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Phuket Sports: Rumors, rivals and Renault – F1

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PHUKET: The Sports Authority of Thailand has confirmed that a six-kilometer Formula One circuit will be created near the Royal Thai Naval Dockyard in Bangkok, possibly with the main stands in the Chao Phraya river. There are plans for an inaugural F1 night race in 2015. Red Bull is a keen backer. Interestingly, the Malaysian GP at Sepang is probably up for renewal in 2015, so Bangkok may be looking to replace Kuala Lumpur.

Sepang has been criticized for the rubbish said to be littered all over the place. But more importantly in 2008, Sepang announced its aim to become F1’s second night race from 2009, to fit in well with European TV schedules. However, the organizers later confirmed that they would not stage a night race, but a late-afternoon one. The 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix did indeed adopt a late afternoon start, which proved disastrous. Heavy rainfall and poor drainage ended the race on Lap 33. There have been plenty of other problems, including a very late start in 2012. So Sepang is vulnerable and Bangkok may have timed a rival bid very well.

In other news, Maria de Villota is set to return to the F1 paddock in Spain for the first time since her awful accident in England. I am sure the brave and glamorous Marussia test-driver will be a big hit, sporting a piratical eye-patch. And Bernie Ecclestone is planning to team up two partners to buy the Long Beach Grand Prix and reinstall F1 there from 2016, 33 years after the last race in Southern California.

But this weekend we are off to the Spanish GP in Catalunya, Barcelona. The track is well known to all teams because of the time spent there during winter testing. The 4.655km Circuit de Catalunya is a medium downforce, medium engine demand track, and a lot of engine and chassis decisions are based around it. Catalunya has always been a difficult circuit for overtaking. But the introduction of a second DRS zone will help. The undulating nature of the track stresses every component of the engine. If engines are going to blow, this is a circuit that encourages it.

Track conditions can change a lot during the weekend, so a good set-up is a challenge. The track layout, with its high average speed, is hard on tyres, and this is likely to prove crucial. A variety of low and medium speed corners push engines in the lower rev ranges, particularly in sector three, but half of the track is taken at full throttle.

The longest full throttle is the pit straight. This allows a fully charged KERS to be deployed twice as the KERS energy counter resets on the start/finish line. A double KERS release also puts a lot of stress on the KERS cooling system, so look out for a few failures.

Pirelli has a revised version of their hard tyre for Spain; closer to the 2012 tyre. It has a wider working temperature window but delivers less. This should provide an even wider variety of race strategies than before. The medium tyre will be significantly faster and well suited to qualifying. The hard tyre will be the preferred race tyre.

I would expect to see Renault engines doing well here – Lotus, Red Bull, Williams and Caterham. So I believe we will see a Lotus on the podium, and maybe two. A Red Bull should be there too.

Traditionally teams bring upgrades to this race. Force India has come tantalisingly close to a podium finish this season; could Catalunya do it for them? Williams will have a number of upgrades, and since they won here last year, they may pull another rabbit out of a helmet.

Can McLaren squeeze a podium finish? They are playing down their strength, but who knows if Jenson Button can smooth his way through? I doubt if Mercedes or Sauber has a winning package.

So it’s set to be exciting.

Join me by the big screen at Phuket’s Green Man, Chalong (click here for map) on Saturday at 7pm for the qualifiers and on Sunday at 7pm for the race.

— The Digby

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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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