Phuket to receive digital TV coupons March 2015

Phuket to receive digital TV coupons March 2015In July 2014, the National Broadcast and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced that it would give coupons worth Bt690 for every household to go towards buying either digital TV set-top boxes or TVs with built-in antenna that receive digital signals.

In September 2014 it was further announced that NBTC would begin distributing 11.45 million coupons to 45 provinces as phase 1 of the project. The second phase would see coupons being distributed to further provinces in 2015 and 2016 in alignment with digital TV network coverage.

Office of the NBTC District 11However, recently found out that Phuket was not included in either phase 1 or phase 2 of the projects and decided to investigate to find out when Phuket residents would be receiving their coupons.

Upon contacting the Office of the NBTC District 11, a member of the was advised that Phuket would receive their digital TV coupon in March 2558, in a previously unmentioned phase 3 of the project, and at a time when the digital TV signal will be available on 80% of the island. Phuket is already receiving the digital signal but it is only being received at a very small number of locations.

Phuket to receive digital TV coupons March 2015
Office of the NBTC District 11
New smartphone app launched by tourist police

New smartphone app launched by tourist policeThailand’s tourist police have launched a new safety app aimed at improving the safety of tourists. The app, known as the Tourist Buddy Application works via a smartphone and offers safety tips as well as travel information. Tourists can also get in touch with any emergency call center and also police station within the country. The 1155 hotline number is accessible 24/7. Authorities will also be able to trace where the call is originating from. Just like your buddy, the app will help you find a location.

In a bid to improve their services as well as image, tourist police in Thailand have rolled-out an aggressive campaign .The virtual app is viewed as being the most innovative. According to the application’s creator, Pol.Maj.Gen.Roy Inkapairoj who is also the Commander in-charge of Tourist Police Division, the number of tourists is set to rise. And in order to provide efficient services it was critical to launch an innovative security application. Tourism is the leading source of revenue for the government. By the end of 2015, the government target is to raise at least 2 Trillion Baht from this sector.

He further asserted that the app would come handy in providing tourists with up-to-date information around the clock. In so doing, it would play an important role in promoting traditions, tourism, festivals and culture in the country. The tourist police in the country realized the necessity of offering tourists effective help, comfort, security and care. Pol.Maj.Gen Roy Inkapairoj strongly believes that the Tourist Buddy Application will solve the shortcomings that have existed in the security sector. Visitors have in some situations faced difficulties as far as security is concerned. This should be a thing of the past if the app works according to the plan.

SIPA Phuket held “Software Talk – Tourism Solutions” seminar

 SIPA Phuket held "Software Talk - Tourism Solutions" seminarOn 7th August 2014, the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) held a “Software Talk – Tourism Solutions” event at Royal Phuket City Hotel. SIPA Phuket branch manager – Khun Pracha Asawateera presided over the event which was attended by software and tour operators.

Khun Pracha said “SIPA is responsible for promoting and supporting the software industry and for bringing new software to various industries. This year it was decided to have this Software Talk activity which will propose the ICT and software guidelines for global digital marketing in all industries, especially tourism, which is the country’s main income.

“Phuket is a leader in the use of software especially when it comes to spa and restaurant solutions. Incoming tourists are now using various software applications for to purchase air tickets via the Internet, a trend that is growing quickly, and to keep up with the rate of growth more advanced software is required, and this new software will have to manage all hotel solutions.”

Phuket introduces new ICT Centre Director

Phuket introduces new ICT Centre Director On 29th May 2014 at the Phuket ICT Centre at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town, a press conference was held to introduce the Centre’s new Director – Dr Jirawat Thaenthong, and also to show the vision of developing Phuket’s ICT Centre Step into. It is hoped that in the near future Phuket Knowledge Park will serve as a source of learning and creating inspiration for other people in the Andaman provinces.

Dr Jirawat said “Phuket ICT Centre now offers computers with high speed wireless internet access for public use, along with training to help the public use them. In the very near future, we will also be organizing and promoting events to educate the youths in IT, and we will continue to support the development potential of ICT for the public.”

Phuket and MICT sign Smart Province MOU

Phuket and MICT sign Smart Province MOUOn Thursday 8th May 2014 at Phuket Provincial Hall, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and Phuket Province held an event which saw the signing of an MOU which will bring the country’s Smart Province project to the island. The MOU was signed by Dr Surachai Srisarakham – Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut.

At the signing, Khun Surachai said “The Smart Province project in Phuket, scheduled to be completed in 2015, will bring one-stop service centres where residents can access information and use digital services with a swipe of an ID card. The Smart Country project will link local government offices, police stations and private enterprises with a single network which will be used to share and access information in a secured manner. Highlights of the project will be that residents will be able to access public services online, faster and more efficiently, and Government agencies will be moved towards paperless offices to create a more efficient workplace.”

After seeing the project successfully completed in the province of Nakhon Nayok, it was decided to bring the next stage to Phuket, and then expand the project to the rest of the country.

Amari Phuket introduces new web portal

Amari Phuket introduces new web portalAmari Phuket has introduced a new web portal for guests looking to maximise their hotel stay and immerse themselves in the places they visit. Through the Destination Amari site, they will find handy travel advice and ideas to help plan their trip before leaving home.

Destination Amari creates a memorable voyage of discovery in which guests can experience modern Asia at its finest. Throughout the site, they will find exhilarating family fun, award-winning attractions and secluded places, all easily accessible through the portal. The fascinating series of editorial reviews are written by journalists who are known to be destination experts in each region. The content, which includes interesting restaurants, fun excursions, quirky shops and family attractions, intrigues the reader with absorbing detail and first hand experiential reviews. Each venue and activity within Destination Amari is handpicked to ensure that Amari guests have the best options at each destination. Throughout the site, there is an emphasis on shared experiences and the reviews differentiate between venues that are suitable for friends, families and couples.

Guests are also encouraged to interact with each other by sharing personal tips or viewing comments from other users before setting out for the day. The selection of trusted places also comes with additional endorsements. Executive chefs in each Amari property give their tips on which local restaurants they enjoy the most and other team members offer tips on what they enjoy doing in their spare time.

Destination Amari is now live for Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Krabi and Doha.


Opinion: Smartphones – How long can you leave yours?

Opinion: Smartphones – How long can you leave yours?

I for one am someone who appreciates advances in technology when and where it is needed. However, there is one advance in technology that is really starting to bug me, not because of its design, not because of its purpose, but simply how much people are using the things. Yes I’m talking about the world’s bestselling electrical device, the ‘Smartphone’.

I’ve been the owner of a mobile phone, not the same on I hasten to add, since the early 1990’s when you simply used a mobile phone to make or receive a call. At this time, mobile phones weren’t permanently in the owners hand, people were still able to hold a conversation when at a dining table, they would use their phones when they needed to make or receive a call.

I do actually think Smartphones are a good thing; they serve a very good purpose, however, what I don’t like is that people let them take over their lives. Couples go out for a meal, they no longer talk, they sit staring and tapping at a screen. Families sit at the dinner table, they no longer speak, they sit and staring and tapping a screen. Youngsters no longer want to read a book or go out to play, they are contented sitting staring and tapping at a screen I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but what has happened to the art of conversation, unfortunately, in my opinion Smartphones have killed it.

I recently attended a special media function and I would honestly say that 60 or 70% of the attendees were on their Smartphones at least, and I say at least, 90% of the time. This was supposed to be a social evening of fun & conversation. There was none, this was killed by the Smartphones. For me, there s nothing more unfunny and unsociable than sitting with 200 people, more than half of which choose to have a smart phone as their partner for the evening.  It was actually a good job for the photographers at the event that there was something happening away from the dining area , as I’m sure they wouldn’t have been happy to get back home or to their offices to find a they had a camera full of photos of people staring and tapping on the screens of their Smartphones.

For those who are reading this article and are guilty of the above here’s something for you think about; recent research shows that exercising your thumbs by using your Smartphones could ultimately be harming your health.  It has also been confirmed that there is such a thing as Smartphone addiction. Again, those who are reading this article and are guilty of the above are no different to drinkers, smokers or drug takers, they’re an addict. Think I’m talking nonsense? Don’t think you’re an addict? Try to leave your Smartphone at home for a day, even just a couple of hours if possible, and you’ll soon find out what a drinker , smoker or drug taker goes through when going into withdrawal.

There are many people who can and do use Smartphones in a smart way — doing only what they need to do, and then putting the device away, can you be one of them, make me happy and give it a try.

This is the opinion of Matthew Pond and not of

PS: For those interested I am not a Smartphone owner, and I have no intention of becoming one.

Naka Island Phuket Launches Free Wi-Fi Service

Naka Island Phuket Launches Free Wi-Fi Service Internet access nowadays is extremely important for Naka Island Phuket resort guests, whether it be to keep in contact with family and friends, for business purposes, or to keep up with the news from all over the globe. To enhance their guest’s experience and assist in keeping connected with the world while staying at The Naka Island, their free Wi-Fi internet service in all of their 67 luxury villas in addition to their resort public areas will commence on 1st May 2013. Guests will be able to use this complimentary service wherever they may be within the resort and gain access via their smart phones, I-phones, tablets and notebooks to check emails, surf the web, ticketing and even post reviews of their unforgettable holiday experience on social networks. Under the Luxury Collection hotel brand, The Naka Island is proud to provide this complimentary Wi-Fi internet service  to all resort guests.

The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Phuket is located at 32 Moo 5, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket 83110.

For more information or make a reservation, please e-mail or visit or

Phuket’s JW Marriott iPad App

Phuket’s JW Marriott iPad AppJW Marriott Phuket have cooperated with ‘AppyHotel’ and created their own great looking, easy-to-manage iPad App, allowing users to view the hotel’s existing material and purchase a number of in-house services. The iPad app is available to download from the App Store for a free trial period of 6 months.

To download the App all you have to do is download the “Appy Hotel” application on your iPad and search for “JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa”.


• Download the app before check-in and get acquainted with the hotel

• Find out about updated promotions as often as you like free of charge

• App has feedback widget allowing you to share your views

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 3rd September 2012THAILAND – Tuned in, but switched off
The tablets for first-graders are not nearly as charged up as their owners – who say they are getting only about 50 per cent of the battery use promised by the maker. – Resort resistance
National park officers say three resorts at Samet Island are illegal and must be knocked down – but their owners want an extension on the demolition orders. –  Second half expected to pose challenge to Thai GDP
Thailand surprised global economists with 4.2-per-cent economic growth in the second quarter against the consensus of 3.1 per cent. However, hard times are coming in the second half when the euro-zone crisis is set to deepen and drag down Thailand’s exports while creating greater volatility in capital flows across Asean. Along the way, authorities need to stay fully alert.

ASIA – China manufacturing dips further
China’s manufacturing activity falls to a nine-month low in August, adding to fears that its economy is slowing faster than estimated. – Cambodia arrests internet pirate
A co-founder of top Swedish “file sharing” site The Pirate Bay, who is on an international wanted list, has been arrested in the Cambodian capital at Stockholm’s request, police said Sunday.

UK –  Assange lawyer stopped at London airport
An Australian member of Julian Assange’s legal team says she was stopped by British authorities as she tried to board a flight home. – Fifty-five free schools to open
Fifty-five new free schools are due to open in England, the government says, amid Labour criticism of wasted money and the wrong areas being targeted. –  UK accused over Mubarak-era money
The UK is failing in its commitment to freeze assets of the regime of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, a BBC investigation finds. – Pilot whales stranded in Scotland
A total of 16 pilot whales die and 10 others are saved after being stranded on the east coast of Scotland. –  Harry to attend children’s awards
Prince Harry will make his first public appearance since his naked pictures appeared on the web when he attends a ceremony in London on Monday night.

AFRICA – Storms kill 20 people in Algeria
Storms sweeping across northeast Algeria have killed 20 people and injured 56, the state news agency APS on Sunday cited emergency services as saying. –  SA Marikana miners to be freed
South Africa is to begin freeing 270 strikers whose colleagues were shot dead by police, after murder charges against them were suspended.

EUROPE – ECB urged to take eurozone action
The head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development calls on the European Central Bank to take action on the eurozone crisis. – Credit Immobilier has assets guaranteed by France
Struggling French mortgage lender Credit Immobilier has had its assets guaranteed by the government.

LATIN AMERICA – ‘No evidence’ of Amazon attack
A team of Venezuelan military officers and prosecutors says it has failed to find evidence of a reported mass killing of Yanomami indigenous people.

MID-EAST – Syria rebels besiege town on Turkey border
Syria rebels have laid siege to the northern town of Harem, on the Turkish border, confronting regime forces in a battle lasting all day. – New UN envoy gloomy at Syria task
The new UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, describes his task as “nearly impossible”, in comments to the BBC after taking up the post. – Israel removes West Bank settlers
Scuffles erupt as Israeli police remove Jewish settlers from an illegal West Bank outpost of Migron, north of Jerusalem. – Veil breakthrough on Egypt’s TV
A woman presenter reads the news on Egypt’s TV in Islamic headscarf for what is believed to be first time since the state channel opened in 1960.

US – Clinton to skip Democrat conference
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is missing the Democratic Party convention to build ties in Asia. –  ‘The Possession’ tops US box office
Horror flick The Possession exorcised A-list action romp The Expendables 2 from the top slot at the North American box office at the weekend, according to industry estimates. – Man eats record 191 wings in 12 minutes
US organisers of the National Buffalo Wing Festival say competitive eater Joey Chestnut has devoured a record 191 chicken wings in 12 minutes.

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 28th August 2012

PHUKET – Phuket tourists saved when Thai boat sinks
Australian tourists have told of being rescued when their speed boat sank in rough seas near Thailand’s resort island of Koh Phi Phi.

Bangkok Post – Sathian waved off
The defence minister moved three inconvenient senior officers to inactive posts, clearing the way for a Thaksin-friendly army general to succeed Gen Sathian Phoemthongin as new permanent secretary of defence. – Treasury Dept eyes property purchases in euro zone
The Treasury Department is interested in buying land and other property in the troubled euro zone due to the attractive prices currently available there. – Commerce Minister concedes export growth target may be reduced
Thailand’s 2012 export growth target may be reduced, but the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) is set to meet with the private sector next month.

Bangkok Post – Abhisit confident
The former prime minister and his deputy told the DSI they had acted legally against the red shirts in 2010, denying responsibility for 91 deaths. – Panel to issue data on water situation soon: PM
The Water and Flood Management Committee (WFMC) will release data on the country’s water situation later this week, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday in response to a query as to whether drought and flooding would wreak havoc this year.

Bangkok Post – White lies
As the prime minister defended Mr Kittiratt’s strange confession, the government’s NESDB is widely suspected of “massaging numbers” to please her.

Bangkok Post – Chalerm: Reds must stay cool
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung on Monday called on red shirt leaders to dissuade their followers from persistent harassment of Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva. – Latest savings bond rate attractive, insists PDMO
The interest rate of 3.99 per cent for the latest government savings bond issue, which has a six-year maturity, is attractive for retail investors, the Public Debt Management Office said yesterday.

ASIA – Myanmar president promotes reformers in cabinet reshuffle
Myanmar’s president reshuffled his cabinet on Monday, a move viewed as a step forward in the country’s fragile political and economic reform agenda.

Bangkok Post – Quarry explosion kills 9 in China
A load of explosives accidentally went off on Monday at a quarry supplying a cement plant in southern China, killing nine people and leaving another missing, state media said. – China seamen missing in typhoon
At least 31 Chinese fishermen are missing after two boats sink as Typhoon Bolaven hits South Korea and lashes China’s coast with huge waves.

UK – Call for PM to act on Heathrow
A Conservative MP urges Prime Minister David Cameron to decide whether he is a “man or a mouse” over the issue of expanding Heathrow Airport. –  British police call off search for ‘lion’
British police have called off their search for a suspected “big cat” after reports of a lion being spotted in a field near a seaside town. – Parade for 800 Team GB athletes
A celebration parade will take place in London on 10 September to mark the success of Team GB athletes at London 2012.

AFRICA – Somali school children blown up
At least six Somali children die after picking up explosives in their school playground in a town recently seized from militants, a local official tells the BBC. – Egypt migrants killed in capsize
A boat carrying Egyptian migrants thought to be on their way to Europe capsizes in the Mediterranean, with more than 30 feared dead. – ‘Intimidation’ keeps SA mine shut
Miners are being threatened into staying away from work at the South African mine where 34 people were recently shot dead by police, the owners say.

EUROPE – Greek exit idea sparks German row
German centre-right politicians criticise a leading conservative partner for suggesting that Greece will have to leave the eurozone. –  France warns Syria over chemical weapons
The French president says the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a legitimate reason for a foreign intervention. – Italy miners protest underground
Miners in Italy barricade themselves and hundreds of kilos of explosives inside their pit to protest against a possible closure of the site. – German business confidence falls again, says Ifo
German business confidence has fallen for the fourth month in a row to a 29-month low, according to the closely-watched Ifo survey. – Javelin accident kills German athletics official
An official at an athletics event in the German city of Dusseldorf has died after being speared in the throat with a javelin.

LATIN AMERICA – Venezuela refinery fire spreads
A fire at Venezuela’s largest oil refinery caused by an explosion on Saturday spreads to a third tank, as the death toll rises to 48. –  7.3 quake off the coast of El Salvador
A tsunami warning that was issued after a 7.3 earthquake struck El Salvador has been cancelled and there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties. – Haitian migrant boat runs aground
A boat carrying more than 150 illegal Haitian migrants capsizes off the Bahamas, with most surviving but more than a dozen feared drowned. –  Bid to end 50-year conflict in Colombia
Colombia has announced the start of a peace process, but vows military operations will “continue on every single centimetre of national territory”.

MID-EAST – Gaza ‘not liveable by 2020’ – UN
Urgent action is needed to improve basic services in the Gaza Strip or it will not be “liveable” by 2020, according to a new UN report. –  10,000 Syrian refugees stuck at border
Turkey has so far taken in more than 80,000 Syrians, and all nine refugee camps along the border are full.

US – Obama declares storm emergency
US President Barack Obama declares an emergency in Louisiana, as a strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac churns directly toward New Orleans. –  US approves 4-in-1 HIV combination pill
A new once-a-day pill has been approved in the US to control HIV in adults who have not previously been treated. –  Apple hits new high after US court victory
Apple shares have jumped to a record high after a legal victory against Samsung, reinforcing its place as the world’s most valuable company. – Apple seeks to ban sale of eight Samsung phones in US
Apple has asked a court to ban eight Samsung mobile phones in the US. The phones include the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T model, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile model, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 27th August 2012

PHUKET – Transport Ministry orders speeding up of illegal taxis registration in Phuket
The Land Transport Department was ordered to register about 3,600 illegal taxis in the resort town of Phuket to solve the problem of overcharging, said Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan.

Bangkok Post – Building a vanity cabinet
The foreign minister kicked off an orgy of back-patting and self-congratulation by a government that has not made an error for an entire year – starting with minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul’s claim that capturing Thaksin is not his duty. – PM affirms balanced water management in dams
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra affirms water management in Thailand’s dams is balanced, and denied that drought in some areas resulted from too much release of water from dams. – Bangkok prepares for this year’s possible flood
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been bracing for possible flood and the water run-off from the North. – PM to meet Myanmar President to discuss Dawei project
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Myanmar next month to discuss development of the Dawei deep-sea port project with the country’s president, Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Sunday. – Universities agree to start academic year later from 2014
The Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT) yesterday resolved to postpone the start of the academic year to August or September from 2014 onward. The move is aimed at bringing the schedule in line with those of other Southeast Asian nations and Europe. – Thai players enjoy double success
Thai badminton players were on cloud nine yesterday after capturing two titles at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix in Ho Chi Minh.

ASIA – Typhoon lashes Japan’s Okinawa
A powerful typhoon moves past the Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power cuts and forcing thousands of residents to take cover. – Burma floods displace thousands
Major flooding in Burma displaces 85,000 people from their homes and destroys rice crops, the government says. –  6.4-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia
A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off Indonesia’s Moluccas islands, the US Geological Survey said, revising down a preliminary reading of 6.8. – Chinese bus collides with tanker, killing 36
At least 36 people have died after a sleeper-bus collided with a methane-laden tanker in northern China, state-run media say. – Samsung to appeal after $1bn Apple award in US case
Samsung says it will appeal against a US court ruling that the South Korean giant stole designs from Apple to make smartphones and computer tablets.

UK – UK Wikileaks’ Julian Assange ‘threat’ over
Britain has “given up its threat” to enter Ecuador’s London embassy to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador’s president has said. –  Recovered Prince Philip appears in public
Prince Philip has accompanied the Queen to church in his first public appearance since being discharged from hospital. – Murdoch sends message in royal photo saga
Commentators say Rupert Murdoch may have let The Sun run photos of a naked Prince Harry to warn Britain’s establishment he can still shake things up. –  British parliament could shut for 5 years
The Palace of Westminster, the London building where Britain’s parliament sits, may have to close for several years for repairs. –  Branson hails ‘extraordinary’ Armstrong
British tycoon Sir Richard Branson, whose company is launching a space tourism program, has hailed the late US astronaut Neil Armstrong as “an extraordinary individual”.

AFRICA – Niger floods leave dozens dead
Flooding in Niger kills dozens of people and leave thousands homeless across the country, as aid begins to arrive.

EUROPE – Drought-hit Serbs pray for rain
Worshippers in Serbia heed a bishop’s call to pray for rain in order to end weeks of drought that have blighted crops and sparked wildfires.

LATIN AMERICA – Fires burn at Venezuela refinery
Two tanks are still on fire at the Amuay refinery in northern Venezuela after a gas leak set off an explosion, which left 41 people dead. – Haitian migrant boat runs aground
A boat carrying more than 150 illegal Haitian migrants capsizes off the Bahamas, with most on board surviving, but more than a dozen feared drowned.

MID-EAST – ‘Scores of bodies’ found in Syria
Opposition activists say they found scores of bodies in a town near the Syrian capital where government forces carried out a “massacre”.

US – US Gulf states declare Isaac emergency
Three US Gulf Coast states have declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels towards land, threatening to slam into Louisiana as a hurricane. – Obama leads tributes to Armstrong, first man on Moon
US President Barack Obama has led tributes to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, who died on Saturday at the age of 82. –  Apple ‘to unveil mini iPad in October’
Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website has reported.