Posted 31st October 2011, by admin, and filed under Event Update, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation, which has rescued scores of pets affected by the Bangkok floods, desperately needs a large boat with a powerful engine to ferry stranded animals to safety.
Anyone able to donate, or sell, a large boat should contact John Dalley at email@example.com.
Donations to help rescue the pets can be made to www.soidog.org.
The small boat being used by SDF to rescue pets is not sufficiently big to take a larger number of dogs that is required to make a difference. The dogs must be housed in large, heavy cages, which requires a larger boat.
Said SDF’s John Dalley, a co-ordinator of the rescue efforts: “We desperately need one, or more, larger boats otherwise we will not be able to rescue as many dogs as we would like. If anyone in Bangkok can help please contact us immediately.”
SDF is working with groups in the Bangkok area to rescue the animals. Everyone is working around the clock.
One group, TREAT, has taken in drowning puppy mill dogs. TREAT’s Margot Homburg said there are many small pockets of areas where people need to get help — huge numbers of people were asking for boats to transport their pets. TREAT is a non-profit group running a clinic in Bangkok for unwanted and street animals.
TREAT is co-ordinating the distribution of donated funds to volunteers in the field.
A schedule fund raising event based around Australia’s Melbourne Cup horse race on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 will donate all proceeds to the volunteers in Bangkok who are working around the clock to save dogs affected by the floods.
Will you do an update soon — I’ll tell those whom I sent it to wait — got to go soon to pick up dog food which they’re holding for me but not for long.
SDF has caught the eye of CNN, the international cable news network, with its rescue efforts. A story was being run on Friday, 28 October, 2011 about SDF’s rescue operation.
Contact: John Dalley at firstname.lastname@example.org Margot Homburg [TREAT] email@example.com. Cell: +66 (0) 89 895 9965
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Posted 30th October 2011, by admin, and filed under Event Update, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Diving and Snorkeling
In Phuket snorkelling and diving have become synonymous with each other. The ocean surrounding Phuket with its warm waters, clear visibility, and untold varieties of marine life, all help explain why Phuket is one of the top diving destinations in the world.
Most beaches in Phuket are perfect for snorkelling. However, the months of October to April are best for visibility as the sea is at its calmest.
Diving is Phuket’s number one tourism-based industry, and the dive tour operators are literally situated around every corner.
If you’re looking to try something different whilst you’re here in Phuket, try a trek through its tropical rain forest and beautiful countryside. If you travel to the North of Phuket you will find Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. The park covers an area of approximately 22 sq kms and is Phuket’s last area of virgin rainforest and is home to protected species of wild animals. The national park has several forest trails for hiking and guides can be hired from the reserve office.
Phuket Cable Ski
There is one water sport you can do away from the beaches here on Phuket. Phuket Cable Ski is the only Wake Park in Phuket and it is here that you can enjoy one of the most fun and challenging activities you’re likely to find on the island. At Phuket Cable Ski you can be towed around a 410 meters long, 110 meters wide course at a speed of 28 -58 kilometers per hour, depending on your experience. It’s ideal for both beginners and experienced skiers.
Elephant Trekking Tour
One of the most enjoyable activities to do whilst visiting Phuket is an elephant trekking tour. It is probably the favourite activity among both foreign and Thai visitors. You will have an opportunity to ride a domesticated and gentle elephant through the untouched Phuket jungle. At the elephant camp, during the tour, you will have an opportunity to enjoy an elephant show which includes watching them play football, dancing and painting. You will also be able to take them to bath in a stream.
Kayaking in the areas surrounding Phuket is a once in a lifetime experience. Take the opportunity to explore either in a traditional kayak or a purpose-designed inflatable canoe and you will be captivated by a world you never knew existed. The canoes will take you through a mesmerizing maze of almost surreal crystalline limestone caves which are known in the local language as “hongs” – a myriad of caves, tunnels and interior lagoons.
Learn to make some of that fabulous food Thailand is so famous for while you are on holiday in Phuket. If you love the flavour of Thai food, and want to be able to cook the same food, by spending a couple of hours at a Thai Cooking Classes in Phuket you will be able to cook up a delicious Thai meal for your family and friends. Many of the hotels and especially the large luxury resorts offer in-house classes but if the style or format does not suit there are plenty of private classes to choose from.
See Phuket Island like you’ve never seen it before, take a ride 100 feet from the ground and experience the magnificent view of the Pearl of the Andaman. Nothing else comes close to touching the magic of vertical flight; from the moment you lift into the air to the second the helicopter settles gracefully back on the ground it is a truly exciting and unforgettable experience. Helicopter sightseeing is an experience out of the ordinary. This is an encounter never to be forgotten and an unusual gift idea that will suit anyone.
Through one of the many tour operators on the island you can book a tour which offers a cultural and scenic treat of Phuket Island. Visit Phuket’s many view points, located along the scenic coastline. Then tour Phuket Town where you can view centuries-old Sino-Portuguese buildings, a combination of modern Thai, Chinese and Portuguese style. If you want to explore your spiritual side or how others view their own spiritual side you will definitely want to add temples to your sightseeing in Phuket list.
This is only a small example of the many things you can do whilst staying on “The Pearl of the Andaman”. If you wish to try any of our suggestions or are interested in other tours or activities please visit the tour desk in your resort or one of the many tour operators who can be found all over the island.
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Posted 29th October 2011, by admin, and filed under Event Update, Help Flood in Thailand, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Thai AirAsia is currently seeking and accepting donations of bottled drinking water, which has become a scarce resource in Bangkok during the ongoing flood crisis. We are determined to use our connectivity to other destinations in order to collect large supplies of drinking water, which will be distributed to residents in Bangkok and neighboring provinces. We welcome donations from everyone and would like to invite individual donors, and all sectors, including the private, government, and non-profit sectors to contribute to this good cause.
The donations of bottled water should be packed appropriately for shipping purposes. Donation drop-off points are located at all AirAsia counters in Thailand’s airports nationwide including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Krabi, Hat Yai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Narathiwat, and Phuket. Donations are welcome every day, and will be shipped along with containers of bottled water that the airline will purchase from local suppliers outside of Bangkok.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and positive contribution. We look forward to a speedy and safe recovery from the current flood situation.
From… John Dalley – Soi Dog
I am writing you about an important and very urgent matter. As you may be aware the flood situation in Bangkok and surrounds is worsening. Your help is needed today to save animals affected by this natural disaster.
With hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the floodwaters affecting Bangkok volunteers are working literally around the clock in aid of Bangkoks other residents the dogs and cats.
People evacuating to temporary emergency shelters are not allowed to take their pets with them. Pet owners are forced to leave their animals behind in their houses, many on top of roofs and buildings to protect them from the flood but often with no food or water. In addition Bangkok is home to tens of thousands of street dogs and cats who rely on the local urban environment to survive. With flood waters reaching up to 2 meters depth north of Bangkok these animals have nowhere to turn.
Dogs at puppy farms and animal shelters have been abandoned with many drowning in their cages. Animal shelters where hundreds of unwanted dogs and cats are cared for have flooded with huge numbers drowned.
Dogs and cats in locked cages can be seen floating in the water, most already dead from drowning. As rescuers move through the flooded areas in boats hundreds of dogs are seen swimming for their lives.
Volunteers are working around the clock to get as many animals as possible to safety and they need your help.
Donations are urgently needed for cages, food, transportation, medicine, temporary shelter and of course veterinary help.
Bangkok based animal welfare organization TREAT is rescuing and treating animals in distress. The Soi Dog Foundation in conjunction with TREAT is raising funds towards securing the necessary supplies and equipment needed for the flood relief to continue. Margot Homburg co-founder of Soi Dog and founder of TREAT Bangkok is coordinating the distribution of donated funds to volunteer groups.
Time is of the essence and donations towards continuing the rescues are urgently needed. I am asking for your help today! Please give as generously as you can so that more lives can be saved.
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Posted 26th October 2011, by admin, and filed under Event & Calendar Phuket, Event Update, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Please join us, as we celebrate the 11th full moon of the year at The Cove Restaurant of the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. It is a night not to be missed, featuring our original Thai Dance & Music Show, Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest, and the launching of fire lanterns and floating krathongs in a truly romantic traditional Thai way.
Thursday 10th November 2011 from 7pm
Enjoy our festive Thai buffet dinner
Baht 1,190 per adult and 595 per child
For more information and reservations please contact 076 201 234.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge and applicable government tax.