Phuket Emagazine is out now

A plethora of beautiful photographs and interesting articles are here.
Phuket Emagazine - Edition 4
A treasure trove but I would love to take photos of the Vegetarian festival like this!

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Your Visa and Your Overstay

I was made aware by a guest from the UK last week that there was no charge for their visa? - which was a step to encourage people to visit Thailand after all the disturbances

Then I read of jail time for people who overstay their visa -  ouch, so please ensure that your visa is for the full duration that you are here. 

I do not know exactly what will happen if you do overstay - there is no printed statement - but maybe gone are the days of the visa run OR payment at the airport - watch very carefully.

Below is a summary of the regulations.


Under the Immigration Act 2522 overstay is punishable by a jail term of 2 years and/or a fine of maximum 20,000 baht.

"Section 81 : Any alien who stay in the Kingdom without permission or with
permission expired or revoked shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding
two years or a fine not exceeding 20,000 Baht or both."

Immigration Act download: http://www.thaivisa....Act-EN.pdf.html

* Overstay 1 - 21 days: Pay a fine 500 Baht/day at Airport/land border
* Overstay 22 - 41 days: Pay a fine 500 Baht/day, possible arrest/detention, deportation, possible blacklisting
* Overstay 42 days or more: Pay a fine up to 20,000 Baht, arrest/detention, deportation, possible blacklisting

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Phuket Town News - as it happens

This is certainly a way of gathering all of the Phuket News together as it happens.

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Airline seats and how much luggage allowance

Miss Amnuayporn is coming to Phuket soon - I hope that i do not sit next to her....

There are large Thai women after all - another false claim destroyed.

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Phuket Costal clean up.

On the 25th and 26th of September there is an effort from The Thai Diving AssociationScuba Schools International and Sea BeesScuba Cat Diving will also hold further dives where you are invited. The Phuket Gazette has all the details.

Thank you to all of you who keep our waters clean.

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Spirit Lanterns - a hazard?

I have had witness to these Spirt Lanterns on a number of occasions - Weddings being the usual event.  Then I read on the BBC about the hazard that it causes them in the UK with livestock ingesting them.

I am not sure that we have this problem in Phuket but we are always very careful with the property next door..........

What do you think?

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Happy Birthday to the oldest monk in Phuket

Happy Birthday to Phuket monk Luang Pu Supha at Wat Chalong - 114 today - 
that's a lot of candles to blow out!

Is this the oldest monk any where?

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English language - Phuket buildings

As I began teaching this year the staff were interested in their local area
Best Point.
What does "best point" mean?
Next to a mosque?

Then "best point" was opposite a cemetery.....

The secretaries discussed the difference between a town and a city, rural and urban.
Then I saw Ao Makham - city.
It may be all about marketing but it was confusing for my pupils.
(Marketing is another lesson)

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