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Team Phuket to sail in China

PHUKET: The Nation reports that ‘Team Phuket King’s Cup Regatta’ has entered the China Cup International Regatta, to take place in Daya Bay, Shenzhen, China from October 29 to November 1.

Team Phuket is made up of former national representatives and sailors with experience in the SEA Games. Skippered by King’s Cup Regatta President Kevin Whitcraft, the crew includes Biranubongse and Koravic Bhanubandh Na Ayudhaya; Nicky, Tom and Malee Whitcraft; Viroj and Kawin Nualkhair; and Dave Littlejohn.

The Phuket team sails regularly at regattas in Thailand and has had notable successes at the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

Last year, they trained on the GP42 AA, and took ninth place in AA‘s first outing at the Phuket King’s Cup in December.

In their second competitive outing, AA took fifth in the IRC 1 class at the ‘Top of the Gulf’ Regatta.

The Nation, along with the Phuket Gazette and PGTV, are media sponsors of the annual Phuket King’s Cup Regattas.

Another Phuket air lift

E Global Travel News
AirAsia is offering flights from Australia to Kuala Lumpur from as low as A$149 one way; and 20% off fares to some of the hottest spots in Asia, including Phuket.

The airline’s ‘Red Spot Sale’ runs until September 13, with the travel period from Australia to Kuala Lumpur running from September 14 to November 15, 2010.

The travel period from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket is ‘open’.

One-way economy fares to Kuala Lumpur from the Gold Coast and from Perth start at just A$149. Fares from Melbourne start at A$199.

Red Spot fares from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket start at just A$41 (approx 1,140 baht).

For bookings or further information visit AirAsia.Com.

Chiangmai echoes Phuket air hub

Bangkok Post
Thai AirAsia will make Chiangmai its third hub, after Phuket and Suvarnabhumi airports, as the no-frills carrier creates an additional sub-network to complement its expanding coverage.

The Chiang Mai hub, through which the airline will operate direct links with other destinations in Thailand and overseas, is due to be up and running in January.

The airline, part of Asia’s largest low-cost carrier group, will inaugurate its northern hub with three routes, from Chiang Mai to Hat Yai, Bangkok and Singapore, all with daily frequencies.

Thai AirAsia chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld says the new services directly out of Chiangmai will help the carrier to build traffic, especially in the leisure sector.

“By offering non-stop flights between Chiang Mai and other destinations, we’ll encourage more people to fly more conveniently, with less time, cost and hassles [than those involving flight connections],” he says.

Sheraton Phuket on top

E Travel Blackboard
The Sheraton Grande Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort in Phuket, has been named in the “Top 25 Conference Hotels” in the 2010 Smart Travel Asia ‘Best in Travel Poll’ for the fourth consecutive year, and is the only Phuket resort to make the Top Ten in this annual list.

“It is an honour for Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket to be recognized as the top Phuket resort in the prestigious ‘Top 25 Conference Hotels’ travel poll, and an even greater accomplishment to have made the list for the fourth year running,” said Klaus Christandl, General Manager of the resort.

“This impressive accolade is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the resort team in positioning the Sheraton as one of the leading conference and incentive resorts in Phuket,” he added.

Wanted: Reliable Police

The Nation
The new national police chief, General Wichean Potephosree, issued a four-point policy statement yesterday in his inauguration ceremony at the Royal Thai Police compound.
“The monarchy shall be protected and honoured to the full, and not violated by anyone,” he said, adding that this policy took immediate effect.

The second policy, to be set in train over the next six months, was to boost police performance so the force was “fully reliable” to the public.

“Police officers will be friendly and polite to people seeking help,” he said. Interpersonal relationships between superiors and subordinates will be enhanced, with social activities held at police stations at least once a month.

The third policy, with a one-year implementation period, was suppressing crime to a level at which people’s lives would be little affected by crime, with public participation in crime-busting operations encouraged.

The fourth policy, that would take up to three years to achieve, was a major overhaul of the Royal Thai Police to “go forward in the right direction,” with police methods and budgeting included in new strategies and revised handbooks.

Housing, welfare and other benefits would also be improved, he said.

Other key issues to be tackled were nepotism, interference by outside factors, and narcotics, a problem he said was rampant.

Corrupt police would be the first to be arrested if found to be involved, he warned.

Another Airport Scandal

TTR Weekly
Following allegations of irregularities in a scheme to lease out Suvarnabhumi’s long term parking lot, the board of directors of Airports of Thailand yesterday ordered the removal of its president and airport director from an important revenue committee.

AOT President Serirat Prasutanond and Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Niran Thiranartsin were both removed from the revenue committee.

Mr Niran was also transferred to Don Mueang Airport as its director, effective 1 October, while Don Mueang Director Aniroot Thanomkulaboot will replace Niran at Suvarnabhumi.

The AOT board also ordered a halt to the revenue committee’s decision to lease the 62,380 sqm parking lot at Suvarnabhumi to Pangrum Retail, claiming the committee overstepped the authority given it by the board. The 15-year lease was to have started in December this year.

AOT Chairman Piyapan Champasut conceded that the problem may have arisen due to misinterpretation of the authority the board had given, but noted that the board had lost trust in the committee.

THA caught in language riddle

TTR Weekly
Nearly all the presentations at the Thai Hotels Association’s (THA’s) up-coming 12th Thailand Hospitality Industry Congress will be in Thai language without any translation service.

Ironically, the event, which takes place 15-16 September at Siam Paragon in Bangkok, is being promoted to both local and expatriate travel and hotel executives. But of the many presentations, only four, on 16 September, will be in English without

— Gazette Editors



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How to be charged 2,600 baht for having a flat battery in the Jungceylon car park

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A rant…

Started off with trying to exit the Jungceylon carpark in Patong, Phuket, late on a Sunday night. After watching a film in their tawdry cinemas, I was assured by ticket sales staff that I should present my ticket stub with the car park card for free exit.

Getting to the exit gate and I was told I had to go to an ‘elevator’ to get my ticket stamped. As there were already three other cars behind me (it was around 9.30pm at this stage), it caused quite a kerfuffle and tempers (mine included) were starting to fray.

The poor woman at the exit booth (whose key work skill must be ‘patience’), kept yelling ‘elevator, elevator’, doing little to inform us what we were actually meant to do. (I wanted to leave a car park, not go on an elevator?!?).

Anyway, minor ‘misunderstanding’ sorted out soon enough, and returned to my car to exit the car park (about 10 minutes later).

A Russian man had had his own adventures with the Jungceylon car park the night before. Firstly he was stuck there on the Saturday night with a flat battery in his white sedan. As it was very late, and wanting to get home, he left the car in the space and took a taxi.

As I was sorting out my own car park ‘misunderstanding’, other car park staff assisted him with his flat battery by jump starting his car. The assisting staff were given a gratuity, I don’t know how much.

But on reaching the exit gate he was told he had to pay 1,800 baht. (Presumably for around 24 hours of car parking).

With his fist full of receipts, around 3,300 baht worth, he was also told ‘elevator, elevator’. He got out of his car, there were another three cars backed up behind him at this stage, and went to find the ‘elevator’. Upon returning he was now told he had to pay 2,600 baht! How the amount had magically inflated to 2,600 baht remains a mystery but the cark park ‘gatekeeper’ was not to be messed with.

By this stage about eight young Thai gentlemen, with name tags, keys hanging from their belts and hand-held radios, had turned up to ‘assist’ in addressing my complaints and ensuring that the Russian man was not able to leave the car park before paying the 2,600 baht. The only common language among the Russians and the Thais in the situation was English and it was not going well.

Google Translate was getting a fine workout but wasn’t really helping.

During the extended ‘negotiations’ the cars behind were detoured around and allowed free exit.

Given the man’s travails in having a flat battery, having to come back to the steamy car park late on a Sunday night, the cars piling up behind him and the loss of face for just about everyone at this stage, the ‘smart’, good PR thing to do would have been to thank him for spending 3,300 baht at their expensive shopping centre, lifted the boom gate and waved him on his way.

But no, these young Thai car park staff wanted their pound of flesh and there was no way in the world that barrier was going to be lifted until the man had paid every baht he ‘owed’. Three police turned up to try and sort things out but all departed in exasperation, knowing the car park staff were being pig-headed but unable to intervene because they would have caused their fellow Thais a loss of face.

At this stage the Thai car park staff were already starting to utter things under their breath and spitting out ‘farang’ in their deliberations.

During the entire two hour drama many other cars had the same issue of not understanding that they needed to report to the bottom of one of the ‘elevators’ to have their receipts stamped. There didn’t appear to be any signage or understanding of the procedure (until, of course, you go through this rather drawn out lesson in Jungceylon car park procedure). There was a sign outside the elusive ‘elevator’ but given there are seven other exits from the car park you’re unlikely to see them.

Apart from Jungceylon losing the patronage of at least two, or more, customers over their overly-officious and unprofessional behaviour, the system will surely remain unfixed waiting for the next stupid ‘farang’ to stroll innocently into the underground farrago.

The only bright light in the dingy car park fiasco was the pleasant young gentlemen sitting at the ‘elevator’ with his stamps and gracious smile, wearing full eye make up and blissfully unaware of the surly car park Nazis. He profusely apologised but I am fairly sure he was none-the-wiser about my lengthy explanation of the situation.

Give the man a pay rise!

For Jungceylon, I would urge better signage, in a few languages (it IS a tourist town), to inform us about their rather opaque car park procedures.

I did ask for a statement to include in this story from some of the ‘people with hand radios’ or a comment from the Manager. But there was none forthcoming. Our forum remains wide open for a response from management.

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Phuket’s lifeguards say goodbye to a champion of local beach safety

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PHOTOS: Phuket Lifeguard Service

A commemoration ceremony has been held for Prathaiyuth Chuayuan, a local Phuketian who helped drive Phuket’s first beach lifeguard services. He passed away on Friday morning after a heart attack.

He first experienced chest pains whilst delivering his daughter to school in Phuket Town on Friday morning, drove himself immediately to the Vachira Hospital nearby but succumbed to cardiac arrest around 9am.

He was 57 years old.

He worked with Australian lifesavers to help train local lifeguards and improve the skills of the Phuket’s beach enthusiasts, and finally sought international accreditation for the growing body of competent Phuket lifeguards.

The Phuket Lifeguards Service, founded and run by Prathaiyuth and his wife Witanya, saved innumerable lives each year whilst battling Provincial Hall and local government for increased funding in annual contract negotiations.

Daren Jenner, a FOT (Friend of The Thaiger) and local safety officer for the International Surf Lifesaving Association, sent a message to us expressing his deepest condolences to Prathaiyuth’s wife, family and friends.

“I had many good conversations with him over the years. He was a good-hearted man who did his best in difficult and changing circumstances. A very big loss for Phuket and the lifesaving community here. ISLA sends our deepest respect for his long commitment to ocean safety in SE Asia.”

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Phuket villager braves the surf to rescue tangled turtle

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A local villager in Phuket’s north has risked his own life to retrieve a young sea turtle caught up in fishermen’s netting. The turtle was spotted, caught up in the branches of a fallen tree along the shores of Mai Khao beach. The monsoon was kicking up big waves and it’s unlikely the locals knew how to swim, especially in the surf conditions.

The local villager makes a few attempts to retrieve the turtle, eventually separating the turtle and netting from the tree branches with a meat cleaver.

After clearing the netting from around the turtle’s flippers and neck, it was taken by an officer from the local Phuket Department of Marine Resources for evaluation and treatment before it will be released back to the sea.

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