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No fatalities as Phuket tour bus overturns

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PHUKET: A tour bus carrying 17 Chinese tourists overturned last night after the driver allegedly lost control at the Tesco-Lotus “crossroads”, colliding with two other vehicles, and injuring seven people.

Phuket City Police Duty Officer Teerawat Amnartcharoenying said the accident occurred around 8:30pm.

At the scene, police found the overturned bus. Nearby was a sedan with a smashed front end and a banged-up pickup truck crashed into a concrete power pole.

Lt Teerawat told the Phuket Gazette that the driver of the bus was approaching the crossroads from the north and was unable to stop the vehicle in time to avoid hitting vehicles waiting at the intersection.

To avoid a collision, the driver attempted a split-second left turn onto Yaowarat Road. The bus’ speed, however, was too great as the bus went over the left-turn traffic island, collided with the pickup and sedan in the oncoming lane and overturned, police said.

The driver of the pickup, Wichai Leelaswattanakul, said that he was heading home to Thalang at the time of the accident.

He was on Yaowarat Road waiting to turn right onto the bypass road when the bus came over the traffic island, he said.

“The bus, traveling at such a high speed, couldn’t make the turn,” Mr Wichai said.

“It smashed into the side of my pickup and then head-on into the car behind me.

The force of the impact sent Mr Wichai’s pickup skidding across the road into the power pole, where it came to a rest, he said. He suffered an injury to his head in the collision.

Police were unable to locate the bus driver at the scene of the accident.

However, the guide leading the tour and Pramual Jitjaipakdee, of bus tour company Vista Holiday, today both confirmed that the driver is currently in hospital being treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

They will bring him to the police station after he is released, they said.

Mr Wichai told the police that immediately after the accident, the bus driver was helpful in removing passengers from the wreck.

Five of the Chinese tourists were injured, one with a broken arm and four others with cuts. None of the injuries were reported to be serious, said police.

The driver of the sedan, Bangkok Hospital Phuket Heart Center Assistant Manager Tinnarat Prabpracha sustained eye injuries from shards of glass from her car’s windshield.

Seven of the injured were taken for hospital treatment – some to Bangkok Hospital Phuket and others to Phuket International Hospital.

One bus passenger told the Phuket Gazette that the tour group had just returned to Phuket from Phang Nga province. He said they were on the way to their accommodation in Phuket Town at the time of the accident.

The “crossroads” has seen its fair share of fatal accidents, the most recent of which was in September last year when a 22-wheeled tractor-trailer rig allegedly ran a red light and crashed into two motorbikes, killing a young girl wearing a secondary school uniform.

Many will recall the accident at the crossroads in 2007 when a Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation pickup truck collided with a Toyota sedan while transporting victims from another traffic accident to Vachira Phuket hospital. One Kusoldharm rescue volunteer and a patient were killed in the crash.

— Yodsak Jarana

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Phuket university’s safe-sex campaign attracts 390 volunteers

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Yesterday, saw the return of Prince of Songkhla University’s Safe Sex Campaign. Now in its third year, some 390 PSU students turned up to support the campaign by making safe sex packs, which are then distributed free to bars in Patong. The safe sex packs include a condom and lubricant.

It was the biggest turn-out of students since this corporate social responsibility program began 3 years ago. It was supported by students from all over the world, including many students studying the University’s intercultural communications course. 

Carex, the company who very kindly donate the condoms, shipped 60,000 condoms to PSU for the big day yesterday. Students then worked together to put the condoms together with lubricant and information on HIV testing, into packs for distribution. In the past this activity has always been well attended but yesterday saw the highest number of students taking part.

A whopping 40,000 safe sex pack were completed with 2 hours as 6 rooms on the campus were taken over as the students kept turning up to be involved.

The organisers would like to thank the PSU students for helping promote safer sex on the island of Phuket. 

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New branding for the old town – tweaking Phuket’s Old Town

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PHOTO: Many renovated buildings and putting the crappy overhead cabling underground  is bringing the old town alive

Though Phuket remains among the world’s most popular tourist destinations, injecting some 477 billion baht to the Thai economy, with its “Pearl of the Andaman Sea” branding, its future status is being questioned due to competition from Indonesia and Vietnam.

In response, Phuket is making a move to focus on the city’s “Old Town” to attract more tourists, along with an “Endless Discovery” branding campaign to highlight the variety of local tourist options.

Don Limnantapisit, the president of the Phuket Old Town community, says most tourists have visited just about everywhere in Phuket but often bypass the Old Town.

Though the Old Town area has for 15 years encouraged tourist visits so that it wouldn’t disappear from Phuket’s map, only in the past two years has it seen much success in attracting tourists – thanks to the power of social media.

As well, CNN recently included Old Town on its list of Asia’s 13 most picturesque towns (it’s also in The Thaiger’s list of Asia’s Top 10 Prettiest towns).

Thailand’s Fine Arts Department and Phuket are working on a plan to register Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The new “Phuket Endless Discovery” branding aims to tease the curiosity of travellers, said the president of the Phuket Tourism Association, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam

Statistics show a significant growth in travellers for meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (MICE)  in Phuket. The figure for 2018 showed an increase to 2,216,230, up 168% from 2017, bringing in 19.5 billion baht.

SOURCE: The Nation – Pornpilin Julapan

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And the new Phuket mascot is ‘Nong Joong’

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The Phuket mascot has officially been announced and the winning mascot is ‘Nong Joong’ – a baby lobster created by Jin Sataponsathitsuk, who received 100,000 for his efforts.

The baby lobster mascot represents a naughty kid who loves eating, exploring, and loves learning new things. His goal is to discover Phuket through fun activities, delicious food and great experiences. His best friend, Umi, a baby sea urchin, keeps calling him Joong, instead of Goong (that means prawn in Thai).

The mascots are expected to be the representative and symbol for Phuket tourism and will welcome tourists from all around the world. The organisers laid out the concept of the mascot, saying that it had to be “outstanding, beautiful, charming, impressive and approachable”.

The event was organised by the BIC Event Group. Earlier when the contest opened, there were more than 200 pieces of art submitted from many provinces across Thailand.

Phuket’s Governor chaired the award ceremony and handed out the prizes to the winners. Apart from first prize winner, Nong Joong, the second prize went to ‘Nong Ang Lai’ created by Panatratha Sae-Eung – a 12 year old girl who has pineapple head. The pineapple represent the ‘lucky fruit’ and also Phuket signature fruit. Nong Ang Lai is a playful and friendly character and wears a Chinese red dress, considered a lucky colour in Chinese culture.

The second place winner received a 20,000 baht prize, who also won the popular vote prize by Phuket Tourism Association.

The winner of the competition received a Bangkok Airways round trip ticket for Bangkok – Phuket and 3 nights complimentary stay at Baba House Phuket. The third place winner was ‘Andaman Boy’ created by Thani Muannut, who received a 10,000 baht prize.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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