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Krabi – Phuket match marred by hooliganism

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PHUKET: Some 400 Phuket FC fans, players and staff were held hostage for nearly three hours inside Krabi Provincial Stadium last night following a heated derby match that ended in a goalless draw.

Traveling to Krabi by bus, members of Phuket’s three main fan clubs – the Hard Core, Hulk and Mask – were united into one energized cheering force to reinforce their boys in the 20th match of the season.

The supporters were hoping the new look Islanders could avenge the teams 0-1 loss to Krabi in Phuket on July 7 and grab much-needed points to prevent them from relegation next season.

Though clear underdogs in last night’s meeting, Phuket put up a commendable and strategically well-played fight, keeping the score level at the end of the first half.

The intensity of the struggle went up a notch 10 minutes into the second half, when Phuket defender Nenebi was sent off after collecting his second yellow card. Despite relentless pressure on Phuket keeper Alonso, the Islanders held on a for a hard-fought draw.

[For match highlights, which do not contain images of the subsequent hooliganism, click here.]

A certain segment of supporters from the home stands, however, were less than content with the result, the officiating and Phuket’s players and fans alike.

At game’s end, a squabble ensued when a number of unruly Krabi fans came over to the Phuket cheering section, where the visitor fans had just finished singing their traditional tribute song to their team.

Rocks, bottles and wooden boards were launched, prompting the micro-hostage situation in which hundreds of fans retreated to the relative safety of the wide-open, well-lit pitch. Joining them in solidarity were a number of more friendly Krabi fans.

The situation was finally under control for a safe, mass-exodus of the stadium by about 10:30pm; the fans returning safely to Phuket by 1am.

For video images of the scene outside the stadium after the match click here.

For the full report, see the sports section in the paper, out this Friday.

Though earning a point, Phuket remain in 15th place of the 18-team league. The one point garnered by Krabi was enough to move the Andaman Eagles to third place, back into promotion zone.

Phuket now return home for a mid week match-up on Wednesday against 7th-placed Royal Navy.

Kick off for the match at Surakul Stadium will be at 6:30pm.

Krabi will next play an away fixture against league leaders Ratchaburi this Wednesday. Krabi won their home leg against Ratchaburi 1- 0 on June 13.

Other results this weekend:

Bangkok United 2 – 1 Suphanburi
Nakhon Ratchasima 2 – 0 Sri Racha
Royal Navy 2 – 0 Chanthaburi
PTT Rayong 1 – 0 Ratchaburi Mitrphol
Khon Kaen 2 – 2 Bangkok FC
JW Rangsit 1 – 1 Phatthalung FC
Gulf Saraburi 2 – 1 Rajpracha

— Steven Layne

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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PHOTOS: Phuket Hot News

The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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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.

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

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

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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