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Patong's Loma Park dining area looking not so tasty

Patong Wins 12 Million Baht Dining Centre

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday TRENDS

THE LOMA PARK restaurant centre on the beachfront in Patong is now closed, surrounded by green screen and no longer offering tasty food at a low price.

It all looks a bit dowdy today, with the tenants gone and grass overflowing from the rooftop gutters.

Yet the food here was among the best and least expensive in Patong.

Shut down too is the large toilet block alongside the restaurants.

By high season, Phuketwan has been told, the Loma Park restaurant area will be buzzing again day and night after a 12 million baht renovation and remake.

Supphasit Utairat, head of the architecture and public works division of the Patong Tessaban, said the centre closed about a week ago and would reopen before December.

''The Loma Park area will look as though it is part of a classy resort,'' he said. ''This will be a much more modern and attractive design.''

The newly-created Loma Park dining centre will also attract diners at night for the first time.

Loma's makeover will reduce the number of restaurants from 48 to 24, so we hope the good ones survive. And we dream a Patong dream that leaves the old prices unchanged.

Closed as well is the large toilet block alongside the restaurants. They are being renovated, too.

Khun Supphasit says another large toilet block sits not far away, opposite the Gracelands resort, so beachgoers should not be caught short.

A tourist information centre will be included in the Loma Park development, he said.

Meanwhile, the old Patong is rapidly disappearing. We can only hope the one thing that is retained will be the good prices.

Gary Glitter's Big Day Out

TODAY is the release day from jail in Vietnam for former '70s glam pop star Gary Glitter, who has in modern times become a poster boy of a different kind.

Glitter these days is held up as an example of the kind of sex tourist whose activities in Asia should be discouraged.

The 63-year-old will be completing a 27 month sentence, served for molesting girls aged 11 and 12.

The British government has been criticised this week in a report by Ecpat UK (End Child Prostitution in Asia Tourism) for not restricting travel by child sex offenders.

Ecpat told the BBC that ''tools to protect children abroad'' were not used by authorities, with only five British sex offenders prosecuted for child sex abuse abroad since 1997.

Ecpat said that between 2006 and 2008, at least 15 British nationals were charged in Thailand alone for the sexual abuse of children.

Although other destinations are usually more prominent, Ecpat literature always lists Phuket as a centre where children are involved in prostitution.

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