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PHUKET: The Islanders maintained their 10th place standing in the 18-team Yamaha Division One football league thanks to a 1-1 home draw against Nakhon Ratchasima FC on Saturday evening.

The match, played under clear skies at Phuket FC’s Surakul Stadium, drew a crowd of about 2,500 fans, including dozens of Korat “Swat Cat” fans who travelled all the way from central Isarn for the fixture.

The Islanders took charge early on, putting the opponents’ travel-weary defense to the test on a number of nail-biting plays.

Phuket’s Korean starter, Seongwon Byeon, was carried off the pitch late in the first half following a collision with a Korat defender inside Phuket’s penalty box, leaving the Korean with a deep, stitch-requiring cut on his face.

Replacement Poramat Krongborisut came on the pitch to keep up the attack, though the scoreboard remained 0-0 going into half time.

It was the visitors who would open the scoring shortly after half-time when Brazilian import Rian Marques in the midfield directed a pass to Thawa Srithammanusarn, who was free on the left wing.

Thawa sent another beautiful pass to teammate Promphong Kransumrong, who had outrun his Phuket marker and drove deep toward the goal line before sending his shot to the far post, past the outstretched arm of the Phuket keeper and into the back of the net.

Phuket scored the equalizer 16 minutes later with a sublime goal from a beautifully-executed free-kick taken by newcomer Nontaphan Jiensathawong.

It was the third goal of the season for Nontaphan, who previously played for Thai Premier League powerhouse Muangthong United. Joining Phuket in the season’s second half, his precision free-kicks have been an important factor in helping the Islanders rise from the relegation zone to mid-table respectability.

With the score level again, both sides enjoyed some decent scoring chances throughout the remainder of the match.

To view the goals and other highlights, click here.

Phuket brought on two more foreigners from the bench in their effort to produce a winning goal, including Ivorian Kanoute and recently-signed Boas Chun.

In his debut at Surakul Stadium, the Korean played deep far wing and impressed the crowd with his smart and evasive through-passing, working well with Bolivian Roland Vargas and local Thawin Butsombat on several attacks.

Kanoute, known for his superior ball handling skills, was unable to find his tempo and despite four minutes of added time, neither side could gain the upper hand before the final whistle.

Following the match, Phuket Coach Narong Arjarayutt told the Phuket Gazette that he was satisfied with the result.

“We conceded that goal way too easily, but after that we worked real hard and had many chances to score. We were the underdogs, so the result is satisfactory.”

Korat’s Brazilian Head Coach, Reuther Moreira, was also satisfied, albeit with some regret.

“We had the chance to win, but unfortunately for us, Phuket equalized and we couldn’t get back on top. They played really well today, closing spaces and limiting our attacking options.”

“Now that this match is over, my team will finally have a decent opportunity to rest a full week before our next home match against Rajpracha. We’ve had a hectic schedule, with 10 games in the last month. Our players have had little time to rest and recover,” he added.

Also speaking to the Gazette Bolivian Roland “Pato” Vargas, who entered the fray for Phuket in the season’s second half, “We’re improving every match and learning to play with each other better. These kind of things take time. We are not only playing for ourselves and the team, but for our supporters as well,” he said.

The result sees Korat fall into 9th place – one spot ahead of Phuket.

Other Division 1 results over the weekend:

PTT Rayong 2 – 0 Bangkok FC
Royal Navy 2 – 1 JW Rangsit
Chanthaburi 2 – 3 Rajpracha FC
Airforce United 1 – 0 Khon Kaen FC
Gulf Saraburi 3 – 0 Sriracha Suzuki
Krabi 0 – 0 Songkhla
Ratchaburi 1 – 2 Bangkok Utd
Phatthalung FC 0 – 0 Suphanburi FC

Phuket’s next match is an away fixture against 8th placed Airforce United on Saturday at North Krungthep University in Bangkok. Kickoff is set for 4pm.

— Steven Layne

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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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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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