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Last Chance for ‘Early-Bird’ Phuket Comedy Tickets
- Posted on 22 Feb, 2012
Phuket comedy fans have up until the end of tomorrow (Feb 23) to get tickets to the Phuket Punchline Comedy Club show at reduced rates. The show, to be staged at the Holiday Inn Patong on February 29 starting at 8.30pm, is expected to be the biggest Punchline show yet, featuring the stars of the hit British TV show, ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ – Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Steve Steen and Ian Coppinger.
Punchline has already staged this show in Hong Kong to sell-out crowds. For strangers to ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’, four performers pit their wits against the audience by playing out scenarios in a style and setting of their choice. The whole show is totally improvised from the Shakespearean scenes to the Broadway musicals; the only difference is the audience decides what the performers say and sing about!
Early-bird tickets are B960, while tickets bought after February 23 are B1200 each. Find more information on the show and where to buy tickets at www.phuketcomedy.com.
Phuket Blues Fest Set to Rock This Weekend
- Posted on 20 Feb, 2012
Phuket music lovers will be treated to a great weekend of live blues and rock music at the 7th annual Phuket International Blues Rock Festival, from February 24-25 in Laguna Phuket. This will be a truly global fiesta with 12 acts including musicians from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Malaysia and Sweden. Headlining the event is Chris Thomas King, the American blues artist and actor who has sold more records and appeared in more movies than any other blues performer this century.
Advance tickets, B1200 for regular or B3000 for VIP tickets, are on sale starting today at Laguna Phuket and other outlets around the island. Children 12 years and under enjoy free entrance with their parents. The festival is a charity event with funds donated to Patong Beach Rotary Club's children's education fund.
For more information call Andy on 086 682 2639 or visit www.phuketbluesfestival.com.
Phuket Celebrates Valentine’s Day
- Posted on 14 Feb, 2012
"Paradise is always where love dwells." -- Jean Paul Richter
Love is in the air. Clear skies today ensure that couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on Phuket will have a perfect sunset to savour this evening. A tropical isle is always a top destination for romance, and many Phuket resorts, restaurants and beach clubs will be adding some special romantic touches to their wine and dine selections.
Phuket, of course, with its balmy climate and endless beaches of soft sands ideal for romantic strolls, is a place to fall in and rediscover love throughout the year. Indeed, the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine recognized its special ‘love spark’ qualities by naming Phuket’s Koh Racha one of the most romantic islands of the world.
Phuket to Gain New Arabian Air Link
- Posted on 11 Feb, 2012
Airberlin is set to gain approval to launch a new daily flight between Phuket and Abu Dhabi, as part of an effort to strengthen air travel service between the two regions and Europe. In addition, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and airberlin’s largest shareholder, will launch a third daily Abu Dhabi-Bangkok service from April 15 this year.
The commencement of the first daily non-stop flight from the Middle East to Phuket is an exciting development for leisure travellers across the Middle East and Europe, and highlights Abu Dhabi’s strategic location as a major gateway to Asia, said James Hogan, the airline’s President and CEO.
“It all adds up to a game changing proposition for travellers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and across the rest of our combined global network,” he said.
Phuket Set for Record-Breaking Wedding Event
- Posted on 08 Feb, 2012
Phuket’s popular sunset viewing point, Cape Promthep, will have some added romance on Valentine’s Day this year with 108 couples set to tie the knot in unison. If it all goes off without a hitch, the event will set a new record for the country’s biggest mass wedding. While the Thai traditional style nuptials will take place on February 14, couples will take part in four days of activities including offering alms to 99 Buddhist monks and planting trees.
Phuket Top Honeymoon Escape for Koreans
- Posted on 03 Feb, 2012
Phuket Wedding News: Phuket island is the world’s top honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds, recent reports have revealed. Large Korean tour operator Hana Tour reports that 23.9 percent of its honeymooning clients chose Phuket, followed by the Philippines (16.4 percent), Hawaii (7.4 percent), Bali (6.9 percent) and Western Europe (6.3 percent).
Some 50,000 Korean newlyweds visit Phuket each year, reports Castlewood Group, a Singapore based commercial real estate company. “Korean couples are drawn to the beautiful scenery, nice weather and affordable prices in Phuket,” said Chris Comer, Castlewood’s CEO. “Also, they are attracted to the traditional culture and charm of the island.”
Full details on the Castlewood report may be found here: http://castlewoodgroup.hubpages.com/hub/Phuket-A-Popular-Honeymoon-Destination-for-Korean-Couples
Bay Regatta Sets Sail Tomorrow
- Posted on 31 Jan, 2012
Known as one of the world’s most scenic and fun sailing events, The Bay Regatta is set to run from February 1-5. Celebrating its 15th year, the regatta takes competitors through the fabulous sailing waters of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, with parties at picturesque anchorage points each night.
“The Bay Regatta appeals to the serious as well as the not-too-serious racers,” say Regatta organisers. “Camaraderie and fun are cornerstones of the event: an often light wind cruise or heavier race day inevitably leads to post-race beverages and lively conversation to be followed by a casual dinner, prizegiving ceremony and entertainment on shore. Yachts include those which regularly compete in Asian regattas and family liveaboards. Low on breakages, low on protests and sometimes low on wind (!) yet always high on enjoyment, the nature of the Regatta speaks for many.”
For more information, visit the Ao Chalong Yacht Club website: www.acyc-phuket.com/bayregatta.htm.
Phuket Set for Old Town Fest
- Posted on 27 Jan, 2012
Phuket’s historical downtown district will come alive in celebration of the island’s history and culture in the Old Town Festival from January 28-30.
The opening parade starts at 4pm on the 28th at Khanit Hongyok Rd. All the main Old Town streets including Thalang Rd, Soi Romanee, Phang Nga Rd, Dibuk Rd and Krabi Rd will feature music and dance shows, art exhibitions and loads of local food and drink for sale.
The festival closes with a candle ceremony at 8pm on January 30.
Phuket Celebrates Australia Day
- Posted on 25 Jan, 2012
Phuket’s status as an international island gives it the chance to honour the special days of not only Thailand but many countries beyond. With Australians representing a large proportion of expat residents and visitors, many local businesses will be bearing the Aussie flag, firing up the barbie and marking Australia Day on January 26 with fun and festive activities -- and cold stubbies, of course!
Among the local Phuket places marking the event with drink and food promotions are Lilly’s Bar, Bondi Beach Bar, the Irish Times Pub, the Aussie Bar, and the Expat Sports Bar, all in Patong. Lady Pie restaurant in Cherng Talay is also celebrating the event by serving Aussie Pie with mash & peas + lammington + beer for 230 baht starting at 6pm, plus a screening of the Australian film ‘Red Dog’ at 6.30pm.
Check the events calendar of The Phuket News for further details: www.thephuketnews.com.
Wat Chalong Festival Underway
- Posted on 23 Jan, 2012
Wat Chalong, Phuket’s largest and most famous Buddhist temple, is a hive of activity this week as its annual temple fair gets underway. The fair takes place in tandem to the Chinese New Year’s celebrations around Phuket. Expect to see row upon row of tasty Thai snacks for sale, as well as an assortment of vendors selling everything from football T-shirts to exotic herbs. Plants and flowers are always a big draw, with many colourful species on display and sold at great prices.
Throngs of devotees will line up day and night to make merit at the main hall of worship, and set off hundreds of firecrackers to alert and honour the gods. Live music and traditional dance shows are performed each night during the nine-day event. For kids there are several amusement park rides and games to enjoy. It’s loud, brash and crowded, but the Wat Chalong fair gives visitors a great insight into local festival culture. Best to go after dark when the fairgrounds are a bit cooler, though busier.