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Phuket sports: Saraburi ‘Warlords’ pound FC Phuket, Thai FA Cup commences

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PHUKET: FC Phuket suffered their third loss of the season, losing 1-0 to the Saraburi FC “Warlords” on Saturday afternoon at Surakul Stadium.

The loss was a disappointment for the Southern Sea Kirin, who hit the road to kick off their Thai FA Cup campaign this week.

An early goal by Saraburi’s Panuwat Promyen was all that was needed to secure the win and move his side past FC Phuket in the league table after eight weeks of play in Thai League Division 1.

Despite the early deficit, a determined FC Phuket dominated possession throughout most of the match, and developed a number of good opportunities to equalize, but failed to convert.

Commendable drives by Phuket’s Ibrahim Kanoute, Seongwon Byeon, Watcharapong Jun-ngam and Porimat Krongborisut kept the pressure on Saraburi’s defenses high, bringing the crowd, capped at just over 1,100, to its toes with a number of shots on goal.

However, Saraburi’s composed backs, finely coordinated by keeper Chanchai Yuanchit, denied Phuket from equalizing.

The loss plummets Phuket to 17th in the 18-team bracket, with just 7 points from a single win and four draws.

Saraburi moved into 14th place with their second win, adding to two draws and four losses.

Though the season still has 26 fixtures to go, Phuket are looking gloomily towards relegation if they are unable to turn their luck around. They are among three teams that have yet to record a home win. Not surprisingly, all three occupy the bottom places on the table.

This year, five teams will be relegated from Division 1 instead of the usual four, as a two-season competition ban on Nakhon Pathom FC is set to expire at the end of the season.

The Thai Premiere league banned Nakhon Pathom FC for two seasons after it was deemed responsible for a fan riot that erupted on the pitch after a failed playoff promotion match in 2010 against Sri Saket.

Nakhon Pathom will resume play in the Thai first division next season.

Meanwhile, Krabi FC “Andaman Eagles” retain their top ranking in the Thai Yamaha 1 with a 2-0 home win over Khon Kaen FC, also on Saturday.

Pattalung are stable in 8th place after drawing powerhouse newcomers Ratchaburi in an away match 1-1, while Songkhla move up into 5th place following a solid home victory over Nakhon Ratchasima 2-0.

Other Thai Yamaha 1 results over the weekend are as follows:

Chanthaburi 1 – 5 Sriracha Suzuki FC
Royal Navy 2 – 4 Suphanburi FC
PTT Rayong 0 – 1 Bangkok United
JW Rangsit 1 – 0 Rajpracha
Air Force Utd 0 – 0 Bangkok FC

Phuket now hit the road to to kickoff their 2012-2013 Thai FA Cup campaign, starting with an away fixture on Wednesday against Division 2 side Trat FC.

In other matches involving southern region teams the same day, Pattalung will host Suphanburi. Songkhla will play an away at Air Force United, and division 2 Southern side Hat Yai FC will take on Krung Thonburi FC.

With little time to rest and recover, Phuket will return to league action this Sunday with an away match against Southern region rivals Pattalung FC.

Kick off for that match, to be played at Pattalung Central Sports Stadium, will be at 6pm.

— S Layne

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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.

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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.

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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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