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Phuket FC president’s birthday wish granted with win over Nakhon Pathom

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PHUKET: The Islanders last night won their first match in the last 50 days – and first at home for 112 days – beating Yamaha League One (YL1) rivals, Nakhon Pathom United 2-0 on a waterlogged pitch at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town.

Marking the occasion, Phuket FC President Pamuke Achiriyachai at half time was presented flowers, a birthday cake and a framed picture of a famous temple, a gift from fans, but the real pinnacle of his delight came at the final whistle of the match.

Prior to last night, Phuket FC’s last league win was away to Rayong United on June 22, while the last time they claimed three points on home ground, was on April 21 to Khon Kaen.

The match’s 6:30pm kickoff followed an afternoon buildup of August Southern Thai downpours, which finally subsided about 20 minutes into play, leaving a dampened and slippery pitch throughout the first half.

Scoring from long range for Phuket was veteran Thai left-back, Tongchai Kuenkhunthod, whose shot – assisted by striker Luiz “Dudu” Purcino, who’d skillfully lured Nakhon Pathom’s keeper off his line before laying the ball off to Tongchai who’d evaded any markers – was deflected towards the far post and into the back of the net.

Tongchai was later named Man-of-the-Match.

Making a positive impression on fans in his first match in charge, Phuket’s Brazilian coach Stefano Rodrigues, or “Coach Teco” rested Dudu and Ludovick Takam, in the second half putting in Giorgio Tsimakuridze and Cristan Alex, who displayed smooth chemistry with Thai striker Sukree E-tae on the front line.

Coach Teco’s tactical deployments soon bore fruit when Alex was awarded a free kick, near the left touch line. Nakhon Pathom’s keeper didn’t have a chance from the missile of a kick, a legendary goal that sent Phuket players, coaching staff and two thousand-odd fans erupting into celebration.

The contingent of visiting red-shirted Wild Boars’ fans, numbering about 100, sat in silence.

After the match, Coach Teco told the Gazette that he was very satisfied with the performance of the team, but more importantly, the resulting three points.

“Although we are still 8 points shy of 3rd place, we will focus on recovery and try to do the same in the coming matches – play good football, and get the [winning] result.”

Coach Teco admitted that the road ahead will not be easy, considering the narrow time window.

“I didn’t have much time to train with the team [one week], and now we don’t have any training before and in between the next four matches in two weeks.

“The difficult thing will be to keep everyone motivated and on target, as it’s always difficult on the road, and we need to recover from playing and travelling”

Indeed, Phuket FC will have to pace themselves in the coming weeks, with a hectic away-away-home-away-home run.

The Islanders next take on the Royal Thai Navy football club at Sattahip Navy Stadium in Chonburi, this Wednesday with a 6pm kickoff.

Wasting no time, the Islanders travel up to the Northeast, to take on the Khon Kaen FC this coming Saturday, before returning home for their next match, against Airforce on Wednesday, July 21, then flying back to Bangkok for a Sunday, August 25 showdown with Singtharua Port Lions.

Phuket FC’s final August match is at home on Saturday, August 31 against Ayuthaya FC.

Other YL1 results from the weekend are as follows

Saturday

TTM 2-2 Air Force

Bangkok 2-1 Ayuthaya

Korat 3-0 Trat

Port Lions 4-1 Si Racha

PTT Rayong 1-1 Saraburi

Sunday

Krabi 0-0 Rayong Utd

Rayong FC 0-0 BBCU

Khon Kaen 2-2 Royal Navy

YL1 rankings and points after week 21/34

1. PTT Rayong 45

2. Airforce 44

3. Port Lions 40

4. Bangkok FC 39

5. Korat 32

6. Saraburi 32

7. Phuket 32

8. Trat 27

9. BBCU 27

10. Nakhon Pathom 26

11. Krabi 25

12. Khon Kaen 23

13. TTM 21

14. Ayuthaya 20

15. Si Racha 20

16. Thai Navy 19

17. Rayong FC 16

18. Rayong Utd 14

— Steven Layne

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Phuket police arrest meth dealer, discover drugs valued at 15 million baht

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Drugs valued at 15 million baht have been seized in a drug crackdown in Phuket. On October 22, Phuket police, along with Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat, reported to the media about a drug crackdown that ended up with a total seizure valued around 15 million baht.

Earlier, the police received a report from an undercover agent that a woman named ‘Ying’ or ‘Suthicha Thirawut’ was a local drug dealer trading drugs in Phuket area, so police planned to purchase drugs from the woman. They contacted Ying through another woman named ‘Noina’, Ying’s close friend. Around 10pm on October 20, police bought 1 gram of crystal methamphetamine from Noina before arresting Ying and another man, Thanet Thongtan, at the Naka Condominium.

The two confessed that they receive the drug from a man who they weren’t able to name, in order to sell in Phuket. They were paid 40,000 – 50,000 baht per time and admitted to police that they have done this for the man three times already. This time, the drugs hadn’t been sold to customers as they were arrested before being able to make a sale.

Apart from 2.4 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, valued around 4.8 million baht, the police also discovered 76,800 methamphetamine pills, worth around 11 million baht.

The three are now assisting Phuket police with their enquires related to the case.

SOURCE: Newshawk Phuket

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30 dolphins greet visitors to Similan Islands

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Tourists were treated to the sight of a school of dolphins in the Similan Islands off the Phang Nga coast on Sunday.

Tour organisers said that around 30 dolphins swam close to the boat six or seven miles offshore, creating excitement for passengers. It was the first time dolphins had been seen in the vicinity since October 15.

The Similan Islands National Park director said they were bottlenose dolphins and were among several species now returning to the area following a five-year closure of the park for environmental rehabilitation. Food is again plentiful there for them, he said.

Tourists are forbidden to feed wildlife lest the free handouts alter the animals’ natural behaviour, and the park’s waters are also very sensitive to contamination from human disease and marine debris, according to the director.

SOURCE: nationthailand.com

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Phuket hotels slashing the price of rooms

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by Sophie Deviller

Hotels on Thailand’s most popular holiday island are being forced to slash prices, with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as Thailand’s tourism chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht. Phuket was the most visited destination in the country last year, after Bangkok, and a good gauge of the state of its crucial travel industry.

Tourism accounts for 18% of Thailand’s gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up more than a quarter of total arrivals. But while 2.2 million people from the country visited in 2018, according to official figures, the numbers for January-September were down almost 20% year on year.

Claude de Crissey, the French Honorary Consul in Phuket and owner of about 40 rooms in the Patong Beach area, says Chinese tourists are usually present even during the current low season.

“That was not the case this year,” he said, adding he had to lower his prices by as much as 50%.

The problem is not only in Phuket, with hotels also struggling to fill rooms in the seaside resort of Pattaya on the mainland and on Koh Samui.

Trade tensions with the US have already made some Chinese reluctant to take holidays owing to uncertainty back home, while the Thai baht has risen about 10% against the yuan this year.

A boating disaster off Phuket’s coast that killed 47 Chinese holidaymakers in July 2018 also scared some off.

“We are worried,” said an industry insider, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic in a country where tourism provides tens of thousands of jobs. Adding to the headache is the fact that more than 3,000 new hotel rooms are being constructed on the island, raising the question of who will fill them.

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“In terms of business, it’s not good,” said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, vice-president of the association of hotels in Thailand and director of Vijitt Resort.

“Because … we have more hotels, more rooms to sell, we have more restaurants, more coffee shops.”

Still, tourism authority chairman Yuthasak Supasorn said he remained “optimistic.”

“We should reach our goal of 39.8 million foreign visitors.”

However, that is only up from 38.2 million in 2018, much less than the jump seen from the previous year’s total of 35.6 million.

Counting on India

Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market.

A rapid expansion of the middle class in India, increased direct flights and visa-free travel have prompted Thailand to revise forecasts upwards.

It now expects two million Indian tourists this year, after an increase of nearly 25% on-year in the first seven months. But for now, the lower arrivals is evident on the streets of Phuket.

“I’ve never seen anything as bad as what it is at the moment,” said Paul Scott from Australia, who said he has been coming to Thailand for 15 years.

He mainly blamed the stronger baht for the drop-off but also the fact that Thailand wasn’t the untouched vacation paradise it once was. “Now it’s not so new … and it’s not cheap,” he said.

SOURCE: AFP

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