Travel & Tourism

Phuket’s secret souvenir: The perfect pair

Phuket’s secret souvenir: The perfect pair

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PHUKET:Breasts are big in Phuket. Big business, that is. In recent years, both Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Phuket International Hospital have seen dramatic increases in cosmetic breast surgeries, fueled by rising numbers of medical tourists. The Phuket Gazette’s Orawin Narabal reports on one of the island’s hottest tourist draws: The […]

Phuket tourist court to debut Tuesday

Phuket tourist court to debut Tuesday

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  A court to make quick rulings on all conflicts involving tourists will open in Phuket on Tuesday in an attempt to bolster the tourism image of the resort island. The debut of the Phuket court follows one in Pattaya, which opened on Sept 5. It handles civil and criminal […]

Tourist numbers up by a fifth

Tourist numbers up by a fifth

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Thailand welcomed a total of 14.96 million foreign visitors during the first seven months of this year, an increase of 20.37% on the same period of 2012, according to government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi. He said Thailand is performing above average in comparison to other countries around the world, given that […]

TAT’s Phuket office targets 14m tourist arrivals in fiscal 2014

TAT’s Phuket office targets 14m tourist arrivals in fiscal 2014

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The Phuket branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand targets tourist arrivals next fiscal year at 14 million, up from this year’s expected 12 million, the office’s director Chanchai Doungjit said. He added that although it is still the low season, Phuket was a year-around destination and its hotels were […]

No limit on divers at Phi Phi Island ahead of high season

No limit on divers at Phi Phi Island ahead of high season

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PHUKET: A call by experts to restrict the number of tourists diving at sites off Phi Phi Island to reduce the stress to coral reefs went unheeded, as marine national parks along the Andaman coast ready to open for high season on October 15. However, a top official at the […]

Action in Patong: Bangla Boxing

Action in Patong: Bangla Boxing

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Bangla Boxing Stadium is the latest Muay Thai arena on Patong Beach’s boxing scene. Originally built on Bangla Road on a smaller scale, the stadium kept its name after moving to its new location opposite Banzaan Market on Sai Kor Road, the new large thoroughfare passing behind Jungceylon Shopping Mall. […]

Tourist Police roadshow swings by Phuket

Tourist Police roadshow swings by Phuket

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PHUKET: The Thai Tourist Police Road Show arrived at Patong’s Soi Bangla on Saturday, as Tourist Police showed off facilities to help tourists gather information and enhance their safety. A trailer on site was stocked with brochures and digital facilities to provide tourists with information. Police were encouraging tourists to […]

Phuket tourist court to open September 24

Phuket tourist court to open September 24

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PHUKET: The island’s new Tourist Court will officially open on September 24, a representative from the Phuket Provincial Court confirmed reported by The Phuket News. Pattaya was the first province to roll out the new Tourist Court last week, with courts also planned for Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Samui. TTR […]

Tourist sector backs tax cut

Tourist sector backs tax cut

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Tourism operators support a proposal to slash import duty on luxury items, saying it is essential for the industry to achieve its potential. The Finance Ministry is studying the pros and cons of cutting… The Finance Ministry is studying the pros and cons of cutting or waiving import duties for […]

Living in Phuket

Living in Phuket

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PHUKET: If you have been living and working in Asia half your life, would you want to go back to live in Europe – or anywhere – where the temperature can drop below 10ºC? Most Westerners would not want to endure the harsh cold winters of their origin country and […]