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PHUKET: More than 150 people are expected to be on hand tomorrow at a Phuket medical tourism initiative on Australia’s Gold Coast. Among them will be Phuket’s internationally recognized cosmetic surgeon Dr Sanguan Kunaporn and director Peter Davidson of Phuket International Hospital, where Dr Sanguan performs his services.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports this morning that the duo will bring Phuket cosmetic surgery and dental services to the forefront as speakers at the launch of CosMediTours, a Gold Coast based company focused on medical tourism specifically to Phuket.

Also on hand at the event will be Gold Coast resident and personal trainer Anna Reesby who will be visiting Phuket soon for cosmetic surgery and dental work. The 26-year-old suffered a blow to the nose 10 years ago in a netball game and has since had respiratory problems.

By having the work done in Phuket, she says, the cost will be about one quarter of what she would need to pay in Australia, and she will have a holiday at the same time.

CosMediTours, run by Gold Coast business partners Christyna Kruczaj and Greg Lemon, takes groups from Queensland directly to Phuket where, Kruczaj says, there are “world-class medical facilities and patients recover in five-star resorts.”

“Australians, especially Queenslanders from the Gold and Sunshine coasts, are leading the drive for medical tourism in Thailand,” said Mr Davidson.

The Gold Coast/Phuket initiative takes place at The Sofitel Broadbeach, Queensland.

Economy holding up

Reuters
Thailand’s economic growth this year will be resilient despite the worst riots in modern Thai history and political uncertainties ahead, the government said as its battle-scarred capital re-opened for business yesterday.

The state planning agency said the 2010 growth forecast was being maintained at 3.5-4.5 percent.

The forecast would have been 1.5 percent higher if not for the two-month protest in central Bangkok that paralysed business, decimated the vital tourism industry, and depressed consumer spending, the agency said.

Thailand’s $264 billion economy grew 12 percent in the first quarter of 2010 from a year earlier, its best rate in 15 years, beating the consensus of 8.9 percent due to a surge in exports and a low base last year.

But the crisis has not been fully resolved and the red shirt protesters say they plan to resume their campaign for new elections next month.

Investors wait and see

Market Watch
In Thailand, where weeks of street protests in Bangkok against the government have just ended, investors are wary about the impact on the Thai economy.

Thai shares were 2.5% lower in late trading yesterday, shrugging off better-than-expected data on first-quarter gross domestic product as the market had its first opportunity to react to the culmination of violent political unrest seen last week, which forced the bourse to suspend trading activity.

“There’ll be consequent losses to follow. Investors are pricing in how much the damage would affect each listed company,” said Charoen Iamphattanatham, first vice president of KT Zmico Securities.”

No-confidence motion against PM

Earth Times
Thailand’s parliamentary opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the government yesterday for its suppression of the protests that left at least 85 dead.

The Puea Thai Party submitted the motion to Government House Speakers, who have seven days to study it.

The red shirts are an extension of the Puea Thai Party, whose de facto leader is fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Meanwhile, various shops in Bangkok’s Siam Square reopened yesterday, and Ratchaprasong and Rajadmari streets were open to traffic.

But hotels such as the Intercontinental and Hyatt Erawan were still closed to business, and the Zen Trade Centre, a target of the arsonists, will be closed for weeks.

The capital’s two mass transit systems resumed operations on Sunday.

Travel Mart postponed after all

TTRWeekly
In a sudden U-turn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced on Friday that it has “postponed” the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2010, scheduled for June 2-4, due to mass cancellations by hosted buyers. It has not, so far, announced replacement dates.

Up until last Friday, all the associations and the TAT had been insisting that the show would go on, despite company executives expressing their concerns that an impending military crackdown would make it difficult to attract buyers.

TAT directors met late last Friday when it became obvious that many of the 350 invited buyers would cancel.

It is not known how many Phuket companies had planned to particapate in the event.

— Gazette Editors

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Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight

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Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. But this year authorities are saying ‘only floating Krathongs thanks’. No polystyrene, no steel pins – keep it natural and plant-based please. This year Loy Krathong in Thailand co-incides with the annual Halloween celebrations on October 31.

Authorities are also urging people to choose, or make, their krathongs using natural materials only. The latest craze for “edible” krathongs is also causing problems. Read about that HERE.

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar so the exact date of the festival changes every year.

In Phuket, the Provincial Office says fireworks, fire crackers and sky lanterns are prohibited “for people’s safety” (but be assured there will still be a few sky lanterns seen flying off the islands beaches this evening).

 

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight | News by The Thaiger

Loy Krathong is celebrated at many of the island’s popular waterways and at many of the beaches. Many hotels also host their own celebrations for their tourist customers. Here are a few of the locations you will be able to launch your own Krathong or buy one on site and watch families and couples launching Krathongs.

Popular locations in Phuket include…

• Saphan Hin Park Lake, Phuket Town

• Suan Luang Park (off Naka Market Road)

• Bang Wad Dam, Kathu

• The recreation lake near Ket Ho Temple in Kathu (The Thaiger ‘local’)

• Tin Mine Museum Lake on the Kathu back road, near BIS International School

• Nai Harn Lake and Nai Harn Beach

• Bang Maruam near the Alan Cooke Cricket Ground in Thalang

• Laguna (the main lake just inside the entrance)

• Just about anywhere along Patong Beach

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight | News by The Thaiger

On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.

We would urge people to consider the environment if you’re making your own Krathong or try and select Krathongs that are made from natural products. Many of the ‘commercial’ Krathongs use polystyrene and pins that end up scattered along our waterways and provide a hazard on the island’s beaches when the Krathongs eventually wash ashore and disintegrate.

Same goes for the new fad of bread and “edible” krathongs. Officials say these can be dangerous for the fish and cause long term problems for water catchments.

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight | News by The Thaiger

If you’d like to make a krathong, here’s a very quick guide…

If you want the easy way out, you will find hundreds of stalls on the way or near any waterway around the island that is participating in the event. Try and pick ones that appear to be made from natural materials.

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket!

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Phuket tops travel destination list of cheapest hotel prices – Dertour 2020 Price Index

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PHOTO: Phuket Hotels Association

Phuket tops a list of the cheapest travel destinations with a 1 night stay at a hotel costing on average less than $30 USD, according to a study by the German travel company Dertour. Phuket is going through what some say is a “crisis”, certainly a current tourist vacuum. The island province largely relies on income from foreign tourists, but with travel bans over the last 7 months, hotels and other businesses in the tourism industry have been at a loss.

For domestic tourists, Phuket currently offers a serene, peaceful tropical stay where you’ll have a lot of the island to yourself. There are plenty of daily flights to the island, but all from domestic locations at this stage – the international terminal remains closed.

Along with being listed as hotels with the lowest price, Phuket also made the top 5 cities with the largest price drop from 2019 to 2020, according to Dertour’s 2020 Accommodation Price Index. The company studied hotel prices for 75 popular tourist destinations around the world. Bangkok was just above Phuket at the fourth city with the largest hotel price drop. Bangkok hotel prices dropped by 34.6% while Phuket’s hotel prices dropped by 33.8%.

Prices will continue to be low, CEO DER Touristik Central Europe Ingo Burmester says…

“Travel itself will be cheap in 2021… Although it has been a challenging period, we have seen a great deal of interest in domestic travel. We also predict a major catch-up effect for Mediterranean destinations, European trips and long-haul routes in 2021 as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.”

Phuket ranks as the destination with the cheapest accommodation prices at an average price of $29 USD, according to the list. Average prices for 3-star hotels are $26 USD and an average of $54 USD for 5-star hotels.

Bangkok followed, ranking fifth on the list of cities with the lowest hotel price at an average of $43 USD per night. 3-star hotels in Bangkok average at $30 per night and 5-star hotels average at $93 USD.

Top 5 destinations with the lowest price in accommodation

  1. Phuket: Average of $29 USD per night
  2. Delhi: Average of $34 USD per night
  3. Kuala Lumpur: Average of $36 USD per night
  4. Bali: Average of $36 USD per night
  5. Bangkok: Average of $43 USD per night

Top 5 destinations with the largest price drop in accommodation

  1. Amsterdam: Dropped by 51.6%
  2. San Francisco: Dropped by 39.2%
  3. Vancouver: Dropped by 37.1%
  4. Bangkok: Dropped by 34.6%
  5. Phuket: Dropped by 33.8%

To read Dertour’s full report, click HERE.

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Man arrested after allegedly slicing a man’s face with sickle

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A man was arrested on charges of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly sliced his friend’s face with a sickle, causing a gash about 25 centimetres long.

3 men, identified as Saeng, Ta and Rop, had been drinking at a shanty in Phuket’s Rassada district where Rop lived. An argument broke out over money. A bank transfer was apparently made, but no one received any money, according to Rop as he related the story to police.

The men didn’t come to an agreement and ended up going to bed. Ta stayed awake and slapped Saeng twice while he was falling asleep, Rop says. Saeng then got up, grabbed the sickle and swung the hooked blade across Ta’s cheek, Rop says.

Reports don’t go into detail about Ta’s condition, but photos of the scene by the Phuket News show a significant amount of blood on the concrete floor.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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