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PHUKET: Phuket will be abuzz with activity tomorrow as kids celebrate Children’s Day across the island.

Free activities for children will be available at the following times and locations:

Patong

Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukhaban will open events at Loma Park at 8:30am. Activities involve games and performances, a bicycle giveaway and a scholarship handover ceremony for about 5,000 lucky recipients. Activities finish at 3pm.

Phuket FantaSea, Kamala

Children will be admitted free for a wide variety of activities at the Hunsa Village from 3pm to 5pm.

Activities include a white tiger show, a sea life exhibition at the Similan Entertainment Center plus fun fishing activities, and a mini-concert by Viva Bangkok. Mascots, mermaids and other exciting figures will be on hand as kids enjoy popcorn, sweets and soft drinks. There will also be gifts and prizes for lucky boys and girls.

For more information call 076-385000 ext 830-2.

Phuket Aquarium, Cape Panwa

There will be a wide variety of free activities including a “cave feeding” show, a sea clean-up rally competition, quiz contest and other fun games.

A free aquarium design and decoration exhibit, already on display, will last until the end of the month.

For more information call 076–391126 or 076-391041.

Srisoonthorn

Srisoonthorn Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) President Tanti Wirach will host fun activities in front of the Srisoonthorn OrBorTor offices from 8:30am to 3pm.

Fun activities will include raffles, balloon popping and coloring competitions. Children will be able to have their pictures taken with vintage cars, ride in all-terrain vehicles, sing karaoke and have their picture taken with President Tanti Wirach in his office.

For more information call 076-617803 or 076-272852.

Wichit

Wichit OrBorTor President Kreetar Saetan will be on hand to lead the exciting activities at the Wichit Municipality offices, where lots of prizes and gifts will be given away starting at 8:30am.

Fun activities will include coloring and painting competitions as well as a magic show. Many gifts and prizes will be given away all day.

Call 076-525100 for more information.

Kathu

Free activities will be held at Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus on Wichit Songkram Road. Children will also be admitted free-of-charge to the newly-opened Kathu Tin Mining Museumfrom 8:30am to 4:30pm. For more information call 076-321500.

Phuket Rajabhat University, Rassada

A full day of fun activities from 8am to 3pm.

Phuket City

Phuket City Municipality will host a number of fun activities at the Saphan Hin Sports Center, including special exhibitions from municipal schools, a remote-controlled model airplane demonstration and educational exhibits by government offices including the Land Transport Department that will focus on road safety.

Royal Thai Navy Base, Cape Panwa

From 8:30am to 3pm a number of exhibitions and events will be open to the public, as follows:

8:30am: Special exhibition and chance to board Royal Thai Navy ship Bangpakong as well as Navy helicopters, followed by a welcome ceremony for Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Commander and staged shows. Activities will include lucky draw prize giveaway, a kids’ quiz contest, weapons display and a model airplane exhibition.

Noon: Lunch.

1am: Weapons display

2pm: Emergency rescue demonstration by a Navy special operations unit.

2:30pm: Prize and gift giveaway.

3pm: Closing ceremony

For more information call 076-391826.

Mai Khao

Mai Khao OrBorTor will host fun activities all day behind the OrBorTor offices.

Laguna Phuket

Children are invited to attend the Children’s Day celebrations at the garden opposite Canal Village Shopping Center from 1pm to 4pm.

The event will include such activities as stage performances, games, and arts and crafts. This annual event aims to strengthen relations among the local communities and encourage a positive family interaction among event-goers. Resort guests are welcome to take part.

Bangkok Hospital Phuket

Activities from 9am to noon, featuring a traditional puppet show at 10am.

Jungceylon, Patong

Enjoy a special day of activities with a performance by Shelldon and his friends under the sea in Shell Land. Lots of fun activities and free gifts at the Port Zone at Jungceylon shopping complex. Registration begins at 10:30am and the fun kicks off at 11am. Four Shelldon Shows will take place, starting at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm. Closing ceremony begins at 5:30pm.

For more information call 076-600111.

Other activities

Free dental examination and fluoride treatments from 9am to noon at the Doctor Ou Dental Clinic, located near SengHo Bookstore in Phuket Town. Snacks and gifts for all. For more information call 076-210069 or 089-6527910.

Note: The above information is from a variety of Internet sources. The Gazette will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, changes or cancellations.

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

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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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SOURCE: Phuket News

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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

Maya Taylor

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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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