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Phuket mini-crepe maker saved from sharks, gets gift of a lifetime

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PHUKET: A Phuket vendor who saw his only source of livelihood – a mini-crepe cart – go up in smoke was able to avoid going to loan sharks to replace it because of help from an unlikely source, a New Zealander who has been to the province only twice.

Prayoon Inpuang, 44, was preparing to sell mini-crepes in Phuket Town on February 13 when he smelt fuel and heard it leaking. Before he was able to control the leak, his stall burst into flames and was quickly incinerated (story here).

“My first thought when I saw it burned up was: I have no future anymore,” Mr Prayoon said.

That night, he thought of how else he could make money. He considered applying for a job somewhere, but soon abandoned the idea.

“No one would hire me, because I have only a primary education,” he said.

Mr Prayoon was in despair. There was no way for him to support his wife and two children, but his daughters, 14 and 16 years old, inspired him not to give up.

“I got strength from my daughters. That night, they gave me a hug and said, ‘Don’t give up Daddy,'” Mr Prayoon said.

Meanwhile, Delyse Gibson at home in Hamilton, New Zealand, had read Mr Prayoon’s story online and contacted the Phuket Gazette.

She offered to buy a new crepe stall for Mr Prayoon.

“I know the struggle of finding work and the difficulties of financial pressure,” the self-employed single mother said. “It made me feel extremely sad to hear that he had lost his livelihood and has a family to support,” she said.

“I have been fortunate that, over the years, lots of good things have happened for me and now, later in life, I am able to reciprocate.”

When the Gazette called Mr Prayoon to tell him about Ms Gibson’s offer, he wept.

“I can’t explain how touched I feel,” he said. “Even though we are from different countries, she is willing to help me. I want to thank her for paying attention to this poor and unimportant person.”

Ms Gibson explained that her motivation for helping Mr Prayoon also came from her special feelings for Phuket, having fallen in love with the island on her first visit last year. Within three days of being on island, she had decided to retire here. Within a month, she had bought an apartment in Kamala.

“The people are so lovely, the food amazing and the beaches great. Phuket, for me, is like coming home. It makes me really happy to be there,” she said.

The Gazette visited Mr Prayoon last Wednesday. He had already bought a new motorbike with a sidecar and was preparing to resume work that afternoon.

The second-hand setup cost 20,000 baht, he said.

“I was going to borrow the money from a loan shark, despite the high interest rate. I thought I had no choice,” he said.

“I have no words to express my appreciation, my heart is just full,” he said, eyes shining.

“I can’t speak English, but Ms Gibson is welcome to visit my shop anytime. I’ll make her the greatest kanum tokyo ever.”

Ms Gibson said that she plans to come to Phuket this month to claim her mini-crepe.

— Saran Mitrarat

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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