Phuket Post - A Different Kind of Newspaper
Dr Preecha has been re-posted after less than five months here
(2009-03-20 17:48:12)
PHUKET Governor, Dr Preecha Ruangjan, is leaving the island after serving only four months and 22 days as Governor. Dr Preecha has been posted to Phitsanulok province and will be replaced by Wichai Praisa-Ngob, who is currently the Governor of Singburi province. The shake-up is part of a nationwide reshuffle of Thailand’s 76 provincial governors by the recently empowered government under Abhisit Vejjajiva.
(2009-03-20 17:43:41)
TEN Kamala students have been busy shooting each other with imported American cameras. The children, who are all orphans aged between 12 and 14, were snapping up new skills from visiting Wyoming photographer Marsha Lutz, during a week of photo-fun. The apprentice paparazzis are students at the prestigious H.M the King’s Rachaprachanakroh foundation school, which caters for more than 700 underprivileged mostly-Muslim students.
IF you spend enough time on our beautiful island, you will learn to appreciate the Rawai area. It is perfect for both living or holidaying in a peaceful and tropical environment. This villa, which is only 30 minutes from the airport, five minutes from Nai Harn beach, and 20 minutes to the Jungceylon shopping mall, would be ideal for anyone looking for a quite retreat, which is still close to the local attractions.
Apartment living is all about style
(2009-03-06 16:22:39)
ONCE in a while, a home is created that’s stands out from the rest. This apartment in Patong is definitely one of those. Situated in the best condominium buildings, it stands proud to the testament of the developers who had the courage to try something different, away from the norm and to conceive an idea born on style, function and design.
Prince Charles is lucky to be alive after bumming a lift on Rolly’s racing boat
(2009-03-20 17:15:11)
YACHTING legend Rolly Tasker will never forget the day Prince Charles hitched a ride on his racing boat. “We were lining up off Cowes for the Queen Victoria Cup in 1979, when one of the crew called out to ask me if I was prepared to take a passenger,” he said. “He said ‘Prince Charles is on the radio and he says wants to bum a ride on your boat’.
MORE than 50 yachts from around the world will line up for the start of this year’s Phang Nga Bay regatta which starts on Tuesday. The fleet will spend four days racing from Phang Nga Bay, first to Laem Sak, then to Koh Yao Noi, to Railay Bay in Krabi, and finally back to Phuket. A new race course has been set for this year’s event which will sail through the Koh Hong islands.
Foreign currencies could soon be back where they were as Thailand falls into line with its neighbours
(2009-03-09 16:40:18)
OVER the past 12 months, most foreign currencies have collapsed against the Thai baht, which means money from home is not worth as much as it was. A year ago, one Australian dollar would have bought you almost 35 baht. Today you would be lucky to get 22 or 23 baht.
THE Tourism Authority of Thailand has unleashed a new weapon in its bid to win back the tourists. Singapore has the Singapore Sling, America has the Manhattan and the Long Island Tea, and Cuba has it’s Cuba Libre. And now Thailand has its own tipple, the Siam Sunray.
(2009-03-20 17:37:14)
SPIKE Wilson took up parachuting just after his eighteenth birthday. He jumped twice and was looking forward to the adrenalin rush as the light aircraft took him, two instructors, and a cameraman, skyward for his third jump. After climbing to 10,000 feet the signal was given to jump.
(2009-03-20 17:22:49)
THE bright orange building stands out from its neighbours in the line of shops in Kathu. But it’s not the colour which makes Holland House special, it’s the dozens of children who welcome you with their shouts of ‘farang, farang’. Holland House is a small orphanage set up by Child watch Phuket to care for 20 orphans and kids who, for many reasons, can’t be cared for at home.
(2009-03-20 16:40:13)
The KanEang@pier restaurant next to Chalong Pier is a major Phuket landmark ... and it’s about to get even bigger. Executive director, Wallee Pachantabutr, said the company name, Kan Eang, which means ‘feel at ease’, had been owned by the family for more than 30 years. “My husband started the first Kan Eang restaurant in 1977, and word of mouth about the seaside dining and the good food quickly spread to the locals,” she said.
IT’S always a buzz to discover a new restaurant, to be the first on your block to savor a complete new set of culinary delights. And Acqua, which overlooks Kalim Bay, is a real ‘discovery’. Although it has only been open a month, discerning diners from all over the world are already flocking in for a taste of owner Alessandro Frau’s fantastic fare.
(2009-03-20 17:41:21)
NEXT month’s Songkran festival look set to be a dry affair, at least for the locals. There will be plenty of water thrown about, but alcohol sales are likely to be banned during the three-day annual carnival. But, according to senior government officials, the proposed ban will probably only apply to Thais.
(2009-03-20 16:44:57)
March 22 Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa Community Day Its only 50 baht per person, so bring the kids, bring the family and enjoy a Community Day mixing with old friends, or meeting new ones.
Thailand Tax Update
(2008-01-11 06:20:41)
Times are changing in the world. The Taw.Paw .155/2549 was issued to amend # Taw.Paw.1/2528 and provides guidance on the application of accrual basis for certain kinds of businesses. Here's a list of the major changes from Taw.Paw.1/2528:
More and more farangs want to work here
(2009-03-09 14:48:19)
THE number of foreigners applying for permission to work in Phuket has increased over the past 12 months. Most of the applications have come from people involved in the diving and hotel businesses. According to figures released by Phuket’s Provincial Employment Office, 8555 work permits were issued to foreigners in January this year compared to 7846 in January last year.
Local businesses and residents are concerned over a new monkey tourist attraction
(2008-11-14 14:03:22)
LOCAL business people, residents and environmentalists have objected to plans to develop the Monkeyland tourist attraction on Tanan Island, off Chalong pier. Their concerns were raised at a special conference hosted by the Phuket Governor’s Office and the Department of Special Investigation at the Royal Phuket City Hotel on November 3. The conference was chaired by Phuket Governor Smith Palawatvichai, and Tavee Saudklaung, the president of the DSI.
(2009-03-20 14:52:57)
THE Roseberry New Age Centre, near Surin Beach on the west coast of Phuket is something quite different, and dare I say it, very special. As you walk in the door, bells chime and you notice the aroma of highly concentrated essential oils. You will be entranced by the variety of nick-nacks, self-help books, crystals, angel cards and new age products including creams, oils and lotions.
The only legal way for a foreigner to own real estate in Thailand is to buy a condominium, or ‘condo unit’. In Bangkok, condo unit purchases are now considered trendy among the younger generation of Thais because condominiums are often conveniently located in the inner city area, making it more economical for them to commute to work.
How to profit from the economic downturn
(2009-03-20 17:26:29)
THEY say one man’s loss is another man’s gain. As the bears retreat into the relative safety of bonds and treasury notes as stocks around the world plunge to record lows, the bulls are corralling on the edges of the markets. There are some fantastic buying opportunities at the moment, and smart investors who have kept their powder dry and have survived one financial disaster after another, are cashing in.
(2009-02-23 11:40:02)
PHUKET is fast evolving into an information and communications technology centre with new innovations being used by the private and public sector in places such as Bangla road in Patong. An LED TV screen displaying 24 hour live news, promotions and advertisements above the Absolute Bangla suites on Bangla Road, Patong, is a sign that Phuket’s ICT capability has come a long way fast.
(2009-02-23 11:11:46)
PHUKET International Hospital is about to enter the second phase of an aggressive marketing campaign aimed at bringing more Australians to the island for cosmetic surgery. The hospital has joined forces with Australian specialist travel agent, Destiny Meditravel, to create travel and treatment packages which dozens of Australians have signed up for since the first phase of the program was launched early last year.
(2009-02-23 10:12:37)
MOST expats who buy investment policies from a broker or financial institution don’t fully understand what they are buying. It can be difficult navigating the financial services minefield and it is important to find someone you can trust who will have your best interests at heart. There are many professional and well qualified advisors out there who can provide a valuable service, but you must do your due diligence.
ZONED - Will this be the new shape of Phuket
Phuket Post Issue 36 - 9-22 September
(2007-02-02 13:57:36)