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Phuket coast under threat: park chief

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PHUKET: Sirinath Marine National Park is under siege, the park’s chief warned this week.

Leatherback turtles recently returned to Sirinath’s Mai Khao Beach to lay their eggs after an absence of years.

Despite this unexpected good news, park director Nonthawit Chaturabandit is warning that unless something is done about encroachment and coastal erosion, there may not be much left of Mai Khao and Nai Yang beaches in just a few years’ time.

The 56,000-rai park includes both beaches, as well as the hilly, forested region south of Nai Yang and 43,000 rai of protected water and offshore seabed.

Mr Nonthawit said 260 people have encroached upon more than a fifth of the 13,000 rai of the park land.

Many are farmers who are trying to prove they occupied the land before its establishment as a national park. If they fail to prove this in court, the park would reclaim their landholdings, Mr Nonthawit said.

Intruders recently encroached on an additional 3 rai of park land. After the authorities noticed that buildings had been erected on park land, they destroyed the structures. Thus far nobody has admitted responsibility for the encroachment, he said.

Ton Son‘ pine trees found along both Mai Khao and Nai Yang beaches were also under threat, he said.

A police investigation is currently underway over the mysterious felling of eight of the trees at Mai Khao late last year near the West Sands hotel and condominium project.

Natural forces are also damaging the park as wind is eroding exposed land on which the pine trees stand. Three or four of the trees have already fallen for this reason and coastal erosion is threatening another. Park officials are currently in talks with local village leaders over building a breakwater to help protect the coastline, he said.

The park chief said he hoped Prince of Songkla University researchers could help determine the best shape and length for the breakwater and come up with a cost estimate.

“If we do nothing, erosion will destroy the coastline,” he said.



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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

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