Phuket

  • Phuket News

    Mai Khao’s ‘West Sands’ CEO being quizzed by police following last week’s death on Thepkasattri Road

    PHOTO: Facebook.com – Paul John Mercer The British CEO of a luxury hotel along Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, is going to be quizzed by police in Phuket after running over and killing a roadside scavenger in his luxury Mercedes last week. Original report about the Wednesday morning incident HERE. The British expat is being investigated by Thai police after his Mercedes-Benz…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand – most visited destination among Chinese for Golden Week

    The National News Bureau is reporting that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says Ctrip.com, China’s largest and most influential online travel agent, has ranked Thailand the number one global destination among Chinese tourists during this year’s National Day vacation – the Chinese Golden Week 2018. Thailand comes out on top of Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, and…

  • Phuket News

    Day 4 – Phuket Vegetarian Festival processions ramp up the ‘crazy’

    PHOTO: At least he’s taking sun shade wherever he goes – Kritsada Mueanhawong It just gets crazier as the days go by. With the shackles off this year (last year the festivities were subdued due to the impending grand Funeral for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej), the Vegetarian Festival is back up to full speed. The impression we get is that the…

  • Krabi News

    Maya Bay coral “far from ready”

    by Pratch Rujivanrom The corals at Maya Bay are not strong enough yet to withstand the influx of visitors. This latest from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) explaining reasons for the indefinite closure of the bay. Though the iconic tourist attraction in Krabi’s Had Nopparat Tara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park has been off limits for…

  • Phuket News

    Power outage to hit parts of Karon

    The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) says they’re going to have scheduled blackouts in Karon on October 16. Residents of Karon are being advised that there is a scheduled power outages on the day from 7am to 5pm as the PEA continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area. Areas to be effected are area in front…

  • Phuket News

    Regular boat checks being enforced on Phuket

    Thailand’s Marine Department says it has assigned more officers to check boats at every port and pier on Phuket. It’s part of a campaign to tighten regulations for tourist boats and also improve marine security after the tragic boat accident that killed 46 Chinese tourists in July. According to a report filed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom, the…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket vegetarian festival processions kick off

    The famous, or infamous, Phuket vegetarian street processions have started. Thais, expats and foreign tourists enjoyed watching some of the processions during this morning’s rain. The festival is held until October 17 this year. This year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival was announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette as a ‘Phuket event of cultural heritage’. Read more about the launch of…

  • Entertainment

    Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous now joined by the Phuket Yacht Show

    ONE united yacht show will now present next January in Phuket. Event organisers have united to show support for the yachting industry and Thai Government’s drive to make Thailand the yachting hub of Asia. Phuket’s one and only boat show is to be called “Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous.” In a joint statement issued today by Andy Treadwell, CEO of…

  • Bangkok News

    Vegetarian Festival price gouging arrives ahead of tomorrow’s festival

    Vegetable prices have climbed up by a few baht per kilo ahead of the Chinese Vegetarian Festival, which will officially kick off tomorrow, principally in Phuket and Bangkok. Vendors at a fresh market in Bangkok believed vegetable prices would soar even higher during the festival, which runs up to October 17.The price of a kilo of celery, which cost around…

  • Krabi News

    How is Phuket’s tsunami alert system working?

    Last week’s Palu tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, has brought out some raw emotions again in Phuket and prompted questions as to whether the local alarm system is working properly – onshore and offshore. Tim Newton visited Patong Beach to check out the local systems and some of the facts behind tsunamis in the region… https://www.facebook.com/thethaigernews/videos/291301938153535/

  • Phuket News

    Phuket Governor assures Phuket “we’re ready to handle any tsunami”

    The Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat is assuring Phuketians and tourists of the island’s readiness to handle any tsunami. Governor Pakkapong says, “It’s not only Phuket that is paying attention to the recent tsunami in Sulawesi, but also the nation. We are totally ready to help people and tourists if any similar event was to occur.” “We are keeping an eye…

  • Phuket News

    All Phuket tsunami warning towers still working – Phuket DDPM

    In the wake of the Palu tsunami in Sulawesi, many Phuketians have asked us to check if the island’s tsunami warning system is working. Good news. All 19 of Phuket’s tsunami warning towers are fully operational. Only a few of them had minor problems with their audio alarm, according to the Phuket DDPM Chief. Another Indonesian earthquake, this time a…

  • Phuket News

    Whale shark sighted off Koh Racha

    A healthy looking whale shark was sighted off Koh Racha, south of Phuket, yesterday. Videos of the whale shark have been shared widely in social media with a message reading “a whale shark is near Koh Racha and swimming near a tour boat.” A tour guide of Nikorn Marine company, Mali Boondanpai, who recorded the video says, “the tour boat…

  • Phuket News

    Central’s new volcano goes up in flames

    VIDEOS: Kristopher and Toribio One of Central Floresta’s new themed feature attractions has been totally guttered today in a dramatic fire that started just after opening time this morning. The ‘Tribhum’ attraction, a walk-thru theme park, scheduled to open before the end of the year, burnt fiercely as the outer skin of the ‘volcano’ caught fire and kept burning until…

  • Thailand News

    Weather warnings out for mid-week

    The Meteorological Department is warning people living in the East and Lower North-east regions of Thailand to be mindful of rain-related dangers. The TMD is forecasting heavy rains in those regions until September 29. Bangkok and adjacent provinces are expecting rain to fall on 40 per cent of the area today. The weather bureau has also issued warnings for fishermen in…

  • Phuket News

    Canada/Australia consular service share in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga

    Canada and Australia have added Phuket, Krabi and Phrang Nga, to the Canada-Australia Shared Consular Services Agreement. Shared Consular Services are now found in 30 consular missions around the world. The Canada and Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement dates back to the principles that were agreed to by both countries in 1986, recognizing the similarities of our philosophies underlying the…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket monkey sterilisation Stage Two underway

    PHOTOS: The Phuket PR Office Southern long-tailed macaques, captured at Khoa To Sae have been sterilised today. 129 macaques were captured yesterday (September 13) at Khao To Sae in Rassada as part of Stage Two in the capture/steralise/release program. Read more about the capture of the monkeys HERE. A total of 250 monkeys at Khao To Sae and Khao Rang have been…

  • Food

    M Beach Club makes waves at Mai Khao

    ADVERTISING Sip champagne by the sea at the new M Beach Club. Set on the broad, sandy shores of the island’s northern coast, M Beach Club welcomes you to drink, dance, dine, lounge and swim against an eminently Instagrammable backdrop. This stretch of Mai Khao Beach, just 14 kilometres north of the international airport, comes with sprawling sea views…

  • Hua Hin News

    Flooding in Phuket, Phetchaburi and Mae Hong Son

    PHOTO: Samkong underpass, Phuket – Newshawk Bad weather has hit Phang Nga and Phuket this morning whilst the flooding waters from the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi are now reaching the main business district. In Phuket the major arteries are being clogged by flooding waters creating havoc for this morning’s peak hour. The Marine Office has issued a warning for…

  • Bangkok News

    DSI crackdown on foreigners using Thai nominees: Law firm raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui

    Four offices of the same investment advisory firm have been raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui. Coordinated raids on the offices of what appears to be a single advisory firm were conducted by the DSI (Department of Special Investigations), police and Board of Investment representatives. Pictures showed that the company is DFDL Thailand Legal and Tax. This company offers “investment advisory…

  • News

    Phuket’s beach lifeguard situation is not sustainable

  • Health

    High performance coaching for a fantastic day

    by Hayden Rhodes High performance in any discipline – requires discipline. Physical health, mental well-being and business practice to name a few, are all impacted by your behavior. One cornerstone to consistent high performance is having the discipline to wake each day with routines that get you in the zone for sustainable performance. Successful people have worked out that morning…

  • Thai Life

    Top 10 Roast Dinners in Phuket

    Many of us are away from home living as ‘expats’ on this tropical island and while we all love Thai food, especially street local food, sometimes we miss the comforts of home. And what’s more homely than our extensively researched (we all love a good roast) Top Ten Sunday Roasts, in no particular order. 1. Les Diables, Boat Lagoon The…

  • Food

    Top 10 Coffees in Phuket

    Phuket has developed quite a coffee culture with new cafés opening every week all over the island. The Thais love their iced coffee drowned in sweetened condensed milk whilst the western favourites are gaining in popularity. You’re now hard-pressed not to find good coffee around Phuket. From a 50 baht latte to some of the more fancy decors, here are…

  • Thai Life

    Top 10 Spots to Escape the Crowds in Phuket

    The island of Phuket is abuzz with tourists throughout the high season, but it is also staying busy now during the traditional ‘low’ season as well. We no longer have the dramatic influx during the silly season and super quiet during low season, it has flattened out and we now have tourists all year round. Expats and locals welcome the tourists…

  • Thai Life

    Developers rush to provide better retirement options in Thailand

    Retiring in Thailand has always been a double-edged sword – on one hand the lifestyle, inexpensive living and culture. On the other, the prospect of lonely later years without the trampoline safety of adequate healthcare and services. But there are now a growing list of companies looking to address the needs of the growing expat and retiree population attracted to…

  • Thai Life

    Top 10 Things to know about taking a bus from Phuket to Bangkok (or back)

    So you need to get from Phuket to Bangkok, or Bangkok to Phuket? You have choices of flying, driving or taking a bus. As the flight prices remain cheap and the services generally numerous and reliable, the buses have plenty of competition on their hands. But they are a cheaper option and you’ll certainly see more of the countryside along…

  • Food

    Top 10 Hamburgers in Phuket

    The winner was Thavorn Beach Village & Spa, Phuket Thailand 2. 2nd place Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa (Photo by real Life) 3. 3rd place Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach 4. Kata Rocks 5. Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa 6. Dewa Nai Yang Resort Phuket 7. Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa 8. Two Chefs Bar & Grill 9.…