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Behind the fence opposite Thalang Tesco Lotus a Makro is taking shape

Phuket Expands and Makro and Home Mart Grow With Urban Phuket

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
PHUKET: A new Makro store is believed to be likely to open later this year opposite the large Tesco Lotus supermarket in Thepkasattri Road, Thalang.

Spokespeople for the brand are coy but Phuketwan has learned that the new Makro has similar dimension to the original Phuket Makro opposite Central Festival Phuket.

Other Makro stores have since opened in Patong and a specialist food store is serving customers in Rawai.

Phuket's demographics are rapidly changing now from the days when the main population centres were Phuket City and Patong. An urban spread is seeing the island become one low-rise city - a good reason why Thailand's government needs to find a way of slowing development in Phang Nga and Krabi.

Phuketwan suggests making new developers pay a premium by ordaining that new resorts and condo project must cater for their own water supply, either through lagoons, ponds or tanks. New developments should also be required to provide 20 percent of their own power.

With abundant sun available, it's shocking to see so little use of solar panels on the island . . . and so little retention of the water that drains away uselessly in the wet season.

Demographically, the number of residents is now increasing more rapidly to the north of the island, where people who had hoped to avoid the urban spread are now finding it on their doorstep.

Another march of progress is the Home Mart site across 10 rai near the Phuket airport t-junction.

Authorities across Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi would be well advised to do what they can to control strategic planning and keep the Andaman hub as naturally beautiful as possible.

Phuketwan's suggestion about developers supplying their own water and 20 percent of power would help to do that.


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No shortage of electricity on Phuket, its the infrastructure that needs proper maintenance and upgrading
A lot of businesses already truck in their water supplies, its about time a pipeline was built from the large dam in Phangnga instead of just talking about it, then there would never be a water shortage, but don't hold your breath waiting for it to be done.

Posted by peter allen on October 17, 2014 08:47

Editor Comment:

The development of Phuket/Phang Nga/Krabi needs to be slowed so that it does not become one huge urban sprawl. Making people pay more to develop is the way to slow it down. Providing easy access to electricity and water is the way to speed it up. You seem not to get it.


Supply and demand controls development and supply far exceeds demand in Phuket, sellers everywhere but very few buyers, just take a look anywhere on the island at the unsold properties of all types
Development will slow down anyway in the current market
In any developed area's like Phuket in any country the government supplies water and electricity, and the developers pay for all the costs so why change the rules here
I am not the one who does not get it AM and I do not think the people in power care about what you think

Posted by Peter allen on October 17, 2014 09:58

Editor Comment:

Your understanding is not very sophisticated and all about the short term. Phuket needs a brake on all new development for the next 20 years. The rules must be changed to save Phuket. Otherwise, in 20 years, there will be many more empty condos and resorts, and an environment degraded by pollution. Turning the island green by making developers pay more to provide water and electricity is the sane and sensible solution, you dingbat.


Phuket in 20 years will have about twice the population it has now the same as most areas that people want to live in, your the dingbat.
Developers who mostly use govt power should hand over the infrastructure like the transformers they pay for to the Electricity authority as is standard practice in most countries instead of charging double the price they pay for it to people who live in their developments
Making the developers hand over the infrastructure to the relevant authorities and being charged directly by them would improve things
What are you suggesting, developers should build their own dams and power plants

Posted by Peter Allen on October 17, 2014 11:00

Editor Comment:

I'm suggesting compulsory water tanks, ponds and lagoons, plus 20 percent solar power to slow the rate of development by making it more expensive and keeping the island greener. It's disgraceful that the plentiful water and sunshine is not being tapped. Private profit-takers should play their part. That's the pay as you go future. If the aim is a balance with nature - and it should be - every building erected from now on on Phuket is not progress. The entry price should be high. You are very confused.


Where else in the world can you name where water tanks, ponds and lagoons are compulsory
A lot of resorts already use solar power for their hot water, didn't you know that
solar power is expensive to install, how much solar energy do you use, maybe you can set a example by installing it instead of calling people names from behind your computer while you still can

Posted by Peter Allen on October 17, 2014 13:05

Editor Comment:

Fortunately there are readers with better understanding of Phuket's needs than dingbats have. We go without air-con. I buy my clothing mostly second-hand. How about you? As you need an example for everything you do in life, I've just become a model for you to follow.


We use the aircon to sleep if its hot and humid to sleep, like the majority of people who can afford to run airconditioning.
Never bought secondhand clothes personally ever, new clothes are cheap here so how are you saving the environment, not washing them ??
you Like calling people names from behind your computer don't you
I would not dream of calling you a computer coward on your forum, you would just delete the post or censor it like you do regularly, but I would to your face if I had the opportunity
Post this if your game

Posted by Peter Allen on October 17, 2014 13:58

Editor Comment:

Oh, another dingbat who can't see over his own wounded ego . . . poor diddums. Buying second hand saves waste. Perhaps these words are new to you: Reduce Reuse, Recycle. It's the same principle as using sunshine and raindrops. But carry on with your wasteful lifestyle. Just stop wasting my time, please.


Ban all building above 3 stories outside Patong & Phuket Town.Tourists, the life blood of the economy, do not come from far (mostly) to see high rise buildings. The congestion caused by their construction & occupancy is degrading the environment & the quality of life.

Posted by Anonymous on October 17, 2014 15:27

Editor Comment:

Yes. I think the limits seem to be already effective. The ban on building above 80 metres remains the best bit of environmental regulation, although it is breached on occasions. Now the issue is slowing the urban sprawl. It's too late the prevent shophouse spread. But it can be slowed, quite dramatically, with the right kind of regulation. Make it more expensive, make it less of a drain on resources, and it's a win-win.


Dear Ed,
since years by my MTB I'd like go around from Rawai till Central and mainly on the hills back to Honda and new Mazda shop on the shortcut to Kathu. People has no idea about the destruction perpetrated in recent years to the detriment of the latter stretches of this forest area: savage deforestation, costruction of abusive roads, illegal dumping everywhere, pollution of lakes.. It's a shame. Burmese illegal camps in the vicinity of the water reserves... 2 car shop, 3 outlet factory, a charge cement station and one big restaurant are polluting the waters coming from the hills going in the lakes of this area where at the sunset can see many species of rare birds.. But just in these day a new road is coming, an others useless big road to create a new big building project.. I'm old, I saw many things in my life and I can say that there is no hope for this Island: few greedy people have in the hand the destiny of many, that unfortunately no have power to fight this bad situation... M ready to move back when sooner or later, I hope later, my endurance level of this devastation will be exhausted...

Posted by dave on October 17, 2014 21:40


Hi Ed, I agree with you completely. Peter Allen is a dingbat! I owned an apartment for several years in Layan. The developer had built a large holding tank on the property. All the runoff from the roofs of the 8 buildings were piped into the holding tank. This water was the main supply for the complex. There was a deep well, but very little extra water was required. Even if the Phuket authorities built a pipeline from Phang Nga I doubt they would build supply lines to every existing development. I still live in the Layan area. Every hour of every day, there is a truck delivering water to Trisara and Man Tawan. (please don't edit out the names) They should be forced to store their rainwater runoff, and or, purify/desalinate their own water.

Posted by Tim on October 20, 2014 09:15


One beachclub around Layan beach is clearly experiencing shortage of water but still they 're doing nothing about it and surely didn't account for that during design phase:
the single shower is hardly functioning : those few drops water can't wash away swear all, that normally should be done before entering a pool or for a comfort afte swim in the sea;
as a result they chlorinate a pool to crazy level, that after just few minutes in , you smell of chlorine for hours
same in WC,you hardly can wash your hand as water pressure is too low.

Posted by Sue on October 20, 2014 18:31

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