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670,000 fewer Chinese tourists – Thailand counts its losses after the Phoenix boat disaster

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Some of the fallout from the Phuket boat disaster is now starting to hit home, with more to come as cancellations bite into tourist arrivals, principally Chinese tourists.

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports has officially revised down its forecast for July to December by nearly 670,000, to 5.1 million Chinese tourists.

The South China Morning Post reports that Thailand will lose more than half a million Chinese tourists as a result of the boating incident that killed 47 people last month, 16 of them children.

Most analysts consider that Phuket dodged a tourism ‘bullet’ when the tragedy occurred because of the mass coverage of the Tham Luang cave rescue which was underway at the same time. The media preferred heroic shots of cave divers and rescued football players to pictures of children and their parents being hauled out of the water after being found floating, face down, around the Andaman.

Photos of the Thai PM trying to console weeping and devastated Chinese who had flown to Phuket to recover the bodies of their loved ones, made way for the photos from Chiang Rai.

The ‘Phoenix’ was carrying 105 people, mostly Chinese day tourists, when it sank off Phuket’s south west coast in rough seas on July 5. The boat was among at least three tour boats which ignored weather warning on the day.

Royal Thai Navy officers and local Phuket divers spent more than a week retrieving bodies, some from inside the boat. The captain and crew all got off the boat safely and made their way into the life rafts.

Now the Phoenix’s captain, engineer and the Thai owner (of a nominee company set up to run the business and ‘own’ the boat) have been arrested and remain in detention as the investigation drags on.

Tourists from China accounted for nearly 25% of Thailand’s 35 million visitors last year with number forecast to increase in 2018, until this bump in the rising numbers.

The country’s Minister of Sports and Tourism remains confident that Chinese arrivals will continue their steady rise, despite the loss of confidence about Thai marine safety, amongst many other safety failures in buses and zero-dollar tour scams.

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Woman stages an accident and lies to police about gold theft

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PHOTOS: Newshawk Phuket

A woman has confessed to lying to police about two thieves that snatched her gold necklace and bracelet on Sakdidet Road in Wichit.

On Tuesday, ‘Newshawk Phuket’ reported that two thieves snatched the gold necklace and bracelet weighing around 30g of gold, worth 40,000 baht, on Sakdidet Road in Wichit.

Patrol police arrived at the scene to assist the woman and investigate her claims.

Yesterday, Phuket City Police say that the woman, 25 year old Rattana Kraiwan from Songkhla, had been taken to the Phuket City Police Station for questioning.

Rattana hadn’t filed an official report to police and she eventually admitted to police that she made the story up.

Police say she’s admitted to staging the fall off her motorbike into a ditch nearby and pawning off the two gold items, which belonged to her husband, to pay for her personal debts. She said she was afraid that her husband would be angry so she made the story up.

Rattana has promised to police that she will not do things like this again. It is unclear if police pressed any charges or just closed the case with a warning.

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The art of Thai massage – Chann Wellness Spa, Kamala

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Time to relax, time to be pampered. You deserve some ‘me’ time to get refreshed and be indulged at the Chann Wellness Spa at Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa, Phuket in Kamala. Tim Newton headed to Kamala for an hour of well-deserved pampering.

Chann Wellness Spa is one of the island’s most established spas combining experienced staff, the right ‘mood’ and a perfect location on the shores of Phuket’s west coast.

Chann Wellness Spa has their own Signature Massage which is a full body traditional Thai massage using essential ‘energising’ oils containing lemongrass, ginger and verbena.

Find out more about the art of the Chann Spa massage HERE.

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The spa is visited mostly by guests of the Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa but is becoming increasingly busy with locals who know about Chann’s quality and experience. Many guests from the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort also visit the Kamala property to enjoy some relaxing therapy.

Massages come in many varieties as well as ‘soft, medium of strong’. I like a ‘medium’ which I can dial up to ‘strong’ when needed. My masseuse was Khun Natty who did her training with official Chiang Mai Government masseuse training. Lots of experience makes all the difference.

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Chann Wellness Spa operates from its own building amidst the sprawling Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa facility, just moments away from the beach. The spa has been operating for over 10 years, bringing pleasure, comfort and relaxation to its customers.

Chann Spa features 10 individual treatment rooms and a Relaxation Sala. All of the treatments use bespoke signature spa products, with ingredients to soothe, rejuvenate and invigorate your body leaving you feeling totally relaxed. And in today’s hurly burly world sometimes it’s exactly what we need.

The spa was a deserved winner of the “Best Luxury Wellness Spa” from the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2017 – a culmination of the decade perfecting the craft of relaxing and rejuvenating tired, sore and stressed bodies. 

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I had the Signature massage, a traditional Thai massage where Khun Natty perfectly tuned the pressures and techniques to my requests. An hour of total relaxation where I turned off and just let Chann Spa take care of me.

But how trying their Mango Sticky Rice skin treatment package? It blends a Thai favourite with the known benefits of antioxidants, vitamins and energy.

Getting a Thai massage is almost ubiquitous in Thailand. There are many options but few that can boast a decade developing a reputation and experience that Chann Spa can offer.

Finishing my treatment with Natty, I was floating on air and quite happy just to ‘chill’ with the sounds of nature and the music maintaining me in the ‘relax’ zone for a just a little longer.

Find out more about the Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa experience HERE.

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Tim and Masseuse ‘Natty’

Tim Newton was a guest of the Chann Spa and the Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa, Kamala.

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Final night of Vegetarian Festival in Phuket – Photo montage

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The final night of the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket Town is one of the most exciting, out-of-control, intense and noisy public events in the world. It’s also very dangerous. But, somehow, the participants, mostly, remain unscathed by the sense-assaulting final night activities which sends the nine emperor gods back to their home in the skies.

For three hours firecrackers are constantly exploding on and around the marchers, and spectators too. Acrid smoke fills the air and the noise can be heard for kilometres. Enjoy some of the sights as we farewell another vegetarian festival and contemplate the detritus of all those exploded firecrackers being washed out to sea.

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