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British pair found murdered on Thai...
The naked bodies of two British tourists were found on a Thai beach Monday, police said, sparking a murder probe on the popular resort island of Koh Tao. File picture shows foreign tourists walking on a beach on the western coast of the southern Thai island of Phuket, on December 11, 2008 - by Christophe Archambault The unidentified man and woman, both aged 24, were found stripped with several wounds to their bodies close to a beachside bungalow on the island, a diving hot-spot near Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Thailand's top resort markets risk volume-driven strategy to shore up flagging half year results.
A mid-year slump in arrivals to Thailand's leading resort market's of Phuket and Koh Samui has jolted hotel trading levels; The respected market research further states that in the aftermath of Thailand's political crisis, which saw martial law and a nationwide curfew imposed in May, the resort island of Phuket experienced a sharp drop in visitor arrivals. This peaked in the month of June when combined international and domestic passenger arrivals dropped by 14% year-on-year.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
Two Phuket Resorts Gain EarthCheck Status
A column featuring environmental issues and conservation around the island. Click here for more Green Reports check out the latest story from the leading experts: Thailand-based Khiri Travel will highlight the opportunities of green travel at the upcoming PATA Travel Mart in Phnom Penh.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Dive boat burns, sinks in Phuket
A 10-million-baht dive boat caught fire and was sunk in Phuket province early Friday. No one was injured.
Qatar Airways adds more Thai flights
Qatar Airways will step up its services to Thailand with the launch of a non-stop flight from Doha to Phuket while adding extra Doha-Bangkok services. The flag carrier will commence a daily direct flight between the Qatari capital and the Thai southern resort island on Oct 26. It will ramp up its non-stop Doha-Bangkok services to four flights per day from three, effective Dec 16. The new non-stop Doha-Phuket flight will substitute the DohaPhuket daily service that stops in Kuala Lumpur, operating since 2010.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee is scheduled to pay a visit to Myanmar on Friday to foster the countries' bilateral relations and discuss possible collaboration in the energy field, said Asdakorn Limpiti, PTT Exploration and Production executive vice president for strategy and business development. PTTEP, which has been investing in Myanmar for more than 25 years, currently has interests in 12 petroleum fields there, both on- and offshore, including Yadana, Yetagun and Zawtika.
Citizen science model proposed to fill fundamental ocean data gap
Despite new technologies, satellite imagery and modern research methods the work of collecting routine, fundamental data about the Earth's oceans' physical, biological and chemical characteristics remains an unforgiving and impossible task that has challenged scientists for centuries. A pioneering approach published today in the open access, peer reviewed scientific journal PLOS Biology challenges conventional research methods and proposes a global effort to engage and empower citizen scientists to gather basic ocean data aboard small vessels on the most common sailing routes.
Patong Beach Hotel
Its location in bustling Patong, the tourist centre of Phuket, sees Patong Beach Hotel nestled among a myriad shops, restaurants and nightlife venues and a short walk to the beach. Accommodation is in three wings - the low-rise Siam and Sunrise Wings and the newer Sunset Wing, of which the upper floors afford picturesque sea views.
Qatar Airways to start non-stop services from Doha to Phuket
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Mon Sep 08, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Open-Air Living in Tropical Thailand
This villa on the resort island of Phuket integrates the formal lounge area with a swimming pool and barbecue terrace to create one large space. -Andre Cooray Overlooking the Andaman Sea, this contemporary villa sits atop a hill on one of the highest points in a private residential community in the seaside village of Kata in Phuket, Thailand.
Hyatt Announces Plans for a Hyatt Place Hotel in Phuket
Expected to open in 2016, Hyatt Place Phuket, Patong will mark the first Hyatt Place hotel in Phuket, Thailand. "Thailand continues to be an important market for Hyatt, both from a leisure and business travel perspective.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Chatrium takes 'slow but sure' approach ahead of AEC launch
Chatrium Hotels and Resi-dences, a hospitality business within the empire of banking tycoon Chatri Sophonpanich, plans to open three new properties - hotel rooms and serviced apartments - in Bangkok and Phuket in the next three to five years to cash in on increased travelling after the Asean Economic Community takes effect. This is part of its strategic business plan for domestic expansion, having yet to make any move to go abroad to take advantage of the AEC's benefits.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
Golola set to take on American
MOSES Golola takes on Richard Abraham of USA in a 'Biblical' the Intercontinental middleweight title contest at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The five-round contest marks the return of the maverick Ugandan martial art prodigy in action since he floored Titus Gugume.
Thu Sep 04, 2014
Patong will see the first Hyatt Place hotel in Phuket, Thailand.
Hyatt Hotel has entered into a management agreement with an affiliate of Boutique Group of Companies for a Hyatt Place hotel in Phuket, Thailand, expected to open in 2016. "Thailand continues to be an important market for Hyatt, both from a leisure and business travel perspective.
Ko Lipe, Phi Phi cleaning up
The military's campaign to clean up Thailand's beaches has reached Ko Lipe, where soldiers, national park authorities, and other officials began clearing out vendors and illegal structures Thursday. Military and public officials have begun checking land-usage rights for structures on Ko Lipe, particularly looking at resorts that have encroached on Tarutao National Park, a former penal colony in the far South once notorious for pirates that attracts scuba divers and sun-seekers.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Taxi network threatens fare hike
The chairman of the Bangkok Taxi Cooperatives Network, Withoon Naewpanich, said members plan to increase taxi fares if demands for cost-saving measures for operators are not met.
The spirits around us
Mon communities in Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi province pay their respects to the spirits of the earth in the Floating Boat Festival, which runs from Sunday through next Wednesday in and around the Chedi Phutthakhaya at Wat Wang Wiwekaram.
Mon Sep 01, 2014
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BANGKOK: Rights groups decry Thai junta's defamation suits
A British human rights activist who goes on trial in Bangkok today faces a jail sentence for highlighting migrant worker abuse in the fruit processing industry.
Rescue Me - Soi Dog Foundation - Phuket 83110, Thailand - Warning: Some Images Are Disturbing
This is a series of diaries highlighting animal rescues around the country and noting and celebrating the work they do to help animals who have no voices but ours to speak for them.
Motorbike taxi filing starts Thursday
Bangkok will begin registering motorcycle-taxi drivers Thursday as it moves forward with efforts to bring order to the city's freewheeling transportation system.