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PHUKET: Thailand is facing a major outbreak of dengue fever and cholera, which have killed 30 people over the past six months.

A report in The Nation this morning quotes Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit as saying that 26,185 dengue fever cases have been reported and six people have died during the past week alone.

Meanwhile, the number of dengue fever cases in Phuket is soaring, according to the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO).

The ministry says that people aged 15-24 are most at risk of infection with dengue, followed by children between 5 and 14.

A cholera outbreak in 2007 infected 986 people in Thailand, seven of whom died. The number of infections was reduced to 200 in 2008, but climbed to 300 last year, with 2-3 deaths a year.

Here in Phuket, Provincial Health Director Narinrach Pichyakamin told the Gazette two weeks ago that his office had recorded 213 cases of dengue fever between January 1 and June 12 this year.

The initial target for 2010 was to keep the figure below 170 cases for the entire year, Dr Narinrach said.

Phuket currently has the highest incidence rate (63.4 cases per 100,000 residents) of dengue of any of the Andaman Coast provinces, and currently ranks 13th among Thailand’s 76 provinces.

Dr Narinrach pointed out that June and August usually see the highest numbers of dengue cases in Phuket.

For more about the threat of Dengue fever in Phuket, click here.

Singapore casinos breed tourists

Earth Times
During the administration of several Thai governments over a 15-year period ending with the ouster of Thakisn Shinawatra in 2006, a number of proposals were made to legalize gambling and establish casinos in Thailand, most notably in Phuket.

This would fuel a boom in both domestic and international tourism, proponents said.

But the idea repeatedly met with staunch resistance based on the notions that gambling is incompatible with Buddhism and that casinos breed crime wherever they are located.

Resistance in Phuket was particularly fierce because of the crime factor.

But the pro-casino lobby in Thailand will almost surely have been heartened by an announcement in Singapore yesterday.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) revealed that arrivals into the island state were up 30.3 per cent year-on-year in May, to 946,000 people, marking the sixth consecutive monthly record.

Total room revenue at Singapore’s hotels was up 45.2 per cent in May compared to a year ago, reaching 164 million Singapore dollars (105.4 million US dollars), the STB said.

The average occupancy rate in May was 85 per cent, an increase of 17.1 percentage points year-on-year, it added.

Singapore’s tourism sector was hit hard by the global recession, but got a boost this year by the opening of two multibillion-dollar casino resorts.

Tax breaks for Thai tourists

Bangkok Post
Political tensions over the past few months, culminating in the May 19 riots in Bangkok, have had a devastating impact on tourism.

Some of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels, including the Four Seasons, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, the InterContinental and the Dusit Thani, saw occupancy plummet to single digits during the red-shirt anti-government protests from March to May.

Authorities have announced a five-part package of tax incentives to help the industry, starting with a 15,000-baht personal tax deduction on domestic tourism-related spending for Thai residents.

Tax incentives to help revive the struggling tourism sector in Thailand will aim to encourage domestic tourism and offer assistance for small and large businesses alike, says Winai Wittawatkaravet, the director-general of the Revenue Department.

Thai to lead UNHRC

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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has unanimously elected Thailand’s ambassador in Geneva as its president for the coming year.

Sihasak Phuangketkeow succeeds Belgium’s Alex Van Meeuwen after being nominated as the Asian region’s sole candidate.

Asia is entitled to name the new chair under rules intended to ensure that each region holds the rotating presidency of the 47-member council every five years.

Phuangketkeow’s election yesterday comes on the heels of criticism by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who was outspoken in her views of the recent violent protests in Thailand.

Navi Pillay last month urged the Thai government to ensure an independent investigation of the street clashes in which some 90 people died and about 1,800 were wounded.

Migrant worker crackdown

The Phnom Penh Post
Between June 16 and June 25, Thai authorities arrested and detained 1,105 illegal Cambodian migrant workers, according to a summary report provided by the Bangkok based Human Rights and Development Foundation’s Migrant Justice Program.

The crackdown appeared to target Cambodians specifically, and was approved in a June 2 order signed by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

— Gazette Editors



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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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Phuket’s Top 10 Brunches

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Brunch has become a weekend staple on the island and its seems everyone has their own take on this beloved mix of two meals… a chance to slow down, enjoy some amazing food and try a little bit of everything.

Whether you want something casual or prefer taking a boat to a private island, Phuket gives you the options to do it your way. 

Here are Phuket’s Top 10 Brunches on the island, with options for everyone. You don’t have to max out your card to indulge in a good brunch, just bring an empty stomach.

TWINPALMS SUNDAY BRUNCH

Offering a fabulous array of cuisine in a stylish setting and one of the first brunches to launch on Phuket and has a steadfast reputation of being the place to be seen.

Begin with a Bloody Mary and enjoy the freshest lobster, king crab, prawns, oysters, mussels and sushi and sashimi, all offered in abundance.

Light salads are dotted around to complement the food and for those who crave something a little heavier the roasted meats and hot dishes will not disappoint. Cheese lovers will be delighted to find that the selection is varied and suitably stinky and may be all washed down with a rich glass of port.

Of course, desserts are truly scrumptious, and the signature chocolate fountain is a devilishly delicious pot of sweetness for fresh berries to be dunked into.

Guests may choose whether to enjoy half a bottle of wine or to opt for a free flow of champagne, prices vary according to taste.

Every Sunday 12pm until 3pm.

THB 1,690++ including 1/2 bottle of wine (red/white/sparkling) per person

THB 7,380++ per couple, including a bottle of Champagne

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The Naka Island : Sunday brunch on the island

Every first Sunday of the month, escape from the busy city life and enjoy the beauty of nature with the “Sunday Brunch on the Island” at Naka Yai, which is only a 10-minute boat ride from Ao Por Grand Marina. Enjoy the most exquisite culinary pleasures with fresh seafood, authentic Thai food, pastas, Live BBQ stations, variety of desserts, and much more. After the brunch, enrich your mind by lounging on the tropical beaches, splashing in the pool or exploring our Naka Yai Island by joining the destination discovery program.

Situated within lush coconut groves and stunning beaches with unobstructed views of the emerald green Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket invites discerning travelers to stay in elegant villas, savor gourmet dining experience at the restaurants, and enrich their life with memorable experiences and spa retreats, all enhanced by personalized service.  

THB 2,600++ Water and soft drink included 

THB 3,200++ Half bottle per person from selected wines 

THB 3,900++ Half bottle per person of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

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Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree Brunch experience returns with a generous selection of live fresh, local and imported seafood with exceptional Lobster dishes, Japanese starters, mouth-watering meats, Asian wok and Western grill treats. Gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, Live Jazz and tranquil surroundings, Our brunch has something for everyone!

THB 2,800 Net – Food buffet

THB 3,400 Net – Includes free flow beer, select cocktails and soft drinks

THB 4,000 Net –  Includes free slow select wines and bubbly

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Xana Beach Club Sunday Fun Brunch

XANA’s Sunday Fun Brunch is an ideal weekend escape for the whole family, with a special discount for children aged 6-12, and complimentary dining for all kids under 6 years old. What’s more, a ‘Kids Corner’ will be set up for children to help make this dining experience a fun family activity for all. 

THB 1,450++ Sunday Fun Buffet Brunch

THB 2,250++ with free flow of house wine, sparkling wine, beer and signature cocktails

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The Nai Harn Phuket 

Guest can savor delectable creations prepared by culinary maestro, Executive Chef Mark Jones, while enjoying spectacular views over Naiharn Bay and listening to the sounds of Resident DJ Sun. For the first three Sundays in January Savoy London American Bar Legend Salim Khoury will stir and shake your martinis.

THB 2,200 NET – per child aged from 6 to 18 (with free flow juices and soft drinks)

THB 5,500 NET – per adult (with free flow Metodo Classico and Martini Bar)

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Trisara 

A mid-morning repast on our sunwashed decks with live jazz and the melody of waves tumbling onto shore. A curated menu of exotic and familiar fare, delivered in small plates, the very best seafood and open Barbeque leaves plenty of room for tasting and conversation. Phuket’s must-do Sunday dining experience.

THB 2,600++ Food only

THB 3,200++ Food with a bottle of wine for 2

THB 3,900++ Food with a bottle of Champagne for 2

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Hilton Phuket Arcadia 

The recently refreshed Sunday family brunch at Hilton Phuket Arcadia offers great culinary options for locals and foreigners with an international menu containing a wide variety of Thai and western dishes. Live music performers and a great family atmosphere complement the fantastic food selection, making this Sunday Brunch a must for families and friends staying around Karon beach.    

THB 999++ Food only 

THB 750 ++ Drink package including house wine, sparkling wine, beer 7 cocktails

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The Boathouse 

Happening every last Sunday of the month, enjoy a full gastronomic delicacies ranging from Oyster Selection, Maine Lobster, Foie Gras, Charcutiere Platter, Prime Beef, Great French Cheeses and more.

THB 1,990++ including free flow soft drinks

THB 2,990++ including free flow wines

THB 3,990++ including free flow Piper Heidseick Brut

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The Slate 

A proud tradition of what is often considered as Phuket’s most renowned Sunday brunch, we continue to hold strong with an exeptional landscape of gastronomy presented at the dreamscapes ‘River’ restaurant and poolside at Underground Cafe. 

THB 2,450++ including free flow soft drinks

THB 3,450++ Including free flow wine, sparkling, local larger and craft beer 

THB 4,050++ Veuve for 2 –  A bottle of Veuve Clicquot (75cl) to share

THB 6,200++ Including free flow Veuve Clicquot

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Novotel Surin

The delightful brunch features both international and Thai dishes, every Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. International cuisine includes the live sushi bar, Greek salad, bread corner, pizza and pasta selection. Thai dishes include Roasted chicken, Green curry with fish ball, stir-fried chicken with mushroom and cashew nuts, Tom Yam Goong, Banana Roti live station and more!

THB 599++ Including water and juices

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