Phuket Tourism News | Episode 10 | March 27
Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth’s visit to Phuket
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was in Phuket last week and visited the Soi King Kaew area in Ratsada, one of the poorest neighborhoods on the island, to promote the ‘Ratsada Green in the City’ mangrove tourism project.
The Thailand Prime Minister and his entourage met with local residents to explain the project, and why it is so important to be protecting mangroves not just in Phuket but throughout the whole of Thailand.
The aim of the project is to create a learning center and elevated walkways through the mangroves for people to learn about and appreciate their natural beauty.
Bangla Road Patong Bar crack downs
Night entertainment operators in Patong say their businesses have lost about B100 million in the past week following a raid on a local bar operated by a foreigner who allegedly employed girls aged under 18 as sex workers. Weerawit Kruesombat, chairman of Patong Entertainment Business Association, yesterday met nightspot operators to come up with measures to prevent venues from becoming involved in illegal activities.
This was in response to a raid conducted by a special task force unit from the Department of Provincial Administration, on a bar in Soi Bangla in Kathu district, Patong, Phuket in which two suspects.
The fun is coming back to Songkran, organisers have promised, as the first large scale celebration of the occasion in three years is set to take place at Limelight Avenue Mall in Phuket Town next month.
Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. The ‘water splashing’ festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. Although getting well and truly soaked is what makes this festival so famous. The festival is an all-out water war, with unsuspecting victims and eager participants being blasted by high powered super-soakers.
Songkran Festival takes place in April every year, from the 13th to the 15th. The festival usually lasts three days, though festivities can start early or end later in some cities.
Which is the best Phuket Elephant sanctuary to visit?
Phuket Nature Elephant Reserve
The Phuket Nature Elephant Reserve is an accredited and sustainable Elephant Sanctuary located on the west coast of the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand. Founded in 2019, elephant conservation is of the utmost importance to us, and the elephant’s welfare is their main goal.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary was founded by Mr. Montri Todtane, who owned an elephant riding camp in Southern Phuket in the past and decided to change his approach towards a more compassionate form of elephant tourism in 2016.
Inspired by Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a new and final home for elephants who have worked their entire lives in the logging and tourism industry. By joining our programs, visitors can support ethical elephant tourism while enjoying an inspiring and educational experience.