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PHUKET: Phuket’s Natural Resources and Environment department head Ong-art Chanachanmongkol has announced that the 80-metre height limit on new construction will remain in place, according to Property Report magazine.

Some had speculated that the limit might be dropped on September 30 after a review that occurs every two years.

Increased regulations will also take effect September 30, requiring consultants to register and pass a test before they can perform environmental impact evaluations.

“The law will remain unchanged from October 1 in regard to the 80-metre limit,” Khun Ong-art said. “If anything, there will be more protection for Phuket’s natural environment.”

He added that he didn’t think the height limit would ever be removed.

For a related Phuket Gazette editorial view on the merits of the island’s 80-metre height limit, click here.

Outrigger Phuket wins PATA Gold

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Each year, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) recognizes travel industry leaders who have contributed to the development and promotion of travel and tourism across the Asia Pacific region. PATA announced its 2010 winners on July 28.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Asia won a prestigious PATA Gold Award, in the Marketing Campaign – Hospitality category, for its well integrated opening campaign for the new Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas.

The property, which opened in December 2009, partnered with Keen Media Bangkok to implement a multi-faceted launch campaign comprising social media, online advertising, display advertising in consumer and trade media, the creation of a new website (outriggerphuket.com), a promotional video and the production of brochures and fact sheets.

Phuket property locked in doldrums

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The Thai property market, especially in Phuket and other coastal resorts, is still suffering from a very slow market as the political situation, strength of the Thai Baht and continued world economic uncertainties hit sales, particularly sales of second homes and holiday and vacation homes.

The cyclical nature of the property market in resort areas means foreign investors will return, sooner or later, according to property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle. The timing will depend on when all the critical factors again become positive.

Unlike the constant demand for real estate in Bangkok, the property markets in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui have remained subdued during the first half of 2010, with agents struggling to make headway apart from instances in which specific properties offer extremely good terms for the buyer.

New incentives for US firms

Bangkok Post
Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Phataraprasit has encouraged leading US companies to set up their regional operating headquarters (ROH) in Thailand.

Representatives of nearly 50 giant US firms on Friday morning met with Mr Pradit to discuss business and investment obstacles.

“The Ministry of Finance will propose new incentives for foreign firms to the cabinet for consideration next Tuesday,” Mr Pradit said.

The new offers include zero per cent corporate tax for 15 years and a 10 per cent corporate income tax on income in Thailand, the deputy minister said.

For foreigners working at a regional head office in Thailand, personal income tax would be only 15 per cent for 15 years, he added.

Sino-Thai railway talks
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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban last week reported to the Thai Cabinet that China is interested in providing investment, technology and management support for a new 240-kilometre railway line from Bangkok to Rayong.

The news follows an official July 16-23 visit by Suthep to China.

Suthep also disclosed that the two countries may additionally cooperate in railway projects at the Thai-Lao border in Thailand’s Nong Khai province, in connection with a possible new rail line to Laos and China.

Similar cooperation may also occur with a possible new rail link from southern Thailand into Malaysia.

— Gazette Editors

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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