Misnitry of Farang Affairs: Enjoy the same advantages

Misnitry of Farang Affairs: Enjoy the same advantages

PHUKET: The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff. For more from the Ministry of Farang Affairs, visit the Ministry album on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page (here).

Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Opinion: Ensuring the success of coral restoration

Opinion: Ensuring the success of coral restoration

PHUKET: The success of a coral reef restoration project off Mai Thon Island is encouraging, but also serves as a reminder of the need to protect coral from the huge array of threats it faces from man’s activities. These threats range from global-scale effects, such as global warming, all the way down to the most local phenomena, such as ignorant snorkelers and ‘sea walkers’ trampling coral formations. A small fraction of our readership might recall the days when there were impressive coral formations at the south end of Patong Bay, an area now more closely associated with such phenomena as brown algae, jet-ski cowboys

Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Opinion: False killer whales come to Phuket

Opinion: False killer whales come to Phuket

PHUKET: The sighting of false killer whales by a group of lucky marine tourists in Phuket last week should serve as a reminder that despite mankind’s demonstrated ability to shape our environment, there is still a lot going on around us that we understand poorly – or not at all. The ‘aliens among us’ theme has served as a fertile plot device for many a successful Hollywood film, from the insightful Star Trek franchise to action comedies like Mars Attacks and Men in Black. As impressive as these creative works might be, the fact remains: truth is stranger than fiction.Given the recent sig

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Ministry of Farang Affairs: Nobody sees your actions

Ministry of Farang Affairs: Nobody sees your actions

PHUKET: The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff. For more from the Ministry of Farang Affairs, visit the Ministry album on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page (here).

Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Ministry of Farang Affairs: Walking to business meetings

Ministry of Farang Affairs: Walking to business meetings

PHUKET: The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff. For more from the Ministry of Farang Affairs, visit the Ministry album on the Phuket Gazette Facebook page (here).

Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Opinion: Need timely decisions on tourist matters

Opinion: Need timely decisions on tourist matters

PHUKET: The decision to allow beach beds and umbrellas back on island beaches was inevitable, but it is regrettable that it took so long for reason to prevail, now that the high season for tourism is behind us. Tourists need and expect certain amenities during visits to the island. As pointed out in this space in the past, Phuket beach chair operators provide important services for reasonable fees, especially when compared to the island's infamous transport sector. Many vendors develop loyal bases of repeat customers from abroad, who return to them annually – or at least this was the case until these services were banishe

Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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