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Phuket Night of Merry Mirth Making
- Posted on 21 Jun, 2010
The Phuket Punchline Comedy Club is gearing up for another night of laughs on June 22 with American comedian Arj Baker headlining the show. The stand-up comedian has provided laughter to many from the US to Australia, and he's most recently been seen as 'Dave' in the HBO comedy 'Flight of the Conchords'. Musical comedian Rob Deering and Irish stand-up man Caimh McDonnell round out the evening's entertainments.
The Comedy Club show takes place in the Mercure Hotel Patong. For more information see www.phuketcomedy.com.
Phuket Halal Food Festival Launched
- Posted on 18 Jun, 2010
Today marks the start of the Phuket Andaman Halal Festival, being
staged in Saphan Hin park in Phuket City until June 20. The island's
best halal food from more than 70 vendors will be on sale, as well as
a range of local products crafted with pride and care within Phuket's
The festival will also host a Thai Muslim Phuket wedding ceremony,
offering fair visitors a unique view into local Phuket culture.
Phuket Beach Lifesaving Courses
- Posted on 16 Jun, 2010
Phuket beach lovers will soon have a rare chance to get top-notch beach safety training and lifesaving certification. Anyone with an interest in improving their water safety skills are invited to join a series of surf and lifesaving training sessions at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort in June and July. A Basic to Intermediate Course will be held from July 5-9, while advanced programs and re-certification for bronze and gold medallion standard courses will take place from June 28-30 and again from July 12-14. Previously only open to lifeguards or professionals in Phuket resorts, these courses are open to the public for the first time.
David Field, a water safety expert from Australia, will be leading the training sessions. The course fee is 4000 baht per person. To register and for more information, email Benyathip Pattaraworawisit at
Phuket Charity Quiz Night
- Posted on 14 Jun, 2010
Phuket Has Been Good To US foundation is organising a fundraising evening of fun with a Quiz Night at the Sundown Café on Surin Beach on June 17 from 7-10pm. Organisers say, "Test your smarts and those of your best mates! Teams of 4 will compete for prizes and there will be a raffle. Eddie Saunders, previously of London funk band Push, bandmate of Seal and a vocalist with Galliano will be crooning some cool tunes."
Entry fee is 400 baht plus 50 baht per raffle with all proceeds going to the foundation. Phuket Has Been Good To Us is focused on helping children through improved education. Find more information on its activities here: www.phukethasbeengoodtous.org.
Phuket Flower Fair set to Bloom
- Posted on 12 Jun, 2010
Time to stop and smell the roses! Colourful roses, orchids and numerous exotic flowers, trees and plants will be on display in the annual Phuket Ornamental Plants & Flowers Fair in Saphan Hin, Phuket Town, from July 9 to 18. In addition to getting great deals on plants, fair-goers will have the chance to see Phuket pineapple exhibitions, flower arranging competitions and live music performances. Local fresh food and craft products will also be on sale.
The Phuket event, in its 18th year, is one of the largest flower shows in the region, attracting gardeners from the 14 southern Thai provinces. For more information, call the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation on 076-212188 or 076-216565.
Renowned Spiritual Leader to Host Phuket Retreat
- Posted on 10 Jun, 2010
Phuket International Mind Centre in Thalang is hosting a weekend meditation retreat, "Four Immeasurables", led by Dr B. Alan Wallace from June 18-20. People of all faiths are invited to join the teachings, guided meditations and discussions on exploring one's capacity for unconditional love and compassion. The retreat is 1800 baht a day for those not needing on-site accommodation.
Dr Wallace is an author, lecturer, and translator of Tibetan Buddhism. Through his writings and teachings, he continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. He has been ordained as a monk by the Dalai Lama and has also earned degrees in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.
More information is available on the www.phuketinternationalacademy.com site.
Phuket Marathon Race Set to Launch
- Posted on 09 Jun, 2010
Serious running competitors are on their way to Phuket this week for the Laguna Phuket International Marathon starting on June 13. Friday and Saturday feature a series of events and activities for competitors to enjoy, while the runs will take place on Sunday. In addition to the marathon and half-marathon, people are invited to sign up for the 10.5 kilometre run, the 2km kids' run or the 5km walk. The race will take competitors through some of Phuket's most scenic areas including rain forests, rubber plantations and beach fronts.
For more information and to register visit www.phuketmarathon.com.
Indian Couples Set for Massive Phuket Wedding
- Posted on 08 Jun, 2010
A wedding for more than 400 Indian couples is in the works, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office has revealed. The TAT Mumbai office is working with an Indian wedding company in organising the event, which is expected to bring at least 1 billion baht in earnings for Phuket.
The TAT recently opened an office in Mumbai, to catch the attention of the growing number of Indian globetrotters. Phuket is already a popular destination for weddings, with many Koreans, Australians, Japanese and Europeans enjoying exotic marriage ceremonies and honeymoons here. Last year, a wealthy Indian family booked an entire top-end villa resort for a fabulous weekend wedding with hundreds of guests.
Australians Take World Cup Fever to Phuket
- Posted on 07 Jun, 2010
Dozens of World Cup football fans from Australia are expected to fly into Phuket in the coming days to cheer on their favourite teams in a more favourable time zone, as well as enjoying a Phuket holiday. The Gold Coast news website reported that at least 30 Gold Coast fans are headed to Phuket to watch the matches. One such traveller, David Miller, said soccer fans from all over Australia had decided to join the trip to take advantage of Phuket being three hours behind the Coast.
The 2010 World Cup, taking place in South Africa, officially kicks off on June 11.
Phuket Resorts Show Strong Bounceback
- Posted on 03 Jun, 2010
Global consulting firm Deloitte LLP has released figures that show Phuket resorts
led the way in economic recovery for the Asia-Pacific region in the first quarter of this year (January 1-April 30). The Deloitte report says, "In local currency, Phuket was the strongest performing market in Asia Pacific with revenue per available room (RevPAR) up 31.7%. More direct flights from Australia and Europe resulted in an occupancy jump of 30.1% to 79.6%, while average room rates grew only 1.3%."
Looking ahead, however, the Phuket tourism industry faces some challenges due to the political turmoil in Bangkok, even though it has remained peaceful and is located hundreds of miles from the capital. Deloitte reports that a slowdown in forward bookings is already starting to occur. Though the troubles have scared some tourists away, people who know Phuket are expected to return and take advantage of some great savings being offered by the island's top resorts.