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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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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

If you are interested, or know someone who could fit the job, send an email to THAIGER EDITOR at info@thethaiger.com

 

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