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PHUKET: With the Thailand futsal season rapidly winding down, Phuket United maintained their good run of form, winning their third match in a row by defeating Southern rivals, Surat Thani 4-2 in a tense yet thrilling match on Saturday night in Phuket Town.

Played at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex, the game was Phuket’s 26th and Surat Thani’s 25th match of the 30-fixture GMM Sport Thailand Futsal Premier League (TFPL) 2012-2013 season.

In their first meeting back in December in Surat Thani, Phuket were pounded by a score of 6-1.

That match was the first in which Brazilian Jardel had played for Phuket United and the skillful winger was looking to avoid a similar result this time around.

Anticipating the rematch, a large contingent of orange and blue shirted “Lightning Shrimp” fans from Surat Thani were hoping for a repeat of the first result, setting up their cheer base behind the east-end goal, defended by the visitors in the first half.

However, a Phuket defensive blunder – resulting in an own goal early in match – drove the Lighting Shrimp cheer squad into an electrical frenzy.

Phuket got it together at the start of the second half when Jardel quickly found the equalizer. Minutes later, the Andaman Pearl’s leading scorer, Jackson Santos seized the lead with a brilliant goal, his 28th of the season.

Santos is the third top scorer in the TFPL, behind Si Saket’s Romualdo Namorato (35) and Navy’s Jessada Chudet (32).

With tension of the Southern showdown intensifying with every foul whistle, a composed yet cunning Jardel extended Phuket’s lead in the 32nd minute with his second goal of the match.

Pushing on with a power play attacking formation – leaving their goal undefended – Surat Thani finally found the back of the net moments later through Wiwat Thaicharoen.

However, a tight Phuket defense were quick to exploit Surat Thani’s vulnerable defenses a moment later, with Nattapong Buachai doubling his side’s lead on a counter attack.

Despite back-and-forth play, the final score of 4-2 was sealed by the officials final whistle.

Phuket moved into 9th place with 39 points from 13 wins, the same amount of losses and a goal difference of five. Surat Thani fell to 6th place with 43 points from 13 wins, four draws and eight losses (GD: +20)

Speaking to the Gazette after the match, Vic Hermans, head coach of the Thailand national futsal squad, said he and his wife had enjoyed watching the match.

“The high energy of Thai futsal fans is wonderful. They’re all so into the game and you can really feel the tension between the two rivals during the game. Yet at the end, everyone is friendly and paying tribute to each other.”

“Thai futsal is really coming strong. You can see the difference between the Brazilian style of play and that of the Thais, who are really eager to play strong and fast early on.

“Jardel, Santos and Marcos clearly knew how to keep composed and take control of the game, and that’s the most important aspect of futsal – control, that is to not let your emotions control the match…”

Phuket United have two more matches at home this season, both of them this week.

The next match is this Wednesday evening, against 13th placed Prachin FC, which will be followed by a match on Saturday, March 9, against 14th placed Samut Prakarn.

Both matches will be played at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex with 7pm kickoffs.

Admission is 100 baht for adults, while students with ID and children under 150 centimeters get in for free.

Jackson Santos told the Gazette after the match, “It is really important that we win these last two home matches so we can make our season goal of finishing in the top 5 of the league.

“If we can win at home first, and then concentrate on our last two away matches against Bangkok [March 13 ] and Highways Department [late March, TBA]”

Other TFPL Results over the weekend

CAT FC 3 – 1 Bangkok FC

Leo Bang Seu 5 – 0 Highways Department

Lampang Utd 3 – 1 Prachin FC

Chonburi 4 – 1 Si Saket

Samu Sakhon 3 – 6 Samut Songkhram

Navy 6 – 6 Samut Prakarn

Nonthaburi 3 – 5 Thai Port

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UPDATE: Confusion over Covid-19 tests for visa extensions

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UPDATE: Khaosod English removed a story on Covid-19 tests for those seeking visa extensions and replaced it with the article “Immigration backtracks on plan to require Covid-19 test for visa extensions.” They say the previous report sparked uproar among expats and immigration police spokesperson has since apologised for the misunderstanding.

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Confusion reigns today over whether Covid-19 tests will be required for visa extensions. While The Phuket News spoke with an immigration official who said “no… you don’t need a Covid-19 test to extend your visa or apply for a work permit”, Khaosod English wrote an article headlined “Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all visa extension”.

The Thaiger also contacted a respected visa agent who said Covid-19 tests are, indeed, now required for applying for both visa extensions and work permits, even renewals.

The Thai Immigration Bureau has not made any official announcement regarding Covid-19 tests. Talk about Covid-19 tests for foreigners was brought up after a rule was published in the Royal Gazette last month, officially adding Covid-19 to a list of dangerous diseases, prohibiting those infected with any of the listed illnesses from entering the country.

Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand. On the other hand, Phuket immigration deputy chief Nareuwat Putthawiro told The Phuket News that Covid-19 tests will not be required for visa extensions or work permit applications.

“We do not require any medical documents for an application to renew a visa, because there are few foreigners’ movements outside Phuket. Most of them live and work in Phuket, and have done so before the new wave of Covid-19… So they do not have to worry about it. Everything is still the same.”

Medical exams are currently already required for most work permit applicants (including tests for Syphilis and Elephantiasis). A visa agent told The Thaiger that Covid-19 tests have been added to the medical examination requirements for work permit applicants. But, on the other hand, Phuket immigration says they DO NOT require Covid-19 tests for work permit applicants.

“We have not received any notices about Covid-19 requirements for processing applications to renew visas. If we do receive any such orders, we will let the public know.”

It isn’t the first time there has been conflicting statements coming out of different officials, in different immigration offices on different days.

SOURCES: Phuket News| Khaosod English

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Visitors to Phuket from “highest risk” areas must show Covid-19 test results

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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The road less travelled – trekking to the Kalim Viewpoint

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There are two well known ways to get from Kathu to Kalim or Kamala – one is across the Patong Hill, and the other is much longer, through Srisoonthorn and along the coastal road from Surin the Kamala (very scenic too).

But there’s also another way. Also very scenic but will take you about 2 hours through dense forest although there is a well-worn walking track. The track will take you from Kathu up to the Kalim Viewpoint. From here you can head back to Kathu along a different path, or down into Kalim, near Patong.

Starting about halfway down Soi Namtok in Kathu, you head up a nondescript road past the Flying Hanuman zipline attraction, although there’s no sign at the entrance to the soi (below). About the first kilometre is paved but then becomes increasingly ‘agricultural’ as you get higher into the hills, heading towards the Kalim Viewpoint. There’s also a small temple on the way up.

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PHOTO: The start of the trek, a small soi off Soi Namtok – Google Maps

It will take around 2 hours to trek up to the Kalim Viewpoint. The walking is quite strenuous and you’ll need to be wearing the right shoes and take plenty of water – there’s no 7/11s on the way! As you get nearer the top, to the viewpoint, the track becomes less drivable although the track is still quite open and easy to follow. If you’re feeling a bit lazy you can take a motorbike about halfway up the road until you’ll need to proceed on foot from there.

From the Kalim Viewpoint you can see across Kalim to Patong Bay and the land that stretches along the bay south of Patong Beach. From the top you can either make your way down to Kalim or another exit along the Kalim-Kamala Road, just near the Iguana Beach Club.

You can also head back another way to Kathu, a longer return track that skirts around the top of the Kathu Waterfall. A lot of that track gets very narrow and parts of it are up and down the hills, some of it very steep.

The views are amazing and you get to see a vast swathe of Phuket, still very close to popular locations like Patong, Kamala and Kathu, but untouched by any civilisation.

You’ll need to be in reasonable health to take on the trip but, just to go up to the Kalim Viewpoint and back, or down into Kalim, should take around 5 hours in total. On a scale of 1 – 5 for difficulty, we’d rate it a 3. An easy trek for experienced people but will need a bit of planning if you’re not an experienced trekker.

Even on a hazy day, as it was today, the views were amazing. But best to start off early morning when the weather is cooler. Well worth the time for the views and the opportunity to see more of Phuket, away from the bars and beaches.

Thanks to BT for the pics and information.

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