PHUKET: JUST an hour’s drive from Phuket there is a little-known gem called Raman Waterfall. The five-tier waterfall and its emerald pools can be found in Phang Nga, and is perfect for a day trip from Phuket.
Raman National Park is home to the waterfall (Nam Tok Raman in Thai) and delivers tranquility, free-of-charge.
The gardens, clean toilet facilities, simple tuck-shop (if you forgot your sandwiches) and peaceful surroundings make it a good place for a picnic. But no booze in national parks, remember!
A two-kilometer hike takes you along the waterfall’s five tiers and up the 100-meter mountain side.
Raman National Park is located within the 125-rai realm of Khao Ton Din National Forest Reserve, so the forest is pristine and is not your average walk in the park.
There’s a variety of fauna and flora to observe, but be warned, the state of the path definitely adds to the sense of being “off the beaten track”.
The waterfall’s five levels are visible as you walk, although access is not as easy as it looks.
Wear some sensible shoes and take your time climbing over the slippery rocks – your hard work will be rewarded by a dip in the refreshingly cool emerald pools at the mouth of each tier.
If you climb to the top you will see the area where “Raman people” are said to have settled during the “Nine-army Battle” to flee the Burmese.
The remote location and size of the waterfall means it’s never too crowded.
The number of pools – and their relative inaccessibility – means you may well have a pool
all to yourself.
To get there by car, cross the Sarasin Bridge and keep going straight on Route 4, veering right when the road forks 20 kilometers after the bridge.
It’s smooth sailing for another 25km, which is when you see signs for Raman Waterfall on your left. There’s a temple called Wat Suwannakhuha (also worth a look) where you will need to turn left off the main road.
After that, you drive into the village for about 5km, take the next three left turns, and you’re there.
Bring mosquito repellent, towels and swimwear. Don’t worry about when to go – water cascades down this waterfall all year round.
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“No stimulus for property sector” – Thai finance minister
The Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana told a seminar in Bangkok yesterday that the government’s stimulus packages were for the ‘grass roots economy’ and the property sector can cope on its own, without any government assistance.
He was speaking at a property seminar hosted by the Krungthep Turakit newspaper yesterday. He said that that the real estate sector could readily adjust to the Bank of Thailand’s loan-to-value (LTV) criteria on mortgage loans that took effect last April.
“The government’s latest economic stimulus packages are aimed at helping revive the grassroots economy, and that should in turn benefit to the property sector.”
The 316 billion baht stimulus package approved by the Cabinet on August 20 focuses on cash handouts for low-income earners and domestic travellers and extends soft loans to drought-afflicted farmers.
The upbeat finance minister also said that, once the US-China trade war is sorted out, the Thai economy will expand at a faster rate.
“The Thai economy continues to expand.”
“Regardless of what happens with the US-China trade talks, GDP growth will reach 3%, as forecast by the National Economic and Social Development Council.”
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Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket
PHOTO: Inspections at the property in March this year – Kritsada Mueanhawong
Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.
The Palang Pracharat MP has also claimed to have had death threats made against him over his investigations and accusations over the condo’s land titles and ownership in recent weeks.
The MP filed an official complaint with the Department of Special Investigation chief in Bangkok this morning.
The complaint alleges that the Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and the municipality “neglected their duties” by issuing permits to Kata Beach Co Ltd, the developer of the The Peaks Residences Condominium.
In February this year the Karon OrBorTor issued a construction permit for the project but in April municipal officials also sent a letter acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings over the legitimacy of the land title, the NorSor 3 Kor Number 1863.
The complaint alleges that the project is being built on land with a NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title. The complainants allege that the legal land document would have had to have been presented to obtain building permits and construction to proceed. But they claim that, as the NorSor 3 Kor for that land was under consideration by the Administrative Court, a legal building permit could not be issued.
In August 2017, the Regional Administrative Court ruled that the NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title was invalid. Furthermore it determined that the land was “protected forest land”.
The DSI formally received the complaint documents this morning.
Meanwhile, the developer of The Peaks Residences Condominium, Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, maintains that the project’s paperwork is all “proper’ and that “everything is under the law”.
“Our company has already suspended construction to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court.”
Officials from the Internal Security Operations Command inspected the property in March this year as the owners promised to ‘slow down’ construction. Read that story HERE.
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More than four million guests stayed in an Airbnb on August 10, 2019
“Airbnb has created an opportunity to meet people from all around the world.” – Pim, an Airbnb Host in Thailand
Exactly 11 years since Airbnb was founded, the home-sharing hospitality company and ‘accommodation disrupters’ celebrated its biggest night ever, with more than 4 million people spending the night in an Airbnb listing on August 10, 2019.
To date, there has been more than half a billion guest arrivals at unique homes and properties all over the world since the company was founded in August 2008.
To work towards bringing the world closer, Airbnb has created the Airbnb Connection Index, which reflects the pairings of countries and regions between hosts and guests. For example, when a guest from Thailand becomes the first to stay with a host in Iceland, a new connection is made. In return, when an Icelandic guest becomes the first to stay with a host in Thailand, another new connection is made.
In 2010, the Airbnb platform had facilitated more than 1,300 connections. By 2015, that number had increased to more than 16,500.
Today, approximately 26,000 connections have been made via the Airbnb platform, and by the end of 2019 more than 30,013 connections are expected to be made as the platform grows even further.
With the current presence of the Airbnb platform in 245 countries and regions, it is mathematically possible for there to be 60,025 place-to-place connections. By the year 2027, Airbnb predicts that there will be in excess of 50,000 connections.
As outlined in a recent report, much of Airbnb’s fastest growth is occurring in emerging destinations, propelled by a rising demand for travel to places across Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.
Pim, an Airbnb Host in Thailand, shared, “Airbnb has created an opportunity to meet people from all around the world. It makes me understand that different cultures can live together. We can be happy, we can share, we can have good memories together no matter where you come from.”Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
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