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Patong Mayor pushes for new road to Phuket’s Freedom Beach

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PHUKET: THE Patong Municipal Council has agreed to fund a study to look into building a new road to access Freedom Beach, crossing over public forest land in the area.

The road was among several proposals unanimously approved by the council during its budget meeting last week.

Patong Mayor Pian Keesin presided over the meeting, which was attended by 15 of the town’s 18 council members, more than enough to meet the quorum requirement of 14.

The council agreed to fund a study to upgrade the existing Ratprachanukrok Road, which heads north off Sirirat Road towards Patong’s southern headland before entering public forest land and turning into a dirt road.

The new road would connect with Muen Ngern Road near the Merlin Beach Resort. The cost of the study should not exceed 4 million baht, Mayor Pian said.

If the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is approved, the municipality will then move to find funding for the project, which would require the acquisition of over six rai (about one hectare) of protected forest land.

Upgrading the road would improve access from the south to Freedom Beach, Tri Trang Beach and Paradise Beach, which can currently only be accessed from the congested south end of Patong Beach via Muen Ngern Road.

It would also increase security for tourist and local residents by serving as a new evacuation route in the event of a tsunami or other natural disaster, Mayor Pian said.

Councilor Sahut Jarungklin, who voted to approve the study, said, “I am quite amazed at the pace of development that Patong has undergone, even reaching as far as Tri Trang Beach. However, we also have to consider related problems that will arise such as water and electricity supply as well as trash collection.”

Mayor Pian assured Councilor Sahut that all such issues would be addressed in due course if the project becomes a reality.

Another road project approved was the expansion of a 55-meter stretch of the narrow Nanai Soi 8, which runs along Klong Pak Lak connecting Nanai Road with Phang Muang Sai Kor Road, to eight meters wide. The budget approved was 2.5 million baht.

Although approving the proposal, councilman Prasert Patkor expressed concerns.

“If the road is expanded, taxis and tuk-tuks should not be allowed to obstruct traffic flow by parking in columns along both sides, like they already do in many other areas.

“If that is allowed to happen, it will further inconvenience motorists by narrowing the available road surface back down to what it was before, thus defeating the whole purpose,” he commented.

Mayor Pian assuaged his concerns by saying a meeting would be set up with “taxi businesses” to gain their co-operation, with local police responsible for enforcement of parking regulations.

Such a meeting should not be hard to arrange for Mr Pian, whose son Preechavude “Prab” Keesin is president of the Patong Taxi Federation and President of the Pisona Group of businesses that enjoys transport concessions throughout the town.

The end of term for the current council is June 26. New elections must take place within 45 days of that date.

— Atchaa Khamlo

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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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.

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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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