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TOT blamed for mobile phone jams

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PHUKET: Mobile phone operators, who once touted their services as the solution to the lack of land lines on the island, are now finding themselves victims of their own success.

They are fending off waves of customer complaints and trying to find solutions to the overloading of telephone networks in the peak hours between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Boonkul Masangchai, Manager of Advance Info Service Co (AIS), upper south branch, told the Gazette that the problem is the result of a recent steep increase in demand in the evening.

“If you make a call to someone who is using the same network as you, most of the time there will be no problem,” he said. “But if you call someone using a different network there are sometimes problems and delays making a connection.”

He explained that calls to phones using a different network are automatically rerouted through the state telephone bureaucracy TOT (Telephone Organization of Thailand), whose network soon becomes overloaded, creating telecommunication traffic jams and long waits.

“The operators and the TOT know about the problem and are looking to enlarge their networks because mobile phone users are getting fed up and maybe they’ll look for other ways of chatting,” he added.

“People’s telephone habits have changed because of all the cheap promotions [that have been offered]. In the past, users would keep calls short and only discuss important topics. Now the cost has dropped by about 80% for local calls and people call a lot at peak times after work or school and this is why operators must invest and expand their networks,” he said.

“The TOT are rushing to fix this problem. The whole situation is like a huge traffic jam being redirected down a small country lane.”

Suphanee Sangphan, of mobile phone operator Orange, told the Gazette that the problem was not a new one, and was affecting the entire country.

“We are trying our best to find a solution and believe that the problem can be alleviated soon. We apologize to any customers who are less than happy,” she said.

She explained that the number of Orange users is growing and that the company is expanding to meet the need.

“I would like to suggest [to users] that if they find the network is busy they should wait three minutes. That way it should be easier to get a signal. If you redial immediately you go automatically into a long queue of users,” she added.

Boonsri Srion, Manager of Customer Service Center of TOT, Phuket Branch, said that the TOT in Bangkok is in discussions with operators right now because mobile phone users nationwide are affected.

Repeated attempts by the Gazette to elicit comment from DTAC were unsuccessful.



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Phoenix goes up for auction, starting price 900,000 baht

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The notorious and ill-fated tour boat Phoenix, which sank off Phuket last July killing 47 Chinese tourists, is among 48 items that the Anti-Money Laundering Office will auction off this Wednesday at its head office.

At the time, many of the dead were retrieved from the boat, though its crew and captain escaped unharmed via life rafts, leaving many passengers on board as the boat sank during a sudden storm. The incident was followed by a sharp drop in Chinese visitors to Thailand, particularly Phuket.

Today, prospective buyers were allowed to check the condition of the sale items at various sites. Those interested in the Phoenix, which will carry a starting price of 900,000 baht, had to visit the Rattanachai Shipyard in Phuket.

Also up for auction are amulets and jewellery which were on display at the AMLO head office. Photos and information on auction items are also available at www.amlo.go.th.

Other items going under the hammer tomorrow include the lease-purchase agreements for condominium units in Chon Buri province. Among them is a 71.23 square metre unit at the New Nordic’s Palace Condominium with a starting price of 13 million baht, 55 sqm N-CVB-407 room at the C-View Boutique Condominium project starting at 4.4 million baht and a 30 sqm room at the South Point Pattaya for a mere 3 million.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Top 10 restaurants in Phuket

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There are many excellent dining experiences in Phuket. Here, in no particular order, are some tried and proven examples of great dining on the island you just have to visit when on the island. From Thai to European to Italian…

The 9th Floor

Patong. The 9th Floor Restaurant & Bar, located in The Sky Inn Condo in Patong is a rare hidden gem offering award-winning Mediterranean cuisine. The 9th Floor has created a unique dining experience with spectacular sunset, and a dramatic night view of Patong with a refreshing sea breeze. The well-trained “Angels” are there to guide you through the exclusive menu and the 300-label+ wine list.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable night while you’re at dreamy Phuket, the 9th Floor Restaurant promises an experience that will send you to cloud nine. Perched on the, well, ninth floor of the Sky Inn Condotel, you’ll be able to take in sensational views of the city or the spectacular sunset through the cascading floor-to-ceiling glass windows. You’re also served by ‘Angels’, a team of elegant women who are renowned for their stellar service. All this plus elegant yet unpretentious Mediterranean fare that has sated the appetites of hungry diners for the past 10 years, what’s not to like?

While the restaurant remains loyal to its Swiss roots with four types of fondue offered as the cornerstone of the menu, the selection here’s impressive and expansive. If you’re a true aficionado of classic cuisine, be sure to look out for the 9th Floor’s monthly degustation evenings for a finely curated experience. To complete the night, take your pick from their newly expanded selection of premium wines and spirits. Think gin and whisky from Scotland, rum from Nicaragua, and many many more. If you need any recommendations, just ask any one of your friendly ‘Angels’! Now, who can resist a great meal, spectacular views, and exceptional service?

Website | Facebook | Bookings  081 079 2699

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White Box

Kalim. The White Box Restaurant of Phuket, is the quintessentially elegant, white-washed beach restaurant in Phuket, attracting both tourists and locals alike. This Phuket restaurant offers an experience which blends the best fine French and Thai Cuisine on the island.

Once a famous Kalim beach-front house, this stunning venue was redesigned as an elegant Phuket restaurant, decorated in white and blue, boasting a mediterranean ambiance, while keeping a minimalist style.

This Phuket restaurant boasts a location which is nothing short of breathtaking. With unobstructed views of Patong Bay, and waves almost crashing at your feet, this restaurant in Phuket is paradise.

An impressive three-storey complex by Kalim Beach, this is a one-stop experience for dinner, drinks, and an after party. Built on huge granite rocks, White Box is like the beach house you’ve always wished you had: tastefully decorated in white with an expansive view of the surrounding sea and coasts, serviced by a superb kitchen and wait staff.

Food here is ‘Mediterranean Asian’ shot through with refined French sensibilities, revolving around seafood-heavy plates. Hokkaido scallops are served as a light carpaccio atop a bed of wilted spinach and pickled artichoke hearts, then dressed with little more than olive oil and a touch of lime.

Website | Facebook | Bookings 076 346 271

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Infuse Restaurant

Located 5 min from Boat Avenue, Infuse Restaurant by Diamond Resort is a sophisticated yet undemanding venue serving up European and Thai dishes under the expert and creative direction of Executive Chef Rieno Huyghebaert. Offering his elegant take on rustic home style meals, options include juicy burgers, delicious pizzas, authentic Thai and real European tastes. ‘Gusto Francese Pizza’ and ‘Smoked Salmon Salad’ are highly recommended.

The restaurant is inspired by a contemporary loft design for a more casual business lunch, or for an exciting family dinner, or set menu events, Infuse caters to your need. Guests can choose to sit inside, or in an outside space with a pool view.

Website | Facebook | Instagram|Bookings 076 609 542

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PRU

Nai thon. PRU takes its name from Phuket’s indigenous lore: a place where the wild forest meets the sea. At this confluence of land and water, the earth is verdant and nourishing, enlivening the local cuisine and stirring epicurean ambitions with newfound creativity.

Inspired by Phuket’s legacy as a culinary crossroad and the island’s unique terroir, PRU at Trisara is pursuing our own culinary ambition – to elevate farm-to-table cooking to a new level. We use nature’s gifts from our own farm and do our part to give back, ensuring that life’s cycle continues to blossom and ripen.

Our meals tell a story, drawing out subtle and bold flavours from the herbs, flowers, plants and roots that grow wild in our garden, producing dishes that are both poetic and honest. Our culinary style is founded on Western tradition and influenced by the exotic, regional cuisine at our locale.

Bookings 076 310 100

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Thong Dee – The Kathu Brasserie

Kathu. Not quite ‘fine dining’ but a very popular restaurant of excellent integrity in Phuket which was the Trip Advisor Most Popular Restaurant in Phuket for 2017. You will treated like a fine-dining guest and the food is reliably excellent.

“We invite You for a great dining experience,
Where You come as You Are and leave like a Star
Located on a quiet street, just 10 min drive from Patong,
You will find a fine choice of European Classics, Thai Cuisine & House Specialties
with something to suit every occasion and pocket
On Sundays We serve our famous Sunday Roasts – All day from 12pm-22pm
Come and make a Memory with us in a modern, warm and friendly ambiance
with chillax tunes playing and free pool table on 2nd floor.”

Bookings 076 319 323

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Black Ginger

Nai Yang. This fusion Thai fine dining restaurant sits within the scenic surroundings of The Slate five-star hotel. The distinct indoor and outdoor dining space incorporates traditional Thai architectural style with contemporary design and luxurious touches, set on a platform over the hotel’s lagoon. The restaurant’s chef Anongrat Meklai cooks up classic and modern Thai dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and is particularly well known for her flavorful som tam, tom yum and Panang curry.

Bookings 076 327 006

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Acqua

Kalim. This award-winning restaurant in Kalim Beach showcases the modern Italian cuisine of the accomplished Sardinian chef Alessandro Frau, with a particularly extensive range of Italian wines and modern interiors exhibiting chic black and white décor. The exceptionally appealing menu comprises dishes such as yellowfin tuna carpaccio marinated in extra virgin olive oil and lemon, topped with fresh artichokes and bottarga, Sicilian red prawns with jus, poached Maine lobster, and wood fired roasted suckling pig with saffron.

Bookings 076 618127

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Royal Namtok

Unique, bespoke, boutique. After 20 years running their own award-winning, high-class restaurant “De Tafeljoncker” in Antwerp/Belgium, Marc and Corry shipped all their decorations and equipment to Phuket where they build in 2007 a private villa which at five o’clock it turns into a French, fine dining restaurant.

Chef Marc De Schrijver (owner) creates French classic dishes with a personal touch of healthy/detox, Thai Plants, herbs and local, natural products and flavors.

Your host, Corry Ringoet (owner) takes care of the guests with a personalized service with eye for details, also table cooking in front of the guest,  that many suspected had long ago, died out.

Only six tables,  richly decorated with golden plates and silver cutlery, crystal glassware and napkins in engraved silver napkin holders to pamper you and your table friends, celebrating special moments.

Their motto:  “Dining out must be a precious moment, fine gastronomy served with an eye for details”.

Bookings 087 263 7327

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Siam Supper Club

This chic bar and grill is considered one of Phuket’s most sophisticated drinking and dining spots, combining elegant interiors with West Coast cuisine and an ambience created by jazz and lounge music. Expect to see aged grilled tenderloin steaks, fresh seafood and an array of pasta and pizza dishes on the menu. Perhaps start with the Wagyu beef carpaccio or pan-seared foie gras, followed by lobster ravioli, pizza Napoletana or classic tom yum goong, with one of the restaurant’s indulgent desserts to finish.

Bookings 076 270 936

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Blue Elephant

Phuket Town. Be transported away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket Town as you step into the lush rounds of the Blue Elephant. Located in the 105 year old Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion, which was built in the Sino-Portugese style and combining elements of traditional Feng Shui in its architecture, Blue Elephant is Thai cuisine at its finest.

At Blue Elephant, award-winning Chef Nooror Somany Steppe takes diners on a culinary adventure commencing with traditional Thai heritage dishes through to her vision of the “Thai Kitchen of Tomorrow”. Specialty dishes drawn from the royal courts and literature of the Kings of Thailand give diners a most delicious history lesson.

Drawing inspiration from Chef Nooror’s myriad of travels and overseas experiences as a Star Chef, and accurately reflecting the present-day cosmopolitan nature of Thailand, diners can also expect to see Western classics with a decidedly Thai twist – Croquettes Koong Kiew Wan is a fusion dish inspired by the strong relationship between Thailand and Belgium, while Thai red curry paste and sweet chill sauce give the Crispy Crab Soufflé an extra zest.

Bookings 076 354 355

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Da Maurizio, Kalim Bay

Location, location, location. Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante offers the finest in contemporary Italian cuisine RIGHT on the beach at the far north end of Patong.

Da Maurizio’s has always distinguished itself from other Italian restaurants and the new menu lives up to its already firmly established long term reputation amongst the island’s expats. From among the assorted items on the menu is live fish and lobster, imported meats, homemade pastas and the chef’s special tasting menu.

Delicious food, a gorgeous sunset and the serenade of the surf make this open air restaurant at Kalim Bay a must for any visit to Phuket.

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Whale shark sighted off Koh Racha – VIDEO

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VIDEO/PHOTO:  บังดำ นายสุวัฒน์ บาเร็ม/Saranyu Hassanai

A whale shark was sighted off Koh Racha, south of Phuket, yesterday.

A Facebook user ‘Saranyu Hassanai’ has posted the video clip with a message saying “A whale shark has showed up near the boat while we were travelling near Koh Racha.”

“Tourists on the boat were very happy to see the whale shark.”

ฉลามวาฬขึ้นมาอวดโฉมนักท่องเที่ยวตื่นเต้นที่มีโอกาสได้เห็น วันนี้เจอฉลามวาฬโพล่เหนือน้ำขึ้นมาให้ชม และฉลามวาฬวิ่งตามเรือเข้ามาไกล้ๆ วันนี้ประมาณ 11.00 น เรือโชคณรงณ์ กับคันเรือ นายสุวัฒน์ บาเร็ม กับตันเรือ ได้พานักท่องเทิ่ยวไปเกาะราชา ระหว่างทางตอนวิ่งเรือได้พบเจิอฉลามวาฬระหว่างเกาะเฮและเกาะราชา ขึ้นมาให้นักท่องเที่ยวดูเป็นขวัญตา ทำให้นักท่องเที่ยวดีใจมากๆ และปลาวาฬตัวนี้คุ้นกับเรือกับคนเหมือนว่าไว้มาที่ท้ายเรือ ในรอบปีนี้ได้เห็นฉลามว่าอีกครั้งเมื่อก่อนหน้านี้ได้เห็นมาแล้วเมื่อต้นปี ธรรมชาติทะเลบ้านเรายังสมบูรณ์ อยากให้ทุกๆคน ไม่ว่านักท่องเที่ยวหรือผู้ประกอบการณ์ คนขับแรือและทุกคนช่วยกันรักษาทรัพย์ยากรและช่วยกันอนุรักษ์ให้คงอยู่คู่กับทรัพยากรณ์บ้านเราตลอดไป….ขอบคุณวิดีโอจาก บังดำ นายสุวัฒน์ บาเร็ม By Saranyou. Hassanai

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