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OrBorJor reviews Rassada Port bids

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PHUKET TOWN: Companies bidding for a 30-year lease management on the Rassada Port made presentations to the Phuket Provincial Organization Administration (OrBorJor) on Friday. The companies that delivered presentations were Sri Fuengfah Co Ltd, Port and Marine Enterprise Co Ltd, and Seatran Travel Co Ltd. A fourth bidder, Thepkrasattri Petroleum Co Ltd, pulled out. The OrBorJor’s decision as to who will receive the lease will be based on two factors: the amount of the bid and, more importantly, the bidder’s management and development plan. Sri Fuengfah’s bid, presented by its managing director, Wanlert Kittitaragul, proposed the development of the port into a water transport hub, focusing on services to nearby destinations such as Phang Nga Bay, the Phi Phi Islands, Ao Nang and Koh Lanta. The company also proposes to build a marina, a boatyard, a pier for refueling small boats, and a tourist information center. Port and Marine Enterprise’s presentation was made by a team headed by the company’s director, Pattiya Chompuech. It proposes to remodel the port’s main building, installing a passenger lounge, a tourist information center, a Customs desk and an Immigration desk, an office for the Tourist Police and the Marine Police, and access to the Internet. The presentation also outlined a plan to improve the local infrastructure, the building of a waste water system, parking lots, an 80-room youth hostel and a marine complex with a boathouse and about 150 rooms for accommodation. Seatran Travel’s bid was presented by the company’s managing director, Tanan Tanphabul. During the presentation, K. Tanan pointed out that Seatran had 30-years’ experience in shipping and was the first company to operate a ferry line in Thailand. He also said that his company’s shipyard had received ISO 9002 recognition in October last year. The bid outlined a proposal to develop the area, including the construction of a marina with facilities such as shops, restaurants, access to the Internet, and automatic teller machines. Seatran Travel’s bid, at 251,000 baht a month in rent, was the highest. Sri Fuengfah offered 220,000 baht while Port and Marine bid 160,000 baht. Dr Prasit Koysiripong, president of the OrBorJor, told the Gazette that the decision on who has won the lease will be announced on May 25.



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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

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