With the old incinerator out of action and its replacement yet to fire up, Phuket is in danger of becoming memorable - not for the wonders of the 28th National Youth Games, but for being on the nose.
Officials will be hoping for favorable winds over the next fortnight to carry the stench of Phuket's chronic garbage disposal problem away from the venues where young athletes from all over Thailand will be competing.
Saphan Hin in Phuket City has some excellent sporting venues but not far away, just across a canal, lies the far less appealing heap of rubbish that comes from all over Phuket every day for disposal.
Regrettably, the old incinerator, capable of burning 250 tonnes of Phuket's 600 tonnes of daily refuse, has broken down. And the new incinerator, capable of burning 350 tonnes a day, has so far failed to properly ignite.
An incinerator expert is due on Phuket on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to get the new incinerator going before the Phuket Games 2012 begin.
Meanwhile, the trash that Phuket cannot dispose of is adding to the mountain of garbage that poses a constant threat to health, and to the surrounding sea and waterways.
No thorough campaign has ever been undertaken on Phuket to reduce or recycle Phuket's waste.