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HONG KONG: Contracts worth a total of more than 180 million baht for the sale of homes in Phuket and Koh Samui were signed at the second annual Phuket & Samui Property Exhibition at Hong Kong’s Convention and Exhibition Center on September 12-14. At the show, organized by Graham Doven and Artasia Press, and co-sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, Laguna Property signed up buyers for two townhomes at 15 million baht apiece, three residences totaling 67 million and an Allamanda unit for 5.4 million; Layan Estate reported signing contracts for two houses, one at 26 million baht and the other at 30 million; and the Cabana Group of Koh Samui received contracts for a 14-million-baht villa and an 8-million-baht condominium. Bill Barnett, Deputy Managing Director of Laguna Resorts and Hotels, said, “Usually we view this [exhibition] as a marketing exercise, so we were very pleasantly surprised. It’s far exceeded our expectations.” Other exhibitors did not make sales, but most had not expected to, and all seemed happy with the number of contacts they made, and with the quality of the 400-plus potential buyers who came to the three-day show. In addition to well-established developments the show also saw the public launch of projects such as Sri Panwa, at Cape Panwa, and Nirvana Phutri in Chalong. The show drew 18 property developers and agents and representatives from organizations that provide services to go with the bricks and mortar, including education, health and legal services, and boat charter and management. Paul Friend, Head of Boarding at Dulwich International College, said, “We’ve generally been pleased with the number of people who have come to see us and the level of interest shown. Hong Kong is probably the largest market for us, outside Thailand.” In addition to Phuket and Samui companies, the show drew one developer, Domi Duca Asia, from Chiang Mai. The next Phuket & Samui property show will be staged in Bangkok on November 6-8. John Everingham of Artasia Press announced plans to stage a similar show in Moscow to tap rapidly growing interest from the Russian market. Another will be held in Singapore when a suitable venue can be found.

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23 Koh Samui hotels seek alternative state quarantine certification

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Nearly 2 dozen hotels and resorts in the Thai Gulf island resort of Koh Samui are seeking certification to be alternative state quarantine facilities. Talk of a potential travel bubble scheme to the island is also set for today, the Nation Thailand reports.

8 of the 23 hotels have already gone through a government check and the rest will be checked in October, according to the Thai Hotels Association Southern Chapter East Coast. If all the hotels are approved, 1,000 rooms would be available, according to the Tourism Association of Koh Samui. They expect 90% of the hotels to be approved for state quarantine and predict around 200 international tourists to be in the first wave of visitors.

The 23 hotels on the island seeking the certification are a fair distance away from the main streets and local neighbourhoods, according to the Thai Hotels Association’s president Ruengnam Chiakwang. He says the locations make it difficult for tourists to run off during their mandatory quarantine and around 1,000 surveillance cameras are installed around the island, so officials will have an eye out.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, is expected to talk with private representatives today about a travel bubble scheme to Koh Samui, according to the Nation. Past discussions of so called travel bubbles proposed foreign tourists from countries considered to be at low-risk for Covid-19 to be allowed to travel to select areas in Thailand. The island has a private airport owned and operated by Bangkok Airways who have traditionally charged unreasonably high air fares, compared to other flight in Thailand, for flights to the island.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Raja salvage operation resumes, garbage truck, pick-up raised from seabed

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An operation to raise the sunken Raja 4 ferry and its cargo of vehicles from the seabed off Koh Samui has resumed, after being delayed due to bad weather. The ferry sank on the night of August 1 as it was transporting several garbage trucks from Samui to the mainland. The ferry had set sail in bad weather and capsized when its cargo of trucks shifted during the crossing. 5 of the 16 people on board died in the accident.

Having first been suspended briefly due to bad weather a couple of weeks ago, and more recently due to storm Noul, the salvage operation is once more underway, with workers removing an 18-wheel truck and a pick-up from the seabed.

Nation Thailand reports that operators MS Service have been using 2 cranes, installed on 2 boats, to carry out the salvage operation. Prior to being lifted, the garbage truck was covered in netting, to prevent any further refuse from entering the water. Small boats were also used to pick up any rubbish that managed to escape the netting.

The Ministry of National Resources and the Environment has previously threatened to sue the ferry company over the environmental fallout from the ferry’s capsize. The ferry itself is yet to be lifted from the seabed.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Heavy rain across the country this weekend – local forecasts

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Heavy rain is expected across much of Thailand over the next few days, mostly as a result of the intensity of a tropical storm crossing into Vietnam today, ‘Noul’, from the South China Sea. The low pressure cell will help intensify the effects of the south west monsoon too. But the remnants of the storm won’t “slam” into Northern Thailand as one news site claimed – rather it will be a lot of rain and increased winds. The storm is expected to cross into Thailand around the Mukdahan province some time early tomorrow,

Around the country, Saturday will be the worst with rains easing during Sunday. Thailand north east ‘Isaan’ provinces will be the worst affected as they are in the direct track of the storm as it crosses Vietnam, into Laos, and then crossing Thailand’s borders in the upper north east in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Whilst tropical storm ‘Noul’ has been packing winds from 80 – 120 kilometres per hour as it reaches the central Vietnam coast areas, including popular tourist locations like Da Nang and Hoi An, the storm will continue to dissipate as it moves inland. The storm has been tracking across the South China Sea this week, gathering strength, in a west northwesterly direction.

Residents in the coastal town of Hoi An report that it rained continuously last night, with strong winds, and that they expect widespread flooding to be reported during the day.

The forecast for heavy rain in Bangkok will probably dampen some of the enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anti-government rally to be held in and around the Thammasat University Tha Prachan campus.

Here are the forecasts for Saturday and Sunday around the country…

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Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

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SOURCE: weather.com

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