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Economy expert says Phuket’s income per capita could soon fall below poverty line

A Phuket tourism economy expert says Phuket’s income per capita could soon fall below the provincial poverty line if something isn’t done to increase revenue. Assistant Professor Chayanon Phucharoen, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Prince of Songkla University Phuket campus, says the news is based off a report by the university. In it, the report concluded that the forecasted “tourism revenue per capita” from tourists in the coming 6 months averaged about 3,711 baht per month, even with the multiplier effect – the amount the same money generates as income for other people as […]
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Chinese New Year celebrations stark reminder of Covid’s impact on Phuket

The hope of Phuket reviving tourism for the Chinese New Year is dimming with each passing hour today as streets remain quiet with only locals visiting the area’s Chinese shrines in a stark reminder of the Covid pandemic having lasting effects on Thailand. Even decorations seem to be less vibrant than previous years as Thai-Chinese placed minimal decor outside their homes in the Phuket Old Town area. Thalang and Phang Nga roads signify the decline in festivities according to the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. Pud Cho Shrine on Soi Phuthon, off Ranong Road has also seen less […]
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Bangkok and Phuket in top 15 list of places people most want to visit when travel re-opens

The Thai capital, Bangkok, and the southern island of Phuket have come in at number 8 and number 14 respectively, in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021. The awards list the most popular worldwide destinations prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the places people most want to return to once travel opens up again. According to a press release from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the awards look at the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor, when determining who makes the grade. Reviews of accommodation, restaurants, and attractions are all taken into consideration. For the 2021 awards, TripAdvisor […]
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How Thai mega-villa buyers have reignited Phuket’s luxury real estate market in the downturn

The following story was submitted by Bill Barnett, founder and managing director of C9 Hotelworks.  Phuket’s sizable mega-villa property sector has experienced an unexpected surge in multi-million-dollar sales over the past year as Thai buyers sought refuge in the global Covid-19 crisis. Over 5 billion baht (approximately $167 million USD) in primary and secondary high-end properties transacted at the height of the pandemic. According to new market research from Thailand consulting group C9 Hotelworks, transactions in 2020 in top tier real estate hit its highest level in five years despite flat trading levels in the broader marketplace. Expansive tropical island […]
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HM the King donates 2 tonnes of pet food to Soi Dog Foundation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has donated 2 tonnes of dog and cat food to the Soi Dog Foundation, as well as a number of other animal welfare organisations. The donation marks the birthday of Chao Khun Phrasinat Philas Kalayanee Kalayani, His Majesty’s royal noble consort. The food was presented to Soi Dog and 13 other organisations during a ceremony at the Royal Thai Volunteers Administration Centre in Bangkok last week. Soi Dog’s generous share of HM’s gift was then transported to their HQ and shelter in Mai Khao, Phuket. A total of 90 large bags of dog food and 10 […]
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Phuket lifeguards warn beachgoers after 2 near-drownings in a day

Phuket lifeguards are urging beachgoers on the southern island to be “careful when doing water activities and swim only in the areas marked as safe” as well as to “follow lifeguards’ suggestions” after a 6 year old girl and a Russian man were plucked from the water after getting into difficulty in 1 day. The Nai Harn beach chief lifeguard says he rushed to the popular beach, at the southern end of the island, around noon yesterday, when he was alerted to a young swimmer needing assistance. He arrived to discover a 6 year old girl who had just been […]
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UPDATE: Thailand Covid zones and your restrictions

Which of the five coloured zones are you living in? A green zone? Red zone? Pale red zone? hat’s the difference and what’s open and what’s not? If you’re not in Samut Sakhon, the coastal province just south west of Bangkok, then some of the restrictions imposed by the CCSA have recently been lifted. Here’s a quick look at what’s open and what restrictions remain as of Friday, January 29. (Some local provincial exceptions will apply) According to the list there’s a Red Zone for Samut Sakhon, called a Maximum Controlled and Restricted Area, and then the light Red Zone, […]
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Taxis and tuk tuks ask Thai government for help

Unions of Thai Taxi workers and Thai automobile drivers have handed over an official request to a government labour committee to file a request to the government seeking financial support. Thai Taxi workers passed over their requests to Suthep Yoo-on, the chairman of the Labour Committee officially seeking industry support. Just about all sectors of the country’s transport infrastructure have suffered a fallout from the lockdowns and border closures. Certainly they’ve missed the cream that came from the 40 or so million tourists that arrived back in 2019 (seems a distant memory now). All sectors of the country’s transport infrastructure […]
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The Thaiger Phuket

  • The Area Hotel Quarantine – tweaking Thailand’s arrival options
    by The Thaiger on March 7, 2021 at 8:51 am

    We spoke about the new proposal for an Area Hotel Quarantine last Friday and in Thailand News Today. The mandatory 14 day quarantine (magically extended a couple of days at many facilities at the foreigner’s cost) remains the key sticking point for the return of tourists or travellers, in any significant or useful numbers. A number of visas and quarantine programs has done little to increase the numbers of foreign arrivals to Thailand. The proposal, leaked out as a ‘discussion’ pending […]

  • 2 Phuket Town nightclubs shut down after allegedly violating multiple laws
    by Ann Carter on March 6, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    2 Phuket Town nightclubs are shutting down after allegedly violating multiple laws. The Maldives and H20 on Lim Sui Ju Road, on the south end of Phuket Town were ordered by the Phuket Governor to close immediately, with the Maldives being ordered to close for 5 years. The order comes after the Phuket City Police inspected the Maldives club, arresting the manager for operating an entertainment venue without a permit, allowing people under 20 years old to work or “use services in the venue,” […]

  • Early morning drug busts in Phuket yield 9 arrests
    by Ann Carter on March 5, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    An early morning drug bust in Rawai, Phuket has yielded 9 arrests. The first raid yesterday consisted of 30 task force members who raided a sea gypsy shack near the beachfront in Rawai. 43 year old Saroch Homhuan, and 34 year old Juree Bangjak, were arrested and charged with posession of a Category I drug with the intent to sell, after police found 9 pills of methamphetamine, or yaba in Thai, over 6 grams of crystal meth, or ya ice in Thai, and 3 other “items of evidence.” 31 year old […]

  • Thailand to introduce “area quarantine” for international visitors from April
    by Maya Taylor on March 5, 2021 at 10:49 am

    From next month, foreign visitors to the Kingdom will be able to experience the delights of “area quarantine”, after the government confirmed the scheme for 5 provinces. Following a meeting with the Public Health Ministry, the Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn confirmed that Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri (Pattaya), and Surat Thani (Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan) have been chosen to pilot the scheme. Foreign tourists opting for area quarantine will be required to remain in their […]

  • Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO
    by The Thaiger on March 3, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    There was the original Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns back in April and May in 2020, then again just before Christmas and New Year when the new clusters emerged in Samut Sakhon and the eastern coastal provinces, Patong’s nightlife was quiet enough, almost non-existent. Now when the restrictions are lifted, Nimz will take you through Phuket’s famous nightlife spot Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s quiet, but there are still clubs open and operating and ready to welcome you. […]

The Phuket News

  • New plan proposed for hotel quarantine
    on March 7, 2021 at 10:46 am

    THAILAND: A proposal to allow foreign visitors to leave their hotel rooms after the first three days of their mandatory 14-day quarantine period will be submitted to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

  • Darasamut Underpass to close for cleaning
    on March 7, 2021 at 2:50 am

    PHUKET: Traffic passing through the Darasamut Underpass will be affected on Tuesday (Mar 9) while the Phuket Highways Office carries out cleaning to remove sand and trash from inside the tunnel.

  • Four rallies go ahead despite new ban
    on March 7, 2021 at 2:40 am

    BANGKOK: Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators gathered outside the Criminal Court on Saturday evening (Mar 6) to call for the release of detained colleagues and the abolition of the lese majeste law, defying a fresh order banning public gatherings in the capital.

  • Phuket Opinion: Hearing the message loud and clear
    on March 7, 2021 at 2:23 am

    PHUKET: The order issued on Friday for the Maldives nightclub in Phuket Town to remain closed for five years set a new benchmark for Phuket entertainment venue operators to be wary of, and revealed how heavy the punishment can be at the whim of officials targetting your venue.

  • Governor orders Phuket Town nightclub closed for five years
    on March 6, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    PHUKET: Two nightclubs in Phuket Town central to noise complaints filed by the Provincial Police Chief from another province have been closed by order of the Phuket Governor. One of the venues has been ordered closed for five years.