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Vegetarian Festival 2007 parade routes announced

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PHUKET CITY: Traffic Police have co-ordinated with representatives from the nine major Chinese shrines in Phuket City that will stage parades during the upcoming Vegetarian Festival, to be held from October 11 to 19, in order to announce the parade routes for each shrine.

Lt Col Theerawat Liamsuwan explained that the nine major shrines staging parades are:

– Kuan Te Kun Shrine (Sapam Shrine),

– Lhim Hoo Tai Soo Shrine (Samkong Shrine)

– Jang Ong Shrine

– Tah Reua Shrine

– Tao Bo Kee Ong Shrine (Bang Neow Shrine)

– Jui Tui Shrine

– Laitu Tao Boh Geng Shrine (Kathu Shrine)

– Yok Ke Keng Shrine (Soi Panieng Shrine)

– Sui Boon Tong Shrine (Lor Rong Shrine).

“The parades are very popular to locals and tourists, but they cause traffic jams as the streets are closed to allow the processions to pass,” he said.

The parades are scheduled as follows:

October 13 – Sapam Shrine.

Starting at 7:30 am.

From Nakhon Rd, left onto Yaowarat Rd, right onto Mae Luan Rd, left onto Patipat Rd, left onto Ranong Rd, past the Downtown Market and Suriyadej Circle, then left onto Yaowarat Rd, right onto Phang Nga Rd, right onto Montri Rd, past Surin Circle and along Phuket Rd to the Kiew Tian Shrine at Saphan Hin.

October 14 – Samkong Shrine.

Starting at 7:19 am.

From Samkong Shrine on Yaowarat Rd, then south along Yaowarat Rd, left onto Dibuk Rd, right onto Thepkrasattri Rd, left onto Phang Nga Rd, right onto Montri Rd, continuing onto Tilok Uthit 1 Rd, right onto Ong Sim Phai Rd, left onto Phuket Rd to Saphan Hin.

Return route:

From Saphan Hin onto Phuket Rd, left onto Rassada Rd, right onto Yaowarat Rd, left into Soi Hongyok Utis and past the Gazette offices, turn right and continue through Moo Baan Prayoon and through Phuket Villa 1 then right onto Yaowarat Rd and back to Samkong Shrine.

October 15 – Jang Ong Shrine.

Starting at 6:30 am at the Jang Ong Shrine (opposite Vachira Phuket Hospital on Yaowarat Rd), south along Yaowarat Rd, left onto Dibuk Rd, right onto Thepkrasattri Rd, left onto Phang Nga Rd, right onto Montri Rd, continue onto Tilok Uthit 1 Rd, right onto Ong Sim Phai Rd, left onto Phuket Rd to Saphan Hin.

Return route:

From Saphan Hin onto Phuket Rd, left onto Soi Ton Pho, right onto Tukua Thung Rd, right onto Kra Rd, left onto Phuket Rd, left onto Rassada Rd, right onto Yaowarat Rd and continue back to the Jang Ong Shrine.

October 15 – Tah Reua Shrine.

Starting at 7:30 am.

Starting at the Wor Kor Intersection near Mission Hospital, south along Thepkrasattri Rd, right onto Thalang Rd, continue along Krabi Rd, left onto Patipat Rd, left onto Ranong Rd, past the Downtown Market, left onto Yaowarat Rd, right onto Phang Nga Rd, right onto Phuket Rd and continue to Saphan Hin.

October 16 – Bang Neow Shrine.

From 7 am to 11:30 am.

Starting at Bang Neow Shrine on Phuket Rd, south along Phuket Rd, right onto Soi Ton Pho, right onto Takua Thung Rd, right onto Kra Rd, left onto Phuket Rd, left onto Rassada Rd and continue along Ranong Rd, right onto Patipat Rd, right onto Krabi Rd, left onto Satun Rd, right onto Dibuk, right onto Thepkrasattri rd, right onto Thalang Rd, left onto Yaowarat Rd, left onto Phang Nga Rd, right onto Montri Rd, along Tilok Uthit 1 Rd, right onto Ong Sim Phai Rd, left onto Phuket Rd back to Bang Neow Shrine.

October 17 – Jui Tui Shrine.

From 7 am to 11:30 am.

Starting at Jui Tui Shrine on Ranong Rd, west through the Patipat Rd intersection, continue to Wichit Songkram Rd, east along Krabi Rd, continue along Thalang Rd, right onto Thepkrasattri Rd, right onto Phang Nga Rd, left onto Takuapa Rd then left onto Rassada Rd, right onto Phuket Rd and continue to Saphan Hin.

Return route:

From Saphan Hin, onto Phuket Rd, right onto Soi Gor Pai, left onto Soi Saksit, right onto Takua Thung Rd, right onto Kra Rd, continue along Ong Sim Phai Rd, left onto Tilok Uthit 1 Rd, continue along Montri Rd, left onto Thalang Rd, right onto Thepkrasattri Rd, left onto Dibuk Rd, left onto Yaowarat Rd, right at Suriyadej Circle and onto Ranong Rd and back to Jui Tui Shrine.

October 18 – Kathu Shrine and Soi Panieng Shrine.

From 7:30 am to 11:30 am.

A combined parade for these two shrines will start at Surakul Stadium, head east along Wichit Songkram Rd, continue along Krabi Rd and Thalang Rd, right onto Phuket Rd and continue to Saphan Hin.

October 19 – Sui Boon Tong Shrine (Lor Rong Shrine).

Starting at 7 am.

Starting at the Sui Boon Tong Shrine on Pattana Rd, south along on Pattana Rd then left and left again on Patipat Rd, right onto Krabi Rd, left onto Satun Rd, right onto Dibuk Rd, right onto Thepkrasattri Rd, continue along Phuket Rd, left onto Phang Nga Rd, right onto Montri Rd, left ont

 

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Covid-19 mask violators in Phuket forced to exercise

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PHOTO: Pushups instead of a 6,000 baht fine at a Phuket checkpoint yesterday. (via video screenshot)

For those who have more pounds on their body than pounds in their pocket, exercise punishment seen in Phuket yesterday for mask violators may or may not be welcome. Officials have walked back the strict 6,000 baht punishment for the first warning against someone not wearing a mask and were spotted forcing those who have gone out without a mask to do exercise on the street.

The people forced to exercise were at a Covid-19 checkpoint in the Rawai subdistrict, where the Chalong Police along with local medical workers were checking people yesterday. The checkpoint was set up in an effort to push one hundred per cent mask compliance to stop the spread of Covid-19 on Phuket.

Not only were they checking everyone who passed by to make sure they had their masks, but also to correct those who were wearing their masks improperly. We’ve all seen the people who seem to think that a mask on their chin or underneath their nose is somehow just as effective as a properly worn mask, or at least that they can get away with “wearing a mask” while limiting their personal inconvenience.

Officials were quick to point out that the overwhelming majority of people passing through the checkpoint, both foreigners and Thai, did have their masks with them and were wearing them properly. But they did catch more than 10 people not wearing their face mask or not using them correctly.

Authorities decided to let them off with a first soft warning by moving bodies instead of moving baht. Police made violators do exercise right there on the street in hopes of shaming them into making better decisions next time. All violators did have their names and details taken down with a promise that if they were caught again proper traditional fines would be handed down.

No word yet on any plans to make this punishment into a Tik-Tok Channel.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Thai public health and tourism ministers on Phuket to push the July 1 Sandbox reopening

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Bangkok has sent a couple of ministerial heavyweights to Phuket today to keep pushing the July 1 ‘Sandbox’ bandwagon, insisting that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated tourists from July 1.

The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ,along with the Sports and Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, are doing the island PR tour today delivering a message from the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha who is confirming that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international tourists from the start of July.

Phuket has continued to rack up between 10-20 new Covid infections each day over the past week and still has hundreds of people listed as ‘active cases’. As of today 22% of the island has been vaccinated.

The original Phuket Sandbox model was intended to be quarantine-free. That issue was not made clear during today’s PR trip from the 2 ministers. The full details of how Phuket will open to international tourists, how those tourists might get to Phuket, or where they will visit on an island with its tourist infrastructure shutdown, have not been provided at this stage. It has also not been discussed how long the international tourists will have to remain on Phuket before travelling to other parts of the country.

The Phuket Governor welcomed the prime ministerial delegation to Provincial Hall at lunchtime saying that Phuket would progress with its plans to launch the Phuket Sandbox from July 1.

โ€œAll stakeholders who are frontline warriors working to solve the problem of the Covid epidemic situation have earned the goodwill and concern from Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also believes that Phuket is ready to prepare for the opening of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox on July 1 for sure.”

Phuket Province generated several hundreds of billions of baht of income for the country per year and Thailand relies heavily on tourism income. Indeed, second to Bangkok, Phuket was the government’s golden goose delivering decades of high tourism receipt returns.

Speaking to The Phuket News, Anutin said…

“The government is ready to act as soon as possible. This has been clearly proved, such as by the large number of vaccine doses that Phuket has been allocated to vaccinate the people in the area to cover all groups and be as safe as possible as the โ€˜Phuket Model’.

โ€œWhen the economy is good, everyone gets better, so use patience to believe that good things will follow”.

Another 100,000 Sinovac vaccines arrived on the island to be formerly handed over today by Minister Anutin. An additional 100,000 doses will arrive on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca vaccines are also due to arrive from June, daily reserved for people over 60 years old or people who have other health conditions which require the AZ vaccine instead of the Chinese manufactured Sinovac.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Phuket may ditch light rail and build smart bus system instead

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PHOTO: A Smart bus plan may replace Phuket light rail plans. (via MRTA)

A proposal to drop the light rail planned for Phuket and replace it with a smart bus system is under an in-depth review as ordered by Phuket Transport Minister. Advocates for the smart bus – automated driverless buses on city streets – say that the project would bring mass transportation to Phuket Island for 15.2 billion baht cheaper than a light rail would.

The analysis was ordered Thursday in a phone meeting to check progress on regional transport projects. The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has suggested changing the plan in Phuket from light rail to a smart bus system. The MRTA had been dead set on the light rail system but have now launched preliminary research on a driverless bus system.

HERE’S a previous story with more details about how the bus system would work, instead of a light rail.

But critics say the planned light rail system was almost unworkable with its routing not going through the main population centres and its complete avoidance of the tourist areas, was doomed from the start. The 5 years it was expected for construction would have caused major traffic snarls on the main island arteries and then reduced traffic flow on those arteries for the life of the light rail project.

Initial investigations show that an automated rapid transit bus system would shave about 9 months off the construction time and 15.289 billion baht from the budget. Cost-saving measures like precast concrete and launching gantries will further reduce construction expenses.

As a result, the bus system could be run with lower passenger fares than a light rail train would. The project was considering 3 bus fares… local in Phuket Town, local outside of Phuket Town, and transport between towns around the island.

The MRTA and the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning have coordinated with the Expressway Authority in Thailand to consider the smart bus plan and its effect on traffic. Unfortunately, the group is worried that building the smart bus system plan to be ready by 2026 while working on the Patong tunnel project scheduled to open in 2028 would create long-term detrimental traffic jams. They’re considering a postponement to a 2030 launch (the Patong tunnel project has been in ‘planning’ mode for 20 years and will never happen).

The Transportation Minister has requested proposals for 2 different timelines to be delivered within the next 2 weeks, and plans to have the MRTA and EXAT come to Phuket for public hearings after Covid-19.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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