Oct 222016

WORD ON THAILAND: Millions of Thais gathered at Sanam Luang in Bangkok today for an historical live recording of the Royal Anthem of Thailand (Sansoen Phra Barami) in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on October 13.

Royal Anthem of Thailand Bangkok live

Millions of mourning Thais made history singing the Royal Anthem of Thailand in remembrance of HM King Bhumibol

Holding portraits of the Late King and bank notes depicting the monarch, the emotional crowd that spilled onto the streets surrounding the Grand Palace were accompanied by live orchestras as they sang and cried.

The event was broadcast live on all terrestrial TV channels and radio.

Dressed in black, many of the mourners had travelled from all over the country to pay their respects to the departed king.

The government has laid on free transport to the capital for the occasion and many people are providing free food and refreshments as well as accommodation for the masses of mourners, estimated to be several million in number.

Royal Thai anthem recorded Bangkok

The crowd of mourners spilled onto the streets surrounding the royal park and the Grand Palace.


Oct 132016

WORD ON THAILAND: Thailand is in mourning following the announcement today by the Bureau of the Royal Household that His Majesty King Bumiphol Adulyadej passed away at 3:52pm at the age of 89.

Thailand flags half mast

Flags are at half mast for 30 days as Thailand mourns loss of beloved king

In a televised announcement at about 7pm, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the country now enters a 1-year period of mourning over the loss of their beloved king, Rama IX and urged all sectors in society to refrain from holding entertainment activities for one month.

The PM’s Office announced that government agencies nationwide were ordered to fly half-mast for 30 days following His Majesty the King’s death and that government officials will wear black in mourning for a year.

Private firms are free to use their own judgment, the statement added.

The Heir to the Throne, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, will succeed His Majesty the King.

Jan 152016

WORD ON PHUKET CELEBRITIES: Shoppers at Central Festival Phuket rushed to snap up free 2016 calendars handed out by trending celebrities Jeda Saranya and Aun Chaiyaphon on Wednesday (Jan 13).

The calendars feature glam shots of a variety of stars from Channel 7’s popular TV soaps, dramas and movies.

Aun Chaiyaphon (1) Aun Chaiyaphon (2) Jeda Saranya (1) Jeda Saranya (2) Jeda Saranya (3) Jeda Saranya and Aun Chaiyaphon (1)

Dec 262015

WORD ON PHUKET: The festive spirit was in the air at Central Festival Phuket on Christmas Day with seasonal fun and entertainment brightening up Phuket’s most popular fashion mall.

Santa and his dazzling Santarina helpers gave out sweets to Christmas shoppers, who were also treated to traditional Thai music and dance performances.


Santarina gives a treats to a young visitor at Central Festival Phuket on Christmas Day.

Young visitors at Central Festival Phuket surround Santa and two 'Santarinas' as they gave out gifts to shoppers at Phuket's biggest fashion mall on Christmas Day.

Young visitors at Central Festival Phuket surround Santa and two ‘Santarinas’ as they gave out gifts to shoppers at Phuket’s biggest fashion mall on Christmas Day.

Traditional Thai dance, entral Festival Phuket

Christmas Day entertainment for shoppers at Central Festival Phuket included traditional Thai dance on stage at the Grand Hall.

Dec 162015

WORD ON PHUKET SPORT: The Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) are proud to announce that the ICC Award Winning Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament will be played at the Alan Cooke Ground, the premier cricketing venue on the island following talks with the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG). The Sixes forms part of the Phuket International Cricket Week along with the Kata International Cricket 7’s Tournament. The 7’s will once again take place at the Kata Group Republic Ground in the south of the island.


Cricket Phuket

Up to thirty teams will congregate in April from all over the world for the Phuket International Cricket Week to join up with locally based Phuket sides. The Sixes, which were first competed for in 2004, will be played between Thursday 14 April and Sunday 17 April 2016. The fifth annual 7’s will follow between Wednesday 20 April and Saturday 23 April 2016.

The Phuket International Cricket Week will offer participants a unique two holidays in one for the first time, as the Sixes team up with the Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort, before moving to the Kata Beach Resort and the Andaman Seaview Hotel for the 7’s.

ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher is delighted with the development. “The ACST are constantly looking at ways to invigorate and make our events more exciting and better for all involved. The PCG have been an enormous help in us being able to offer the exciting new developments for 2016, and we can’t thank them enough.” “We are also thrilled that our 7’s event continues to develop with huge thanks to the Kata Group,” he added.

PCG Chairman, Anthony Van Blerk is equally enthusiastic at the news. “The PCG are delighted that our long lasting relationship with the ACST continues to prosper since the first Sixes tournament back in 2004. We look forward to welcoming teams to our superb facility in April.”

Team entries for both events are now open for what will be a superb festival of cricket and camaraderie. Don’t miss out on your chance on a dream cricketing holiday, making lifelong memories and friends.

For further details, please contact Mr Maher at or by telephone on +61 407 385 481.

Nov 282015

WORD ON THAI CULTURE: Thailand celebrated Loy Krathong on November 25th, lighting up waterways around the country with candle lit floats or “kratongs” made from banana trees and decorated with flowers, incense and candles. Scroll down for video.

Loy Kratong Phuket

The ancient Buddhist festival is one of the most spectacular and serene occasions in the Thai lunar calendar, held on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), marking the end of the rainy season.

Originally a Brahman festival, Thai Buddhists adopted the occasion to honor Buddha and give thanks to the Godess of water, Phra Mae Khongkha.

The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilement or attachments.

Romance is often in the air though, as amorous couples enjoy the intimate ambiance of it all under the full moon, releasing kratongs together in a courting ritual, placing strands of their hair and nail clippings in the kratong as a symbol of letting go of past transgressions and negative thoughts.

Oct 082015

WORD ON PHUKET ARTS SCENE: Phuket-based performers Theatrix Phuket are putting on “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” at the Green Man Pub on Saturday, October 17, at 6:00pm.  The group of professional performers promise a funny, fast-paced show covering all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes more or less!

Tickets are only 150 THB per person and can be bought in advance at Green Man Pub and Restaurant; HeadStart International School Admin Office; Oasis Ed.; The Book Cafe, or online via Ticket Master. 


If none of those are convenient, you can contact me here at or call me at 093 6490066, and I will reserve tickets for you. If you do choose to reserve tickets to pay for at the door, please come a bit early since, if need be, we will need to release unpaid tickets a few minutes before curtain. Thanks for listening and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.

Oct 022015

WORD ON BANGKOK: On the occasion of the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Embassy of India, Bangkok in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of the Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) commemorated the 9th International Day of Non-Violence on Friday, 2 October 2015 at the UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok. The Day has been celebrated in UNCC since 2007 when the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 2 October as the International Day of Non-violence.

International Day of Non Violence in Bangkok

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UNESCAP read out a special message of H. E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN. In her remarks, Dr. Akhtar highlighted the significance of non-violence and urged the International Community to secure a culture of peace, tolerance and understanding. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla in his address underlined the importance of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas of non-violence and truth in today’s world and urged the gathering to strive to adopt Gandhian methods to the present day challenges, with sincerity and diligence.

Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, former Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), delivered a special lecture on the “Relevance of Gandhian Philosophy in the Contemporary World”. Ambassador Bhatia highlighted the multi-dimensionality of Mahatma Gandhi’s personality and his philosophy and its relevance today. A short documentary titled “the Visionary Dreamer” produced by Prasar Bharti was screened. Students from the Modern International School of Bangkok and Ms. Ravinder Kaur & Group paid a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by performing Bhajans and songs. A presentation titled ‘a simple man, the world calls Mahatma” produced by Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs was shown at UNCC. The event ended with the offering of floral tributes by the attendees at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi installed by Government of India in UNCC.


The function was well-attended by Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of UN agencies, teachers and students of various Universities and schools in Thailand (Thammasat, Mahidol, Silpakorn, Siam and Assumption), representatives of various Indian Associations and media.

Sep 282015

WORD ON PHUKET: Brain development franchise for toddlers Babies Genius opened a brand new branch at the Boat Arcade edutainment and family centre in Ko Kaew on Saturday the 26th of September.

Babies Genius director Ms Pinrudee Rakkito was joined by Deputy Managing Director of Phuket Boat Lagoon, Mr Boon Yongsakul to cut a ribbon to mark the grand opening event, and local monks performed a Buddhist blessing ceremony for directors and staff along with local parents and children.

The colorful indoor activity area at the family mall is now offering daily early-learning fun and games for children aged six months to six years, including music and yoga as well as physical and sensory play activities in a stimulating child-friendly environment.

Babies Genius Phuket Boat Arcade

Sep 282015

WORD ON PHUKET:Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong hosted a dinner at Sam’s Steak, Holiday Inn Patong on the weekend to celebrate his birthday and bid farewell to some of Phuket’s dignitaries past and present. Governor Nisit leaves his post after a year as the Phuket provincial head and is scheduled to take up a new position as Governor of Nonthaburi province in the coming weeks.

Phuket Governor Nist Farewell dinner

Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong (centre) was joined by Central Festival Phuket Senior Vice President Property Management & General Manager Ms. Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree (3rd from left) and former Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pikat Tantipong (2nd right) and other distinguished guests for a farewell dinner at Sam’s Steak, Holiday Inn Patong, on the occasion of his birthday, on Sunday (Sept 27).

Wilaiporn Pitimanaare with gift for Phuket Governor Nisist



Governor Nisit will be replaced on 1st December by returning Phuket Governor Mr Chamroen Tipayapongthada, who was instrumental in negotiations to end a long-running standoff between local taxi drivers and district authorities.

Sep 262015

WORD ON PHUKET SHOPPING: Customer service staff at Central Festival Phuket show off the Polo canvas travel bags and Harnn aromatic candle sets being given away free to shoppers and tourists spending between 1,000 and 10,000 baht with bonus discounts with purchases on Mastercard at the mall until November 15.

Central Festival Phuket

To get a free Harnn  travel candle set spend a total of 10,000 THB in cash or only 8,000 THB with Mastercard at participating outlets.

To get a free Polo canvas bag spend a total of 7,000 THB in cash get or only 5,000 THB with Mastercard or get a Polo foldable bag when you spend 1,500 THB in cash or only 1,000 THB at participating restaurants and cafes. To claim your free travel accessories present your receipts as proof of purchase at the Information counter.