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The Phuket Marine Office has made another official announcement today for boats that will remain in force until May 10.

The announcement was issued yesterday stating that “The weather forecast of strong westerly winds is expected to bring heavy rains to southern Thailand and the Andaman coast from today until at least May 10.“

“The warning is in effect for Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.”

Read more about the weather warning HERE.

“Because of the strong winds and waves in the Andaman Sea, all boats should proceed with caution and small boats keep ashore until May 10.”

“When going to sea boat operators and captains must ensure that boats and safety equipment are ready at all times. Passengers ‘should’ wear life jackets at all times they are on boats. Boat captains must follow the directions from officers at each pier.”

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Thailand’s Maya Bay recovering well but no date set for re-opening

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Renowned marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat says Koh Phi Phi’s Maya Bay is showing good signs of recovery, having been closed to visitors for over a year now.

“After being closed for many months to facilitate natural restoration, the beach’s green forests have started to recover and coral reefs in the bay area have also been showing recovery and these are encouraging signs.”

A report in The Nation says Maya Bay’s coral reefs and ecosystems have been revived, with photos from the marine national park operation centre depicting a shark swimming in clear water, surrounded by colourful coral reefs.

Thailand's Maya Bay recovering well but no date set for re-opening | News by The Thaiger

PHOTO: Thon Thamrongnawasawat and the Marine National Park Operation Centre

A date has not yet been confirmed for Maya Bay to re-open to visitors, and while Thon has praised the work of all parties involved in the bay’s rehabilitation, floating garbage remains a threat to coral reefs. However, he adds that officials and volunteers continue to monitor the reefs and remove debris.

Plans are afoot for a visitor walking trail to ensure trees are not damaged, along with a new boat pier and a ticket booking system with a strict limit on numbers.

Writing on Facebook, Thon refers to the growth of diversified coral reefs, blacktip reef sharks swimming freely, and beach forests turning green.

“This is the mission for the future to ensure that later generations would not condemn us (for destroying nature)”.

While refusing to speculate on when the bay might re-open, he hints that it won’t be far away, saying “new hope is approaching”.

Although excited about the improvements, some social media users suggest that Maya Bay should remain closed for a few more years, or forever. The demands from local tourism bodies make the former much more likely than the latter.

SOURCE: The Nation

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‘Krabi Premium’ launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand

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PHOTO: Sunset Cruise at Nam Mao Bay, Krabi – TAT

The Tourism Authority of Thailand Krabi Office is launching its ‘Krabi Premium’ marketing concept aimed at delivering ‘the best of the best’ of the southern Thai province.

The TAT says it will offer “meaningful experiences to tourists” to hopefully stimulate spending and generate additional revenue for local communities in the province. The initiative also aims to promote responsible tourism while encouraging the exchange of ideas between the locals, tourists and tourism operators on how to promote the concept both locally and to domestic and international tourists.

Apichai Aranyig, Director of the TAT Krabi Office, said the ‘Krabi Premium’ concept started off as a project to entice more domestic tourists, both Thai and expatriates living in Thailand, to Krabi through the launch of the ‘We are Krabi’ promotion.

“The concept is now expanding to cover all potential markets. Through partnerships with tour operators and hotels, international tourists will know more of what can be experienced in Krabi while Thai tourists will know they are welcomed all-year round. This averts misconceptions that hotels and tourism operators in Krabi only want Thai tourists during the low season,”

“The concept is also meant to encourage hotels, tourism operators and Krabi locals to be good hosts and treat tourists like family members coming for a visit. By viewing tourists this way, they will want to make sure all visitors have memorable experiences.”

According to Mr. Apichai, the concept is not about selling high-end or expensive products, but is focusing on promoting experiences based on the treasures of ‘Krabi Premium: Emerald of the Andaman’ whereby emerald represents lush green forests, mountains and islands as well as the turquoise of the sea.

‘Krabi Premium’ launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand | News by The Thaiger

Hin Ha Luk Island, or Ha Island or Tuk Narima Island, is the group of five islands in Mu Ko Lanta National Marine Park, Krabi – TAT

The line-up for Krabi Premium includes…

Attractions: Krabi boasts 154 islands plus three national parks including Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park as well as five unique local communities.

Accommodation: Krabi is home to multiple world-class hotels, and more importantly, many hotels in Krabi are known for their eco-friendly operations.

Thai food: this category lists authentic Krabi dishes and where to find them plus top restaurants and eateries.

“Krabi is a cultural melting pot where people of different ethnic origins and beliefs co-exist in harmony. Tourists – domestic and international – can learn more about Krabi’s history while experiencing the provincial way of life at the five local communities who are ready to welcome visitors with open arms.”

In addition, Krabi is known for its environment-friendly, sustainable tourism values and is seen as a model ecotourism destination. In 2018, Krabi received ‘Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot’ honours at the 2018 Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements and Sustainable Cities award ceremony, UNESCAP.

Krabi has also championed its campaign for ‘no single-use plastic, no foam containers’ for over a year. This was practiced at several events including at the recent Krabi Naga Fest where vendors opted against single-use plastics while using solar energy or biodiesel fuels for electrical generation.

SOURCE: Tourism Authority of Thailand

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Police return four cars to victims of rental scam

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PHOTO: Phuket Hot News

Region 8 police have returned four cars to the victims following a car rental scam in Krabi and Phuket areas over recent months.

Earlier on September 17, 2 car owners from Phuket, Ratchadaporn Udomsuk, the owner of white Toyota Fortuner valued at 1,590,000 baht, and Anan Suwannachom who owns a black Toyota Fotuner worth 1,590,000 baht, reported to police that their cars had gone missing after they rented them out.

Police tried to track down a man named ‘Dech’ who rented the white Fortuner from Ratchadaporn. He then tried to pawn her car in Krabi. After that, a man named ‘Dam’ contacted her from Ao Luek, Krabi, claiming that if she still wanted her car back, she would have to pay him.

She agreed to pay him some remuneration at a petrol station in Ao Luek. Police was waiting until he showed up and then arrested the man. The officers found that Dam possessed a .38 mm gun with 5 bullets with him as well. During the arrest, police learned that the black Fortuner was also also located in the Ao Luek area as well.

Police returned the cars to the two owners on the following day as well as a grey Toyota CHR that was returned to Nikitin Evgeny from Russia, and a black Fortuner that belonged to Surotjana Suwanno from Phuket.

Police revealed that the four cars were part of a car rental scam that rents cars from people and then pawns the car in other provinces. There are still at least 20 cars under investigation in the same case.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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