THIS year’s Songkran festival is set to be a wet and wild three days of fun, festivities and religious ceremonies. Songkran, or Thai New Year, will run from April 13 to 15, and is traditionally celebrated with lots of water throwing. And although it is a Thai festival, foreigners are welcome to join in and enjoy the fun atmosphere. Songkran is held in the hottest and driest month of the year when a bit of water can be both cooling and refreshing. But be warned. You WILL get wet, so wear clothes that can withstand a soaking.
Organisers say concert won’t be pushing a political message
by Bupha Ravirot
The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) will host a mass concert at Sapan Hin Park on the outskirts of Phuket Town on April 18. Between 10,000 and 20,000 people, including PAD members from around the Kingdom, are expected to turn out for the event which runs from 5pm until midnight. Senior PAD leaders, including Major General Chamlong Srimuang, media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul, Chaiwat Sinsuwong, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somsak Kosaisuuk and Khun Somkeit Pongpaibul will make speeches, and the event will be broadcast live on ASTV.
ECO-friendly tourist operators in Phuket will soon have access to low-interest loans to ensure the industry remains green and financially viable in the future. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the French Development Agency has allocated 50 million euros to the project, 10 million of which has been earmarked for southern Thailand. The money will be deposited in a Thai bank, and bank staff will be trained in the standards and criteria required of borrowers to be eligible for a loan.
PHUKET International Airport is about to become even more efficient. Immigration officers will increase the number of manned counters from nine to 14 during the coming high season, making it faster for the 15,000 tourists who pass through the airport every day. With between 30 and 40 flights a day landing and departing from the airport, the immigration queues have been growing, along with the number of complaints about slow service.
THE current world-wide recession could be over by as early as the middle of next year, according to one of Phuket’s leading financial experts. Edwin Goulding, a certified financial planner and currency expert with Phuket- investor.com, said past recessions had lasted, on average, less than 18 months. “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) defines recessions as periods where global growth is less than per cent,” he said.
JUNGCEYLON’S parent company, Phuket Square, has put its plans for overseas expansion on hold, while back home, the shopping centre is celebrating its second birthday with a feast of bargains and free shows. Prices are being slashed by as much as 70 per cent and there will be a whole range of free entertainment between now and Songkran. A number of superstars from Bangkok are expected to help bring in the crowds and push revenue to an estimated 45 million baht a month.
PHUKET’S new Governor, Wichai Praisa-Ngob has made the island’s traffic problems his first priority. Governor Wichai, who replaced former Governor Dr Preecha Ruangjan, two weeks ago, has already started making plans to ease congestion problems at the Central Festival intersection and the Heroines’ Monument. “Plans for a tunnel under the road outside Central Festival are already in place, but this will take maybe two years to build, and it will be very expensive,” he said.
THE Phuket Boardriders Club is hoping to attract some of the world’s top international surfers to the Thailand Surf Series in June. The series, which will become part of the Asian Surfing Championship circuit, will be held at Kalim, Kamala and Kata beaches between June and September. Boardriders Club chair- man, Chanin Aiyarak, said a ranking system would provide a platform for Thai surfers to compete against other Asian surfers from around the region.
5000 bikers will roar into town in search of some high-octane action
by Fraser Morton
LASH out on some leathers, fire up the Honda and scoot on down to Patong for the three days of motorbike madness that is Phuket Bike Week. This year’s festival runs from April 10 until April 13. More than 5000 bikers are expected to roar into town from as far away as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for the festivities which will include a series of bike competitions, a tattoo contest, a Ride for Peace through Kata, Karon, Nai Harn and Phomthep Cape, and three rock concerts.
IF you were to judge western fashion by what you see while holidaying in Asia, you would have to believe that hair beads, flip flops with socks, and Red Bull tank tops are all the rage on the runways of Milan, Paris and New York. You’d think that showing dirty bra straps, that the navel was the acceptable point at which to stop buttoning shirts, and that shapeless fisherman’s pants were the height of chic.
March 24-April 24 IB Visual Arts Exhibition The British International School Phuket is hosting an arts exhibition in the Main Teaching Building. The Visual Arts exhibition will be open between 7pm and 9pm for private viewing and will open to the public from March 24 until April 24. For further information, call 076 238 711-20.
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SHEILA’S in Soi Sansabai, in Patong, just across from Soi Bangla, has always been one of my favourite restaurants. Until recently, it wasn’t all that flash, but it was clean, the staff were friendly, and the tucker was terrific, and everything was all very reasonably priced. Owner, Sheila Reed, has recently re-vamped the place with a new paint job, new furniture, and even new uniforms for the staff.
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