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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Etihad to help promote Thai tourism

Etihad Airways has agreed to promote tourism to Thailand as part of a major new marketing deal.
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The Abu Dhabi-based airline penned a US$1.25 million agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) this week, to promote the country in key international markets. These include the UAE, UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Iran and Kuwait.
The agreement was signed by Etihad’s senior vice president of marketing, Shane O’Hare, and …
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HK Express takes flight in Phuket market

Hong Kong’s low-fare airline has seen significant first-quarter growth as it continues its campaign to woo both the Thai and expat markets in Phuket.

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HK Express has carried close to 500,000 passengers in the first quarter of this year, which represents a 102 percent growth compared with the same period in 2014. The airline reports total passengers for March of 168,336, an increase of 96 percent over the same month last year.
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Eurowings to bring rock-bottom airfares to Thailand

Lufthansa‘s new low-cost carrier, Eurowings, will commence long-haul operations in fourth quarter of 2015 with flights to Thailand, the Caribbean and Middle East.
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Ticket sales have now opened for the flights, which will depart Germany’s Cologne/Bonn Airport on 25 October 2015. Based on Lufthansa’s Germanwings concept, Eurowings will be positioned as a low-cost carrier offering point-to-point flights on short-, medium- and long-haul routes.
For winter 2015-16, the airline’s new route network will include Dubai, …
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Old Town Festival returns to the heart of Phuket

The 16th annual Phuket Old Town Festival begins today and will continue through Saturday to celebrate Phuket’s unique culture and traditions.
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The festival will get underway from 4pm, on four roads in the heart of Phuket Town: Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee, Krabi Road and Phang Nga Road.
“This is the 16th year we have held the festival. We always hope that it helps to conserve our cultural heritage and traditional Phuket lifestyle, and …
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Phuket’s hotel sector takes a hit from 2014’s market volatility

PERFORMANCE in Phuket’s hotel market declined across the board last year as a direct result of the May coup d’etat and an overreliance on mass tourism, new research reveals.
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The Phuket 2014 Hotel Market Update report from C9 Hotelworks, released this month, shows year-on-year hotel performance in Thailand’s second largest destination after Bangkok dropped in all sectors.
Occupancy contracted by six percentage points, spurring a nine per cent contraction in RevPAR, while average room …
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Thai VietJet to launch scheduled flights in March

Thai VietJet Air will launch its first ever scheduled flights in March 2015, it has been confirmed. The new low-cost venture  will commence flights between Bangkok and Phuket on March 29th.
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The carrier, which is based at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, started operating charter services in late 2014 but has been waiting to launch its regular scheduled flights.
And the airline said it will finally be able to commence domestic flights in March, ahead of …
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Phuket beaches return to TripAdvisor ‘Best in Asia’ rankings

Nai Harn Beach and Kata Beach, both on Phuket’s southwest coast, have ranked in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list for Asia, with two beaches in Krabi also making the grade.
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Nai Harn beach ranked third, while Kata beach returned to the rankings, coming in at number eight.
Railey Beach and Phra Nang Beach, in both Krabi, ranked seventh and ninth, respectively.
Travellers’ Choice award-winning beaches were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller …
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Phuket beach regulations now in force

The island̕s new beach regulations are now being enforced, and all beaches are to be regulated under the same standards. The announcement came from Phuket Governor, Nisit Jansomwong, at a further meeting he chaired yesterday (January 29) about beach management.
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Governor Nisit said, “The problem now with beach management is that the local authorities of each area do not proceed by the same standard from many reasons.
“I have consulted with the legal sector …
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Street Eats: An authentic Phuket breakfast

When you think of a good old Western breakfast, you imagine some crusty toast, ham, an omelette, pancakes, cereal or other similar tasty food, but here in Phuket a traditional local breakfast is quite the opposite.
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The culture in Phuket is a mix of Thai Buddhists and Muslims, with over half the locals a mix of Chinese. This is why Chinese-style food can be found among any of the island’s popular dishes, from …
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