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Phuket family to climb Mt Kinabalu

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PHUKET: Two young sisters, nine-year-old Kasia Sambrook and her sister Alicia, 6, are in training to scale one of the largest mountains in the region next month in order to raise money for stray dogs.

The two girls have their eyes on the 4,095-meter peak of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, the fourth highest peak in the Malay Archipelago.

All of their efforts will be in the name of their favorite charity, the Soi Dog Foundation (SDF).

The girls lived in Bristol, England before moving to Phuket five years ago with their father, former UK soldier Frank Sambrook, and their mother Ania from Poland, currently a teacher at British International School.

They family decided to do the climb a while ago, since Borneo has always been a fascinating destination for Ania, who once worked in the mountains of southern Poland.

Kasia and Alicia have a history of helping out at SDF, so they decided to raise funds for the organization through their climb, which will come just one month before a planned relocation to Hong Kong in August.

Their involvement in SDF has included weekly trips to help walk adult dogs and cuddle pups.

They also adopted a dog from the foundation in October last year.

Preparations for the climb have been manifold, ranging from acquiring the correct gear and contacting a trustworthy guide to building up the girls’ stamina for the 2,200-meter ascent.

Sunday treks up the Nakkerd Hills, from Shanti Lodge all the way to the Big Buddha image, have been helpful in improving their muscular strength and endurance. They have also been wearing their hiking boots and testing out head torches and wet weather gear, sporting their SDF garments at every possible occasion.

Although the walk will take place inside Kinabalu National Park, the climb will certainly be no walk in the park for the two primary schoolers. The climb will likely take them two days, with an 8- to 10-hour climb on the first day to reach overnight accommodations 3,272 meters up the mountainside.

This part of the climb will likely be hot, since July is Borneo’s dry season and they will not have reached a high enough altitude to experience a considerable drop in temperature.

They will take regular breaks, but with father Frank reminding them they must make good time to reach the campsite before nightfall.

On day two the climb will start at 3am, allowing for them to top the summit for sunrise and leaving enough time for the entire descent. The pre-dawn leg promises to be the toughest part of the trek, with cold, windy and wet conditions.

Wet weather gear and head torches will be necessary, since both hands are required to hold onto a rope that will guide them through the darkness and up the steep path to the peak.

Kasia is mindful that “that is the scariest bit”, but is reminded that she will be with her mother and father, as well as about a hundred other tourist climbers and experienced porters.

The girls will have to brave temperatures of approximately four degrees Celsius whilst taking in the breathtaking views at the summit, before starting their descent.

For many, this is the hardest part of the climb due to exhaustion and muscular strain.

The girls are weary, but optimistic “we’ll be very tired, but when we get down, there will be hot springs.”

The family are maintaining a realistic and cautious attitude to their climb. Frank and Ania, who will be carrying the backpacks containing first aid kits, have carefully researched the possible dangers they may encounter.

“There are many variables. First of all, the girls ability to keep going, the weather, and altitude sickness which can affect anybody, regardless of fitness or age,” Mr Sambrook explained.

The Sambrook’s view their trip to Borneo as a family adventure and opportunity to raise money for a cause close to their heart. The parents will keep a watchful eye for any headaches, dizziness or stomach problems – all symptomatic of altitude sickness – and will stop the climb if the weather conditions make it too dangerous to continue.

“We may not get as high as we want to, but we will go for the highest we can,” said the former serviceman.

To help support the girls on their journey, visit the Soi Dog Foundation website (soidog.org) or email: [email protected]

— Alexandra Andersson



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Bus crash on Patong Hill takes out 12 other vehicles, passengers in bus shaken

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The tour bus accident on Patong yesterday afternoon, the third such incident in the same spot within 24 hours, has caused three injuries and with vehicles damaged as the bus careered down the hill, out of control. There were 10 tourists on the bus who were shaken by the incident but unharmed.

The Patong Police heard about the incident, adjacent to the Suwankeereewong Temple (Wat Patong) on Phra Baramee Road, the bottom of Patong Hill, just after 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived to find damaged vehicles including a tour bus, passenger vans, trucks, cars and pickups – a total of 12 vehicles.

The three injuries were a van driver and two motorbike drivers. They were taken to Patong and Vachira Phuket Hospitals.

The 27 year old bus driver Pantarit Kaewprawat told police that he was driving down the hill when other vehicles in front of him were braking suddenly. So he tried to avoid the collision with others vehicles in front of him by veering right into oncoming traffic.

Police are continuing their investigation and inspecting local CCTV footage and available dash cam footage (like the one below). In the footage, the bus is traveling, at speed, in the on-coming traffic lane, seemingly unable to stop.

PHUKET – VIDEOAnother angle of yesterday afternoon's collision at the bottom of Patong Hill showing the bus clearly had no brakes, or the driver was unable to use them.VIDEO: Aekkarin Piromrid / Sugusoil Oil / Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

VIDEO – Patong Hill accident adjacent to the temple at the bottom of Phra Baramee Road.VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger Radio on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

 

 

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Chalong Police tracking down a foreigner caught on camera carrying a sea star

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Chalong Police are trying to track down a foreign man caught on camera carrying a sea star along Chalong Pier.

Chalong Police are checking CCTV footage at the Chalong Pier to find the foreign man who was caught on camera carrying sea stars in a plastic bag along the pier on Tuesday.

Read more about the story HERE.

Khanchit Klingklip, who posted the story on his Facebook and a member of Healthy Reef Club, met with Chalong Police yesterday to give more information about the incident.

Chalong Police say they have to find the tourist in order to identify where he found the sea star as each area has different law enforcement. However the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office hasn’t filed a report to police as yet.

Khun Khanchit says, “We asked the tourist for the sea star so we could return it to the sea on the same day.”

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Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

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PHOTO: Thailand Tourism Forum 2019

One of the key points made at the recently concluded Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 in Bangkok, was the country’s over reliance on mass tourism.

Jesper Palmqvist of STR presented full year hotel data for Phuket which showed signs of recovery, yet highlighting the full impact of the drop in Chinese business after the July boat tragedy.

Citing the number’s co-organiser of the event C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett expressed concern that while airlift numbers remain positive, the massive impact of unlicensed accommodation on the Thai hotel sector was adding to the supply demand equation.

Bill said, “While many hotel owners are asking where have all the tourist arrivals gone, in many cases the answer is they are staying  in a condo or villa that does not have to comply with the same regulations that hotels are required to and this grey sector is adding to this year’s tourism challenges.”

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