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A Rama 9-inspired ‘Monkey Cheek’ to be built for Phuket’s flood prevention

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Phuket’s OrBorJor (Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation) held a meeting hosted by the Governor to discuss the building of a ‘monkey cheek’ at Saphan Hin cape to relieve ongoing flood problems in the Phuket Town area.

The monkey cheek (or in Thai called Kaem Ling) is based on the way monkeys store the food in their cheeks which was a royal project developed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama 9. It involves retention areas that store flood waters and allow drainage of large amounts of water into the monkey cheeks instead of along the streets and roads of cities like Bangkok. The monkey cheek is expected to be a water reserve area for Phuket in the future as well.

The meeting discussed the location and boundaries of the project in the Saphan Hin area to serve as emergency drainage for flood waters and reserve water for the dry season. A committee has been formed to work on the project and will soon visit the location to measure the area and boundaries to present to the next meeting.

From Wikipedia…

Kaem Ling or Monkey’s Cheeks project (Thai: แก้มลิง) is a flood control project based on a suggestion of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. The idea is from his observation that monkeys always store bananas in their cheeks, and gradually eat them. Thus, he applies this concept to be the project that has been used to solve the flooding problems of Bangkok. By storing any excess amount of water in Northern part of Thailand to store it in large canals near the river, it is released to flow out when the seawater level drops below the level of canals.

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Phuket: Persistent Python vs Dog

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Today in Phuket.. Lucky dog. 😇.. My brother just told me this is actually at bangpae waterfall in Phuket.

Posted by Kim White on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Sansiri launches THE BASE Central – Phuket

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Sansiri launched another one of their ‘BASE’ branded condos with the launch of ‘THE BASE Central Phuket’.

Quoting from their media release, “The design is influenced by an enchanting lifestyle where the native people and Chinese from across the seas come together to create the Peranakan culture under the new concept ‘MARK MY BASE’.”

Poomisak Julamaneechot, Vice Managing Director of the condominium development project, San Siri Public Company Limited says, “Sansiri has continued under The Base brand in Phuket by launching this new project ‘The Base Central –Phuket’ with a budget for construction 1,660 million Baht.”

“The unique location at the heart of the island near Central Festival, and just one minute from the proposed new light rail station.”

“The project is under the branding of ‘Complete Your Living Experience’. The project will be available for initial registration and reservations on June 23-24 with prices starting from 1.99 million Baht.”

Check out some more about the new project HERE. (In English and Thai)

 

 

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Krabi: Chinese tourist drowns at Railay Bay

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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After all the heavy monsoonal weather along our coasts in recent days, we’re lucky we haven’t had more reports of risky swimmers getting into difficulty. Sadly, Krabi has reported a drowning.

Thai Rath reports that a 32 year old Chinese tourist staying in the Railay Beach area drowned after ignoring officials’ warnings not to go into the water. The report says that the tourist had gone to Phranang beach where beach patrollers told him not to enter the water due to the high seas. He said he wouldn’t and was just taking photos. Later he ventured into the waters without a life jacket where he quickly got into difficulty.

Fellow tourists, climbing groups, Park officials and staff from the First Standard Clinic in Ao Nang were all involved recovering Ma Xuxa from the waters at Phrasing Beach. Once he was back on shore CPR was applied in an effort to resuscitate him.

He was subsequently transferred by boat and ambulance to the Krabi Hospital. Medics continued to apply CPR during the journey but the man was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.

The Chinese Consulate has been advised of the incident.

SOURCE: Thai Rath HERE.

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