Exploring Phuket made easy

Nostra Map Thailand recently added more information to its app, listing the most attractive tourist destinations and restaurants to coincide with the “Laguna Phuket Marathon 2017” event which will take place this Saturday and Sunday (June 3-4).
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Just search and select your preferred destinations then check the distance from your location via an infographic displayed on screen, or simply turn on the navigation on Nostra Map application, which boasts the most accurate coordinates.
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Thai tourism improves 2.9%

Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand exceeded 12.02 million, a slight increase of 2.91% during January to April this year.

Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 12,021,617 international visits for the first four months compared to 11,682,144 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passports, or ID  holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Minimum requirement is an …
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Phuket’s new elephant sanctuary has celebrities gushing

Lee Cobaj, destination expert
18 MAY 2017 • 12:13PM
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I have drool all over my arm. Not something I would usually be pleased about but in this case I couldn’t be happier. The slavering culprit? Kannika, a 32-year old elephant. As an infant she was wrenched away from her mother and forced to spend her days traversing Phuket’s blistering hot beaches for tourists to photograph.
When she grew bigger (and supposedly less cute), Kannika …
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Intra-regional travel drives 94% of Asian arrivals

Asian tourism is now almost completely reliant on intra-regional travel, a new report from PATA has revealed.
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Releasing its full-year arrivals data for 2016, the association reported that Asia (not including the Pacific region) welcomed a total of 436 million international arrivals last year. And 94% of these inbound volumes were derived from within the same region.
Destinations in the Pacific region welcomed 24.5m international visitors last year, but only 32% came from within …
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New China-Phuket air route

Juneyao Airlines, a China-based airline, will commence flights connection Nanjing and Phuket in Thailand starting 15 May.
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According to the airline, it will offer a daily services from Nanjing to Phuket using an Airbus A320.
Flight time is five hours and 50 minutes.
The flight will serve Chinese tourists who buy holiday packages to Thailand’s popular resorts on Phuket island. There are no plans to sell seats locally in Phuket.
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Time out for a Thai Songkran

Thailand will celebrate the annual Songkran Festival, Thursday 13 April through to 15 April, plus a substitution holiday for workers, Monday 17 April, due to the final day of the Songkran festival falling on a Saturday.
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The festive celebration will start with families paying respects to their elders by sprinkling water on their hands Thursday morning.
However, thousands of tourists are visiting Thailand to enjoy the water battles that follow on the remaining days. …
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Phuket officials unveil rules for Songkran

Officials are calling on all people to have a fun Songkran this week, but to keep safety in mind as the annual Thai New Year water festival is set to soak the streets of Phuket this Thursday (April 13).
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Seven “zones” have been dedicated for family-oriented fun, Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok told leading officials at a meeting at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket) in Phuket Town on …
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Chakri Memorial Day

Thais enjoy a public holiday, Thursday, 6 April, just a week ahead of the popular Songkran festival, 13 to 15 April.
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Both are public holidays for government, banks and commercial sectors.
The country celebrates Chakri Memorial Day, Thursday, 6 April, to honour the 10 kings who have ruled Thailand under the present Chakri Dynasty.
The first king in the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, founded the capital in Bangkok.
The annual Songkran festival, or the traditional New …
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‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign draws thousands to Patong Beach

More than 2,000 people turned out at Patong Beach for a mass beach-cleanup today (April 4) as Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan launched the government-driven “Keep Phuket Clean” campaign.
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“The government has issued an order to solve the rubbish problem. The plan is for Thailand to be free of litter all this year, 2017,” Gov Chockchai told the crowd gathered near the Police Box at the end of Bangla Rd.
“So Phuket has launched the …
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Thai tourism’s financial focus starts paying off

Thailand’s strategy of focusing on quality over quantity, in terms of its international tourist arrivals, appears to be paying off.
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) revealed today (Wednesday 29 March 2017) that the country expects to generate THB490 billion (US$14bn) in international tourism revenues in the first quarter of the year, marking a year-on-year increase of 7%.
This growth rate is significantly higher than the expected 2% increase in international visitor arrivals, which …
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