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New-look Phuket FC to take on Trang in pre-season friendly

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PHUKET: Football fans will get a chance to see the new-look Phuket FC in action for the first time this year, with the Islanders set to take on Division 2 Southern regional champions Trang FC later today.

The pre-season friendly match will be played at Surukal Stadium with a 4pm kickoff. Admission is free for all.

Operating with an estimated annual budget of about 90 million baht – three times that of last season – the Islanders have been extremely active in the transfer market.

The team has brought in around 10 new players to bolster the squad so far, with still more signing announcements expected before the regular season commences in early March.

The one and only season goal: promotion to the elite Thai Premier League.

Several familiar players, however, will not be helping them reach that goal.

The team no longer have Ivorian striker Makalou “Kanoute” Ibrahim, who returned to SCG Muang Thong United; Kanoute played for Phuket FC last season on loan from the 2012 Thai Premier League (TPL) champions.

Also departing Phuket were Brazilian midfielder Marcio Santos and Korean midfielder Byeon Seong Won, who both have transferred to Rayong United, one of four teams recently promoted to the Thai first division as a result of the 2012 AIS Champions League playoffs. (The other three teams were Trat FC, Rayong FC and Ayutthaya FC.

Another key player who left Phuket and transferred to another Division 1 rival this season was star Thai striker, Thawin Butsombat, who has joined rivals Bangkok FC.

Thawin was a leading scorer for Phuket last season after he had been out for most of the 2011 season due to a major leg injury.

Nonetheless, fans will get to see Thawin, Santos and Seong Won in at least four matches this season, albeit on the opposing team.

Another player not on this year’s roster is Roland “Pato” Vargas, the Bolivian/Brazilian midfielder who joined Phuket midway through last season.

Pato has returned to Brazil, the Phuket Gazette has learned.

Filling in the gap left behind is a new promising lineup of players to be put to test later today.

Transferring to Phuket from PTT Rayong was Korean midfielder Yagin Chun, who has been reunited with his twin brother at Phuket FC, Boas Chun.

Also in the midfield, the Islanders will employ two skillful foreigners including Georgian midfielder, Giorgi Tsimakuridze, 29, who transferred from TPL side Bangkok Glass, as well as French midfielder Geoffrey Doumeng, 33, a transfer from Chonburi FC, the TPL 2012 runners up.

Doumeng has played for Montepellier in France’s Ligue 1, among others.

Leading the attack will be 25-year-old Brazilian striker, Luiz Eduardo Purcino or “Dudu”, who transfered from Thai Premier League side, Osotspa Saraburi FC.

Helping out in defense will be imposing center back, Moudourou Swa Moise, an experienced 27-year-old Cameroonian, joining on loan from Suphanburi FC.

Fan favorite, Phuket’s longest-standing foreign player, Nenebi Tre Slyvester remains at the club and fans will be hoping he can form a formidable partnership with Moudourou Swa Moise.

The Islanders conceded 48 goals in the Yamaha Thai Division 1 last season and scored 41.

Also assisting with defensive duties will be star Thai defender Nonthaphan “Boem” Jiensathawong, known for his deadly free kick.

Young and promising goalkeeper, Kampol Phatomakkakul, a former pupil of Satree Phuket School, has been called up to represent Thailand’s football team in the 27th SEA Games to be held in Myanmar, meaning he will miss the team’s pre-season friendly against Trang today.

Though Trang won the AIS Southern region title title last year, it failed, along with regional runners up Pattani FC, to get promoted from the champions league playoffs.

In any case, the southern friendly should yield a number of goals, and a number of fans likewise.

Additional reporting by Steven Layne.

— Andrew Scott & Wisuwut Romin

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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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PM to visit Phuket on Monday as island’s economy lies in tatters

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is to arrive in Phuket on Monday, where he will meet with local business leaders and discuss proposals for reviving the southern island’s devastated tourism sector. It’s understood a representative of Phuket’s Old Town area is to put forward an idea for promoting the historic centre as a tourist destination.

Since borders were closed in late March, in an effort to protect the country from the Covid-19 pandemic, Phuket’s tourist revenue has plummeted to practically zero, with countless businesses shuttered and thousands of jobs lost.

In addition to hearing suggestions from local operators on how to revive tourism on the island, the PM will also listen to requests for additional help from central government. The much-discussed Phuket Model never materialised, despite being seen at one point as the pilot project on which a wider re-opening of borders would be based.

While hotel occupancy in the province has increased from a pitiful 13.4% in June, September’s rates were still woefully low, at just 30%. This is despite a stimulus package introduced by the government in an effort to boost domestic tourism.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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