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New twist in expo center saga

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KATA: The saga over the site for the proposed Phuket International Conference and Exhibition Center (ICEC) took a new turn yesterday morning when Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Region 4 Director Suwalai Pinpradab said she planned to recommend both Saphan Hin and the Phuket International Night Bazaar (PINB) off Chao Fa West Rd to the government as possible sites for the project.

Her announcement came during a meeting yesterday at the Kata Beach Resort, organized by Phuket Chamber of Commerce President Pamuke Archariyachai.

K. Suwalai told the meeting she would make her recommendation to Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop when he visits Phuket on Friday this week.

Talks at the meeting revolved around funding and acquiring a suitable location for the ICEC, which is intended to serve as a landmark for Phuket

K. Suwalai said she would recommend the PINB site despite its distance from the sea. The PINB is being developed inside former Phuket City Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok’s massive Chao Fa City project.

“Even though the [PINB] will not have a sea view, there will be several other attractions there – including duty-free shopping and a large entertainment complex,” she said.

“PINB Managing Director Chintana Daengdej told me she was already in negotiations with investors interested in privately funding the ICEC and that the PINB would have sufficient funding to construct a 3,000-seat facility by next year,” she said, adding that the PINB was also still interested in developing the project with state funding.

During the discussion, K Pamuke stressed the importance of the center. Comparing the project with the majestic Sydney Opera House in Sydney, he said seaside locations such as Saphan Hin and the Deep Sea Port met this criterion.

Phuket Tourist Association President Pattanapong Aikwanich agreed that a site with a sea view was most appropriate, but expressed concern over the Saphan Hin site.

Reclaiming land from the sea and solving the resultant traffic congestion in the downtown area might prove prohibitively expensive, he said.

He also said that the government should drop its insistence on using land already held by the state and should instead be prepared to buy private sector land if necessary in order to acquire the best possible site.



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No injury as trailer truck loses control in Phuket Darasamut Underpass – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket / อาสา ของ ประชาชน

A trailer has skidded and lost control, and then collided with concrete barriers at the southern entrance to the Darasamut Underpass this morning. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Wichit Police were notified of the incident at 10am. Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the damaged trailer truck and smashed barriers. Both lanes inside the underpass were blocked until the truck and debris could be removed.

Police checked CCTV footage showing that the truck was heading down into the underpass. The truck lost control after starting to skid sideways and smashed through the median barriers.

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What to do in Phuket – A Unique Guide

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A modern Holiday Membership Club with its flagship office at the luxurious Patong Bay Hill Resort on Hasibpee Hill, Club Unique offers members an endless choice of possibilities as well as an almost limitless array of luxuries across a global platform. While a stay with Club Unique is exceptional in itself, the staff are eager to offer members & guests insight into local experiences in order to take full advantage of all that Phuket truly offers. 

Here, we offer up a Unique Guide on What To Do in Phuket. Whether it be a local temple or a famous landmark, we urge you to get out and explore some of our favorite spots when staying with us at Club Unique in Phuket. 

A Visit to Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town is an interesting journey back in time to Phuket’s heritage of tin mining, away from the fast-paced lifestyles of today. It is worth taking a wander around the Old Town to admire the stunning Sino-Portuguese shophouses and architecture. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Originally the first Chinese language school on the island, Phuket Thai Hua Museum is located on Krabi Road. It is one of the most-preserved of all of the original colonial-style buildings in all of Phuket Old Town. The museum consists of 13 rooms that feature exhibitions in both English and Thai languages. All of the displays are a walk through history and connect the dots between the Phuket and China relationship that started in the tin mining days.

Big Buddha

Without a doubt Phuket’s shining star, the Big Buddha is Phuket’s ongoing man-made attraction. Also known as Ming Mongkol Buddha, the statue is perched atop a 380 metre hilltop in the Nakkerd Hills between the Chalong and Kata neighborhoods. 

This structure was dedicated to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his 80th birthday. There is also a smaller Brass Buddha that is 12 metres high and constructed of 22 tonnes of brass, which is dedicated to HM Queen Sirikit. 

Big Buddha offers stunning 360 views over Phuket and is a must-see while visiting the island. 

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Karon Viewpoint

The winding coast road between Kata and Nai Harn has some lovely scenery. Just two kilometers along it from Kata is Karon Viewpoint. There is a small car park, a couple of shops and a pavilion from which to enjoy the view. 

If you climb the steps to the top of the pavilion, you have a wonderful view north across three of Phuket’s best beaches. 

The nearest beach you can see is Kata Noi,in the next bay is the sweeping Kata Beach. In the distance, you see the long stretch of Karon Beach, if you keep driving south on this road, you will pass Nai Harn Beach and then reach Promthep Cape. 

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Wat Chalong

Built at the beginning of the nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II, Wat Chalong is the most important of the 29 Buddhist temples in Phuket. The temple contains several structures and halls. One of the halls features a gilt-covered statue of the famous and revered Luang Poh Cham statues of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, all ex-abbots of the temple. The Grand Pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha’s life story and features various Buddha images. 

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is an elephant retirement home set on 30 acres of stunning forest bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in north east Phuket. 

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first elephant sanctuary on the island pioneering ethical elephant tourism. The sanctuary rescues sick, injured and old elephants who have spent their entire lives working long, exhausting hours in the logging or tourism industries. A visit offers a unique experience observing retired working elephants rehabilitate into forest life. To be in the presence of an elephant is simply breathtaking and a day at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary will leave you captivated by how incredible the largest land mammal on earth truly is. 

To learn more about unique things to do while holidaying in Phuket, visit Club Unique at our flagship office in Hasipbee Hill in Patong, just minutes away from fantastic Patong Beach.

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UPDATE: Suspects arrested over ambulance attack

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Phuket police today have arrested suspects who attacked and harassed an ambulance and the driver.

The suspects tried to stop the ambulance and were captured on video attacking the ambulance whilst chasing it along Phuket’s roads. Read more about the attackers HERE.

Police today have arrested two suspects following their attack on the ambulance and drivers this week after the issue was viral in social media today. The pair, and their motorcycle, were easy to identify.

Police are now questioning the two over the incident and will be pressing charges.

Local social media has been very vocal over the incident…

“A few nights in a cell… attacking emergency personnel is the lowest of the low.”

“Throw them in the prison for 10 years and let them grow up the hard way.”

“Punks, a lack of parental discipline, no respect. I personally think parents should be held responsible for their childrens’ actions.”

 

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