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Jun 152014
 

WORD ON PHUKET PARTY SCENE: It was a wild Saturday night at Tablespoon Cafe with an African-themed party and barbecue celebrating ‘The Colors of Africa Fest’ at Central Festival Phuket.

Tablespoon put on a spread of ostrich steaks, crocodile slices and other South African barbecue treats for the guests and gave away prizes for the best dressed party goers.

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Jun 152014
 

WORD ON PHUKET: Thousands of people packed the Grand Hall at Central Festival Phuket on Saturday for an afternoon of sub-Saharan music, dance, fashion and theatre for The Colors of Africa Fest.

Under a canopy of giant birds of paradise suspended on high-up perches with hundreds of onlookers filling the four floors, visitors were treated to energizing African drumming, stunning male and female models in fashion wear inspired by the colours of Africa.

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Joining the The Colors of Africa Fest is Central Festival Phuket’s free customer WiFi provider, AIS, which is giving away prizes including an iPad Mini and a Samsung Note 3 in an Instagram and Facebook contest. Submitters of the wildest pics taken at the AIS selfie spot on the ground floor can also win vouchers for Splash Jungle water park in Phuket.

 

Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut

Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut

Guest of honour Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut welcomed guests and thanked Central Group for holding another world-class event on the island.

 

The governor also took the opportunity to thank Phuketians for their community spirit and commitment to keeping Phuket peaceful during challenging times.

 

Fun and colourful events such as The Colors of Africa are symbolic of the fantastic entertainment on Phuket has to offer and I praise Central Festival Phuket for bringing fantastic lifestyle choices to the heart of Phuket,” said Governor Maitree.

 

Central Festival Vice President Property Management & General Manager, Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, said The Colors of Africa Fest was a celebration of the mall’s international lifestyles and was just a taste of much more entertainment to come in the months ahead.

 

Central Festival Phuket will soon be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary as Phuket’s most popular and diverse shopping and lifestyle destination in the heart of Phuket,” said Ms Wilaiporn.

 

We invite all to enjoy this celebration of international friendship and we promise there will be many more fun events over the next few months,” she said.

 

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Jun 152014
 
Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut

Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut

WORD ON PHUKET: Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut revealed on Saturday that traffic congestion will soon be eased at the Central Festival – Darasamuth School intersection when part of the new underpass opens to traffic in the next two weeks.

 

The news was met with applause when Governor Maitree made the announcement during his opening speech as guest of honour for The Colors of Africa Fest at Central Festival Phuket on Saturday afternoon.

 

Governor Maitree thanked Phuketians for their patience for enduring months of traffic jams but said he was pleased with current progress and that construction of the multi-lane road was on target to be fully completed by October.

 

When complete, motorists will be able to easily commute between Chalong Circle and Phuket’s central business district.

 

“I’m looking forward to completion of the underpass and road expansion making life easier for motorists in Phuket,” said Governor Maitree.

 

” Traffic will flow a lot easier with seven lanes — two 2-lane roads and a 3-lane carriageway — taking traffic from Chalong Circle up to the bypass road,” he said.

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Construction plans for the multi-lane underpass through Phuket’s central business district

Jun 122014
 

WORD ON PHUKET: The Colours of Africa are brightening up Central Festival Phuket this June, starting on Saturday 14th June with wild entertainment at the Grand Hall on the ground floor.

Starting at 5pm on Saturday, the free family entertainment for all visitors to the mall features wild acrobatics in a one-off performance of ‘Tarzan The Musical’, followed by a fashion extravaganza inspired by “Life in The Jungle”.

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Check out Central Festival’s Facebook page for more info.

Jun 082014
 

WORD ON PHUKET SPORT: Masters Football Asia Announce The Emerald EPL Masters Tour Phuket Featuring Thailand Legends Vs EPL All Stars.

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Ex-England legend Paul Parker (2nd from left) with Emerald EPL Masters Phuket Tour 2014 officials and title sponsor, Emerald Phuket Development MD, Sawit Ketroj (right)

Masters Football Asia in partnership with Emerald Phuket Development is delighted to announce the staging of an exhibition football match which will excite the football lovers and sports enthusiasts of Phuket only a week before the start of the new EPL season. The match will feature two star studded teams of legends football players (over the age of 35) in the Emerald EPL Masters Tour Phuket 2014 and will see Thailand Legends versus EPL All Stars Masters play on Sunday 10th August.

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The team of local heroes will have a lot to live up to as a Thailand Legends team won the indoor 6 a side “Thailand Masters Trophy” in Bangkok in 2012 in a 4 way contest (which also included Liverpool and Manchester United Masters) and defeated an EPL All Star side in the final. The team that were victorious included home grown players such as Piyapong Piew On, Wangchan, Chaikaew, Chan-im and Puangchan; most are expected to be part of this year’s Thai team and captain of the team Zico will once more be expected to lead the side.

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Emerald EPL Masters football legend Paul Parker chats with The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket’s Janet McNab

The 2012 event was organised by Venture Sports Group of Bangkok who will once more be working tirelessly behind the scenes to help Masters Football make the event a success and bringing much loved British football to the Thai public.

The EPL All Stars Masters team will feature many famous faces that will be playing in Thailand for the very first time. The team are expected to include such legends as David James, Lee Sharpe, Robbie Fowler and Pierre Van Hooijdonk. Teddy Sheringham and Louis Saha, both Champions League winners with Manchester United have been added to the EPL All Stars team to complete a strong line up.

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Thai football legend Piyapong Pue On signs an Emerald EPL Masters Tour shirt

The EPL All Star team will be visiting the beautiful resort of Phuket for a few days prior to the match and the players will be involved in a number of community projects which include coaching for kids, meet and greet the fans and touring the island. Such a fantastic experience has been made possible by the main sponsor Emerald Phuket Development who will further enhance their standing in the community with a generous donation of gate receipts to local charities.

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Thai football legend Zico will be heading the Thai team

It is hoped that the match will be an annual event, a curtain raiser to the EPL season. We welcome Khun Mai from Emerald Phuket Development and look forward to working with him and his team .

Supporting sponsors who make this all possible include The Westin Hotel Siray Bay Resort and Spa, Qatar Airlines Thailand, Nikki Beach Phuket, Class Act Media and Mafro. Further sponsors are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The game is supported by the Football Association of Thailand and is additionally endorsed by the Phuket Provincial Sports & Tourism Authority who will be hoping to fill the stadium for what is expected to be a carnival atmosphere and an exciting match. )

Tickets for the Emerald EPL Masters Tour Phuket go on sale on Friday 13th June.

There is a limited number of VIP seats priced at 2,000 and 1,000 baht. Grandstand seats are 300 baht and regular tickets are priced at 200 baht each. Tickets can be bought at Phuket’s Tiny Coffee outlets & Tiny Mart at Shell petrol stations and available online at www.phuketticketmaster.com (link will be updated).

Any remaining tickets will be available at the ticket booth in front of stadium only on match day.

The public are urged to buy their tickets early as the organisers are expecting a capacity crowd of 15,000 at the Surakul Stadium, home to Phuket FC.

For more information contact Ian Holahan. Tel: +65 9159 8365.

Jun 082014
 

WORD ON PHUKET FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: The Kids Club Opens as The Biggest Indoor Playground in Patong, Phuket.

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Kids Club opens in Patong as the biggest indoor playground in Phuket

Children can now play, bake and learn magic tricks all day long in Patong at the the biggest indoor playground in Phuket, The Kids Club, now fully operational as a ‘premium children’s venue’ after completion of the padded adventure play area on the entire second floor of the Promenade Mall off Rat-U-Thit Road.

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Safe play for kids of all ages

Operated by St. James Properties, the 800sqm venue was completed in May with the installation of imported playground equipment including bigger slides, a climbing wall, adventure walkways, a trampoline, a flying fox, party rooms and an indoor soccer pitch. Plus a ‘tired tots’ rest area.

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Cup cake baking class

Creative cup cake franchise Joob Joob is also offering incredible edibles and edutainment at the Kids Club with a daily variety of freshly baked cup cakes, crepes, waffles and natural ice cream, plus illy coffee at the colourful counter and in comfy chairs in the lounge area. Children and adults can learn the secrets of Joob Joob’s famous creative cupcakes from the Joob Joob sisters, Ant and Kea. Classes can be booked in advance and are conducted in English, Thai and French.

The colourful sweet treats by Joob Joob are actually quite healthy snacks, said consulting partner to the Joob Joob sisters Anthony Reynolds.

“The Ice creams and sorbets are additive-free, containing no artificial colours or preservatives,” he said.

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Magic tricks and party supplies at the Kids Club’s stores

More recent additions to The Kids Club expansion are a Magic Shop run by resident magician KoKo The Clown, who performs magic shows and teaches young customers how to do their own magic tricks, plus a party supply store with shelves stocked full of themed treats and toys to make any kind of party go off with a bang. Customers can also order helium balloons at the store.

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Mega 10-metre slide

Operated by St. James Properties Group, Finnish owner, Esa Veli Mikael Huovila, said the aim of The Kids Club was to establish a dedicated one-stop party venue for children of all ages – and that “Phuket simply needed a place where parents can let their kids play in a safe, supervised environment”.

 

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Coco The Clown in his Magic Store

“The Kids Club also offers parents an ideal place to drop off the kids to do some shopping or take care of business knowing their children are in the safe hands of our team of dedicated staff,” said Mr Huovila.

“Of course, parents are welcome to relax here, too, while their children play. Wireless internet access is available for parents relaxing or working in the large lounge area, which has a reading corner and pleasant view,” he said.

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Stores and seating area

Conveniently located next to Bangla Road and opposite Jungceylon, and with underground parking available at the Promenade Mall, The Kids Club is an ideal venue for throwing birthday parties with all the trimmings. Parents can order custom-baked birthday cakes from Joob Joob, magic performances by KoKo The Clown and of course, there’s ample space for youngsters to let off steam.

The Kids Club is open 10am to 9pm every day, offering a range of hourly rates for one-year-olds, under 18s and adults (18+) between 50 and 150 baht per hour, plus daily rates up to just 300 baht for the whole day. For more information visit www.thekidsclubphuket.com or facebook.com/thekidsclubphuket. Tel: 076-341310. Email: info@thekidsclubphuket.com.

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WORD ON PHUKET: Phuket, along with Pattaya and Samui, are no longer under Thailand’s curfew, the National Council for Peace and Order announced this afternoon (Tuesday 3rd June).

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Tourists in Patong can now stay out all night after Thailand’s curfew was lifted in Phuket on Tuesday

The curfew has been lifted in the popular tourist spots do avoid further impact to tourism related commerce.

The curfew remains in place in other parts of the country, from midnight to 4 am.

May 222014
 

WORD ON TOURISM DURING CURFEW: At 17.00 hours today, Thai military took control of the country to prevent further loss of life and prevent the conflict from further escalating.

The move came after talks between representatives of opposing sides and top officials failed to reach a common ground, according to local media reports.

A nationwide curfew has been announced from 22.00 – 05.00 hours with effective from today, and martial law to remain in effect until further notice, army announced.

Businesses and public services are adjusting their operating hours to comply with the curfew.

All airports in Thailand remain open, and air passengers with arrival and departure flights scheduled during the curfew can travel to and from the airports at any time as usual. However, Tourists with arrival and departure flights during the curfew are advised to prepare all travel documents when travelling to and from the airports.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is closely monitoring the situation, and will be providing more updates as soon as there are further developments.

In the meantime, tourists can contact the following numbers for information and assistance:

TAT Call Centre 1672

Tourist Police Call Centre 1155

Traffic Police Call Centre 1197

BMTA (city bus and van service) Call Centre 1348

BTS Hotline +66 (0) 2617 6000

MRT Customer Relations Center +66 (0) 2624 5200

SRT (train service) Call Centre 1690

Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) Call Centre 1490

AOT (Suvarnabhumi Airport) Call Centre 1722

Suvarnabhumi Airport Operation Centre (temporary) +66 (0) 2132 9950 or 2

Don Mueang Airport Call Centre +66 (0) 2535 3861, (0) 2535 3863

Thai Airways International Call Centre +66 (0) 2356 1111

Bangkok Airways Call Centre 1771

Nok Air Call Centre 1318

Thai AirAsia Call Centre +66 (0) 2515 9999

Issued at Bangkok at 19.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 22 May 2014.

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May 202014
 

WORD ON THAI CULTURE: Thai horticulturists presented their stunning flower display to HM Queen Elizabeth at Britain’s annual Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.

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Thai ambassadors greet HM Queen Elizabeth at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show

The queen and her entourage visited the Thailand-themed garden ahead of the flower show’s official opening tomorrow.

The Thai display, dedicated to Thailand’s revered royalty, features elephants, Kinnaree, other mythological creatures comprising over 100,000 flowers.

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The Thai garden has more than 100,000 flowers. Photo Guy Bell/REX

May 202014
 

WORD ON THAI POLITICS: Thailand’s military invoked martial law in the early hours of Tuesday morning “to restore peace and order for people from all sides”.

Military leaders have stressed that the operation is not a coup and that the public can carry on as normal.

The take over of control of security nationwide comes after months of anti-government protests and breaks a stalemate following the dismissal of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shiawatra.

Reports on the ground in Bangkok confirm that conditions are peaceful and people are going about business as usual.

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Thai Military on the streets of Bangkok. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP

May 182014
 

WORD ON THAILAND: In a drive to improve road safety in Thailand, the Department of Land Transport (DLT) has announced an overhaul of driver’s education and the testing process.

From June the first, learner drivers will have to have at least 12 hours behind the wheel, four hours of lectures, and get more than 90% marks in theory exams. Licenses will have to be renewed every five years with refresher courses.

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