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  • Whale shark spotted at Sail Rock near Koh Phangan island

    Another whale shark was recently spotted by divers at Hin Bai, also known as Sail Rock, a popular diving spot

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    Another whale shark was recently spotted by divers at Hin Bai, also known as Sail Rock, a popular diving spot south of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands in this southern coastal province, according to a local media report.

    The shark, about 3-4 metres long, was sighted by a team of diving instructors from Ban’s Diving Koh Tao. It was swimming about 18 metres under water, surrounded by various species of fish.

    The scuba divers were very excited by the sighting of the whale, and christened it “Phi Chut” (Spotty) due to the spots on its skin.

    In May, divers from Koh Tao Thai Divers came across a larger whale shark while exploring Hin Khieo or Green Rock. That shark was estimated to be 4-6 metres long and was swimming at a depth of 16.3 metres. 

    Wichawut Jinto, the governor of Surat Thani, said the sighting of at least two whale sharks in the area was an indication that the richness of undersea natural resources near Koh Tao had returned.

    In the middle of last year, a whale shark, about 4 metres long, was spotted by divers near Kong Chumphon, another diving spot on Koh Tao, he said.

    For more details about scuba diving around Koh Phangan please visit Haad Yao Divers.

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    Photo credit @ Ban’s Diving Koh Tao via Bangkok Post

    Whale Shark Sail Rock Koh Phangan
    A whale shark is spotted between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. (Photo by Ban’s Diving Koh Tao via Bangkok Post)

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    15 June 15 2020
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  • Rare pink dolphins spotted at dive site Sail Rock

    Three rare pink dolphins were spotted in the sea between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands of this southern coastal

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    Three rare pink dolphins were spotted in the sea between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands of this southern coastal province by foreign and Thai tourists on Sunday morning.

    A group of tourists were being brought by tour operators to visit Hin Bai, also known as Sail Rock, a popular diving area between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, when three pink dolphins suddenly appeared in the clear blue sea by their boat — to the great excitement of the tourists.

    The tour operators said they were probably the same group of dolphines spotted by local fishermen near Koh Phangan several months ago.

    Pink dolphins haven also frequently been spotted near Nang Kam beach and the ferry landing of Don Sak district recently.

    Wichwut Jinto, the Surat Thani governor, said that since the outbreak of Covid-19, the sea around Koh Tao has much improved in environmental terms. and the coral reef has rebounded.

    Sea turtles were found to have laid eggs at 13 spots on Koh Samui and a whale shark was sighted near Don Sak and in the Ang Thong archipelago. These were signs of improvement in the environment, the governor said.

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    Rare pink dolphin at dive site Sail Rock Koh Phangan
    A tourist takes photos of one of the three pink dolphins swimming near her boat between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan on Sunday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan @ Bangkok Post)

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    7 June 07 2020
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  • Spanish man allegedly stabbed a Chilean man to death on Koh Phangan

    A Spanish man has allegedly stabbed a Chilean man to death on Koh Phangan in the southern province of Thailand.

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    A Spanish man has allegedly stabbed a Chilean man to death on Koh Phangan in the southern province of Thailand.

    Police were reported at 1am on Saturday. When they arrived at a rented house in tambon Ban Tai, they found signs of a struggle inside and the body of the Chilean man, 41, with a knife stuck on the left chest and multiple stab wounds on the torso.

    Chang San Yu, 31, the victim’s Chinese girlfriend who lived with him, was in shock.

    She later told police while she and the Chilean man were sleeping, the Spaniard knocked on the door. When her boyfriend opened it, the visitor, armed with a knife, allegedly stabbed him. Both struggled and the Spanish man kept stabbing him until he fell down and died in the kitchen. The attacker then escaped with the motorcycle parked in front of a nearby house, she said.

    She added she did not know whether the two men had a brawl before.

    After police located the Spaniard, they caught him when his motorcycle fell into a ditch during a pursuit. They took him for questioning at Koh Phangan police station. The Spaniard gave confusing statements about someone trying to kill him.

    Police records showed the man had stolen at least three motorcycles before.

    He was charged with premeditated murder, carrying weapons in public places and stealing.

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    Koh Phangan Murder Chilean Man - 2020 May
    Rescue workers carry the body of the Chilean man who was stabbed to death at his house on Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, in the early hours of Saturday. (Photo supplied by Supapong Chaolan @ Bangkokpost)

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    10 May 10 2020
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  • Russians caught partying on Koh Phangan in violation of the emergency decree curfew

    Seven Russian tourists were arrested and charged with violating the emergency decree curfew while partying on the island of Koh

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    Seven Russian tourists were arrested and charged with violating the emergency decree curfew while partying on the island of Koh Phangan on Sunday night, police said.

    Acting on a complaint filed by local residents with Koh Phangan district chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrat, police raided a two-storey house at Nai Wok village shortly after midnight.

    Neighbours said they were being annoyed by a group of foreigners holding a party and playing music very loudly.

    When the police, led by Pol Col Pisit Wisetwong, arrived, they found the seven Russians, men and women, in the house. An amount of marijuana was also found.

    The tourists were taken to Koh Phangan police station where they were charged with violating the emergency decree curfew and using illegal drugs.

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    Russian tourists caught partying in house on Koh Phangan island
    Seven Russian tourists are caught partying in a house on Koh Phangan island, Surat Thani, in violation of the emergency decree curfew. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan @ Bangkokpost.com)

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    5 May 05 2020
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  • Rare pink dolphins come out to play off Koh Phangan island

    Local fishermen off the coast of Koh Phangan island filmed a rare encounter with pink dolphins, which scientists say are

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    Local fishermen off the coast of Koh Phangan island filmed a rare encounter with pink dolphins, which scientists say are becoming bolder in the absence of tourists during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The footage shows three pink dolphins swimming close to a fishing boat in calm waters off Koh Pha-Ngan, an island in southeastern Thailand.

    “I was so impressed, because I never imagined I would get to see pink dolphins,” said Chaiyot Saedan, the fisherman who provided the video to Reuters.

    Thailand’s pink dolphins are a subspecies of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union For Conservation of Nature.

    There are around 150 of these pink dolphins living around the Gulf of Thailand, according to Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center.

    “Due to less traffic with the coronavirus lockdown, dolphins now have a more comfortable habitat, and that’s why they tend to show up more,” Kongkiat told Reuters over the phone.

    Tourism in Thailand has plunged more than 76% in March from a year earlier, as the country was hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

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    30 April 30 2020
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  • Koh Phangan will be the pilot destinations to welcome high-end tourists globally?

    The Tourism and Sports Ministry is floating an idea to provide long-stay packages to foreign tourists who are seeking disease-free

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    The Tourism and Sports Ministry is floating an idea to provide long-stay packages to foreign tourists who are seeking disease-free destinations.

    Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said that while international tourists are expected to gradually return after the domestic market, Thailand has to come up with a more appropriate marketing strategy to cope with the new norm of travellers.

    “The ministry is working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to set up a model which will attract specific group of travellers to visit chosen areas,” Mr Phiphat said.

    Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan will be the pilot destinations to welcome high-end tourists globally.

    As those locations are reachable via limited gateways, the provincial authorities can ensure the screening of incoming guests and provide more safety prevention against the possible import of the coronavirus compared to other major destination, such as Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

    Mr Phiphat said tourists who want to spend at least one month in Thailand have to provide health certificates and strictly comply with every screening and health measures by Thai health authorities.

    Currently, TAT offices abroad are reaching out to the long-stay market which normally spends more than average tourists, while four-star and five-star hotels are promoting the packages to their regular guests.

    “The COVID-19 outbreak allows Thai tourism to shift focus to quality tourists rather than quantity,” Mr Phiphat said.

    The disease-free tourism packages are set to launch during the last quarter this year which is the time tourists from western countries usually seek warmer climes.

    When the coronavirus pandemic in Thailand has been brought under control, international travellers must not be the cause of a second wave of the infection, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

    The new health screening practices for tourists before flying to Thailand may become the standard in the future such as an idea of animmunity passport or risk-free certificate.

    Mr Yuthasak said once domestic tourism resumes after lifting the lockdown measures, locals will travel in smaller groups.

    Land transportation will be a popular choice, thanks to cheaper oil prices, he said.

    The economic recession and drought will cause people to be more concerned about spending, so the market of budget travellers is expected to grow.

    Millennials and female travellers will be the first group of independent tourists to travel.

    “If the tourism industry cannot bounce back stronger from the downturn, it is difficult to restore the overall economy,” Mr Yuthasak said.

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    Thai Health Control
    Tourists have to provide a health certificate and strictly comply with screenings and measures from Thai health authorities to gain entry. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya @ Bangkok Post)

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    29 April 29 2020
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  • About 10,000 foreigners stranded on Surat Thani islands

    About 10,000 foreign tourists were left stranded on three islands of this southern province, including about 5,700 on Koh Samui,

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    About 10,000 foreign tourists were left stranded on three islands of this southern province, including about 5,700 on Koh Samui, when passenger flights were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Tikamporn Sutti-udomrat, tourism and sports chief of Surat Thani, said on Wednesday that apart from the 5,700 visitors on Koh Samui, some 3,300 other foreign tourists were on Koh Phangan and about 1,000 on Koh Tao.

    “They have accommodation, travel and growing expense problems. I have sought help from the Tourism and Sports Ministry,” he said.

    Mr Tikamporn asked local officials and hoteliers to let the foreigners stay until they can leave Surat Thani.

    His office arranged for accommodation for the foreigners who had urgent problems but they would have to pass health screenings, he said.

    Meanwhile, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s branch on Koh Samui said that the Turkish embassy in Thailand has prepared a chartered flight, Turkish Airlines flight THY 6102/59, to repatriate Turkish tourists. The flight was scheduled to leave Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province at 6pm on Thursday.

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    23 April 23 2020
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  • Thailand extends foreigners’ visas as coronavirus cases slow

    Thailand’s cabinet approved a second automatic visa extension for foreigners for three more months on Tuesday, in a bid to

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    Thailand’s cabinet approved a second automatic visa extension for foreigners for three more months on Tuesday, in a bid to prevent long queues at immigration centres and stem the spread of the coronavirus.

    Foreigners whose visas had expired since March 26 will be permitted to stay until July 31 without having to apply for an extension, said Narumon Pinyosinwat, spokeswoman for the Thai government.

    A similar extension was granted until April 30. To combat the COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand has since late March banned entry to foreigners, except diplomats and work-permit holders.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Thailand confirmed 19 new coronavirus cases, the lowest daily increase since March 14, and one death, a 50-year-old taxi driver.

    The Southeast Asian nation has recorded 2,811 coronavirus cases and 48 fatalities.

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    21 April 21 2020
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  • 18 tourists arrested at private party on Koh Phangan Island

    Eighteen foreign tourists were today detained by Thai police for partying at a rented house on Koh Pha-ngan Island, home

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    Eighteen foreign tourists were today detained by Thai police for partying at a rented house on Koh Pha-ngan Island, home to the popular full-moon parties, in violation of state of emergency restrictions.

    Police, from Koh Phangan police station in Thailand’s Surat Thani province, raided the house after a tip-off from the village head, saying that many foreign tourists were regularly gathering for drinks and parties.

    Arriving at the scene, police found 17 motorcycles parked in front of the house and heard loud music coming from inside the residence. Police then entered the house and found bottles of liquor, a computer notebook and a sound system on the second floor. No illegal items were found.

    The Russian tenant of the house claimed that he had merely invited some friends round for a drink and chat.

    Police later escorted the foreigners, including the tenant, to the police station to be charged with violating the ban on social gatherings, intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Meanwhile, Royal Thai Police spokesman Pol Col Krisaana Pattanacharoen said today that more than 7,000 people have been arrested for violating the night time curfew in the past two weeks.

    He said that the figures show that some sections of the public still do not understand the important role the curfew plays in limiting the spread of the disease, adding that the Royal Thai Police has made available a form, for any individuals who feel the need to travel during the curfew to complete, so that they can be exempted from arrest.

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    18 April 18 2020
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  • Sale of alcoholic drinks targeted nationwide in battle against Covid-19

    Forty-seven provinces nationwide have ordered the closure of shops selling alcohol to contain the escalating Covid-19 outbreak, according to an

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    Forty-seven provinces nationwide have ordered the closure of shops selling alcohol to contain the escalating Covid-19 outbreak, according to an Interior Ministry report.

    They have different end dates of the closure. For example, Si Sa Ket has banned sale of alcohol from April 12 to April 30, while in Songkhla it is from April 12 to 19.

    Surat Thani province including Koh Phangan, Koh Samui & Koh Tao ban alcohol sales from 11 – 17 April 2020.

    Bangkok has banned the sale of all alcohol from April 10 to 20, Pathum Thani from April 11-20 and Samut Prakarn from April 11-20.

    Others with similar bans are Sakon Nakhon (March 31-April 16), Chiang Mai (April 10-20), Rayong (April 3-15), Buri Ram (April 2-30), Mudaharn (April 6-30), Suphan Buri (April 4-30), Nakhon Pathom (April 2-30), Lamphun (April 1-30) and Surin (April 2-30).

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    12 April 12 2020
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