Monday, April 23, 2012

Phuket Rumors a Real Estate Racket

Bangkok Post
23 April 2012

The people who spread the rumours that Phuket will sink into the sea on April 28 are thought to be trying to make property prices on the tourist resort island fall for the sake of investment opportunities, the director of the Environmental Geology Bureau says. [...]

The leaflets warned Phuket residents to leave the tourist resort town before next Saturday because the island would be hit by such a severe natural disaster that it will sink into the sea.

The warning was claimed to be a prophecy of Kuan Yin (the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion) and from Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sisunthon (also known as Chan and Mook), the two legendary heroines who rallied the islanders to drive back an invading Burmese army in 1785.

Bangkok Post
29 April 2012

Piyaporn Wongruang

Rumours that spooked Phuket locals into believing the island was on the verge of armageddon came to an abrupt end yesterday when the latest hysteria about the island ''sinking'' proved to be nonsense. [...]

The Phuket News
29 April 2012

PHUKET: The island witnessed a quiet and embarrassed exodus on Friday evening as its more credulous – or at least cautious – citizens headed across the Thepkrassatri Bridge into Phang Nga just in case Phuket sank under the warm azure waters of the Andaman Sea. [...]