Indian Coast Guard Ships visit Phuket


Two Indian Coast Guard Ships, ICGS Sujay and ICGS Anmol, made a port call at Phuket on 7 November 2018 on a 5 day goodwill and friendship visit. The ships arrived on 5 November 2018 and were at Anchorage off Panwa, Phuket for two days.

They were given a grand reception at the deep sea port on 7 November at Phuket by the Royal Thai Navy on arrival and received by senior officers from the Royal Thai Navy of 3rd Area Command and the Embassy of India in Thailand represented by Defence Attache Gp. Capt. S Krishnan, VM. The Captains and officers of both the ships made a call on at the 3rd Naval Area Headquarters, and the sailors participated in a friendly football match with the Royal Thai Navy.

Later in the evening of 7 November 2018, the Ships hosted Royal Thai Navy senior officers and representatives from the local Indian community for a Reception on board INCG Sujay.


Thailand remains most visited destination among Chinese

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reported that, China’s largest and most influential online travel agent, has ranked Thailand the number one global destination among Chinese tourists during this year’s National Day vacation, or the Chinese Golden Week 2018.

Thailand comes out on top of Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea, among more than 1,000 destinations in nearly 100 countries. Favorite Thai destinations among Chinese tourists include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said China is Thailand’s largest tourist market, and this latest Ctrip’s study shows that the kingdom continues to win the hearts of Chinese tourists with a wide range of attractions, ranging from local experiences, abundant natural beauty and a remarkable variety of activities, including soft adventure, health and wellness, weddings and honeymoons, and sports tourism.

This year, TAT is maintaining its target of 10.5-11 million arrivals from China, up from last year’s 9.8 million. Already this year, from January to August, Thailand has welcomed 7.7 million Chinese tourists, generating 423 billion baht.

Weather bureau forecasts heavy to heaviest rains to continue for a few days

Tropical storm “Vamco” has caused havoc in many provinces across the country after it landed on the Vietnamese coastline early this week.

The Meteorological Department predicts its impact will continue in several regions of the country for the next few days.


In the latest warning this morning, the weather bureau said although the tropical storm has weakened into depression, it still will affect vast areas in the lower Northeast, Central, Eastern and Southern regions with heavy and heaviest rains in vast areas.

It warned people in these provinces to brace for more floodings from heavy rains in the next few days.

They include Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Surin, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Srakaew, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, and Phuket.

Strong and high waves are also expected in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, it said and warned fishermen to stay on shore during the period.

Meanwhile heavy rain falls brought in by Vamco storm had caused flashflood in many provinces.

In Chumphon province, flashflood has rapid inundated Pato district, causing local homes in the area to be flooded or swept away. Large trees were also felled, landing on top of households.

However no casualties have been reported. Many roads in the district were also submerged by the floods and  resident were also cut off from the outside world.

Muang Ranong district of Ranong province also faced similar situation, where heavy downpours and strong winds have caused trees to fall on top of more than 10 houses.

Meanwhile flash flood from the Benja Mountain range of Krabi province overflowed the Krabi Yai canal banks and inundated Baan Suan Prik road of Tap Prik subdistrict, making it impossible for small vehicles to commute in the area.

In Trang, more than 40 houses in Khok Lor town have their roofs  blown away by the strong winds, and numerous vehicles and motorcycles were also damaged. The provincial office, in the mean time, has declared the province as disaster stricken area.

Vamco storm also caused heavy rainfall and high waves at Koh Samui, Koh Pa-ngun, and Koh Tao islands yesterday  prompting many boat services to temporarily cancel their operations for the day, while the province has advised small boats to stay anchored ashore.

Meanwhile strong and high waves in Choburi province have stranded over 400 domestic and foreign visitors on the province’s Koh Lan island. Local authorities had to arrange 4 large ferries to the island to bring those stranded back on shore.

Three commercial boats were also sunken by the high waves.


PATONG, PHUKET: The Indian embassy yesterday presented additional financial assistance to surviving relatives of Jirachat Kanmanee, the Phuket native killed in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.

Ms Omjit accepts a bouquet of flowers from Group Captain Umesh Kumar at the Millennium Resort at Jungceylon yesterday.

Ms Jirachat was one of six Thais working as spa therapists at the Banyan Tree spa in the Trident Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai when the terrorists broke in and opened fire. She died of a bullet wound to the head.

Ms Jirachat was the only Thai casualty of the attacks that killed 184 people, including 26 foreigners from 14 different countries, according to Indian government figures.

Representing India at yesterday’s event was Umesh Kumar, defense adviser to the Indian Embassy in Thailand.

At the event, held in the 98° Lounge at the Millennium Resort in the Jungceylon complex, Group Captain Umesh presented Ms Jirachat’s elder sister Omjit and her family with a bouquet of flowers and a check for 140,000 baht on behalf of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ms Omjit, now pregnant with her third child, lives in the Phuket Villa Suan Luang housing estate in Phuket Town. She is the only surviving member of Ms Jirachat’s immediate family.

Her family was also provided with 350,000 baht in March last year.

A press release distributed at the event read as follows:

“On behalf of the Indian government, the people of India and the Indian embassy, Group Captain Kumar conveyed to the family of the late Ms Kanmanee our heartfelt condolences once again and assured them of India’s determination to make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime against humanity are brought to justice….The terrorist attacks on Mumbai in November 2008 were a barbaric act of wanton violence, not only against India but against all humanity.”

Weeraphol Choochart, Ms Omjit’s partner and Ms Jirachat’s brother-in-law, said the family was grateful to the Indian government and the Banyan Tree for their financial assistance and for returning Jirachat’s body to Phuket for cremation services that were held at Chalong Temple on December 6.

Before her death, Ms Jirachat was planning to return to Phuket over the following Christmas holidays.

Mr Weeraphol, who works for the Phuket office of the Justice Ministry, said he wasn’t worried about a similar terrorist attack taking place in Phuket because “…the Thai people are unified and at peace.”

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