Opinion: Protecting Phuket's image as a tourist destination

Opinion: Protecting Phuket's image as a tourist destination

PHUKET: The recent incarceration of a Russian tourist for the heinous crime of feeding breadcrumbs to a fish is just the latest in a long-running series of embarrassments for Thai law enforcement and our tourism industry. The story made international headlines, including such mass media heavyweights as TASS and the UK's Daily Mail, re-reporting after it was first reported by the Phuket Gazette (story here). While the reports created a feeding frenzy of their own in social media, it is perhaps fortunate that international reporting of the incident by mainline media was not more intensive than it was. Th

Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 07:00 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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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: Thais have bad taste

Ministry of Farang Affairs: Thais have bad taste

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 5, 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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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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