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Patong Beach is the most popular beach destination in Phuket. Known the world over, the neighbourhood is the beating heart of the island’s vibrant nightlife scene and also offers up a variety of dining options and unique places for shopping.

This bustling neighbourhood is also home to the classy Patong Bay Hill Resort.

Perched high above the beach in the greenery of Hasibpee Hill, the Patong Bay Hill Resort is a tropical, modern resort. Contemporary in design, the accommodation oozes luxury in a tranquil setting. Featuring breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea, the luxurious resort in Patong is not only the perfect place to stay during a Phuket holiday, it’s also the perfect base for exploring all that the Patong Beach neighbourhood has to offer.

One of Patong Beach’s biggest attractions is Jungceylon. The shopping mall complex is located just a short distance from Patong Bay Hill Resort and is a world-class shopping and entertainment destination. Jungceylon features a wide array of shops, department stores and boutiques to peruse as well as trendy cafes and restaurants.

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For those traveling as a family, Jungceylon will also appeal to the children as there is an Escape Room game, a cinema, a video game center and a bowling alley. These various activities are a great way for families to spend time together, and also a wonderful escape for when Phuket’s weather turns less than pleasant.

A holiday on a tropical island wouldn’t be complete without spending some time splashing in the sea. Guests of Patong Bay Hill Resort can relish in the fact that the resort is within close proximity to four outstanding beaches. Patong Beach is just a few minutes from the resort while Tri Trang Beach, Paradise Beach and Freedom Beach are easily accessible as well.

A favorite amongst the staff of Patong Bay Hill Resort is Paradise Beach. Located in an exquisite private bay, Paradise Beach is just eight minutes away from Patong Beach and Patong Bay Hill Resort. Aside from soaking up the sun’s rays, there are many sports-based activities to participate in at Paradise Beach such as scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking.

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Beach volleyball and football are also available. Paradise Beach features an on-site restaurant and also offers up a range of nightlife options in the form of Full Moon and Half Moon parties. If you’re already on Patong Beach, there is a free shuttle from Patong to Paradise Beach everyday from 9:00am to 9:30pm every 30 minutes. For more information on pick-up points, contact info@paradisebeach.com

For those who prefer to stay a bit more local, Patong Beach is the closest beach to Patong Bay Hill Resort. The beach itself is a long stretch of sand that is shaded by trees. Take advantage of the location to soak up the sun, and then perhaps cross the beach road to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat at any one of the cafes and restaurants that line the road.

With the exception of transport to Paradise Beach, guests of Patong Bay Hill Resort can take full advantage of the property’s free shuttle bus to both Patong Beach and Jungceylon. The service runs from 10:30am until 20:30pm daily, however, booking in advance is required.

To learn more about Patong Bay Hill Resort and the complimentary services offered to guests, contact the resort directly on rsvn@patongbayhill.com

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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