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Plans laid for B1.3bn airport in Phang Nga

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHANG NGA: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will request a budget of 1.3 billion baht from the new Cabinet to fund construction of a domestic airport in Phang Nga province.

Plans have already been drawn up for the construction of an airport that would cover 1,400 rai on Koh Kho Khao, a 45,000-rai island in Takuapa district.

The 1.3-million-baht would cover both the cost of the airport and a connecting bridge to the mainland.

The DCA will submit plans, along with the results of public opinion surveys, to the government.

The results of several public surveys showing support for the airport have already been returned to the DCA, allowing funding to now be sought, Chief of Phang Nga Governor’s Office Sakon Chaowananont told the Gazette on Monday.

About 84% of those surveyed were in support of the DCA’s plans, said K. Sakon, although he was unable to say how many people were surveyed, stating that the most recent survey was a questionnaire given to 300 randomly-selected residents in Phang Nga province.

The remaining 16% of those surveyed did not necessarily oppose the project, but noted that if an airport were to be built in the area, it should be designed to handle large airliners, such as Boeing 747s, added K. Sakon.

With the current plans, the airport would be able to accommodate airliners as large as Boeing 737s.

Although the airport would not make travel to Phang Nga Town any more convenient than traveling there from Phuket International Airport (PIA), it would serve tourists visiting Khao Lak, Takuapa and Kuraburi districts, and the Surin and the Similan islands, offering an alternative to PIA, K. Sakon explained.

He added that he hopes the Cabinet will approve the budget as part of Thailand’s development plan to support tourism growth in the Andaman region.

- Legacy Phuket Gazette

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Body of Phuket jet-ski staffer found in Phang Nga Bay

Kritsada Mueanhawong



The body of the jet-ski staffer who disappeared in a Phuket storm around the Naka Island area last Tuesday (July 17) was found today (July 22) in Phang Nga Bay.

A staff member of a jet ski business disappeared after he was hit by a wave near Koh Naka, off Ao Po in Pa Khlok at 3pm on Tuesday.

Read the original story HERE.

The Thalang District Chief Adul Chootong  was notified by rescue workers at 10am this morning that the body of 31 year old Koset ‘Oat’ Deebukkam was found floating face down on Baan An Pao Beach at Naka Noi Island in Phang Nga Bay.

His body was taken to Koh Yao Hospital. His relatives have confirmed that it is the body of Mr Koset.

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Global Green Hotel Report – the third annual edition launched

Bill Barnett



by Bill Barnett of

The Green Lodging Trends Report 2018 (the third annual report) has been launched and will remain open until August 10, 2018. To participate, which is free, hotels need to sign up using the link HERE.

Given the current influx of tourism to Phuket and all resort markets across Southeast Asia, this is a invaluable tool in measuring sustainability and best practices in the local hotel industry.

The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of C9 Hotelworks, Green Lodging News, Green Key, Travelife, Green Key Global, Horwath HTL, Green Seal, and Boston Green Tourism.

Survey participants have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are implementing, use information to improve and ultimately outperform their competitors, and highlight innovations to showcase to the world in the annual trends report.

The goals of the Green Lodging Trends Report are:

  • Identify best practices in the industry that more hotels can benefit from
  • Discover innovative efforts by hotels that should be recognized and celebrated
  • Determine what is trending in hotel sustainability each year and over time
  • Increase awareness of the performance of individual facilities and the industry as a whole
  • Create a platform for discussion and spreading of innovation among hotels and their peers, suppliers and customers globally
  • Create a mechanism for tracking continuous improvement
  • Assist hotels in consolidating relevant sustainability information to provide customers

The Survey: Each year Greenview devises a survey of about 100 questions covering the latest in operational practices, facility attributes, and outreach programs to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions, increase guest experience, and make positive community impact. There is no cost to participate in the Green Lodging Survey. Hotels participate by responding to the survey via an online portal platform where work can be saved and answers easily can be updated for the next year’s survey.

The Trends Report: Greenview analyzes the results with general trends and highlights exemplary practices and innovations that stand out, serving as a guidepost for the industry and especially the survey participants.

The Benchmarking Report: Greenview prepares a free compare report, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a hotel to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe.

The 2017 Green Lodging Trends Report is available at no cost by clicking HERE. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to – for the first time in its own category – Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories.

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Going north – Elusive Phuket crocodile avoids capture again

Kritsada Mueanhawong



Phuket’s latest elusive crocodile escaped catch this morning off Karon Beach. It was first sighted off Yanui and Nai Harn beaches from Wednesday this week when a fisherman said it tried to chase him. Since then the crocodile has been taunting officials and professional crocodile catchers and making a slow track north long the island’s west coach beaches – yesterday at Kata Noi and then Kata. Today it’s been sighted, with ongoing attempts to capture it, at Karon Beach.

The crocodile was seen early this morning (July 22) lying on the beach at Karon.

Karon Deputy Mayor Ittipohn Sangkaew says, “we didn’t see this crocodile on Kata and Karon beaches yesterday. But very early this early morning at 3.30am, we were notified that the crocodile came out of the water and was on the sand at Karon Beach.”

“The crocodile catching team (from Surat Thani) rushed to the beach. They tried to throw a net at the crocodile but failed to snare the reptile. Their attempts failed several times. The crocodile immediately went back into the water.”

“We have seen the crocodile in the water several times. Everytime it comes out of the water we try to catch it.”

“We have seen the crocodile about four times in the water. Swimmers have been prevented from going into the sea at Karon Beach today.”

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