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Chula United’s Big Bang neutralizes Phuket FC’s glory

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PHUKET: An ever-determined 10-sided Phuket FC let their 2-1 lead against Yamaha League One (YL1) rivals Big Bang Chula United, slip away in the final minute of added time in a highly-charged fixture.

Played on Saturday evening at Surakul Stadium, just under 4,000 spectators turned out, including some 300 pink-shirted BBCU fans – some rumored to be locals coerced to (shamefully) cheer for BBCU, by their employer, 3BB Broad Band internet, who are prime sponsors of BBCU.

The game was the 18th of 34 league matches, or the first of the YL1 2013 season’s second half for Phuket and BBCU, who as a result of the draw and two other YL1 matches played on the weekend, were subsequently bumped down two ranking spots, from 6th and 7th, to 8th and 9th place of the 18-team league, respectively.

Kick starting the evening’s emotional roller coaster was the BBCU Pink Panther’s towering Cameroonian, Bouba Abbo, who headed his side ahead from a well placed cross in the third minute.

Back and forth exchanges ensued to no avail, but home fans would be appeased before the half was over, thanks to an own-goal credited to BBCU’s Sitthisak Tarapanand.

The match’s referee found himself in the cross hairs of Surakul Stadium’s full fury, when in the 2nd minute of added time, Phuket’s newest signing, a hot-headed Thai midfielder Aleef Po-ji was dismissed for aggressively protesting an initial yellow card challenge.

Despite being a man down, Phuket came out of the locker room on the attack, bringing in a new super-sub, the short-yet-swift, skillful and powerful Cameroonian striker, Ludovick Takam, who netted a goal on 76 minutes, after only his third touch.

What ensued can only be described as a dramatic stand-off, in which time was cunningly burnt off by the home team, complemented by a series of emotional “scuffles” between players.

However, just when Phuket FC fans were getting ready to go home in celebration, deep into the third minute of four minutes of added time, BBCU’s Veerayut Jitkuntod was on target with a long range effort.

His brave attempt had just enough velocity, spin and angled trajectory to deceive Phuket’s diving keeper Adisak Doungsri.

The 300-strong pink-clad contingent on the North bleachers under the old scoreboard erupted into cheer, as the visitors bench synchronously exploded out and onto the pitch as if they’d just won the World Cup.

Moments later, the match’s second red card was dished out, with BBCU’s Salahudin Aware taking the fall for his team’s over-energetic and borderline-belligerent celebration, highlighted by the booting of Phuket players’ water bottles.

Meanwhile, at the top of the league, Air Force United flew far ahead of the rest of the YL1 with their 2-1 win over the lowly Rayong FC Wild Stallions.

The Blue Eagles now have 43 points in distant first, trailed by PTT Rayong (37 points), who maintained their second place position after their goalless draw with the Thai Tobacco Monopoly, who remain in 16th place of the 18 team league.

The Bangkok FC Iron Bulls kept their third place standing with 32 points following their 2-1 victory over the Korat SWAT Cats, who subsequently dropped into sixth.

Trat FC, whose 1-0 win over the Khon Kaen T-Rex leap-frogged the “Albino Elephants” with 27 points into fifth.

Meanwhile, four teams are crossing swords with 26 points – Korat (GD:7), Nakhon Pathom (GD:5, GS:25), Phuket (GD:5, GS:22), and BBCU (GD: 1).

Also still in close contention is 10th place Gulf Saraburi FC with 25 points.

With a “half-a-game” in hand, Phuket can seize back fifth place from Trat if they defeat second place PTT Rayong at home next Saturday, July 13.

To be played out at Surakul Stadium (click here for map), kickoff will be 5pm, and admission will be free, as only 40 minutes remains on the clock. In the first match on June 9 weather conditions forced officials to abandon the game, with the scoreboard untroubled during play so far (click here for article).

Phuket FC must in the meantime travel to Nonthaburi Province’s Pa Kret district to the large exhibition, entertainment, industrial and housing estate just north of Bangkok, known as Muang Thong Thani, to take on the Thailand Premier League’s second best team, Muang Thong United in a round-of-16 Thai FA Cup match.

The game is this Wednesday, July 10 with a 6:30pm kickoff at SCG Stadium, AKA Thunderdome Stadium and Yamaha Stadium.

It is likely that the 15,000 capacity stadium will be fully packed with several hundred Phuket fans planning to fly, drive and bus it up to the capital to attend the mid-week match.

Stay tuned for the most comprehensive Thai Footy progress and coverage.

All YL1 Fixtures from the weekend:

  • Port Lions 2-1 Ayuthaya
  • Trat 1-0 Khon Kaen
  • Saraburi 2-1 Navy
  • Rayong Utd 1-0 Si Racha
  • Air Force Utd. 2–1 Rayong FC
  • Nakhon Pathom 3– 0 Krabi
  • TTM 0–0 PTT Rayong
  • Bangkok FC 2–1 Korat
TPL
  • Pattaya 1-0 S Songkhram
  • Ratchburi 2-3 Osotspa M150
  • Army 0-2 Muang Thong United
  • Bangkok 0–0 Police
  • TOT 1–0 Chiang Rai
  • Suphan 1–2 Buriram
  • BG 1–0 Songkhla
  • Chonburi 3–0 BEC Tero
AIS Division 2 South

  • Pattalung 3-1 Surat
  • Ranong 3-1 Phang Nga
  • Yala 2-1 Nakhon Si
  • Chumphon 0-0 Nara Utd
  • Trang 0-0 Satun
  • Pattani were not scheduled to play, and enjoyed a break this weekend.
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Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight

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Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. But this year authorities are saying ‘only floating Krathongs thanks’. No polystyrene, no steel pins – keep it natural and plant-based please. This year Loy Krathong in Thailand co-incides with the annual Halloween celebrations on October 31.

Authorities are also urging people to choose, or make, their krathongs using natural materials only. The latest craze for “edible” krathongs is also causing problems. Read about that HERE.

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar so the exact date of the festival changes every year.

In Phuket, the Provincial Office says fireworks, fire crackers and sky lanterns are prohibited “for people’s safety” (but be assured there will still be a few sky lanterns seen flying off the islands beaches this evening).

 

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight | News by The Thaiger

Loy Krathong is celebrated at many of the island’s popular waterways and at many of the beaches. Many hotels also host their own celebrations for their tourist customers. Here are a few of the locations you will be able to launch your own Krathong or buy one on site and watch families and couples launching Krathongs.

Popular locations in Phuket include…

• Saphan Hin Park Lake, Phuket Town

• Suan Luang Park (off Naka Market Road)

• Bang Wad Dam, Kathu

• The recreation lake near Ket Ho Temple in Kathu (The Thaiger ‘local’)

• Tin Mine Museum Lake on the Kathu back road, near BIS International School

• Nai Harn Lake and Nai Harn Beach

• Bang Maruam near the Alan Cooke Cricket Ground in Thalang

• Laguna (the main lake just inside the entrance)

• Just about anywhere along Patong Beach

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight | News by The Thaiger

On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.

We would urge people to consider the environment if you’re making your own Krathong or try and select Krathongs that are made from natural products. Many of the ‘commercial’ Krathongs use polystyrene and pins that end up scattered along our waterways and provide a hazard on the island’s beaches when the Krathongs eventually wash ashore and disintegrate.

Same goes for the new fad of bread and “edible” krathongs. Officials say these can be dangerous for the fish and cause long term problems for water catchments.

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight | News by The Thaiger

If you’d like to make a krathong, here’s a very quick guide…

If you want the easy way out, you will find hundreds of stalls on the way or near any waterway around the island that is participating in the event. Try and pick ones that appear to be made from natural materials.

Happy Loy Krathong Phuket!

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Phuket tops travel destination list of cheapest hotel prices – Dertour 2020 Price Index

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Phuket tops a list of the cheapest travel destinations with a 1 night stay at a hotel costing on average less than $30 USD, according to a study by the German travel company Dertour. Phuket is going through what some say is a “crisis”, certainly a current tourist vacuum. The island province largely relies on income from foreign tourists, but with travel bans over the last 7 months, hotels and other businesses in the tourism industry have been at a loss.

For domestic tourists, Phuket currently offers a serene, peaceful tropical stay where you’ll have a lot of the island to yourself. There are plenty of daily flights to the island, but all from domestic locations at this stage – the international terminal remains closed.

Along with being listed as hotels with the lowest price, Phuket also made the top 5 cities with the largest price drop from 2019 to 2020, according to Dertour’s 2020 Accommodation Price Index. The company studied hotel prices for 75 popular tourist destinations around the world. Bangkok was just above Phuket at the fourth city with the largest hotel price drop. Bangkok hotel prices dropped by 34.6% while Phuket’s hotel prices dropped by 33.8%.

Prices will continue to be low, CEO DER Touristik Central Europe Ingo Burmester says…

“Travel itself will be cheap in 2021… Although it has been a challenging period, we have seen a great deal of interest in domestic travel. We also predict a major catch-up effect for Mediterranean destinations, European trips and long-haul routes in 2021 as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.”

Phuket ranks as the destination with the cheapest accommodation prices at an average price of $29 USD, according to the list. Average prices for 3-star hotels are $26 USD and an average of $54 USD for 5-star hotels.

Bangkok followed, ranking fifth on the list of cities with the lowest hotel price at an average of $43 USD per night. 3-star hotels in Bangkok average at $30 per night and 5-star hotels average at $93 USD.

Top 5 destinations with the lowest price in accommodation

  1. Phuket: Average of $29 USD per night
  2. Delhi: Average of $34 USD per night
  3. Kuala Lumpur: Average of $36 USD per night
  4. Bali: Average of $36 USD per night
  5. Bangkok: Average of $43 USD per night

Top 5 destinations with the largest price drop in accommodation

  1. Amsterdam: Dropped by 51.6%
  2. San Francisco: Dropped by 39.2%
  3. Vancouver: Dropped by 37.1%
  4. Bangkok: Dropped by 34.6%
  5. Phuket: Dropped by 33.8%

To read Dertour’s full report, click HERE.

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Man arrested after allegedly slicing a man’s face with sickle

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A man was arrested on charges of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly sliced his friend’s face with a sickle, causing a gash about 25 centimetres long.

3 men, identified as Saeng, Ta and Rop, had been drinking at a shanty in Phuket’s Rassada district where Rop lived. An argument broke out over money. A bank transfer was apparently made, but no one received any money, according to Rop as he related the story to police.

The men didn’t come to an agreement and ended up going to bed. Ta stayed awake and slapped Saeng twice while he was falling asleep, Rop says. Saeng then got up, grabbed the sickle and swung the hooked blade across Ta’s cheek, Rop says.

Reports don’t go into detail about Ta’s condition, but photos of the scene by the Phuket News show a significant amount of blood on the concrete floor.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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