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  1. Just reminded me. I hadn't cycled the Cape Panwa route (down to the Aquarium) for quite some time until a couple of days ago. Wow, they'd already widened the road about 2 years ago, and it looks like it's about to double in width again! Given that this is one of the quietest roads on the island (hence good for cycling), some major developments must be anticipated, after of course some major contract awards........
  2. retirement in Laguna

    Right. He's recently posted in another thread that he's visited Thailand 3 times......... Wonder if he actually made it to Phuket?
  3. retirement in Laguna

    The problem with areas such as Laguna is that the population is very transient and dominated by tourists so a large turnover of faces. Foreign homeowners tend to be part year/vacation only, so opportunities to develop long term friendships, which most retirees come to appreciate, are that much more limited. You may find that further south, say Cherng Talay/Surin would be better for full time retirement.
  4. For the Phuket knockers

    In general, road conditions here are good (I'm talking about the actual road, not the volume of traffic using them) and I constantly see upgrades happening all over the island. The electricity supply where I live is consistent, with any power cuts being both rare and brief. Water supply is consistent, albeit ours is from a private source, with average metered costs being between 3-500 baht/month depending on garden watering demands. Internet standards are also high and much less expensive than certainly the UK. 4G mobile coverage is virtually everywhere you go, which again compares favourably with the UK where for example in my late Mother's village in East Devon you still can't get a mobile phone signal let along 4G. Medical facilities, certainly in the private sector, are of a very high standard (I've just spent a considerable amount of time with a visiting friend in the Bangkok Hospital's of both Hat Yai and Phuket and have witnessed first hand the care and professionalism of the staff and the excellence of the facilities). Policing, accepted is neither what most of us are used to or desire. However, this places the onus on the individual to act responsibly and safely here rather than have restrictions enforced on us in what can be heavy handed and petty circumstances. To get into conflict with the locals and/or police here you have to be in the wrong place/wrong time or doing something reckless (I'm talking as an Expat, not a Tourist). Rainfall here this past couple of years has on occasion been both exceptionally high and out with the 'normal' season trends. That said, in the residential areas (Chalong for example) significant additional draining has been installed on both main and secondary roads to alleviate the 'lakes' that appeared during heavy rainfall. Incidentally NKM, where do you plan to retire to?
  5. Phuket weather 2018

    Heavy rain in Chalong for a while also. Dogs content sleeping while I watch TV Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  6. pulsetv.net

    Yup. No doubt they'll be up and running again once their Support gets in.
  7. Bad attitudes in Phuket/Patong?

    As mentioned previously, up to you. You want to hang in the tourist areas, go for it. Most Expats avoid those areas like the plague. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  8. Bad attitudes in Phuket/Patong?

    I'm sure that you will be sorely missed. In context, Phuket is more than the resort towns, and no matter where you go in Thailand, if it is tourist orientated, there will be a premium to pay. Phuket of course is a province, albeit a small one, with a multitude of different places to sample. Even within what could be considered 'tourist' areas, there are venues that offer value and quality at not unreasonable prices. A week or so spent in Patong really can't be considered as an insight to Phuket. Again, getting it into context, this forum is primarily for Phuket based expats, nearly all of whom avoid the traps and connivances of the tourist areas like the plague, and as such we tend to comment/share advice on it's merits as a place to live and not to holiday. As an expat resident, Phuket has virtually everything one could need for a good lifestyle. Lots of markets with local produce, Western orientated supermarkets, quiet areas not frequented by tourists, great views around every corner, an international airport no more that one hour from anywhere in the island, great standard of medical facilities, and when you live here and frequent different establishments, consistently friendly reception from everyone. Bottom line is that it is very easy to live a hassle free and pleasant life in Phuket, just another one of life's choices.
  9. Camping

    There's a good camping site as you enter the National Park at Thai Muang (about 30 minutes north of Sarasin Bridge along the coast). The site is right next to the beach, and there's a number of local restaurants). Did a Google search for more information for you, and came up with this: http://travel.khiewchanta.com/archives/phuket/thai-muang-camping-trip-2-beac.html
  10. pulsetv.net

    ITV1 now ok. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  11. pulsetv.net

    BBC2, C4 orking ok, ITV1 seems frozen and can't find CNN. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. Phuket weather 2017

    Crude attempt to lighten what I know must be a distressing situation, particularly for the tenants A. Hope your plan to prevent recurrence works. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. Phuket weather 2017

    Advertise them as 'private pool' properties' and increase the rent......
  14. Malaysian Ringgit

    Well done that man! Phoned and went there this afternoon. Rate was good, 7.9 as against SCB's selling rate of 8.35.
  15. Malaysian Ringgit

    Will be driving there so want a reasonable amount to cover the border crossing admin costs. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app