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Apr 242014
 

Here’s a rough guide of Phuket’s tourist seasons: Peak Season; High season; Mid Season and Low Season, which is the monsoon season, and the accompanying weather.

Phuket’s Peak Season begins mid December and goes through Christmas and New Year until the end of January. During this time the weather on Phuket is mostly hot and sunny with nice sea breezes, making it the most popular time of year, pushing hotel prices up with high demand.

April, Mid Season, is still a very nice time to be in Phuket, especially with the week-long Songkran (Thai New Year) celebrations, which attracts thousands to Phuket for mass water fights.

Then, towards the end of April and into May, the monsoon rains come to Phuket and drench the island for a few months. This Low Season period still attracts tourists, especially Middle Eastern visitors, who enjoy the lush, green surroundings of a well watered island.

Surfers also like to come during the rainy season to catch the waves off Nai Harn, Karon, Surin and other beaches with high swells. By November, the weather has calmed down and it’s cool before heating up for the High and Peak Season again.

Phuket Tourist Seasons

20 Dec-31 Jan 1 Feb-31 March 1 – 30 April 1 May 31 Oct 1-30 Nov 1-19 Dec
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Apr 242014
 

WORD ON PHUKET SHOPPING: You can now pop into Homeworks (Central Festival Phuket East) for the latest mobile accessories. From blinged-up smart phone and tablet covers to executive-style iPad holders, you can shop for all the latest e-fashion among the rows of booths on the ground floor in front of Power Buy Electronic City.

IT Homeworks

Sales staff display some of the e-fashion accessories now available at Homeworks

Need a new charger or a battery change? If your phone needs a quick fix, a new screen protector, headphones or new battery, you’ll find bits and pieces for most brands as well as universal options.

And while you’re there, check out the deals on the latest electronic goods in Power Buy or do some shopping at Tops Supermarket, which stocks a wide variety of imported foods as well as fresh bread from the in-store bakery.

Apr 232014
 

WORD ON THAILAND: Two people drowned while swimming in Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River after nearby boat operators ignored their pleas for help.

The trio of boys, A 20 year old, a 13 year old and a 16 year old, reportedly went swimming together to cool off in the Klong Toey area. Two of them got into trouble in the strong current and drowned after shouting for help from boats just a few feet away.

Boys drown

Screenshot: Boys drown in Chao Phraya River

See the full story on Coconuts Bangkok

See the Facebook posting here:

Apr 232014
 

WORD ON PHUKET PETS: This chilled out moggy is looking for a new home. He’s a male Persian and quite used to people.
He’s been a resident of a Phuket hotel in Pak Klok for a while, and welcomes guests there, but now needs a new home.

Persian

Persian in Phuket looking for new home

He doesn’t have a name yet and his age is not known. Anyone interested in adopting him and giving him a name can call 083-6905040 or email nick@phuketword.com

Apr 232014
 
Tony Blair

Tony Blair wants a revolution against ” Islamism”

WORD ON CHANGING WORLD: Former British Prime Minister and now advisor to global bank JP Morgan, Tony Blair, is set to make a speech encouraging Britain and other countries to come together against Islamic extremism.

According to The Independent, Blair will give a speech today Wednesday urging British intervention against Islamic extremists around the world.

After dragging an unwilling Britain into the invasion and slaughter of millions in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, Blair will apparently admit failures in the two wars while pushing for Europe, America, Russia and China to join forces and ” Confront Islamism” with “engagement that goes beyond political”.

Blair will reportedly go on to add that “the West should also be prepared to back “revolution” in countries, such as Iran, which are run by radical Islamic regimes… “Where there has been revolution, we should be on the side of those who support those principles and opposed to those who would thwart them”.

Read the full story from The Independent here.

Blair was hired in 2008 as an advisor to JP Morgan, earning him a part-time salary of 2 million pounds a year.

Several people have attempted to make citizen’s arrests on Tony Blair, including: Tom Grundy, while Blair was speaking in Hong Kong; and Twiggy Garcia, a staff member at a restaurant who took the opportunity to fulfill a promise to make a citizen’s arrest when Blair popped in for a meal.

Tom Grundy attempts citizen’s arrest in Hong Kong

Twiggy Garcia on The People’s Voice

Apr 232014
 

WORD ON CHANGING WORLD: The US Military got a scare when Russia demonstrated its new jamming technology in a show of force over the Black Sea earlier in April, according to Russian Radio.

 

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Russian Aircraft Su 24

According to Russian Radio, a Russian Sukhoi Su -24 aircraft with the newest jamming complex paralyzed the weapons system “Aegis”  on board the the destroyer “USS Donald Cook”, after the American vessel entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10.

 The US destroyer “Donald Cook”, equipped with “Tomahawk” cruise missiles, was turned into a sitting duck by Russia’s new jamming technology when the unarmed bomber Su- 24 approached the US destroyer.

According to the report, “Aegis” spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. And suddenly all the screens went blank. “Aegis” was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.

USS Donald Cook

USS Donald Cook a sitting duck?

Apparently, all efforts to revive the “Aegis” and provide target information for the defence failed. Russia’s reaction to military pressure from the United States was profoundly calm, feels the Russian political scientist Pavel Zolotarev.

See the rest of the story here. Source

Apr 232014
 

WORD ON PHUKET ENTERTAINMENT SCENE: The auction in Phuket of a guitar signed by the members of legendary Thai rock band Carabao raised 55,000 baht (1.240 euro) for children’s welfare foundation the Baan Luang Pituk Child Charity.

Aed Carabao Phuket

Aed Carabao hands a signed guitar to Salisa Limsakul, MD of Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa.

The guitar was auctioned during Phuket Bike Week 2014. Managing Director of The Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa, Salisa Limsakul, made the top bid for the signed guitar, which was presented at a Carabao concert held at Sapan Hin.

Salisa Limsakul Guitar

Salisa Limsakul with the auctioned guitar and Miss Phuket Bike Week winners.

 

Apr 192014
 

WORD ON PHUKET: Thailand’s biggest gay festival returns to Patong for another fun filled 8 days of flamboyance on the beach front.

All genders, ages and persuasions are welcome to come along and “Celebrate who we are” with events, parades and parties where anything goes from Sunday 20th April to Sunday 27th April.

Gay pride Phuket

 

Gay Pride Phuklet 2014

Gay Pride 2014, Phuket, Thailand

 

Get more info about Phuket’s biggest bash at phuket-pride.org.

Download the Gay Pride Festival schedule

Check out these photos from previous gay pride festivals

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Apr 172014
 
  • ASEAN advisors push for Thailand to develop more as a medical tourism hub for the region

  • Thailand’s blooming medical tourism market made over THB 120 billion in 2012

  • Middle Eastern visitors given 90-day visa extensions

  • Thailand to focus on Spa, Thai food & herbs, Spiritual meditation, Tourism, Sports, Cultural activities & Medical care

  • Target tourists include: shoppers, honeymooners, golfers, filmmakers, and MICE visitors

Medical Tourism Thailand

WORD ON MEDICAL TOURISM: The ASEAN National Economic and Social Advisory Council has proposed to the Cabinet that Thailand continue to develop the country’s multi-billion-baht medical tourism industry along with other countries in the region.

Part of the proposal includes granting further visa extensions to foreign senior citizens seeking a long-term stay in Thailand for medical services.

Visitors from six Middle Eastern countries have been enjoying 90-day visa extensions since January 2013. These countries include: Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. There are reportedly plans to give similar visa privileges to visitors from other ASEAN countries some time in 2015.

The National Economic and Social Advisory Council wants to have a database of medical tourism products and information for tourists in five categories: spa services and beauty; Thai food and herbs; spiritual meditation; tourism, sports and cultural activities; and medical care.

As well as targeting long-stay tourists and retirees, the advisory council suggested targeting niche groups such as shoppers, honeymooners, golfers, filmmakers, celebrities and MICE visitors, adding that health centers with physicians and interpreters would also be needed.

According to Thailand PRD, Medical tourism generated 52 billion baht in revenue for Thailand in 2008, 58 billion baht in 2009, and 65 billion baht in 2010. The earnings rose to 97.8 billion baht in 2011 and 121.6 billion baht in 2012.

Apr 162014
 

WORD ON THAILAND: April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Thai-Lao Friendship bridge connecting Nong Khai province in northeastern Thailand with Lao capital of Vientiane.

The two countries — joined by Australia, which funded construction of the bridge — held a celebration event April 4-8, 2014.

Thai-Lao Friendship bridge

Opened in 1994, the Thai-Lao Friendship bridge is 1,170 metres long, connecting Nong Kai (Thailand) with Vientienne (Laos) across the Mekong River

The bridge first joined the two cities across the Mekong River on 8 April 1994. Their Majesties the King and Queen, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Lao President Nouhak Phoumsavan, and three ministers of Thailand, Laos, and Australia were present at the inauguration ceremony.

The bridge was funded by the Australian government. It was the first to have been built across the 4,200-kilometer-long Mekong River. With a length of 1,170 meters, the bridge has two 3.5-meter-wide vehicle lanes, and two 1.5-meter-wide footpaths. Fifteen columns provide support along the edges of both halves of the bridge, eight on the Thai side and seven on the Lao side.
Link to original article

Apr 162014
 

WORD ON THAILAND: This April Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has begun broadcasting digital television with the aim of phasing out analog TV by the year 2020.

Digital TV Thailand

Thailand plans to phase out analog TV by 2020

So far 24 commercial channels have been granted permission to operate on the new digital broadcasting, which is being rolled out from 1 to 24 April, covering Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, and Songkhla initially.

All existing channels are set to make the switch to digital TV broadcasting by April 25, including: MCOT, the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), TV5, and Thai PBS.

In May, local residents in Ubon Ratchathani, Surat Thani, and Rayong will be able to watch digital television.

Those living in Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Khon Kaen, and Udon Thani will have the chance in June, when digital broadcasting is expected to cover 50 percent of households in Thailand, or 11.45 million families. There are about 22 million families across the country.

In the second stage, 13 provinces will have access to digital broadcast by December 2014. In 2015, the second year of the terrestrial digital television broadcasting, residents in 39 provinces will be able to watch digital television. By then, digital television broadcasting services will cover 80 percent of households in Thailand, or about 18 million families.

In the third year, the digital television operators that were granted licenses are required to set up additional stations in more provinces, so that the digital system will cover at least 90 percent of all households. In the fourth year, the system coverage will be at least 95 percent.

Viewers can get access to these new services through new digital television sets, or digital set-top boxes. In order to help consumers switch from analog to digital television broadcasting services, NBTC will use the money received from the bidding of the 24 commercial channels to give subsidy coupons for all households, about 22 million families across the country. The coupons will be used to buy new digital television sets or digital set-top boxes to convert analog to digital signals.

NBTC is expected to spend between 15 to 20 billion baht on the subsidy coupons at the initial stage. It has set a target for a full digital broadcasting system by 2017.

ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information at the 10th Conference of the ASEAN Ministers in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in 2009 agreed that ASEAN adopted a phased approach toward the analog switch-off over a period of time from 2015 to 2020.

Source: PRD