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Asian Beach Games: Thailand leads medal charge

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PHUKET: Hosts Thailand plundered more gold in the 4th Asian Beach Games yesterday, sealing crucial victories to maintain their commanding lead in the medal tally.

Despite another searing day in the seaside resort, crowds of Thai spectators and tourists braved the sun to watch the fun-packed competition on Phuket’s beaches and venues at Karon, Patong, Nai Yang and the Saphan Hin Sports Centre near Phuket Town.

Thailand got off to a great start when jet-ski riders raised local cheers by claiming two gold medals. Talented Teerapong Khunjeng took the roundabout 1,000cc Superstock title while Veerapong Maneechom captured the Ski Open.

In the woodball, the Thai men’s fairway team of Peera Chaisongkram – who took the men’s individual fairway crown on Friday – Sarawuth Intarasiri, Siraphop Wannapin and Naluenat Puangmaduea dominated their rivals to grab the title.

In beach volleyball yesterday, only two Thai pairings contested the pool round-robin preliminaries, with Thailand B’s Kittipat Yungthin and Prathip Sukto outclassing Rahman and Zabir of Bangladesh 21-11 21-12.

Thailand A’s Sittichai Sangkhachot and Nuttanon Inkiew, who went down to Iran 2-1 on Sunday, struggled past Sadiq Almohsen and Hasan Qapqoor of Bahrain 21-19 21-12 in their second clash.

“We lost our first encounter on Sunday and we couldn’t afford another defeat today. We had to play more carefully in this crucial match. It’s hot, but the blazing sun didn’t affect our performance. We get a rest day on Tuesday [today] and resume the competition the following day. I just want to do my best here, so we haven’t set any target,” said Nuttanoonn Inkiew.

In the basketball at on North Karon Beach, Thailand’s men and women scored victories. The hosts’ women’s cagers thrashed Turkmenistan 15-10 in their Group B preliminary clash, while the men outclassed Bhutan 12-5, also in Group B preliminaries.

The Thailand beach soccer team, who beat Kuwait 2-0 to survive a first-round exit for the first time, narrowly edged Vietnam 5-4 in their first-round Group A encounter at the Saphan Hin Sports Centre.

China swept both golds on offer in the marathon swim yesterday, with Feng Yanqiao clocking 2:16.12.1 hours in the women’s 10km and Zu Lijun swimming 2:01.43.1 in the men’s 10km event.

At press time, Thailand were dominant in the medal standings with 12 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals.

Defending overall champions China had leapfrogged into second with six golds, four silvers and nine bronzes, followed by Mongolia, also on six golds. Kazakhstan were fourth with five golds, head of Japan with the same number.

A total of 17 gold medals are up for grabs in the 4th Asian Beach Games today (November 18) as follows.

Beach Basketball: 2 gold in men’s team and women’s team at Karon Beach

Beach Woodball: 2 gold in men’s stroke team and women’s stroke team at Karon Beach

Beach Sepak Takraw: 2 gold in men’s team and women’s team at Patong Beach

Jet-ski: 2 gold in Sport GP and Runabout Open at Patong Beach

Beach Petanque: 2 gold in men’s singles and women’s singles at Patong Beach

Extreme Sports: 3 gold in BMX Park – Flatland, BMX Park – Stunt Park and Inline Skate – Stunt Park at Saphan Hin Sports Complex

Water Ski: 4 gold in women’s Team Cable Wakeskate, women’s Team Cable Wakeskate, women’s Team Cable Wakeboard, Men’s Team Cable Wakeboard, Men’s Team Cable Wakeskate at Bang Niew Dam Reservoir

The Phuket Gazette is proud to have been selected as the sole English-language media sponsor for the 2014 Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket (story here).

For more information on the 4th Asian Beach Games, visit www.phuketthailand2014.com

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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