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Friday, August 28, 2015

Beach chairs back on #Phuket sands


PHUKET: After months of indecision and false-steps in the creation of new beach rules for Phuket, the governor yesterday announced a final solution to the island’s beach chair drama.

“There will be slight modifications to the 10 per cent zone system that has been in place up to this point,” explained Governor Nisit Jansomwong. “Beachgoers will be allowed to bring their own chairs, umbrellas and mats, while rental operators will only be allowed to provide mats and umbrellas. However, everyone must keep their beach furniture within the marked 10 per cent zones.”

Rental operators cannot stake claims to any part of the beach with unoccupied mats and will not be allowed to rent out chairs to most visitors. Nonetheless, exceptions will be made, such as for the elderly and disabled, confirmed Governor Nisit.

However, such a loophole in the system is open for abuse, as the governor did not address in the meeting who would be available to rent out chairs to the disabled and elderly or who would be in charge of making the judgment call of who is qualified.

Policies for other beach vendors were also laid out during the meeting.

“There will be no food or cigarettes sold on the beach, while non-alcoholic drinks will be allowed,” said Gov Nisit. “Vendors supplying other goods, such as souvenirs, fireworks or Chinese lanterns will not be allowed.”

Masseuses will be allowed to work within a designated area and there will be no change in policy for operators running marine activities, such as jet-skiing and parasailing, confirmed Gov Nisit.

The announced plan was backed by months of research conducted by the Prince of Songkhla University’s Phuket Beach Management Research team.

“Our team, comprising professional, non-biased researchers, spoke with all stakeholders before putting forth our suggestion,” said Pun Thongchumnum, head of the research team.

The research identified six major stakeholders: tourists, 75 per cent of those spoken to were westerners; beach vendors of all types, as well as local tourism authorities; locals, both those inland and in beach communities; high-ranking members of the local governments; honorary consuls; and the online community.

“Based on the interviews we conducted with tourists arriving and departing Phuket, the number one priority was clean beaches. This was followed by ‘pure nature’ and facilities, with beach activities being the lowest priority,” said Dr Pun.

After speaking with interested parties, the research group was able to divide the facilities category into two groups: paid and unpaid.

“Most wanted to be able to use umbrellas and sunbeds, while having access to beverages – all as paid services. The most important unpaid service was security,”

It has yet to be seen if the recently launched Phuket Beach Police units will fulfill this need (story here).

The study also found that many local people and vendors still disagreed with the 10 per cent zoning system. However, researches suggested that they coordinate their efforts to work together under the provincial beach management committee. - See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Beach-chairs-back-Phuket-sands/61832#ad-image-0
#PHUKET: After months of indecision and false-steps in the creation of new beach rules for Phuket, the governor yesterday announced a final solution to the island’s beach chair drama.

“There will be slight modifications to the 10 per cent zone system that has been in place up to this point,” explained Governor Nisit Jansomwong. “Beachgoers will be allowed to bring their own chairs, umbrellas and mats, while rental operators will only be allowed to provide mats and umbrellas. However, everyone must keep their beach furniture within the marked 10 per cent zones.”

Rental operators cannot stake claims to any part of the beach with unoccupied mats and will not be allowed to rent out chairs to most visitors. Nonetheless, exceptions will be made, such as for the elderly and disabled, confirmed Governor Nisit.

However, such a loophole in the system is open for abuse, as the governor did not address in the meeting who would be available to rent out chairs to the disabled and elderly or who would be in charge of making the judgment call of who is qualified.

Policies for other beach vendors were also laid out during the meeting.

“There will be no food or cigarettes sold on the beach, while non-alcoholic drinks will be allowed,” said Gov Nisit. “Vendors supplying other goods, such as souvenirs, fireworks or Chinese lanterns will not be allowed.”

Masseuses will be allowed to work within a designated area and there will be no change in policy for operators running marine activities, such as jet-skiing and parasailing, confirmed Gov Nisit.

The announced plan was backed by months of research conducted by the Prince of Songkhla University’s Phuket Beach Management Research team.

“Our team, comprising professional, non-biased researchers, spoke with all stakeholders before putting forth our suggestion,” said Pun Thongchumnum, head of the research team.

The research identified six major stakeholders: tourists, 75 per cent of those spoken to were westerners; beach vendors of all types, as well as local tourism authorities; locals, both those inland and in beach communities; high-ranking members of the local governments; honorary consuls; and the online community.

“Based on the interviews we conducted with tourists arriving and departing Phuket, the number one priority was clean beaches. This was followed by ‘pure nature’ and facilities, with beach activities being the lowest priority,” said Dr Pun.

After speaking with interested parties, the research group was able to divide the facilities category into two groups: paid and unpaid.

“Most wanted to be able to use umbrellas and sunbeds, while having access to beverages – all as paid services. The most important unpaid service was security,”

It has yet to be seen if the recently launched Phuket Beach Police units will fulfill this need (story here).

The study also found that many local people and vendors still disagreed with the 10 per cent zoning system. However, researches suggested that they coordinate their efforts to work together under the provincial beach management committee.

Source: PhuketGazette
 
 
 
PHUKET: After months of indecision and false-steps in the creation of new beach rules for Phuket, the governor yesterday announced a final solution to the island’s beach chair drama.

“There will be slight modifications to the 10 per cent zone system that has been in place up to this point,” explained Governor Nisit Jansomwong. “Beachgoers will be allowed to bring their own chairs, umbrellas and mats, while rental operators will only be allowed to provide mats and umbrellas. However, everyone must keep their beach furniture within the marked 10 per cent zones.”

Rental operators cannot stake claims to any part of the beach with unoccupied mats and will not be allowed to rent out chairs to most visitors. Nonetheless, exceptions will be made, such as for the elderly and disabled, confirmed Governor Nisit.

However, such a loophole in the system is open for abuse, as the governor did not address in the meeting who would be available to rent out chairs to the disabled and elderly or who would be in charge of making the judgment call of who is qualified.

Policies for other beach vendors were also laid out during the meeting.

“There will be no food or cigarettes sold on the beach, while non-alcoholic drinks will be allowed,” said Gov Nisit. “Vendors supplying other goods, such as souvenirs, fireworks or Chinese lanterns will not be allowed.”

Masseuses will be allowed to work within a designated area and there will be no change in policy for operators running marine activities, such as jet-skiing and parasailing, confirmed Gov Nisit.

The announced plan was backed by months of research conducted by the Prince of Songkhla University’s Phuket Beach Management Research team.

“Our team, comprising professional, non-biased researchers, spoke with all stakeholders before putting forth our suggestion,” said Pun Thongchumnum, head of the research team.

The research identified six major stakeholders: tourists, 75 per cent of those spoken to were westerners; beach vendors of all types, as well as local tourism authorities; locals, both those inland and in beach communities; high-ranking members of the local governments; honorary consuls; and the online community.

“Based on the interviews we conducted with tourists arriving and departing Phuket, the number one priority was clean beaches. This was followed by ‘pure nature’ and facilities, with beach activities being the lowest priority,” said Dr Pun.

After speaking with interested parties, the research group was able to divide the facilities category into two groups: paid and unpaid.

“Most wanted to be able to use umbrellas and sunbeds, while having access to beverages – all as paid services. The most important unpaid service was security,”

It has yet to be seen if the recently launched Phuket Beach Police units will fulfill this need (story here).

The study also found that many local people and vendors still disagreed with the 10 per cent zoning system. However, researches suggested that they coordinate their efforts to work together under the provincial beach management committee. - See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Beach-chairs-back-Phuket-sands/61832#ad-image-0

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vegetarian Festival, #Phuket.


The Phuket Vegetarian Festival
is a colourful event held
over a nine-day period in October,
celebrating the Chinese community’s belief
that abstinence from meat


Various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar
will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.


Though the origins of the festival are unclear,
it is commonly thought that the festival was bought to Phuket
by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell ill with malaria while performing on the island.


They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods
to ensure purification of the mind and body.
To everyone’s amazement the opera group made a complete recovery.


The people celebrated by holding a festival that was meant to honour the gods
as well as express the people’s happiness at surviving what was,
in the 19th century, a fatal illness.


Subsequently the festival has grown and developed into a spectacular yearly
event that is attended by thousands with participants flying
in from China and other Asian destinations.


One of the most exciting aspects of the festival are the various,
(and sometimes gruesome) ceremonies which are held to invoke the gods.
Fire walking, body piercing and other acts of self mortification undertaken
by participants acting as mediums of the gods, have become more spectacula.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baan Teelanka $Phuket.


Baan Teelanka Phuket
Opening Hours: From 10:00-18:00
Location: two kilometres from the North entrance of the By-pass Road.
Price Range: Bann Teelanka: adult – 250 baht, children – 150 baht;
A-Maze-in-Phuket: adult – 150 baht, children 100 baht

 
Baan Teelanka – Upside Down House has opened in April 2014
and is certainly one of the most innovative and original attractions in Phuket Island.


Located on the By-pass Road in the northern outskirts of Phuket Town,
it is a three-storey house built leaning on its roof and adorned
with a maze-shaped garden in its backyard; two different attractions in one place!


Initiated, designed and managed by a charming Swiss-Thai couple,
this well-thought project brings visitors into another dimension
and offers sensational photo opportunities.


In addition to Baan Teelanka and to A-Maze-in-Phuket,
the small complex features already a modern coffee-shop (selling drinks, snacks and sweets)
and will host in a near future a souvenir shop and two other boutiques.


Baan Teelanka is the first and unique (as for today) upside-down house in Thailand;
there are about a dozen upside-down houses in the world,
the first ever to open was Wonderworks Upside Down Building in Florida in 1998.


Baan Teelanka is certainly one of the most accomplished of them with its 13m height
and the outstanding research and imagination it has required to making it so detailed.
Leave all logic behind as you enter the house from its roof.


You will pass the attic before to reach the second floor.
You can visit all the rooms like in a standard house;
the only difference is that you do so as if you would be able to walk on the ceiling!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Phuket’s Old Town Renaissance

Fifteen years ago, the historic Old Phuket Town district in Phuket Town
was a charming but slightly faded place in danger
of being lost to modern development. However, Phuket residents
and tourism figures saw the potential in preserving Phuket’s fascinating past
and a restoration effort of the Old Town was launched.


In the years since, the five main Old Town streets,
Dibuk, Thalang, Phang Nga, Rassada and Krabi roads, plus Soi Romanee
and other small lanes have been given a facelift.


Much to every photographer’s delight, unsightly power lines along Dibuk
and Thalang roads have now been buried, allowing the beauty
of the centuries-old Sino-Portuguese buildings to shine through.
More power line projects are in the works for other streets.

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Soi Romanee has seen the most striking changes.
This narrow one-way lane was once a rowdy red-light street
for Chinese immigrants back in Phuket’s heady tin-mining days.


Then it saw a decline, and up until about five years ago
most of its buildings sat in an unused and crumbling state.
Since then, nearly all of the two-storey structures lining
the Soi have been given a bright new coat of pastel-toned paint
and some hip cafes and offices have opened up.


A one-stop shop explaining Phuket’s past is found along Phang Nga road. 


This new Phuket City Information Centre has photos
and displays that explain the meaning behind
the different architectural details of the buildings in the area,
plus models of an old-style well and oven.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE WESTIN SIRAY BAY RESORT & SPA, #PHUKET

THE WESTIN SIRAY BAY RESORT & SPA, PHUKET
A tranquil resort on tropical Siray Island in Phuket
boasting breathtaking ocean views
from every of our 257 guestrooms, suites, villas,
and a calm, secluded beach.

  
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa overlooking magnificent Siray Bay,
the resort offers a rejuvenating tropical haven with all you need to be at your best.


The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa on the exclusive east coast of Phuket,
the resort boasts contemporary design, spectacular ocean views
and the renowned warm Thai culture,
welcoming guests into this respite of tropical elegance.


Each of our 257 contemporary guestrooms, suites and pool villas
offers ocean views of Siray Bay as well as Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath,
White Tea by Westin bath amenities, rainforest shower, LCD televisions,
DVD players, outdoor balconies, audio jack packs and high speed wireless
Internet access. Other amenities include a refreshment center, in-room safe.


Relax in one of our six exquisite restaurants or bars,
providing a range of options where you can soak up your surroundings  in style.
To nourish your body we are proud to offer SuperFoodsRX™
selections amongst our culinary choices on every menu.
The wide range of dining options, along with an innovative international
approach at all of our restaurants, ensures guests can sample different cuisines.


For added convenience and comfort, 24-hour In Room Dining is available,
complete with SuperFoodsRX™ to promote your absolute wellbeing.
Private dining options and picnic baskets are also available upon request.


The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket is a tranquil setting
for guests to restore the body and expand the mind.
Located on the east side of Phuket, it boasts the latest in modern conveniences
and facilities with warm Thai culture, and sweeping ocean views.


Phuket is an island of coves and bays. It is the leading island holiday
destination in Southeast Asia, and travellers come to enjoy some fun, sun,
great seafood, great watersports and a taste of the warm
welcome that is synonymous with Thai culture.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flying Hanuman Adventure, #Phuket

Flying Hanuman is an adventure
like no other on Phuket.
It shows that the island’s beauty
goes far beyond the sea, sun and sand
that it is famous for. The hillsides of Phuket overflow
with thick forest that is great for exploration and outdoor activities.


What Flying Hanuman aimed to achieve was to provide travellers
with exceptional service, enjoyment, excitement and memories without
impacting the natural balance within the forest environment surrounding it.
There is no better way to take in the other face of the Pearl of the Andaman.
 


The site of Flying Hanuman stand almost exactly as it did before construction began.
A wide variety of trees and small animals occupy the 80,000 square metre plot,
and the natural rubber trees are harvested by locals
who are still allowed to live on the hillside. A small creek runs through the land
during the wet months and even the trees within
Flying Hanuman’s reception area have been left untouched.



Flying Hanuman is an adventure because it is part of the forest that surrounds it.
Great care has been used to make sure the zipline adventure
does not have a negative effect on the trees
it uses and the species who call the area their home.
It took hard work to put the course into place, but once it was done,
the forest is what makes the attraction so special.





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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Novotel #Phuket Resort

first class accommodation
and service
are a natural extension of daily
mission to provide you
with the ultimate resort experience.


Novotel Phuket Resort is perfectly located in the green hills
above beautiful Kalim Bay and just minutes walk from Patong beach
and the centre of Patong Novotel Phuket Resort blend essential
modern comforts with Thai inspired decor.


Each room has a private balcony providing magnificent views of Patong Beach
and the Andaman Sea. Three stunning restaurants over looking the ocean
provide diverse dining options and a perfect place to watch the sunset.


Superb location by the beach in 8 acres of lush tropical garden
within walking distance from Patong, exciting shopping
and nightlife. As the hotel is located on a higher ground,
it was not affected at all by the tsunami.


Magnificent views and stunning tropical sunsets over Patong Beach
and the Andaman Sea. Peaceful and serene environment providing an exclusive
hidden paradise for comfort and relaxation.


Warm and genuine hospitality with only 215 rooms.
Magnificent three tier swimming pools with connecting waterfalls
A combination of classical Thai style architecture with modern facilities.


Situated at the Premier location in Patong,
this International chain managed resort enjoys magnificent views
across the Andaman Sea and Patong Beach from every food and beverage outlet,
swimming pools, lobby and almost everywhere in the resort.


The Resort is also surrounded by lush landscape and exotic gardens
with a serene and quiet environment.