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February 12-11 pp01
Volume 18 Issue 7
February 12 - 18, 2011
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Tuk-tuks agree to set fares
By Pimwara Choksakulpan
IN A landmark move for Phuket
tourism, the Patong Taxi Federation has agreed to a range of set
fares to charge passengers.
The federation represents about
85 per cent of all passenger vehicle operators in Patong,
including taxi, tuk-tuk, motorcycle
taxi and minivan drivers.
One of the key fares agreed to
is a maximum fare of 200 baht for
any tuk-tuk or taxi ride within
Federation president Preechavude “Prab” Keesin told the
Phuket Gazette, “We have agreed
to these fares because if drivers
keep overcharging, then tourists
will stop using our services altogether and we will lose customers.
“By agreeing to these fares we
are helping to save our drivers’
jobs. We need to change to make
sure everyone survives.” said Mr
Prab, who is also the son of
Patong Mayor Pian Keesin.
The new fares are the result of
a provincial committee set up by
Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha to mediate among
stakeholders what fares should be
Some of the new set
fares from Patong to:
DRIVING FORWARD: Preechavude ‘Prab’ Keesin discusses the new set fares.
standardized and at what rates.
The fares will come into effect
after the official agreement is ratified in writing by Governor Tri.
However, Mr Prab said nearly
all his member drivers were aware
of the new fares and may begin
charging them immediately.
Maximum fares for journeys
within Patong will be 200 baht for
up to four passengers, with a
maximum extra charge of 50 baht
per passenger exceeding four.
At the meeting on Tuesday
when the fares were announced,
Vice Governor Weerawat Janpen
said, “These are the fares that
drivers normally charge tourists –
we’ve just made them standard
and professional.
“At first, some drivers may
have problems following this announcement, but I believe that in
the end everyone will adhere to
these fares,” he said.
The standard fares will be
posted on official signboards and
leaflets to be handed out in Patong.
See also page 9 for our new
“Letter from the Governor” .
Chalong Bay…
Cape Panwa…
Kata Noi…
Lotus, Big C
and Central Festival…
Layan Beach…
Nai Thon Beach…
Nai Yang Beach…
Nai Harn Beach…
Phuket Town…
Phromthep Cape…
Phuket Zoo…
Deep Sea Port…
Phuket Sightseeing Tour…
Surin Beach…
Wat Chalong…
Medical center planned for Karon
THAWEE Thongcham, the mayor
of Karon Municipality, has confirmed that plans are afoot to build
a medical center on two rai of land
between the Hilton Arcadia Phuket
Resort and Spa and The Old
Phuket Resort.
The site is part of a five-rai plot
currently under responsibility of
the Treasury Department.
Royal Thai Police Region 8
have already requested permission
to build Karon’s first police station on the remaining three rai.
Mayor Thawee explained that
Karon Municipality has applied to
the Treasury Department to use
the land, but has yet to receive a
If all goes according to plan,
he expects construction of the
facility to start at the end of this
year or at the beginning of next
A municipal budget would be
combined with corporate sponsorship by local businesses to fund
the building and medical equipment, Mayor Thawee explained.
He declined to provide an initial
cost estimate, saying draft plans
have yet to be drawn up.
Medical staff are to be provided
by Patong Hospital or Vachira
Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.
“We have yet to decide which
hospital to sign a memorandum of
understanding with. The center
The medical center is expected to
help people rescued from the
notorious surf at Karon Beach.
should be run the same as Vachira
Phuket Hospital 2 in Phuket
Town,” Mayor Thawee said (see
page 2).
The medical center in Karon,
with 10 beds, would provide
emergency outpatient services.
Mayor Thawee said he expects
the facility, once completed, to
help save tourists rescued from
drowning at Karon, one of
Phuket’s most dangerous beaches
during the rainy season.
“It will be for emergencies such
as small injuries and especially
people rescued from drowning.
“Normally, patients are taken to
Patong or Vachira Phuket hospitals, which take time to reach.
“This new medical center
would help save time and lives,”
he said.
– Pimwara Choksakulpan
One way
Where are they?
See Page 5
All eyes on Thailand
Fighting along the border with
Cambodia intensifies.
Page 7
February 12 - 18, 2011
Vachira expands
outpatient services
By Pimwara Choksakulpan
Looking back to 1987
when a Thai Airways
flight crashed. Page 16
Spiritual figurehead Joan
Halifax Roshi stops off
in Phuket.
Page 19
The Gazette asks locals
their opinion on Phuket’s
development. Page 25
Everything you need at prices you
can afford, from jobs to homes.
Pages 31-42
BIS hosts inaugural
Phuket Cup International Youth soccer
tournament. Page 43
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VACHIRA Phuket Hospital, the
largest government hospital on the
island, has opened an off-site outpatient clinic in Phuket Town to
reduce the workload at the main
“Vachira Phuket Hospital 2 was
set up to help reduce the number
of patients at Vachira Phuket Hospital, which is now up to 2,000 a
day,” explained Hospital Director
Dr Jessada Chungpaibulpatana.
“It will also help reduce waiting times for patients,” he added.
The center, located literally on
the corner of the Yee Teng Complex at the Slaughterhouse
Intersection, where Chao Fa Road
meets Patipat Road, opened quietly on January 4.
It can serve 100 patients a day
with staff treating patients daily
from 8:30am to 4pm.
“We provide only emergency
medical services, ordinary health
checks and a dental clinic.
“Patients needing surgery or intensive care are transferred to
Vachira Phuket Hospital,” Dr
Jessada said.
The new Vachira outpatient clinic at Slaughterhouse Intersection.
However, the center will soon
have its own an x-ray machine,
pre-natal clinic, family planning
center and Thai massage spa, he
“The center is currently on trial.
There are about 60 patients a day.
If we receive positive feedback
from the public, we might open
this one 24 hours a day and open
similar outpatient centers in
Sapam, Chalong and Karon,” Dr
Jessada said.
Thai Public Health Minister
Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to
attend the official opening in April.
To call the center, call Vachira
Hospital’s main line at 076-361234
and ask for extension 3000 or
Hazardous waste trade booming
AN INNOVATIVE project that allows people to exchange toxic
household waste for pharmaceuticals is going strong in Phuket
The Phuket Safe project, a collaborative effort of Phuket City
Municipality, the Phuket Drug
Store Club and the Phuket Pharmacists Association, allows
anyone to exchange toxic waste
items for a variety of non-prescription medications at any of 12
participating venues.
Tiensak Santikayawakul, secretary of the Phuket Drug Store
Club, said 24 kilograms of hazardous waste were collected in
the first three months of the program, which started on
September 15 last year.
“Most of waste collected between September and December
comprised flashlights and dry bat-
The red sticker that marks the
participating drug stores.
teries. We brought them all to
Phuket City Municipality for
proper disposal,” he said.
Mr Tiensak added that he was
pleased with the response from
the public and thought the project
would continue.
Drug stores want to support
the local community, not just in
terms of dispensing medication but
also in maintaining a healthy living environment, he said.
The medications provided under the program include common
remedies such as paracetamol,
mentholated oil and lozenges for
sore throats.
“People who buy medicine
from pharmacists can feel safe in
the knowledge that they can receive important usage advice,” he
There is plenty of room to expand the network because Phuket
has more than 300 registered pharmacies, Mr Teinsak said.
“Our aim is to have every drug
store join, if possible. Any store
that is ready can join right away,”
he said.
– Janpen Upatising
February 12 - 18, 2011
Drug war crippled
by slow test results
PROCEDURAL problems in drug
testing are crippling efforts by the
Phuket Police to suppress narcotics use on the island, a provincial
committee on drug suppression
was told last week.
At the first annual meeting of
the committee, held at Phuket Provincial Hall, Phuket Governor Tri
Augkaradacha said central government policy on drug issues
was straightforward and progress
easy to evaluate.
There are currently 27 different anti-drug projects on the island
under an 11.4-million-baht budget
earmarked for drug suppression
at the start of fiscal 2011, he said.
The heads of various sub-committees should submit progress
reports every 10 days so that strategies can be reviewed and
changed if necessary, he added.
The committee was told that
the use of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) was continuing to
increase despite its high price and
there was a continuing rise in illegal drug use among Phuket youth,
especially students.
There are currently 1,500
people in the province undergoing
court-ordered drug treatment programs, the committee heard.
Police continue to claim that
verification of the results of urine
tests administered in Phuket takes
too long.
In a meeting on that issue on
Friday, Phuket Provincial Police
Repeat trafficker
snared in accident
By Yodsak Jarana
and Atchaa Khamlo
Drug trafficking and the use of
methamphetamines are rising.
Deputy Komol Wattarakorn urged
the Forensics Police Bureau in
Bangkok to establish a certified
drug testing center in Phuket.
Currently, police conduct random urine tests at nightclubs and
other night entertainment venues
around the island.
They also test in several hotels
that have agreed to take part in the
police ‘white hotel project’, under which staff agree to be tested.
However,samples need to be
collected and sent to Vachira
Phuket Hospital.
From there, they are forwarded
to regional Forensics Police testing centers in Surat Thani or Trang
for verification.
Often the samples are too old
by the time they are tested for
verification and the results don’t
match those of the original test,
Col Komol said.
MORE than 1,000 marine animals,
including 260 specimens of protected species, were seized after
the pickup being used to smuggle
them collided with a motorbike in
Wichit last Saturday
One man died from injuries
sustained in the accident.
The driver of the pickup was
Pichit Bangjark, 34, a Rawai sea
gypsy who has been charged with
trafficking protected marine animals before.
His pickup collided with the motorbike in front of Baan Nabon
School on Chao Fa East Road
about 1am last Saturday.
Two men and one woman
thrown from the motorbike were
rushed Vachira Phuket Hospital in
Phuket Town.
One of the men, Kiangsak
Songnu, 28, died in the hospital.
Chalong Police arrived at the
scene to find 350 starfish, 45 sea
urchins and 390 hermit crabs in
water-filled plastic bags packed
into boxes in the bed of the
Stashed among the haul were
30 pipe fish and 230 six-spotted
gobies – both protected species.
Pichit was charged with reckless driving causing death and
Some of the 350 starfish seized after the accident. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo
injury, and for being in possession
of protected marine animals.
On March 7 last year, Pichit
and three minors were arrested
for smuggling protected marine
species in the same pickup involved in the accident last
Legal proceedings for last
year’s incident were already completed before Pichit’s arrest last
The punishment for smuggling
protected marine animals is a jail
term up to one year, or a fine up
to 100,000 baht, or both.
Conservation center officer
Prajuab Mokrat said the pipe fish
and six-spotted gobies were “very
rare” and commanded high prices
in the illicit trade. Both are found
around coral reefs.
“Marine animals such as these
are always trafficked for private
collections. Pipe fish are usually
used to produce an aphrodisiac,”
he said.
Of the marine animals that survived the accident, some will be
kept at Phuket Aquarium. The remainder will be released into the
sea after the case is closed.
Aldhouse back in court March 1 Body blown across the bay
PHUKET “kickbox murder” suspect Lee Aldhouse appeared in
Westminster Magistrates Court in
London on February 2 for an extradition hearing following a request from the Thai authorities, the
UK Home Office has confirmed.
Aldhouse will remain in custody
in the UK until at least March 1,
when he is scheduled to return to
the same court for extradition proceedings, Sam Eversden of the UK
Home Office told the Gazette.
Aldhouse, originally from Birmingham, is wanted for the
stabbing murder of 23-year-old US
Marine Dashawn Longfellow in
Rawai in August last year.
Aldhouse was able to escape
Thailand via Cambodia. An international manhunt of almost two
weeks failed to find him, but he
was arrested on arrival at
Heathrow Airport in London.
He was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued after he fled the
UK while out on bail for a previous offense.
Intranee Sumawong, Executive
Director of International Affairs at
the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok, told the Gazette
that the British authorities have yet
to tell her office how long the extradition process will take.
“At present, the court [in Lon-
don] is hearing his testimony and
allowing him to present a defense
against extradition to Thailand.
“If he objects to extradition, he
will have to provide sufficient evidence for them to consider,” Mrs
Intranee said.
The UK will not extradite its
citizens to any country for charges
that include execution as punishment, she said.
– A Khamlo and N Altstadt
THE body of a man found floating off Koh Racha, about 25 kilometers south of Phuket, remains
Chalong Police Duty Officer
Tianchai Duangsuwan said the
body, discovered by passengers
on a dive tour boat, looked as if it
had been in the water several days.
This in mind, he believes it
might have been blown across
Phang Nga bay from Phi Phi Island or even from Koh Lanta.
“We estimate the man died
about four days ago. He was about
40 years old. We cannot be sure
whether he was Thai or foreign,”
he said after the discovery.
“The body might have originated from Koh Phi Phi or even
Koh Lanta, as at this time of year
the wind will blow it from there
in that time,” he added.
An officer at the Phuket Tourist Rescue Center in Chalong
concurred with that possibility.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Couple spend The piggy bank bust
retirement in
the dog house
By Atchaa Khamlo
NAKHON Pathom resident
Champa Tangsombun is crazy
about dogs – so much so that it’s
ruining his wife’s retirement.
Mr Champa, 74, has been taking stray and injured dogs into his
home in Village 9 in Bang Chang
subdistrict for 15 years.
The retired bus station master,
who now has 61 canines to take
care of, has spent his entire life
savings on dog food.
The situation has become so
serious that Mr Champa’s wife
has had to keep on working as a
bus conductress to help pay to
feed the animals.
But now even the 20,000 baht
she earns each month is not
enough, and the couple owe the
pet shop tens of thousands of baht.
Mr Champa said he used to be
a rich and respected man. When
he retired from his job with the
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority
12 years ago, he already had a few
dogs in the house.
The numbers rose and rose.
There are now dogs everywhere:
in the house, in the garden and in
a specially constructed pen where
Mr Champa keeps them all. The
sound of barking is deafening.
Mr Champa said he could not
give any of the dogs away as he
was afraid they would not be well
cared for. He therefore asked
kindhearted readers to donate dog
food. His address is 9/1 Village 9,
Bang Chang subdistrict, Samphran
district, Nakhon Pathom.
– Khao Sod
A WOMAN who saw her piggy
bank being carried past her house
in Chalong by a neighbor knew
something was amiss – especially
since the piggy bank was stolen
from her home a month earlier.
The woman called the police,
who followed up on the tipoff and
arrested a young couple who have
since confessed to robbing more
than 30 homes around the island.
Chalong Police deputy superintendent Narong Luksanawimol
identified the pair as Boonyod
Atthatham, 21, and his female
companion Chadawan Prateep Na
Thalang, 24. Both were arrested
at Chalong Circle on Monday.
Police have since recovered a
wide range of items from local
secondhand shops and an apartment rented by Mr Boonyod near
Rang Hill in Phuket Town, as well
as less valuable items seized in a
search of a home rented by the
couple on Soi Kloom Yang, where
Ms Chadawan was spotted carrying the piggy bank.
The pair confessed to targeting homes and apartments in many
parts of the island in spree of more
Some of the recovered items on display at Chalong Police Station.
than 30 break-ins dating back five
or six months, Lt Col Narong said.
People who believe their homes
have been robbed by the pair are
urged to visit Chalong Police Station to see if their belongings are
among the recovered loot.
Recovered items included Buddha images, jewelry and electronic
devices including laptops, mobile
phones, hand-held video recorders and digital cameras.
Lt Col Narong expressed concern about how poor parenting
seems to be contributing to a rise
in crime and drug use among
young people on the island.
Ms Chadawan and Mr Boonyod
both finished their studies after
three years of high school.
Many youths leave school early
and fall into peer groups that lead
them into drug use and other
criminal activities, he said.
Man slaughtered
on palm plantation
THE body of a Burmese man with
a half-severed head and intestines
spilling out was found on a Phuket
palm plantation early last Sunday
Thalang police were informed
of the gruesome discovery at
about 8am. The body lay in the
Anchalee Plantation, just south of
Heroines’ Monument, off Thepkrasattri Road.
The victim, identified by a
document on the body as “Yoe”,
age 37, was found face down
with 11 stab wounds, police said.
According to the document, he
lived in Rassada subdistrict.
Near the body police found the
victim’s socks, a tobacco pouch
and a hat.
Thalang Police Duty Officer
Patiwat Yodkhuan speculated that
Mr Yoe may have known the killer,
The body was found a short
distance from Thepkrasattri Road.
who possibly lured him into the
secluded plantation behind Wat
Tha Ruea to kill him.
Another scenario could have
been that Mr Yoe was killed while
trying to fend off robbers, Lt
Patiwat said.
Kusoldharm Foundation volunteers took the body to Thalang
Hospital for examination.
– Wichai Witthawat
February 12 - 18, 2011
Where have the Rohingya gone?
By Nicholas Altstadt
THE saga of the plighted Rohingya
arrested on February 1 in Phuket
continues as scores of them seem
to have disappeared.
Phuket Immigration Superintendent Panuwat Ruamrak told the
Phuket Gazette on Tuesday that all
68 Rohingya refugees detained in
Phuket were transferred on Monday to Phang Nga Immigration due
to overcrowding at facilities in
However, an official at Phang
Nga Immigration, who declined to
give her name, told the Gazette on
Wednesday they were unaware of
any such transfer or arrangement.
Sen Sgt Maj Sanpetr Janthai of
Immigration Region 6 headquarters in Haad Yai on Thursday told
the Gazette their office received a
message from Phuket Immigration dated February 4.
The message stated Phuket Immigration detention facilities were
overcrowded and that they would
contact headquarters to “communicate any further action”, he said.
Phuket Immigration, which operates under the command of
Region 6 headquarters, has given no
further notice of action, he added.
This has raised concerns among
international human rights organizations and within Thailand. Both
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and
the Lawyers Council of Thailand
have released statements over the
past two weeks demanding government action and transparency in
dealing with Rohingya refugees.
The head scratching over the
whereabouts of the Phuket 68 quickly
turned to concern as reports
emerged of 91 “starving” Rohingya
refugees landing on India’s Car
Nicobar Island on February 3.
One report quoted Campbell
Bay Police as saying the men were
adrift for 15 to 20 days.
The concern stems from 91
Rohingya who landed in Trang
province in January. They were
arrested but were eventually “unaccounted for” as the United
Nations High Commission on
Refugees (UNHCR) pressed the
The 68 Rohingya detained at Phuket Immigration last week are nowhere to be found. Photo: Janpen Upatising
government to allow access to the
refugees. The Thai government,
however, ignored the UN agency.
Amnesty International (AI)
Myanmar researcher Benjamin
Zawacki told the Gazette that although it cannot be proved at this
stage that the Nicobar arrivals
were the same men who were detained in Thailand, the number was
“awfully coincidental”.
He also said that AI had confirmed the men were Rohingya.
“Some of the men, who are
now in India, claimed that they did
land elsewhere [before Car
Nicobar] and were essentially cast
adrift without provisions and a
functioning engine,” he said.
“This, of course, brings to
mind events of early 2009,” Mr
Zawacki added, referring to an
incident about two years ago when
Thailand faced harsh criticism for
arresting 190 Rohingya refugees
and towing them back out to sea
with limited provisions.
Human Rights Watch Deputy
Director Asia Phil Robertson said,
“Thailand is not being transparent
in its handling of Rohingya.
“They are playing the game of
‘find the pea under the coconut
shell’,” he said.
Although Thailand is now in the
spotlight over possible human
rights violations and its alleged
mishandling of Rohingya refugees,
the root of the problem is firmly
planted in Burma, experts say.
The Rohingya have the unfortunate distinction of being near, if
not at the bottom rung of the global social ladder: the world’s most
unwanted people.
Decades of human rights
abuses have forced them to flee
their homeland at all costs.
The Rohingya are a Muslim
minority originating in northern
Arakan State in Burma and parts
of Bangladesh.
The Burmese government formally stripped the Rohingya of their
citizenship in the 1982 Citizenship
Act, HRW’s Phil Robertson said.
“The Burmese government has
engaged in revisionist history to
claim the Rohingya are not citizens. The Rohingya have lived for
many generations in Arakan State,
including well before Burmese independence from the British in
1948, and so they have clear, legitimate claims to Burmese
citizenship,” he said.
The Rohingya need government permission for everything
from domestic travel to marriage.
They also face systematic religious
persecution, Mr Robertson said.
The Burmese military also engages them in forced labor and
physically abuses them, in some
cases killing or “disappearing”
them, he added.
Not surprisingly, many flee to
Bangladesh, Mr Robertson said.
“The government [there] refuses
to grant new arrivals any legal status and [like Thailand] prevents any
sort of refugee status determination by the UNHCR,” he said.
HRW estimates that as many as
300,000 Rohingya are believed to
be living in Bangladesh, many in
makeshift camps where they are
not permitted to work and face
violence and discrimination by local authorities and communities.
“Their situation [in Bangladesh]
is like the old Thai saying, ‘Fleeing the tiger and running into the
crocodile’. It’s not surprising they
are taking such huge risks and
such a dangerous journeys in these
rickety overcrowded boats – trying to get to somewhere they will
be safe,” Mr Robertson said.
“The rest of the nations in the
region recognize these facts and
now they need to forcefully demand that the new Burmese
government accept this and end
their systematic discrimination and
abuse against the Rohingya.
“Only then will the Rohingya
refugee crisis come to an end,”
he said.
6 phuket gazette
‘Mangrove Rd’
finally gets
green light
AFTER more than a decade, the
Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environment (MNRE) has finally
approved an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a controversial road through a mangrove
forest in Phuket Town.
News that the EIA of the Klong
Koh Phee Road project had been
approved was announced on Monday at a project committee meeting
chaired by Phuket Governor Tri
During the meeting, Phuket City
Mayor Somjai Suwan­s upapana
said an expert committee from the
MNRE approved the application
on December 1.
The approval followed an aerial survey of the site by visiting
Deputy Prime Minister Sanan
Kajornprasart in November.
The application was the fifth
submitted for the project, which involves construction of a 600-meter
elevated road connecting Saphan
Hin with Sakdidet Road Soi 7.
The stumbling block for over a
decade was the effect the project
would have on nearby mangroves.
The big break came on July 30
last year when the MNRE issued
an exception on its 2003 blanket
ban on public use of mangrove forest land. However, the exception
stipulated that any such projects
could only go forward with cabinet
The cabinet request should be
filed with the Ministry of Interior
by the end of the month, the committee was told.
As soon as cabinet permission
is granted, the Phuket City Municipality will submit a formal request
to the Forestry Department to use
the reserve land.
See Editorial on page 8
February 12 - 18, 2011
phuket news
Farewell to a ‘class
By Michael Lewis
IT WAS as Mick Tonkin would
have wanted it – no fanfare, his
friends bidding farewell by raising
a glass and with fond memories in
their hearts.
Although respectful of local
customs, Mick was always true to
his roots where the celebration of
life meant everything, never standing on ceremony.
And so it was on Tuesday when
more than 150 friends attended
Mick’s funeral at Wat Phra
Thong in Thalang, followed by a
wake at the Black Cat restaurant
in Cherng Talay, a favorite eating
Early Wednesday evening last
week, Phuket lost one of its “good
guys” after Mick collapsed at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on
his way home from a business trip.
Efforts by paramedics and
doctors failed to revive him. A
post- mortem examination revealed he had died following a
massive heart attack.
Michael John Tonkin’s pragmatic and unassuming attitude to
life was perhaps honed by his own
beginnings. He was brought into
the world in south London during
the Blitz in World War II.
He often joked that his mother
put a tin basin on her head during
the bombings, hoping it would
save them in the event of a direct
Young Mick excelled in his
studies, winning a scholarship to
grammar school.
But the family’s financial situation meant he could not go on
to university; instead he took an
apprenticeship in instrumentation
His mathematics and physics
skills were quickly recognized
when, at the age of just 22, he was
sent to India as the only foreign
electronic engineer on a massive
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Patong Merlin Hotel
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Friends gather at the Black Cat restaurant to toast to the life of Mick Tonkin – just as he would have wanted them to.
dam project.
Mick then worked in a number
of industries until the late 1970s,
when he discovered his addiction
to computing.
Later, he opened the world’s
first Apple Centre in London and
won awards for his accounting
software. About this time he met
his partner Carol Fryer.
They moved on to develop their
own businesses in the financial
services and software sectors.
In the mid-1990s the couple
relocated to Phuket, successfully
establishing A++ Software, providing Thai companies with the first
dual-language accounting packages
that allowed them to bypass expensive foreign alternatives.
Mick had passions beyond
computing – among them a love
of golf (his playing days curtailed
by serious knee injuries) and the
legendary open-house breakfasts
he and Carol hosted to celebrate
Mick Tonkin
the first day of the annual Formula
1 racing season.
His ever-present and youthful
smile belied Mick’s 68 years;
even so, he was a founding member of the Grumpy Old Men’s
Society in Phuket. But that was
Mick, indicative of his wry sense
of humor and desire to support the
The online postings since his
death sum up Mick’s reputation
in the international, expatriate and
local communities: “a great guy”,
“what an extremely decent and
wonderful guy”, “we would like
to say farewell to the best boss
anyone could have had. Mick was
a pleasure both to work with and
for, and we are all deeply saddened
by his premature departure”, “we
miss his humor already”, “one of
life’s true gentlemen”, “we honor
you and all you have done for so
many” and “a class act” among
And one that said everything:
“So sad and too early.”
Farewell Mick Tonkin, you are
gone but not forgotten. We have
raised a glass, as you would have
hoped, in your deserved honor.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Tensions high
Fighting on Cambodian border intensifies, conflict draws UN attention
FIGHTING between Thai and
Cambodian troops in the border
area surrounding the disputed
Hindu temple of Preah Vihear has
killed at least seven people and
sparked growing concern among
the international community.
UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon on Sunday said he was
“deeply concerned” by the conflict, which has prompted the
evacuation of thousands of villagers from surrounding areas.
Fighting broke out last Friday,
with both sides accusing the other
of firing first. Troops exchanged
fire sporadically for at least four
days, with an uneasy peace holding from around 11am Monday.
Cambodia on Monday said the
fighting had killed five people and
wounded 45. At least one soldier
and one civilian have been killed
on the Thai side.
The Cambodians also claim
Thai shelling has damaged the disputed temple, resulting in the
collapse of one of its wings.
Tensions over the 11th century
temple have been high since
Unesco granted it World Heritage
status in July 2008 following an
application from Cambodia.
In 1962 the World Court ruled
that the temple belonged to Cambodia, although Thailand claims
4.6 square kilometers of territory
around it.
The temple stands atop a steep
cliff face, making it accessible
only from Thailand.
The latest fighting followed the
recent arrest and trial of seven
Thais for illegally entering Cambodian territory.
Five were released with suspended sentences last month. Two
of them, Thai nationalist Veera
Somkwamkid and his secretary
Ratree Pipattanapaibul, were con-
Pattaya beach ‘could
vanish’ in five years
THAI scientists say Pattaya beach
is being eroded at the rate of almost two meters per year and
could vanish completely in as little
as five years.
“If we do nothing about it, the
beach will disappear in the near
future – you can see that in some
areas the beach has already gone,”
Thanawat Jarupongsakul, a coastal
erosion expert at Chulalongkorn
University told Reuters.
Scientists say that sea currents
and increasing development have
meant the beach is being eaten
away, threatening the tourism industry which has brought vast
amounts of cash to Thailand.
Weerasak Chiewkij, who rents
deck chairs to tourists, said it was
harder and harder to find space
for his chairs as the beach was
getting smaller, Reuters reported.
A rescue plan has been drawn
up, though it won’t come cheap.
Thanawat said 220,000 cubic
meters of sand were needed to
increase the width of the shore to
40 meters – a plan that would cost
an estimated 600 million baht.
“Many countries have done
this,” he said. “In the past, we
would just build some kind of
structure, but they look so ugly
and have many negative effects.
“If we have the budget, I think
this project could be finished in
one to two years,” he added.
victed of espionage and sentenced
to eight and five years in prison
The convictions have ratcheted
up political tension in Bangkok,
where the nationalist People’s Alliance for Democracy is holding a
protest attempting to push the
government of Abhisit Vejjajiva to
take a harder line in the dispute.
While Prime Minister Abhisit’s
government is keen to resolve the
conflict bilaterally, Cambodian premier Hun Sen has written to ask
the United Nations Security Council to intervene.
Hun Sen has asked the UN to
send peacekeepers and demanded
an emergency Security Council
meeting to “stop Thailand’s aggression”, according to United Press.
UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon called for “maximum
restraint” on both sides.
“The secretary-general is
deeply concerned by reports of
repeated armed clashes,” his office said in a statement.
– Phuket Gazette
Cambodian soldiers stand guard at Preah Vihear temple. Photo: AFP
Trial tests new cyber laws
THE head of the Prachathai political website went on trial last
Friday in a case seen as testing
free expression and Thailand’s
tough new cyber laws.
Chiranuch Premchaiporn faces
up to 20 years in prison for failing
to remove 10 comments deemed
insulting to the monarchy from the
website’s now-defunct web
She has been charged with violating articles of the 2007 Computer
Crimes Act by “intentionally supporting or consenting to crimes
linked to the use of computers”.
The Act concerns offenses
such as hacking and online fraud
and forbids the circulation of material deemed harmful to national
In 2008, 10 comments appeared on the web board that
prosecutors say constituted lese
majeste, a crime in Thailand. The
content of the comments cannot
be reported, since doing so would
itself be lese majeste.
Although Chiranuch co-operated with censors by removing the
comments, she was arrested in
March 2009 for failing to do so
quickly enough.
Media activist Supinya
Klangnarong told Associated Press
that the Computer Crimes Act “has
become a political tool of the state
to close down websites and arrest people”.
The first day of the trial at
Bangkok Criminal Court was well
attended by local and international
media as well as NGOs, diplomats
and representatives of international
Final testimony is scheduled to
be taken on February 17, though
observers believe the trial is likely
to take much longer than planned.
There’s nothing
wrong with nipples
Re: Nipplewatch: staying abreast
of nude Phuket [Island View,
Issue of January 22, page 7]
I note there is no space to
comment online for the article,
so I’d like to comment here on
how it is apparently perfectly
acceptable for the male walking
along the beach in the accompanying picture to have his nipples
and rather prominent breasts
I’m quite sure that up until
the religion-obsessed colonialists
began spreading their uptight,
anti-female, sexist doctrines that
indigenous women walked
around the tropics all over the
globe, freely bare chested in
order to best enjoy the cool
The genital-izing and criminalization of women’s chests has
been fought in the US and
women in New York City now
enjoy freedom like most of their
European counterparts.
I urge resistance to this
blatant, unfair sexism.
Christy K Sweet
Cherng Talay
Second chance
Re: Phuket Gazette, Guns and
gangs not child’s play, February 5
This tragedy is right out of an
episode of the Twilight Zone.
Two identical brothers – one
killed for the other’s transgressions.
The other brother is given a
second chance at life.
What will he do with this
second chance? Following the
ways of Buddha is certainly a
good start.
Sherlock Holmes
Gazette online
February 12 - 18, 2011
Dangerous shortcut
to mangrove loss
THE long-awaited approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the “Klong Koh
Phee Road” project [see News pages] comes as
great news for all sides and represents a
reasonable solution to an infrastructure hurdle
that has needlessly wasted untold thousand of
hours of commuter time over the years.
To review, the project first came into being at
around the time the Chalermprakiat School
was built at Saphan Hin over a decade ago.
So sure were planners at the time that
approval would be given to complete a 600meter stretch of road connecting Saphan Hin to
Sakdidet Road that the school’s main entrance
was built fronting the mangrove forest. Then,
like the scene out of Sleeping Beauty, something strange happened and everything came to
a mysterious halt.
Long viewed only as a convenient source of
material for charcoal production, Thailand’s
dwindling mangrove forest reserves finally
gained the legal protection they deserved
through a 2003 Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment regulation that mandated a
blanket ban on any and all public projects on
mangrove reserves.
The landmark statute was no doubt inspired
by Royal Patronage projects that raised public
awareness of mangroves. Mangroves are
important ecosystems in their own right and
also play a key role in incubating marine
species that live offshore. Among their other
important roles, mangroves are a first line of
defense against sea erosion and – as tragically
revealed in 2004 – tsunami inundations.
Right to withhold…
my urine
Re: Gazette online, Phuket Police: Drug war crippled by slow
test results, February 7
It is amazing that some people
Despite MNRE protection, a combination of
rising property prices and corrupt (or indifferent) officials led to continued attacks by
Such developments have left vast swathes of
former Phuket mangrove reserves little more
than muddy plains covered with tin shanties,
resorts, fish farms and floating restaurants in
recent years.
Yet despite this widespread destruction,
several rai of degraded mangrove land needed
for this crucial development project remained
as if frozen in time.
Enter former Phuket Governor Wichai
Phraisa-ngop, who made road building his
prime gubernatorial priority during his brief
stay in office.
Although the Gazette disagreed with his
initial plan to cut a low-budget road straight
through the low-lying area, it was no doubt tMr
Wichai’s raising of the issue at the highest
levels of government that led the MNRE to
clear the way for the exception that should now
end with a “mangrove overpass road” across
Klong Koh Phee.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that we must now all hope
that the ability to grant such exceptions does
not end with Cabinet joining their local counterparts in failing to provide our remaining
mangroves the protection they deserve.
actually agree with this. What
kind of country do you want to
live in where you have done
nothing wrong but are stopped
and made to urinate into a cup
so the police can check and see
if you have done drugs.
Keep in mind that some drugs
can stay in your system for
days, so you could have just
flown in from Amsterdam, not
done anything while here, and
still get thrown in jail – nice
Gazette online
Mangrove madness
Re: Gazette online, Phuket ‘mangrove road’ EIA approved, February 8
I am fairly sure my dismay
will be echoed by most readers.
Why destroy what little natural
environment is left in Phuket in
the name of commerce?
This issue has been rumbling
away for at least eight years and
virtually everyone has opposed it
at every stage.
Why has it been approved
Gazette online
Changing lanes
Re: Gazette online, Phuket committee agrees to set standard tuktuk fares, February 8
Finally!…Finally! Finally!
Finally! Finally! Finally!
FIVB a talent quest
Phuket should keep
I recently read in the Gazette
about the possibility of the 2011
FIVB Women’s Volleyball World
Tour moving from Phuket to
another province.
I think it would be a downright travesty for the island if
this becomes a reality. The sport
itself I can take it or leave it, but
what I enjoy about the event is
the chance to watch a bounty of
beauties “do their thang” on the
golden sands of Karon Beach,
while I sip on a cold bruski and
take in the view.
The rules and competition are
not important… it’s the players I
will miss most if the tournament
moves elsewhere.
Sandy Hand
Grass cutters expose
a roadside eyesore
Late-night flower
This year workers are once
again cutting the grass along the
edges of the road from Muang Mai
to where it widens to four lanes in
Pa Khlok, which is wonderful.
But when they do this, they
expose the endless amounts of
trash hidden by the tall grass.
Last year, there were teams
collecting the trash for pick-up.
Why not this year? Please dont tell
me it’s a money thing. It can’t
cost that much.
It would be better to not cut the
grass and leave the trash, which is
constantly added to, than to cut it
and reveal this hideous mess.
How can the government of
this “paradise” keep talking about
this island-wide problem and not
clean it up? I don’t think anyone
really likes the looks of this mess,
especially the precious tourists.
Now is the time to fix this obvious, in-your-face problem.
I would like to order flowers
from a shop that can deliver them
to someone before Valentine’s Day.
I don’t have the address of the
place I would like them delivered,
but I know the name of the bar.
I have traveled to Phuket many
times in the last seven years, so I
know the area well and can explain the location.
Also, they would need to deliver the flowers after 10pm and
allow me to pay through a PayPal
account, by credit card, or when
I return in May.
Mr Casey
Pa Khlok
Wasana Srivilai, chief of the
Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor)
Public Works Section, replies:
The Phuket OrBorJor hires a
contractor to cut the grass and
collect trash on roads under our
This service is done every 15
If the contractor is not collecting trash after cutting the grass,
or if you find a big pile of trash
that needs to be removed, please
inform us.
We will ask the contractor to
remove it as soon as possible.
You can contact the Phuket
OrBorJor Public Works Section at
Thitima Hongbut, owner of
Flower in Love flower shop in
Rassada sub-district, replies:
We deliver flowers 24 hours a
day. If a customer wants flowers
delivered to Patong, they will have
to place an order valued at more
than 1,000 baht.
The customer should give us
February 12 - 18, 2011
Tackling tuk-tuk
and parking issues
SINCE I learned that I would be
serving as Phuket governor, the
first goal I set in mind was to fix
the problems with parking in
Patong – especially along
Thaweewong Road [beach road]
– and overcharging by tuk-tuks
and taxis.
I made these issues my top priorities because they have been
happening for ages and nobody
has fixed them. They have been
brought up at every quarterly honorary consuls meeting.
I have heard many complaints
from tourists saying it is hard to
find parking spaces in Patong because they are all filled with service
vehicles such as tuk-tuks, taxis,
rental cars and rental motorbikes
– and if you are lucky enough to
find a space, your car may get
scratched or damaged.
Actually, this happens not only
in Patong, but everywhere. I
started managing parking only
along Thaweewong Road first
because if I do so everywhere all
at once, those who are disadvantaged may rise up and protest –
we must go step-by-step.
On the beach road now, rental
vehicles are allowed 24 per cent
of the parking bays and the remaining 76 per cent is for tourists.
This new parking management
began on December 30 as a New
Year gift for everyone.
The next issue, which I am now
working on, is tuk-tuks and taxis
the name of the bar and address
because Patong has many bars.
But, if the bar is well-known, we
may not need the address. The
customer can pay by credit card
when they order the flowers.
For more information, call us at
076-221-687 or visit our website
at http://www.flowerinlovepk.com/index_new.html.
Norraset Pinkaew, owner of
Iamflower flower shop in
Phuket Town, replies:
We can deliver the flowers after
10pm and can do so before
Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha
took office on October 4 last year.
Fluent in English, Gov Tri has a
master’s degree in public administration from Kentucky State University
in the United States and served as a
Phuket vice governor for nearly four
years. In this, the first of our monthly
Letter from the Governor series, Gov
Tri talks about solutions to Phuket’s
parking woes and overpriced
overcharging fares. Many people
question why the fares are so expensive and tourists are not
charged standard fares, despite
Phuket being a world-class tourist destination.
I set up a provincial committee
to work on these problems, and
as with the parking, we will start
in Patong and extend to other areas of Phuket later.
The committee members agreed
to set standard fares among members of the Patong Taxi Federation
which comprises about 85 per
cent of service vehicles in Patong.
For example, there could be a
maximum fare of 200 baht for
every kind of service vehicle – not
only tuk-tuks – to travel within
Patong, allowing passengers and
drivers to negotiate rates for
shorter journeys.
The standard fares will be in
place mid-February.
Some may ask why we don’t
install meters in every tuk-tuk and
taxi. The reason is that the law
requires only vehicles registered
as meter taxis to install meters – it
does not affect other taxis and
rental cars.
If that were to be done, tuktuk owners, for example, would
have to agree to change their registration to be a meter taxi and they
would have to buy new vehicles,
because the regulations require
that only sedans less than two
years old and no more than 20,000
kilometers on them can have
meters installed. After that, the
meter can be used for nine years.
That is why no one wants to
change their registration to be a
metered taxi. What we have done
is registered illegal “black plate”
sedan taxis so that they are now
“green plate” commercial passenger taxis.
The next target is to have all
black plate taxis registered as metered taxis, but this process should
proceed gradually. We cannot
force them quickly, as it may lead
to protest. Right now we are considering how to find the ideal
solution for this change.
Valentine’s Day. There will be a
delivery fee depending on the order – probably a few hundred baht.
The customer should give us the
bar name and address as there are
many bars in Patong. Payment can
be made by credit card when the
order is placed.
For more information, call us at
076-218-303 or visit our website
at http://www.iamflower.biz/
therefore not under the responsibility of Karon Municipality.
Some local residents may not
understand that because it is private land, we cannot do anything
about the problem.
We don’t have the authority to
address the increase of shops
If the land were our responsibility, we would definitely fix the
For example, we would clean
both sides of the soi and would
address the issue of people putting tables and chairs on the
road, and obstructively parked
We have tried discussing this
with the owner and asked them
to turn the soi into public land.
However, the owner still
doesn’t want to do that.
We want to turn this soi into
public area, but it all depends on
the desire of the land owner.
It is their right to keep their land
or decide to give it up to us.
If they desire to give it up to
us, they can make arrangements
and talk to us about it.
Blossoming beer soi
leads to traffic woes
The last year has seen a proliferation of beer sheds appear on
the two Soi Islandias in Karon,
causing these previously snug sois
to become a one-way system for
vehicles delivering to the various
businesses. Are these sheds legal?
Tawee Tongcham, Mayor of
Karon Municipality, replies:
Soi Islandia is private land and
WATCH YOUR STEP: Roadside gutters are a hazard to pedestrians.
Phuket gutters
are human traps
THIS is our first visit to Phuket
and Karon and I would like to talk
about something that happened to
my wife during our visit.
On Friday afternoon we came
back to Karon on a local bus from
a visit to Phuket Town.
When we got off the bus, my
wife stepped off onto the gutter
next to the sidewalk.
She happened to step down in
the exact spot of one of the holes
in the gutter.
Normally the holes – the spaces
between the concrete covers – are
narrow, but some are, for some
reason, wider, so her foot went
through the hole.
In fact, her leg went through
all the way up to her knee.
Fortunately she managed to
keep her balance, otherwise she
would have surely broken her leg.
After some effort and help
from bystanders, she managed to
By Hans Skarholm
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get her leg out of the hole.
In the end, she had some
scrapes and bleeding but we
didn’t consider it necessary to visit
a doctor.
We bought some antiseptic and
plasters and we think that will be
It is obviously unacceptable to
have this hazard in an area where
people are walking.
Later, when I went back to take
a photo, I couldn’t find exactly
where the accident happened because after walking a short
distance I found many holes in the
gutter that were big enough for a
foot to go through.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Scrambling to
avoid risking
your nest egg
Looking for a place to stay?
See more classified ads at www.phuketgazette.net
A PENSION scheme is technically
a specific type of retirement fund,
but topping up your nest egg can
come from many sources, with
many risks in tow.
This includes bank deposits,
real pension schemes and even
rental properties, among other
Certain asset classes are appropriate for providing for an
“income for life”. Others are unsuitable because they either carry
the risk of being lost in one
swoop, or they are volatile and
may take too long to recover to
provide for the retiree’s lifestyle
Obviously, no one wants to
lose their life
savings or the
income they
need to get by.
Private equity investments, investments into
a new venture of any type (which
usually have about a 90 per cent
failure rate), non-diversified stock
or corporate bond investments are
all not suitable for retirees for this
Holding all of one’s funds in a
single bank account – unless
backed by a government guarantee – is also a big no-no, even
though the odds of this leading
to ruin are much smaller than the
previous examples.
The second type of investments to be avoided are those
that are likely to sustain a large
drawdown at some point, such
as stock market investments,
or in today’s low interest
rate environment even bond
Now that interest rates are returning to historical values, the
principal on a portfolio of bonds
stands to drop significantly.
This could cause a serious decline in one’s standard of living.
Most investors do not need to be
reminded of the volatility of the
stock markets.
We have had two crashes
already this decade, with declines as high as 40 per cent in
some of the major developed
world indexes, though they are
now recovering.
The main thing to consider
when determining whether an asset class is too risky is historical
recovery times.
If a portfolio has historically
always recovered from a 10 per
cent or 20 per cent drawdown
within a year or two, and you
aren’t drawing out a huge percentage of the funds every year
(or do not need the funds for a
few years), then you can feel a
bit more secure that your future
lifestyle will
most likely not
be hampered
by the inevitable
periods that accompany any investment.
For example, even if your
pension is in a few apartments
that do not have a written track
record the way a fund does, you
can probably speak to a few
long-time owners of some of the
units to determine how often
they realistically have been
Another option of course is to
mark down the rent, as even 50
per cent of your annual rent yield
is better than 0 per cent if there
happens to be an serious oversupply temporarily.
If you are currently already
drawing funds, set aside a decent chunk in a bank deposit.
Even though you are not paying much in returns right now,
you will be guaranteed that the
money is there for you to spend
while the rest of the pot can
recover from any spells of bad
David Mayes MBA is a wealth
manager for Faramond. E:david.
[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
South sees
INVESTMENT in seven southern
provinces increased by a whopping 200 per cent based on yearon-year figures for January, the
Thailand Board of Investment
(BOI) Region 6 reports.
The region’s largest investment in January was the 350room Fisherman Harbour resort
project in Phuket, currently under construction. The investment
budget for the project was placed
at 1.684 billion baht, according
to the BOI. The project created
109 new jobs for Thais in Phuket.
In 2009, investments in Phuket
that received Bank Of Thailand
(BOT) support was more than
three billion baht, creating a total
of 552 new jobs for Thais.
Apart from Phuket, there were
also two agricultural projects in
Krabi that received BOI support in
January 2011, with a total investment budget of 446 million baht.
Four investment projects in the
region received support from BOT,
with a total investment budget of
over two billion baht.
Mr Suwit Chuavichien, head of
the Thailand BOI Region 6, said
that one of the main factors driving investment in the region was
high yields from the agricultural
sectors, thanks to rising prices of
agricultural products. This has led
to increasing investment in the
agricultural sector.
At the same time, substantial
investments in tourism and
hospitality industries are also
driving overall investment in the
region, she said.
Investment projects that receive
support from the BOI are entitled
to tax-based incentives, which include exemption or reduction of
import duties on machinery and
raw materials. Companies may
also be entitled to corporate income tax exemptions.
– Anand Singh
Israel on the secure path
By Pimwara Choksakulpan
THE Israeli ambassador to Thailand was in Phuket last week and
met Governor Tri Augkaradacha
to offer assistance in airport security and water technology.
Ambassador Itzhak Shoham
told the governor that he would,
on behalf of Israeli investors, like
to offer support and knowledge
of security systems to Airports of
Thailand in their expansion of
Phuket International Airport.
Amb Shoham added that security at Suvarnabhumi Airport in
Bangkok is based on the Israeli
model and that Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv is the
most secure airport in the world.
“As you know, the situation in
Israel is quite dangerous, so we
need the most efficient security
systems to protect the country,”
Amb Shoham said.
“We develop technology along
with human resources.”
Amb Shoham put the same offer on the table for developing
water technologies in Phuket –
especially desalination technology.
The growing population of
Phuket may lead to water
shortages in the future. Israel,
as a leader in desalination
technology, is ready to provide
He invited Gov Tri to attend the
November 2011 International Conference on Water Technologies,
Renewable Energy and Environmental Control (WATEC) in Tel
Aviv, Israel.
Gov Tri said that he was very
much interested in the invitation
and that he, with airport officers,
would like to schedule a visit to
Ben Gurion Airport to observe the
security systems there before the
expansion of Phuket Airport is
Amb Shoham has served as the
Israeli Ambassador to Thailand
since January of last year.
LENDING A HAND: Israeli Ambassador to Thailand Amb Shoham met with
Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha last week. Photo: Janpen Upatising
Diving in to replenish marine tourism
By Anand Singh
THE Pure Blue Foundation (PBF)
raised 400,000 baht to help rebuild
damaged coral reefs and marine
ecosystems in the Phuket and
Phang-Nga Bay region at a recent
gala fundraising auction entitled
“Coral Couture”.
The PBF is a corporate social
responsibility group co-founded
by Aleenta Resorts and Akaryn
Hospitality Management Services
Founder and Managing Director of Aleenta Resorts, Anchalika
Kijkanakorn, pointed out that
the loss and degradation of coral
along Thailand’s coastline could
result in long term detrimental
effects on local tourism.
“The goal of the PBF is to raise
awareness of the urgent need to
protect and preserve the environment, replenishing it where
necessary,” she said.
The PBF aims to raise 700,000
baht during the project’s first year
and estimates the total cost of rebuilding selected reefs could reach
three million baht, which is to be
raised over three years.
Working in collaboration with
Coral Reef Creator (a SwissFrench company specializing in the
development and creation of coral
reefs based on artificial structures)
the foundation has drawn up an
ambitious plan to construct a coral
reef “park” located 20 meters
offshore from Aleenta Resort and
Spa on Natai Beach.
“With the funds that we have
raised, we are now in a strong
position to start our first artificial
reef project. We will continue to
raise funds through the foundation
until we meet our goal,” Ms
Anchalika said.
Narinee Thongtaem, fisheries
researcher at the Phuket Marine
Biological Center, said that private
initiatives to build artificial coral
reefs are rare in Phuket, due
to the public sector typically
receiving consistent funding to
create more artificial reefs off the
Andaman coast.
“The local government wants
to encourage the creation of
artificial reefs because they can
help support local seaside communities and generate income
through non-intensive fishing,”
Ms Narinee said.
“However, some artificial reefs,
particularly the one near Koh
Racha, are also becoming more
popular as dive sites.
“Creating more artificial reefs
will help benefit the local dive industry, which will be good for
tourism,” she added.
It is hoped the coral reef park
will attract schools of fish, crustaceans and other marine
species, enabling the site to develop into a new ecosystem and
increasing marine biodiversity in
the area.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Lights, camera,
action for future
island creativity
front of each delegate at the meeting were a good example.
AS FILMING of The Impossible,
Phuket-based business Cashstarring Ewan McGregor, contin- ewy, famed for its cashew nut
ues in Phuket and Phang Nga, farm on Klang Road in Wichit, proPhuket’s attraction for on-location duces a cashew drink that was
shooting has been touted as an in- one of the official drinks available
dustry to be “developed creatively”. in the athlete’s village at the 2008
The idea was put forward at a Beijing Olympics.
brainstorming session among offi“This local product can be decials and Phuket business folk to veloped into a variety of products
identify local industries to be entered on the commercial market,” Mr
in the 50-millionKrisada said.
baht Creative City
He cited Old
national competition
Phuket Town and
run by the Ministry
its Sino-Portuguese
of Commerce.
architecture as a
The competition
good example in
was launched after
terms of culture,
Deputy Commerce
adding that the
Minister Alongkorn
century-old buildPonlaboot announings made Phuket
ced in January that
Town a good place
the government
for on-location filmwas to spend 20
ing – an industry he
billion baht on Ewan McGregor
said could be creboosting productivity of the nation’s atively developed in its own right.
“creative economy”.
In closing the meeting, Gov Tri
The aim is to raise creative in- ordered a committee to be estabdustries’ contribution to the Thai lished to select the entries from
gross domestic product (GDP) Phuket to be entered in the
from 12 per cent in 2010 to 20 Creative City contest.
per cent in 2012.
The committee will comprise
High on the list of ideas presented representatives from the Phuket
at the Phuket meeting, chaired by Tourism Association, Phuket
Governor Tri Augkaradacha, was Office of the Tourism Authority
creative tourism.
of Thailand and Phuket Rajabhat
“We have to develop creative University.
tourism as a selling point since we
The committee will next
have a unique combination of tour- convene on February 24.
ism attractions,” said Krisada
The first round of the Creative
Tansakul of the Phuket Tourism City contest requires representaAssociation.
tives from 30 selected cities to
Mr Krisada, a specialist in cre- present their ideas in Bangkok to
ative tourism, explained that Phuket a panel of judges comprising key
has five main areas that can be de- figures from government agencies
veloped: culture, product, people, and the private sector.
enterprise and industry.
The final round will be held in
“However, we have to think of June, with the 10 finalists privy to
which activities we should include marketing, design and investment
to create an interaction between the workshops led by experts in their
tourists and our culture,” he said.
respective fields.
Although some thought is inThe 10 finalists will also provolved, the answers might be mote their ideas at an exhibition in
sitting right in front of us, Mr Bangkok and have their concepts
Krisada said, pointing out that publicized through governmenteven the cashew nuts sitting in sponsored media promotions.
By Janpen Upatising
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February 12 - 18, 2011
February 12 - 18, 2011
Napoleon of the Desert
DAVID Lean’s Lawrence of
Arabia is one of the greatest films
of all time. The director took considerable liberties with the truth
but T.E. Lawrence’s real exploits
of courage and endurance were
even greater as a new massive
biography reveals.
Hero (Harper Collins, New
York, 2010, 762pp) is subtitled
“The Life and Legend of Lawrence
of Arabia”. The author is Michael
Korda. At 77, he once was the
bad boy of American publishing,
editor-in-chief of Simon &
Schuster and author of the 1975
screed Power! How to Get it, How
to Keep it.
But he proves to be a surprisingly graceful and insightful
biographer. And he knows his
military science, having written
biographies of Ulysses S Grant
(subtitled “The Unlikely Hero”)
and Dwight D Eisenhower (Ike:
An American Hero).
Lawrence was a very odd
duck. He didn’t drink or smoke
or eat meat except in an emergency. He hated being touched
and died a virgin.
Korda constantly compares
him to Napoleon Bonaparte,
though this is a stretch as
Lawrence’s military career lasted
only two years and he commanded an army that was a tiny
By James Eckardt
By Michael Korda
fraction of Napoleon’s.
Nonetheless, he led his Arab
tribesmen in their only pitched
battle with Turkish regular troops
and defeated them resoundingly
with his far-sighted tactics.
Like Napoleon, he was also
small: 165cm tall, weighing on
average 49 kilograms though by
the end of his war he was down
to 40kg from punishing camel
treks and sleepless nights.
He had been training himself
for his desert ordeals since
childhood, testing how long he
could endure without food,
water or sleep.
He came from an odd family.
His Anglo-Irish father came
from landed gentry who gave up
his vast estate in Ireland to run
away to England with his daughters’ Scottish nanny. They lived
under an assumed name and
raised four sons.
Lawrence’s mental skills were
forged at Oxford University,
where he earned a brilliant “first”.
Archeological digs in Syria gave
him his Arabic skills and easy
leadership of men.
He was many things to many
people. An earlier biographer
noted: “Lawrence seems to me
to be like an oyster which has,
through pain and suffering, all
through life developed into a
pearl which the world is trying
to evaluate, taking it to pieces
layer by layer, without realizing
the true value of the whole.”
He became the first media star
of World War I thanks to Lowell
Thomas, the American journalist
whose traveling show – movies,
slides, lectures, dancing girls –
was the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
Show of its day.
He fled fame but only after
writing a literary masterpiece of
a memoir The Seven Pillars of
Wisdom and developing deep
friendships with Bernard Shaw
and Winston Churchill. He then
slipped into anonymity, enlisting
in the Royal Air Force under an
assumed name.
His life was ultimately a tragedy for though he led the Arabs
into Damascus to claim an independent Arab nation after the
expulsion of the Ottoman
Turks, the British and the
French split the Levant between
them at the Treaty of Versailles.
As Lawrence ruefully observed in The Seven Pillars of
Wisdom: “We lived many lives in
those whirling campaigns, never
sparing ourselves yet when we
achieved and the new world
dawned, the old men came out
again and took our victory to
remake in the likeness of the
former world they know”.
By the cruelest of ironies,
Lawrence had long been aware
of the imperialist plans of the
British and French and yet he still
encouraged the Arabs to rise
up against the Turks for their
Thai film in
the running
for Asian
Film Award
ELATION gripped the Thai film
industry last week as news filtered
through that one of this country’s
most promising directors has been
nominated for a gong at the 5th
Asian Film Awards (AFA).
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall
His Past Lives is in the running
with six others for the Best Film
Award at the AFA, penciled in for
March this year in Hong Kong.
The film, which scooped the
top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes
Film Festival last year, will have
to fend off stiff competition from
other box office heavy hitters
from the past year.
Batting out of the Chinese corner, will be two of that country’s
largest grossing movies in cinematic
history: Let the Bullets Fly and Aftershock. Both films reportedly
raked in more than 600 million yuan
(nearly three billion baht) at the Chinese box office. Rounding off the
Best Film shortlist are: Confessions
(Japan), Peepli Live (India) and
Poetry (South Korea). The first AFA
was held five years ago and it has
grown in stature since.
– Blair Christopher
February 12 - 18, 2011
10 great things about Friendship
Friends come easy and the food comes fast and
flavorsome at Friendship Beach Resort in Rawai, but
there are a few more reasons to head south in a hurry...
By Fraser Morton
Breakfast bliss (from 7am):
If you’re an early bird, this place
is simply stunning in the morning
as the sun rises over Chalong Bay.
Sit yourself down at the restaurant yards away from the sand,
order a bowl of Muesli with fruit
(155 baht), an Irish Coffee (200
baht) or Eggs Benedict (210 baht)
– or all three – to start a lazy day.
Fancy a dip? If you order food at
the restaurant you can work it off
in the swimming pool (0 baht) and
make use of the sun loungers
(0 baht). Refreshingly different
from most other island eateries.
Friend factor: You’ll never feel
lonesome here, staff – kitchen, bar
and resort – smile so much it must
hurt, mind you, when you work
at a resort on the beach as stunning as this, there isn’t much to
be down about.
Starr status: American Starr (with
double “rr”) Farish acquired the resort nine years ago after he came
here to retire, but found himself
twiddling his fingers with boredom
and in need of a hobby. Since then
there’s been a dramatic turnaround
at Friendship with better facilities
and a detox center added to the
resort. “The hobby gets more interesting each year... looking to the
future, we’re going toward a more
healthy vegetarian menu, expanding the detox center and improving the entrance,” says Starr.
Chef Charlie: Executive Chef
Charlie Maurer is a man who
knows his trade and how to make
and maintain high standards in
service and flavorsome food. He
Meet the Friendship team
crafted his trade at the Culinary
Institute of America in Hyde Park,
New York and won the Seattle
Barbeque Cook-Off back in 1995
for his Baby Back Ribs (310 baht
at Friendship). Topping off his
skills, he’s also the American
Northwest Chili (no beans) making-champ of 1989. His Chili (245
baht) is still of prize-winning caliber at Friendship. Did we mention he works six days – sometimes seven – and serves as a
freelance food consultant around
the island? Busy man, but the
demand is for a reason, he’s great
at what he does.
Water theater: On blustery days
kitesurfers crisscrossing the bay
yards away from where you eat
will keep you entertained. If the
tide is out, then expect to see locals collecting clams and crabs
below the waterline, couples
kayaking or yachts and speedboats
zigzagging from Rawai round to
Chalong Pier. There’s always
something to lay your eyes on
here, and the view out to Koh
Lone, Coral Island and Cape
Panwa isn’t half bad. In fact,
the views are so good, you’ll be
Executive Chef Charlie Maurer
Night barman Kartoon + coffee
annoyed if you forget your
camera – so maybe bring it.
Fresh juice: The juice bar here is
chock full of sweet-tasting, lowfat fruit and vegetable shakes and
juices: Wheat Grass, Beetroot,
Applemint Zinger, Beach Baby (all
120 baht) are worthy mentions.
Tex-Mex to Thai to fries:
Buried in the menu (more like a
book) are Thai, American,
French, English, German and
Mexican dishes. With so much
to choose from, it’s a wonder
anyone can order at all.
Bring on the music: Belting out
classic rock and blues as well as
some pop favorites, the house
band (Fridays and Sundays) and
the resort’s Live Music Extravaganza nights lure in locals from
far and wide. Keep your ear to the
ground for the next music night.
Easy access: At the end of Soi
Mittrapap. If you have no idea
where that is, then this might help:
three kilometers from Chalong
Circle heading south to Rawai. On
the left – big sign. T:076-288996,
February 12 - 18, 2011
Looking to the sky for answers
Remembering August 31, 1987 when
a Thai Airways flight crashed into the
sea off Phuket. Lest we forget...
PHUKET International Airport (PIA)
is in the heady days of a sustained
tourism boom. Already the secondbusiest airport in the country, PIA
today is the midst of a huge expansion to allow it to annually accommodate 12 million passengers passing through its doors, with construction scheduled for completion
by the end of next year.
Minor air incidents involving the
airport are often punctuated by
excited reports in the media with
quotes from nervous passengers
and the mandatory term “emergency landing”.
Major air disasters are rare in
the airport’s history, but they have
Nearly everyone remembers the
crash of One-Two-Go flight OG269
on a wet and blustery Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2007. The
crash claimed the lives of 90 people,
including 45 foreign tourists.
But fewer can recall the day back
in 1987 when a THAI Airways
flight crashed into the sea just eight
miles off Phuket, killing all on board.
The disaster sparked a nationwide campaign by the government
to improve air safety throughout
the country.
On that Monday morning, August 31, 1987, Thai Airways flight
365 was flying to Phuket from
Haad Yai. The passenger aircraft,
a Boeing 737-2P5, was carrying
83 passengers and crew – 37 of
them were foreigners.
About 3:30pm, the aircraft approached Phuket airport from the
east and prepared for landing.
According to reports from the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), flight 365
descended to 3,000 feet and was
13 miles from Phuket.
Ahead of it was Dragonair flight
203, an international flight arriving from Hong Kong also preparing
for landing.The Dragonair Boeing
737 was a mile ahead of the Thai
aircraft and closer to PIA, but not
by much. The proximity to the
runway and the fact that it had already descended to 2,500 feet
meant the Hong Kong carrier was
given priority for landing.
The ICAO report on the incident stated that the Thai crew
hurriedly reported a false position
to PIA air traffic control, claiming they were in fact eight miles
away from landing, ahead of
Dragonair 203.
Back then the airport was not
equipped with radar, so Air Traffic Control (ATC) had to use the
pilot’s reported positions to regulate traffic, and thus gave the Thai
aircraft landing priority at 3:35pm.
From the falsely reported position, the Dragonair crew soon
came to realize that both planes
were in a precarious position.
Flight 365 was ahead and would
be allowed to land first, but it was
flying at 3,000 feet. Dragonair was
reportedly further away, but flying at 2,500 feet.
To be able to land, the Thai aircraft would have to slow down
DARK DAY IN HISTORY: After the crash of a Thai Airways flight in 1987, the government mandated that all major
airports across Thailand be equipped with radar to prevent similar accidents. Photo: Marcin Wichary
and, upon descending, cross into craft was already sending them
the Dragonair flight path, risking warning signs that the airspeed
was dwindling dangerously.
mid-air collision.
The Thai crew retracted the
The Dragonair pilots protested
landing gear
with the ATC
applied jet
over radio, say‘By the time the Thai and
power to gain
ing that THAI
pilots realized they
airspeed, but at
365 could not
this point the
be given landhad to abort their
aircraft began
ing priority.
approach to avoid
to stall badly.
There was
report stated
little that the
that the conwas already sending crew could do.
flicting information may
them warning signs’ Seconds later,
Thai Airways
have confused
365 fell from the
the Thai crew,
who had already reduced speed to sky and plunged into the sea, eight
163 knots and lowered the Boeing’s miles off Phuket. The time of crash
was recorded as 3:36pm.
landing gear.
Dragonair 203 made its landBy the time the Thai pilots realized they had to abort their ing safely and reported the crash
approach to avoid collision, the air- to Phuket ATC. The airline’s offi-
cials later released a statement in
Hong Kong, which assured that
the Dragonair aircraft had nothing to do with the crash, The New
York Times reported at the time.
The New York Times also reported that foreign passengers on
the doomed Thai aircraft included
Malaysians, Americans, Japanese
and several Europeans.
Prayoon Thavisang, manager of
PIA at the time, said after the crash
that the Thai aircraft had followed
a landing procedure that had never
caused any problems in the past.
Shortly after, the Thai government mandated that all major
airports across Thailand must be
equipped with radar to prevent similar accidents from happening again.
Anand Singh can be contacted at
E:[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
and accounting courses. He took
a job in his early 20s with Lloyd’s
& Scottish Finance, saved his
money and began buying land from
a bankrupt builder. He built studio
apartments and tripled his investment, he says.
He was involved in many ventures, including such things as selling
women’s clothing out of vans and
buying cars at auction for repair
and on-selling at a profit.
He went to work for Prudential
as a Financial Planner and became
a founding member of the Institute
of Financial Planning. He then
formed Bibby & Co in Exeter, his
initial clients being mostly small
farmers willing to entrust him with
their life savings.
“While other investment companies were making small returns for
their clients, I was making large ones
because I invested in other parts of
the world. I needed to analyze 46
stock markets to stay current.”
When he was invited to Dubai to
advise some new clients in the early
1990s, he realized that working in
Asia could be very profitable, so he
moved his family to Hong Kong in
1991 and set up Richmond Asset
Management under the authorization
of the Hong Kong Securities and
Futures Commission.
“My focus over the past 18
years has been currency, commodities and the equity markets.
I’m not much interested in live
markets, but rather how they move
over a longer period. My forte is
following the trends and knowing
when to exit.”
During his active years in Hong
Kong, Graham served as Chairman of the Technical Analysts
Society of Hong Kong and made
regular appearances on BBC,
CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and the
Asia Market Wrap series.
He travels extensively giving
seminars on investment strategies
for a number of high net worth
individual investors and institutions around Southeast Asia.
“I decided to move to Phuket
and enter the construction and development industry as I believe this
is where the future lies. I could see
this was going to be the most desirable place to live in Asia.”
Graham is quite upbeat regarding the Thai economy and the
future of Phuket.
“The Thai stock market has huge
underlying strength. I never follow
the herds when it comes to investment. Now is the time to buy.”
GRAHAM Bibby is the CEO of the
Richmond Group which holds
various real estate properties
around Phuket. The most notable
to date is ‘The Residence’ near
Bang Tao Bay, which encloses 92
villas designed by award-winning
architect Fredo Taffin.
Graham is also CEO and CIO of
Richmond Asset Management in
Hong Kong, where he advises corporate clients on how to manage
their investment portfolios.
What adds special interest to
Graham’s profile is his interest in
motivational behavior to manifest
success. He often quotes Deepak
Chokpra and inspiring ideas such as
the Law of Attraction that he feels
are essential for people to reach their
investment or personal goals.
Graham first came to the island
in 1991 and stayed at Laguna
Phuket for a holiday. When he returned some years later with a
group of award winning fund managers from the United Kingdom, he
rented a Jeep and explored the island more thoroughly, looking for
investment opportunities, which
then became the Richmond Group.
Graham was born in Devon,
England and went to school at
Exeter. As a student, he was interested in both architecture and
He later moved to Edinburgh
where he excelled in his finance
Graham Bibby
About Expat Gallery
The individuals profiled in “Expat Gallery” are chosen on the basis
of their contributions to Phuket, and for having made those contributions in successful partnerships with Thais. For many, the contributions have entailed significant investment, often in the mid-80s
and 90s when the rules of business were, ahh, not always clear.
Some are not in business at all, but all have one thing in common: if
there were a Who’s Who in Phuket, they’d be in it.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Saving heritage
Old Phuket Foundation President Kawee Tansukatanon
speaks candidly about preserving the island’s traditions,
community values and unique heritage
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SMARTLY dressed and upbeat,
Kawee Tansukatanon, exhales and
furls his lips in a smile as he recalls his childhood growing up in
Phuket in the 1960s.
He remembers roaming the
mottled streets of Old Phuket
Town with his friends, being surrounded by family members, and
a strong sense of community ties
and traditions. These were instilled
in him from an early age, although
now at the age of 49 he admits
they weren’t such a high priority
for him in those early years.
But with age has come wisdom
and a change in values, and today, as President of the Old
Phuket Foundation, Mr Kawee’s
priorities have shifted. Preserving
local traditions and restoring faith
in the customs of bygone eras are
not only his personal goals, but a
job requirement.
Having taken up the role seven
months ago after a 16-year stint
working as a Phuket City Municipality officer, Mr Kawee finds
effectively promoting his traditionalist message demands a high level
of commitment, research and outreach work within the local
Mr Kawee was also one of the
co-organizers for the 12th annual
Phuket Old Town Festival
that drew to a close
earlier in the week.
“The event was
a success, but I
still think many people just come
to buy things at the stalls and
shops, instead of to see the exhibitions and listen to the academic
readings. It’s a very important
element of the festival,” he said.
A major boon for heritage preservation may soon be on the cards
for Phuket following the announcement last month that the
Senate Committee had asked the
Culture Ministry to secure a coveted United Nations heritage listing
for buildings in Old Phuket Town.
The help of property owners in
the area play a big part in keeping
the architectural heritage of the
area in town, Mr Kawee said.
“Current property owners in
Old Phuket Town have agreed to
preserve their Sino-Portuguese
houses, as best as they possible
can, to the way they were when
their grandparents lived in them,”
he said.
“The community has really
started to realize how important
the architecture is,” he added.
That some of the dwellings
have been turned into
guesthouses is a positive development because both
foreign and domestic tourists love to stay in the
area, he added.
his grandparents migrated from
Fujian, China in the early 20th century, he thinks of himself as a local
through and through and points to
future generations as the next stewards of history.
“If Phuket’s tradition disappears, the younger generation may
not know who their ancestors
were or where they came from.
It is about history and educating
the young,” he said.
“If we keep pushing our message through cultural events, we
have a chance of preserving our
heritage for future generations
– but we need help, from
February 12 - 18, 2011
Words of wisdom
shared in Phuket
Anthropologist, author and Buddhist
Joan Halifax Roshi shares her insight
on cultivating compassion
By Alexandra Andersson
FRESH off the plane from attending the World Economic Forum
(WEF) in Switzerland, where she
mingled with the likes of Bill
Clinton and Bill Gates, Joan Halifax
Roshi arrived in Phuket last week
for some downtime – and to share
the wisdom that has made her the
spiritual leader she is today.
“Reality is boundless, vow to
perceive it” was the principal message she delivered to her attentive
audience during her talk at Phuket
International Academy’s (PIA)
Mind Center last week.
By this she means not being
afraid to experience all aspects of
life – including death, inadequacy
and suffering.
She related this articulately to
her audience, drawing parallels
with everything from world politics to individual’s personal lives.
At just four years old Joan lost
her sight and was partially paralyzed
for two years from a viral infection.
This was when she discovered she
had an “interior life” and decided to
spread the word.
“Bad circumstances can produce good results, it can make you
stronger, whilst comfortable circumstances can make you into a
complete sloth,” said Joan, who
originally comes from the southern United States.
This attitude has fueled her
remarkable life, and seen her work
closely with the Dalai Lama, the
terminally ill and prisoners on
death row.
She has authored numerous
popular books, and her wisdom is
recognized by the likes of the Tony
Blair Foundation, where she serves
as an advisor and The Library of
Congress, where she’s a scholar.
Her most recent book, Being with
Dying: Cultivating Fearlessness and
Compassion in the Presence of
Death, documents 40 years of
“learning” from being by the bedside of those who are dying.
“Serving dying people is an extraordinary privilege, one fraught
with difficulties but also intense
inspiration,” Joan says.
She also spoke about several
issues addressed at the WEF, including religious fundamentalism,
poverty and disease in countries
such as Haiti, highlighting
the importance for people not to
avoid these issues.
This is why, she said, “We
must internally stop in our busy
lives and train our mind not to
ignore sentiments of suffering,
death and conflict that characterize our world.”
At the talk at PIA Joan asked
the audience to sit perfectly still,
close their eyes and concentrate
on trying to feel the rage of the
protesters in Egypt, the silent
agony of an abused child, the
defeated regret of a prisoner on
death row, and the sadness of
someone who is dying.
All of this, she explained, had
to be done with an open, recep-
WISE WOMAN: Joan Halifax Roshi. Photo: Alexandra Andersson
tive and non-judgmental mind in
order to feel pure empathy and
avoid slipping into the cynicism,
hatred and delusion that is the “default position of people today”.
Joan’s next stop is Burma, but
her unpretentious and poignant
message will undoubtedly stay
with those who were in the Phuket
audience that night.
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February 9–13. The Bay Regatta
February 12–13. Balanced mind
course training
Transforming Adversity – part of
seven points in the mind course
training program. A synthesis of
practices will be developed to train
your engagement in daily life.
The goal of the training is to
transform the mind so even
during adversity the mind is
balanced, enabling joy and
happiness to arise. Ringu Tulku
Rinpoche, Master of Tibetan
Buddhism of the Kagyu Order will
be teaching this session. From 9am
at Phuket International Academy’s
Mind Centre. Contact Weena at
T:076-336030 E:[email protected]
nationalacademy.com W:phuket
internationalacademy.com for more
February 13. Phuket Yacht Club
kid’s sailing in Ao Yon Bay
Courses will be held on selected
Sundays in February and March
for children aged between seven
and 12 years old. These will be
introduction-to-sailing courses.
From 9am at Phuket Yacht
Club. Contact Donna Stephens
at T:086-1200752 E:phuketyacht
[email protected] W:phuketyacht
club.info for more information.
February 14. Candlelit dinner
and Valentine’s festival
Treat your sweetie this Valentine’s
Day with a romantic atmosphere
The Bay Regatta (formerly Phang Nga Bay
Regatta) will sail through Phuket, Phang Nga
and Krabi, showcasing some of the most
stunning maritime scenery in the world.
Now in its 14th year, and organized by
Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC), this
popular regatta will see more than 50 boats
and their crew taking part in four days
racing plus five nights of prize-giving
presentations and parties, all of which take
place at a new location each night. With its
casual and fun-filled atmosphere, the
regatta attracts serious and not-too-serious
racers. Contact Leslie at T:089-8750064
E:[email protected] or visit
and candlelit dinner at the
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort &
Spa. Choose from four sensational dining locations. From 7pm
onwards. Contact Nikki Tipaxsorn at T:076-396433 E:sales.
[email protected]
February 14. Valentine’s Day
special meal at SALA Phuket.
Recline and dine with your
loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Graze through our special
tasting menu while mood jockey
DJ Noom lays down silkysmooth tracks. After dinner, lie
under the stars and enjoy a
romantic comedy in our starlight
theater. Price is 3,500 baht++ for
two. Lavish your table in a
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February 14–18. Topper dinghy
Try our new Topper Sail Boats –
exhilarating, safe, easy & fun. Enjoy the thrills and spills of singlehanded sailing using the wellknown Topper & Topaz. This is
an excellent and fun way to learn
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manages the center, has a background in teaching outdoor education activities in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years. Katy
is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and
is an RYA trained senior sailing instructor. Course fees include all
specialist equipment, safety cover,
course handouts, certificates,
drinking water and insurance.
Course fee: 5,000 baht (15 hours).
Contact Katy Gooch at T:085-215
9185 E:[email protected]
.com for more information.
February 18. Curry Fridays
Curry Fridays is held on alternate
Fridays. Here is your chance to
enjoy an authentic and lavish
Indian Curry Buffet. Selections include all-time favorites chicken
tikka massala, very hot mutton
vindaloo, juicy kebabs, goan fish
curry, chickpea curry and much
more, served with nan bread and
basmati rice. From 7pm to
11:30pm. All you can eat for only
449 baht nett! Draught beer just
50 baht nett. Contact Seemant
Raju at T:076-286464 ext 4 for
reservations E:[email protected]
.com or visit W:karonseasand
.com for more information.
February 18. Phuket-Times Dot
Com Amateur Golf Open
To kick off 2011, The PhuketTimes Dot Com Amateur Golf
Open will have its 6th qualifying
heat. Places are still available for
all heats and you need to be in it
to win it, with the top 25 in order
of merit rankings getting a place
in the grand final automatically, as
well as the winners of each category in each qualifying heat. Entry fee: 3,000 baht (inclusive of
green fee, caddy fee, and food).
All payments and entry forms
must be received before February
16. The event will be held at
10.30am at Blue Canyon Lakes
Course. Contact Neil Taylor (English) at T:082-2803486 or Laong
(Thai) at T:087-8564426 or
W:phuket-times.com E:phuket
[email protected] for
more information.
February 19–25. ‘Finding peace
& happiness’ at PIA
“All happiness comes from a desire for others to be happy; all misery comes from the desire for oneself to be happy,” Shantideva, 8th
century Indian pandita. Tenzin
Priyadarshi, is the founding director of the Dalai Lama Centre for
Ethics and Transformative Values
at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. February 19: Open to
all and February 20–25: Retreat for
those interested in continuing.
Contact Weena at T:076-336030
E : m t [email protected] phuket i nt er nat i onal
academy.com or visit W:phuket
February 23. Phuket Punchline
Comedy Club in Patong
The first Phuket Punchline Comedy Show of the year sees three of
the UK comedy circuit’s finest comedians come to the Holiday Inn
Resort. Nick Doody, Josh Howie
and Michael Legge will perform,
all of whom have plaudits to impress even the most discerning of
critics. This will no doubt be another rip-roaring comedy affair.
The Phuket Gazette sponsors this
event. Contact Boom at T:089-646
9278 E:[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
Chinese New Year
BIS marks big birthday
Photos: Pimwara
Last week British International
School celebrated its 15 th year in
business with festivities coinciding
with the school’s International Day
event. There were performances
from many of the 36 different
cultures represented at the school.
Numerous awards were also
presented to students for achievements in excellence across a range
of subjects.
CHINESE New Year kicked off with a hail of fireworks and live performances by acrobats,
dancers and some of Thailand’s top musical acts at Sanaam Chai field in Phuket Town
last week. The event, hosted by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization
(OrBorJor), drew thousands of people who turned out for great food and
entertainment. After the opening ceremony, led by Wichai Srikwan, the
Tourism Authority of Thailand’s
Board Chairman, Chinese acrobats
from Puyang City, China, wowed the
audience with dazzling acrobatics.
Photos: Alexandra Andersson
CONGRATS: BIS Board Member
Apiwat Ourairat presents Emma
Russell with the ‘Top in Thailand’
certificate for French IGCSE.
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FLEXIBLE FRIENDS: Highlights of the
night included the gravity-defying
stunts of Chinese acrobats (left),
a martial arts demonstration by
Shaolin warriors and a “Lion Gives
Birth” dance.
February 12 - 18, 2011
C-society sing thanks
COTTO bathroom innovators held
a “C-society party” at the company’s studio in Phuket Town to
thank customers for their support.
Rounding off the festivities on the
day was a performance by
well-known Thai singer
Soonthornyanakij (right), Photos:
Atchaa Khamlo
COTTO MEN (left):
Marketing Director
of Thai Ceramic
Company Limited,
Tananit Rattananen
(black t-shirt) with
staff members at
the party.
MUSIC MEN (left):
and his band at
the party.
February 12 - 18, 2011
February 12 - 18, 2011
Has Phromthep
Cape been ruined?
Following criticism in the British media over the state of
Phromthep Cape, The Gazette finds out how islanders
feel about the identity of this southern tourist hot spot.
By Atchaa Khamlo
BRITISH TV personality Phillip
Schofield revealed in a recent
Daily Telegraph interview that he
thinks Phuket – in particular
Phromthep Cape – has been
ruined by tourism.
Recounting a recent trip to
Phromthep Cape with his wife,
Schofield told the newspaper he was
shocked by how much the place has
changed for the worse since he
visited in his youth.
Schofield said he remembered
the Cape was once a magical
place where local families would
bring food and everyone was invited to share, but now “nasty
shacks selling awful food” and
the “worst kind of commercialism” had destroyed the popular
sunset viewing point.
In recent years Phuket has experienced substantial development
as its reputation as a tourist destination has skyrocketed.
Phromthep Cape, or Laem
Phrom Thep in Thai
(which can
be roughly
translated as
“cape of the
pure gods”) is located on
SCENIC: Phromthep Cape’s natural beauty attracts visitors. Photo: Jeeheon Cho
UNIMPRESSED: Phillip Schofield
TOURIST HOT SPOT: Both foreign and Thai tourists visit Phromthep Cape
ernmost tip and remains one of the in droves and is a popular place with
smells and abundant nature. That
island’s top tourist attractions.
On weekends the Cape draws might suit him better.”
However, some tourists and lobig crowds that visit to appreciate the area’s stunning natural cals in Phuket have agreed with Mr
Schofield’s comments.
Nuanjan Gedgliang, 44, has
There is also a shrine, a lightbeen running a
house and a
clothes stall at
museum to
‘I really would love
Phromthep Cape
enjoy, as well
for it to go back to
for 18 years.
as the food
“Not many
stalls and soubeing what it used
people bring food
venir shops
to be, but that
up to eat at
Schofield rePhromthep any
fers to in the
seems impossible.’
more, ever since
– Nuanjan
Rawai MunicipalResponding
ity campaigned
to Schofield’s
Gedgliang, 44
against it after
Director of the Tourism Authority some tourists thought the Cape was
of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office, dirty,” Mrs Nuanjan said.
Mrs Nuanjan also said that the
Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, said,
“People don’t have the same tastes. area has definitely has changed and
Mr Schofield probably prefers lo- become too commercialized – a
cal lifestyles. Times have changed transformation driven by the imand everything has changed with it. portance of the tourism industry.
She said it has turned into a
“He can choose other spots in
Phuket to go to, such as Nai Yang “foreigner’s city”, where everyBeach which is still full with local thing has become expensive.
“I really would love for it to
go back to being what it used to
be, but that seems impossible.
“If my house were not in
Phuket, I would not live here,”
she added.
Nicklas Nilsson, a 42-year-old
Swedish expat, agreed.
“Phromthep Cape is not like it
was eight years ago. At that time
there were not so many businesses
and only small food stalls,” he said.
He went on to say the pace of
the development will eventually hurt
tourism, as Phuket will no longer
have a local influence, which will
put tourists off visiting.
Mrs Bangornrat said there are
some positives to take from these
comments. Better organization in
terms of appearance at many of
the island’s tourist attractions was
one issue Mrs Bangornrat highlighted as needing addressed
“We want tourists to be impressed, not put off, when they
visit Phromthep Cape,” she added.
February 12 - 18, 2011
A Gazette staff member completed this
maze in one minute. Can you can beat their
time? Make your way out of the maze.
1. Woman who killed Sisera
5. Match up
9. Move suddenly
13. God of Islam
15. Blue hue
16. Comics canine
17. Resembling a web
18. I could ___ horse!
19. Make-up artist?
20. Large body of water
21. Cat sound
23. Aden native
25. Treater’s words
26. Diacritic mark
27. River in South Africa
30. Also
31. Siouan speakers
32. Deducing
37. Crowd sound
38. Farm bird
40. Great Lake
41. Short note
43. Harvests
44. Blame
45. Most proximate
47. Ship apartments
50. Galoots
51. Round of voting
52. Feminist Lucretia
53. Alias letters
56. Black-and-white treat
57. Children’s author Blyton
59. 1961 Heston role
61. ___ account (never)
62. Exchange for money
63. Lasso
64. Abound
65. Ad word
66. One hunted
1. Mouth bones
2. “Hard ___!” (sailor’s yell)
3. Exile isle
4. Test area
5. Sound investment?
6. 365 days
7. Writer Hentoff
8. Scottish broadsword
9. Stuffed savory vine leaf
AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19): Breaking away
from your usual routine
is set to open up new
possibilities this week. Aquarians
are should drop commitments that
are dragging them down, particularly if they are not satisfying
enough. Your energy will benefit
from a motivating astral atmosphere during the second half of
February. Those celebrating a
birthday in the coming days will
see romantic dreams come true in
the year ahead.
PISCES (February 20-March 20):
The temptation to let a
secret slip will be
strong this week. An air
sign is likely to put pressure on
you to tell all, but the stars indicate that repercussions could land
you in hot water. Putting in extra
hours at work could put you on a
slippery slope. Splashing out on
some retail therapy this weekend
could be just what you need to
cheer up.
ARIES (March 21-April 20): Tensions will be running high
around mid-February for
many Arians. Promises
made by an air sign could be
blown away with the wind early
next week. The stars suggest that
you consider this part of a learn-
ing curve. Romance could be affected by a partner’s jealousy, but
flirting is fun this weekend for
those who are single. Wear ice blue
to cool your hot temper.
TAURUS (April 21-May 21):
There is no sense in
waiting for the future
to begin when you can
take matters into your own hands.
The stars are ready to support
your giving a creative project your
best shot this week. Negative
feedback from another earth sign
should be taken with a pinch of
salt. Your romantic outlook improves – an air sign wants to get
closer this weekend. The number
eight can bring good fortune on
GEMINI (May 22-June 21): Your
stress levels are forecast to drop this week
and juggling work and
family commitments becomes
easier. Many Geminis should find
that sacrificing something they
thought they would miss is not
difficult at all. Tuesday and
Wednesday are the luckiest days
to finalize business arrangements.
A Valentine Day’s gesture from
an earth sign shows you how
much they care. Wear the color
pearl white to encourage spiritual
CANCER (June 22-July 23):
Money is likely to slip
through your fingers
like sand this week. If
you happen to find yourself bored,
then find economical ways to pass
the time. In matters regarding
work, a fire sign’s smile could be
concealing ulterior motives. Those
in a romantic relationship are advised to keep a possessive streak
under control. Another water sign
is forecast to require more space.
The number four can open a lucky
door this weekend.
LEO (July 24-August 22): Keeping your eye on the ball
will be a challenge this
week. Current astral
conditions will be providing many
diversions for you in the coming
days. Wednesday and Thursday
are when you will need to really
focus on important matters. In
personal relationships, the stars
suggest that your patience with an
earth sign is about to pay off. The
number five can bring good luck
this weekend.
Actress Hatcher
Greek god of sleep
Diamond authority
“The Time Machine” race
Musical drama; 26. Salt Lake
City hoopsters
Langston Hughes poem
Castle ring
Put on
Dies ___
VIRGO (August 23-September
23): The stars predict
that your horizons are
about to expand. Adventure is on the agenda for the
second half of February. An earth
sign may predict a way to let off
some steam this weekend. In romance, there are signs that more
give and take is needed in a committed relationship. If you are
single, a water sign appreciates
your interest on Valentine’s Day.
LIBRA (September 24-October
23): The second half of
February is an auspicious time for Librans
to express their ideas and feelings.
Other air signs will be very interested in what you have to say.
Lucky days for finances are Monday and Tuesday. An investment
opportunity might not appear attractive at first, but research could
prove you wrong. Valentine’s Day
could be ideal for sending a romantic hint to a water sign.
SCORPIO (October 24-November 22): Mixed messages at work can leave
you wondering what is
going on this week. The atmosphere becomes clearer towards
the end of the month. In the meantime, tread water as agreements
could be hard to back out of later.
Adventurous exploit
Very large woman
“My fault!”
Small combo
Roof timber
Dried strip of egg dough
Absorb, as a cost
Chili con ___
Coeur d’___
Plant flower
Rubber overshoe
Bird of prey
Forever’s partner
Atomic body
Back talk
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Used with permission.
Puzzle solutions on page 37
Keep your bills and receipts in order as a financial discrepancy
could occur on Wednesday or
Thursday. A halfhearted attempt to
impress an air sign will not lead to
romantic success.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23December 21): Take
care of overdue monetary issues this week.
Tuesday is best for approaching
financial institutions. You might
consider relocating when you hear
of an overseas job possibility. Romantic interest from a fire sign is
likely to be a flash in the pan, but
an air sign is ready for a serious
relationship. The number eight can
bring good luck this weekend.
CAPRICORN (December 22January 20): Sharing
the benefit of your experiences will be appreciated by friends this week. Another earth sign is forecast to
show their gratitude with a generous gesture. Capricorns who
cannot decide whether to seek different employment may learn
something to their advantage on
Monday or Tuesday. Where romance is concerned, a partner’s
shifting moods are hard to follow
this weekend. Those seeking romance could meet a fire sign with
the same aim.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Banyan Tree’s
new China fund
HOSPITALITY group Banyan
Tree Holdings have raised US$214
million for a new private equity –
Banyan Tree China Hospitality
Fund. The Singapore group have
publicly stated their intention to reduce what is considered to be over
exposure to the Thai market via
last year’s sale of the Dusit Thani
Laguna Phuket.
Previously a Vietnam vehicle
for the integrated destination resort Laguna Hue project was
funded via a Banyan Tree
Indochina Hospitality Fund, which
raised a reported US$283 million.
Focusing on
By Janpen Upatising
INCREASING sea transport and
construction of a rail line connecting Phuket and Surat Thani
province were two ideas put forward to improve trade and tourist
links in the Andaman region, a
meeting at Community Hall heard
earlier this month.
Delegates from The National
Economic and Social Advisory
Council (NESAC) heard suggestions from Phuket officials on
possible projects to improve transport links between Phuket and
neighboring provinces.
Director of Planning and
Budgeting of Phuket Provincial
Administration Organization, Mr
Satean Kaewpraprab, put forward the idea of a rail link between
Kiriratnikom in Surat Thani province and Ban Thanoon district,
located just over Sarasin Bridge
in the Phang Nga side.
“There should be a railway
from Kiriratnikom to Ban
Thanoon. The State Railway of
Thailand constructed a rail line
to Kiriratnikom, but did not connect Phuket.
“If the government makes an
investment on this I think it will
be worth it, because the railway
can be used to transport goods
between east and west in the
South,” said Mr Satean.
“Once the train stops at Ban
Thanoon the goods can be eas-
BRIDGING INFASTRUCTURE: The Sarasin Bridge is a crucial road link for the
island, but a railway line nearby could also be coming soon. Photo:Gazette
ily moved to Phuket.
“We still use trucks and trailers
to transport goods, which keeps
costs high and uses a lot of energy. We should use technology
to fix this rather than construct
more roads,” he added.
Another idea put forward to
save energy and decrease vehicle
numbers on Phuket’s roads is to
increase sea travel options connecting tourist destinations across
the Andaman coast.
The introduction of more sea
travel received a favorable reaction from members of the
NESAC, in particular the use of a
hydrofoil boat network linking
tourist hot spots around the
“The committee studies both
land and water transportation, and
after listening to the ideas put forward, I think sea transportation is
very important and closely related
to tourism and the economy,” said
Mr Suphot Pruksananont, a
NESAC committee member.
“We will discuss how we can
proceed with all the suggestions
put forward.
“It’s important to connect provinces in the South, and I think it
has been beneficial to come to
Phuket to listen to ideas,” he
Holding hands for
southern business
A GROUP of southern tourism
businesses have joined together
for the “Rawai-Nai Harn South
Coast Experience”.
Founded by the Golden Tulip
Mangosteen Resort & Spa, Serenity Terraces Resort and Residences,
The Vijitt Resort, Atmanjai Detox
and Wellness Center and DaVinci
restaurant, the consortium is offering a free resident benefits card with
discounts of 15 per cent and more.
Do you have any breaking news
about Phuket property or tourism?
Email [email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
Laguna rebrands
A bit about Phuket’s northern alliance
setting joint-standards in excellence
DISSECTING the term “destination marketing” has proved an
enlightening experience.
Wikipedia describes the term
as: “A proactive, strategic, visitorcentered approach to the
economic and cultural development of a location, which balances
and integrates the interests of visitors, service providers, and the
Despite its wordiness, this
pretty much sums up what destination marketing is all about.
For those not in the business
(or perhaps slightly hungover) I
implore you to take a moment to
read over it again...very slowly.
Modern language dictates the
use of acronyms, so with this in
mind, destination marketing organizations can be readily be referred
NORTHERN LIGHT: The Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa in Mai Khao is
one of four of Phuket’s leading northerly resorts working together.
to as “DMOs”. Now, isn’t it nicer
and tidier? (and almost worthy of
a rap group name!)
Looking north, not to Alaska or
the North Pole, but up to Mai Khao
we can see DMOs beginning to
take shape.
It’s here that four of the island’s
leading hotels – JW Marriott,
Anantara, Renaissance and Sala
Phuket – have teamed up for
joint-venture marketing initiative.
Screaming the hackneyed
mantra “location, location, location” from the rooftops, these
hotels are intent on drawing
tourists to one of Phuket’s
emerging tourist destinations.
It’s a bit like the island’s economic engine, tourism, humming
away while a rugby scrum evolves
for those looking to increase tourist numbers to their resorts.
Perhaps those clever people up
at Laguna Phuket, KP Ho and
former Managing Director James
Batt, were ahead of their time
when setting up a destination marketing outfit several years ago.
Here, Debbie Dionysius and her
team have done the island proud
with marquee events including the
annual triathlon and recent
Ironman 70.3.
Of course big business is not a
charity and Laguna has many
rooms to fill, so the synergy surrounding these events increases
the commercial opportunities
Taking a step back from our
angst-filled lives highlighted by
petty jealousy, personal conflict
and business wars for a moment,
it can not be denied that these big
events benefit Phuket on a much
broader scale than just the organizers own self interests.
“Brand Phuket” remains a large
fish still to be reeled in, and sometimes the voyage home takes the
co-operation of different parties to
land a trophy catch.
Recently the four leading hotels
in Phuket’s north undertook the
mammoth task of co-operating
with organizers of the Culinary Arts
Festival. Their general managers –
Robert Lohrmann, Mark Hehir, Jason Nuell and John Ashenden –
threw a big party for an entire
weekend, with amazing results.
It was also a signal of intent sent
south to Laguna, Kata/Karon, and
even over to Cape Panwa, that
event-based tourism remains a
team game.
The fact remains that it’s the
private sector that must be brand
champions for Phuket’s tourism
The task of drawing visitors to
the island, entertaining them while
they are here, and inspiring them
to return, is no easy task. However, those up in the north of the
island have set the bar just a bit
higher and hopefully more events
will find a home in Phuket.
Bill Barnett is Managing Director of
C9 Hotelworks and can be contacted
through www.c9hotelworks.com.
OPERATIONS of the Sheraton
Grande Laguna Phuket, one of the
island’s longest-established luxury
hotels, will transfer on June 30,
from Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide Inc to Angsana
Hotels & Resorts, a division of
Singapore-based Banyan Tree
Hotels & Resorts.
The 419-room hotel, part of the
Laguna Phuket destination resort
in Bang Tao, will be closed from
July 1 for extensive renovation
work. The refurbishment is expected to reach 500 million baht
and the resort will reopen as the
Angsana Laguna Phuket on
December 1 this year.
The resort has been operating
under the Sheraton and Luxury
Collection brands of Starwood
Hotels & Resorts since 1992, in
an operations agreement between
Starwood and hotel owner Laguna
Resorts & Hotels.
Upon approaching the management contract renewal date, the
owner and operator mutually
agreed to end their operations
agreement, after discussion and
re-evaluation of their strategies for
the future.
Raimon Land
ease on price
A SIGN of the times for property
developers in Thailand’s resort destinations is Raimon Land’s reengineering of their pricing and
product mix for the domestic
market.The company recently
launched the 480-unit Zire
Wongamat in Pattaya and has a
second project pending. Launch
prices of Zire have fallen under the
50,000 baht square-meter price.
A few for the diary
TWO of Asia’s leading hotel investment conferences have announced
dates for this year’s event.
HICAP, or Hotel Investment
Conference Asia Pacific Update,
will be held from May 4-5 at
Singapore’s Pan Pacific hotel.
This event is fairly new on the
calendar after the merger of the
tribes with Jones Lang LaSalle’s
annual event a few years ago.
Second up is the must-attend
event for hospitality professionals:
HICAP Hong Kong at. Mark your
calendar for October 12-14.
Do you have any breaking news
about Phuket property? Email
[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
The low-down on living the high life
IF YOU’RE a foreigner and want
to purchase a condominium unit
in Thailand you may appreciate
that it is actually a straightforward
process, and has thus enjoyed
continuing popularity both as a
promising investment or a private
There are, however, a few things
to consider when buying a condo
unit to ensure smooth registration
of title transfer.
Foreign buyers typically want
to verify whether or not purchase
of the condo unit would be in excess of the foreign freehold quota.
The foreign ownership ratio in
condo projects is usually limited
to a maximum of 49 per cent of
the sellable area within the project,
thereby restricting foreign buyers
to jointly acquire majority interest
in the common properties, particularly the project land, together
with their rights to the individual
condo units.
Therefore, a foreign buyer
would be well advised to find out
if purchase of the condo unit would
be in compliance with the foreign
freehold quota requirement before
entering into any form of binding
agreement, or putting down a nonrefundable deposit.
Such investigation can be done
by contacting the condo’s juristic
person and clarifying the status of
the foreign freehold quota.
Foreign buyers may also appreciate that despite the fact that
purchasing a condo unit is usually relatively simple, acquisition
of registered ownership to a
unit demands compliance with
“personal” requirements.
“Qualifying” as a foreign
buyer of a condo unit is usually
achieved by remitting a minimum
amount foreign currency from
abroad into a Thai baht bank account in Thailand which is
equivalent to the price of the unit.
When these funds arrive in the
account, the account holder is required to collect proper documentation to prove the remittance
and subsequent conversion of the
currency into Thai baht.
The documents should detail
whether the amount is equal to the
price of the condo unit, the conversion of foreign currency into
Thai baht (automatic upon transferral), the condo purchase as
purpose of the fund remittance,
and the name of the buyer as the
person who remitted the funds.
BROADENING YOUR OUTLOOK: Buying a condo is not as difficult as you might think. Photo: Nicky Vermeulen
The documentation which is
usually required by the land department to apply for or register
the transfer of condo unit
ownership to a foreigner is a Foreign Exchange Transaction Form
(FET) and includes all the above
details regarding remittance.
The FET is issued by the Thai
bank that receives the funds.
It’s important to understand
that Thai banks can only issue a
FET with all the relevant details
if the foreign buyer provided his
or her bank abroad with the
proper information when initiating the transfer.
Otherwise, the receiving bank
in Thailand will be unable to
issue a FET that satisfies the requirement of local land departments in the country.
This article was written by the International Law Office Patong Beach Co
Ltd. Email Michael Greth, Consultant,
at:[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
Don’t be awkward,
get with the orchids
Last but by no means least on our Top 20 Phuket Plants list
is a bloomer with ravishing good looks
SO, SOME 20 weeks on, we
reach the conclusion of our Top
20 Phuket Plants list. And boy do
we finish with a bang, sprouting
the virtues of one of the most
exotic and most-loved plants on
the on the planet: the orchid.
It came close to not making the
list at all. Obviously not on account of its ravishing looks, but
because most tropical varieties
subsist on tree trunks or rock
crevices, which means they are
epiphytic rather than terrestrial,
possess aerial roots, and do not
actually grow in conventional
garden soil.
But in the
end, it seemed
churlish to exclude a wonderful flower on such grounds,
and so the family of Orchidaceae
gets its chance after all. And a
huge family it is too.
And what a family it is, in the
region of 25,000 strong, and constantly being added to as more and
more hybrids are produced to satisfy the global demand. Phuket has
its share of orchid specialists
developing these new cultivars.
Interestingly, many island gardens include rows of orchids
suspended from roof trellis or
trees, often in a spectrum of
colors granted to few other
flowering plant.
If you acquire an orchid without blooms, it may take a long time
to produce flowers. However,
once it does, it will brighten your
garden for an eternity.
Orchids can be notoriously
difficult to categorize. Some are
monopodial (single-stemmed),
others are sympodial (with a
number of shoots).
One of the simplest divisions is
between shade-lovers and sunlovers. Sun worshipers tend to
have broad, leathery leaves, which
resist evaporation better, while
shade-hogger has thin foliage.
Of the latter, the Moth Orchid,
or Phalaenopsis, is perhaps the
most popular. It is a large orchid,
with a thick central stem and wiry
flowering stems which can carry
up to 20 large
distance, the
flowers seem
to float independently. P. Amabilis
has white flowers flushed with
yellow, while other cultivars have
white, rose or pink flowers. The
plant must be kept moist at all
Slipper Orchids, or Paphiopedilum, need protection from
the sun and from heavy rain.
Indeed, they do better in cooler
conditions. This is why they are
generally grown in cool-climate
greenhouses and are known to
many Europeans as exotic house
They possess mottled, leathery
leaves, and dramatically spotted
petals. The modified petal often
resembles a delicate slipper. Hence
its popular name, “Lady’s Slipper”.
On the other hand, Vanda, Oncidium and Cattleya orchids
require plenty of sun. Vanda is the
orchid you are most likely to see
on sale in plastic cartons at Phuket
international Airport.
In common with most orchid
varieties, it lasts well as a cut
flower, while in the wild, it has
blue-mauve flowers.
Often crossed with other orchids, the shades of blue survive
in many cultivars. Miss Joaquim
– a natural hybrid discovered in
Singapore – has deep pink outer
petals and a center with orange to
yellow shade. It is spectacular, and
it’s little wonder its Singapore’s
national flower.
Oncidium orchids come from
the New World. The flowers are
small and have a distinctive fiddleshaped lip, and are usually
found in shades of yellow or
orange-brown. They are profuse
bloomers with as many as one
hundred flowers on a single plant.
The Cattleya genus, with its
characteristic large petals and
tubular lip, is perhaps the best
known and most hybridized of all
It comes in a wide spectrum of
colors – from pure white (Queen
Sirikit) to deep purple (Lucky
Strike). And like most orchids, it
prefers to be suspended in a porous container packed with loose
coconut fiber, pot shards or charcoal, so that moisture passes
rapidly through.
Word of warning, don’t let its
roots dry out completely and remember to feed the growing plant
on a regular basis. With plenty of
tender loving care you will be rewarded with a visual display few
plants can rival.
Next week’s column will list my
Top 20 in order of preference.
ORCHID SENSE: It makes sense to include the ‘Orchidaceae’ family in our
Top 20 Phuket Plants list. Photo: Peter Long
Tip of the week
Dealing with pests
MOST plants are trouble free
and successfully operate their
own immune systems. While
some damage is inevitable,
plants normally recover, often
with the help of natural enemies
of pests, such as birds and
other insects.
Chemical remedies have been
considered in these columns, but
prevention is always better than
cure. Stressed plants will succumb more easily.
Thus young plants with small
root systems should be well
watered in dry periods, fed a
balanced fertilizer, and treated
with a mulch to conserve
moisture and suppress weeds.
Practice garden hygiene by
removing diseased leaf litter, dig up and burn badly
affected plants, and, where
possible, choose varieties
bred with stronger resistance
to disease.
It is better to plant a diversity of plants in a flower bed; a
collection consisting of one species is more likely to be overrun
by those pathogens to which
they are most susceptible.
February 12 - 18, 2011
February 12 - 18, 2011
February 12 - 18, 2011
For Sale
3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms,
with a swimming pool, a garden
and 2 car parks. Price: 12 million baht. Tel: 081-925 1730.
In Thanapa Park View village in Koh Keaw. 57sq
wah, with 2 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, a kitchen, a
carpark and a garden.
Price: 2.4 million baht. Contact owner. Tel: 083-140
2143. Email: [email protected]
3 bedrooms (all en suite and
all with aircon), large
kitchen, lounge and dining
room. 1,906sqm of land.
1,600sqm of garden. 200
sqm of internal space.
Close to shops and major facilities. Quiet village near
Wat Chalong. Chanote title
land. 15 million baht or reasonable offers. Land can be
leased. Tel: 087-384 9754
(English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
Two bedroom and one bedroom
apartments for sale at Patong
Beach. Built to the highest of
standards, includes fitted
kitchen, air conditioning, secure
undercover parking, and communal swimming pool. Building
consist of only 3 units total.
Starting price: 2.8 million baht.
Tel: 081-891 3466 (English).
Email: [email protected]
With 6 bedrooms and 6
bathrooms on 400sqm plot.
Freehold title. Lease: from
1 up to 30 years. Tel: 080525 3346. Email: phuket7
4 rai at 9.5 million baht per
rai. 40 meters ASL. Tel: 081273 5047. Email: pataksoi2
Near Supalai Resort on the
east coast of Phuket slope.
A 3-rai plot with road and
electricity access. Price:
3.6 million baht per rai. No
agents please. Tel: 080-520
2989. Email: [email protected]
500sqm - 1,400sqm of prime
land for sale in the hills at the
north end of Patong Beach. Very
quiet and natural setting, good
access by road, own water supply, and utility. Open to offers.
Tel: 081-891 3466 (English).
Email: [email protected]
SOI 13
Incredible ocean views to many
islands and beyond. A luxury 4bedroom villa with a garden on
nearly 1 rai. Very private on exclusive cape heights. Price: 25
million baht, with up to 50 percent finance. Tel: 086-279 6283.
3 bedrooms, 10-meter pool,
and stunning views. Tel: 081537 9684. For further details,
please see our website at
2 ground-floor apartments
for sale with a pool. Price:
2.2 milion baht each. Tel:
085-788 5214.
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. On
top of private hill, overlooking
Loch Palm Golf Course. New,
will be ready in 5 months.
Price: 15.9 million baht. Tel:
087-269 8492.
100sqm, 2 bedroom condo.
Fully furnished. 2km from
town. 7.9 million baht. Tel: 080052 8082. Email: solitude001
56sqm, fully furnished, 1 bedroom with sea view. Chanote title
included. Close to the beach,
viewing is a must. Tel: 087-822
3357. Email: [email protected]
Attractive 1.75 rai plot near Bang
Pae waterfall in Pa Khlok with
great views. Reduced price: 3.8
million baht per rai. Tel: 081-895
3347 (English), 088-334 4488
2-bedroom apartment in North
Paton. Foreign free-hold, top
floor, swimming pools. 9.7 million baht. Tel: 086-276 5117.
Email: [email protected]
In Heritage Project, Kathu.
2 floors, fully furnished, 3
bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1
maidroom. 234sq wah. 18
million baht. Tel: 0818920190 (Warit), 0896464823 (Rattana). Email:
[email protected]
390sqw, nice flat land, quiet area,
Chanote. In Pasak Soi 5 near Laguna Home. Price: 6 million baht.
Tel: 089-472 9118, 086-709 2933.
Single house for sale or rent
located at Phanason 3
(Thalang). Land area 63.3
sq wah, 3 bed, 2 bath, large
living area, furnished,ADSL,
tel, landscaped garden and
24hr security. Sale price:
2.85 million baht. For more
info, call Phing. Tel: 087-278
0067. Email: sweetpinky
80% complete apartment building at Patong Beach for sale.
First floor has two 85sqm onebedroom apartments, 2nd floor
has one 175sqm two-bedroom
apartment. Includes communal
swimming pool and secure
undercover parking. Built to the
highest standard. Asking price:
8.5 million baht. Estimated
completion cost: 1.5 million
baht. Tel: 081-891 3466 (English). Fax: 076-296160. Email:
[email protected]
1,020sqm, fully serviced, 5 million
baht. Tel: 089-724 7211 (English).
Email: [email protected]
New large 3-storey house
(approx. 315sqm) with a
seaview. It has 3 double bedrooms, all with ensuites, a
huge seaview lounge, a
kitchen, cloakroom/bathroom, and a garage. Includes
a private driveway, power and
water supplies. Includes a
self-contained apartment on
all 3 floors with seaview balconies. More than 1 rai of land
(1,676sqm). Price: 25 million
baht for all. Or all the above,
but on 628sqm: 15 million
baht. Or 1,048sqm for a land
sqm): 10.48 million baht.
Contact Mr R Crane. Email:
[email protected]
1 rai, behind Phuket FantaSea. Price 6.5 million baht. Contact for more details. Tel: 087270 9093.
4 rai at Nai Yang. Near beach.
Asking price: 4.3 million baht
per rai. Tel: +324 7754 5098
(Eng), 087-091 8331 (Thai).
Email: chiangmaibeltrade
84sqm, fully furnished and
equipped apartment with
kitchen. 5 mins walk to
beach. Rental management
service, maid service, pool
with jaccuzi, WiFi, cable TV.
2.5 million baht. Tel: +212661-492628, +212-658772927 (English). Email:
[email protected] for
in Nai Harn. 3 buildings with
3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in Balinese and Thai
style, built from teak and
other first-class materials.
800sqm land with Chanote
title. Includes a wall fence and
an electric gate. The property
has a pool with a waterfall and
jacuzzi, a maid's house, a
covered terrace and carport.
Asking price: 16 million baht.
Tel: 083-388 8036 (English or
German), 089-972 5378
(Thai). www.phuketquality
2-3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 111sqm. From 4.5
million baht. Must see.
Tel: 084-993 7308. For further details, please see
o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w.
At Ao Makham. Land is located opposite Port of Phuket
and next to Bel Air Cape
Panwa Resort. Price 4.2 million. Tel: 081-891 5932, 089035 6702.
Single house, 60sqm. 2 floors,
3 bedrooms and 3 toilets. In
Chaiyapruek Village at Land &
House, Chalong. Good location
and entrance from bypass road.
Built 2 years ago. Tel: 084-627
62sq wah, 2 bathrooms, Villa
Dowroong. 4.5 million baht. Contact Khun Tar. Tel: 076-377052,
089-971 1268.
This land is located not far from
the beautiful Nai Harn Beach,
with a sea view overlooking
Chalong bay, and with concrete
road and electricity to the border.
The land comes with Nor Sor 3
titles, and is in total just over 1
rai. (about 1,650sqm) Got to
sell now, asking price 9.5 million
baht – or best offer! Tel: 076290235, 080-519 9777 (English). Fax: 076-290236. Email:
[email protected]
Land on Soi Haad Surin 2
for sale. 2.2 rai, 5 mins
walk to Surin Beach. Email:
[email protected]
Houses 23/65 + 76 for sale.
Freehold. End units. Price: 6.9
million and 8.9 million baht. For
further details pls call Khun Pen.
Tel: 081-968 9046.
Mid Town, Royal Place Project.
Studio condo, fully furnished, reasonable price. Tel: 086-476 9612.
Only 600 meters from beautiful Nai Yang beach, this
modern pool villa is perfectly
located. Featuring a chic,
clean-cut design coupled
with a choice selection of
quality materials and furniture, this villa is a promising
investment for holiday seekers and permanent residents. Price: Bt10.2mil.
Contact Khun Penprapa. Tel:
087-898 9646. Email: pen
[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
2-bedroom apartment for rent
or sale. 87sqm unit on the 5th
floor with seaview. Fully furnished. Tel: 081-891 6502.
Email: [email protected]
7.5 rai Chanote near Phuket
town. Stunning view of Phang
Nga Bay. 17m/rai. Tel: 087-472
7870 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
1 rai 13.6sq wah with Chanote.
Located on Tha Ruea-Pa KhlokMuang Mai Rd.11 km from
Heroines Monument, near
Mission Hill. Price: 4 million
baht. Tel: 089-4729118.
800sqm of flat land, Chanote title
in Thalang just a few minutes from
Wat Kaneang, Tonsai National
Park, International School, Russian church, airport, shopping,
beach, etc. Price: 1.5 million baht
o.n.o. Tel: 086-108 2745 (English
& Thai). Email: [email protected]
Chanote, in Soi Rat-U-Thit
1, public utility area. easy access in and out. Just 12 million baht for both rai. Tel:
087-689 9679, 081-270
0875. Email: [email protected]
Near the main road to Baan
Don-Cherng Talay. 68sq wah.
1.1 million baht. Tel: 089-472
9118. Email: [email protected]
280 meters of seafront at the
most beautiful spot on the island.
Must see. Price: negotiable. Tel:
081-891 8930 (English/German),
Bui jai baan 081-956 3374 (Thai).
For sale. 3 rai in Baan Po,
Muang, Trang. Very good location for business, suitable
for house projects. Electricity,
access road. Sale by owner.
With Chanote. Price: 9 million baht ono. No agents
please!Tel:075-210646,087270 9093.
In Chalong. A house with 4
bedrooms on a 1 rai land
plot. Includes aircon and
swimming pool. Tel: 081-403
Thai-Balinese style with Lshaped design. 2 garden
view bedrooms with open
plan living and modern
kitchen, 2 en-suite bathrooms. Located near BIS.
Premium quality. Land size
144sqm. Price from 3.7 million baht. Tel: 084-293 7923,
080-648 9622 (English).
Must visit us: www.phuketeurasia.com
Located a 5 minute walk from
Bang Tao Beach in the popular
Baan Mandala development,
this immaculate 3-bed pool villa
is reduced in order to sell by the
owner. Only 23 million baht. Tel:
076-271315, 083-968 8938 (English). Email: [email protected]
In Pa khlok. 1240sqm unit. For
sale. Tel: 081-536 5030.
Patong, on Nanai Rd. 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms with aircon.
5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, swimming pool and jacuzzi. Contact
Ple. Tel: 083-390 9001.
12 oceanfront plots with 15
meter water frontage.
Each 600sqm and ready
to build. They’re in a peaceful, natural area opposite
Yacht Haven Marina. Direct sale from owner. 3.9
million baht per plot. Tel:
081-343 0777. Email: mon
[email protected]
3 bedrooms in a quiet forest.
Price: 5.1 million baht. Website:
Chanote, with lake. 5.5
million baht per rai, Electricity, public road, ready
to start a project. Tel: 081787 4383.
Long lease. Near Dowroong
School in Phuket Town. Tel: 081691 2526.
5 rai sea view land, Layan area.
Priced to sell at 4.5m. per rai.
Tel: 081-649 3557. Email:
[email protected]
3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom,
with a private swimming pool
on 1 rai of land in Nai Harn,
Contact Shanna. Tel: 088451 2551.
Shady hillside. Big pool and
garden. 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with the office, secure.
New condition. High-quality, very
nice. Freehold. Tel: 076-388236,
089-727 5407 (English). Email:
[email protected]
For further details, please see
our website at www.villa-salephuket.com
Overlooking the ocean in
the exclusive Ao Por area
on the East Coast of
Phuket, the luxurious
Sunrise Ocean Villas, located only 60m from the
beach, offe r breathtaking
panoramic views of Phang
Nga Bay. You will find the
most beautiful untouched
island, with white sand
beaches only a few minutes away.
3 bedrooms, dining kitchen,
Lounge, Private pool. Includes
all furniture. On a secure estate.
Price: 5.3 million baht. Tel: 081273 7326. Email: [email protected]
Fully furnished, ground-floor
apartment, 63sqm, in central
Patong. 4.9 million baht ono.
Tel: 087-887 9070. Email:
[email protected]
Amazing views, private community, underground utilities,
3 phase electricity. Build by
yourself or with our expertise.
Show houses open now. Tel:
086-267 0157, 089-590 3665.
Fax: 076-325294. Email:
[email protected]
2 bedrooms, furnished. At a
nice location. Price: 2.5 million
baht. Contact Nam. Tel: 0894725 162.
Near Phuket Country Club. 2
bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, dining,
living, kitchen, fully renovated
and fitted. Tel: 089-588 5692.
Email: [email protected]
Near Nai Harn Beach, in a
quiet area. 250sqm, 2-storey
house with 3 bedrooms and 2
bathrooms, a western-style
kitchen. Full air conditioning. It
has two big terraces and a
12x6m common pool in a beautiful garden. Includes Chanote
title directly from owner. Tel:
083-388 8036 (English or German), 089-972 5378. For further details. www.phuketquality
Close to Phuket International
Airport. 4 rai, Chanote title. 3.8
million baht per rai.Tel: 081-868
7676. Email: [email protected]
85sqm, with 2 bedrooms and 3
balconies on the 6th floor. Comes
with a European kitchen. Fully
furnished and equipped. Nice
place. Reduced price: 4.9 million
baht. Tel: 085-691 1039.
82sqm. Large lounge with sleeping alcove, 1 bedroom, storeroom, Full western kitchen.
Refurbished. Immaculate 3.6
million baht. Tel: 081-273 7326.
2-storey villa in secure estate, 3
or 4 bedrooms, 327sqm, fully air
conditioned, fully equipped
kitchen, high-quality materials
and finish. 11.9 million baht
More great deals available, starting from 9.9 million baht Contact
builder. Tel: 087-893 8747.
In Soi Pasak 8. 5 minutes to
Laguna. Chanote title. Email:
[email protected]
Just 15 minutes from
Phuket International Airport, 25 minutes from the
major shopping centers
and 3 minutes from the
Grand Marina, Ao Por attract a growing number of
investors seeking an exclusive and affordable alternative to the West Coast with
a more authentic environment.
Built to the highest western standards, Sunrise
Ocean Villas offers a stylish and contemporary design to suit our clientele.
Large window panels and
an infinity swimming pool
are built to offer the enjoyment of a great open space
with a truly amazing view.
Buy your dream villa now
with a 25% discount for
only 14.9 million baht!
Tel: 081-343 0777 (Eng)
086-274 6062 (French)
[email protected]
yahoo.com or
[email protected]
for sale in Layan. 3.5 rai of
land. Chanote. 650sqm living
area. No agents. Tel: 081787 4383.
Big 155 sqm, 2-bedroom, 2bath apartment with private
roof terrace, 5 minutes from
Nai Harn Beach. It is fully furnished with a pool. 3.7 million baht. Tel: 087-897 4421.
Email: [email protected]
Looking for land to buy?
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at www.phuketgazette.net
February 12 - 18, 2011
For Rent
15,000 BAHT/
A detached house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bahtrooms, a kitchen
and a car park. Central location. Long-term rent: 16,000
baht per month. Call to see.
Tel: 087-270 9093.
25,000 BAHT
Center in Rawai, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a living
room, a kitchen. Includes
ADSL, cable TV and parking. Long-term. Tel: 080525 3346. Email: phuket7
5,500 BAHT
Large, western, 110sqm,
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with huge covered
terrace Fully fitted teak
kitchen, baths with granite
tops, fully furnished,
cable, ADSL, parking.
Located in a quiet area.
Tel: 084-840 1262. Email:
[email protected]
for rent. 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, quiet on a private hill.
330sqm, grand view of Loch
Palm Golf, Valley-lake, big pool,
furnished. Long-term 65,000
baht per month. Contact Noi.
Available on March 15, 2011.
Tel: 087-269 8492.
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, with a kitchen, carport, and garden. Rent: 12,000
baht/month. Negotiable. Email:
[email protected]
Fully furnished, aircon, cable
TV, WiFi, large pool. Long term
rent. 16,000 baht per month. Tel:
089-475 1200 (English & Thai).
Email: [email protected]
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room. With a sala, a garden
and parking area on 1/2 rai.
security. Long-term rent: 35,000
baht per month. Tel: 080-697
A large, nicely furnished, light
and airy unit with a full kitchen
and aircon. In Central Patong in
Paradise Complex. Long-term
rent: 25,000 baht per month.
Tel: 086-276 7608.
On Rawai Beach. Studio,
furnished, with WiFi and
cable TV. On a 30-year
lease. Price: 1.4 million
baht, paid over 20 years.
Tel: 080-525 3346. Email:
[email protected]
ONLY 13,000B
Fully furnished, aircon, free
cable TV & WiFi and large
swimming pool. Tel: 089-475
1200 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
- 1-2 bedrooms, near Chalong
Bay. For further details, please
see our website at http://
- 2-storey house, near Panwa
bay. For further details, please
see our website at http://
Tel: 081-892 4311.
240,000 BAHT
With private bathroom and
balcony. Only for long-term
rent, starting from 3,500 baht
per month. Unfurnished. Tel:
084-943 3574.
Flat land in new Dowroong
School. Very good location for
business. Tel: 081-691 2526.
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Free yacht anchorage included.
Year rate or long term lease. Tel:
081-476 0380. Email: jeffreyhock
@gmail.com For further details,
please see our website at www.
For rent/sale, 1,230sqm
land, 330sqm living area, two
stories, 3 bedrooms, open
design, big kitchen. Privacy.
Newly remodelled. Email:
[email protected]
Poolside serviced apartments
from 20,000 baht/month. Contact
Kjartan for more information. Tel:
081-091 8908 (English). Email:
[email protected]
Sale or long-term rent condominiums at Evason Rawai. Beach,
pools, gym, sauna, tennis services included. Tel: 081-476
0380. Email: [email protected]
.com For further details, please
see our website at www.
Furnished, 2+3 bedrooms,
internet, cable TV, pool. Tel:
089-470 6104. www.house
Flat land in new Dowroong
School. Very good location for
business. Tel: 081-691 2526.
at Rawai Beach. Or 20,000
baht per month.Avilla with 6
bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a
living room and kitchen. Has
WiFi and cable TV. Tel: 086940 8914. Email: phuket7
Large, one bedroom apartment
for rent.Tel: 081-088 8099.
On Rawai Beach. Sale for
30-year-lease. A villa with 6
bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
Paid over 15 years, 6 million
baht in total. Tel: 080-525
3346. Email: [email protected]
House for rent, 55sq wah, 2
bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
no phone line, unfurnished.
15,000 baht per month. Tel:
087-270 9093.
Beautiful Patong Tower
Beach Condo with stunning 280 degree panoramic
views of the ocean, mountains and town. Large outdoor patio and wrap around
balcony. Completely renovated, Internet and washing
machine. Available from
March 15th, 2011. Tel: (86)
1381634 4147. Email:
[email protected]
com. For further details,
please see our website at
w w w . P a t o n g To w e r
A luxury brand-new 3 bedroom pool villa available for both
long and short term rental, 4 km
from Layan Beach. Tel: 081891 1826 (English), 081-891
2926 (English & Thai). Fax:
076-238940. Email: [email protected]
loxinfo.co.th For further details,
please see our website at
One-bedroom, fully furnished,
ground-floor apartment + balcony.
1 month min. Tel: 087-887 9070.
Email: [email protected]
New apartments and houses,
furnished Western style, 2-4
bedrooms, 2-4 bathrooms,
aircon, cable, internet, quiet and
secure. 14,000-20,000 baht. Tel:
083-645 3546 , 084-716 0502.
All rooms with aircon, fan, cable
(including lounge), safe, WiFi,
bathroom, pool and use of 3
scooters. 40,000 baht per month
(negotiable). Tel: 083-636 9213
(English), 084-628 4018 (Thai).
Email: [email protected]
to let in Kathu. At a quiet location, overlooking a large
lake and golf course. Fully
furnished. 20,000 baht per
month. Tel: 084-189 4712.
Fully furnished, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with
aircon and hot water. WiFicable TV. 10 mins to the
beach, 15 mins to school
& town. Rent: 15,000 baht/
month. Tel: 089-795 6363,
089-874 2960. Email:
[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
10,000 BAHT PER
Chock Chai property in Nai Harn
looking for investors from Sweden for pool villas with 2-3 bedrooms. Price: from 5 to 10 million baht. Please send email to
offers. Email: [email protected]
to rent or buy. Only in Kata,
Nai Harn, Karon or Chalong.
Our first priority: Our dog must
be welcome! Small garden
would be wonderful. Longterm rent for one year or longer
(start next April). Maximum
price for rent 15,000 baht per
month incl everything with
cable and ADSL or 3.2 million
baht for quick buy (Freehold we are Thai/German). We are
back on Phuket on March 22.
Contract can be made directly in March. Tel: +4961247276693 (we will call you
back). Email: [email protected]
Small kitchen, fridge, cooker,
fully furnished, aircon, highspeed internet, cable TV, bathroom with hot and cold water.
400 baht per day. Tel: 084-845
0541, 083-380 6744.
Central location, pool, Internet,
etc. One bedroom. For rent
weekly or monthly. For
more info. Tel: 084-063
9223, 086-941 7733 (English). Fax: 076-384385. Email:
[email protected]
Best price on the island. Quiet,
300m from the beach, 8 units.
Tel: 080-078 0931, 086-112
1477. Email: rawaireservation
Fully furnished house with 2bed, 2 bath. Long-term rent
(min 1 year): 15,000 baht per
month. Please contact for
more information. Tel: 087026 1362. Or send email :
[email protected]
Kitchen, laundry, WiFi, TV.
Expat male or female, long
term. Secure and safe.
Chalong. For futher details
please contact at tel: 087-077
9816. Or send email to:
williet98248 @hotmail.com
1 and 2 bedrooms for rent.
Fully furnished with spatial
and chic design. Email:
[email protected]
35/210sqm. In Rawai with a
pool and 24-hour security.
Short- or long-term rent from 500
baht a day. Tel: 087-054 3034.
Email: [email protected]
Fully furnished - 700 meters from
Patong Beach. Tel: 081-817
7886 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
On Rawai Beach. 1 bedroom,
1 bathroom, with aircon, WiFi
and cable TV. Cheap rent. Car
and motorbike also available
for rent. For more information.
Tel: 086-940 8914. Email:
[email protected]
140sqm, fully furnished. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus storage
room. Spacious living / dining area
with full western kitchen and large
balcony. Full aircon. Includes free
WiFi. UBC ready. Quiet location.
Tel: 084-185 8536.
6,000 BAHT
Large modern rooms with their
own bathroom, satellite TV
and Internet connection. At a
great location with mountain
views, near Loch Palm Golf
Club. Tel: 083-593 6955. Email:
[email protected]
Room for rent with swimming
pool. Daily and monthly. Tel:
081-894 4730 (English & Thai),
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.nanaivilla.com
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, big
kitchen, 2 aircons, big garden,
cable and internet. Fully furnished. Just move in. Sales
price: 2.5 million baht. Rental
price: 14,000 baht per month.
Located on bypass road behind the SoHo Roast Duck
restaurant. Call for more
details. Tel: 084-848 7474
(English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
Apartment for long term rent.
8,000-20,000 baht per month.
Room from 600-1,500 baht per
night. Tel: 076-512151, 089-290
9567. Email: [email protected]
house.com See our website at
High- and peak-season lastminute promotional prices for
daily rent from 700 baht to 1,200
(in peak season) and 600 baht
to 1,000 baht (in high season).
Tel: 081-894 8446. Email:
[email protected] Website:
Luxury 3-bedroom condo with
private pool for rent at Cape
Yamu. Fully furnished. Brandnew, sea views, onsite manager,
all facilities. Prefer long term.
75,000 baht per month. Tel: 081894 1530 (English). Email:
[email protected]
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Looking for house with 2 or 3 bedrooms in Patong for long term rent
starting in May. Maximum rent:
25,000 baht per month. Please
send me an email with details, location and photos. Email: vb331
High quality furniture. 8 Chair +
stool sea grass -8,000 bath
each, 6 Lounge chair rattan/
steel 6,000 bath each, 3 Coffee
table cement/steel 5,000 bath
each. Tel: 081-968 7125.
Email: [email protected]
I would like to rent a room in a nice
villa for 1 month. Price flexible.
Please email with photo and
details: [email protected]
I am moving to Phuket. And
looking for a year-long lease on
an apartment or room. It needs
to be affordable and I need TV
and good WiFi. Please email:
[email protected]
Looking for annual rental apartment/studio / house with modern furnishings and basics like
aircon, internet in Kata/karon
area. must have parking and
maintainer for electrics / plumbing, etc. Tel: 080-268 2767.
Email: dusktodawn.morgan
I am interested in renting a
room or apartment at Kata
Beach. Looking for a good
price for 2-3 months with
good references. I visit
Phuket twice a year. Email:
[email protected]
Stunning luxury apartments
created by an innovative new
property developer, Phuket
Land and House Legal Co
Ltd. The Royal Palm residence is made up of new
small apartments at Nai Harn
Beach with various styles of
units to choose from. These
include studio, 1-bedroom
and 2-bedroom apartments
plus a 3-bedroom Penthouse. Sizes range from 33200sqm. Each unit features
a unique modern design
with quality custom furnishings, LCD TV, an IP Phone
System with high-speed
wireless Internet connection, intercom, alarm, automatic Gate, balcony / terrace, and private parking.
Starting price from 2.79 million baht. Tel: 076-289122,
0 8 4 - 8 4 8 7 4 7 4 . Email:
@yahoo.com For futher
detaild, please visit our
website: www.theroyalpalm
2 bedrooms with access to pool
for retired gentleman. Aircon and
internet essential. 12 months +
25,000 baht per month. Email:
[email protected]
German couple, retired (ages
66 and 62), looking for vacation rental of a condo or apartment in Southern Thailand,
such as Phuket, Khao Lak or
Krabi. Maximum monthly
rental: 25,000 baht. Email:
[email protected]
Homes & Villa
ONLY 13,000B
Fully furnished, aircon, free
cable TV & WiFi and large
swimming pool. Please contact for more information.
Tel: 089-475 1200. Email:
[email protected]
220-240V Homax Refrigerator, 86l. 450 x 450 x 817mm,
white, 1 year old and in very
good condition. 3,000 baht.
Tel: 083-388 3145. Email:
[email protected]
Weights and bench, desks and
chair, dehumidifier, room air filter,
kitchenware. Call or email for
details. Tel: 086-992 9716. Email:
[email protected]mail.com
Clean, great condition, Lshaped, cranberry & mauve.
New: 14,000 baht. Now only
4,000 o.b.o. Tel: 089-591 0726.
Email: [email protected]
4 wardrobes in contemporary
style. Each unit is 220cm high,
90cm wide, and 60cm deep.
Color: white oak. Can be used
built in or free standing. As new.
The new price was 37,500 baht.
Will sell for 18,750. I'm moving
home. Tel: 089-996 2692. Email:
[email protected]
Selling house furniture, table,
washing machine, TV. Tel: 087621 4845.
Index top-of-the line King-size
bed and luxury mattress. 2 years
old, holiday home item. 65,000
baht as a set when new. Will accept 25,000. Tel: 081-906 6243.
Email: [email protected]
Renovations, house repairs,
painters, tilers, electricians,
plumbers, carpenters, construction workers. Fluent English-speaking boss. Free
quotes given. Contact Rin.
Tel: 084-193 5124. Email:
[email protected]
Built-in bars, counters,
pools, kitchens, ponds, etc.
Contact: K. Noi. Tel: 081606 5746. Email:
Looking for land to buy?
See more classified ads at www.phuketgazette.net
February 12 - 18, 2011
Guest stainless remote operated, motorized, 12v spot /
floodlight. In excellent condition. 7,000 baht. Tel: 081-397
7598 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
£29,000 ONO
38ft steel videos sailing
yacht. Nice condition. Inspections in January ashore
at Langkawi. Please contact
for more information. Tel:
+44-013-06640898. Email:
[email protected]
65’ Catamaran for sale, for
details visit the website. Tel:
081-306 1150 (English &
Thai). Email: [email protected]
comthailand.com Website
at http://u5.com/cat
13 meters, purpose-built big
game fishing boat. Price: 4.5
million baht. Serious offers
considered. Tel: 082-218 3177.
Email: [email protected]
A perfect fishing boat made of
fiberglass. Comes with 2 Honda
4-stroke engines, each 50 Hp.
It has a hydraulic system, a
Simrad navigation system and
electric Ankerwinsch equipment. Phuket registration.
With 4-wheel aluminium trailer.
Price: 600,000 baht. Contact
Khun Aree. Tel: 089-474 5168.
A few months old! just 9 hours
used, new condition and modify
to 280 horsepower! Price new:
625,000 now sale for 490,000
baht. Tel: 084-690 6304.
Crossword puzzle:
Thai registered cat from 2008.
15Hp Yamaha.Newpaint,varnish
and antifouling. Good condition,
fully equipped and ready to sail.
Price: 390,000 baht. Tel: +49-3322293 0210, 087-461 8089. Email:
[email protected]
One-day tour: 190,000 baht.
Price includes captain, crew,
cook, and snorkelling and
fishing equipment. Tel: 089476 7443, 085-352 1942.
Email: [email protected]
FOR [email protected]
New Bayliner175 with full options + trailer. For sale by
dealer at cost. Price dropped
from 950,000 to 850,000
baht. Please contact for more
information. Tel: 081-754
7599. Email: [email protected]
gmail.com Website at www.
All for wood and more!
• Full hull repairs
• Internal woodwork
• Teak wood work and decking
• Teak wood accessories
• Fiberglass repairs
• Spray painting
• Antifouling
• Super Yacht repairs
• Built-in furniture for homes, kitchens, flooring, decking, wardrobes
• Concrete waterproofing and
Tel: 076-238947, 081-968 3118
(English), 081-271 3228 (English
& Thai). Fax: 076-238947. Email:
[email protected]
Very nice boat in great condition, good for snorkeling and
fishing trips. Can carry 35
people + 4 crew. Urgent sale.
Please email for more info. Tel:
086-010 6988 (English). Email:
[email protected]
It has 4 double cabins, 2 toilets / showers. In composite,
under construction. Price:
390,000 baht. Tel: 087-461
Looking for a Pegasus 8.2 fiberglass in good condition.
Tel: 081-891 3095 (English).
Email: [email protected]
Thai registered. Open 21’ fiberglass speedboat. Year
2007. For quick sale. Only
890,000 baht. Excellent condition, as new. Includes German-made trailer, GPS,
fishfinder, Cuscins, Bimini
cover and 140Hp Yamaha engine (150Hp) with new battery (Nov 2010). Ready for
navigation. Please contact for
more information. Tel: 089-647
0738. Email: [email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
Thai national. No experience
needed, inhouse training, location Phuket Town. Please
contact for more details. Tel:
081-537 6866.
Email: [email protected]
Sales admin and secretary –
Experience in event sales in
luxury hotels/vacation club/fractional ownership and property.
Tel: 076-318400. Email:
[email protected] For further
details, please see our website
at www.bangtaotropicalre
Excellent conditions. Good
boss. 8,000 baht per month.
Please contact for more info.
Tel: 076-383681, 087-380 0525.
Email: [email protected]
Phuket’s leading wedding, event and speedboat charter company requires a Thai national with
excellent English skills,
and experience in tour
company admin duties.
Knowledge of work permit
and immigration and good
organisation/people skills
is also necessary, as well
as good computer knowledge. Tel: 076-354074,
081-956 9961. Email:
[email protected]
Assistant in real-estate company. English, 24-30 years old.
Email [email protected] to apply.
Autocad draftsman and sketchup designer. Contact P.A.S. Co
Ltd. Please send your CV to:
[email protected]
We have a vacancy for the position of sales and marketing
manager. We are seeking a
Thai national who is fluent in
English with a minimum of 3
years' experience in the relevant field. Please send your
CV with a photo and expected
salary to: [email protected]
We need a strong personality
with office skills. Thai / English
speaker. Tel: 084-443 9863.
Fax: 076-325144. Please send
us a recent photo and your CV.
Email: [email protected] For further details,
please see our website at
Phuket's leading fitness centre requires: Operations
Manager, Sales consultant
and receptionists. Thai National / English speaking.
Tel: 076-354027, 089-126 5671
(Thai), 087-275 3614 (English).
Email: [email protected]
phuket.com. For further details,
please see our website at
Want to be part of an exciting start-up digital-only ad
agency that will specialise
in social media marketing?
Have online SEO experience? Social media experience? PPC, planning/
buying? PR writing experience? Bloggers needed!
New agency in the planning seeks people to drive
the digital age forward.
Email CV/brief outline of your
experience please ! Email:
[email protected]
Atsumi Healing Retreat is seeking a Thai national, BA degree
preferred, excellent verbal/written English skills, full time 96pm, starting salary 13,000
baht per month please send
resume via email. Tel: 081-272
0571, 081-970 1753. Email:
[email protected] For
further details, please see our
w e b s i t e a t w w w. a t s u m i
The Absolute Group is
currently recruiting Russian sales reps for its business in Phuket. Successful applicants will have previous sales experience
preferably in the vacation
ownership sector. Please
call Ivan. Tel: 084-843
Looking for English-speaking
Thai boy for boat crew. No experience required. Fixed salary
+ commision. Tel: 087-277
7395. Email: [email protected]
Thai. Speaks some English.
Details of experience and references please call or email. Tel:
084-443 9863. Fax: 076-325144.
Email: [email protected]
- Thai citizen only, for work in
- Must have at least 1 or 2 years'
experience in guest relations.
- Good command of written and
spoken English.
- Bachelor degree in any related
- Able to multi-task.
- Proficiency in Ms Office Word,
Excel, Internet and email.
- You must have a positive work
attitude. Flexible working hours.
- Must be able to interact with international guests.
- Candidate will be required to
do grocery shopping for guests.
- Must have own car and a
driver's license.
Tel: 076-527633, 087-881 0003.
Send resume to: Phuket Villas
& Homes Co Ltd. Please
send your CV at email:
[email protected]
Small guesthouse with 17
rooms near the beach road in
Patong is seeking a Thai female
receptionist to take care of
guests checking in and out, receive payments from guests, and
when we are most busy she can
give a helping hand to cleaning
staff. Must be able to speak and
read English. Must have experience in hospitality. You can find
us in a small soi that opens onto
Soi Wattana Patong. Rose
Guest House. Salary is 10,000
baht/month. Tel: 080-385 9062.
Email: [email protected]
We are seeking a Spanish or
Portuguese speaking person,
for our call center in Chalong.
We offer a fixed salary for
telephone data research. Tel:
089-873 9123 (English). Email:
[email protected]
Looking for a job?
Looking for a better candidate?
Find more Recruitment Classifieds at www.PhuketGazette.Net!
February 12 - 18, 2011
For business to communicate with Russian tourists in
Phuket. I will accept all
interesting offers. Email:
[email protected]
German Master tiles. I am
looking for a contact person for tile work and bathroom design, especially for
bathrooms. Pictures of my
work are available. Tel: 084442 9180.
Seeks part-time work: 3-4
hours a day, 3 days a week.
Speaks English. Tel: 089-972
I am a professional British expat
seeking employment in Thailand. Tel: 085-471 3452. Email:
[email protected]
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February 12 - 18, 2011
For Sale
Used construction equipment
for sale. From small hand machines to bobcat skid steers
and storage containers. For full
list please email Andy. Tel: 081891 3466 (English). Email:
[email protected]
2,000 BAHT
Washing machine 5kg front
loader hot water 6 years old
for 2,000 baht. It works. Call
me from 1pm to 6pm. You can
see it in Phuket Town and I
have Pickup for delivery. Tel:
083-525 8914 (English &
Thai). Email: [email protected]
Optimum nutrition, Dymatize,
Gaspari, Muscletech, BSN
Supplements available now.
Free shipping anywhere in Thailand. Vitamins, protein, BCAAs
and other supplements. Shop
online now. Paypal accepted.
Tel: 082-415 9925. Email: bill
@naiharngym.com. Website
at: www.naiharngym.com/
Pet cages in two sizes:
Big (2m x 1m) and small
(1m x 90cm). Also have
some cats. Tel: 081-271
8923 (English & Thai).
Email: garfield_catfarm
Pond bio filter model CBF1100 1.0Hp with UV light. Included submersible pump
arwan model: KSV-151. Price
new: 30,000 baht. Selling
for:12,500 baht. Please contact Tel: 076-273087, 081-978
5901 (English), 081-956 3775
(Thai). Fax: 076-273087.
Email: [email protected]
a child. The Phuket International Women’s Club
is a volunteer organization
raising funds for educational scholarships. We
rely on the goodwill of donors and sponsors –
small and large. If you
would like to put something back into the community in which you live,
contact us to find out
more about giving a prize
o r b e i n g a s p o n s o r.
Please call K. Carol (Tel:
087-417 8860) or K. Sue
(Tel: 087-277 6948). Or
email: [email protected]
LG 2 x 18,000 BTU, 2 x 12,000
BTU. Nearly new. Price:
50,000 baht for the lot. Please
call. Tel: 083-593 6955.
WiFi unit, a telephone, and a
fax for sale cheap. Please
contact for more information.
Tel: 086-953 8616. Email:
[email protected]
130 PS3 games for 24,000
baht. Email: [email protected]
26 rooms plus staff and storage rooms with terraced bar.
Yearly rental is 2.5 million
baht. Selling price is 3.5 million
only. Great Value! Tel: 084806 6213 (English). Email:
[email protected]
Location on Nanai Rd, 4 year
lease, price: 1.5 million baht. 3
floors 4 rooms, kitchen with all
appliances, staff optional, tour
counter optional, pool league
optional - ready to run business.
Tel: 076-512441, 086-276 5798
(English), 083-593 3768 (English & Thai). Fax: 076-512441.
Email: [email protected]
Very good opportunity, first bar
on the right hand side of Soi
Tiger on Bangla road. For sale:
4.5 million baht. More infoTel:
089-908 9586 (English). Email:
[email protected]
Near Wat Suwan (temple).
40 rooms for long-term
rent. Please contact to
K.Kung. Tel: 081-893 3438
3-seat leather sofa and recliner. Light beige color. Excellent condition. Has to go,
new furniture ordered.
10,000 baht for the lot or
near offer. Tel: 083-395 7506
(English). Email: icebergs
[email protected]
Newly completed & furnished 7-story apartment
building in quiet soi 80
meters from Chalong
Circle. 58 rooms, 2 offices,
sun terrace, restaurant
and coffee corner. Views
of sea and Big Buddha.
Looking to sell or lease all
or part of the building.
Would also consider partnership with an investor
and current owner. Tel:
081-416 5886. Email:
[email protected]
Bar &
GHBS POS is an iPad
based, affordable, simpleto-use, web based point of
sale (P.O.S.) solution with
Business Intelligence
(B.I.) features that make it
ideal for restaurants,
guesthouses, resorts,
hotels, bars, nightclubs
and country clubs. This
service will put your company on cruise control.
You can start using this
service tomorrow, for 1,900
baht per month. Tel: 085784 3043. Email: prod
[email protected] For further details, please see
our website at: www.bstructures.com
15 rooms including a lovely terraced bar. 9 year contract lease.
Monthly rental at 150,000 baht.
no key money! Tel: 086-967
0372 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
Only serious inquiries. Either
take over the whole operation or
a small percentage! Please
contact via by email: thewizard
[email protected]
Large gas oven for sale, 3
months old, little used. 22,000
baht. Please contact for more
information. Tel: 089-197 7438
(Thai), 088-168 8145 (English).
Email: [email protected]
Good location, next to Seeka
resort. 3 floors with 2 bed
rooms, all equipment included
ready to run business.Price:
400,000 baht. Tel: 087-213
9117 (English & Thai), 083-593
7553 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
Great location. New equipment
and signage. Key money just
been paid. Price: 820,000 baht.
Tel: 088-440 9324 (English),
087-769 6229 (Thai). Email:
[email protected]
Rawai restaurant for sale. Been
running for 4 years - popular, profitable and turn-key. Asking price
is 12 times the last month's
profit. Tel: 081-476 0380. Email:
[email protected] Website
at: www.salamexicali.com/sale/
On main road. 70 seats. Price: 2
million baht. Good deal. Email:
[email protected]
Fully equipped salon for rent
20,000 per month or work in
the salon for 40% commission. Tel: 076-346172, 082-286
5171 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
No key money, 9 bed, 9
bath. Paid 350,000 baht
each 6 months. Cable TV,
WiFi, pool. Tel: 086-940
8914. Email: [email protected]
With 6 bedrooms and 6
bathrooms on 400sqm
plot. Freehold title. Lease:
from 1 up to 30 years. Tel:
080-525 3346. Email:
[email protected]
On the top floor of Sinthavee
Hotel, Phuket Town. Convenient for a restaurant or bar.
Also, a discotheque on the 2nd
floor (with license). Tel: 087270 9093. Email: [email protected]
Price reduced to 2.4 million baht.
Lease is available for 3 or 6 years.
Occupancy rate: 70% in low season, 90% in high season. Email:
[email protected]
On Nanai Road. Mango bar.
Price: 300,000 baht. Contact
Khun Pha. Tel: 081-925 1730.
On Nanai Road, Ban Lee
lawadee. Price: 400,000 baht.
Tel: 089-909 1153.
No key money. Rent:
40,000 baht per month. 6
bedrooms, 6 bathrooms,
with WiFi and cable TV.
Comes with 4 motorbikes
and 2 carports. Tel: 080525 3346. Email: phuket7
Top location, 2 hotels in front
of it, near to Robinson. Seats
28, almost all equipment and
furniture will stay. Rent
15,000 baht/month, for sale
at 450,000 baht. Selling due
to relocation. Tel: 085-578
0456 (English), 087-031
7086 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
For sale. On Bangla Road.
Contact David. Tel: 086-855
8525. Email:[email protected]
4 rooms with aircon/ fans, mini
bar, hot showers, cable and UBC
TV with dvd players. Full bar/restaurant with seating for 45 guests
and a galley kitchen. 6 employees with attached staff quarters.
All equipment and music system with 14,000 songs are including. Offers about 1.3 million
baht. Tel: 089-971 6120. Email:
[email protected]
On Patong Beach road.
2nd floor shop. Price: 2.8
million baht. Contact Khun
Yuu. Tel: 081-428 7894.
Seeks a partner for a flexible
business with good profit. Email:
[email protected]
On Nanai road. No key money. It
has 50 regular customers. Rent:
150,000 baht. Tel: 080-690 8978.
February 12 - 18, 2011
Business Products & Services
Please contact K.Pu 086698 6544.
Email: iamtontan
We can build you the bike
or car of your dreams.
Custom fabrication of
steel, stainless steel and
aluminum – we also do
machining work, powder
coating and polishing. Tel:
081-891 3466 (English).
Fax: 076-296160. Email:
[email protected]
Golf Stuff
Ping I 3 3-SW: 5,000 baht.
SRIXON Z.TI driver: 4,000.
BTMADE 3W: 1,200 baht. Tel:
087-381 5171.
An interesting website
helps your business.
Please contact via by
email: extra_sp @hotmail.
com and please see our
website at: www.design
Lifetime family membership
580,000 baht including transfer
fee. Tel: 081-273 7326. Email:
[email protected]
Phuket's leading fitness center
offers short- and long-term
membership rates. For a free
trial workout, please contact
us. Tel: 076-354027. Email:
[email protected]
Website at: www.clubasia
Fruit sherbet ice cream bars.
Safe, made to GMP standards, the Halal standard
and OTOP products. 15 flavors to choose from, such as
Strawberry, Durian, Mango,
Chocolate, etc. Retail Wholesale - Delivery. Great
for ceremonies, birthday parties, and many other types of
gatherings. Tel: 086-191
6335 (Thai), 084-119 4094
(English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
For a surcharge of 950 baht,
we deliver to your front door in
Phuket in 4-5 days. Email us
or call 081-720 6462 (Herve) or
087-707 9461 (Sukanya). for
large trampolines at Visit
for the best prices.
We design artwork, logos,
brochures, business cards,
and provide web services.
Tel: 082-421 4773. Email:
[email protected]
Introducing quality sound
production in Phuket. We
offer you a sound specialist
producer who has a lot of
experience in sound production. We make all types
of sound production. Both in
Thai and English.
- Editing audio files and convert all types of audio files
- Jingle, Radio Spot Production, Car parade Spot and
Campaign work Spot
- In house songs and CD
presentation (Audio)
- Recording Mixing and
- Recorded vocals, Instruments, Percussion, Guitar,
Bass, Keyboard, Blower
- Backing Track (Karaoke)
- Audio Post Production for
Film, Short Film, TV
- Recording and putting in
Sound Effects, BGM, Sync
sound to match the picture
Sound Design, Sound Effects and other related
*** Recording room for
At Sic Sound Production
we accept work from all
around Thailand. Tel: 0841194094 or 086-1916335 .
Email: [email protected]
Laguna Golf Club Membership wanted. Minimum 12 years remaining. Tel: 076-310270,
085-471 4313 (English).
Fax: 076-310271. Email:
[email protected]
Phuket oldest bi-lingual international child care facility. High quality time proven schedule and
curriculum. Experienced native
English teachers to teach ages
1½ -6. Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm. Bus
service available from Patong,
Karon, Kata, Phuket, Rawai
and Chalong. Tel: 076-282 232,
080-624 7060. See our website
at: www.buds-phuket.com
Sales, service and repairs +
WLAN, WiFi etc. Please
contact for more information.
Tel: 084-625 7744 (English).
Fax: 076-384385. Email:
We deal in all kinds of hand
knotted and custom design
carpets and killims. (Specialize
in washing and repairs.) Tel: 076271110, 081-956 3061 (English), 086-328 7376. Fax: 076271110. Email: sohailnoshad
@hotmail.comWebsite at:
Can teach English to Thai. I
speak and teach to foreign
learners. Tel: 083-639 3703.
Charming Thai lady teacher
gives Thai lessons at your
home. Full course with conversation practice and home study
material. Beginners or more
advanced. Tel: 081-797 1497.
Email: [email protected]
Make a difference to your
- Pre-wedding
- Wedding
- Portrait
- Family memories
- Party
- Events
Contact : Tingnoi 081606 5746.
Recently established east
of Phuket. A regular lodge
practising the ancient and
accepted Scottish rites in
French. We invite initiates
and people interested in joining us. Find serenity and fraternity. Email: [email protected]
Both individual and group
tutorings are available to fit your
needs from beginners to advanced. Tel: 084-837 3600.
Must have full pedigree. My female will be in season in the next
4-6 weeks. Please call to discuss details. Tel: 081-083
0024 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
Saloon Cars
Manual, only 35,000kms, blue
book, 1 owner only. Aircon, CD,
all power options. Price: 460,000
baht.ono. Tel: 084-768 0536.
Email: [email protected]
93 MAZDA MX5 1.6
Dependable well-maintained
classic. Blue book in order,
registered in Phuket. Tel:
086-267 0157, 089-590 3665.
Fax: 076-325294. Email:
[email protected]
With aircon, power steering,
and new tyres. Price: 55,000
baht. Tel: 086-275 9564.
Very good condition, fully serviced, 46,400km, black.Price:
430,000 baht. Tel: 082-425
7145 (English), 086-954 9503
(Thai). Email: [email protected]
Volvo S40, one previous
owner only. Impeccable,
less than 70,000km, accident free. Black color. Price:
490,000 baht. Tel: 081-787
2155 (English & Thai).
Email: [email protected]
Top of the range model, 250
V6,with only 5,000km. Must
sell. Tel: 087-276 0529.
2005 I-DSI/AT in good condition.
Price: 450,000 baht. Please call
for more details. Tel: 081-083
0024 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
Automatic. Registered July
2007. Fully loaded. Full leather
(black). GPS Navigation. Genuine 6,000km. Chauffeur driven.
Toyota serviced. Second car,
rarely used. No scratches or
dents. Like new. 1 owner. Paid
1,513,501 baht. Will sell for
9 5 0 , 0 0 0 b a h t . Te l : 0 8 1 691 6147 (English). Email:
[email protected]
In good condition, manual
gear with a new clutch,
aircon, battery, alternator
rings and wheel bearings
carry kit. Price: 46,000
baht. Please contact Ian
for photos and details. Tel:
080-328 7871.
With ABS and aircon.
130,000km. Made in 1995. It
has 4 doors, 17" alloy wheels,
and 4 new tyres. Tel: 088-383
1.8. With aircon, airbags, ABS,
and 4 doors. 100,000km. Fully
serviced, with a new battery. Price:
160,000 baht. Tel: 084-187 4560.
VW VENTO 145,000
for sale. 1995, ABS brakes, air
conditioning, CD player,
90,000km, mint condition. Tel:
088-383 4473 (English).
Email: [email protected]
BMW 318I
4 doors, 1988 model in very
good condition inside and
out. Insured. 115,000 baht.
Tel: 085-069 0940. Email:
[email protected]
Mazda Flame, 1991 – runs
great, perfect island cruiser.
Firm price: 79,000 baht. Tel:
086-070 9293.
2007 model. For sale at a
cheap price: 690,000 baht. Low
mileage – 5,000km. As new.
Original. Saddle bags included.
Tel: 087-029 7590 (English).
Email: [email protected]
Top model, sport edition, just out
of the showroom. For rent with
first class insurance. Price: 7,000
baht per week. Monthly rate available. Tel: 081-343 0777. Email:
[email protected]
4 x 4s
A80 AUDI 140,000
Imported from Japan.
Price: 1.55 million baht.
- 2005 Mitsubishi Evo 9.
Price: 1.35 million baht.
Tel: 087-589 5784. Email:
[email protected]
Silver, in good condition, only
1 previous owner, fully serviced. Tel: 081-968 8556
(English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
In excellent condition with only
30,000km on the clock, one
expat owner from new and
regularly serviced at Toyota
dealer. Good tyres and the interior is perfect. 4x4 full time
drive with a 3L turbo diesel engine and automatic gearbox.
Please email for pictures.
Price: 900,000 baht. ono. Tel:
086-266 4338 (English).
Email: [email protected]
Only 45,000km. Used occasionally by expat.
Safe, fast and comfortable. In great condition.
Price: 650,000 baht.
Contact: Jay for more
details. Tel: 081-091
Honda CR-V, 2400cc, 2008
navigation and upgraded
sound system. Asking price:
1.05 million baht, at the car
dealership it is 30,000 baht
cheaper, but the extras are
not included. Tel: 081-968
8556 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
MAZDA 3 2005 2.0L
Top model sedan. Leather
upholstery, sunroof and climate control. 82,000 km.
Complete service history.
Price: 600,000 baht. Tel: 081451 2001, 080-208 7454 (English). Email: paulbchap
[email protected]
Wheels & Motors
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4-door model G with 1st-class
insurance and in excellent
condition. Price: 460,000 baht.
Please contact for more info.
Tel: 086-154 2255.
D-Cab (G), 3.0 AT, 4 wheel
drive, automatic, 2,982cc.
White color, light brown on the
Inside. 2 previous owners. 163
SAE, 98,600km. Registered
January 7. Driver airbag, electric mirrors, deck cover. Price:
640,000 baht. Tel: 081-956
9903 (English & Thai). Email:
[email protected]
in mint condition. New tyres,
brakes, paintwork. Perfect bike
for Thailand touring. Green
book. This is a completely legal bike. 125,000 baht. Tel:
086-990 3547 (English). Email:
[email protected]
18,000 BAHT PER
4 months old, 1,200km –
46,000 baht. Fino: 3 years old,
7,600km – 26,000 baht. Tel:
089-588 5692.
750cc with 800cc spare engine.
125,000 baht spent on rebuild.
Receipts to prove it. Price:
160,000 baht. Tel: 081-273 7326.
Email: [email protected]
For rent. Rawai beach.
Cars, Proton, Yaris, Aveo,
Kia. Insurance and delivery.
Tel: 080-525 3346. Email:
[email protected]
3,500 / 4,500 BAHT
Buell M2 cyclone 1,200cc. In
very good condition. Price:
300,000 baht. Tel: 080-519
For sale, in good condition.
Honda Click, 3 months old.
Price: 39,000 baht. For futher
details. Tel: 081-086 9921.
250R Kawasaki Ninja. Jan
2010. Red / black. In excellent
condition. 6,000km. Price:
130,000 baht (no offers). For
more details. Tel: 081-086
8041. Email: terrywallace94
On Rawai Beach. For rent
or sale: Honda Click,
Yamaha Fino (31,000 baht)
Suzuki (16,000 baht). Tel:
080-525 3346. Email:
[email protected]
Automatic top model with
first-class insurance. Leather
seats. For short-and longterm lease. Tel: 089-971
The ultimate Thailand touring bike. Excellent condition. Low kilometers. Green
book included. 230,000 baht.
Tel: 081-620 9419. Email:
[email protected]
A special offer for daily,
weekly or monthly use with
first-class insurance and
delivery. Please contact for
more information or photos.
Tel: 081-607 8567. Email:
[email protected]
February 12 - 18, 2011
Soccer scorcher
By Andrew Jennings
THE pristine soccer pitches at
British International School (BIS)
provided the ideal venue for the
successful first staging of the
Phuket Cup International Youth
Soccer Tournament last weekend.
The event, organized by Brazilian Soccer School (BSS), saw 22
teams from various parts of
Phuket compete against teams
from BSS Hong Kong in three different age divisions.
The weather proved kind on the
day with glorious sunshine aided
by a light breeze, which helped the
players cool off between games.
The soccer on display was of
a high standard with every player
putting in massive effort to ensure
their team walked off the pitch as
It was great to see all players
shaking hands with opponents at
the end of games, ensuring fair
play was visible throughout the
event The tournament showcased
GOLDEN BOYS: Youngsters kitted out at the Phuket Cup event at BIS.
Phuket Lomas on
Bangkok mission
THE Phuket Lomas return to the
capital this weekend to take part
in the prestigious Bangkok International Rugby 10s.
The Lomas will compete in three
divisions – Under-10s, Under-12s
and Under-16s – at the world renowned three-day event.
Following on from their successful tour to the Satit Kaset
Youth Rugby Festival in Bangkok
late last year, hope is high the
Lomas can continue their success
and return to Phuket with more
The club’s Under-14s warmed
up for the Bangkok 10s in impressive fashion with a dramatic victory
at the Prince of Songkla University
sevens tournament in Hat Yai last
weekend. Lomas sent their A and B
teams to the event.
In the first game of the tourna-
ment the two teams were drawn
against each other. It looked like
the Lomas B were in slight awe
of their older teammates, going
down 24-0.
From there, Lomas A went on
a run all the way to the final, where
they faced Ao Luk.
The first-half saw the bigger Ao
Luk side race into an early lead
before the Lomas pulled a try back
just before half-time, but they still
trailed 19-7 at the interval.
Ao Luk scored again just after
the restart to take a 24-7 lead and
it looked all over for the team from
Phuket. However, the Lomas suddenly clicked and ran in three tries
to win a dramatic decider 28-24
and were crowned champions.
For more on this story see next
week’s Phuket Gazette.
– Andrew Jennings
young soccer players enthusiastic about the sport and trying out
new skills practiced during training. It was encouraging to see
many local Thai players competing alongside local international
BSS’s first ever international
tournament can be hailed a resounding success, with many
parents and players giving positive feedback. Each player received
a tournament medal, while special
gold, silver and bronze medals were
awarded to the top three teams in
each age group.
In the Under-10s, BSS Phuket
Green were victorious, while in
the Under-12s it was BSS Hong
Kong Tigers who finished as top
cats. The Under-14 cup remains
in Phuket after Youth Football
Home proved worthy winners.
“The tournament went really
well and BSS Hong Kong loved it,
they can’t wait to come back next
year. We hope it will now be an
annual event and we should have
40 teams next year,” said tournament organizer Martin Hill.
Sailing icon
passes away
TONY Knight, a leading figure
in Phuket yachting for more than
a decade, died in Brisbane,
Australia on Monday after
succumbing to injuries sustained
in a motorcycle accident.
“Tony had a motorcycle
accident in Australia on Friday
and seemed not too bad, but his
condition deteriorated over the
next few days as we believe his
lung or spleen was punctured,”
explained Mick Kealy, commodore of the Ao Chalong Yacht
Club (ACYC).
“He ended up being airlifted to
a Brisbane hospital where he
passed away in the intensive care
unit,” he added.
Through years of dedicated
support, especially through his
work with the ACYC, Mr Knight
became synonymous with sailing in Phuket. He skippered
well-known boats Seraph and
La Samudra in King’s Cup
Tony Knight
“Tony has many close friends
in Phuket and was a vital asset
to the Ao Chalong Yacht Club for
over a decade as committee
member, race officer and MC.
“He will be sadly missed for
his kindness, his wit and easy
going nature,” Mr Kealy said.
Mr Knight is survived by his
wife Ming, son Raymond,
twin daughters Nit and Noi,
and eight-month-old daughter
A wake will be held at the
ACYC clubhouse next Tuesday
from 6pm. All are welcome to
– Phuket Gazette
February 12 - 18, 2011
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