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Chinese tourists flock back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019

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Chinese tourists are flocking back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019 after a six month hiatus following last year’s Phoenix boat tragedy.

47 Chinese tourists drowned in the incident, including many children, after the boat capsized on July 5 in a late afternoon storm as the tour boat was returning to Phuket.

In the following months hotels received thousands of cancellations and new bookings weren’t being made. Tourism Authority of Thailand officials were hoping the numbers would recover in the final quarter of 2018 but that didn’t happen despite efforts of the Thai government to lure back the highly profitable Chinese arrivals.

Special ‘VIP’ immigration lanes at the airports and visa fee waiver schemes didn’t immediately re-ignite the tourists from China although Chinese tourists remained the highest arrivals on the island. Official numbers indicate the numbers dropped off 15-20% although some businesses, who had actively chased the Chinese market, reported a much higher drop off in Q4.

But that’s all changed as Phuket heads into the Chinese New Year celebrations for 2019.

Tourism officials and businesses say the Chinese are back, and in large numbers, for the annual holiday.

Hotel operators are reporting higher than usual bookings for the Chinese New Year festival, especially between February 2-10, according to the Thai Hotels Association.

“The average occupancy rate has risen to 90%,” according to Kongsak Khuphongsakon, chairman of the southern region of Thai Hotels Association.

Meanwhile Hotelbeds.com is reporting that Thailand is topping the list of destination for Chinese travellers in their 2019 exodus from China for the holidays.



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Two men have been arrested carrying 100 kilogram of kratom leaves at the Phuket Checkpoint early this morning.

A team of officers at the Phuket checkpoint arrested the two Thai men: 49 year old Natee Martmanang from Songkhla and 34 year old Tanan Chotchuang from Satun.

They were arrested while coming through the checkpoint at the north end of Phuket in a pickup truck. Officers seized 100 kilograms of kratom leaves.

They have been taken to the Tha Chatchai Police Station and charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drugs with intent to sell.

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Motorbike driver dies after slamming into the back of a parked bus, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with the rear of a parked bus on the side of the road in Thalang this morning.

Thalang Police say the incident happened at 5am on Sanambin Mueangmai Road (4026) which is about 200 metres from the Thalang Technical College.

Police and emergency responders arrived to find the parked bus. Embedded into the rear panels of the bus they found a motorbike and the body of a Thai man identified as 21 year old Rittchai Taokong. His body was taken to the Thalang Hospital

Thalang Police report that the bus driver, 59 year old Adul Pidjanan, had parked the bus on the side of the road. The motorbike, travelling at high speed, collided with the rear end of the bus.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining available CCTV.

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Baby Risso’s Dolphin rescued at Railay Beach in Krabi

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A baby Risso’s Dolphin has been rescued after being found on Railay Beach in Krabi on Sunday.

Officials at the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) were notified that the baby dolphin was found of the east end of Railay Beach.

The DMCR says that the species is a baby Risso’s dolphin. This one is 250 centimetres long and weighs about 100 kilograms. The dolphin was weak and unable to swim by itself.

Wounds have been found around its head which marine staff believe was caused from being battered as it washed up onto the beach by waves.

The dolphin was taken to the Phuket Marine Biology Centre (PMBC) where it’s receiving love, attention and further treatment.

Risso’s dolphin is the only species of dolphin in the genus Grampus. It is commonly known as the Monk dolphin among Taiwanese fishermen. Some of the closest related species to these dolphins include: pilot whales, pygmy killer whales, melon-headed whales, and false killer whales.

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