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PHUKET: Trends in property prices in Phuket have not been easy to discern since the end of the “boom” began to rear its ugly head toward the end of 2008. Since then, the absence of a meaningful volume of transactions, coupled with industry reluctance to comment on a ‘market’ which may not actually be one, has made the true state of affairs murky at best.

Potential buyers looking for enlightenment may find some in respected online real estate journal property-report.com.

Herewith, an extract from a June 16 entry:

“Awesome Villas has lowered the price of the ‘Villa Oom’ in Phuket from US$3.5 million to US$2.5 million. The villa, which overlooks the Andaman Sea above Surin Beach, has three bedrooms with panoramic ocean views and an office which can be converted to a fourth bedroom.

“[The] interior features local Asian stone and hardwoods, and a Western kitchen and dining room.

“In other Awesome news, the price for another property offered by Awesome Villas, ‘Satis House’, has been raised from US$3 million to US$ 4.5 million.

Located in Phang Nga province just north of Phuket, Satis House is a four-bedroom colonial style villa on a secluded stretch of Natai Beach.”

‘Oom’ down 29%; ‘Satis’ up 50%. Both on the same coastline and both in the high-end segment. Awesome news, and enlightening indeed in its confirmation that trends are a bit ‘unsettled’ at the moment.

Phuket Amateur Golf Open

The Open Press
Anyone who fancies a bit of sporting competition while they are staying in Phuket during July should check out the Phuket Amateur Open Golf tournament.

The event, scheduled for July 18 at Loch Palm Golf Club and sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, is part of a series of 11 monthly tournaments aimed at finding Phuket’s best amateur golfer.

There are144 places available for the July tournament, so anyone who is keen to show off their prowess from the tee should act quickly to guarantee a place.

For more information and bookings, click here.

Phuket Paresa Promotion
Asia Travel Tips
The Paresa Resort Phuket, perched on the cliff tops of Kamala, has launched a promotion to celebrate its official opening.

Until the end of August 2010, guests booking any Paresa pool suite or pool villa at the best available rate will also receive a selection of treats.

Stay a minimum of three consecutive night and Paresa will throw in a one-way airport transfer and guaranteed late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start 13,623 baht, plus applicable service and taxes, for the Talay Suite.

Thais selected for Nobel Laureate caucus

The Jakarta Post
Ten young researchers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will be participating at the 60th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany this year, according to the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat.

The researchers have been selected to attend the meeting from June 17 to July 2, 2010, the secretariat said in a statement.

The interdisciplinary meeting will bring together more than 650 young researchers from around the region and 61 Nobel prize winners in the fields of chemistry, physics, and medicine/physiology.

This is will be the second time that ASEAN is representated at the global scientific convention where great minds come to meet.

“Science and technology are critical instruments to help our region develop and increase its competitiveness,” ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said.

Travel Warnings to Thailand lifted
PR Inside

Friendly Planet Travel has resumed its tours to Thailand after the U.S. Department of State lifted its travel warning.

Two months ago, Friendly Planet cancelled all of its Thailand tours without any penalties to its customers when travel warnings were issued due to political demonstrations.

With demonstrations ceased, the U.S. and many other countries have lifted their travel warnings and the Thai people are welcoming back travelers to restore its tourism infrastructure.

“The U.S. Department of State has given us the OK to resume travel to Thailand as the political unrest has died down,” says Peggy Goldman, president of Friendly Planet Travel.

“We’ve also been working closely with our partners on the ground in Thailand to monitor the situation,” she said.

Cambodia bids for Beautiful Bays

Xinhuanet
Thailand’s neighbor Cambodia hopes to include its coastal areas in the ‘Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World’ next year in order to attract more tourists to the country’s coastal areas, local media reported on Monday.

Last month, Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon submitted an application to join the Club during the organization’s 6th world congress in Halong Bay, Vietnam. The document extols the virtues of Cambodia’s 450 km coastal areas, stretching along the foreshores of Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep.

Thong Khon said, “When [we] gain [Club] status, it would help to attract more tourists to the areas, which have the potential to develop the nation’s economy.”

— Gazette Editors

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Phuket’s annual Vegetarian Festival lowers flags, spirits return to the heavens

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PHOTO: Marina Krasnopolska

WARNING! Content below contains photos of self-mutilation that some may find disturbing.

The flags on Go Teng poles were lowered on Monday, ending Phuket’s annual Vegetarian Festival and symbolising that the spirits have returned the heavens. The flags are raised at the start of the festivities each year at participating shrines, calling on the spirits to descend from the heavens.

This year, 2 men were electrocuted while taking down the festival flags. A steel pole with the flag touched a power pole, electrocuting and burning the workers as they were trying to lower the flags. They were taken to the hospital.

During the festival’s street processions and ceremonies so-called “mah songs” channel the descended spirits. They enter a trance-like state and many practice self-mutilation to channel the spirits. “Mah” means horse in Thai, and some say the mah song acts as a horse for the spirit to ride.

Some mah song pierce their cheeks and other parts of their body with steel spikes and sometimes swords or other bizarre choices (we’ve seen petrol pumps, javelins, samurai swords and kitchen utensils). During the street procession, they walk for hours with the self-inflicted piercings, seemingly posessed by ‘spirits’ and muttering all sort of strange chants, verging on mild cases of Tourette syndrome. A team of devotees for each mah song wipe away blood and keep the wounds clean. Some mah songs even slice their tongue for the street procession. Blood drips on their chest and the ground. Waiting bystanders line the streets hoping for the blessing of a passing mah song. Some mah songs carry a black flag.

The event is an annual spiritual ‘cleansing’ for those in watching the processions. Onlookers lining the street bow their heads and place their hands in the “wai” position as the mah song waves flags and banners over their heads. Businesses along the procession route often set up an altar outside their shop and mah songs stop at each one to do a short ritual.

The Phuket government gave the festival organisers the “okay” to hold this years event with hopes that it would increase domestic tourism and generate much-needed revenue after the Thai government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic crippled Phuket’s tourist economy. Before this year’s festival, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana asked that the mah songs “limit the level of torturing.” He also called for a limit on the number of people at ceremonies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

His calls were largely ignored.

The spirits will again return in 2021 to Phuket again cleanse the island’s large Thai-Chinese community.

Photos of the 2020 Vegetarian Festival by Marina Krasnopolska.

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Phuket told to prepare “response plan” in case of second Covid-19 outbreak

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As Phuket awaits foreign tourists, city officials are told to prepare a “response plan” in case of a second wave of Covid-19. An official from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a workshop in Phuket today to discuss the risk of another outbreak as the country opens up to those on the Special Tourist Visa.

The ministry’s permanent secretary Chote Trachu says now that the country is allowing tourists (who are required to quarantine upon arrival) an infection “may somehow slip through.” He says a response plan needs to be in place in case this happens, adding that there should be corporation from the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Defense.

“If any tourists are found to be infected, the disease must not be allowed to spread among the people. There should be no panic, and public health officers will investigate the case. Tourist Police will track down the suspected person in an investigation with the Ministry of Public Health.”

Chote says all provinces – not just Phuket – should have a response plan. Although tourists must go through a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival, Chote says there are some cases where the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days.

“There are a variety of cases. Sometimes, the infection does not show after 14 days, or even 15 or 16 days. Each situation is different.”

Recently, a woman in Koh Samui tested positive for the coronavirus 5 days after she was released from a Samut Prakan quarantine facility. Traces of the virus were found on gym equipment the woman used at the quarantine, leading health officials to suspect she was infected before arriving to the island.

“We urge Thai people to not let their guard down. Everyone must wear masks, wash their hands and take care of personal hygiene. This will help prevent them from contracting the disease.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Approval sought for multi-billion-baht Phuket medical hub

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Mai Khao beach in north Phuket - PHOTO: www.makemytrip.com

Industry officials are seeking the go-ahead for a project to transform over 140 rai of government land in Phuket into a world-leading medical hub. The project is budgeted at 3 – 4 billion baht, depending on which report you read. Kitkong Tantijaraswarodom, from the Federation of Thai Industries, believes the development of a medical and wellness hub in the sub-district of Mai Khao, north Phuket, will help revive the southern island’s battered economy. Phuket has become increasingly reliant on a steady flow of tourists over the past 2 decades.

The southern division of the FTI covers Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Ranong, Satun, Chumphon, and Songkhla.

“The FTI will ask the government to green-light the project during the scheduled mobile cabinet meeting on the island on November 3.”

Kitkong says businesspeople in the south are anxious for the government to approve the project, which will provide both locals and foreign medical tourists with state-of-the-art medical care. The facility is expected to include long-term care, hospice and rehabilitation services, in addition to a dental hospital, sports therapy centre, and a medical training school for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists.

The chair of the FTI’s southern chapter is also calling on officials to provide small and medium-sized businesses with additional support, in the form of access to loans, in order to deal with cash shortages.

“In the short term, the FTI wants the government to help SMEs, especially those in the tourism sector.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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