phuket] It looks like monkey business may send them to the “Monkey House”. Whistle-Blower

Mark of respect [Re. Phuket News: Sri Lanka bars Briton with Buddha tattoo] So they are mind readers to believe he “might” express his views? Well if he did then serves him right, but to ban him because he “might”

express them, then they need to ban all visitors to their country. Laurie Howells

A right tweet? [Re. Phuket News: Expat blogger tweets pic of allegedly corrupt Thai official] I don’t think that Richard was very clever here. He had bargained down the price and he should have deleted the photo in return. In Thailand the rule is, “You help me and I’ll help you.” Now he can expect big problems next year when he pays his taxes. The whole department will gang up on him silently and he may find many “discrepancies”, which need a full and time-consuming investigation at his expense. His company may be unable to operate while the investigation is carried out. Richard ... this was an unwise move. Peter

Shrimp problems [Re. Thai shrimp farming industry under fire]

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Great story, thanks for printing it. I am well aware of the environmental toll that this industry takes on the precious coastal ecosystems of Thailand. I was unaware that the workers were treated this poorly. I don’t eat tiger prawns and suggest to everyone I meet to not eat them. My guess is that if this is the way tiger prawn fishermen are treated, that other fishermen likely suffer the same sort of abuse. Seafood is not sustainable nor apparently ethical when it comes to labour. Dave Williams

Safety first [Re. Phuket: One dead in Patong Hill smash] There are annual safety inspections for public transport. The question is, how well are they carried out? And what, if anything, is done to rectify those that fail? Songkran is another issue altogether. I agree with your comment entirely, but please don’t start me off on that. agogohome


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IN BRIEF Inmate’s death sparks riot in Samut Sakhon prison About 50 inmates in Samut Sakhon prison, near Bangkok, erupted in a riot after a prisoner died in his cell on March 17. Inmates said prison officials had ignored the ailing convict. About 400 officers were sent to the prison to help.

Internet porn makers busted in Pattaya estate Three Europeans and three Thais were arrested at a luxury Pattaya estate where sexual acts were filmed for a live porn website on March 16. Police seized sex toys and props, along with video equipment and three grams of ya-ice.

Pattaya beach drinkers stabbed A 16-year-old teen boy and his young uncle were drinking on the beach with three women they just met, but were confronted and stabbed by two mad boyfriends of the women on March 16. Pattaya Daily News

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hailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to spend B2 trillion on a high-speed railway and other transportation mega projects to drive the nation’s economic development. Under the seven-year scheme, 200 high-speed trains will whizz across the kingdom on four lines linking the capital Bangkok with the north, south and east of the country. “The projects, which will focus on electric trains and dual tracks, will completely change Thailand, and they will start next year,” said Transport Minister Chatchai Sitthipan. The high-speed rail lines will be built in two stages and eventually link Bangkok with the Malaysian and Lao borders, as well as the northern city of Chiang Mai, the seaside resort of Pattaya and areas further to the east. The new trains will be capable of travelling at up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour, reducing travel time from Bangkok to northern Thailand to four hours from 12 hours, a cabinet document said. The average speed of pas-

High speed train in Hangzhou, China. Chinese companies may bid for Thai rail projects. senger trains on Thailand’s existing national network is 60 kilometres per hour. Under the new plan, the government aims to increase the average speed to between 100 and 120 kilometres per hour. A metropolitan rail network is also envisaged for Bangkok.

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nual economic growth by one percentage point on average between 2013 and 2020 and create 500,000 new jobs. Meanwhile, in Phuket, plans to introduce a public bus from the airport to parts of the island have been delayed, over ‘rumours’ of protests (see page 2). AFP

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US top court sides with Thai student in copyright row THE US SUPREME COURT sided Tuesday with a former Thai student who made US$90,000 (B2.6m) reselling text books bought abroad and sparked a copyright row with a publisher. Supap Kirtsaeng, who arrived in the United States in 1997 to study mathematics at the University of Southern California on a scholarship, had asked his friends and family to buy the books, published by John Wiley & Sons, which were cheaper back home. After receiving them in the mail, he resold hundreds in the United States on eBay, reimbursing his suppliers and pocketing the profit, estimated at US$90,000. John Wiley & Sons filed a complaint in 2008 alleging illegal importation and resale without the payment of exclusive distribution rights protected by copyright. A doctrine allows buyers of products in the United States to resell them without having to worry about copyright. In a first, the Supreme Court decided that intellectual property rights also do not apply when the first sale takes place abroad. AFP

Prayuth takes aim at TV monarchy debate ARMY CHIEF PRAYUTH Chan-ocha has lashed out at the Tob Jote TV programme for broadcasting a debate over the role of the monarchy. He said airing the broadcast was inappropriate at a time of political conflict. The first instalment of the five-part discussion series aired on Thai PBS last week, but the fifth and final episode was abruptly cancelled. The station’s decision to withhold the programme caused an uproar and the public broadcaster eventually aired the final instalment on Monday night. The show featured a de-

bate about the monarchy between well-known academic Sulak Sivaraksa and Thammasat lecturer Somsak Jeamteerasakul. “It’s within the constitutional rights of the media and TV producers to present a programme,” Gen Prayuth said Tuesday. “However, I must ask if this is an appropriate thing to do during this time when political conflicts remain sharp.” The show was the first to publicly discuss whether the monarchy needs to be protected against defamation by the lese majeste law. People found guilty of violating the

law can face between three to 15 years in prison. The monarchy has been under the constitution since the 1932 revolution. Gen Prayuth said the only way the monarchy can be protected is by Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law. He said this is not the right time to make changes to the lese majeste law. “People who are in the minority must accept that,” he said. “If they are uncomfortable living here because of the lese majeste law, then they can find somewhere else to live.” Bangkok Post


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usan Wang couldn’t speak English when she arrived in California from Taiwan, aged 16. Now 49, she heads a school offering US children a similar experience, plunging them into a Chinese world. And her establishment is part of a rapid expansion of “immersion” Mandarin language programmes in the United States, helped notably by Beijing providing low-cost native-speaker teachers to cashstrapped US schools. Pupils as young as five at her Broadway Elementary School in Venice, west of Los Angeles, take classes entirely in Chinese, in a project so successful that it is having to move to a new campus. “The single most exciting thing has to be watching the kids learn, and how they learn, and how fast they pick up another language, it’s just amazing,” she told AFP, in a pause from her busy day at the local school. “I didn’t speak English when I came, so when it comes to dual language and language learning ... it’s something close to my heart,” she added. Chinese immersion programmes are not new in American schools. But China’s rapidly expanding world role has fueled growing demand for Mandarin language skills, mirroring Washington’s diplomatic pivot across the Pacific. Mandarin teaching has expanded nationwide over the last decade, in contrast to other foreign languages which have steadily decreased, according to data compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). “Mandarin is really taking off ... Chinese was one of the few languages that increased, most other language offerings decreased, including French, German, and Japanese,” Nancy Rhodes of the Washington DCbased CAL told AFP. Beijing’s education ministry is also helping, by sending native-speaker teachers effectively for free to work in US schools. “Schools are of course experiencing huge budget cuts, so the offer of free or low cost native-speaker teachers from China to teach language classes really looks good,” said Rhodes. California has been in the forefront, both geographically and historically, ever since huge numbers of Chinese workers helped build the US railroad

Chinese ‘immersion’ language programmes are increasingly popular throughout the United States. Photo: enixii system. San Francisco and LA have the biggest Chinese communities after New York. Traditionally families with one or both parents from Chinese backgrounds have put children into Mandarin-language schools to bolster their cultural “heritage,” or ability to communicate with grandparents back home. But increasingly parents cite economic and career-prospect reasons for having their offspring able to speak Chinese. “I wanted them to have the opportunity to be able to leave the US if they wished to go and seek employment somewhere else,” said Julie Wang, an Australian who came to the United States when she was 25. “I did that myself ... I came out here. I think it’s a great opportunity for them to experience different cultures, different ways of life, not just the one that they grew up in,” she added. In the classroom at Broadway, the linguistic immersion is total. The walls are plastered with pictures and signs entirely

in Chinese, the text books are in Mandarin, and the teacher will not accept a word of English. And while some children have a Chinese parent or grandparents, the eager faces around the room are from all backgrounds, from African American and white Caucasian to Latino youngsters. Many don’t speak a word of Mandarin when they arrive. “At the beginning it is difficult,” said kindergarten teacher Carol Chan, adding at first she has to use a lot of gestures, visual aids – and a lot of games. “I use a lot of pictures and ... a lot of music. It is difficult because they don’t understand a word I’m saying. But through physical language and gestures, they really catch on. And they’re having fun with me too!” First-grader Grace Ehlers says it was tough at first, but now she is equally confident in both languages. “It’s the same, or maybe a little bit easier in Chinese because my dad speaks many languages and sometimes he

teaches me a little bit of it,” she said, when asked to compare classes in English and Mandarin. The school’s principal says the availability of free Chinese teachers was crucial to Broadway Elementary’s decision to offer the Mandarin language immersion programme. “I am Chinese, born and raised in Taiwan. But that has nothing to do with why I’m here doing this programme. “The Chinese volunteer teachers were what we were able to get. Had we been able to get free French teachers, or free Spanish teachers, we’d be teaching those,” she added. According to CAL, there were 74 Mandarin language immersion programmes in the United States in 2008, the last time the data was updated. “I do know that there are more programmes not yet listed,” said Rhodes. Overall Spanish has the most immersion programmes, with 45 per cent of the total, followed by French on 22 per

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cent, Mandarin on 13 per cent followed by Hawaiian Japanese and German. “In the past Chinese has traditionally been taught more on the West Coast and in major cities, but we’re seeing more Chinese programmes cropping up all over the country now,” she said. “Even smaller districts that we work with ... that are starting up elementary school language programmes are considering switching between Spanish and Chinese,” she said, adding that the expansion will likely continue. “I don’t see the trend slowing anytime soon,” said Rhodes. AFP

Fake Tahitian prince owns up to fraud in Australia A MAN WHO LED A playboy lifestyle while claiming to be a Tahitian prince pleaded guilty on Tuesday to embezzling A$16 million (B490 million) from an Australian health department. New Zealand-born Hohepa Morehu-Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, admitted eight offences including aggravated fraud as an employee and forgery in the Brisbane District Court. “The funds diverted by (Morehu-Barlow) were public monies earmarked... to support charities and other community groups,” prosecutor Todd Fuller told the court, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported. “The money was used to fund a lavish lifestyle... (for a so-called) Tahitian prince forced to work to gain his ... inheritance.” The court heard that Morehu-Barlow regularly signed bank documents using the letters HRH, short for His Royal Highness. When he was arrested in 2011, police found a trove of luxury goods including a fake crown, in his exclusive waterfront apartment, allegedly funded by his theft. Many of the hundreds of items seized were auctioned earlier this month, including a life-size horse lamp, a Hermes saddle, a Chanel black wristwatch and a Louis Vuitton surf board. AFP


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B2tn rail project ‘will transform Thailand’

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Marriott man to head up Hilton sales HILTON HAS APPOINTED Dominic Sherry as Head of Sales for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Mr Sherry will “lead the sales force, manage key partnerships with third-party intermediaries and drive initiatives to increase the corporate, MICE and leisure business at Hilton’s hotels in Asia Pacific”, including the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. New Zealander Sherry joins Hilton Worldwide from Marriott International, where he served in key positions since 1992. From 1999 to 2008, he held a number of senior sales and marketing roles. In 2008, he was appointed Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Asia Pacific.

seven-year scheme for a dual-track rail system, to be developed by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), will change the face of the nation, a senior official says. The massive scheme forms a major part of the controversial government plan to borrow B2.2 trillion for infrastructure improvements, due to be argued over in Parliament this week. The plan will also include high-speed train routes, electrification of the rail system and the construction of the Dawei seaport in Myanmar as Thailand’s main shipping connection point to other regions to the west of the peninsula. SRT Governor Prapas Chongsa-nguan explained that the plan envisages double track linking Chiang Khong district of northernmost Chiang Rai province to Thailand’s southernmost town of Padang Besar, and the northeastern province of Nong Khai, bordering Laos. By extension, this would connect Thailand efficiently with southern China and the wider Southeast Asian region, Mr Prapas said. Of the 4,000 kilometres of

Almost all of Thailand’s rail system is single-track, restricting average train speeds to just 30 kmh. Photo: Jeeheon rail lines in Thailand, only 300 kilometres is currently dual track, and the SRT will have to build an additional 2,857km

of dual track to cover the 53 provinces in the plan, he said. However, once completed, the double-tracking could trans-

form the way goods and people are moved around the country, Mr Prapas said, with SRT being capable of transporting 50 million tonnes of goods and 75 million passengers a year. Mr Prapas explained that the present single track system compels cargo trains to be switched into sidings where they wait to allow trains coming the other way to go through. This effectively reduces trains to running at an average speed of 30 kmh. The dual-track system would triple their speed to 90 kmh. This greatly enhanced sped, coupled with the lower cost of rail transport compared with road transport, would potentially convince manufacturers to switch from road to rail for transporting their products. It would also allow passenger trains to compete for speed with buses. Thailand’s present logistics cost is 15.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), which the government wants to reduce by at least two percentage points in the coming seven years – the time it would take to complete the dual-track system. MCOT online

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Thai Smile set to launch from Phuket THAI SMILE, THAI AIR ways International’s junior sister, is to launch three new routes from Phuket at the beginning of April, two linking with India and one between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur. The airline will use Airbus A320-200s with 12 seats in business class and 156 seats in economy. Details: Phuket-Kuala Lumpur, starting from April 2, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing at 09:20 and arriving at 11:40, with the return flight taking off from KL at 12:30 and arriving at 12:55. Ticket prices start from B1,465 return (excluding taxes). Phuket-New Delhi, starting from April 1, on Mondays and Thursdays, departing at 22:05 and arriving at 00:55 the next morning, with the return flight taking off from New Delhi on Tuesdays and Fridays at 01:55 and arriving at 07:55. Phuket-Mumbai, starting from April 3, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, taking off at 22:30 and landing in Mumbai at 01:10 the following day, with the return flights taking off at 02:20 and landing in Phuket at 08:20. Ticket prices for both Indian routes start from B7,280 return.


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Bangkok Airways, shopping and power boost Samui’s rise HOTEL OCCUPANCY IN Koh Samui was at an all-time high of 68 per cent overall for 2012, compared with 59 per cent in 2011, thanks to new direct international flights and aircraft upgrades, according to consulting firm C9 Hotelworks. C9’s managing director Bill Barnett said a key catalyst of change in trading conditions has been Bangkok Airways’ ongoing upgrade of its fleet, which has provided more than 189,000 additional airline seats per year into Koh Samui. One leading economic indicator on the island is the development by Central Group of a massive retail shopping complex on 48,000 square metres of land . “Hot on the heels of a rising Asian middle class, and the resurgence of a prolific group travel segment, is the trend of Thailand’s resort markets becoming urbanised playgrounds,” Mr Barnett wrote. “It’s not just about the beach anymore; shopping and attractions are gaining momentum as strong demand catalysts.” While a gradual shift of demand is seeing more Asian visitors and families, the top three source markets were Germany, the UK and Thailand, which contribute a combined 27 per cent share. Rising fast are numbers of

Russian travellers. Taking Phuket as an indicator of things to come, last year 15 per cent of total visitor arrivals were from the Russian Federation. On the supply side, 459 new rooms will be added to the island’s present total inventory of 17,479 over the next two years. But the biggest driver is Bangkok Airways, which owns the airport on Koh Samui. “As Koh Samui’s primary air carrier continues to modernise its fleet with new Airbuses, and phase out older ATR 72 propeller planes, this is helping hotels to fill beds.” More good news for the Koh Samui came on Friday last week (March 15) when a new power distribution station came online. The new station, linked by underwater cable from a mainland power plant, will boost power to both Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. The station and the 54-kilometre underwater cable cost B4.2 billion. It should be sufficient to meet the island’s needs for a least a decade, a Provincial Electricity Authority official was quoted as saying. In December last year a three-day blackout on Koh Samui sent tourists rushing to the airport to go to anywhere that had power. Bangkok Post, MCOT

Happy taxman THAILAND’S TAX COL lections for the first five months of the 2013 fiscal year, beginning October 1, 2012, reached B830 billion – a B95 billion increase and 13 per cent higher growth than targeted, the Fiscal Policy Office reported today. Director Somchai Sujjapongse said the big tax take reflected an economic expansion, especially in terms of

domestic demand and household income. Rising domestic consumption which boosted the government’s income from value added tax by 6.9 per cent while collection of personal income tax was 10 per cent above the target and the Excise Tax Department’s revenue was 13.6 per cent higher, due mainly to excise taxes on vehicles. MCOT Online.

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ravellers from the Asian region are looking forward to travelling this year, with 49 per cent wanting to spend more money on their trips in 2013. According to a recent study, Thais have an even bigger year ahead with 83 per cent intending to increase their travel spending budgets. TripAdvisor has revealed that out of the 1,600 accommodations surveyed in Asia, 79 per cent reported 2012 to have been financially successful, and 24 per cent saying that the past year was “very profitable”. Not surprisingly, 72 per cent were optimistic that 2013 would also be a profitable year. This optimism in a successful year seems also to be encouraging Asian hotels and resorts to increase hiring of staff with 19 per cent of respondents planning to add staff in 2013, and 42 per cent planning to raise room rates. Travel review websites are having a significant impact on travellers with 62 per cent of respondents from Asia, including 68 per cent of Thais, checking the websites before booking holidays. Travellers named travel review websites as the most useful source of information, with web-based travel agencies and tour operator websites

Just beachy: Half of Asians surveyed said they will spend more this year on their holidays. Photo: Alex E Proimos coming in second and third places respectively. A huge 95 per cent of Asian travellers said that people’s opinions and reviews on travel review websites influenced their trip and 97 per cent of hotels believe that online reviews are of crucial importance in generating bookings. Nearly a third of Asian travellers write reviews after their trips and 91 per cent of Asian hotels said they monitor and respond to those reviews.

Twenty-eight per cent of hotels reported that their own websites generated the majority of bookings, followed by online travel agencies at 24 per cent. Although only 13 per cent of bookings were generated through hotels’ own mobile apps, 79 per cent of Asian travellers said that they thought it was beneficial for such a booking channel to be available, with 74 per cent of hotels agreeing. e-Travel Blackboard

Concerns over rising flows of hot money TWO OF THAILAND’S financial heavyweights have called on the Bank of Thailand (BoT) to review the policy interest rate as a short-term solution to what they believe are excessive amounts of shortterm foreign capital – so-called “hot money” – flowing into the country. Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said the capital inflow due to the high Thai interest rate will not be beneficial and will, in fact, pose risks to the country’s economy. He said the Finance Ministry has signalled the Monetary Policy Committee and the BoT Board to “take into consideration an appropriate policy interest rate”. However, he added, no matter what the decision, the Finance Ministry “can take it”. The National Economic & Social Development Board (NESDB) said the inflow of foreign capital has contributed to neither investment nor employment and the inflow is short-term only, so the policy interest rate should be reduced So far, however, the BoT shows no signs of taking this advice. Virabongsa Ramangkura, chairman of the bank’s board of directors, said that even though there are significant signs of possible bursting bubbles in the financial and property sectors this year, he strongly believes that the BoT should not lower the interest rate. MCOT Online

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Phillips Group buys leading property portal THE PHILLIPS GROUP PTE Ltd announced this week that it has bought Phuket Property Dot Com Ltd, which developed one of the island’s leading websites for property sales and rentals. The price was not revealed. Phillips Group said the purchase is expected to “further strengthen Phillips Property’s penetration in the local real estate market”. Group Managing Director Martin Phillips said, “The acquisition of PhuketProperty. com underscores our commitment to leverage multichannel technology-based marketing solutions that real estate developers and private home owners require, and our clients love.

“Phuket Property Dot Com is the best-in-class Phuket real estate portal [with] a well established 15-year history of providing property sales, rentals and complementary services..” The announcement explained that, following the buyout, “the service will be expanded to allow individuals to upload properties directly to the portal that will then be transacted under direct arrangements with Phillips Property. Phillips plans to development a more interactive portal alongside complementary offerings from other sites owned by the group: www. Phillips-Property.com and www.Rentals-Worldwide.com.

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PHUKET LUXURY RESORT Sri Panwa will be sold into a property fund, Bill Barnett reports on his blog thephuketinsider.com. According to documents filed with the Stock Exchange of Thailand, assets of the resort, which sits atop the spine of Cape Panwa, include 38 hotel units and seven serviced apartments which have been valued at a total of B1.9 billion. Two guarantees will be placed within the property fund going forward, which

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ansiri has officially launched its latest project on Phuket, its first on a beach and its first “premium class” condo aimed at an international market. Baan Mai Khao, which will be built on 13.5 rai of beachfront land and cost around B2.8 billion to construct, will consist of six three-floor buildings and three five-floor buildings, with a total of 206 apartments. There will be five basic types of unit: Single bedroom, ranging from 59.5 to 72 square metres; two-bedroom ranging from 79 to 98 sqm; two-bedroom with three bathrooms, from 115 to 137.5 sqm; three-bedroom, from 134 to 162.5 sqm; and six six-room penthouses ranging from 260 to 263.5 sqm. Prices will range from B7 million to B53 million for the penthouses. Although the development

would seem to be attractive to foreigners, Uthai Uthaisangsuk, senior executive vice president for condominium business and project development, said, “Sansiri has a waiting list for about 50 per cent of the units, and most of the bookings are from Thais. “We will start building in August or September this year. Construction should be completed by June 2015. “Baan Mai Khao is Sansiri’s first premium-class Phuket beachfront condominium project … Here, we have created a totally relaxed ambiance where you will feel totally invigorated day-after-day. “We are proud of the unique qualities of this superior project and are confident that such a high standard development will be welcomed by customers, foreign and Thai,” Mr Uthai said at the official launch. Common facilities will include a 70-metre pool, a sunken daybed zone offering “tranquil relaxation surround-

Development ‘will be welcomed by customers, foreign and Thai’ – Sansiri’s Uthai Uthaisangsuk. ed by greenery”, parking for 100 vehicles, a fitness room, wi-fi internet and 24-hour CCTV security. Buyers will also be able to make use of services including airport transfers, a nanny service and food deliveries. The gardens will feature, among others, the whitebarked Samet Khao tree,

from which Mai Khao (“white trees” or “white wood”) takes its name. Show units will be open for inspection and reservations this weekend (March 23 and 24) at the Sales Gallery in front of the project. For more information, call 1685 or visit sansiri.com


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We both think that when somebody wants us to do art work for them, that means they like our style, so we will do it in our style not completely by order

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hile twin brothers Thu and Tah have loved art ever since they were very young, and throughout high school always had their sketchbooks, the pair really honed their skills at university. “Communication Design is the study of design in a commercial way,” explains Tah, who graduated in the subject from Bangkok University. Thu, meanwhile, majored in more traditional Fine Art at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. “I studied about every kind of drawing and painting. I also learned about colour, equipment and technique.” Referencing the ever-present rivalry that affects siblings, let alone twin brothers, Thu says that people from his faculty tended to do work based on their ideas, but that Tah’s work was always aimed at a particular market. After graduation, the brothers decided to stay on and work in Bangkok, but the capital city eventually took its toll on the brothers, and so a few years ago they moved back to Phuket to see if they could make it in the artistic world, both commercially and artistically. “The first piece of art we did was at Fu Bar [in Phuket Town’s Indy Market] and the next one was at the Comics Bar [on Phang Nga Rd],” says Thu. “At Comics Bar, although we were hired to paint the cartoons by order, we also asked the owner if we could add our own characters.” “We both think that when somebody

L-R: Tah and Thu; their artwork at Fu Bar in Phuket Town. wants us to do art work for them, that means they like our style, so we will do it in our style not completely by order,” adds Thu. As the finished Fu Bar mural shows much of the brothers’ work is inspired by street art. “First, there was graffiti which used only colour sprays. The next age was ‘street art’, which means using all the equipment and techniques at your disposal,” explains Tah. “We cannot say that we have completely created our own style because the techniques were created by artists from ages ago,” he says. “But even though they may repeat the work, there will always be a difference in our art.” Unfortunately nowadays, the twin artists can only make street art in their free time,

which owing to full time work commitments, isn’t very much. Thu is an art teacher, while Tah works as a graphic designer. As well as murals, paintings and graphic design, the brothers spend their free time designing T-shirts, which they initially did for fun, but which has become quite a successful online business. “A few years ago, during Vegetarian Festival, we decided to design our own white T shirts, and there was basically word to mouth advertisement about the shirts, so we started to sell them online,” says Thu. So what next for the enterprising brothers? Thu dreams of one day having his own gallery where he can hang his artwork, while Tah wants to “walk his own way” and design things under his own brand. Despite their artisitic differences though, the brothers are likely to work it out, in their own inimitable style.

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he Doodle Love’, an exclusive collection designed by Isara ‘Ids’ Thaothong, will be on show and for sale at The Pavilions, Phuket from March 28 until April 14. Opening night will be on March 28 at the 360° Bar & Restaurant, where you can meet the man behind the drawings and savour artsy tapas and drinks during the extended happy hour. Born and raised in Bangkok, Ids graduated from the Rangsit University’s faculty of Fine Arts, with a major in painting. He defines his art as ‘Doodle modern graffiti’, integrating his distinc-

tive pattern with manifold signs and symbols. Inspired by his childhood, he developed his own icon, “Peepho” and his robot alter ego “Moi”, who travel through all his drawings. Since his early childhood, he has captured memories, visions and emotions in his precious sketch book, which he carries with him everywhere. Each drawing acts as a graphic novel, filled with images and details, apparent only to the close observer, giving each of us the option to choose our own personal view point. Ids’ gallery, ‘The Drawing Room’ is located on Phang Nga road in Phuket Town. For more information, contact Ids at isara380@hotmail.com or 086 899 4888.


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Although Craig spends much of his working life in an office these days, he still enjoys being out on the waves whenever he can, and believes there are few things finer than sailing the Andaman sea. He also feels that sailing in and around Phuket does not have to be restricted to the wealthy

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raig Murphy, Managing Director of Phuketbased company Max Marine, has been in the shipbuilding business all his life. The Australian considers it to be in his blood. “My Dad got me into it,” says Craig, “He was in the Australian Merchant Navy and worked as a shipbuilder.” Growing up with stories of the high seas, and being constantly around boatyards, vessels and sailors as a child, it was only natural that when he came to choosing a vocation, he followed in the footsteps of his father. “My dad got me an apprenticeship working at the Cockatoo Dockyard in Sydney and it all started from there really.” After being employed as an apprentice shipwright for four years, and working on all sorts of boats and submarines at one of Australia’s biggest shipyards, Craig decided to seek his fortune in Europe. “I went to the UK and worked around the Mediterranean for various ship companies. After that, a friend suggested that I come to Phuket, and I did so in 1989.” Upon his arrival, Craig started work for Aman Resorts, whose yacht division was one of the largest resort-owned and-operated fleets in Southeast Asia. He ran some of the group’s yacht charters and made sure everything on board was “tip top”, from the mechanics, engineering, performance and even food and beverage. In this role, he sometimes worked out of Aman’s Philippines and Indonesian properties, going back and forth to Phuket. “As my children were getting older [now 9 and 16 years old], I decided to stop travelling around so much and knew they needed a more permanent base for their schooling.” So ten years ago, he returned to Phuket full time, and seven years ago opened up Max Marine Asia – Thailand’s only Sunseeker brokerage, as well as authorised dealer for Bayliner, Stingray RIBS and Austhai CATS. “We are the number one suppliers of luxury performance power boats,” Craig says as he gestures towards a selection of boats that will be available to peruse during this weekend’s (21-24 March) 10th anniversary Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) show, held at Royal Phuket Marina. “Sunseeker is like the Bentley of boats. We will have some great ones on show this weekend.” That list includes the Manhattan 53, Manhattan 63 and the Manhattan 73. “We will be expecting customers from Bangkok,

Above: Craig Murphy at the helm of one of the Sunseeker yachts. Below: the Sunseeker Manhattan 73.

Singapore and Hong Kong and a lot of regulars. There will also be many expat residents, who spend half of the year here and half in Europe.” Craig welcomes window shoppers, those who just drop by to look at the vessels. “Even that is great for us, so that they can see and compare how great our boats are side by side with the others.” He expects a great turnout to PIMEX this year, despite a belief that the state of the marine industry – much like any other in Phuket – is slowly changing. “It goes up and down, the sales of the small boats are dwindling of late, but the bigger boats are selling well, especially with the Russian market which

is obviously causing quite a ‘splash’ in the industry.” Although Craig spends much of his working life in an office these days, he says he still enjoys being out on the waves whenever he can, and believes there are few things finer than sailing the Andaman sea. He also feels that sailing in and around Phuket does not have to be restricted to just the wealthy. “Anybody can go out in a little rib, take a picnic and go exploring the wonderful islands that Phuket has to offer.” Meanwhile, if you’d like to see the finest boats that Sunseeker has to offer, visit the PIMEX boat show this weekend. For more information about Max Marine Asia, visit maxmarine.asia


4 EDUCATION IN BRIEF British children might have have no school placements Over 250,000 new school places will be needed in the UK by 2014 according to a report conducted by the country’s National Audit Office. A c c or d i n g t o t he report the increase in need for school places is due to a corresponding rise in birth rates over the last decade.

270,000 Thai schools to get wi-fi internet S t udent s f r om over 270,000 schools across Thailand will be able to access hi-speed internet from June of this year, thanks to a contract signed with TOT and CAT Telecom. The two state-owned telcos signed a contract with Thailand’s Ministry of ICT to provide the schools with wi-fi networks, so that students can access the internet from the governmentprovided tablet PCs.

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he new International Learning Centre (ILC) at British International School Phuket (BISP) has recently established a full-time Intensive English Course (IEC) to start in April 2013. The main focus of the course is to prepare students between the ages of 11-15 years with the necessary English skills to enter BIS Phuket (in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10) or other international schools in Thailand or overseas. BISP plan to run the IEC every term of the school year from Monday to Friday. Each student experiences intensive English language tuition of approximately 17 periods per week (17 hours) at various times throughout the day. For the remaining periods, students are integrated into mainstream lessons for eight hours per week. The students work as a class, in small groups or individually, on work that is relevant to them. As BIS Phuket has boarding facilities, IEC students have the option to live on campus whilst studying English. The IEC programme aims to assist students not only to develop their language proficiency, but also to enhance their learning in content areas. The students, once they have been accepted into BIS or another school’s mainstream, will thereafter be able to successfully access an international school’s curriculum whilst continuing their second language development. The IEC students are assessed in relation to their progress through a number of internal and external tests. To receive a certificate of IEC completion, the student is to pass the Cambridge ESOL exam (KET/PET). Students who successfully complete the course may then leave to study elsewhere, or re-apply for a place in the secondary school at BIS Phuket for the following term.

Above: Students prepare to drink from the fountain of knowledge at the British International School, Phuket. In the case of a student not passing the Admissions Test on a subsequent occasion, the student may continue taking the IEC for an additional

school term to build their proficiency in English. The first nine week IEC course starts on April 22, for more information, contact: ilc@bisphuket.ac.th

POETRY IN MOTION: ‘Reading & Poetry Week’ was held at Kajonkiet International School from March 4-8. Children’s author and illustrator Gail Clarke (above) led story telling sessions and writing workshops with the students during the week and judged a poetry reading competition on the Friday.


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Lifelong fitness = longevity FIGHT FAT WITH PAT Patrick du Preez editor3@thephuketnews.com

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or the average person, advancing age means loss of energy, stamina, endurance, and strength. Research has shown that increased body fat, reduced bone mass, loss of agility and weak muscles are the result of inactivity as we grow older. Exercise and strength training can benefit adults of any age, and may even reverse the ageing process and reduce the risk of certain diseases. In addition good nutritional habits can all lead to a longer and healthier life. Men and woman in their 30s and older respond just as well to strenuous muscle training and exercise as younger people. Some of us age gracefully while others don’t. The average person can lead a longer, healthier and more productive life by learning a little self-discipline and with the right attitude you will succeed.

If you have been maintaining a healthy lifestyle or taking very good care of yourself, Chronological age versus biological age your biological age There is a difference between your chronological age may be five to ten and your biological age. Your chronological age is your current age in years younger than years, calculated from your birth date. Quite often your chronologiwe are surprised by a person’s age if they seem much cal age. However, younger than their actual age. statistics indicate In contrast they might also seem much older than their actual age. Healthy living equals slow aging, that 70 per cent of whereas unhealthy lifestyle choices equal rapid aging. cases show the bioYour biological age is the active rate at which your logical age is higher body is aging. It is a true measurement of your current health, life expectancy and future quality of life. than a person’s If you have been maintaining a healthy lifestyle or chronological age taking very good care of yourself, your biological age

Patrick du Preez, MD Club Asia Fitness, Royal Phuket Cit y Hotel, Phuket Town, clubasiaphuket.com

may be 5 to 10 years younger than your chronological age. However, statistics indicate that 70 per cent of cases usually show that the biological age is higher than a person’s chronological age. The extreme stresses, diet, toxins, lack of adequate sleep and lack of exercise contribute largely to a higher biological age. Some symptoms of getting older may include: poor memory, weaker eye sight, wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity, poor cardiovascular performance, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lack of energy, insomnia, breathing problems, decreased libido and sexual performance and angina. The good news is that you can reverse the aging process by lowering your biological age by leading a

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IN BRIEF Soldiers more likely to commit violent crime

Photo: Maxwell GS more active and healthy lifestyle.

Guidelines to improve your biological age By improving your overall fitness level and reaching your obtainable body age, it could possibly help you live longer and feel younger. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet Avoid processed food Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily Incorporate physical exercise into your lifestyle Detoxify and reduce toxins in your body Avoid fried and fatty foods Cut out smoking Reduce alcohol intake Control your stress levels Monitor your blood pressure regularly Get adequate sleep everyday There are various tests that can be done to determine your biological age. A good starting point would be to get a full medical checkup. If you know where the problems exist, you can initiate the lifestyle modifications necessary to improve your health and increase your vitality.

Recently-returned soldiers from tours of duty are more likely to commit violent offences than the rest of the population, according to a study. The King’s College of London research found that out of a group of 2,700 men under 30, 20.7 per cent of men in the military had committed an offence, as opposed to just 6.7 per cent of men outside of the military. Alcohol abuse and post traumatic stress were also found to be ‘closely linked’ to violent episodes.

Thailand packs a punch against cigarettes

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has lauded Thailand on the recent signing of a regulation requiring that graphic health warnings cover 85, instead of 55 per cent of packaging for cigarettes sold in Thailand. It will take effect within six months of publication in the Royal Gazette.


6 ENVIRONMENT

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The way to save Racha Yai Island THAI EYE

Kanokwan Homcha-aim kanokwan@myseek.org

Most waste water from hotels, local resorts and shops is untreated and is piped directly into a public canal, which unfortunately passes the garbage dumping sites, before finally ending up at sea

Above right: Speedboats in Chalong line up to take tourists to Racha Yai in the mornings. Right: Piles of garbage in front of the island’s main dump site.

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he unfortunate plight of Racha Yai island has been in many media outlets – both Thai and English – of late. The stories are about its many environmental issues and problems, including piles of garbage, polluted water, land encroachment and reef damage. Many of these problems are due to mass tourism of around 500 tourists a day who visit this island in low season and around 1,200-1,500 in high season. As a result of this, the IUCN – Mangrove For the Future (MFF) organised a short course on Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and a field trip from February 18-22. As a coordinator for SEEK, I was invited to take part in this course as I actively work on environmental issues in Phuket. The working group of ICM (consisting of 26 students, mostly marine and coastal resources officers from various countries) had surveyed the island to asses the problems, and then drafted recommendations and a clear strategy towards sustainable tourism for the island. Here are their findings on the present situation: There are many garbage dump sites on the island. All these sites are not properly

managed according to the Public Health act. Dirty water from the garbage directly also flows into and contaminates public canals and is released to the sea. Most waste water from hotels, local resorts and shops is untreated and is piped directly into a public canal, which unfortunately passes the garbage dumping sites, before finally ending up at sea. The only place that has a proper water treatment system is the Racha Resort. Regarding land encroachment, it was found that the illegally constructed bridge by Rayaburi is still there despite several government bodies having ordered the resort to remove it from blocking the canal. Currently water is still unable to flow and has started to form sludge in the canal. The ICM working group was also strongly concerned about coral reef damage. During the visit, they observed physical coral damage made by lack of awareness by inexperienced divers and snorkellers brought to the island by unregistered diving companies that are not members of the International Diving Association. These companies do not educate the customers about proper diving practices. In addition, barge grounding and loading of construction materials and supplies in the shallow bays is another factor that destroys coral reef as well. A strategy developed by the ICM was presented on March 15 when the Department of

Marine and Coastal Resources met to discuss with the community concerning zoning and the limitation of activities on the island. Mass Tourism – It is time to regulate quotas for tour operators and monitor tour packages (time duration). Fees and taxes upon entry should be considered. Waste Management and Pollution – Proper water treatment and incinerators need to be installed to get rid of landfills as soon as possible. Initiate zero waste among tour operators – bring garbage in, pack garbage out. Governance – Government organisations facilitate strong enforcement with adequate monitoring and maintain a standard of quality. No license issued to law breaking operators. Conservation and protection of natural resources, especially coral reefs – Local tour operators, community organisat Communication, education and awareness – Empowering the Self-care club through several workshops. Implement best practices facilitated by government. Publish leaflets, posters and brochures regarding zero waste trip, proper diving practices.

SWEET RELEASE The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa stages its 4th Mai Khao Turtle Release to raise funds and awareness for the plight of Phuket’s critically endangered sea turtles on Friday, March 29. Supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Centre and the Royal Thai Navy, the event sees the release of rehabilitated green turtles back into the Andaman Sea.


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THE BIG LIST Hey big spender Money, money, money ... must be funny ... in a rich man’s world. The Saudi princess who racked up a six-million euro hotel bill before trying to flee without paying sounds like a big spender, but her spending spree is almost frugal compared to those of other gazillionaires. Here, some of the more conspicous consumers in recent (and also ancient) history. Proud dad: In 2004, Indian-born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal splashed up to US$80 million (B2.4 billion) on his daughter’s wedding (pictured, right), an event hailed as the most expensive wedding in recorded history. Parts of the six-day festivities were held at the Palace of Versailles near Paris, and the 1,000 hi-so guests were put up in five-star hotels for the duration. The live music included performances by Kylie Minogue and top Bollywood movie stars, and the bill for the wine alone was estimated at US$1.5 million (B45 million). Gaga’s wheelchair: Was ironic diva Lady Gaga being ironic or just a diva when she ordered this new set of wheels? A regular wheelchair was presumably out of the question when the pop star suffered a hip ailment recently – she had a custom gold one made for her in a few days by New York jewellery designer Ken Borochov, who used about 50 grams of 24 karat gold plate to complete the commission. Fire sale: One the richest men in history was the Roman Senator Marcus Licinius Crassus – Romans wits used to joke that “Crassus is richer than Croesus,” an allusion to a mythical Greek king said to be the richest in the ancient world. Crassus amassed a huge fortune in land and slaves, in part through the curious practice of buying houses that were on fire: Crassus’ men would turn up in the street and offer a “special low price” for the burning building. If the offer was accepted, his army of slaves would put out the fire – otherwise the building would be left to burn. Golden shirt: Wealthy Indian landowner Dattatray Phuge likes to wear as much gold as he can lift – including this US$22,000 golden shirt. It took 15 goldsmiths two weeks to make the 3.5 kilogram shirt, which includes more than 14,000 gold threads, dozens of gold rings, and Swavorski crystals as buttons. As well as the gold shirt, Mr Phuge often wears four kilos of gold as necklaces, bracelets and rings – and employs 20 bodyguards to ensure his safety.

Bangkok mum gives birth on bike

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newborn baby fell from a motorbike in Bangkok this week, reportedly after the rider gave birth without noticing – and without stopping to pick up the child, according to Thai-language news

reports. Fortunately a passenger in a bus behind the motorbike noticed the baby falling to the ground, and alerted the bus driver to stop – and the newborn was reportedly reunited with its mother by the police. Bus passenger Ancharee Mookta said she was sitting on the front seat of the bus, when she saw something from the motorbike had

A cellphone image of the Bangkok newborn fallen on the ground. She told the bus driver to stop, and ran from the bus to find the object was a naked baby, with blood and fatty residue covering its body.

The baby was still alive, and it was taken urgently to Bangkok’s Wachira hospital by a volunteer on a motorbike. Police who later interviewed the motorcycling mother told a reporter that the woman had felt pain when she was about to give birth, and so decided to ride her motorbike to get to the hospital. But the baby was born during the motorbike ride - and the distraught mother told the police she was unaware of the happy event at the time. The police said they would investigate further to find the exact cause of the incident. Pattaya Daily News

Paris property seized to pay princess’ bill

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French judge has ordered the seizure of three storage units belonging to a a Saudi princess so their contents can be sold to pay her six-million euro hotel bill. Maha Al-Sudairi, the former wife of the late Saudi crown prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, checked into the ShangriLa Hotel in Paris’ exclusive 16th arrondissement in December 2011, along with 60 attendants and assistants. When she left in June 2012, Al-Sudairi had racked up six million (B230 million) euros worth of unpaid bills for meals, jewellery, and limo services. The princess rented out the entire seventh floor of the Shan-

gri-La for her entourage, and hired a luxury services company to take care of their meals, security and transport. That company says it is now owed more than 1.5 million euros (B57 million) The day after her husband’s death on June 16, 2012, AlSudairi and her entourage attempted an audacious night flit, but were caught by hotel staff loading bags into limousines outside the hotel. As a member of the Saudi royal family, Al-Sudairi – who has since returned to Saudi Arabia – is protected against prosecution by diplomatic immunity. But the court ruled that the contents of her three lock-ups in Paris could be sold to pay the bills. AFP.

Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. Photo: Siren-Com

Boy groom gives wedding ghost of chance

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n eight-year-old boy has married a woman in her 60s – because he dreamed that the ghost of his grandfather told him to. Sanele Masilela tied the knot with already-married mother-of-five Helen Shabangu at a ceremony in South Africa’s Gauteng province this month, after the boy reported that his dead grandad was in love with Ms Shabangu and wanted him to marry her on his behalf. Fearing trouble with the spirit world, both families decided the wedding should go ahead. The wedding cost B45,000 and

had the blessing of Sanele’s family and Ms Shabangu’s husband. Eight year-old Sanele is now stepfather to his wife’s five children,

aged between 27 and 37. “When I am older I will marry a lady my own age,” Sanele told reporters. He said he still wanted to “go to school and study hard”. Sanele’s mother Patience Masilela insists the marriage was a ritual and not legally binding. “By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family.” Local news reports say the couple went back to living separate lives after the ceremony took place.

Fake fingers fool hospital clock-in

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Silicon billion: For conspicuous consumption, Silicon Valley database billionaire Larry Ellison has few modern equals. Among his recent purchases is the rather large island of Lanai in Hawaii for a cool US$500 million. Ellison also has a flotilla of America’s Cup racing yachts, and seems to change his executive jet as often as other billionaires change their cars. Just for fun, he owns and flies two fighter jets, including a Russian MiG-29.

Prosthetic or real digit? Photo: Rachmaninoff

octors at a hospital in Brazil have been caught using fake silicon fingers to clock-in at work – covering for absent colleagues or for workers who don’t exist, according to television news reports. A Brazilian news show broadcast video of a doctor touching her fingertip to the biometric clockingin device at the hospital in the Sao Paulo region. The video then showed the doctor using two fake fingers made of silicon to do the same for two absent colleagues, and then collecting slips of paper to claim that they had clocked-in.

That way it looked like there were several doctors on duty when there was just one. Another television network claimed that the head of the emergency room ran the clocking-in scam – and that his daughter had not worked a day in three years but got paid all the time. The town’s mayor fears there may be up to 300 phantom people on the hospital payroll who exist only as “silicon fingers” – while someone is collecting their pay. Five doctors at the hospital have been suspended as part of an investigation. AFP


8 DINING

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A new take on the happy meal Left, Jayda Ponlid’s famous Andaman salad. Above, Jayda combines her love of cooking and painting.

Claire Connell editor1@thephuketnews.com

Contained in all my dishes is my mother’s cooking philosophy: ‘When you are happy and you cook, when people eat the food they get that love and happiness’

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hefs on the island who say they have a stressful job should perhaps take a leaf out of Phuket artist and food creator Jayda Ponlid’s book. Jayda has used Facebook to develop an unusual food service, where customers order their meal the previous night then pick up the dish at her Phuket Town art gallery the following day. “It’s the kitchen of love without panic or stress”, she says. Fun is the main thing when cooking, with Jayda saying her kitchen is always full of good vibes. “Contained in all my dishes is my mother’s cooking philosophy. When you are happy and you cook, when people eat the food they get some of that love and happiness. “About six months ago, I started to post my food on Facebook. After that, my friends called me from Bangkok and asked me for the recipe. People wanted to buy my food for their families,” she says. So she expanded her menu to include orders from the public. Every evening around 9pm she posts the menu, which usually features at least four options. People contact her that night with the order, and pick it up the following day between

4.30pm and 8.30pm. Jayda says customers always ask her to open a restaurant, but at the moment she’s happy doing what she does. “It is very hard to find good staff who understand my concept – which is to make good food with love and happiness. “Meals should be a happy time. Everyone should enjoy the moment – sharing, talking, and laughing – it should be a good time for the family.” One of the signature dishes is the Andaman salad, priced at B1,500 and featuring Phuket seafood. Big enough to feed four people, the beauty of Jayda’s food is that the seafood is incredibly fresh because it has been purchased that same day. Another favourite is the “curry in a coconut” dish, for B220. Jayda says customers who eat this dish get a “cocosmile” – meaning “When you eat it you are happy because you can smell the coconut,” she says. Her customers are not only Thai – she has many tourists who visit because hotels recommend her “restaurant” to them. One air hostess who visits Phuket takes Jayda’s food back with her to Bangkok in a specially designed cargo container. Others

drive from Phang Nga for her dishes. She also caters to keen customers around Thailand, sending her food to places as far away as Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Delivery prices ranges from B1,000 to B2,000, with a minimum food order of B1,500. The food is sent on ice on a commercial airplane, and then delivered through what Jayda calls her “agents” in Bangkok. Everything is done with the strictest attention to hygiene, she says, with Jayda not wanting her clients to get sick from food that is not kept cold. “People talk and talk and then we ended up getting customers from Sweden and Germany – they want me to send my food by cargo to them, but I’m not sure how to do that yet.” When she is not busy creating art or making food, Jayda works as a guest lecturer at the Prince of Songkla University Phuket campus, sharing her “art and life” knowledge. For more information visit her Facebook page facebook.com/JaydaFanclub (Thai language only), while orders can be made to 089 289 8852 (Jayda speaks excellent English). Her art gallery and the food pickup point is at 17 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town.

Xana to celebrate world Earth Hour

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ana with Attica will hold a dinner evening to celebrate the international energy saving event, Earth Hour, tomorrow (March 23). ‘Dinner in the Dark’ will include a buffet barbecue that is cooked from natural heat sources from 7.30pm until late. The barbecue, priced at B1,100, will include Western style meat and seafood on the skewer, as well as Thai marinated chicken and fish dishes. One beverage and a selection of desserts and fruit will also be included. At 8.30pm, Xana will then join homes and businesses across Phuket and the rest of Thailand in turning electricity off. During this hour, guests will be treated to a beach performance by the island’s

leading fire dancers and percussionists. A lantern release will then mark the end of Earth Hour at 9.30pm. Further entertainment on the night will be provided by DJ Marco, who will be holding Xana’s Earth Hour after-party. For enquiries or reservations please email xanalagunaphuket@angsana.com


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Creating smiles with somtum

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ollowing the release of Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School’s Somtum: A Meeting of Flavours, Tastes & Cultures cookbook, The Phuket News caught up with Executive Master Chef Fabrice Danniel, the book’s creator.

Being a foreigner, was it difficult for you to compile a cookbook on Thai cuisine? Not really because Le Cordon Bleu Dusit is based in Thailand, and this has inspired our team of chefs to create something that reflects our friendship and interaction with Thailand. It was quite challenging for us to match French cuisine with Thai cuisine, but I think we produced a book that is very special. The book is called Somtum: A Meeting of Flavours, Tastes & Cultures and that expresses the essence of the project. What research was involved? We researched the history and background of somtum. We looked at all the different types of somtum dishes, and also analysed its core ingredients – that’s in the first part of the book. The second half of the book contains the 23 recipes created by my French and Thai team of chefs. I am very proud of their creativity. I am also sure readers will appreciate the beauty of the photogra-

phy and the food styling in the book, which helps bring out the magic of this unique cross-cultural culinary collaboration. What are the important steps to follow when creating a cook book? When producing a cookbook, you need to inspire both passion and creativity in your team of chefs. Using the tastes, flavours and ingredients of somtum to produce something completely new was their challenge. We wanted to share our enjoyment with other people too! What is you favourite recipe in the book? Somtum macaroons! A French dessert with somtum filling – a very special combination. What dish would you recommend beginner chefs start with? Most of the recipes in this book can be undertaken by anyone who loves cooking and wants to practice. However, I would recommend readers to start with somtum macaroons. I think making them is not that difficult.

Above, somtum cake. Clockwise from top, the new cookbook; somtum and foie gras tartlet; and Executive Chef and book creator Fabrice Danniel.

Is this the first cookbook you‘ve been involved with? I have done a few other pastry books in the past. However, this was the first time that I really enjoyed blending my expertise and experience into the dazzling tastes and flavours of a local Thai dish like somtum. We started the project in 2008 and finished it in 2011. It took us more than three years to complete – it was a labour of love. It was created in between all the classes my chefs and I had to teach. It was a really intense

period for us. We were also celebrating the fifth year anniversary of Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary school in Thailand. Then, quite unexpectedly, in late 2012 we were informed that our book had won ‘Best in the World (Asia)’ at the International Gourmand Cook Book awards in Paris. We were stunned – that our somtum book would receive such international recognition was beyond our wildest dreams. We were delighted and very proud. Then it was decided by our partners that all funds raised from sales of the book would be donated to Operation Smile Thailand. Tell us about Operation Smile. Thailand is often referred to as the

land of smiles. Operation Smile (Thailand) provides surgery for children with cleft palates – often from poor urban or rural backgrounds. It puts the smiles back on their faces and brings joy and happiness to their families and friends. I know that Dusit have been a great supporter of Operation Smile Thailand for many years and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit was happy to reinforce that support for a project which really makes a difference to children’s lives. All funds raised from sales of ‘Somtum: A Meeting of Flavours, Tastes & Cultures’ will go to Operation Smile Thailand. For more details on purchasing the book visit tinyurl.com/somtum book. You can also purchase the book at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.


10 DINING GUIDE

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EUROPEAN

INTERNATIONAL

ITALIAN

SEAFOOD

Bodega & Grill

Weaves Restaurant

Acqua

Trisara Seafood

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

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

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

The 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. Lunch 12.30pm-3pm, Dinner 7pm-10.30pm (Closed Sundays). Trisara, 076 310 100

Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

Irish Times

Art Caffè

RE KÁ TA Beach Club

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

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

The idea of Art Caffè comes from the need to have a place to stop and enjoy something different. Meet friends, exchange ideas, propose initiatives, organizing events or reflect only reading, watching and perhaps enjoying a good cup of coffee. The exhibition space is an affront to the repetitiveness of the artistic culture of the island. Naiharn-Saiyuan Road, 076 388 546

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); info@rekataphuket.com, rekata phuket.com, 076 330 421

Tablespoon Salad & Grill

Super Natural

DaVinci

Baan Kalim Restaurant & Seafood

Discover newest stylish restaurant in modern vintage setting. Creative and unique salad and grill menus are served while you experience a delectable dining in romantic and intimate atmosphere with a reasonable price tag. Open 11am-10pm. 2nd Floor, HomePro Village, Chalong; 076 383 244

Super Food deserves a Super Location. SuperNatural and more. The only waterfront restaurant in Phuket serving exciting raw vegetarian cuisine in addition to our delicious seafood, Thai and International menu. Great selection of fresh to order juices & smoothies, as well as great wines and chilled beers. Open 365 days a year. Facebook Supernatural -Phuket, 2.5km south of Chalong Circle.

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. davinciphuket.com

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

FRENCH

The Bistro Restaurant

Diavolo

THAI

Breeze Restaurant

Baan Vijitt Restaurant

All the Italian traditions in our bit, savor and experience the real Mama style dishes serving only the traditional taste of Italia. The Bistro is at Impiana Resort Patong Phuket. Happy Hours 50% off for selected beverages, soft drinks, juices from 3pm-5pm & 10pm-11pm daily. Opening hours: 3pm-12am Patong Beach, 076 340 138.

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

INDIAN

JAPANESE

Tre by DoublePool Villas

Navrang Mahal

Tamarind Restaurant

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

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

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; banyantree.com

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

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

Talung Thai

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


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Laem Sai – an unexplored corner JAMIE’S PHUKET

Jamie Monk editor@thephuketnews.com

We know some quiet areas of Phuket. Only a few kilometres from Laem Sai to the south is Bang Rong, where you find a busy jetty, boats heading to Koh Yao Noi, and a floating restaurant. We consider that a quiet place. Laem Sai a different planet – it’s almost totally untouched

Read the full version at jamie-monk.blogspot. com. Jamie works at liveaboard dive specialists Sunrise Divers in Karon, 084 626 4646, sunrise-divers.com

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normal high season week like we’re having now is all about work, school, and routine – just like anyone else’s normal life.

We sometimes have days out at the weekend, but often the kids are doing activities like music or taekwondo so we have days at home with maybe a lunch out somewhere. A tourist on holiday in Phuket for two weeks can see as much as we see in three months! And sometimes when I have a day off in high season, I’m tired and don’t fancy exploring too much. Such was the case last Saturday. Kids played music, we did some cleaning and gardening, and then I took an afternoon nap aided by a couple of cold beers. Around 3pm, my dear wife was getting bored. “Let’s go out,” she said. “But where?” I answered. “Kids have taekwondo at 5pm, so we can’t do much.” She reminded me of something I had mentioned the week before. I had been looking at Phuket on Google Earth and seen a coastal road on the northeast coast, a road that I was sure we’d never seen it before. Phuket has a lot of small back roads which wind through stunning rubber plantations, pineapple fields or shrimp farms. So we set off for a drive. Sometimes we do this, just to see where we end up. So we drove north, U-turned at the airport junction and turned off following the signs for Mission Hills Golf Resort, but turned onto a side road heading away from the resort.

I was just following the map in my head. Not quite sure if we were on the right road, but soon enough realised that we had been this way before about 10 years ago. The road wound through farmland, rubber trees and a place called Laem Sai Garden Resort that I can barely find online. And then we were by the water. A new jetty has been built recently, so we thought we’d take a walk down to the end.

We know some quiet areas of Phuket. Only a few kilometres from Laem Sai to the south is Bang Rong, where you find a busy jetty, boats heading to Koh Yao Noi, and a floating restaurant. We consider that a quiet place. Laem Sai a different planet – it’s almost totally untouched. No hotels, no big houses, no villa developments. Sure there’s no beach either – the east coast of Phuket is largely mangroves and mud. And the land you can see off the jetty is actually Phang Nga province, not Phuket. A catamaran cruised by, free to roam the seas. I want a boat one day. Not far from the new jetty is the old jetty, still being used by longtail boats. What a great view. On afternoons like this we remember why we live here and stop moaning about too much work, too much housework, too many tests at school. We’d already lunched and were not hanging around too long as we had to get back for taekwondo. We’ll try the restaurant another time. Down at the end of the jetty, people were fishing. We then noticed that Laem Sai is right on the flight path of Phuket Airport – the end of the runway is only about 5km away. A couple of planes took off over our heads as we walked on the jetty. This is one of the quietest places we’ve been in Phuket, and I was glad to rediscover Laem Sai. Sometimes, you can just drive and see where the road leads...


12 TECHNOLOGY IN BRIEF Nintendo loses 3DS lawsuit A federal jury in New York has ordered Nintendo to pay damages for breaking a patent for technology that creates 3D images without the use of 3D glasses. The attorney for inventor Seijiro Tomita told jurors said his client demonstrated the technology to a group of Nintendo officials in 2003, and patented it in 2008, three years before the Nintendo 3DS was released. The judge ordered Nintendo to pay Tomita US$30.2 million (B890 million) in damages.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sets new standards

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ith the release of its new Galaxy S4, Samsung has added several features to its flagship phone that it hopes will secure its recently-achieved position as the world’s largest seller of smartphones. The S4 shares much with the Galaxy S3, but why change a good thing? Among the new features is the phone’s 5-inch (12.7 cm), 1080p Super HD AMOLED screen, one of the largest displays on the market. The S4 also has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera that can be used simultaneously during video calls – something Apple’s Face Time can not do. A breakthrough feature of the S4 is that it can be controlled, in part, by a user’s eyes. The Smart Pause feature will pause a video when the user looks away from the screen, while Smart Scroll al-

Jean-Pierre Mestanza editor@thephuketnews.com

Dropbox buys Mailbox O n l i ne st ora ge a nd sharing company Dropbox has bought a hot app startup, Mailbox, for a reported US$100 million (B2.9 billion). Mailbox is a mobile app designed to help users deal with email overload. Dropbox beat competition from Facebook and Yahoo to acquire the startup, and the deal indicates Dropbox’s desire to develop its business beyond cloud storage services, where it now faces direct competition from Google Drive.

Duke Nukem II for iOS

Priced at only US$2 (B66), developers Realm and Interceptor Entertainment announced last week that Duke Nukem II will be released for all Apple devices in April The iOS version of the beloved action-shooter, which was originally released in 1993, will include 32 levels, full touchscreen support, save and load functionality, and new music. A trailer of the iOS game has been posted on YouTube.

lows a user to scroll up and down through a page when the phone is tilted. One thing the iPhone 5 has become known for is Siri, the voice recognition software that is designed to act like a digital best friend. The Galaxy S4 has a Google-powered voice search feature, which – although not as entertaining – is actually more useful and accurate than Siri. You want games? The Galaxy S4 is taking smartphone gaming to another level with the addition of a gaming controller that can be connected through Bluetooth. It looks and feels like a small Xbox 360 controller, down to the colours of the buttons and other design details. The controller grips the smartphone with a pop-up cover, with the Galaxy S4 in landscape mode for full-screen enjoyment. The Galaxy S4 will be released in July, at a price to be announced.

Phone security at your fingertips

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eports say Apple is working on a design that will allow iPhone users to unlock their phones with a fingerprint instead of a typed password. With the iPhone 5S expected to be revealed later this year, pundits are excited about the possibility of having extra security on the do-everything phone. Many had speculated that Apple would introduce the technology after they bought security firm AuthenTec last year.

Some of Apple’s competitors in the smartphone market have already introduced several security features based on “biometric” sensors, such as fingertip scanners. Companies like Samsung have added “face unlock” and voice recognition software in their new Galaxy S4 phone, although it cannot identify a specific individual as of yet. Others, like Google, have experimented with an ID ring, a smartphone chip, to replace passwords.

Kickstarter projects excite the market

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he crowdsource fundraising website Kickstarter is no stranger to great ideas and innovations. Here, two recent projects that already have the tech world giddy with excitement: Jimu: The app market is becoming bigger with every passing month, but developers who want to break in to that market usually need to learn complicated code. The Jimu app-building software lets anyone build an app using drag-and-drop blocks of code, and provides professional developers a creative template they can improve on.

The Bartendro cocktail robot

Bartendro The Bartendro is a “precision cocktail dispensing robot” that can be controlled via smartphone or tablet. The bar-based bot, developed by PartyRobotics, features a set of plastic tubes and a pump governed by a small computer, which can automatically mix drinks according to orders sent over over wi-fi. Up 15 different drinks and mixers can be hooked-up to the system through the tubes, and the Bartendro can clean itself.

TOP APPS THIS WEEK

TOP CONSOLE GAMES THIS WEEK

Ridiculous Fishing (Game) Running Trax (Music)

1

Tomb Raider

Xbox 360, PS3, PC

6

Far Cry 3 (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC

1

2

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

Xbox 360, PS3

7

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (18+)

PS3, Xbox 360

2

3

Crysis 3

Xbox 360, PS3

8

Dead Space 3 (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC,

3

Swarmly (Social)

Android

4

Fifa 13

Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, VITA

9

Aliens: Colonial Marines (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC

4

Field Trip (Social)

iOS

5

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II (18+)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

10 Need For Speed Most Wanted

Xbox 360, PS3, VITA, PC

5

YouTube Capture (Video)

iOS

iOS, Android Android

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Gran Turismo BLAST FROM THE PAST Jean-Pierre Mestanza editor@thephuketnews.com

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o you remember Gran Turismo? It is the single best-selling game for the original PlayStation, and when it was released in 1997 in Japan, Gran Turismo immediately blew away the competition in terms of graphics. Part of its appeal was that it was much more than a simple race simulator, allowing gamers to tune-up their cars, as well as purchase new models and build up a stable of vehicles. In simulation mode, players were forced to earn different levels of driver’s licenses to qualify for different events. The more you won, the more money you acquired, the more parts you could buy for your car to improve speed, torque and so on. It didn’t hurt that the game had models of actual street racing cars available, including the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, the 1998 Mazda Roadster, and two 1995 Honda del Sol cars. With it’s modern soundtrack and realistically serious gameplay, many users became obsessed with the gaming experience of racing. To complete the experience, Gran Turismo would eventually develop a special gaming chair and steering wheel controller that fully recreated the driving experience. The game would have several sequels, the last of which was released in 2009. Plans for Gran Turismo 6 are in the works.

Do you have a Blast from the Past? Let us know at editor@ thephuketnews.com


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History as bunk

IN BRIEF

‘Gatsby’ remake with di Caprio to open Cannes

Django Unchained

FILM REVIEW Tom Metcalfe editor2@thephuketnews.com

DIRECTOR Quentin Tarantino STARRING Jamie Foxx Christoph Waltz Leonardo DiCaprio Kerry Washington Samuel L. Jackson RUNNING TIME 165 minutes

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epending on who you listen to, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is either a satire of American history or a satire of American movies about American history. Some sectors of the media have been much exercised by its “depictions” of black slavery in the southern United States, still a topic of some sensitivity in America. Predictably, Django Unchained also upset Tarantino’s rival enfant Spike Lee, who objected to Tarantino’s use of the n-word – although it’s hard to see how you would make a movie about slavery in the South without using it. When you see Django Unchained you might wonder what all the fuss was about: perhaps the most shocking thing about the movie is that anyone would be shocked by it. It’s not especially violent, certainly not by the standards of modern action movies. It’s not even about slavery, all that much: thankfully, this is not a realist dramatisation about the historical social complicity in human slavery in mid-19th century Southern United States; but a Tarantino movie, after all, which mainly means clever monologues delivered at gunpoint. Django (Jamie Foxx) is freed from slavery in the first scenes of the movie by a bounty hunter, the enigmatic Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). From that point, his status as a freed slave provides the motivation for a classic Western story of revenge, with the notable difference that the character getting his

revenge is a black man, and his victims are white slave owners. Together, Django and Shultz dispense a little justice on Django’s former captors, and track down Django’s missing wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), a slave on the estate of a slightly Satanic landowner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo di Caprio). As he did with Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino effectively parodies his own movie as he’s going along – which among other things provides bulletproof ironic protection from film critics, and lets the director indulge in surreal reinventions of the past: Django hunts his former slavers in a pantomime courtier’s costume, and Tarantino appears in a bit part in his own movie as a slave trader with a comedy Australian drawl (mercifully, his appearance is brief). While he’s on screen, Waltz as Shultz gets most of the good lines – Foxx as Django is more of a Eastwoodian (or Bronsonian) hero, who says little but glowers his way through the whole movie. Leo di Caprio as the slave owner Calvin Candie is showy and over-the-top, but the character seems too stupid to be really evil – that part falls to Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the vicious head slave Stephen, Candie’s ancient retainer. The movie leaves a few questions unanswered, but none of them are especially important: Is it a parody? Is it ironic? What’s the difference? Did you know Jamie Foxx rides his own horse? And what about Tarantino’s Aussie accent?

Chinese film ‘Mystery’ wins Asian best picture

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Chinese drama that touches on sensitive topics including police corruption won the best picture at the Asian Film Awards this week, while Japan’s Takeshi Kitano scooped the best director gong. Mystery, directed by Lou Ye, which reportedly upset Chinese censors for dealing with controversial issues such as the behaviour of the country’s new rich, also took home the best newcomer award, won by actress Qi Xi. The social satire was Lou’s first film after he was banned from film-making for five years for showing politically charged love story Summer Palace at the Cannes Film Festival without government approval in 2006. “I am very happy because this (latest film) project has run into some troubles before, so this is a recognition

for us,” Lou told AFP after winning the award at a glitzy ceremony in Hong Kong on Monday. He said he would continue addressing social issues through his films despite the pressures he has faced. “I just want to concentrate on making films... Movies and society cannot be separated,” the director said. Chinese media said censors demanded

SFX Coliseum Phuket (Central Festival) 21 And Over (E) [18+] Django Unchained (E) [18+] The Haunting In Connecticut 2 (E) [15+] The Haunting In Connecticut 2 (E/F) [15+] Jack The Giant Slayer (E) [G] Jack The Giant Slayer (E/F) [G] Jack The Giant Slayer (T) [G] Oz the Great And Powerful (E/3D) [G] Panya Renu 3 (T/E sub) [G]

11:40, 13:40, 15:40, 20:10 12:00, 15:15, 18:30, 21:45 11:15, 13:30, 15:40, 17:55, 20:10, 22:30 14:30, 16:45, 21:40 17:40, 22:10 12:00, 19:15 11:30, 14:00, 16:30, 19:00, 21:30 11:30, 14:00, 16:45, 19:30, 22:15 11:50, 14:10, 16:30, 18:50, 21:10

Lou cut the violent ending in Mystery where the male lead bludgeons a garbage collector to death with a hammer. But he refused until a compromise was reached and he agreed to darken the scene. Japanese actor-director Kitano won the best director honour with his yakuza gangster film Outrage Beyond. The best actor and best actress awards were both won by the Philippines: actor Eddie Garcia scooped the award for a role as a lonely gay man who is in his 70s in the comedy-drama Bwakaw, while Nora Aunor was named best actress for Thy Womb, portraying the struggles of an infertile wife. The Asian Film Awards, organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival, have been held annually since 2007. AFP

The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo di Caprio starring in a remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival in May. The 3D film was scripted by Australian director Baz Luhrman and his long-time co-screenwriter Craig Pearce. Set on the US East Coast of the Roaring Twenties, Gatsby stars di Caprio as Fitzgerald’s mysterious millionaire, battling to win the heart of a girl he courted in his youth.

Tale of troubled teens takes SXSW film prize

Short Term 12, a drama set in a centre for troubled teenagers, took the top prize for narrative feature film at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film stars Brie Larson as a twentysomething foster home supervisor with a difficult past of her own. The prize for best documentary went to Brooklyn-based director Ben Nabors’ William and the Windmill, the tale of a young African inventor who builds a windmill to lift his family out of poverty.

‘Oz’ conjures up more box office magic

Big-budget fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful topped the North American box office for a second weekend, earning US$41.3 million (B1.2 billion) Second place went to thriller The Call, with takings of US$17.1 million ( B515 million). It stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator trying to rescue a young girl who has been abducted. Conjuror comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” debuted in third place, taking US$10.2 million (B306 million). AFP

US BOX OFFICE TOP 10 Film

Gross

1

Oz the Great and Powerful

$41.3M

$144M

2

The Call

$17.1M

$17.1M

3

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

$10.2M

$10.2M

4

Jack the Giant Slayer

$6.31M

$54M

5

Identity Thief

$4.42M

$124M

6

Snitch

$3.5M

$37.3M

7

21 And Over

$2.67M

$21.9M

8

Silver Linings Playbook

$2.53M

$125M

9

Safe Haven

$2.45M

$66.9M

$2.34M

$52.2M

10 Escape from Planet Earth

SFC Jungceylon Phuket (Patong) 21 And Over (E) [18+] A Good Day To Die Hard (E) [15+] Flight (E) [15+] Jack The Giant Slayer (E) [G] Oz the Great And Powerful (E/3D) [G] Panya Renu 3 (T/E sub) [G]

Weekend gross

16:40, 20:20, 22:20 18:15, 21:00 15:30, 18:30, 21:30 17:00, 19:30, 22:00 16:45, 19:30, 22:15 16:00, 18:45

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 sfcinemacity.com, or call the cinemas directly: SFX Coliseum Phuket 076-209000 and SFC Jungceylon Phuket 076-600-555.


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The fashion show models look sexy for the camera. Photo: Angus Adams

A model struts her stuff. Photo: Jessi Cotterill

A HOT NIGHT AT XANA Foxy Friday, Xana Beach Club’s new fortnightly event, kicked off in spectacular fashion on March 15 with a “Some Like It Hot” fashion show by Katalina.

Katarina Boner from Katalina and Debbie Dionysius from Laguna. Photo: Angus Adams

Xana’s Philipp Seipelt and Richard Cooper. Photo: Jessi Cotterill


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THE BATTLE IS ON The second heat of the Battle of the Young Bands was held at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 16. Band “Sicma” won the heat, ahead of Lost Soul, Soul, and The Kids Next Door, and will progress to the final on May 4.

BEACH DINNER Centara Grand Beach Resort in Karon welcomed French winemaker Pascal Jolivet to a dinner at the Beachcomber on March 14.

Cherry, Chef Sandro from Centara, Pond and Bernard.

Ambrose Senior Sales Manager Jirawat Lohsiriphat, Katathani F&B Manager Siriphan Panchatree and Ambrose Managing Director Lt. Somphon Charumilinda.

Claudia, Ron, Mark, Natalie and Centara’s resident manager, Opas Damrongkul.

Pascal Jolivet and Centara’s Area General Manager Denis Thouvard.


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THE FAMOUS BATTLE A large crowd gathered in Thalang last week to watch the impressive annual performance of the re-enactment of the Battle of Thalang, featuring Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut as King Rama I.

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Sicma take top spot in young bands comp

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he Battle of the Young Bands hit fever pitch on Saturday (March 16) at the Hard Rock Cafe, with four more bands competing for a coveted place in the finals on May 4. Teen band Sicma took top honours, and will proceed to the final, joining heat one winners Notorious. Saturday’s event kicked off with a performance by last year’s winners, Legends of Siam. After Legends of Siam, the battle began with the youngest contestants to date, the five-piece all girl band from the British International School, The Kids Next Door. Still in primary school, this was their first ever performance, and while all but the lead vocalist looked like young deer in the headlights; they put on a spirited performance and won the hearts of the audience. Next up were Thai language band Lost Soul. Clearly no strangers to the stage, this six-piece band rocked the crowd and impressed the panel of judges.

Nattawadee Dokkrathin, aged 17, is the lead singer of winning band Sicma. Despite playing to a predominately foreigner audience, they were confident and the young singer strutted her stuff and worked the crowd. The penultimate band competing for the place in the final were Siobhan’s Music Studio’s newest and youngest band Soul.

The five-piece have been together for just a few months and are still feeling their way around each other, but with some well chosen songs and a little more time together this young band will be one to keep an eye on. All are competent players, and the band holds not one, but two fantastic vocal talents. The competition ended with a performance by Sicma, the second Thai language band for the day. From the moment the singer opened her mouth, all present knew they would be in for something special. And Sicma delivered on that promise with an avalanche of sound and a vocal performance that would rival the best on the island. Nattawadee Dokkrathin, aged 17 and the band’s new lead singer, held the audience transfixed as she worked her way through the bands two songs done in their own style, ending will all in the room on their feet as she sang the last notes of I Will Survive to end the day’s competition, and take her band through to the final. The Phuket News and Live 89.5 are media sponsors of this event.

Pan pipes up in Phuket

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ast Thursday night at Sanaeha bar in Phuket Town, music lovers were delighted by the appearance of Paibulkiat “Pun” Kheokao, a popular Thai singer. In an interview with The Phuket News before his performance at the bar, Pun spoke about his life, work as a singer and his thoughts on Phuket. “This is the first time for me singing in Sanaeha, but I have visited Phuket many times to sing in other places such as Timberhut and hotels,” he said. “When I come to Phuket, I always meet nice people who take good care of me. Phuket also has tasty food and beautiful beaches.” These days, Pun is not only a singer. He’s also an MC, and an actor on soap operas My Melody, Love 360 Degree and Farm Aey Farm Rak.

Thai singer Paibulkiat Kheokao visited Phuket. His new album – his first official collection of jazz music – was released recently and is now available in music shops and on his Facebook page, facebook.com/punpaibulkiat “The name of the album is Jazz

Diaw (meaning solo jazz). “I have loved jazz music for a long time but I have never had the chance to write my own songs. The songs on this album are a mix between my newlywritten songs, and covers, such as Rak Ter Tee Sud (Love You The Most), Rak Nirun (Forever Love) and Jong Rak (Let’s Love). “This album is a limited edition. We produced 500 vinyl copies and 2,000 CDs targeting people who basically know us and like our work.” When asked what type of music he likes the most, he said he did not have a favourite. “Sometimes I want to listen to music without lyrics, and sometimes I want to listen to profound lyrics or Japanese songs. Also I like luk tung (Thai country music) because it has a fun rhythm.”

Live 89.5’s Got Talent

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une in on Live 89.5 on Saturday mornings from 9am to 10am with your host Siobhan McGovern as she interviews Phuket’s up and coming talent. Hear them perform and find out why they love the arts.

Name: Rianne Davies (Rannze) Age: 17 years What instrument do you play and how long have you been studying? I play drums, a bit of guitar, and sing. I started learning the drums when I was around 8 or 9 years old, though my first instrument was the piano. One day I was running around in the music school building with a friend – we ran upstairs and I saw the drums room. Then I had the feeling “I’m going for those! What is your favourite thing about playing the drums? I get to be creative, find new beats and rhythm, express my feelings, and challenge myself with songs I like. It is a like a little workout too!. Do you get stage fright? How do you deal with it? I used to get stage fight, but nowadays it is just nerves. Because I’ve been on many stages before and not everywhere is the same, I feel what they call ‘butterflies” in my tummy. I deal with my nerves by telling myself I have to enjoy it, and just to have fun with it. Who inspires you musically? Meytal. She is a female drummer featured on YouTube and does metal drum covers.


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FRIDAY MAR 22

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SATURDAY MAR 23

Sunday Carvery

Fish and Chips Friday Night B250 per person. At Irish Times Pub, Jungceylon Patong.

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

B399 per person all you can eat. Roast beef, BBQ ham, chicken, pork, fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and a glass of selected beverage. At Irish Times Pub, Junceylon Patong.

Pool Competition at Expat Guesthouse Pool Competition every Tuesday 9pm Expat Guesthouse Sports Bar, Patong. See map at www.expatguesthouse.com.

MONDAY MAR 25 Curry Fridays at Navrang Mahal Half Chicken Spit Roast

Every Friday, all-you-can-eat authentic Indian curry buffet, B449 net per person. 7pm-11.30pm. Call 076 286 464.

Schnitzel Day Kokosnuss Restaurant - Every Monday, Schnitzel, fried potatoes and salad buffet B190 per person. Starts 5.30pm. For more info please visit phuketkokosnuss.com.

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 MAR 27

Saturday Shopping at The Good Shepherd Charity Shop Pool Competition at Expat Hotel Pool Competition at 9pm. Expat Sports Bar, Expat Hotel, Soi Taipan, Patong. www. expatsportsbar.com.

We have a wide and creative range of handicrafts such as toys, greeting cards, ornaments, lanterns, bags, purses and many more. You can also find exquisite arts and craft made by local residents. Pre-loved items include books, clothes and toys. Handicraft items are handmade by the women from The Good Shepherd centres. All proceeds go directly to The Good Shepherd’s mission of helping those in need as well as empowering them. Place: Plaza Del Mar, Laguna (Behind Bake). Time: 9am to noon. See thegood shepherd.info.

BBQ All You Can Eat 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.

Phuket’s First Audio Video Interactive Pub Quiz B99 per drinks and selected beverages buy 1 get 1 free. Quiz master DJ Doris, from 91.5FM. Bar Tabs: 1 Prize B1,500. 2 Prize B1,000. Every Wednesday Night From 8 pm. Free entry. Maximum 4 people per team. At Irish Times Pub, Jungceylon Patong.

TUESDAY MAR 26

SUNDAY MAR 24 BBQ Ribs All You Can Eat Wednesdays and Fridays. BBQ ribs all you can eat with salad buffet and potato salad for B295 per person. 7pm-11pm. Located in Patong on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pee Road next to Hotel Mercure.

Live Music at Underwood Art Factory Every Friday and first Saturday of every month. The home of Phuket’s finest performers, coming together to bring a night of entertainment, delicious Thai Buffet and great fun. The Lost Legends band. All performed on a unique built stage at the Underwood Art Factory. For booking call 088 762 4505.

Quiz Night at Grizzly’s Sunday Roast Pork at Expat Hotel Sunday roast pork or beef dinner every Sunday 2pm onwards at Expat Hotel, Soi Taipan, Patong. B290 per person. See www.expathotel.com.

Every Tuesday night. Snacks available. Registration 7.45pm. 1,000 Baht voucher to winners. Grizzly’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, located between Loch Palm Golf Course and Kathu Waterfall. Contact 086 951 4962.

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Shipwrecked! The Party that will rock your boat... and make a difference for 124 children from the Phuket Sunshine Village - Child Care Center.

Buffet Dinner, Live Entertainment Salsa, Pop & Dance Music DJ Ω, Raffle, Silent Auction Best Costume Award . . . Venue: The Green Man, Chalong Date: 30.03.2013 - 7:30 pm till late Dress Code: As you were when your ship sank Tickets: 999 THB; includes Buffet Dinner and 3 Drink Coupons - available @ the door

All proceeds will be donated to the PSV foundation

www.phuketsunshinevillage.org

THURSDAY MAR 28

Pork Roast and Roast Chicken Every Thursday. Buffet includes salads, soups, mashed potatoes, bread dumplings. ALL YOU CAN EAT B190. www.phuketko kosnuss.com.

FRIDAY MAR 29

food and drink, DJ’s all at beautiful Bliss Beach Club, Bangtao Beach. Entry cost is B200 per person per race with their own paddle board or B500 per person without paddle board. Register before March 15 and receive 10 per cent discount. Contact: info@standupprojects.com, 085 476 9096. All profits of this day go to building phuket’s first community skatepark. The idea of this day is to bring the Phuket community together promoting community spirit, healthy lifestyle and fun spirited competition.

SATURDAY APR 13-15

European countries. The objective of this day is to recognise the employee’s duty and responsibility they show everyday of the year. The government has marked May 1 as a public holiday. You will find most private companies closed, including banks. However, all government offices will remain open.

SUNDAY MAY 5 Coronation Day (Wan Chat tra Mongkhon) Commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950. It’s a public holiday. May 5 falls on a Sunday this year so May 6 will be the substitute day.

FRIDAY APR 5

THURSDAY MAY 9 Songkran Festival

A Question of Trust. The fallout from the phone-hacking scandal in Britain is the most spectacular example of the media’s abuse of trust. Advertising dollars once shared by a finite number of newspapers are now spread out over an almost infinite number of digital sites. This raises the question: who is going to pay for the news? David Armstrong, Post Publishing (Bangkok Post), editorin-chief of The Australian, The Bulletin, The Canberra Times and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, will be giving his views from his journalistic career that spanned more than 40 years. All welcome, doors open 6.15pm, more details ibapphuket.org

Songkran is the old Thai New Year, and is an occasion for family reunions. Many Thai people return to their homes and families for the three day festival. Celebrated each year between the 13th and 15th of April, it was originally a religious holiday. Songkran begins with early morning meritmaking, by offering food to the monks. Paying respect to elders and ancestors is also an important custom of Songkran. Young people pour scented water over Buddha images and on the hands of elders to show respect, and to seek their blessing. Another custom of Songkran is to clean houses and anything old and useless must be thrown away. It is believed that anything bad belonging to the old year will be unlucky to the owner if left and carried on to the coming new year. The most prominent custom of the festival is throwing water. Everybody throws water on each other on the first day. In Phuket, the biggest water-throwing parties are in Patong and Saphan Hin.

SATURDAY APR 6

WEDNESDAY MAY 1

Phuket Paddle Festival

Chakri Day

Labor Day

A day of Stand Up Paddle for the whole family with elite and fun races, kid’s games,

A public holiday to honor the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, King Rama I.

The government has established May 1 of every year as Labour Day just like most

HeadStart Celebrates International Day 4pm-8pm at FunStart. This is an event involving all the parents, students and staff from Preschool to Year 12. This special event is a time for us all to come together to share a little of our own cultural backgrounds with other members of the community, as well as a chance for us all to learn lots of exciting and interesting things about the world. Please contact us if you have any questions. Primary contact point is Miki Edouard, Activities and Events co ordinator, at miki@headstartphuket.com or call at 076 612 876.

SUNDAY MAR 31

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony and Farmer’s Day Ceremonies giving blessing to the country’s farmers are held on this day. It is officially known as Wan Phra Ratcha Phithi Phuet Monkhon Lae Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan. This day is also observed as Farmer’s Day. Each year’s date is astrologically-determined and announced by the Bureau of the Royal Household. A government holiday only, this ceremony revives an ancient blessing of the plants and ceremonial start to the new growing season. The action takes place on Bangkok’s Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace.

EVERY DAY

Happy Hour at Sugar Reef Happy Hour B60 on all selected beverages, B120 house doubles, and B99 all selected drinks. 4pm - 8pm. Also Sunday roast served from 2pm. B250 to club members. opposite Tesco Cherngtalay. See sugar reefbar.com.


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This week in history

GOT YOUR NUMBER

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Bones you are born with. By the time you reach adulthood many have merged, leaving you with 206 bones.

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Maximum legal speed (in kmh) on motorways/ expressways in Thailand.

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Percentage of women who will not leave the house without makeup on.

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Millions of dollars earned by Madonna last year, making her the world’s richest pop star. Republican defenders man a barricade during the siege of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War. They lost.

■■ March 22, 1622 Braves of the Powhatan Confederacy, angered at seizures of their land for tobacco farming, massacre 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a quarter of the population of the fledgling colony. ■■ March 23, 1708 James Francis Edward Stuart – ‘The Old Pretender’, and son of deposed King James II – attempts to land an invasion army in Scotland, but his French ships are turned back by the Royal Navy. ■■ March 24, 1896 Russian physicist Alexander Stepanovich Popov makes the first radio signal transmission, between two university buildings in St Petersburg. ■■ March 25, 1655 Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan, the largest moon of the ringed planet Saturn and the only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere. ■■ March 26, 1971 East Pakistan declares independence from Pakistan to form the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, sparking the Bangladesh Liberation War. ■■ March 27, 1915 Mary Mallon, known as ‘Typhoid Mary’ – a healthy carrier of the disease thought to have infected 51 people in the U.S. – is forcibly put in quarantine, where she remains until her death nearly 30 years later. ■■ March 28, 1939 Nationalist forces commanded by the Spanish dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco conquer Madrid after a three-year siege.

Crossword by Myles Mellor

1. ‘He was hoist with his own petard...’ What is a petard? 2. What does Mai Khao mean in English? 3. How long was Hugo Chavez President of Venezuela? 4. Who or what were the Chindits? 5. Skopje is the capital of which country? Answers at the foot of the page.

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Across 1. Certain sandwich 5. Broodish 10. Sky box? 14. Celestial 15. City in Rio de Janeiro 16. It gets pumped 17. Classic film 20. Lt.’s inferior, in the Navy 21. Carry away, in a way 22. Floppies, e.g. 23. Ticket info, maybe 24. Floor items 26. Stephen King title 29. Threat word 30. Drink from a dish 33. Group of eight 34. Horned mammal 35. Old Italian bread 36. Classic film 39. Bolted 40. Lions’ prey (pl.) 41. Great success 42. Load from a lode 43. Arctic sight 44. Underline 45. “Go ahead!” 46. Swaddle 47. “M*A*S*H” extra 50. Garlicky mayonnaise

52. Car accessory 55. Classic film 58. Carpet type 59. Moss-like 60. Org. with a mission 61. Seafood selection 62. Executive branch, informally 63. Calendar span Down 1. “Lord of War” star 2. Old Spanish kingdom 3. Garden decorations 4. Departure announcement 5. Happy face 6. Turkic language 7. Real 8. Crushing defeats 9. Hong Kong actress, Sally 10. Fuzzy fruits 11. Pupil’s place 12. Honky ending 13. Aims 18. Creep 19. Periphery 23. Bait 25. Military acronym 26. “All for one and one for all,” e.g.

27. Greek god liquid 28. Cubic measurement 29. Provide, as with a quality 30. Fine thread 31. Met expectations? 32. Agreements 34. With footnotes, e.g. 35. Ill-gotten gain 37. Unappealing fruit? 38. Kind of unit 43. Central points 44. Electrical transformer 45. Dreary song 46. Omnivorous mammal 47. Physics calculation 48. Canyon sound 49. East Indian lentil sauce 51. Mosque prayer leader 52. Braveheart hillside 53. Civil rights icon, to friends 54. Apple spray 56. Place for sweaters? 57. Unspecified number

Solutions to last week’s puzzles:

Answers to this week’s Pop Quiz:

1. A small bomb for blowing up doors or gates; 2. White wood; 3. 14 years 4. British special forces in Burma in WWII; 5. Republic of Macedonia

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Property PROPERTY FOR RENT

fully renovated sales office/ shop with initial lease of 6 years. Internal area 144 m2, walled back garden 60 m2, 4 parking spots, 3 phase, kitchen, internet, phone/ fax, TV, 5 AC. Contact 085 060 0033.

furnished house for rent in the hear t of Karon. Walking distance to everything. 2 huge bedrooms, new kitchen, lounge, dining, air cons in every room. Call 080 690 5248.

For rent in Patong Main road from Karon to Patong-Close to Simon Cabaret. Multi Functional Building Total 700 sqm (15 metre front)

Near Beach 3 Bed Pool Villa: Fully equipped Kalim Sea View, Freehold Condo for Sale/ Rent: B11.9 million, 2 minutes walk to beach, big balcony and sunset view, 180 sqm, 2 Ensuite Bed rooms, big living space. PhuketAREA.com Search V146.

holiday home with private garden and pool. Within easy reach of Rawai and Nai Harn beach. For full details and pictures, please contact me. 084 850 1340.

Andaman Beach Suite Condo Patong Beach, Phuket: Has kitchenette, Beach Condo, Beach 3 Min. Walk: Spacious The Courtyard - Dance Centre: Located next to Island Furniture, Chaofa Road West, 2 kms. South of Central. Corner unit, on the upper of two floors, 7m x 15 m, plus entrance lobby. Two large mirrors, special flooring, aircons, adequate parking. Rent B25,000 per month. Securit y deposit B75,000 (refundable). Lease one to three years. Contact Khun Siriporn Island Furniture. 081 691 0213 or visit thecourtyard-phuket.com.

2-bedroom apartment for rent, long or short term, fully furnished, kitchen, 2 bathrooms. Pool, large gardens, parking, a mere 3 minute stroll to scenic Nai harn beach. re sortgm@gmail.com.

apartment for long term rent. Fully furnished with kitchenette, security, parking etc. Right in the middle of Patong. More info call 076 344 922 or visit bluewaterphuket. com.

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

Luxury Condo Rent / Sale: 2 Bedroom, Lroom and fully equipped Kitchen, 160-212sqm. Very high standard with a nice view. Big balcony, swimming pool, gym. Location: Kat hu, 10 min. Patong Beach, 5 min. Phuket Town and all department stores and International Hospitals. Rent Long term: B45,000 – B63,500 Buy: B8,500,000 – B11,500,000. Contact 086 268 7901 or send e-mail to: condophuket@yahoo.com.

PROPERTY FOR SALE

House for Sale Chalong: Quiet stand Accommodation Available: Patong Tower

or 2 bdrm, 2 bathrm, kitchen, large balcony, parking, 24 hrs security, gymnasium, swimming pool. Ph: 076 486 624 and 086 281 9311. Email: bao200@gmail.com.

The Royal Phuket Yacht Club shop front space for rent 4.34 M. x 4.37 M. Located on the first floor of a great looking area for retail shop, boutique etc. Call 076 380 200 ext. 601 Khun Naphat.

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Surin Beach Office For Rent: Prime location

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minute walk to N aihar n beach, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, aircon. B17,000 per month. Call 081 397 1833.

5 Rai raw land behind ACG clubhouse on long lease for compatible sporting facility. alan@acgphuket.com.

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terrace, TV, CD player, telephone, WIFI, has full use of hotel facilities, restaurant, room service, swimming pool, tennis courts, and gym. 120mt to beach, 5 minutes to Patong. email penthouse2102@gmail. com, 089 972 3861, 089 570 1519.

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House For Rent: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished with small garden, quiet area at Paklok. Rent: B15,000 per month. Email: suksavat@hotmail.com or 084 626 5616.

alone villa, 3 bed, 2 - 5 star baths, 5 aircon, full furn, garden dining lush green, 50 Wah, quality new paint, exc cond, B3.5 million, firm. Contact peterb@interglobalau. com, 084 843 3492.

1-floor 350.sqm with 3 toilets. 2-floor 350.sqm with 2 toilets. For visit SMS (French) 080 035 1626 English 081 788 8280 Email: maurice.phuket@gmail.com For Russian contact: Oxana: 080 529 0726 Email:phuket.lux@gmail.com

Free Hold Condo For Sale: 45 Sq. Free hold. 2 balconies(Great view). 1 bed room. 1 living room. 2 air conditioners. Full furniture. Internet. Cable TV. Laundry. Fresh market. Swimming pool. Gym. Restaurant. 080 040 9077.

3 gorgeous lots, clean titles: For sale or long lease. 2 Lots on IslandBeachfront (Bungalow-/ Housing-Estate) and 1 big Mainland-Mountain property all in very quiet, safe, well maintained locations near Krabi. 089 291 4671.

Hill Land for Sale: Very Kathu- Pool Villa for nice location hill land by the sale: Hillside setting. LuxuriBangwat Dam, total 60 rai, 96,000 square metre. Contact: Attapong 081 892 0610 (Thai), Jantiwa 081 890 8268 (Eng). email: jantiwa_ j@hotmail.com.

ous 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom pool villa for sale or rent. Sale 20M Baht. Rent minimum 6 months. High season 90K per month.Twelve months or more 70K PM. 087 078 6379.


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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

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Opportunity Knocks: Af fordable 3 Bedroom House: Single floor, 3 bedroom, 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 086 278 0007.

B24,500,000. Deceased Estate - Absolute waterfront. Occupying a stunning location on the east coast of Phuket this five-level villa has panoramic sea views from every level. Renovation work required. 085 793 2667. See exotiqproperty. com. Ref AB-V453, email: dmuir@exotiq.com.

Unique luxury condo 2 bed, 2 bath, 155sqm. Foreign FREE HOLD. Recent architect remodel. New Jacuzzi. Views to lake, mountain, marina, pool etc.

Sea View Land for Sale: Ao-Yon, 13.5 rai, chanode title.10m/rai.Call Siri 089 649 9939, email:siri_ phuket@changrunner.com.

Investment Property for sale!: New, modern waterfront townhome 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).

Freehold House for sale: Freehold house for sale in estate in Cherng Talay. Land 735m2, floor area 230m2, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom. Many upgrades incl new carport included. Price 11mln. Call 083 509 8797 for info or viewing..

Guesthouse for Lease in Patong: 12 rooms, good

Commercial Buildi n g Fo r S a l e: 5 M . x

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

18.3 0 M.,3 f loors, loc ated close by Condo at Saiyuan, 2 big halls, 2 bedrooms,4 bathrooms,clean&new building. Price negotiable. Tel:087 8 81 7979, 0 81 472 0770, ss.kijrungruang@gmail.com.

your own home in a good location and gated community. All the infrastructure you need is available such as water, underground cabling for power, telephone, ADSL internet etc. Contact 076 238 948, email: market ing@ phuketpropertytrip.com.

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Contact Brian (Owner) 089 054 4354, +632 906 435 7146, Alan 087 999 6174, bggvirgo@gmail.com. See RoyalPhuketMarinaCondos.com for complete details.

FOR SALE RAWAI BEACH SPECIAL TWIN VILLAS. 3 OR 4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHROOMS. POOL, LARGE TERRACE, SMALL GARDEN. LIVING SPACE 400 SQM, LUXURY FURNISHED. PRICE B8,500,000. FREEHOLD.

3 Bed Pool Villa Pa Khlok: 3 Beds, 2 Bath

Land for Sale - in Marina: Design and build

Completely furnished to very high standard, toothbrush only required. Owner leaving. 17.5MB.

INFO: 081 788 8280. EMAIL; thewhitehousekata@gmail. com.

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

Nai Harn Beach Townhouse: 3 story, 2 bed townhouse. Views over Nai Harn lake and only one minute walk to beach.Lease or free hold. Roof top BBQ/ Sala. Buy of the Century. B6,500,000. Call 081 270 4291. See phuketpremium realestate.com.

Building 3 storey for sale: THB 26,000,000. Only 300 m. from Kata Beach. 236.25 sqm. 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. For more information call K.Chavarin 089 911 8833/081 866 9253 or email wkongkeaw@hot mail.com

2 Pool Villas next to PIA: Ready to move in, villa 1 on 1,100 Sqm. land, for sale 15.9 mill and villa 2 on 2,200 Sqm. land, for sale 19.9MB. Brand new, each with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 12 metre swimming pool, guest bungalow with 1 bedroom 1 bathroom. Perfectly located in a developement with underground electricity and security, only 800 metres from Mission Hills golf course, less than 10 mins to airport, Phuket International Ac ademy and AoPor Grand Marina. Call 081 343 0777. Email: montha _ phuket@yahoo. com.

Villa with Pool for Sale: Freehold 3/4 Bedroom Villa. 3 Air Con. 4k. to Ao Makarm Beach. 10x5M pool with 4th bedroom / office on other side. Plot size 104SqWah. 416Sqm. Reasonable offers. Call 089 831 4703/084 304 6723.

Nai Harn Baan Bua: When only the best will do! 4 bed/pool villa in Phuket’s best-kept gated community. 410 sq.mtr villa. 812 sq.mtr land. Overlooking lagoon. Beautiful. Call 081 270 4291. Email: thailandmls@gmail. com, w w w.phuketpremium realestate.com.

Rawai Seaview Condo for sale: Seaview condo, freehold, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 120sqm. 7.8 million Baht, fully furnished. For more pictures and information please contact adrian_troy@yahoo.com

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Beautiful Villa Rawai: Beautiful 2 bed pool villa with sep maid’s room or 3rd b/ room. Great outdoor entertaining area. 5 minutes to all conveniences. Reduced to B9,500,000. Call 081 270 4291 or thailandmls@gmail. com.

Single House Special Price B9.5 million: Nice house fully furnished with teakwood furniture, ready to move in. 240 sqm. 4 bed 4 bath, close to Kathu waterfall and market. Near Loch Palm, major stores, BIS and KIS. Call Oranwan 086 883 3169.

Patong Apartment Reduced Price: Condo 4 years old. Swimming pool, security 24/7, cafeteria. Studio 46sqm fully furnished. Fr e e h o l d f o r f o r e i g n e r s . Price:2.6MLN. Urgent sale, no agent. tel.089 728 4005. Mail:thamad17@yahoo.com.


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Luxury Villa 3 Bedroom Pool for Rent: New villa

7.5 M House and Pool Bypass Rd: Very clean 5

Condo At The Heights, Kata: Immaculate 2-Bed fo rei gn - f re eh o l d unit in award-winning project. 195 sqm, sea view, near gym & pool. Quality furnishing throughout. Designer kitchen with utility-store. phuket.pn@ gmail.com.

Resort for Sale: Resort 2

bedroom, 3 bathroom house with 5 x 10 metre pool 10 minutes south of Central Festival, walking distance to Kajonkiet Bilingual School. To see: 083 301 3470, email: wpdrake@hotmail.com.

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. EMAIL; thewhite housekat a @ gmail. com.

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.

3 Bdrm House for sale Thalang: House for sale. 3 Nice Villa for Sale:

Near Naiyang Beach, 3 bed & 4 bath, jacuzzi, open dining/living room, kitchen, fully furnished, aircon, garden, Sala, swimming pool, car park. Only 8.9MB. 087 091 8331 K. Nah, chiangmaibel trade@hotmail.com, dream housephuket.com.

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

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

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

One of the last pieces of beautiful sea view land between Ao Makham and Ao Yon Road. and infrastructure done B21 million. Call 081 917 0377, 10am-5pm.

Rawai Condo Sale/ Rent: Sell 1.1MB, Full own-

205/34 Soi Thamdee Nanai 6: House for sale in a very good location in the heart of Patong. The house has 3 floors, 3 sleeping rooms, 1 living room, 3 bathrooms and a roof terrace with jacuzzi, garage. Good rental return. Price on request. 084 188 4544.

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.

ership forever-beyond 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. Rawai4@yahoo.com.

Chanote title. 412 sq.metre. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Extra penthouse with open k itc he n an d sto re r o o m. Lovely garden, very quiet and cosy place. Access to pool nearby. Price B3.9 mill. negotiable. Telephone 087 881 3062 (After 5/4-13 +47 4739 0581) email: kjellsy vertsen@hotmail.com.

PATONG condos for sale: Beautiful, modern Con-

piece of land 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. ohmidzi@gmail.com.

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 European- designed 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: schulz.th@gmx.de.

Main home: two bed, extended bungalow with outside kitchen, shower and seating salas set in mature, walled, private gardens. Own well, tanks and pumps. Sold, furnished. Will sleep 8+ can be sold with a 30 -year land lease for non-Thai. Price B5.5 nego: Mobile: Eng 082 416 0150. 3BB WiFi internet also.

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@hotmail. com.

dos/Apartments, furnished, best/quiet locations, garden, s-pool, from 36-67sq metre, sea-city-mountian views, from B2,375. Call 087 819 2162 or caltirol@hotmail.com.

F O R S A L E - K ATA BEACH CENTRE LUXURY 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT 60 SQM. PRICE B3,400,000. LEASEHOLD. INCLUDE FURNISHINGS.

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

Pa tong Towe r fo r Sale: And for rent. Sea view and mountain views. Freehold from 64 to 448 sq metres. Phone no: 080 692 6114. Email: orsoreal estate@hotmail.com.

House for sale Rawai Soi Orchid: 5 sleeping

rooms, 4 toilets. 3 kitchens EUR / Thai/outside. 3 car places Soi Ruam Na Nachat sale by owner 8.7MB. Tel 084 745 4132, private financing by owner down 2.7MB + 4 yearly payment of 1.5MB

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. Contact K. Peerawat: 084 308 8484. Email: peerawat200310@hot mail.com

Golf Course Land For Sale: Near British

NEW Studio Apt in Kathu: 30 sqm, 1 bed-

room, kitchen, washing machine, aircon, balcony, fully furnished. Condo with gym, 24hr security, car park. 5 mins to Patong, Loch Palm golf. Good view. B1.25 million. Call 086 947 1273.

Condominium in Patong for Sale: Less than 1 Km

One + Two Homes for Sale with AC, Rawai: Sea-View ChalongResidence: Dream pool

rooms villa in Rawai. 160sqm i n d o o r. 4 0 0 s q m o u t d o o r. Shared swimming pool. Modern villa renovated in 2011-2012. Fully furnished. For more info: phuketvillajas mine@gmail.com

LUXURY 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT 60 SQM. PRICE B2,900,000. LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. EMAIL; thewhite housekata @ gmail. com.

Villa and farmland for sale: A big beautiful house

Mai Khao Prime Location Land: I will sell my

House For Sale In Chalong By Owner:

F O R S A L E - K ATA BEACH CENTRE

Modern Family House for sale: Beautiful 3 bed-

12 Rai Chanode to sell: House for sale near Loch Palm: Three bed-

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

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

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from the beach, large 2-bedroom apartment with communal swimming pool and balcony. FREEHOLD (can be foreign owned). B7.5M. Call owner 089 724 7211 or julien@phuket immo.com.

Intl School, 17 rai with public road access. Suitable for resort or housing project. Can be divided. Price: B 4. 5 m p e r r ai. C o nt ac t owner 089 724 7211, email: julien@phuketimmo.com.

Patong Lof t Condo: For sale. 1 bedroom, fully furnished, 67sqm living a r e a. N ow o n ly B2 . 5 m i l lion, reduc ed from B2,9 9 m.Telephone:089 8726 895 Email:jospeder@live.no.

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: thewhitehousekata@gmail.com For Russian contact Oxana 080 529 0726 or Email: phuket.lux@gmail.com


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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. 3.75 Mill baht per rai negotiable. Call 081 087 9237.

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

PATO N G - 2 B E D ROOM TOWNHOUSE: C o m p l ete 18 0 d e g r e e seaviews, 215 metres living area, 2 balconies and 2 huge roof terraces. Quiet location, euro managed develp’t, private swimming pool, car parking and gardens. 087 268 1170, www.phuketrealestatesalesandrentals.com.

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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. 089 727 5407.

tiful land with Chanote for sale, concrete access road, Land plat, electric & facilities ready to build your home. Direct contact Thai owner K.Dallas (Poy) 089 472 9870 or dchaibut@gmail.com.

Rawa i So i S a l i g a Land for Sale: Land 1 rai + 81 T/W total 1924 sqm. Does not need landscaping sale by owner land location on the top of the Soi. Tel 084 745 4132, chanote tiltle.

SeaView near Airport: 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.

Karon Hill Condo for sale! Foreign Freehold: Seaview over Karon

Rawai B eachf ront Pool Villa for Sale: Rawai Beach front pool villa for sale. 3 bedrooms, furnished. Contact Siriporn on 089 649 9939.

B e ac h. 10 0 s qm. Li v ing area. 1 bedroom, walk in closets, luxury bathroom, terrace, etc. Fully furnished. Many upgrades. Luxury furnishings. Only 6.9 million baht. Brokers welcome. Call 086 747 9292 (English) or 0 81 970 520 4 (English/ Thai). Email: claudstrey@ gmail.com.

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 k itc hen (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: jochenschmitz16@gmail. com. Call 081 607 8000.

sign villa with a large 9x3 metre pool, 2 floors, nice garden, car park and mountain views, 6 years young, 120 sqm floor, 2 bedrooms, chanote, located close to center & beach. Call 085 473 7812.

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

Happy Home Apartment for sale: Nice Patong Bangla Building for Sale: B28 mil-

lion, 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.

P a t o n g Fr e e H o l d Condo: Studio condo on

4th floor 50s/m. Huge swimming pool, beautiful gardens, completly renovated new tiles, light, painting, new furniture, kitchen, shower and toilet. 2.5 B/T Eng 085 471 9246, Thai 087 621 3405.

Rawai 6 Bedrooms: Lovely 6 bedroom/office.Inc: 2 bedroom SC disable flat. Pool, garden, garage, storage. Opp.Tesco in well established area.Priced to sell at B9,000,000. Call 081 270 4291. Email:thailandmls@ gmail.com.

Ocean Front Villa for Sale: Luxury brand new vil-

Pool Villa For Sale Nai Harn: Modern, open de-

Fu r n i s h e d H o u s e for Sale Phuket Villa 5: 3 bedroom furnished

apartment, fully furnished at Rawai. The apartment 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.happyhomeapartmentphuket.webiz. co.th.

house near Kajonkiet School. Secure area, Cul De Sac. Nice gardens, two bathrooms. B3.5M negotiable. Call 081 370 8114 (Thai) 087 889 3838 (Eng), e m a i l:d av i d g e m 9 8 @ h ot mail.com.

Absolute Beachfront - EVA: Set on the beachfront, the ff villa offers uninterrupted sea and island views of the south east coast of Phuket. Situated between t wo 5 star resor ts: Vijitt and EVASON near Laem Kanoi. 081 480 3834, http:// www.facebook.com/Phuket. Beachfront.

FO R S A L E - K ATA BEACH CENTRE 2 BEDROOMS LUX E APARTMENT 135 SQM. P R I C E B 7, 9 0 0 , 0 0 0 . LEASEHOLD. INFO: 084 843 8720. EMAIL; thewhitehouse kata@gmail.com.

Double your money in 5 years!: New Year special promotion: Studio in brand new, world class, east-coast development. Never seen on Phuket; Amazing luxury at real prices. Call 080 882 1377, email: beachprojects1@gmail.com.

Pool Villa in Marina: Ready to move in, single storey pool villa with 3 bedrooms situated in the impressive Park Residence s e c t o r of B o at L a g o o n Marina. Impressively constructed along a modern Asian theme. 076 238 948, email: marketing@phuketproper tytrip.com.

Golf V i ew V illa For Sale: Near British International School, state-of-the-art villa overlooking the Loch Palm Golf Course: 4 bedrooms + maid’s room; 485 m2 built on 1,860 m2 land. B28million. Contact owner 089 724 7211.

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. 0 9 0 487 8 08 4, utaipan@yahoo.com.

Sea-View Contemporary Pool Villla: Located near Phuket town. Land: 855sq.m. House: 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@yahoo.com.

Seaview Townhouse Patong: Between the city and the jungle at the northern edge of Patong. 70m alt. 10mn walk to the beach. 4 storey +/- 290 sqm, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 toilet. 4 aircon, partly furnished. andamanhills@gmail.com.

Apar tment on Golf Course: Golf View, Kathu. Tastefully renovated large (83m2) apartment in Phuket Country Club. Golf view. 1 bed but easily converted to 2. Store, large Western kitchen and all furniture included. Ideal (holiday) home. Contact 081 273 7326, Email: keith marshall747@gmail.com.

3-Bed House - Sale or Rent: Sun Palm Village, Chalong. Lounge, dining kitchen, 3 beds and 2 baths. Private swimming pool and easily maintained grounds. All furniture with fitted kitchen included. Ideal for small family or as rental investment. Contact 081 273 7326, Email: keithmarshall747@ gmail.com

Townhouse Chalong Bargain!: Town house on 3 levels with mezanine, 112 sqm, fully furnished, 3 BR, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 3 air con. Tasteful western decoration, MUST see, HP English 0854415115. Thai 081 555 1230.

Patong Condo: Makes a good condo deal now. 1-bedroom corner condo 56sqm, fully furnished. Only 1.99 mil. Normal price 2.6 mil. 10mins walk to beach and Bangla Road. Tel: 089 872 6895 or jospeder@live.no.

Seaview 1 BDRM New Condo Patong: Stunning seaview, city view 1 bdrm condo on hill 500m from Patong beach. Fitness centre, roof top pool, security, car park, freehold. Only B4,400,000. Keith 084 628 3430, keithb025@gmail.com.


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6.1 Rai Land for Sale: 6.1 rai (10,000sq metre). - 5 m i nute s to N a i t h o n 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.

Cheapest Seaview land for Sale: Panorama view

Land Closed to Thanyapura /PIA: Half Seaview Land For Sale: Land located right in the heart of Chalong with panorama view of Chalong pier. Close to number of sandy beaches; Naihan Rawai Kata and Karon. Easy access to major department 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. B22 millions per rai. Call 087 278 7206, 089 215 5041 e-mail: kubesjoy@ hotmail.com.

of sea view golf course view mountain view land for sale. Near Mission Hills Golf course. 6rai chanote tiltle. B3 million per rai. 087 675 9555, email:pee_ bang56@hotmail.com.

Reduced for Quick Sale: Studio condo at The Point near Lotus, Big C, Central. Fully furnished. Great views 6th floor. Cost B2.8M Baht. Reduced to B2.25M. Call 087 889 3838 or 081 370 8114. Email: davidgem98@ hot mail.com

Rai 1.3MB, 1 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@hotmail.com.

Seaview Land Patong: Prime Location 35M Lake Front: Fantastic

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

views over the lake and Loch Palm. Very quiet, secluded plot but with all facilities ready to go. 1551 sqm plot, freehold leasehold with full Chanote title. 081 273 6959.

Absolute Beach Front Land: S o ngk la dist r ic t near new deep sea por t. 4.5 Rai divided into 7 Chanote plots. Reluctant sale. B4.9M the lot. Email: jmic chia@yahoo.c om or c all 087 276 0529.

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Beachfront land for sale: 2 rai absolute amazing beachfront, few min boat ride from Phuket, facing west to sunset and views of Phuket. B13 million per rai +66 (0) 86 278 8300 or izzy.serenity group@gmail.com.

6 rai Hilltop Land for sale: Near Mission Hills golf

1 Rai Sea-View Land:

club, may split into 3 x 2 rai seperate plots, B4.2 million per rai, full chanote, water/elec. sea/mountain views. 087 978 5804 (Eng).

Opposite Wat Chalong on the way up to the hill, Chanote, ca. 36 m x 45 m, sophisticated hillside project, proratable, B8.5 mil direct to owner: 085 65 44 0 11 or 089 40 40 737.

Pa klok L and O nly B7,999/Sqwah: Only

Donsak Beachfront Land 3 Rai: 67 metres

B7,999/Sq wah at Paklok, Chanote, Mountain View, 200m from main road, 11 km from monument and 4 km to Mission Hill. Interested/ Wanted larger size, CALL 084 305 6667, email: mari sar1978@hotmail.com

absolute beach frontage, fully infrastructured, ready to build. Close to ferry going to Koh Samui. Chanote title. 6.6MB for all. Contact 087 225 8311 (English) John. Email: nhoj0512@hotmail. com.

Amazing Sea View Penthouse: Panoramic

Luxury Villa in Chalong: Perfect condition, 660 sqm on 3 levels, 1,600 sqm land, 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, swimming pool 12.5m x 6m with jacuzzi, large sala, double garage. Top quality construction. Reduced price: B25.5 million www.tamata-phuket.com crishausb@ hotmail.com. 086 271 3260 or 086 273 4149.

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: mon tha_phuket@yahoo.com.

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

Lovely house with 2 bedrooms or separate SC flat downstairs.Well ventilated with natural light in pristine condition. Distant sea views. B5,500,000. Call 081 270 4291 or thailandmls@gmail. com. See phuketpremium realestate.com.

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

World Class Sea Views: 4 Bedroom British Colonial style house, Cape Yamu, Phuket. Amazing views spanning over 100km, as far as Krabi. Price reduced from B35 to B28 million. 086 279 6283, email kdesmond59@yahoo. co.uk.

Two parcels of superior land 11 rai. Inc seaview. Main road frontage. Ideal for resort or condominiums. B150 M. Negotiable. (Thai) 081 370 8114 or (Ger) 081 892 1108. Email: davidgem98@hotmail.com.

sea view, mountain view and Big Buddha. 310 sq metre, 2 beds, 2 baths with option to convert in 3 beds. Contact: Izzy +66(0)86 278 8300 or izzy.serenitygroup@gmail. com.

Patong/Kalim sea view condo: Freehold,

2nd floor, corner unit, stunning sea view, pool, car park, security, best location, ca. 110sqm, 2 bedroom, German kitchen, all new, terrace, only a few metres to beach, B10.6 M 081 824 1385.

Rawai Half Rai for Sale: Land plot 100 metres to Rawai Beach, about 850 sq.metre. Chanote title deed, private road with sewer, 3 phases electricity and wall around the land. Email: rawai.steen@ gmail.com, call 080 530 6880.

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.

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Patong Condo for Sale: My condo is ready

location, deluxe 65 sqm, 1 bed 1 bath apartment, freehold, modern full furnished, pool, gym, sauna, CCTV + security 24hrs, private park. 4.9MB. Call John: 087 225 8311 (English) Email: nhoj0512@hotmail.com.

for immediate sale located at Lotus Residence, a small 3-storey boutique condo of only 12 apartments total. It is located on a southern hillside above Patong Bay. Call 084 436 2540.

1 Rai Chalong Pier Land Sale: Reduc ed Price. 1,483 sqm (0.927 Rai). Chanote Title, New Survey. Public road, electric and well. 450m walk to Chalong Pier. B8.9 million. 085 784 0209. chalong1000@gmail. com. www.sites.google.com/ site/1483meters.

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, tan_ohio@hotmail.com.


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Director of Sales ( Bangkok or Phuket Based) Our ideal candidate will: - Female / Male - Foreigner / Thai - Previous experience in similar position for boutique resort - Bachelor's Degree in Business / Marketing or related fields - Fluent in both spoken and written English - Excellent computer skill, internet literate and social media skills Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV together with applicable certificates to:

responsible person, Western or Thai, for our Head Office in Chalong. Applicants should be fluent in English and other languages (German preferred) with good communication, sales skills and willing to work in a highly professional & diverse team. Flexible, able to work under pressure and be service-orientated is a must. This position is long-term & with a full-time contract. Please send your CV & recent photo to: office@sea-bees.com

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DaVinci Restaurant in Nai Harn: Thai nationality only. Waitresses 2 positions, Bartender 1 position. Experience and good English will be an advantage. Good salary and benefits. Contact Khun Jana 086 947 5197, jana@davinciphuket. com.

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Zeavola Resort Phi Phi Island SLH member The Zeavola is the only 5 star resort on Phi Phi Island and is currently highly successful. In order to improve our performance further, the Zeavola Family is seeking applications from dynamic and talented individuals, who share our passion for providing excellent customer service. You should be highly motivated, confident and enthusiastic about assisting the team to reach new levels of service quality and financial success.

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700 sq metre+building+10 bed+10 bath+2 restaurants. New renovated. Private financing by owner. Down B2 million+13yearly payment of 1MB. Own forever title land 100 metre to Rawai landing pier. 084 242 8914, rawai4@ yahoo.com.

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

Speed Boat For Sale: Steppa Fiberglass 32 feet Flybridge two 200 hp Yamaha outboard engines. Ideal for diving and tours. B850,000. Call 081 8942124.

E xc ept ional Yacht For Sale: Beautifully

Restaurant/Pub: For sale in Bang Tao Beach Road. Get 10 years contract, great location 50m from Best Western Hotel & Beach. Full furniture and equipment. Price B2.5 million. Call 087 893 8590, Email: somtom_ landandhouse@yahoo.de

maintained Wauquiez Yacht 41FT. Specs and photos: w w w.w a u q u i e z f o r s a l e . blogspot.com. Robert: 087 632 8259 or email: camina ta40@hotmail.com. Priced to sell: $199K US. Can be seen in Phuket.

Cement Production Plant: Ready Mixed Con-

Sale New Boat SR-18 Finished: Only B280,000. Samran Marine. We are professional boat builders, factory located in Pattaya,. This model is SR-18 fully finished. We can delivery to you place. “This price exclude engine”. Call 081 782 0921. Email: nungnapong@ hotmail.com.

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4 0F T Steel Cut ter Sloop: Ready to cruise. Centrecockpit. Safe, strong German design. New Sails, 44HP Yanmar Engine, 6 Berths, solar, wind generator, BBQ, dinghy&outboard. AUD$110K. 085 378 0498, yacht.antaia@gmail.com.

Ski Boat for Sale: Glastron Carlson design, Thai registered, 120ltr fuel tank, 200hp Yamaha engine in excellent condition. Includes trailer, boat cover, wakeboard pole, ropes and ski equipment. Call 081 894 5822, email: mark breitis@gmail.com.

6.5M RIB: New Hypalon tubing and blue cover. On a fiber glass V shaped hull. 240HP Mercury Giving comfortable cruise at 25-30Kts and 40 Kts Max Ideal for family day trips to beach skiing etc. 081 273 6959.

crete 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.

Sport Club for Sale by Owner: Set on 4 rai Speed boat for sale! Now 290,000: 6 metre body Bayliner, 200 HP (EFI) Mercury engine, Yamaha 5 HP back up engine. Blue book. Including: trailer, 2 anchors, and cover, Garmin deep sounder and fish finder brand new. Call 081 477 5637 THAI; 086 283 0082 ENG, RUS.

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 www.phuketsport. com.

Restaurant / Guesthouse: Established restaurant covering two shop houses with private terrace and owners apartment or 8 room guesthouse. Freehold (no lease/rent). Includes all equipment and newly renovated kitchen. Contact for details. Projected ROI 4 years. Call 081 956 3166.

Busy Bar for sale: Very busy Mushroom bar for sale in Soi Bel Air. Wally Bar. All stock, TV sound system, beer boxes and fridges included in sale, rent B10,000 monthly, only B850,000 ono. Call 086 725 0771.


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BUSINESS OPP. CONT. Patong Massage Shop For Sale: Cosy renovated shop. Shop is located inside a hotel on busy street directly leading to Patong Beach. Business from hotel customers as well as from many tourists going to/ from Patong Beach. chum po26@hotmail.com.

5 In 1 Business For Sale: Good location, 1 1/4

Singapore Club Phuket: Calling all Singa-

Rai. 1) Jungle bar, 3 TVs, 2 pool tables, seating: 65 pax, parking: 15-16 vehicles, good business. 2) Beauty salon: fully equipped. 3) Massage pallor. 4) Restaurant. 5) Indoor pub: fully equipped, stage, seating: 70 pax. Lease for 8 years+6 months left on lease. Sale: 5.7 MB. Negotiable! Contact five.business@yahoo.com, 091 654 1720, 087 892 6204, (Russian) 085 709 9191 (Thai) (English) 091 654 1720.

poreans in Phuket to join Singapore Club Phuket. Contact Robin on 081 803 7189.

BUSINESS SERVICES

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@ tile-asia.com. 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: www.phuketfood.com.

CAR FOR RENT

New Honda Jazz: New Honda jazz for rent with insurance and delivery service. Call 081 607 8567.

CARS FOR SALE

Mazda 2 For Sale: One year old 7,500km. automatic, smart lock, park distance control, air bags, CD stereo, controlled on steering wheel B490,000 moving must sell, contact Thai/English: 090 165 0875.

CHILDREN’S CLUB FunStart: Family sports Toyota Vios For Sale: Lady Car for sale: Nissan Tida 2010 model, automatic, as new condition, white, mag wheels, air con, CD stereo controlled from steering wheel, 1 year 1st class insurance. B550,000 ONO, call 087 276 0529.

2007 lady owner perfect condition B359,000. Tel 081 125 1873, gordon_asia@hotmail. com.

CHILDCARE

worldwide. Perfect condition, 2006, 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@hotmail.com.

oldest international childcare facility. High-quality, time-proven schedule and curriculum. Now in brandnew purpose-built school. Experienced native English teachers to teach ages 1 1/ 2- 8 . M on - Fr i 8 am 5pm. Bus ser vice available from Patong, Karon, Kata, Phuket, Rawai and Chalong. Tel: 076 384 638, 080 624 7060. Website: www.buds-phuket.com.

Clubs & Memberships: Club Asia Fit-

CLUBS & MEMBERSHIPS Blue Canyon Golf Members h i p: Blue Canyon

Buds Nursery: Phuket’s

Mini Cooper S JCW GP for sale: Only 2000 made

and leisure club. Swimming/ golf/ playcentre/ gaming arcade. Contact 076 203 185, 087 882 5544. See funstart phuket.com.

Golf Lifetime membership for sale! Excellent saving! Call 084 052 2277.

Golf Membership for Sale: Loch Palm 500,000 Baht. Country club 500,000 Baht. Buyer pays for transfer. 083 388 5566. Email borst. jg@gmail.com

ness, Royal Phuket City Hotel - O f fers Zumba / LesMills/ Yoga Classes/ Weight Training/Sauna/ Steam/Swimming pool-all inclusive. For a free trial workout come along and join the action. Tel 076 354 027, 087 275 3614, www. clubasiaphuket.com.


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7th Floor Suites (Hotel) Building For Sale

* Liquidation Goods *Unpaid Storage *Repossessions

Price total 38 million Baht (9.50.000.euro) include chanote and Thai company. For serious interest email: thewhitehousekata@gmail.com for RUSSIAN ; Ms. Oxana Email: phuket.lux@gmail.com

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS FOR SALE

Office Furniture, Bathroom ware, Jacuzzis, Water Tanks, Motor Bikes and more

2 mast 17 metre (50 c.v. Yanmar engine) excellent condition Fully equipped located in Chalong. Valuations price B15 million. Price NOW! 9.8 million - OR TO EXCHANGE. For a villa/apartment in Rawai, Kata, Karon Phuket.

Main Highway Thalang 081 125 1873 - 081 892 4804

Email maurice.phuket@gmail.com or SMS 081 788 8280 For Russian contact Oxana 080 529 0726 or Email: phuket.lux@gmail.com

MOVING & STORAGE

Canon 5D Mark 2: For sale, Canon 5D Mark 2 body, B 25,000, Call Dan on 084 841 7339.

M o t o r b i k e Tr a i l e r with Tow bar: Profes-

VALCUCINE for sale: VA LC U C I N E s h ow r o o m kitchen for sale due to renovation. 3 years old / good condition / Walnut material with Stainless Steel worktop /hob / hood sink and tap. Please call English (084 240 6688) and Thai (081 484 2565).

sionally built motorbike trailer, with tow bar and coupling. Cost B45,000 to build, will sell for B25,000. Ideal for dog caring or shopping. Very stable. Please ring 084 858 1917.

Health Food: Online health food in Thailand. Good karma, all natural, healthy, and organic products. Please contact 082 276 1675, www.good karmathailand.com.

PET ADOPTION Why buy a pet?: Soi Dog Foundation have over 300 beautiful dogs and puppies available for adoption. Fully vaccinated and sterilised. Contact 085 574 4258 or email: cindy@soidog.org.

Phuket Cooking A c a d e my: C o o k i n g 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 w w w. phuket-cooking-academy. com or call 081 821 4064.

Sailboat for Sale/or TRADE

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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.

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

PERSONAL SERVICES

PREMIUM: PAY ONCE UNTIL SOLD B2,799+VAT.

All range of pool table, snooker table, foosball and game machine. We Sell, Rent, Profit share. Commercial and home use. We are a local company that you can trust. facebook. com/thailandpoolta. 081 823 4627.

Dining Pool Table: “Dining Pool Table” by Thailand Pool Tables. Our good combine and great design dining pool table. Convertible in just a second! Come complete with accessories. Call now 081 823 4627.

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Brand new “Heavy duty” Soccer/Football Table for rent and sell. Suitable for bars and hotels. Call us now at 081 823 4627, 085 782 1200.

Life Fitness Walking Machine: Brand new retail B150,000. Sell for B70,000. Call 0872760529.


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Patong overuns Village CRICKET

A A manta at Hin Daeng near Phuket. Photo: Jon Hanson

Size does matter THE LIFE AQUATIC

Simone Allène editor@thephuketnews.com

I ONCE H A D A DI V E guest arrive after a 27-hour flight who announced excitedly to me: “I am only here for the whale sharks and manta rays!” I did not have the heart to tell him that the season did not start for another few months, but indulged him as best I could. He returned a few months later and we spent countless hours with these gentle, graceful giants. When you work as a professional diver and dive so much, you develop a fascination ( or obsession) with the minutiae of the reef. Nudibranchs, seahorses, shrimp, blennies, the list is endless. But when you have a big encounter, everyone admits that there is a 10 year-old child inside each of us that is bouncing off the walls with sheer excitement! Southern Thailand is a great place to see these majestic creatures and, with a little restraint and the right circumstances, a memory for a lifetime is created, whether diving or snorkeling. Their eyes look through you (not at you) with intelligence as well as curiosity – not to be feared but to be enjoyed in max screen vision. Research is difficult on these pelagic creatures whose territory spans thousands of miles of ocean. Man is their greatest threat, to the point where mantas especially are seriously endangered, with a global decline of up to 86 per cent in recent years. Overfishing, market de-

mands and the pursuit of profit have led to shocking fall in numbers. Mantas are targeted by the Chinese medicinal trade, despite the lack of historical evidence of any “traditional” use: instead, marketing strategies are used to play on people’s ignorance. The annual Manta gill trade is valued at US$5 million (B150 million) a year, while eco-tourism is worth US$140 million (B4.2 billion). Whale sharks have become part of the shark fin market and one set of fins can earn US$60,000 (B1.8 million). Yet the fin is just five per cent of the shark and the rest is discarded. Sharks’ and mantas’ value as a major part of eco-tourism has also grown over the years, and ignorance is being replaced by education, understanding, alternative forms of income and, importantly, to protection. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) offers a legislative lifeline to threatened fauna & flora. It is the only internationally binding treaty that requires member nations to sustainably manage and control the trade of products sourced from species protected under its listings. Last week in Bangkok, manta rays were voted onto the protected list by 80 per cent of the 178 nations voting, including Thailand – very welcome news indeed. Simone Allène worked for financial institutions but became a professional diver in 1998 and has now made more than 5200 dives. She now handles Marketing for Sea Bees Diving but still throws herself off the back of boats.

HASH HOUSE HARRIERS

Run 1411: 4pm on Saturday, March 23 Directions: From Chao Fa West, go 500m south of Wat Chalong turn right up Soi Klum Yang (turning at the north side of the PTT station), past the old l’Estaminet and up the hill. Coming from Chalong Circle, go 2.4km north and turn left. We’re trialling a new laager site which is about 300m further along the dirt road from the usual site, so keep going. For more information: phuket-hhh.com

fter securing their first win of the season last time out, the Village were confident of another successful outing against the current league leaders, Patong, who lost their last match to Jabudays. With only three points separating the top four teams, a win for the Village, last season’s runners up, would put them back in contention, whereas a win for Patong would advance them one step closer to securing a finals berth. The Village batted first and posted a good score of 193-6 – but Patong eventually beat the target, scoring 196-7 in the 28th over. After winning the toss, Patong put the Village into bat. The Village looked very determined to survive the initial 10 overs without loss, with Mark Roberts (25) and Craig Murphy (24) putting on a decent opening stand, until Roberts fell just two balls before drinks with the score on 38. Martin Platts (11) then

Tom Gordon of the Village bowls to Patong’s Dave Watson during last weekend’s action. joined Murphy advancing the scoreboard to 54 runs before he was dismissed. However, Murphy and Martin Foster (32) then put on a useful 46 run partnership before Murphy lost his wicket in the 23rd over. Foster was joined by Danny Taylor (39), who combined for a 48 run partnership to take the score along to 148, until Foster was bowled shortly before the 30 over drinks break. Mark Whetton (15) and Mark Ashman (12 not out) also provided valuable contributions to enable the Village to reach their highest innings total this season with 193 runs after 35 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Patong were Kishor Jhagta (0 for 13 from 7 overs) and

at a run rate of seven runs per over. They eventually claimed the prized scalp of Morton in the 25th over with the score on 171. However, Manish Sadarangani (21 not out) brought Patong home to victory in the 28th over. Pick of the bowlers for the Village were Craig Patterson (3 for 51), Tom Gordon (2 for 31) and Craig Murphy (2 for 45). The win means Patong extended their lead at the top of the JLL Hotels League, to six points ahead of Jabudays. On Sunday, March 24, Patong will take on the undefeated Laguna team – who, with two matches in hand, will be looking to advance up the league table.

Dave Watson (2 for 37). After the lunch break Patong set out to chase down the Village total. However, they got off to a shaky start, losing three early wickets for only 28 runs and the Village had their tails up, hopeful of an upset. However, Patrick Morton (78) and Neil Quail (32) combined for a match winning 94 run partnership before Quail fell shortly before the 20 over drinks break with the score on 122. Patong captain, Anthony Van Blerk (15) then joined Morton to advance the score to 151 runs for the loss of five wickets before he was dismissed. The Village desperately needed to take wickets as Patong were speeding along

Joy Dive keep setting pace FOOTBALL

WITH SEVERAL GAMES postponed this week, Joy Dive managed to stay unchallenged on top of the Division 1 table. Meanwhile, Phuket Serenity Villas leapfrogged Seduction for the top spot in Division 2, and Fruit Ninjas created a small lead ahead of the rest at the top of Division 3. Division 1 Morning Star v Pita Bar Phuketeers: 1 – 1 In a match between 3rd and 4th spot, Morning Star and Phuketeers were both looking to apply pressure at the top of the table. It was a tight affair, with neither teams being allowed many opportunities. However, early in the second half Morning Star broke the stalemate with a long-distance shot that was deflected into Phuketeers goal. It wa s look i ng a s if Morning Star were going to snatch all three points until the Phuketeers pulled a goal back in the dying minutes of the game. Shakers FC v Joy Dive FC: 3–7 Joy Dive were looking to stay

on target for the title, while Shakers were looking to pull out of the relegation zone. Joy Dive showed why they deserve to be where they are on the table with several superb goals, rewarding them with an eventual 7-3 win.

Division 2 Seduction v Phuket Serenity Villas: 1 – 2 Phuket Serenity Villas (PSV) managed to leapfrog Seduction on the table with a 2-1 win. Bat Fire v Blue D Zine PSU FC: 1 – 6 PSU pulled clear of the relegation zone and piled further troubles onto Bat Fire FC, with this deserved win. Division 3 Fruit Ninjas v Crown Plaza Panwa FC: 5 – 2 Despite several injuries, Fruit Ninjas did not disappoint against Crown Plaza. Russia United v Rose United: 5–7 The number two team on the table, Russia United, lost to the number three team Gang Junior v FC Raya Group Asia: 3 – 3 In-form team Gang Junior managed a 3-3 draw against fourth placed Raya Group.

SUPER SIX SOCCER Division 1

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W

D

L

F

GD

Pts

1

Joy Dive FC

10

6

2

2

50

19

20

2

Banana FC A

8

5

1

2

38

6

16

3

Morning Star

10

4

4

2

34

3

16

4

Pita Bar Phuketeers

10

4

4

2

25

3

16

5

Phuket Condos & Homes

9

4

1

4

38

1

13

6

Shakers FC

10

1

4

5

31

-8

7

7

Nanai Boys

9

1

4

4

24

-8

7

8

Holiday Inn FC

8

1

2

5

13

-16

5

Pts

Division 2

Team

P

W

D

L

F

GD

1

Phuket Serenity Villas

10

6

3

1

45

10

21

2

Seduction

10

6

2

2

48

13

20

3

Irish Times

9

5

2

2

33

10

17

4

Blue D Zine PSU FC

10

2

5

3

35

0

11

5

Mr Moo

9

3

1

5

34

1

10

6

Atmanjai

9

3

1

5

31

-11

10

7

Big Apple & Pita

9

2

3

4

25

-5

9

8

Bat Fire

10

1

3

6

31

-18

6

Team

P

W

D

L

F

GD

Pts

1

Fruit Ninjas

10

7

1

2

44

16

22

2

Rose United

10

6

3

1

59

25

21

3

Russia United

10

5

3

2

42

9

18

4

FC Raya Group Asia

10

4

2

4

41

8

14

5

Gang Junior

10

3

4

3

37

1

13

6

Two Chefs

10

4

1

5

28

-16

13

7

Banana FC B

10

2

1

7

26

-21

7

8

Crown Plaza Panwa FC

10

1

1

8

21

-22

4

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Islanders net Sriracha’s Marlins FOOTBALL

Yamaha League 1 / Thai Division 1 Team

Kazira Hans editor@thephuketnews.com

I

t was third time lucky for Phuket FC as they won their first home game against the “Blue Marlins” of Sriracha Suzuki FC, a result that sent the Islanders soaring from eighth on the Yamaha League 1 table to fourth, with 5 points from three games played. The visitors, who stood 16th on the table before the game, had travelled from their Chonburi seaside home to Phuket determined to win their first game and move up from the relegation danger zone. The home side was equally eager to win their first game of the season, and to break a longstanding “spell”: Phuket had never before won a league game against Sriracha. For this game “Coach Tuu” Paniphol Kerdyaem shuffled his first 11 and deployed a 4-14-1 formation on the pitch, to make use of his new defensive midfielder Asawin Boonmun, who signed with Phuket FC last week from Esan United. Nene Bi Tra Sylvestre had also recovered from his cold to make the squad at Surakul on Saturday (March 16).

Phuket FC’s French midfielder Geoffrey Doumeng. The Islanders didn’t waste a minute after kick off, and Brazilian striker Dudu, with his distinctive mohawk, tested Sri Racha’s Japanese goalie early on with a close-range shot from inside the penalty box. The Islanders didn’t have to wait long for their first goal, taking the lead after only 7 minutes when Sakareya Kolea stepped up from his right back position and clipped the ball from the right sideline, towards Sriracha’s keeper who slapped the ball out into Geoffrey Doumeng’s line of fire. The Frenchman skillfully juggled the ball over the keeper’s head and scored the early opener for Phuket FC. The change in Phuket’s formation worked like magic.

Assawin Boonmun stopped a Sriracha play and passed the ball to Ake-atit Somjit, who dribbled the ball from midfield before passing it forward to Dudu – who sped ahead of a Sriracha defender and side-footed a shot through the goalkeeper’s arms before he could dive for a save. The goal sent the 4,200 Phuket fans in the stadium roaring with joy. Phuket then threw wave after wave of attacks on the Marlins for the next 30 minutes of the game but, perhaps tiring, slowed the pace down a few minutes before half-time, which gave Sriracha more space to play. It was a tactical mistake that punished the Islanders

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MP

W

L

D

1

Singhtarua FC

3

3

0

0

+4

9

2

Bangkok FC

3

2

1

0

+3

7

3

Air Force United

2

2

0

0

+2

6

4

Phuket FC

3

1

2

0

+2

5

5

BBCU FC

3

1

2

0

+2

5

6

PTT Rayong

2

1

1

0

+3

4

7

Krabi FC

3

1

1

1

+2

4

8

Rayong United

3

1

1

1

+1

4

9

Trat FC

3

1

1

1

0

4

10

Nakhon Ratchasima

3

1

1

1

0

4

11

Saraburi FC

3

1

1

1

0

4

12

Siam Navy FC

3

1

1

1

0

4

13

Nakhon Pathom United

3

0

2

1

-1

2

14

Khon Kaen FC

3

0

2

1

-2

2

15

Rayong FC

3

0

1

2

-2

1

16

Sriracha FC

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with an equaliser from a corner kick, when a Sriracha midfielder leaped in front of the recovering Nene Bi, and flicked a header off the far post just a minute before half time. But Lady Luck seemed to stay on Phuket’s side this time out, and the Islanders’ third goal arrived only 10 minutes into the second half. Dudu had sent the ball back to a teammate, who slipped and fell and lost possession of the ball. But midfielder Kritsada Sakaew charged forward and sent a perfectly-weighed pass back to Dudu, who sprinted ahead and tipped the ball off

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the far post into the back of the Sriracha net, stretching Phuket’s lead to 3-1. By this time Sriracha could only defend in their own half while Phuket kept up their assaults. Dudu missed the chance for a hat-trick in nearly the last minute of the game, when his shot hit the cross bar at the wrong angle and bounced back to be hoofed out by a Sriracha player. Referee Chaiya Mahaprab blew the whistle after five minutes of extra time, giving Phuket their first win of the season and putting them in fourth place in the league,

behind first-placed Singhtarua FC, Bangkok FC, and Air Force United. Phuket’s head coach,.Paniphol “Coach Tuu” Kerdyaem, said after the game: “The footballers played a spectacular game. It was great that we got three points at home today and I am very happy. I believe that our game will be better and better from now on.” Meanwhile, the Thai Premier League (TPL) ban on loud cheering with drums and horns in the main stands has had a direct effect on Phuket FC’s cheer squad “The Hulks”, who usually cheer from the roofed zone not far from the VIP box. Fierce comments posted on Facebook fan pages and Phuket FC’s official page about the TPL ruling made it clear the ruling was unpopular with both Thai and foreign fans – but in the end the “The Hulks” decided to move a little further out from their usual location, from where they continued to sing and cheer their hearts out. Phuket FC’s next home match will be a knock-out round Toyota League Cup game on Saturday, March 23, against the “Fire Power” PTT Rayong FC.

Fan favourites not up to job ANALYSIS Kazira Hans editor@thephuketnews.com

C O A C H PA N I P O L’ S change in tactics worked well. But I am disappointed that he decided to play Nonthaphan at left wing after the captain had performed below par in the first home game, against Bangkok FC. It can be seen clear as day that Nonthaphan can’t seem to adjust to the position, where he supposed to go wide and cross the ball in. Instead the captain

dropped back to his former post at left back and forced Thongchai, who plays in that position, to push forward along the sideline. Nonthaphan was replaced by Nirun near the end of second half, but it was quite a surprise that Nirun didn’t contribute as much to the game as I had hoped he would. The big surprise, however, was Coach Tuu’s choice of goalkeeper: he decided to give Kampon another shot at it. But the teen goalkeeper seemed distracted, and committed easy mistakes all through the game – although he was quick

enough to recover them before he got punished the way he did against Bangkok FC. Bit by bit, things seem to have fallen into place, but Coach Panipol can’t dance around this much longer. He still have to decide if he will keep playing fan favourites Nonthaphan and Kampon, and risk dropping points along the way – or drop them and find a better replacement for the positions. I hope to see some changes next Saturday in the Toyota League Cup, the knock-out round, when Phuket host PTT Rayong FC.

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AFL PREVIEW 2013

The Australian Football League (AFL) is about to start its 2013 season. Will Sydney go back-to-back this year, or will a contender grab the 2013 AFL flag? Here we take a look at how each team is shaping up PORT ADELAIDE POWER Last year was a terrible season for Port and their supporters, with just five wins in a year that saw the departure of coach Matthew Primus and several key players. This season they’re back with a new coach, new management, and a new home ground – and they’ll get the chance to put them all to the test with early winnable games against Melbourne, GWS and Gold Coast in the first month. Last year: 14th 2013 Prediction: 14th

ADELAIDE CROWS The Crows fancy themselves with a realistic chance of winning it all this year, after a top four finish in 2012 and only missing the grand final by a kick against league toppers Hawthorn. Adelaide have three of the competition’s top stars in the form of Patrick Dangerfield, Taylor Walker and Ror y Sloane, but they face a far tougher draw than last year, and the opposition teams will be ready for them. Last year: 2nd 2013 Prediction: 5th

MELBOURNE DEMONS 2012 was also a year to forget for the Dees, with a poor start to the season under new coach Mark Neeld and no significant improvement in the second half of the year either. Neald has been busy putting together a team with several key new players, and they can look forward to a string of home games for the start of the 2013 season – just two of their first 15 games will be played away. Last year: 16th 2013 Prediction: 12th

BRISBANE LIONS The Lions f inished 2012 strongly with a streak of three wins, making it ten for the year, and senior coach Michael Voss hopes to build on that success. Brisbane has picked up two disgruntled Demons, Stefan Martin and Brent Moloney, and some of the best young talent available, including 18-year-old halfforward Sam Mayes.

Last year: 13th 2013 Prediction: 9th

GOLD COAST SUNS T he Su ns won three games in 2012, as they did in their debut season in 2011. They will benefit this season from early fixtures against other 2012 stragglers, taking on all the other bottom-six teams last season in the first eight rounds. But the many youngsters in the team and key gaps in the veteran line-up makes fans worry that the Suns will only make it to the middle of the table this year. Last year: 17th 2013 Prediction: 15th

ESSENDON BOMBERS Essendon begin the season under the cloud of a sports doping investigation, a potentially dangerous distraction unless they keep their collective heads and concentrate on winning games. Essendon’s player line-up this year boasts some serious talent, notably the versatile former Saints star and elite kick Brendan Goddard, and the young Bombers star Michael Hurley. Last year: 11th 2013 Prediction: 7th

SYDNEY SWANS The Swans finished third in the 2012 league after winning 16 games during the home and away season, and won the grand final against Hawthorn. This year they are looking to go back-to-back and win it all, with the addition of key players like ex-Adelaide Crow Kurt Tippett, who made his way to the Swans in the pre-season draft, although he won’t be playing until halfway through the season due to suspension. Last year: 3rd & Grand Final winners 2013 Prediction: 2nd

ST KILDA The Saints were c o m p e t i t i ve i n 2012 but lacked resilience under new coach Scott Watters, culminating in missing out on the finals for the first time since 2007. This season Watters is expected to make good use

of his mainly youthful squad, but the loss of experienced players like Brendan Goddard to Essendon means it’s hard to see the Saints getting into the top eight this year. Last year: 9th 2013 Prediction: 10th

RICHMOND TIGERS The Tigers are well placed to make a charge at the finals in 2013. They will open the season with three matches against non-finalists, and finish the season with four out of their last five games at home. The team has been following the Sydney blueprint by adopting a “moneyball” approach over the transfer season, identifying areas in which they need to improve and addressing them by adding mature, specialised players from other clubs Last year: 12th 2013 Prediction:6th

FREMANTLE DOCKERS

The Dockers put in a powerful performance in 2012, wining 14 games to make the finals before bowing out in the semis against the Crows in Adelaide. This season they face a reasonable draw and will be tough to beat on their home ground. Skipper Matthew Pavlich will continue to be a key forward, but there’s a danger that the Dockers have become too reliant on him. Last year: 7th

2013 Prediction: 8th

HAWTHORN HAWKS

The Hawks topped the 2012 league and lost an epic grand final to Sydney in the last minute – this season they bear the weight of expectations that they can go all the way. The awesome Hawks attack, based around Jack Gunston, Cyril Riolli and Lance “Buddy” Franklin, is likely to be even better this time around after another season’s learning to work together. Last year: 1st 2013 Prediction: 1st

WESTERN BULLDOGS 2012 was a tough yea r for new coach Brendan McCartney and the Western Bulldogs, who lost 11 games in a row at one point – this year they’re aiming to be more competitive, and coach McCartney says they’re further along that path than many people think. All the same, it’s hard to see them charging up the ladder. Forwards Liam Jones, Jarrad Grant and Ayce Cordy will have to step up to provide forward delivery and scoring power, while the return of veteran Dale Morris to defence adds experience to the young backline. Last year: 15th 2013 Prediction: 13th

WEST COAST EAGLES

After a long march from their position at the foot of the table a few years ago, West Coast became a force to be reckoned with again in 2012, winning a total of 15 games despite a long roster of injuries. This year they face an almost ideal draw: six of their first games are at home, and the four away games are against strugglers Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Brisbane Lions and GWS. Their first game is the West Coast derby against Freemantle tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) Last year: 5th 2013 Prediction: 3rd

COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES Collingwood last won the flag in 2010, but their fans are sure that the window is still open for the Magpies. Last season under rookie coach Nathan Buckley they again finished in the top four, after 16 wins and a loss to eventual premiers Sydney in the prelim final. Since then the squad has been further boosted by three top 20 selections from the national draft, and now boasts some of the top players in the AFL. Last year: 4th 2013 Prediction: 4th

GEELONG CATS The Cats had a disappointing season in 2012, failing to make the top four for the first time since 2007 and dropping out of the finals in the first week against a visiting Fremantle side at the MCG – a low point for a team that a few years ago won three flags in five years. In spite of a number of player retirements and delistings, Geelong still has plenty of experience to call on as well as young players first blooded in 2012. Last year: 6th 2013 Prediction: 11th

GWS GIANTS

New league addit ion G reater Wester n Sydney had the sort of season that everyone except its most devoted fans predicted, wining just two home games and ending 2012 at last place in the league. This year they will suffer the “Sophomore Blues” in the form of a second season with little chance of presenting a challenge to any of leaders: expect another year of “development and experimentation.” Last year: 18th 2013 Prediction: 18th

NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS The Kangas under coach Brad S c o t t wo n 14 games and finished 8th in 2012, and many pundits have them pegged to make the top eight again this year. The perennial underdog team have been making improvements, but they face a tough draw early on with away bouts against Hawthorn, Adelaide, Collingwood and Geelong, and none against any of the bottomfour sides. Last year: 8th 2013 Prediction: 16th

CARLTON BLUES The Blues started the 2012 season with great expectations and were an early favourite for the premiership, but Coach Brent Ratten’s vow of “top four or bust” went bust, key players were lost to injuries or suspensions, and eventually Ratten himself was dismissed. New coach Mick Malthouse, ex-Collingwood, is expected to bring a sense of optimism to a team that had become stagnant under Ratten. Last year: 10th 2013 Prediction:17th

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rank Lampard scored his 200th Chelsea goal as the Blues climbed to third in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over West Ham in Sunday’s London derby at Stamford Bridge. Lampard reached his double century for the Blues after a month stuck on 199 with a 19th minute header against his former club, ending a run of four scoreless matches. But the goal was greeted with anger by West Ham’s travelling supporters – as Lampard and another former West Ham player, John Terry, celebrated the milestone in front of the away end, they were showered with missiles thrown onto the pitch. Eden Hazard added Chelsea’s second goal early in the second half and that was enough to ensure the Blues move one point above Tottenham, beaten by Fulham earlier on Sunday, and remain five points clear of

Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea on Sunday. fifth-placed Arsenal. Manchester City’s faint hopes of retaining the Premier League title appeared all but over when the champions crashed to a controversial 2-0 defeat against 10-man Everton on Saturday. United now need only another 13 points to guarantee their 13th Premier League title – strugglers Reading, meanwhile, remain second from bottom and still seven points from safety after dismissing their previous manager Brian McDermott before the trip to Old Trafford. Second half goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho secured a hard-fought win for

Arsenal at Swansea, boosting their Champions League qualification hopes. Elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov scored the winner for Fulham in a 1-0 away win at White Hart Lane that dented former club Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish. Meanwhile Wigan boosted their chances of escaping relegation yet again when they beat Newcastle 2-1 in controversial fashion. Aston Villa also eased their relegation worries with a late strike from Christian Benteke that clinched a crucial 3-2 win over fellow strugglers QPR. On Saturday, Southampton did their hopes of avoiding the

drop some good and dented Liverpool’s top six hopes with a 3-1 win at St Mary’s. Ten-man Norwich earned a point away to fellow Premier League relegation candidates Sunderland. And Stoke held West Brom to a goalless draw at Brittania Stadium, ending a run of three straight Premier League losses and lifting the team to 10th in the standings, 10 points behind West Brom in eighth place. In The Phuket News tipping competition: jeltanic has jumped to the top of the monthly standings with a score of 61, three points ahead of challenger NEIL and 11 points over most of the pack. Suncat100 still reigns at the top of the overall standings with a score of 589, a 55 point lead over nearest challenger Blackrosebar. This month (March 2013) the competition is sponsored by Australia Bar & Grill in Kata. The monthly winner will receive a B3,000 voucher to spend at the venue. The overall winner at the end of the season will win a brand new Honda Scoopy courtesy of AP Honda.

TOM’S TIPS WEEK 33 Sunderland v Man Utd Arsenal v Reading Man City v Newcastle Swansea v Tottenham West Ham v West Brom Wigan v Norwich Everton v Stoke Aston Villa v Liverpool Southampton v Chelsea Fulham v QPR

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Island’s archers prepare to make their bow T H E T H I R D PH U K ET Archery Cup will be held in the grounds of the Blue Elephant restaurant in Phuket Town on Saturday, April 6. The organisers and sponsors include organising committee president Montree Thammakit (pictured, second from left), President of the Phuket Archery Club Bundit Santikul (third from left), the Blue Elephant general manager Kim Steppe (fourth from left) and President of Phuket Sports Association president Saroj Angkanapilas (second from right). The competition includes category awards for recurve

and traditional bows in Mens and Womens Under 12, Under 18, and Open age groups, as well as traditional, recurve and compound bow team events.

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Sport The Iceman cometh Islanders win Phuket FC beat the the “Blue Marlins” of Sriracha Suzuki FC > 28

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imi Raikkonen ignited the Formula One season with a stunning win in Australia, but the “Iceman” will feel heat from his rivals this weekend at the notoriously demanding Malaysian Grand Prix. Masterful tyre management in a surprisingly quick Lotus put the colourful Finn top of the podium in Melbourne, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso second and Sebastian Vettel, gunning for his fourth straight world title, third. “Finntastic” trumpeted Australian press, and “Finn puts party back into Formula 1”, as media welcomed a challenge to the accepted order at the start of the new season. Three championships in three years have already placed Red Bull’s German pilot Vettel, 25, among the sport’s greats, but the return of the party-

loving Raikkonen – who owns a luxury seafront home at Serenity Terraces in Phuket’s Rawai area – has proved invigorating. And after rain storms wiped out Saturday qualifying in Australia, teams will be braced for another tough weekend at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit, where tropical downpours played havoc last year and in 2009. A year ago, Raikkonen marked his return to Malaysia after a two-year stint in rallying by handing out ice-creams, a nod to an episode on his previous visit in 2009, when he coolly snacked on a Magnum during a rain delay. The 33-year-old has twice been a winner on the long straights and tight hairpins of the Sepang circuit, built on former palm plantations near the Malaysian capital, but has also failed to finish four times and was fifth last year. His ability to maintain

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“The team got the strategy perfect. Apart from maybe Force India I don’t think the others looked like they could do the same thing.” Lotus boss Eric Boullier admitted it was team policy to give leeway to the famously brusque Raikkonen, who memorably snapped “Just leave me alone, I know what I’m doing”, over the team radio

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Pirelli’s new, deliberately fastwearing tyres was critical in Melbourne, but he will face an entirely different test in Malaysia’s heat, humidity and possible rain come race day Sunday. “I had a good feeling that we would be okay with the tyres after practice,” Raikkonen told the team website after the Australian race.

Alonso, just three points behind Vettel in last year’s final standings, was delighted to take an early psychological edge over the young German and his Red Bull team, with Ferrari the leading constructor after race one. But much attention in Malaysia will also focus on Raikkonen, both on his driving and for any possible repeat of the antics which have made him a cult figure among motorsport fans. In 2006, Raikkonen went out of the Monaco Grand Prix but instead of heading back to the team garage, he jumped straight on board his personal yacht, shirt off and surrounded by his partying entourage. Asked later that season in Brazil why he had missed a presentation by Pele to Michael Schumacher, his answer to a TV reporter was concise and unapologetic: he had been in the toilet. A year later, he was world champion. AFP

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Kimi Raikkonen before the start of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17. Photo: AFP/Brandon Malone

last year en route to victory in Abu Dhabi. “I don’t think there is anybody on earth who can tell Kimi what he should do, so I am not going to start,” Boullier said, according to the Autosport website. Vettel will hope to do better with his tyres in the warmer conditions and put his stamp on the season much earlier than in 2012, when he did not win until the fourth race and trailed in the standings as late as October. “We had a good day with a pole and a podium – but in the race we were a little too aggressive with the tyres and lost the front and the rears, while others did a little better,” Vettel said. Lewis Hamilton could not hide his satisfaction at finishing fifth with new team Mercedes, while his former employer McLaren started the year dismally with Jenson Button ninth and Sergio Perez 11th.

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