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Taking a tuk-tuk to celebrate New Year in Patong (She is taking the video)

New Year 2009, Patong Beach: Photo Special

Thursday, January 1, 2009
Photo Album Above: Comment Below

IN Patong, every night is party night and last night was no exception. Was there something special to celebrate?

Oh yes, that's right. It was New Year's Eve. Well, dunk my spicy crab . . . what a night it was. Action centred around Soi Bangla and the beach, and both were packed.

On the sands, revelers sent sky lanterns high one by one. It was a still night, just perfect for the lanterns to hang by the hundreds.

And for people to let their dreams float, too. Skyrockets burst one by one in the darkness.

Bangla and every small, exotic soi running off it were so upbeat it seemed people were ready to forget that 2009 is the year when the island's economy faces a tough test.

But then, that's what New Year's Eves are for . . . and no place does them quite like Patong.

Plenty of great takeaway memories were made with strangers and a little fun last night.

What are your hopes for 2009? Please tell us. Add your Comment below

New Year 2009, Phuket City: Photo Special
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Phuket City became a pop concert as thousands of fans swarmed to see top local and national stars perform, and to count down to New Year 2009.
New Year 2009, Phuket City: Photo Special

Red Cross Fair, Phuket City, Dec 30-Jan 10
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A 12 day fair at Saphan Hin public park will boost the ability of the Red Cross/Red Crescent to supply blood as well as help with other regional health projects.
Red Cross Fair, Phuket City, Dec30--Jan 10


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Not to be negative: Sky lanterns - yes by the hundreds, but do people realize that what goes up must come down? We and our neighbours had them coming down, some still burning, on our houses, in the garden, pool etc. and this morning they are just about everywhere. How do you think the ocean looks?
-- from Somebody living in the shooting line!
Editor: Yes, good point. Everybody enjoys the freedom in Thailand without counting the consequences. Tamer New Year's Eves lie ahead one of these days.

Posted by Anonymous on January 1, 2009 12:01

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