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Τίτλος: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 03, 2013, 09:05:41 πμ

Explosion at Phuket Provincial Hall, bomb suspected

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Police inspect the scene of the explosion at Provincial Hall

PHUKET: -- The Phuket Gazette has confirmed reports of an explosion at the Phuket Provincial Hall complex in Phuket Town happened  just after 2pm on Thursday 01-08-2013.

Police officers at the scene found the remains of a clock and batteries among the debris from an explosion that emanated from a green plastic trash can in the car park in front of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) building.

Three cars were damaged in the explosion.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 04, 2013, 07:39:20 πμ
'Father of tourism' slams Phuket greed

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Wichit na Ranong: The father of Phuket Tourism.

PHUKET: -- Wichit na Ranong – known to many on Phuket as the Father of Phuket Tourism – has weighed into the growing debate over the industry on the island, slamming greed and delivering “a last warning” to the island that it must clean up its act.

Interviewed by a new Thai-language magazine, Saphan Hin, Mr Wichit, whose family owns the Pearl Hotel in Phuket Town, the Indigo Pearl Resort at Nai Yang Beach, and the Toyota dealerships on the island, among other businesses, said that the lack of any real tourism planning had allowed the island to spiral “out of control”.

The result, he says, is general disorganisation, with deteriorating environment: dirty and unorganised beach area, airport congestion, traffic jams, negative impact on local people and other problems. “Tourists want to come to Phuket, which has resulted in more and more business people wanting to invest in Phuket, establishing hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

“But people’s greed has grown, which has resulted in their good-heartedness shrivelling and criminality growing.

“The problems have been evident for a while”, he says, “manifesting in environmental degradation and a rising tide of criticisms from tourists, and growing bad effects on ordinary local people. Tourism should not have a negative impact on local people.”

He warned that Phuket may no longer be counted as a world class tourism destination because of a slide in the overall quality of the destination.

“Tourists come to Phuket for the beach and if the beach is not attractive, there is no reason for them to come.

We don’t have to try to improve any other facilities if the core product is deteriorating as the tourists won’t come any way.”

He also criticised central and local authorities for their inability to address the problems.

“Most of the governing bodies in Phuket, unfortunately, don’t understand tourism development in depth yet and there is no evidence that they have engaged any expert for advice.

“They may know tourism from the tourist’s perspective, but do not consider the view of professional tourism administrators to manage the destination.

This has created a concern as they have both money and authority, but fail to do their job thoroughly.”he argues.

“Moreover, governors appointed by the Central Government come for just a short period of time and move on. “How could they solve the problems in such a time frame?

“I have heard many people say they come and they go but the problems stay.

“The old problems remain unsolved and the new ones are accumulating.

“Central to fixing Phuket’s woes, he said in the interview, “is cleaning up the messiness along the island’s beaches.

“Phuket’s beaches are the core products.

There are many shops, bars, food stalls, restaurants, sun beds, discotheques and others businesses along the beach that make a mess out of the core product itself.

“The beaches must be clean and and well organized, otherwise it is useless trying to improve or create other attractive services and facilities.”

At the end of the interview, Mr Wichit urges the next generation of business people on the island, “Be the leader and not the follower for the products and services. Be creative.

“And be honest to your own profession and your guests

Mr Wichit is a direct descendant of famed 19th Century Phuket Governor Kaw Sim Bee.

In the 1980s, recognising that the tin industry on the island was in permanent decline, he led the drive to establish a new industry, tourism, to take its place, successfully lobbying the government to support it, and making many overseas trips to establish the island on the tourism map.

Mr Wichit is the first President of the Tourism Council of Thailand and was the founding president of the Phuket Tourist Association.

He was also formerly on the board of Thai Airways International and Tourism Authority of Thailand.





Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 06, 2013, 15:05:34 μμ
Temporary terminal to provide quick relief for Phuket Airport

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Phuket's existing terminal is jammed

PHUKET: -- The overcrowded Phuket International Airport will get some quick relief by the end of the year with a new temporary passenger terminal.

The board of Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) last week endorsed a B145-million maximum budget for building the facility, designed to provide much-needed capacity before the airport’s main expansion, costing B5.8 billion, is completed in mid-2015.

The approval came as the AoT board also asked management to conduct a feasibility study for a second runway at Phuket to meet future demand growth once the current expansion is finished, AoT executives said.

Unique Engineering and Construction Plc was given a preliminary mandate from the board to build the temporary terminal, a single-storey building with usable floor space of 1,400 square metres, subject to price negotiations.

When completed in December the temporary terminal, to be built in 120 days on four rai currently used as a football pitch, will have the capacity to handle 3 million passengers a year.

It will be a glass-and-steel structure designed in harmony with the terminal featured in the main expansion.

Because it will be located away from the existing terminal, the temporary facility, equipped with 10 check-in counters, will be used for passengers on international charter flights, who will then be transferred by bus to the main terminal for security and immigration processing.

The temporary terminal will provide much-needed capacity at Phuket airport, whose traffic volume is expected to reach 10.5 million passenger movements this year, well beyond the 6.5 million official capacity of the existing terminal.

The ongoing permanent expansion will increase Phuket’s annual passenger handling to 12.5 million movements.

The new multi-storey permanent terminal, capable of handling 5 million passengers a year, will be for international travellers.

The present terminal will be used solely for domestic passengers once its upgrade is done in mid-2015, giving it a yearly capacity of 7.5 million passengers – for a total airport capacity of 12.5 million.

All the construction will only allow the airport to catch up with traffic; if numbers continue to grow at the current rate, Phuket is projected to see 12 million movements or more by 2015, when the new international terminal opens.

Meanwhile, AoT management has orders to assess the possibility of building a second runway at Phuket by acquiring adjoining land now occupied by state bodies such as the Royal Thai Navy.

The board is to consider an initial plan for the second runway at its next meeting on Aug 28.

Pratuang Sonkham, general manager of Phuket airport, earlier said a second runway would be needed in 10-15 years, as well as capacity to handle an additional 10 million passengers a year.

It was not clear how long the new runway would be. Phuket’s existing runway is not long enough for fully laden Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s to take off (with a good safety margin for an aborted take-off).

This means the island’s airport can take only smaller aircraft, resulting in a higher number of aircraft movements.

The Phuket News
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 07, 2013, 15:09:27 μμ
Tourist Assistance Centre opens office in Phuket Town

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Santi Pawai: Tourism Ministry has been asked to approve a new building for the TAC.

PHUKET: -- The Tourist Assistance Centre (TAC) has opened a second, temporary, office to help tourists, at Surakul Stadium on the edge of Phuket Town.

There is already a TAC office at Phuket International Airport, and offices in 10 other provinces apart from Phuket.

Santi Pawai, director of the Phuket Office of Tourism and Sport, to whom the local TAC reports, told The Phuket News, “I believe more TACs will be established in other provinces to provide help for tourists.

“Currently we have only 10 staff in Phuket [covering both offices]. I want to get more in preparation for the Asean Economic Community [in December 2015] and because the numbers of tourists are continually increasing.

“I think the TAC is an advantage for Phuket tourism because we can help tourists to understand things and give them correct information.”

The office at the stadium is temporary, he added. “The TAC will have a new building. I have already sent a request for approval of the idea to the Ministry of Tourism and Sport.”

So far, however, a site for the new building has not been identified.

TAC staff man the airport office around the clock, but the stadium office will be open only during normal office hours.

The TAC cooperates closely with the Tourist police and other police, the Marine Department and the Tourist Association of Thailand to solve tourists’ problems.

Mr Santi said, “Anyone can call the TAC for help with tourists’ problems. The number is 076 327 100.”

Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 10, 2013, 12:40:08 μμ
AUSSIES A DRAIN ON PHUKET HOSPITALS

PHUKET: -- Australian visitors - mostly males in their 30s and without health insurance -- are posing an increasing drain on public hospitals budgets on the Thai resort island of Phuket.

The island has become increasingly popular with not only tourists, but also retirees and long-term foreign residents lured by the lower cost of living.

But the Thai public hospital system is facing an increasing financial burden from the high expense of caring for ill, cash-strapped foreign visitors.

Dr Nara Kingkaew, deputy director of Vachira Public Hospital in Phuket, says Australians are among the leading foreign patients who seek medical care at public hospitals because they don't have insurance.

"It's a lot of problem because it's a great burden for us to look after the foreigners, especially the Westerners who come to Thailand without any health insurance and then they fall sick or are met with an accident," Dr Nara told AAP.

There are about 30,000 Australians on Phuket in any given month out of a total of about 900,000 Australian visitors to Thailand each year.

Other nationals include Russians, British and Germans.

Dr Nara noted an Australian man who fell from a Patong Beach Hotel spent several months in hospital recuperating from his injuries, including broken legs and hips, before being discharged. He was unable to pay the cost of his hospital stay, which amounted to about $A10,000.

Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 11, 2013, 19:21:16 μμ
Phuket Opinion: Italy’s Honorary Consul – respect and enforce laws

Dr Francesco Pensato, 53, became the Honorary Consul of Italy for Phuket and Southern Thailand in May.

A director of the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce, Dr Francesco has degrees in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Sound Engineering, and is the CEO of World Pharm, JK Drinks and King manufacturing company.

Here, he talks about the most pressing problems facing Italian tourists and expats in Phuket.

PHUKET:
Official statistics indicate that around 250,000 Italian tourists visited Phuket last year and about 1,000 Italian expats are living on the island. The number of Italian tourists and expats in Phuket rises by more than five per cent each year.

Some expats are pensioners who are spending their retirement years in Phuket, but others have their own businesses and work here.

 The food and beverage industry is a popular line of work for Italians, and there are many Italian chefs in Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand.

Italians have invested in, and/or are managing, more than 200 restaurants, hotels, resorts and guesthouses on the island.

Others are involved in real estate and construction companies.

 However, we often hear about Italians working without a work permit and living in the Kingdom after their permit-to-stay has expired.

 I would like the police and relevant government organizations to be strict on checking and arresting expats who illegally work and live in Thailand.

We are very willing to support the authorities in this matter.

 At the same time, I also urge the authorities to take sterner action against tuk-tuk and taxi drivers who overcharge and cheat tourists.

 We have received many formal complaints about the cost of public transport in Phuket.

Some specific complaints pointed out that some taxi drivers do not turn on the meter, and instead overcharge their passengers.

 Ambassadors from European Union countries and honorary consuls have met the Phuket Governor to discuss the problems expats and tourists in Phuket face, and this was among them (story here).

 We would like the Highways Police and the Phuket Land Transport Office to be stricter on these cheats.

I also think the new airport bus (story here) is a good choice for tourists wanting to avoid overcharging by taxi drivers.

 Other issues raised by the European ambassadors were stricter enforcement of traffic laws and improved marine safety.

 In total, there were 300 road accidents and marine incidents involving tourists last year.

The top cause of accidents was tuk-tuks, vans, motorbikes and cars being driven too fast.

 The second most-common cause was tourists endangering themselves by riding motorbikes without helmets, drunk driving, not following traffic laws or not heeding lifeguards on the beaches.

 Stricter enforcement of laws would help reduce the number of tourists injured or killed in accidents resulting from these behaviors.

 In another development, we plan to have an Italian language and culture course added to a school curriculum this year, so Thai people can learn to speak Italian and make a living from Italian tourism.

We also hope to see this develop into a course at a university.

 Most importantly, we would like to remind all Italian tourists and expats to please respect the laws and culture of Thailand.

We have decided to live here – so don’t forget that we are guests in this country.

 Honorary Consulate of Italy for Phuket and South Thailand, Dr Francesco Pensato, 68/303 Moo 1, T. Chalong, A. Muang 83130, Phuket. Tel: 076-263923, Fax: 076-367153, Mobile: 088-7612637 (emergencies only).
Email: consolare.phuket@gmail.com
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 12, 2013, 13:41:44 μμ
Special Report: Anatomy of a Phuket taxi driver

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Legally registering a car has been cited as the most difficult hurdle to becoming a legal taxi driver.

Special Report

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has opened an 'Organized Crime Center' at Phuket International Airport to crack down on illegal taxi drivers still operating there.
The move follows widespread allegations of mafia operating on the island and illegal taxi drivers overcharging tourists.

Here, the Phuket Gazette investigates what it takes to become a Phuket taxi driver.

PHUKET: -- There are currently 2,110 taxis legally registered to operate in Phuket; 129 of those are metered taxis. However, almost 1,000 more drivers continue to work illegally on the island, gleaning profit from freshly arrived tourists, often through outright gouging.

During the crackdown earlier this year, the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) identified 2,882 illegal taxis in Phuket. The crackdown inspired a further 1,981 taxi drivers to apply to have their vehicles registered.

“The PLTO is currently processing those applications,” explained PLTO officer Jaturong Kaewkasi.

However, that means at least 900 taxi drivers are operating without having made any attempt to become legal.

“This is despite us granting them amnesty and helping them by negotiating with finance companies, banks and insurance companies to reduce the costs of re-registering their vehicles as private taxis in order to become legal drivers,” Mr Jaturong said.

Although the amnesty ended on April 30, drivers can still apply to register their vehicles as taxis and apply for their taxi drivers’ licenses, he added.

Along with the carrot came the stick. On May 1, police and PLTO officers were called upon to fine all drivers caught for “illegally operating a vehicle as a taxi”.
The fine levied was the flat maximum 2,000 baht for each infringement.

The enforcement enjoyed limited success. Phuket Provincial Police confirmed to the Gazette that across the island 170 drivers were each fined 2,000 baht in April for not applying to register their vehicles as taxis, while their counterparts who were still illegally operating taxis but who had applied to become legal, were let free.

A further 246 drivers were fined in May, and another 224 in June.

However, the penalty is no stiffer for repeat offenders. “We do not have stronger penalties for drivers who repeatedly break the law.
So far, the fine is 2,000 baht every time they are caught,” Mr Jaturong said.

THE CARS

Regardless of whether a taxi is fitted with a meter or not, the engine size must not be less than 1600cc. “It doesn’t matter which make or model of car it is, and there is no restriction on the maximum size of the engine,” Mr Jaturong explained.

The vehicle cannot be more than two years old at the time it is registered as a taxi, and cannot be used as a taxi after the vehicle turns nine years old from the date the car was first registered, he added.

Furthermore, there is no such thing as an independent taxi driver in Phuket. The car must be registered as working for a legally registered organization.

“This is a nationwide regulation so that the driver of each taxi can be identified and reached in case he does something wrong,” Mr Jaturong explained.

“The person registering the taxi must provide evidence that he works for a formal organization.
He can provide a signed agreement proving he works as part of a taxi co-operative, or an employment contract showing he works for a tourism business, such as a tour kiosk, or for some other form of legal entity,” he added.

Regardless, so-called “taxi groups” are not held accountable for their members’ actions, even if their members consistently break the law.

“If their drivers are involved in a crime, charges will be pressed against the driver, not the group,” Mr Jaturong said.

“If there are complaints against a driver, the group will resolve the issue themselves. They have their own rules to punish drivers, such as suspending the drivers from work.
The number of days’ suspension – and hence lost income – will depend on what the drivers have done wrong,” he assured.

THE DRIVERS

In order to carry passengers in a taxi, drivers must be Thai nationals, as ferrying passengers is a job prohibited to foreigners under the Alien Workers Act.

They must hold a commercial driver’s license, be at least 22 years old and also hold a valid standard driver’s license issued for five years.

Applicants must provide a medical certificate affirming they are free from leprosy, tuberculosis, elephantiasis, drug addiction and alcoholism.

And they must pass a test which takes place over a two-day period at the PLTO, during which applicants receive training in traffic law, basic English language, polite manners and common courtesy, Mr Konlayut said.

They also undergo an eyesight and reflex test.

As part of the process, police conduct a background check.

“Any applicants found to have served jail time for any crime will be rejected,” Mr Konlayut assured.

“However, repeat offenders, even for traffic offenses such as reckless driving, will be issued a license to drive a taxi in Phuket so long as they have not served a day in prison,” he added.

Once issued their license, on its large yellow card, the drivers must have it on display at all times while driving the taxi.

THE INSURANCE

Every vehicle being registered as a taxi must first have at least basic commercial insurance coverage, as stipulated by the national Office of Insurance Commission, before the PLTO will process its application.

The high cost of commercial insurance has been an ongoing point of dispute among many illegal taxi drivers in Phuket, who claim they cannot afford the rates.

To make insurance coverage more affordable, the PLTO directly engaged in negotiations with finance companies, banks and insurance companies on behalf of the drivers.
The result, after months of talks, was base policies starting at about 30,000 baht per annum.

“We know it can be expensive, but we have done the best we can – and this is a mandatory requirement for a vehicle to be registered as a taxi,” Mr Jaturong confirmed.

Yet Patong Police Traffic Inspector Ekkarat Plaiduang confirmed to the Gazette that his officers would not pursue charges against any driver found driving without the required insurance.

“Instead, we will report it to the insurance company and let them decide whether they want to file a complaint,’ Maj Ekkarat explained.

“If they do, we will charge not the driver. but the owner of the car with providing false information on an official document.
The penalty for that is a fine of up to 60,000 baht or up to three years in prison, or both,” he said.

Maj Ekkarat did not elaborate on what action police would take in case passengers, including tourists, are injured in an accident involving a taxi with inadequate insurance coverage.

THE AIRPORT

The ultimate goal of nearly every taxi driver on the island is to serve Phuket International Airport, which Chanchai Doungjit, chief of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office, last month reported was the primary tourist gateway on an island that attracts about 11 million visitors per year.

Tourists pump an estimated 200 billion baht into the local economy, said Mr Chanchai. The consequence is that, for many taxi drivers in Phuket, the airport represents an easy avenue to hard cash.

To legally serve the airport, however, drivers must work for one of the taxi co-operatives that have signed a concession with the facility’s operator, Airports of Thailand (AoT).

Prakob Panyawai, managing director of Phuket Airport Limousine and Business Cooperative Ltd (PBC), explained that all cars serving the airport must be of a higher standard than regular taxis and the drivers must adhere to a dress and behavior code.

And drivers must pay the concession holders they work for, who in turn pay the AoT. Which concession they work for can affect their monthly take-home pay.

For example, Phuket Mai Khao Co, which operates 175 taxis and vans at the airport, must pay the AoT 1.3 million baht a month – requiring each driver to pay nearly 7,500 baht each month in dues. PBC, which operates 271 vehicles at the airport, owes the AoT 1.6mn baht a month – requiring each driver to pay about 5,900 baht a month.

Mr Prakob maintains that his drivers take home between 15,000 to 20,000 baht per month.

“They have to make payments on their own cars or pay a rental fee to use one of our fleet cars. Drivers who have only recently joined us also have to pay a 10,000 baht deposit against possible damage to the car they are driving,” he added.

“But the harder they work, the more they earn, and the more they get to take home,” he said.

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Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 18, 2013, 10:14:03 πμ
Tiger Disco: date set for trial over lethal Phuket fire

PHUKET: More than than a year after a fatal blaze killed four people at Patong’s famous Tiger Disco nightclub on August 17 last year, the nightclub’s operators will be called to Phuket Court to enter a plea to charges of negligence causing death.

“Tiger Group CEO Piya Isaramalai and Sara Entertainment Co Ltd each face a charge under Section 291 of the Thai Criminal Code: Causing Death through Negligence. They also face charges of causing physical and mental injury and trading after hours,” Phuket Chief Public Prosecutor Chiengsean Panhya confirmed to the Phuket Gazette this week.

“The suspects were formally charged on July 10. The next court appearance will be on September 2,” Mr Chiengsean said.

 On that day, the defendants will be called upon to enter a plea, he added.

“They will be also asked to explain what evidence they have to support their plea,” Mr Chiengsean explained.

 Although the trial is to be held in Phuket, the case had to be approved by the Public Prosecutor’s regional head office in Surat Thani to present in court, he added.

 The long-awaited trial comes after a series of delays in securing evidence, despite Thailand’s leading forensic police being dispatched from Bangkok to investigate the fire .

 It also comes after a damning report by the Building Society Inspectors and Officers Association (BSA) and the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA), which cited failure by nightclub management to adhere to multiple fire-safety regulations.

 The disco had improper placement of fire extinguishers and faulty emergency-exit ladders, and used a highly-flammable foam for wall and ceiling decorations, said the report .

 Some of the emergency-exit ladders were found to be too short to reach the ground, which matches witness reports of individuals being forced to jump from the burning building.

 The report also supported evidence that the decorations on the ceilings and walls of the building were made of highly flammable expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, which is now illegal to use inside buildings.

 The forensics report, months in coming, identified the cause of the fire as an electrical short circuit under the ceiling at the front of the building, Maj Gen Chonasit Wattanavrangkul, who was Provincial Police Commander at the time, confirmed with Patong Police.

“The spark set alight the ceiling and the wall, both of which were coated with highly flammable EPS foam,” he explained.

 The popular night venue erupted into flames just before 4am, while hundreds of patrons were still inside (story here).

 British tourist Michael Tzouvanni, 24, French tourist Emmanuel Becard, 30, and Thai nationals Duangporn Budklor, 34, and Nipaphat Sudtasorn, 36, all died in the inferno.

 Days later, scores of people from Patong’s entertainment industry turned out at a memorial event to mourn those lost to the fire .

 The legal counsel for Tiger Discotheque, Thamrongsak Boonrak, confirmed this week that Tiger Group CEO Piya Isaramalai posted bail on July 10.

“Mr Piya was allowed to post bail by the court on that day. We bailed him out with cash,” he said.

“It does not matter how much we paid to post bail. He is not going anywhere,” he added.

 Mr Thamrongsak was confident in successfully defending the manslaughter charges, which carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

“We are not afraid to fight the charges because we are innocent. It was an accident,” he assured.

“We have all the evidence we need to prove that it was a lightning strike that night. It was not our fault at all,” he said.

 Atipong Thongyon, chief of the PEA Patong office, on August 18 – the day after the fire – refuted allegations that the blaze was caused by an exploding transformer .

“We also have evidence to prove that the Patong office of the Provincial Electricity Authority is hiding from us,” Mr Thamrongsak alleged.

“They should check their power cables and poles for public safety. The electrical wires are all old; they better check and make it safe,” he said.

phuket gazette
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 19, 2013, 13:10:21 μμ
Canadian arrested in Patong for theft of B100,000 from Chiang Rai hotel

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PHUKET: A Canadian hotel worker wanted on a charge of theft in Chiang Rai was arrested in Patong last night (August 18).

A warrant for David Peter Sundstrom, 39, formerly on the management team of a hotel in Thailand’s northern most province, was issued in June after the owner of the hotel accused him of stealing B100,000.

The hotel owner discovered that Sundstrom had rented a room in Nanai Rd.

Kathu police, accompanied by the owner, stopped Sundstrom as he rode a Honda CBR motorbike along the road at around 8pm.

He is currently being held in custody until arrangements can be made to send him back to Chiang Rai.

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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Σεπτέμβριος 04, 2013, 18:27:51 μμ
Phuket teaches Russian, Chinese and Korean tour operators how to be legal

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Governor Maitri shakes hands with one of the attendees learning about work permits and employment law

PHUKET: -- The Phuket Employment Office yesterday launched a two-day series of seminars to educate Russians, Chinese and Koreans operating tourism-related businesses in Phuket about work permits and employment law regarding foreigners.

Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut officiated the opening of the first seminar yesterday, attended by 100 foreign and Thai representatives working for tour operators that cater to Russians tourists.

 Talks were delivered in Thai and related to attendees by translators.

 Another seminar is being held today that will cater to Chinese and Korean tour operators.

“We want foreigners involved in business and working in Phuket to know the relevant Thai laws involved.

We want to teach them what is required and also hear about the problems they encounter,” Governor Maitri told the Phuket Gazette.

 Governor Maitri explained that the three nationalities were chosen as they represented the leading source markets for inbound tourists to Phuket.

“We chose these nationalities because a lot of tourists from those countries come to Phuket, and these tourists do not speak English, so almost all of the tour operators catering to these markets hire their own native-speaking guides to serve them – and that is illegal,” he said.

 By law, only qualified, registered Thai nationals may work as tour guides in Thailand.

“After this seminar, we expect the number of foreigners working illegally in Phuket to decrease,” Governor Maitri said.

 Phuket Provincial Employment Office chief Yaowapa Pibulpol explained that the seminar covered the basics in the Foreign Business Act BE 2542, Working of Aliens Act BE 2551, Immigration Act BE 2522, Tourism Business and Guide Act BE 2535, Social Security Act BE 2533 and the Trade Associations Act BE 2509.

“When business owners know, understand and respect these laws, the number of people working illegally in Phuket’s tourism industry will decrease,” she said.

Phuket gazette
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Σεπτέμβριος 19, 2013, 14:39:55 μμ
Phuket camera grabbers quickly caught

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Smile! Rosemary Kaberra gets her stolen camera back.

PHUKET: -- Swift action by Karon police resulted in the arrest of two teenage snatch-and-run artists and the return of the expensive Nikon camera they had grabbed from a Brazilian tourist less than 48 hours earlier.

Rosemary Maria Kaberra reported on Monday (September 16) that she had been walking along Soi Kaetkwan in Karon at about 2 am when the duo came alongside on a motorbike and snatched the camera from her shoulder.

She was unable to give police the make or number of the bike, so they checked security cameras around the area.

Just over a day later, acting on what they saw in the camera footage, officers arrested a 22-year-old Thai man, Kanin Kongchana and a Burmese teenager who cannot be named because he is under 18 years of age.

They also recovered the stolen camera and seized a Yamaha Fino motorbike used in the robbery.

Both confessed to the theft and were taken to Karon Police Station where they were booked on a charge of robbery while using motorised transport.

Pol Maj Gen Choti Chavalviwat, Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, praised to Karon officers for their swift action.

The camera was returned to the delighted tourist, who also said how impressed she was with the efficiency of the police and how grateful she was to get her Nikon back.

18-09-2013
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Aussie taxi driver intimidates other drivers with gun, blade

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PHUKET: An Aussie allegedly illegally working as a taxi driver in Patong attempted to intimidate a female taxi driver yesterday afternoon with a bladed weapon and a gun.

Garry Porting was arrested later in the day by Patong Police for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, explained Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol.

Mr Porting went to the Graceland Hotel and Spa in Patong to pick up a foreign guest who wanted to go to Tiger Kingdom at about 9am yesterday, said Mr Veera.

“While waiting for the guest at the hotel, Mr Porting got into an argument with a female taxi driver stationed there, who told him he could not work as a taxi driver and accused him of being a timeshare tout,” Mr Veera told the Phuket Gazette.

After returning his customer to the hotel, Mr Porting allegedly drove his car around searching for the woman he had argued with in the morning.

“At about 3pm he saw the woman back at the taxi station, pulled his car over and got out. He approached her wielding a bladed weapon. When he noticed that she was backed by other taxi drivers, he returned to his car and got the gun and rubber bullets. He started to approach the group, but people were shouting and yelling for police, so he ran away and drove off,” Mr Veera explained.

Patong police arrested Mr Porting not far from the hotel shortly after the incident.
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 28, 2013, 06:14:44 πμ
Police launch new Phuket tourist support project

PHUKET: Tourists being constantly harassed by black taxi drivers has sparked a new “Tourist Care” project on the island, an initiative established by new Police Commander, Maj Gen Ong-arj Phiwruangnont.



The project, which will be ongoing, was launched on October 14 and includes two new patrol vehicles, a brochure drive and a Facebook page.

Pol Lt Col Thummasan Boonsong, the Superintendent of the Police Investigation Division, told The Phuket News the idea stemmed from tourists being harassed by illegal taxi drivers, and facing other problems while on the island.

“We have two new stickered vehicles, one jeep and one van, that will drive around the island. One will drive around the north side, and the other will drive around the south, and during the evening it will be around Bangla Road,” he said.

There are also posters and brochures being distributed in six different languages – Thai, English, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese and Korean – with contact details of who to call if the tourists have any problems.

These are being given out to people arriving at Phuket International Airport and posters are being put up in hotels around the island.

Lt Col Thummasan said, “It is impossible to think that crime won’t happen anymore because of this project. But if criminals see these vehicles and police officers around, perhaps it will make them think twice before doing anything. I think this campaign is good because we are closer to the people who need help.

“Our first case was when a Thai tourist who was visiting from Phang Nga lost her purse on October 23 while at the Tin Mining Museum. She saw the stickered van drive past, and hailed it down. Then the police officers were able to find the purse, which had been dropped in the area.

“For special occasions, like events that have large numbers of people gathering such as sports events or concerts, we will patrol around these areas with the vehicles,” Lt Col Thummasan said.

“Sometimes the tourists don’t know where to seek help. First, they can always call 191 that will reach any police station, wherever they are.

“But they can also contact our officers directly: Pol Lt Col Napat Keawwehol on 091 017 9194; Pol Lt Nakarin Sreeakaravinet 087 955 5677; or myself on 080 718 6858.”

Those wishing to follow the project can visit the Facebook page, “Phuket Police Tourist Care”.


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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Οκτώβριος 28, 2013, 10:43:48 πμ
R.I.P.

Well-known Phuket expat Richard Cracknell dies

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PHUKET: Well-known Phuket man Dr Richard Cracknell, a chiropractor, acupuncturist, athlete and owner of the Wellness House and the Living Food raw cafe on the island, died in America this week.

Dr Cracknell's daughter Cynthia posted on Facebook that her father died in Miami, in the United States, on October 24.

He is believed to have died from an illness. He is understood to have returned to America earlier this year after becoming ill.

The American was a well-known personality on the island.

A doctor of acupuncture and naturopathic medicine, with a PHD in complimentary alternative medicine, Dr Cracknell ran the Wellness House detox and naturopathic health centre alongside the Living Food Cafe in Naiharn.

He moved to Phuket in 1994 after two years living in northern Thailand teaching English.

Working for many years on the island as a chiropractor, acupuncturist and general health healer, he established the Wellness House around four years ago.

The Living Food Café came about from him wanting to make good food for himself and his guests, and teach others how to do the same, he told The Phuket News in an earlier interview.

Dr Cracknell also was a top regional marathon runner, regularly winning in his age group in marathons held around Southeast Asia.

Martin Smetsers told The Phuket News he met Dr Cracknell around three years ago.

"He was a dedicated health professional who knew what he was doing; a true sportsman who's vegetarian regime helped him to recover so much more quickly from big athletic events, he told me.

He was devoted to the health cause; an ambassador for his beliefs and a true athlete.

"I was very sorry to hear that he got ill and was saddened by today's news. Condolences to his family; a good man has left us."

Dr Cracknell has adult children in America and one young daughter living in Phuket.

P.I.P. Dr. Rich

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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 31, 2013, 06:50:30 πμ
A foreign tourist staying at at hotel in Bang Tao on Tuesday night had an uninvited visitor enter his room: a two-meter long king cobra.

Thanakorn Puyati, 29, a security guard at Bangtao Beach Gardens, was called to the scene, and quickly summoned Kusoldharm rescue workers.



“We rushed to the hotel and found a frightened foreigner and his Thai girlfriend waiting for us in their room,” said a rescue worker.





“The guest told us that he opened the sliding glass doors, then sat on the bed to enjoy the view,” he said.

The man called security when he saw the snake slither into the room, but by the time security arrived, the cobra had positioned itself behind the toilet in the bathroom.

“It took us two hours to coax it out,” the rescue worker said.

Once caught, the cobra was released at Khao Phra Thaeo National Park.


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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Νοέμβριος 09, 2013, 09:04:00 πμ
Russian tourist dies after Phuket massage

PHUKET: A Russian tourist died after suffering a heart attack in the middle of receiving a massage in Bang Tao (view here), on Phuket’s west coast, yesterday.

Sergey Taruraev, 37, was pronounced dead by medical staff at about 5:30pm, soon after his arrival at Thalang Hospital.

An ambulance was dispatched by the hospital after being notified at 4:30pm, by staff at a massage salon at the southern end of Bang Tao Beach, that a man had gone into shock while receiving a massage.

“The rescue team tried to revive him and rushed him to hospital. The medical team tried their best, but could not save him,” explained Lt Chatree Chuwichian of Thalang Police.

Ms Taruraev told police that she came to Phuket with her husband and their son, and were staying at the nearby Chava Resort at Surin Beach (map here).

“At about 3:30pm, I took our son shopping at Cherng Talay while my husband went for a massage,” Ms Taruraev told police.

The widow told told officers that Sergey had twice before undergone heart surgery.

Regardless, Lt Chatree told the Phuket Gazette, “At this stage, we will wait for doctors at the hospital to confirm the cause of death.”
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 12, 2013, 15:34:35 μμ
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) has announced a major blackout scheduled to affect residents and businesses in Chalong tomorrow.

PPEA staff will be carrying out maintenance work on high-voltage power lines.

“We will replace power cables in many areas this month to prevent unscheduled blackouts and fluctuations in power supply,” PPEA Operations Chief Yongyuth Podbutr told the Phuket Gazette today.

“The existing power cables are very old. In some areas, the cables are damaged and no longer have shielding, which makes them prone to short circuiting,” Mr Yongyuth said.

“When a tree or an animal comes into contact with an unshielded cable, this can cause a short circuit or even a fire,” he explained.

The scheduled blackout tomorrow, from 9am to 5pm, will affect the west side of Chao Fa West Road, from the PPEA substation (map here) to HomePro Village near Chalong Circle (map here).

The areas to be affected by the blackout include Chaofa Thani Village, Baan Nai Trok, Soi Baan Klang, Baan Bang Rae, Soi Bang Rae, Soi Yod Sane 1, Soi Yod Sane 2, Ananda Garden Hills, Soi Pradthana and Soi Anusorn.

Several other blackouts are scheduled for this month:

Wichit: November 14 (9am to 4pm)

Wichit Songkram Road, from in front of Surakul Stadium (map here) to Darasamuth School.

Chalong: November 21 (9am to 5pm)

Patak Road, from Chalong Circle to Soi Hin Khao on Kata Hill, including Chalong Center village, Patak Villa in Soi Anusorn and Phuket Shooting Range.

Rawai: November 26 (9am to noon)

Wiset Road, east side only, from Soi Ruam Uthit (opposite Muang Phuket School, just south of Chalong Circle) to Fisherman Way Housing Estate.


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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 19, 2013, 11:29:19 πμ
PHUKET: -- Immigration Police today held a press conference to announce the arrests and pending expulsion of three foreigners.

The first was American Forrest Wayne, 41, who was arrested on Sunday (November 17) at the Bel Aire Resort on Sainamyen Rd, Patong, at the request of the US FBI.

He is wanted in Texas on a charge of statutory rape. (See earlier story here.) His permit to stay in Thailand was revoked and he is being held in custody in preparation for handing over to the US Embassy and FBI officers who will escort him back to the US.

Arrested yesterday evening (November 18) in Rawai was 56-year-old Georges C Sirre from Belgian. He was sentenced in Belgium to an 18-month jail term for molesting three girls under the age of 11, with the sentence suspended for five years. He had a Non-Immigrant B visa.

He is understood to have since contravened the terms of his sentence by selling sex toys over the Internet. His permit to stay, too, has been revoked and he will be sent back to Belgium.

The third case was that of Johan Daniel Wetzelmayr, 32, from Sweden, who was arrested on November 5 by Karon police for overstaying.

They discovered that an arrest warrant had been issued for him in August in Hua Hin, on a charge of embezzlement, relating to a motorcycle.

He will be sent back under escort to Hua Hin to face the court there, after which he, too, is likely to be expelled from the country.



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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 20, 2013, 07:18:49 πμ
For years it has been impossible to park on most of the main streets in Patong because all the parking spaces were claimed by taxis, tuk-tuks and bike or car rental businesses, who annexed all spaces and took a very dim view of anyone else trying to park in them.

Arguments, punch-ups, scratching or paintwork or deliberately punctured tyres were the penalties members of the public could expect for daring to use space “belonging” to these land-grabbing groups.

On Monday (November 18) a meeting at Kathu Police Station in Patong heard about plans to give the roads back to the people, starting with Thaweewong Rd, Patong’s beach road.

The side of the road away from the beach – currently one lone line of tuk-tuks, will become a no-parking zone with red-and-white stripes along the sidewalk, though there will be a couple of yellow-and-white zones for dropping off or picking up passengers.

On the seafront side, parking space between the Absolute Sea Pearl Resort [Prachanukroh Rd] and Soi Bangla, traditionally occupied by rows and rows of cars, jeeps and big bikes for rent, will be divided into seven blocks, of which only 30 per cent only will be set aside for parking rental vehicles, the remaining 70 per cent being reserved for public parking.

Vehicle rental companies will have to clear all the vehicles out at 6 pm every day.

At the meeting, officials also discussed whether they should collect money for parking to reduce problems such as people leaving their cars in spaces all day and night. Governor Maitree Inthusut suggested a parking fee of B20 for three hours.

Pol Col Chiraphat Pochanaphan, Superintendent of Kathu Police, told the meeting, “The project is going ahead because ordinary people, tourists and the media have complained that black taxi drivers and motorbike operators occupy the parking lots in Patong which ordinary people have the right to use.

“The Thai Government has set a target of B2 trillion in tourism revenue by 2015, and has made the Royal Thai Police responsible for making tourists confident that they will not be taken advantage of, and that they will get assistance and convenience.”

Col Chiraphat said that besides improving Patong’s image, reducing quarrel and damage to vehicles such as keying or puncturing tyres, the project will also improve traffic flow in the crowded town.

The project to give back parking spaces to everyone is being undertaken after a concerted campaign to get the usurpers onside. This appears to have been successful, but time will tell whether it works any better in the long run than other such attempts in the past, all of which ultimately fell by the wayside.


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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Νοέμβριος 25, 2013, 08:23:13 πμ
DRUG BUST PHUKET

Phuket Customs catch Indian drug mule with B15mn of ya ice

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Aizawl Lalchhuanthangi, charged with smuggling meth from India into Thailand, hides her face at a press conference.

PHUKET: -- Customs officers arrested a drug mule attempting to smuggle 4.5 kilograms of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) into Phuket from Delhi, India, yesterday.

The 37-year-old Indian woman, Aizawl Lalchhuanthangi, was presented at a press conference yesterday at Phuket International Airport.

“When Ms Lalchhuanthangi’s suitcase went through the x-ray machine our officers were suspicious, as it showed up all black inside – making it likely that it was constructed to hide things,” said Phuket Airport Customs Director Montira Cherchoo, who headed the press conference along with Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut.

“The suitcase was also suspiciously heavy, 19kg, given its size,” she added.

On searching Ms Lalchhuanthangi’s luggage, officers uncovered 11 bags of ya ice wrapped in black plastic and stuffed into to tea tins.

Additionally, they found 62 cloth bags containing ya ice hidden among the saris and other pieces of clothing in the bag.

Officials estimate that the drugs have a street value of 15 million baht.

Ms Lalchhuanthangi confessed to police that she boarded a plane in Delhi just before 1am yesterday morning with the intent of smuggling the drugs into Phuket.

She told police that she was paid 100,000 rupees (about 50,000 baht), and was supposed to be met at Phuket Airport by a Thai connection.

Tah Chat Chai Police charged Ms Lalchhuanthangi with possession and trafficking of a category 1 narcotic with intent to sell.





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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 27, 2013, 06:57:56 πμ
PHUKET: As part of an apparently well coordinated national push, about 2,000 people from all walks of life – but all opposed to the government of PM Yingluck Shinawatra – this morning “occupied” Phuket Provincial Hall.




The occupation, with the mob taking over the grounds but barred from going into the building itself, is an echo of the happenings in Bangkok where huge anti-government crowds have occupied a number of government ministries.

The leader of the Bangkok protests, Democrat Party deputy leader Suthep Thaugsuban last night called for all ministries to be occupied, and for government opponents in the provinces to occupy provincial halls.

It is not yet clear how many provincial halls around the country have been besieged, but it is known that those in Trang, Satun and Nakhon Sri Thammarat were occupied this morning, and ASTV Online reported that police in Songkhla Province had called for reinforcements as crowds approached the provincial hall there.


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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Νοέμβριος 29, 2013, 09:43:36 πμ
B80mn fraud

Stoney Monday founder faces trial in Phuket for B80mn fraud

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Rell Vivien Hayes, 51, was arrested in Krabi.

PHUKET: -- The Australian who formerly ran the Stoney Monday Oasis Hotel in Patong has been arrested in Krabi and brought back to Phuket to face trial for embezzlement and six counts of fraud.

The alleged damages total more than 80 million baht.

Rell Vivien Hayes, 51, was arrested last Friday while allegedly selling property at an upscale resort south of Krabi Town.

He arrived under escort at Phuket City Police Station at about 4:30pm the same day.

The arrest follows the Phuket Provincial Court issuing two separate warrants for Mr Hayes’ arrest, in 2009 and in 2011.

The 2009 warrant was issued after American William Lawson Young successfully filed a claim against Mr Hayes for failing to complete a contract to build and hand over a house.

“After that, in 2009, Mr Hayes fled Thailand. We later learned through the Department of Special Investigation [DSI] that he had returned and was living and working in Krabi,” said Weerasak Promthong, the lawyer representing the six plaintiffs against Mr Hayes.

However, it was an 80mn-baht deal to sell land to five Australian investors that led to the second warrant being issued in 2011.

“In 2008, five Australian businessmen transferred 80 million baht to buy land for a resort project in Phuket,” Mr Weerasak said.

The deal was transacted through the Stoney Monday Elite Development Co Ltd, which at the time was owned by Mr Hayes’ wife, with Mr Hayes as a major shareholder, Mr Weerasak alleged.

“He transferred his shares to his Thai wife in 2011,” he explained.

The couple allegedly defaulted on the deal, and failed to transfer ownership of the land to the company as prescribed by the Australian investors
as per the agreement, Mr Weerasak said.

“The land was sold to another investor,” he claimed.

Mr Weerasak also alleged that Mr Hayes’ wife, who he declined to name, was reportedly convicted of fraud over the deal.

“The police arrested his wife for defrauding the five Australian creditors.

In 2012, the court sentenced her to two years in prison, but she was later released on a good behavior bond,” Mr Weerasak alleged.

Mr Hayes was later handed over to Phuket Prison, where he will stay awaiting his trial.
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Δεκέμβριος 07, 2013, 09:26:31 πμ
WORK PERMITS

Phuket Employment Office re-opens to process work permits

PHUKET: -- The Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO), which processes work permits for foreigners, quietly reopened today.

“We are now back to working normally,” PPEO Chief Yaowapa Pibulpol told the Phuket Gazette.

“Our office was closed for two and a half days, from the afternoon of December 3 through the public holiday for HM The King’s birthday yesterday,” she explained.

“But right now, all of my officers are back at work.”

“I don’t want to make a big announcement that we’re open, out of respect for the sensitivities of the protestors,” she added.

“But I understand that work permits are very important for foreigners working in Phuket.

Our job is to serve, and we will do our best to do so regardless of which government party is in power in Bangkok,” she said.

Provincial Hall, where the Phuket Governor’s office is located, remains closed.

Governor Maitri Inthusut agreed to close Provincial Hall on November 27, acquiescing to the firm request by thousands of anti-government protesters who rallied in front of the building.

Since then, smaller protests have targeted individual government offices, though many such offices have reopened to continue their work.

Meanwhile, PPEO Chief Ms Yaowapa has assured that any foreigners whose work permits expired during the forced closure were not to be arrested for working without a work permit.

Regardless, she urged foreigners to file their applications for work permit renewals as soon as possible after her office had re-opened.

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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Δεκέμβριος 18, 2013, 06:33:53 πμ
Phuket Police to target foreigners at night

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Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Peerayuth Karachedi (right) has prepared his officers to target foreigners at night.

PHUKET: Foreigners passing through checkpoints at night will be stopped and searched as part of a new effort to ensure the safety of people and property on Phuket, police announced today.

The police initiative is motivated by two recent ATM robberies perpetrated by foreigners and the fact that the number of foreign suspects in criminal cases sharply increased this year, said Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Peerayuth Karachedi.

Officers at police stations throughout Phuket were instructed last week to begin stopping and searching foreigners at night.

“If we find any equipment that could be used in a robbery, officers will question the driver in detail,” Col Peerayuth said.

“There is no need to carry around this kind of equipment at night,” he added.

Two Vietnamese men are suspected of using a blowtorch to rob an ATM at the Boat Lagoon of 1.6 million baht on November 7. Police believe they left Thailand the following day (story here).

On December 3, a Mexican and two Colombians used a blowtorch to rob an ATM in Patong of nearly 300,000 baht. They were later apprehended in Bangkok (story here).

From January to November this year, 247 foreigners in Phuket were suspects in criminal cases, Col Peerayuth noted, while the number for 2012 was 193 and for 2011 was 194.

The breakdown for 2013 is as follows:

Working without a work permit: 67

Drugs: 55

Traffic violations: 35

Expired permit to stay: 30

Offense against property: 28

Offense against life or body: 11

Crime not stated: 11

Entered the country illegally: 10

“We have to be more strict in enforcing the law as the number of tourists and expats on Phuket is increasing every year,” said Col Peerayuth.

“We have both good and bad foreigners here, and it’s our job to try to prevent the bad ones from doing criminal acts in our country,” Col Peerayuth noted.



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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Δεκέμβριος 19, 2013, 14:54:23 μμ
FIRE IN HOTEL

Reports of a large fire at Phuket Graceland hotel

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PHUKET: -- There are reports of a large fire at the Graceland Hotel Resort and Spa which broke out just before 2pm today (December 19).

Suchart Hirankanokkul, the Managing Director of the Graceland hotel told The Phuket News, “It started in the laundry where some cleaning fluid, because of the heat, caught fire.

It’s mostly smoke. Everything is under control now."

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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Δεκέμβριος 29, 2013, 17:14:19 μμ
Two dead, 26 injured after Phuket bus crashes on Patong Hill

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A Thai woman and man were left dead, 26 were injured (including 15 Russian and 11 Thais) and eight vehicles were damaged when the Natalie Tours bus came flying down the hill, taking out vehicles in its path.

It crashed at the Family Mart at the bottom of the hill.

Found dead in the front of the bus was Phanthitha Jaruwat, 40, the bus tour guide.

Also found dead was Kanrat Kajornjit, 55, who was found in a Toyota Vios at the bottom of the hill.

From questioning witnesses, police said the bus picked up tourists from Phuket Town to Patong. The bus lost control and then crashed down the hill, before finally stopping at the Family Mart and crashing into a pole.

Police are investigating.

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- See more at: http://www.thephuketnews.com/two-dead-26-injured-after-phuket-bus-crashes-on-patong-hill-43730.php
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιανουάριος 06, 2014, 11:20:28 πμ
Bag containing B500k and iPad returned to Phuket tourist


PHUKET: -- Italian tourist Alfredo De Santi, 37, was fortunate to get his bag containing B500,000 cash, a mobile phone, passport and iPad back, after he left it in a taxi.
Mr De Santi arrived in Phuket yesterday morning (January 5) and took a taxi from Phuket International Airport to the Nanai Residence Hotel.
Once he realised he had left his bag behind, he filed a report to the airport at around 9.30am.
At 10am, police officers received a report that 51-year-old taxi driver Phanom Baanbai had found the bag and it was returned.
Mr De Santi was very thankful for its safe return and commented to police: “I love Thailand”.

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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιανουάριος 06, 2014, 11:22:21 πμ
Wallet containing B40k returned to Australian tourist in Phuket

Prasert Tubkaew, a tuk tuk driver from Karon, reported to Karon police that a tourist had left a wallet in his tuk-tuk at around 11pm last night (January 4).

Using the contact details inside the wallet, police were successfully able to return the wallet to the Australian visitor. She was thankful to have it returned, especially as it had around B40,000 inside.

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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιανουάριος 30, 2014, 23:35:03 μμ
All safe after dramatic dive boat sinking near Phuket

PHUKET: Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet has published video of a the dramatic sinking yesterday (January 29) of a dive boat near Koh Tachai.


(Footage of the sinking follows advertisements)

Luckily, the Phuket-based dive boat Peter Pan was close by to rescue all on board the Ranong-based Aladdin, which began to take on water at around noon, sinking so fast that passengers had to leap for their lives, many of them having no time to put on life jackets.

Aftonbladet quoted Swedish dive instructor Dennis Karlsson who was on the Peter Pan when the distress call from the Aladdin went out.

"It was just a coincidence that our boat was there and could come to the rescue," the Swedish newspaper quoted him as saying.

The Aladdin capsized and took just minutes to sink in 25 metres of water.

"It was really, really serious. It took on a lot of water," Mr Karlsson said.

"People threw themselves headlong into the water. Some were sucked under the water with the boat before they resurfaced and were pulled out. It was really amazing that everyone survived."

No one was seriously hurt.

Mr Karlsson said he understood the boat was holed when it ran over something in the water which was ramed into the hull by the propeller."

He told Aftonbladet that passengers on the Aladdin told him they were on a four-day dive trip in the Andaman Sea, emabarking in Khao Lak.

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A German citizen was found dead after his flying inflatable boat crashed into the sea off a beach in Phuket province yesterday.

The man was identified by the authorities as Mr. Bach Georg Erwin, 65.

According to witnesses, Mr. Erwin was seen commuting alone on the ultralight boat around Laem Kha Yai Beach. Prior to the crash, witnesses said, the engine had stopped working, but the German managed to restart it and traveled for another 500 metres before the engine exploded. The boat then crashed into the sea.

A hotel staff who reportedly witnessed the scene said he and other people rushed into the sea to help Mr. Erwin, but it appeared that he was already dead before they could reach him.

Mr. Aroon Solos, Mayor of Rawai Municipality, said Mr. Erwin′s body bore no injuries that were caused by the crashed flying boat, suggesting that he might have been killed by the impact with the water surface.

Autopsy of Mr. Erwin′s body will be conducted as soon as possible, police said.

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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Φεβρουάριος 09, 2014, 08:21:38 πμ
Police and the Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation were called after hotel staff found Karl Peter Huch, 70, from Berlin, stretched out dead on the bed at the rooming house on Kra Rd.

On a table they found various medicines including a packet of Kamagra, a Thai version of Viagra. One tablet was left in the packet; three had apparently been consumed.

Staff said Mr Huch arrived at the hotel at about 1:30 pm and paid for a short stay. Two hours later a member of the hotel staff came to remind him his time was up. Receiving no response the staffer went into the room and found the German's body.

Police suspect Mr Huch may have died of a sildenafil (Kamagra) overdose but his body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy.


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Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Φεβρουάριος 27, 2014, 10:45:15 πμ
PHUKET: Locals, tourists and officials were shocked yesterday as water at one of Phuket’s most famous beaches turned rancid and black.

The stinking water flowed from Nong Han Canal across Karon Beach and into the ocean at a rate that transformed the color of the sea, Village Chief Winai Chidchiew told the Phuket Gazette.

“I went to see it myself after receiving a report from local people. It was absolutely shocking, the sea was black and there was a horrible smell,” Kamnan Winai said.

Kamnan Winai admitted that he had seen black water trickling from the canal into the ocean before, but had never seen it pouring out in such volume.

“I don’t know know what has caused this much outflow, but I think business operators in Karon dumped a lot of wastewater into the canal,” he said.

Kamnan Winai alleged that the Karon Municipality was aware of the problem, but had taken no steps to fix it.

“The problem must be fixed as soon as possible. So many tourists return to Karon because of its beauty. The more the problem is ignored the worse things will get – it will have an enormous effect on tourism for Karon.”

KaronBeach made headlines around the world three years ago when a German TV crew from a major channel found severely polluted water with high counts of coliform bacteria from human feces

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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Μάρτιος 04, 2014, 04:26:59 πμ
Phuket Tuk-Tuk Revolt: Patong Drivers Block Roads, Surround Police Station

By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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PHUKET: The tuk-tuk drivers of Patong shut down the road system in Phuket's main holiday hub from midnight in an extraordinary protest about what they claim is ''police harassment.''

Blockades in the one-way system's main beach road, Nanai Road and Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road and the walking street of Bangla Road began at midnight and continued to 5am, when the drivers moved to Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong, to negotiate.

About 50 tuk-tuks and 100 drivers blocked the area around the police station as talks continued early today.

According to one source, the tuk-tuk drivers, joined by some ''black'' cab drivers, were unhappy because police have been conducting ''sting'' operations posing as tourists.

The police have discovered that the tuk-tuk drivers are working hand in glove with the illegal cabbies to undermine the legal registered taxi system, according to the source.

Drivers are known to have become increasingly agitated at a police campaign to remove thugs and weapons from the tuk-tuk transport business that is the source of most complaints from tourists.

A campaign to persuade drivers to adapt began with a series of lectures from Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud and continued with police conducting random raids on tuk-tuk ranks.

Disputes continue to flourish over access of minivans and tour company vehicles to resorts in Patong and all along Phuket's popular west coast.

European Union ambassadors and Chinese envoys have urged Phuket authorities to reform Phuket's primitive transport system or face a bleaker future, with visitors likely to go elsewhere in Thailand rather than be ripped off with excessive fares for poor service.
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάρτιος 04, 2014, 11:43:38 πμ
COUNTERFEIT US $...

Phuket Police arrest man with counterfeit US$10,000 ‘Nan Francisco’ bank notes

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PHUKET: -- Phuket Tourist Police last night arrested a man who tried to exchange counterfeit US$10,000 bank notes that read “Nan Francisco” and totaled more than 157 million baht.

 Wachirawich Janjaroenchaisin, 40, was arrested during a sting operation after police received a tip-off that someone was trying to exchange US$10,000 bank notes on the island.

“Officers pretended to be exchange brokers and made an appointment with the suspect at Black Canyon in Central Festival Phuket,” said Deputy National Commander Supaset Chokchai of the Tourist Police.

 After the suspect presented 482 US$10,000 bank notes, the police revealed themselves and examined the bank notes.

They quickly noticed that the bills named the Northern California city of “San Francisco” as “Nan Francisco”.

“We contacted the United States embassy for additional help.

The embassy confirmed that the notes were counterfeit and that the US$10,000 bill had not been produced for public use since 1936.

Its only use today is for bank-to-bank transactions,” explained Col Supaset.

Mr Wachirawich said he was exchanging the money for someone else for a fee of three baht per dollar.

“This is the first time we have found US$10,000 bills in Thailand,” said Col Supaset.

The suspect was charged with possession and use of counterfeit US dollar bank notes. Police are now searching for more suspects.

The case was transferred to Wichit Police Station, said Col Supaset.

Phuket Gazette 2014-03-03

Τίτλος: Ship bursts into flames off Phuket
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάρτιος 07, 2014, 12:33:55 μμ
Ship bursts into flames off Phuket

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First reports say all on board were safely rescued. Photo: Marine Police

PHUKET: -- A ship carrying cargo was engulfed by flames near Koh Naka, off Phuket's east coast this afternoon.

Phuket Marine Police were notified of the incident at about 4pm by a speedboat captain.

First reports are that all on board the ship were safely rescued by the passing speedboat.


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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάρτιος 21, 2014, 19:29:11 μμ
ILLEGAL DRUGS

DSI and FDA officers seize B10mn of illegal drugs with fake FDA labels

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PHUKET: -- Illegal hormone drugs worth about 10 million baht targeted at the Chinese tourist market were seized by Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officers yesterday.

DSI officers declined to give details of the alleged effects of the traditional Chinese medicines, stating only that they were for “improved sexual performance”.

However, at least one drug, Tiao Jing Wan, regulates women’s menstrual cycles to help improve fertility; it also claims to ease complications of menopause, prevent hyperplasia of mammary glands (which can cause breast cancer) and cure endometriosis and ovarian cysts.

“We were informed by tourists and locals of fake drugs claiming to contain snake parts and other elements of traditional Chinese medicines being sold in Phuket,” said DSI Region 8 Director Udom Phetcharakut.

“There were people dressed like pharmacists claiming that the drugs boost sexual performance.”

The team raided Discovery Park New Treatment Co Ltd in Wichit and Royal Park Phuket Co Ltd on Chao Fa Road.

At Discovery Park New Treatment, which offers a snake show, officers seized more than 30 boxes of the drugs, Mr Udom said.

“There was no Thai language displayed on the drug containers, which is an infraction of FDA regulations.

Also, the drugs had counterfeit FDA certifications,” Mr Udom said.

The drugs were being sold in small bottles containing 80 pills for 3,100 baht and larger bottles containing 180 pills for 5,800 baht.

“The drugs did not contain all the ingredients they claimed to,” he noted.

At Royal Park Phuket, officers seized more than 50 large boxes of drugs.

“These drugs did have Thai language on them. However, their Thai FDA certifications were counterfeit,” he said.

The company owners were charged for selling traditional medicines without a license and for selling drugs that had not been FDA approved.

These infractions can both carry a penalty of up to three months imprisonment, up to a 5,000 baht fine, or both.

“There are other places selling these kinds of drugs on the island, so we will continue our campaign,” Mr Udom said.


Phuket Gazette 2014-03-21
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάρτιος 22, 2014, 08:15:36 πμ
RUSSIAN GANGSTERS LOAN SHARKS / WANTED

Phuket kidnappers 'were Russian loan sharks'

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The two wanted Russians: Novichkov (left) and Boychuk.

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The Blue Garden Resort, where the nightmare took place.

PHUKET: -- Police are still not sure whether missing Russian expat Alexei Slabinskiy is still alive, but more details of the nightmare emerged this morning (March 21) at a meeting at Kamala police station.

Pol Maj Gen Witsanu Muangpraesri, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 8, chaired the meeting, which heard that Mr Slabinskiy’s girlfriend, Yana Strizheus – who was found injured in the Blue Garden Resort & Spa, between Bangtao and Surin Beaches, last Saturday (March 15) – had told investigators that the kidnapping was related to money Mr Slabinskiy had failed to repay to loan sharks.

Police are working on two theories: That the couple were kidnapped by the loan sharks to make Mr Slabinskiy pay up; or that Mr Slabinskiy himself was in on the kidnap plan, the aim being to extort money from Ms Strizheus.

The second theory was lent credence by the fact that police picked up a signal from Mr Slabinskiy’s mobile phone days after the kidnapping. When the location was triangulated, officers rushed to the place the signal was coming from, but found nothing. The signal disappeared.

The story told by Ms Strizheus, however, tends to support the first hypothesis. Still under guard in Vachira Phuket Hospital for her own safety, Ms Strizheus told investigators that she and her boy friend were kidnapped by three men who came to their villa in Kamala.

They took the couple to a bungalow in the secluded Blue Garden Resort. There, the trio beat Mr Slabinskiy and slashed him with a broken bottle to force Ms Strizheus to go to an ATM to withdraw money they said they were owed.

Accompanied by one of the gang, she went to an ATM in Cherng Talay and withdrew more than B300,0000, all she had in her account.

The kidnappers, however, were offended. The money owed to them, they said, was B1 million. They beat Mr Slabinskiy again.

Ms Strizheus said that in despair, and believing that her boyfriend was dying, she stabbed herself in the throat with the broken bottle that had already been used on Mr Slabinskiy.

The gangsters wrapped the bleeding Mr Slabinskiy in a couple of bedsheets and bundled him into the back of a pick-up truck, leaving Ms Strizheus bleeding in the bungalow.

Ms Strizheus told investigators that from what she had seen of the violence inflicted on her boyfriend, he was being taken somewhere to be dumped, and she believed he must be dead by now.

Police checked the camera at the ATM and collected footage of her withdrawing money, closely watched by the man now known as Oleksandr Boychuk, aka Andrei, a Ukrainian citizen.

Gen Vitsanu said that the case is becoming clearer now and the police are convinced that the kidnapping was genuine. The question is whether Mr Slabinskiy was involved in the plan or not.

If he was involved, then the beating was presumably staged and he is now hiding somewhere in Phuket. If he was not, then investigators agree with Ms Strizheus, that he is most likely already dead.

Ms Strizheus told officers that Mr Slabinskiy had borrowed from Russian loan sharks. He was waiting for his family to send him money, but it did not arrive, causing him to miss two deadlines for repayment of the loan with interest.

This was why the loan sharks kidnapped the couple and forced her to withdraw money from the ATM.

She said she survived because the trio saw her stabbing herself and, believing she had inflicted a deadly wound on herself, left her to die.

Police have so far been unable to identify one of the trio, but have issued arrest warrants for the other two: Boychuk for kidnapping and extortion and Russian national Aleksandr Novichkov for kidnapping and attempted rape. The latter charge was not discussed at today’s meeting.

Police believe the two men are still in Phuket, and are trying to track them down.

Anyone sighting them is urged to call Lt Col Prawit Engchuan at 081 415 8668



Phuket News 2014-03-22
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Μάρτιος 26, 2014, 13:29:24 μμ


 
Tourists Sex Act on Tour Bus Angers Thailand’s Transport Ministry Officials






PHUKET – The Land Transport Department has ordered a probe into a video clip featuring two foreign passengers having sex in broad daylight on a tour bus.

The 1.30-minute video, uploaded on YouTube by ”Thammarat Su Su” went viral and drew much criticism from online users. The unidentified pair having sex on the lower deck of a double-decker tour bus was videotaped by a motorist from another car who witnessed the act. The clip showed a woman with blonde hair astride her male partner while having sex.

Department director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok na Phuket yesterday said he has ordered a probe into the clip and the bus on which the sex act was performed.

A preliminary investigation showed the vehicle, with a yellow and black licence plate, was a bus operating on an irregular route, said the department chief. An investigation would be conducted to find out the operator of the bus.

Having sex on a public bus violates the Transport Act for disturbing other passengers. Violators are liable to a fine of up to 5,000 baht each and they will face criminal action for performing an obscene act in a public area as well.

The department will seek cooperation from bus operators to install closed-circuit cameras on their buses.

Some bus operators had installed CCTVs on more than 800 buses, Mr Asdsathai said

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Τίτλος: Flood chaos on Phuket’s main artery as first rain falls
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Απρίλιος 01, 2014, 11:26:11 πμ
Flood chaos on Phuket’s main artery as first rain falls

PHUKET: Heavy rain for the first time in months caused flooding and traffic jams in Thalang last night (March 31).


The rain flooded Thepkrassattri Rd, the island’s main north-south highway near the Thai Watsadu store. With water up to one metre deep in places, cars stalled, blocking the road, and causing delays for tourists trying to get to the airport.

Rescue teams from the Kusoldharm Foundation and Baan Nai Klam volunteers were called in to help clear the traffic.

Local politician Chalermpon Kerdsab blamed the flooding on local people filling low areas in a bid to avoid flooding in their homes. This, he theorised, obstructed run-off routes for water.

Municipal staff and volunteers spent more than three hours clearing the stalled cars but even then traffic flow was still slow. By morning, however, the floods had cleared.

The Thai Meteorological Department predicts more storms and heavy rain today, tomorrow and Thursday, and again at the weekend.   

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Τίτλος: Bangtao’s polluted water causing skin rashes, scaring Phuket tourists away
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Απρίλιος 11, 2014, 14:28:40 μμ
Bangtao’s polluted water causing skin rashes, scaring Phuket tourists away

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The problem is worse than the one that has attracted so much attention recently in Karon, where black water has also been spilling into the sea from a klong.
In Karon, Governor Maitri Inthusut recently waded into the black water and washed his hands in to demonstrate that the outflow there, though unattractive, is not necessarily unhealthy.
But the Bangtao outflow is not just smelly and unattractive; it is also causing skin rashes in fishermen and boatmen who go in the water, and infecting any cuts in the skin.
Tourists simply do not go to that end of the beach and long-tail boat club members have to stand watch on the beach and warn local children not to go in the water. Contact with the water, the boatmen said, results in itchy skin.
Yesterday (April 10) the boatmen invited media to see for themselves just how bad things are.
They said the filthy water comes from the local community along the klong, which includes hotels and restaurants. During the dry season, with little or no water in the klong, the filth has been accumulating. Now that the rains are back, that filth is being washed down to the sea, black, smelly and thoroughly unhealthy.
Along the shoreline, the waves churn the outflow into a strange unnatural foam.

Tourists staying in the hotel nearby walk to this point on the beach and then, when they hit the wall of smell, turn around and walk away.
Long-tail boatman Apisit Panan-Long said “This bad water is seriously affecting the environment, and the tourists who wanted to go out to the islands [by boat] don’t want to go in the water.
“Many of the fishermen have rashes, and open wounds go rotten. Anybody who has touched the water has to take a shower right away, especially in the past few days when there has been a lot of untreated water [flowing down the klong].”

Another boatman, Yusup Panchalart, said, “I touched the water and got itchy. I could not sleep even though I had already taken a shower.
“This bad water must come from the hotels and businesses. Over the past several months the water was clear, it didn’t smell and there were fish swimming in it.
“But last week the water started to get bad. It turned black and smelly, and a lot of the fish died.
“In the past two days it’s got really bad; the water is a deep black and the shallow corals have died, and the tourists have disappeared. We really need the officials to solve the problem.”
The polluting of Klong Bangtao is by no means a new problem. A year ago, when the Pheu Thai Party was still firmly in power, its spokesman Phrompong Nopparit inspected the filthy canal after a complaint was made direct to the Prime Minister’s Office.

That complaint, filed by village chief Kecha Kroahlek, indicated a certain lack of confidence in the ability of provincial or municipal authorities to solve the problem.
“We have to solve the issue urgently,” Mr Phrompong said, “so that it will not destroy our tourism image, the quality of life for local people, and also marine life.
“Phuket is the window of Thailand, and the local quality of life affects the whole country’s economy.
“I have heard there are many places in Phuket that have similar problems, not just Bang Tao. This will be a model for others to start making Phuket’s water clean.”

The following month the canal was dredged. During a meeting with 50 local businesspeople and residents, Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak warned that everyone who lives around Klong Bangtao must co-operate with authorities to help preserve the canal, and stop dumping sewage in the waterway.
“We have invited you here today to ask for change,” he said. “Whoever is still draining sewage into the canal, please stop it. This is the last chance – the third step for those who continue to ignore our requests will be prosecution. We will knock on your door and follow the law.”

Bangtao’s supposed “model for others to start making Phuket’s water clean” seems a long way from being realised.
V/Gov Somkiet today told The Phuket News, “I have just heard about this from reporters. I will go to the bad water site soon with Ma’an [Samran, President of Cherng Talay Tambon Administration – OrBorTor] to solve this problem.
“Since last July, we have gathered the names of the illegal businesses who should be fined, have their permits cancelled or be closed down. But we have to take this step by step according to the law.”
“This bad water problem is the direct responsibility of the [Cherng Talay Municipality]. There are a lot of hotels that should be fined or closed down.
“We used to send inspectors to check their water treatment systems but if we fail to follow up or we don't check for a while, then the problem starts again. If we are careless about fixing the problem then it will soon come back again.

He said the OrBorTor, the Health Department and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment are responsible for fixing this problem.
Mr Ma’an vented his frustration when The Phuket News called him. “Why don’t you talk about good things in the newspaper?” he asked.
“The problems stem from the people, hotels and businesses who dump all their garbage in the water.
“We called them to a meeting to get permits to install waste water treatment machinery, but no one came.

He said water treatment plants might not be working properly, and that officials had already been sent to look at the problem.
“But if the people continue to dump [untreated waste] into the water, we are going to continue to have this problem.”

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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Απρίλιος 12, 2014, 07:40:06 πμ
ACCIDENT - HIT & RUN

Dead boy's family in Phuket 'mob' against Russians

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PHUKET:  A large group of Thais gathered outside the Villa Market in Chalong yesterday (April 9) to protest over the death of 16-year-old Thananbavorn “Lotus” Durongpan, who was killed just after 1am on Saturday (April 5) when he was hit by a car as he rode his motorbike along Patak Rd from Chalong Circle.

The incident has sparked anger at the Russian woman driving the car, at her friends and, by extension, Russians in general.

The Phuket News’ Russian-language sister paper Novosti Phuketa contacted Russian police volunteers who reported that the driver, known only as Larisa, allegedly made a U-turn on Patak Rd next to the Shell filling station, knocking the boy – who was travelling in the same direction – off his bike. He was not wearing a helmet.

Larisa drove away.

A man known only as Valentin, thought to be her husband, was following in another car.

He stopped briefly but, deciding that Lotus was dead, he too sped off.

Police failed to find either of the drivers. But witnesses helped officers to track down one of the cars to a rental agency, where they found it had been rented to a third Russian national, named Ekaterina.

She told the police that she was a passenger with Larissa and witnessed the accident, which she described.

But now, apparently, she has left the country, as have Valentin and Larisa.

The main witness – Ekaterina – also disappeared after the police questioning.

Police also interviewed Anna, the host of a party the Russian couple had been to before the accident but she told them she did not know their full names.

The flight of the three Russians has caused bitterness, not only among the boy’s family but also among the frustrated police.

Capt Thada Sodarak, investigation officer at Chalong police station told The Phuket News, “Wherever country people come from, whether developed or not, I believe we all have hearts.

But what these Russians showed is that they are heartless – they don’t care. They just left.

“I asked [Ekaterina and Anna] to tell me the full names of their friends. But they just don’t care.

“I understand the intensity of the feelings of the boy’s relatives. Nevertheless, I have told them not to attack these Russian people. I have also ordered the police to look after the safety of everybody at Villa Market.” (Villa Market is a popular shopping venue for Russians in the Chalong area.)

“Right now we know who is the driver who killed the boy, but we can’t reveal anything.

We just want to have the driver’s full name to advance the investigation. But no one will tell us.

“Of all the [foreigners] who live in Thailand, the Russians cause the most problem. Look: they come to our country, hit our children, and then when they feel like it they [run away].

“I asked them [the Russian witnesses], ‘Look, what would you do if a Thai goes to your country and hits and kills your children? Would you let him go back home?’ They said nothing.”

Som, the mother of the dead boy, told The Phuket News: “Lotus was a good boy.

He worked and took care of his grandmother and his brothers and sisters. On the night he died he had gone out to buy some mosquito repellent.

“I have donated his eyes to the Thai Red Cross Society and already someone has received them.

“I don’t want my son to have died without someone paying for it. I’m ready to forgive because I don’t want [his spirit] to worry, but these Russians [the witness Ekaterina and and the party host Anna] are shirking their responsibility. They are not going to reveal the real name of the driver. It seems they are trying to protect their friends.”

The family were also critical of the police for allowing the witness Ekaterina to leave the country; she apparently flew out to Dubai on Monday (April 7). “How could the police not hold on to her passport?” Mrs Som asked. “She is the only witness.

“The car that hit my son went through a police checkpoint. Four officers were there but no one could catch that car.”

Pim, the boy’s aunt told The Phuket News that the family had done a deal of investigating before the police reacted, identifying the car and even the party venue, where they found one man still drunk, surrounded by empty beer and alcohol bottles.

Police declined to give more details of the investigation, but police volunteers said they would welcome any more details about the two drivers, Larisa and Valentin.



Phuket News 2014-04-11
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Απρίλιος 24, 2014, 13:15:23 μμ
Phuket: Alcohol sales ban for Patong this weekend

PHUKET: -- There will be an alcohol ban this weekend in preparation for the Patong mayoral election.

Alcohol sales will be banned in Patong only starting 6pm tomorrow (April 25) until midnight Saturday (April 26).
Any violation will risk a penalty of six months in prison or a fine of B10,000, or both.
While pubs and bars are not required to close, a large majority usually do.


-- Phuket News 2014-04-24
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάιος 01, 2014, 10:12:36 πμ
Monks defrocked, get rehab for Phuket garden drug parties

PHUKET: Five monks were defrocked yesterday (April 30) and sent for drug rehabilitation after they were found to under the influence of drugs. Another 11 were disciplined by their abbot for inappropriate behaviour.

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The action came after the owner of a garden reported to police that, after doing alms rounds in the early afternoon, 18 monks from Wat Thalang were in the habit of disappearing into his garden. He was suspicious about what they were up to, he told officers.

Police arrived at the garden, close to the airport road. In a tin hut they found cooking utensils and a large number of empty alcohol bottles. Two of the 18 monks managed to escape, but the other 16 were rounded up and taken back to the wat.

There, the abbot, Promprapatsorn, headed the investigation into the bahaviour of the monks, some of whom were apparently woozy from alcohol or drugs.

Police requested urine samples from them all. The “purple pee” results on five of the samples indicated the possible presence of drugs.

The monks said they had only been taking medication for illness, so the police took them to Thalang hospital to check their blood for narcotics. The results were positive, at which point the monks confessed to drug abuse and requested to be sent for drug rehab.

The abbot expelled the five from the monkhood. The other 11 were found not to have committed crimes or contravened the rules of the monkhood in any major way but, because they had been behaving “wrongly” he ordered them to return to their original temples in Isarn for training to correct their behaviour.

All 16 were from Isarn, the grilling revealed. They said they had traveled to Phuket because they could get good money from local people and tourists wanting to make merit. At home, they said, they had hardly any income.

The landlord waived the right to charge them for trespassing on his land.

http://www.thephuketnews.com/monks-defrocked-get-rehab-for-phuket-garden-drug-parties-46033.php
Τίτλος: Tourist drowns, first victim of lifeguard-less Phuket beaches
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάιος 19, 2014, 09:57:10 πμ
PHUKET: A tourist drowned at a lifeguard-less Phuket beach yesterday afternoon, after a budget debacle delayed the signing of the Phuket Lifeguard contract.

Supachet Ngamsong, 26, from Northern Thailand, had just finished dinner with five friends when he went into the sea alone at Karon at about 5pm, said Karon Police Deputy Superintendent Sopon Borrirak.

“He called out for help after getting into trouble in the water. His friends tried to rescue him, but it was too late,” Lt Col Sopon said.

Lifeguards have not patrolled Phuket beaches since April 27, when their last contract ended and a budget dispute that threatened to decrease the number of lifeguards on Phuket’s beaches prevented the signing of a new one (story here).

Though the Phuket Lifeguard Club has subsequently agreed to sign the contract without the asked-for budget increase, the signing was delayed until May 21, as the guards wait for new equipment (story here).

“Working with broken equipment could be dangerous for both the lifeguards and the victims,” Phuket Lifeguard Club President Prathaiyut Chuayuan told the Phuket Gazette at the time.

Mr Supachet’s body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάιος 26, 2014, 08:24:36 πμ
Phuket radio stations fall silent

Phuket Gazette - Sunday, May 25, 2014 8:50:45 PM

Army deputy spokesman Lt Col Winthai Suwaree announced the ban on local broadcasts this morning.

NNT PHUKET: Commercial radio stations throughout Phuket fell silent today after receiving requests from the army to comply with an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) this morning.


The ban on broadcasting includes local satellite television networks.

Staff at 107.7FM Open Mind received a call this morning from an army officer ordering the station to close, a station executive told the Phuket Gazette.

Popular local radio station Phuket Island Radio 91.5FM fell silent in compliance with the order.

The only Phuket station still broadcasting on Sunday evening was BlueWave 90.5FM, which is operated a under license granted by the Public Relations Department (PRD)."The station is part of the Public Relations Department, and they didn’t really tell me anything," station manager Oscar Chitamitre told the Gazette.

Although all local radio stations and cable television networks were ordered offline immediately after the coup on Thursday, many throughout the country were allowed to resume broadcasting soon after, as the army became more clear which broadcasters were deemed to be disseminating “anti-coup propaganda”.

However, the decision to reinstate the nationwide crackdown was announced this morning.

Army deputy spokesman Lt Col Winthai Suwaree explained that the army was targeting a total of 14 ”community radio stations” and local television networks.

The NCPO was working out solutions for allowing the 14 banned satellite TV stations to resume their broadcasts, he said.

The NCPO was willing to talk to the 14 stations if they had solutions to ensure that broadcasts would not cause turmoil in the country, Col Winthai added.

Phuket Gazette
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάιος 28, 2014, 07:36:37 πμ
YA ICE, GUN & AMMUNITION


Gun-toting Aussie tourist nabbed with crystal meth in Phuket

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PHUKET: Patong Police arrested an Australian tourist today after finding him in possession of 530mg of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), a gun, and ammunition.

Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, was apprehended at the Green Mango Apartment complex on Nanai Road after the police received a tip-off.

“We went to the apartment and found Mr Coutelas at his rental room at about 2pm,” said Lt Col Suttichai Thianpho of the Patong Police.

“We searched the room and found 530mg of ya ice in a small plastic bag and drug paraphernalia. We also found an illegal 9mm handgun, bullets and a BB gun.”

Mr Coutelas was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as possession of a Category 1 Drug, said Col Suttichai.

“A woman showed up after the raid and told police that she and Mr Coutelas were dating,” added Col Suttichai. “But we did not press charges against her, as she was not present when officers searched the apartment.”

“We are questioning both Mr Coutelas and his female companion about the gun and possible drug networks.”

Police declined to name Mr Coutelas' female companion.


Phuket Gazette - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 6:23:00 PM
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Μάιος 28, 2014, 16:49:19 μμ
YA ICE, GUN & AMMUNITION


Gun-toting Aussie tourist nabbed with crystal meth in Phuket




http://www.smh.com.au/world/australian-tourist-among-first-foreigners-to-be-arrested-after-thailands-coup-20140528-zrqdk.html
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Ιούλιος 24, 2014, 08:34:46 πμ
ILLEGAL LAND DOCUMENTS

Dozens of Phuket officials under fire for allegedly issuing illegal land documents


PHUKET: At least 30 officials in Phuket are under investigation for their alleged involvement in illegally issuing land documents for plots in Sirinath National Park.

Tawichat Nillakan, chief of the Phuket office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), told the Phuket Gazette that his office had received at least 77 formal complaints against local officials for abusing their positions of power since the Phuket NACC office opened on March 4 last year.

“About one-fifth of those complaints are related to land,” he said.

Three cases are specifically in regard to officials issuing land documents for plots in Sirinath National Park.

“One case in particular involves 10 to 15 officers,” Mr Tawichat said.

The complaints filed target officials at all levels, from those previously stationed as high as the Governor’s Office, to local Ministry of Interior and Land Office officials, former Sirinath National Park officers, right down to tambon chiefs (Kamnan) and village chiefs (Phu Yai Baan).

“A former park chief at Sirinath is under investigation, but that person was the park chief decades ago,” Mr Tawichat said.

None of the officials currently under investigation have been charged, Mr Tawichat confirmed.

“Once we have concluded our investigation into each complaint, we will hand the case over to the public prosecutor to decide whether or not to proceed with formal charges,” said Mr Tawichat.


Phuket Gazette (23 July 2014)
Τίτλος: Απ: Daily news from Thailand
Αποστολή από: labiko στις Αύγουστος 18, 2014, 15:26:36 μμ
70 ταξιτζήδες του πουκετ, (ταξι μαφια - οσοι εχουν παει ταιλανδη ξερουν) οδηγούνται στα δικαστηρια . Να πω επιτελους!!!!!!


http://www.thephuketnews.com/70-phuket-%E2%80%98mafia%E2%80%99-taxi-drivers-get-dates-with-court-47928.php
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Αύγουστος 28, 2014, 19:18:48 μμ
The news was published by the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) on its website yesterday evening (August 27).

In a letter attached to the announcement, the company wrote, “Bangkok Dusit Medical Services PLC (BDMS) would like to announce the result of the board management meeting on August 27 at which we approved setting up a branch under the name ‘Bangkok Phuket International Hospital’ to expand our medical businesses in Phuket.”

The deal sees BDMS take over 99.99 per cent of the partnership that owned PIH.

“BDMS will also take responsibility for debt of Phuket International Hospital, which is not more than B416 million,” the latter said. “the transfer of ownership is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.”

PIH was registered as a 151-bed hospital on June 22, 1990, with capital of B195 million under the name ‘Siriroj Hospital’. It has since been expanded to 281 beds.

“The propose of taking over the [International] hospital is to improve our efficiency in serving Thais and foreigners in southern region of Thailand; to improve the logistics of transferring patients from one hospital in the group to another; and to support medical tourism in Phuket.”

Bangkok Hospital Phuket’s PR officer confirmed the news this morning but could give no details.

“The board [in Bangkok] are now in discussions and we will call a media conference as soon as we can reveal details,” she told The Phuket News.

PIH Marketing Manager Piyarat Kulvanit also confirmed the buyout.

However, she said, “Our management team is still managing the hospital as usual.”
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Αύγουστος 30, 2014, 11:28:45 πμ
ILLEGAL BEACH BUSINESS

29-08-2014

80pc of people hit by Phuket beach clean-up apply for help

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The destruction of illegal beach businesses has left hundreds jobless.

PHUKET: About 80 per cent of the people in Kathu District who have lost their livelihoods because of Phuket’s massive military-backed beach clearance have registered at the District Office for help in getting their lives restarted.

Registration was open for residents of Kamala on Monday and Tuesday and for Patong on Wednesday to today (August 29).

The main targets were beach chair renters, masseuses and roaming food and drink vendors. Jet-ski and para sailing operators can qualify under the "other" category.

“The total number who registered with us is 371 from a total of 466 beach businesses operators we inspected before the beach clean-up project began,” Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong told The Phuket News this afternoon (August 29).

Of the 371, 81 registered in Kamala and 290 in Patong.

“After completing registration we will begin discussion and inspection of all the people on the list to get more detail,” Mr Sayan said.

“We have already made some preparations.

For example we will ask the hotels to help by taking on masseuses in their spas, and some of the beach vendors will move to booths provided on municipal land,” he explained.

Patong Municipality has already prepared half a dozen booths at Loma Park.

“We will try to find out first what they need, and if they want a change of career the Labour Department will provide them with training courses,” Mr Sayan said.

Anyone else who has been affected by the clean-up can still come to Kathu District Office after today, but the 371 already registered will get priority, he said.

Muang District (which covers Kata, Karon and Nai Harn Beaches) and Thalang (Surin, Laypang, Bangtao, Layan, Naithon, Naiyang and Mai Khao Beaches) are carrying out similar exercises.



Phuket News (29-08-2014)
Τίτλος: Thai Lion Air to launch Phuket-Bangkok with B515 fare
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 04, 2014, 10:27:08 πμ
Thai Lion Air to launch Phuket-Bangkok with B515 fare

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PHUKET: New low cost carrier Thai Lion Air is to launch five destinations in its domestic network this month, including Phuket-Bangkok.
Thai Lion Air will use Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft for the Phuket-Bangkok Route. Photo Alec Wilson
“The five new routes will begin in September with flights between Don Muang Airport and Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Krabi and Phuket, as well as between Haad Yai and Udon Thani,” said Numpon Rungsawang, Sales and Marketing Manager of Thai Lion Air.
“We have two hubs, one in Bangkok and the other in Haad Yai,” he added.
Daily flights between Phuket and Bangkok will begin on September 15, with one flight a day, taking off from Bangkok at 5:45pm, arriving in Phuket at 7:10pm, with the return flight taking off at 8pm and landing in Bangkok at 9:25pm.
Thai Lion Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air of Indonesia, had a faltering start as political unrest deterred flights to and from Thailand, but now, said Mr Numpon, “The low cost airlines businesses is growing rapidly and it is the time for Thai Lion Air to introduce its products and service while expanding the network in Thailand.
“In the future, we expect to increase frequency on the Phuket-Bangkok route to five flights a day,” he added.
During the introductory period, until October 31, the airline is offering a fare of B515 from Phuket to Bangkok, including a 15kg baggage allowance. The return flight is priced at B665.
“The ticket price is normally about B1,000,” Mr Numpon said.
The route will be served using two new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, from a total of 780 new aircraft the parent airline recently committed to buy.
“This aircraft is the latest model offered by Boeing and comes equipped with the latest cockpit and cabin innovations including adjustable sky interior, spacious legroom and upgraded avionics,” Mr Numpon explained.

Bookings may be made online at lionairthai.com, by calling 02 529 9999 or through local travel agents.






http://www.thephuketnews.com/thai-lion-air-to-launch-phuket-bangkok-with-b515-fare-48551.php
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 04, 2014, 15:19:11 μμ
Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
The Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the latest addition to quality life style breaks in Phuket, located in Karon, only a very short walk to the beach, and a fun ride from Patong or Karon’s eclectic mix of pubs, clubs and restaurants. From the seclusion of a Plunge Pool Suite to the funtastic Kids Club, the resort offers a wide variety of relaxing pastimes to enjoy the style of your choice. With 3 pool options of fun, chill out and kids adventure time you may not even want to leave the resort!

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
Opening Date – 15 October 2014

Accommodation Type
Standard Rooms
Located at the quietest end of the resort a short walk from the main swimming pool, 28sq. m. Of well appointed practicality. Equipped with King Size or twin Single beds, Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge which can be fully stocked on request, Rainforest and hand held shower. LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access.

Superior Rooms
Located near the hub of the resort. 28sq. m. room with King Size or twin Single beds, Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge fully stocked, Rainforest and hand held shower. LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access. Interconnecting room options for those travelling as a group.

Superior Plunge Pool Rooms
Located near the hub of the resort, Step into your own plunge pool bordered by a lush garden area, 28sq. m. room with King Size bed, Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge fully stocked, Rainforest and hand held shower. LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access. Interconnecting room options for those travelling as a group.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
Deluxe rooms
Situated with the large balcony looking over the Oasis pool or outwards towards the Andaman sea. 33sq. m. room situated in the heart of the resort. Features a King Size bed, Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge fully stocked, Rainforest and hand held shower. LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access. Turn down service, Oasis pool access with Pool Butler service – water sprays, cold towels, bottled water.

Deluxe Family Rooms
Situated with the large balcony looking over the Oasis pool and next to the Kids Club. 38sq. m. room situated in the heart of the resort. Features a King Size bed, bunk beds for children up to 12 years old, Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge fully stocked, Rainforest and hand held shower. LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access. Turn down service, Oasis pool access for mom & dad with Pool Butler service – water sprays, cold towels, bottled water. Kids welcome pack and games galore a the best kids club in town!

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
Suites

52sq. m. of seclusion. Features a King Size bed, Living area with couch and pull out bed facility for children up to 12 years old. Oversized balcony feature. Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge fully stocked, Rainforest and hand held shower and a large bath tub, upgrade amenities. 2 LCD TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access. Turn down service, Oasis pool access with Pool Butler service – water sprays, cold towels, bottled water.

Plunge Pool Suites
60sq. m. of luxury lifestyle with private plunge pool. Features a King Size bed, Living area with couch and pull out bed facility for children up to 12 years old. Outdoor dining and relaxation areas.Air-conditioning, Minibar fridge fully stocked, Rainforest and hand held shower and a large bath tub, upgrade amenities. 2 LCD TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi access. Turn down service, Oasis pool access with Pool Butler service – water sprays, cold towels, bottled water.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
All rooms and suites feature
42 inch flat screen TV
Working desk
WiFi connection
In room safe
Fridge
Hair dryer
Coffee and tea making facilities
Individual temperature control
Bathroom amenities
IDD telephone

Available on request
Iron and Ironing board
DVD player

Bars & Restaurants
Horizon, All Day Dining
Open Plan buffet restaurant with show kitchen. Offering true international buffet and a la carte dining options
Open from 06:30 – 24:00
Buffet Breakfast served 06:30 – 11:00

Joe Kool’s Pool Grill
Casual dining at the poolside, pizza, pasta, burgers and local snack dishes
Open from 10:00-22:00

TAi Restaurant
Enjoy Asia with food from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines and of course Thailand in modern chic surroundings
Open from 17:00-24:00

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
Champions Sports Bar
The latest Sports action bar from around the globe in the relaxed surroundings of a lounge bar atmosphere
Open from 10:00-24:00

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
Pool Bar
A poolside bar offers refreshing cocktails, cool drinks, and light snacks for the perfect complement to a day.
Open from 10:00-18:00

In Room Dining
Selection of our favorite dishes available for delivery to your room 24 hours a day.

Leisure activities
Main Pool – 75 meters of Lagoon Pool setting – well spaced sun loungers and poolside service
Oasis Pool – Quiet getaway pool with pool butler service
Kids Club Pool – safe swimming adventures contained within the secure Kids Club environment
Kids Club – Large section of games and activities contained within the supervised environment of a large kids club includes DVD selection, Gaming consoles and fun activities for all ages

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
In Balance Fitness
Feel fit and alive with a choice of dynamic aerobic exercise machines or strength and conditioning options with weights.

Recreation Activities
An action packed weekly activities program includes cultural classes (language, introduction to Thai massage, arts and crafts, Thai boxing, Batik painting, origami), yoga, meditation, stretch classes, snorkeling introduction, Pilates and much more.

A variety of excursions are available on the island, and can be booked through tour desk Including:
• Hiking
• Diving and snorkeling; the Resort is the closest property to the departure point for the Similan Islands, renowned as one of Thailand’s finest reef diving locations
• Shopping
• Boat trips to nearby islands, including day trip to Phi- Phi islands
• Elephant trekking
• Tours around Phuket

Airport Transfer
The Resort can arrange airport transportation for arriving and departing guests.
Charges are as follows:
Limo Service THB 2,500 each way (maximum 3 people)
Van Service THB 3,000 each way (maximum 7 people)
Rates are quoted per vehicle, per way and are inclusive of prevailing tax and service charge. Prices are net-non-commissionable.
Airport tax is not included in above prices. 24 hour cancellation notice required otherwise full charges will be applied to the individual account.

Free services
Wireless Internet Access
Concierge Service
Outdoor Parking Lot
24-hour Security

Paid services
Currency Exchange Service
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service
Limousine Service
Babysitting Service

In Balance Spa
With a choice of 10 treatment rooms and a large range of Spa therapies
Open 10:00-24:00 daily

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach to open next month
Shuttle Service to City
The Resort’s shuttle service to Phuket Town and Patong Beach operates several times daily on a scheduled basis. A nominal fee applies

Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 10, 2014, 11:11:39 πμ
Is Thailand really losing Russian arrivals?

PHUKET; The news about the decrease in Russian arrivals to Thailand prompted an active discussion in social media last week with Thai nationals and foreign residents alike sharing their views of Russians as a tourists.

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Sunbathers on a Crimean beach. Photo Vyacheslav Argenberg

The war of words turned out to be fierce enough for all sides to forget about the main topic: the decrease in Russian arrivals and thus in the revenue of the Thai tourism industry.

According to Kasikorn Research Center in 2014 Thailand will see 1.65 million visitors from Russia – 5.5 per cent down from 1.75 million last year. Is this a scary figure for the industry?

The answer is yes and no. The drop alone is not dramatic. But things are not looking bright if what we see is just a beginning of a long-term negative trend. So let us have a closer look at the figures and the factors behind them.

Both Russian and Thai state agencies have already admitted that 2014 is a tough year for Thai tourism. Political disturbances followed by martial law, the coup and curfew hit the arrivals greatly.

Most significantly, all those events took place during the high season from November to May. And the 5.5 per cent drop in Russian arrivals can be explained by the consequences of the negative factors listed above.

Russian tour companies were strongly advised by the Russian authorities to cancel or limit trips to Bangkok and that affected the figures. At the same time Phuket benefited from all the disturbance simply because companies and their clients switched to this destination instead of places perceived as risky.

So 5.5 per cent is a reasonable drop nationwide. In Phuket the drop was less than the national one so now it is time to regain the losses with the new high season coming and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) guaranteeing safety.

Taking all these observations into account the future of Phuket tourism looks bright.

There remains, however, a list of Russian "domestic" factors that Thai authorities have no way of influencing.

    This year Russian authorities started promoting domestic tourism, notably at Sochi (with its Olympic facilities) and Crimea (desperately needing to replace lost Ukrainian tourist arrivals). Both resorts can hardly be listed among Thailand’s competitors in the November-to-May season (most of it winter in these places), but have been able to replace it in case of urgent need.

    Russia’s economy has been badly hit by the consequences of the Ukrainian conflict and the sanctions imposed by the USA and EU. The Russian currency has dropped significantly against both the USD and the Euro -- and the Thai baht. It is widely recognised that leisure and travel expenses are among the first to be cut when people need to save money.

    The wave of bankruptcies among Russian tour companies has made people less confident about their safety wile travelling abroad (let alone the negative effect for the industry proper).

    A new tax on international flights is being currently discussed in Russia. If accepted it will significantly increase the cost of a vacation in Thailand, thus making domestic destinations more attractive.

    Another proposal being discussed presupposes compensation of up to 50 per cent of travel expenses for those choosing domestic resorts. And if these two drafts are accepted as law it will definitely effect international tourism.

None of the five factors alone can threaten Thailand. Separately they are harmless and could not even result in another 5.5 per cent drop. But if combined, they could cause real problems for Thailand.

Just a simple example: Nowadays it is cheaper for a person from Siberia to fly to Thailand than to Sochi. But if overall incomes go down, international flight costs climb and government compensation become real, the possibility of taking advantage of government support and spending Christmas in Russia becomes a definite threat to Thailand. Though not this season, one hopes.
Τίτλος: Τhe Phuket News
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 10, 2014, 11:16:31 πμ
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Τίτλος: Qatar-Phuket direct flights start next month
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 10, 2014, 15:23:14 μμ
Qatar-Phuket direct flights start next month

PHUKET: Qatar Airways is to introduce non-stop flights to Phuket from October 26.

The airline currently serves the Doha-Phuket route daily via Kuala Lumpur, a service that began in 2010.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said, “The start of non-stop services from Doha to Phuket offers travellers from around the world access to the popular tourist destination in a reduced time, from across our expanding global network.

“Visitor numbers to Phuket are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of the non-stop connections to the city in the days to come,” he said.

The direct flights to Phuket will use an Airbus A330 in a two class-configuration of 24 seats in business class and 236 seats in economy.
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Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Σεπτέμβριος 11, 2014, 15:21:06 μμ
Πολύ καλό έχει όμως διανυκτέρευση Ντόχα και για Χριστούγεννα σε σχέση τη περασμένη χρονιά 100 ευρώ  ακριβότερα
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Σεπτέμβριος 15, 2014, 16:08:52 μμ
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 18, 2014, 20:46:52 μμ
Three men ambush British motorist in northern Phuket
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PHUKET: Three men ambushed a British national and his wife as they slowed their motorbike at a speed bump in northern Phuket last night.

“My wife and I were attacked and knocked off our motorcycle at 9:00… on the road that connects Sri Soonthorn Road with the Alan Cook Cricket Ground,” Iain Richardson told the Phuket Gazette.

“Three teenagers were waiting by the side of the road, acting as if they had a problem with their motorcycle.

“When we slowed down for the speed bump, one of them rushed out and smacked me over the head with a large stick. We came off the bike. My wife tried to go for the attacker and was hit on the arm. By the time I got up to chase them, they had run off.”

Mr Richardson suffered a perforated eardrum and his wife has bruising on her arm from the incident.

“[I have] no idea what their motive was… Luckily, we were wearing helmets,” Mr Richardson said.

The Richardsons filed a complaint with the Thalang Police, who are now searching for the attackers, confirmed Thalang Police Superintendent Sirisak Wasasiri.

“This is the first case of this kind that I've seen since I was stationed here. At this stage, the victims could not describe the teenagers. However, as soon as we collect enough information we will track them down.

“At the same time, we will be looking at what safety measures can be implemented to prevent attacks like this from happening in the future.”

Police have contacted the Sri Soonthorn local government to report the lack of lighting and CCTV coverage in the area.

“They need to consider applying for a budget to improve safety at that location.”

Col Sirisak advised motorists against taking small, less-travelled roads at night.

His warning was echoed by Mr Richardson.

“I think people need to be aware of the dangers of driving a motorcycle on small roads at night, and be on the lookout for suspicious groups of teenagers, especially in the Sri Soonthorn area,” Mr Richardson told the Gazette.

Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Σεπτέμβριος 24, 2014, 11:03:41 πμ
ILLEGAL TOUR SALES

Georgian arrested for illegal tour sales in Phuket

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PHUKET: 24-09-2014

Phuket Tourism & Sports officials accompanied by Tourist Police officers arrested a Georgian national in Kata on Friday (September 19) for selling tour packages without a work permit or a tourism license.

“The arrest came after a complaint through Facebook and a letter saying there was a foreigner selling tour packages in the Kata area, and also driving people to Wang Talang Jewellery [on Chao Fah West Rd],” said Santi Pawai, the director of the Phuket Tourism and Sports Office.

The Facebook post was made by a Phuket green-plate taxi driver, Somchai Pruangkangnarn.

The complaint letter also contained a map showing the location of the tour shop.

“We inspected the Phuket-Phuket RU shop on Kata Rd, and caught him red-handed, selling a tour package to customer.

So we immediately identified ourselves and asked his for tourism registration card and his work permit,” Mr Santi said.

The Georgian, Tengi Andguladze, 29, could not provide either document.

“He claimed an application had been made to register a company called Sunrise of Siam, and was waiting for approval,” Mr Santi added.

Andguladze was charged with opening a tour business without a permit and working without a work permit.

“He denied the charges,” Mr Santi said.


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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Σεπτέμβριος 24, 2014, 15:40:19 μμ
Metred taxi or set price?

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Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Σεπτέμβριος 24, 2014, 16:23:58 μμ
Μέχρι το tresco market πήρε 600, μέχρι κέντο Πατόνγκ είναι ακόμη 6 χλμ. αν θυμάμαι καλά.Εμάς μας πήρε 700 από κέντρο είναι περίθπου το ίδιο.Πάντως καλύτερα που έδιωξαν τα πειρατικά ταξί
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Σεπτέμβριος 26, 2014, 10:04:17 πμ
19 MORE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES...

Another 19 Phuket beach shops and restaurants demolished

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PHUKET: 25 -09-2014

D-Day for demolition of 19 illegal structures on Mai Khao Beach that encroached on Sirinat Marine National Park arrived yesterday (September 25).

OrBorTor Mai Khao President Sarawut Sisakookam and his staff teamed up with the Royal Thai Navy, the Royal Forestry Department and park officials, armed with crowbars and hammers and with an excavator to do the heavy lifting.

The owners of the 19 shops and restaurants had already been warned by the OrBorTor to remove their illegal structures.

Some had already removed their furniture and equipment. Others had not, and none had taken down their buildings.

Mr Sarawut said that officials will be able to clear the area in about a week, after which the land will be returned to public use.

The OrBorTor will find ways to help those whose businesses have been turned into rubble.


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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Σεπτέμβριος 28, 2014, 09:34:02 πμ
Man offers Russian ride to Phuket hotel, then rapes her -


The 33-year-old woman, reporting the assault at about midday yesterday, admitted that she was drunk from being at a party until about 2am yesterday with boyfriend and other friends.

Lt Col Sophon Borrirak of Karon Police explained, “She decided to walk alone back to her hotel [the Duangjit Resort]. On the way she encountered a Thai man on a motorbike who stopped to talk with her.

“The man offered to take her to the hotel. But instead, he took her to his rented room in a soi opposite Krungthai optic in Karon,” he added.

“There, he tied her hands with and raped her. She was afraid that he might become violent, so she did not resist,” Col Sophon said. He raped her twice before taking her back to her hotel.

After she reported the rape to the police, they checked CCTV footage in Karon area and were able to indentify the rapist as Somdech Srisai, 33, from Nakhon Pathom.

“Police found CCTV footage of him bringing the woman from Karon circle to his rented room,” Col Sophon said. “ So we waited for him at the building and arrested him when he showed up at about 5:30pm.”

Police searched the room and seized four pieces of cloth ripped from a bed cover, a red polo shirt with white stripes, a pair of jeans, green underwear and the motorbike used to bring the victim to the rented room.

Somdech told the police, “At first I was just going to take her to the hotel. But I saw she was very drunk, so I decided to take her to my room first so she could rest.

“Once we were in the room, [I saw] she was very pretty and I could not control my emotions,” he added.

“I tore strips from the bed cover and tied hers hand I raped her,” he explained, adding that he climaxed twice without using a condom.

“Then I took her back to the hotel,” he said.

Police charged him with rape and he accepted the charge, Col Sophon said.

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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 28, 2014, 20:11:17 μμ
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 Australian tourist stabbed in Patong street fight with Thai teens..!!

PHUKET: Police are looking to press charges against an Australian tourist and a Thai teenager after both used broken bottles as weapons in an early-morning fight on the Patong beach road yesterday.

Capt Thawatchai Srimai of the Patong Police arrived at the scene at 2 am with other officers to find Dwayne House, 23, on the ground in agony. He had been stabbed in the abdomen with a broken bottle.

“He had no shirt on and his friend was in a panic,” Capt Thawatchai said.

Police arrested three Thai teenagers who tried to flee, including a 15-year-old who later confessed to stabbing Mr House.

“The teenager confessed, but said that the Australians were drunk and said something that made him angry while he was sitting with his two friends,” Capt Thawatchai said.

The teenager also alleged that Mr House smashed a bottle and stabbed one of the teen’s two friends in the back first.

Both the stabbed Thai teenager and Mr House were taken to Patong Hospital for treatment, Capt Thawatchai confirmed.

“We will press charges against both of them,” he said. “But we will wait until the Australian recovers before we formally charge him.
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 06, 2014, 15:05:03 μμ
PHUKET: Meteorologists have issued a warning today (October 6) of a monsoon across southern provinces of Thailand and the Andaman sea and coastal area.





Heavy rain and powerful winds are expected across Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun. People are advised to proceed with caution and be aware of flash floods that may occur.

High waves of 2-3 metres are expected in the Andaman sea. Small ships are advised to stay away.

 
: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-meteorologists-issue-weather-warning-49009.php#sthash.wtUcHJzr.dpuf
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 07, 2014, 16:00:36 μμ
Former Patong Mayor and taxi mafia suspect Pian Keesin died at his home at the Rock Garden housing estate this morning, police confirmed to the Phuket Gazette.

The cause of death has yet to be released.

Mr Pian, along with his son Prab Keesin, was facing charges of extortion and criminal activity carried out by a criminal association after military personnel and Region 8 Police raided his home in August .

Mr Pian was suspended from his post as Mayor of Patong in September last year and found guilty of vote fraud in March this year. However, the court issued him a “yellow card”, allowing him to run for re-election

He ran for mayor again in April, but lost to current Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup -


 See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Breaking-News-Party-town-kingpin-taxi-mafia/37117#sthash.GxG6qwQW.dpuf
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 09, 2014, 17:35:25 μμ
Police believe they have captured the robber responsible for a series of 7-11 hold-ups, after a shoot-out at one of the franchise's stores in Thalang last night. -


The suspect, who is believed to have committed at least six armed robberies of 7-11 stores around Phuket in the past week, was apprehended after being shot and wounded when he tried to flee from undercover officers stationed at a 7-11 in Baan Tha Rua on Thepkasattri Road near Heroines' Monument.

The gunfight took place when the suspect tried to rob the store at 23:40pm.

The store happened to be one of several stores across Phuket where undercover police were disguised as store employees in an island-wide sting operation to catch the culprit.

The suspect reportedly fired five shots at the undercover officers as he fled the store.

Officers returned fire, shooting the suspect in the right hip, which left a trail of blood down a side street, leading to a white Nissan March parked about 20 metres from the store.

Police were then able to overpower the suspect, who has been named as Mr Piriya Tungbanjerd, 41.

Inside the car police found items related to the robberies, including a helmet, a knife, a 0.38mm pistol, five bullet casings and a small portable safe, as well as a Territorial Defence Volunteer jacket.

After his arrest Piriya was taken to Vachira hospital under police escort to treat his gunshot wound.

Phuket Police Commissioner, Maj Gen Pachara Boonsit, said undercover police officers were placed in several 7-11 stores around Phuket yesterday (Oct 8) in an attempt to catch the culprit suspected of a string of at least six robberies at 7-11 stores in Thalang, Phuket Town and Rawai; the latest (before the sting operation) being on Tuesday (Oct 7), in which the suspect escaped with B8,573 after forcing staff at gunpoint to empty the tills and a safe.

Commander Pachara said he was grateful to all the officers who put their lives at risk to catch the criminal.

A search of the Piriya's house in Soi Sansuk 1 in Phuket Town this afternoon revealed more evidence of the crimes, including several motorbike helmets and a large safe that the police are still trying to open.


 http://www.thephuketnews.com/shoot-out-at-7-11-stops-serial-convenience-store-robber-in-his-tracks-49056.php#sthash.5OgZkTo3.dpuf
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 19, 2014, 18:18:33 μμ
PHUKET: A desperate search is continuing in darkness tonight for two Korean tourists, missing after a collision off Phuket between a speedboat and a traditional longtail boat.

Many people sustained injuries, some serious, when the boats smashed together.

A total of 37 tourists were on the speedboat, 31 Chinese, four Koreans and two Britons, officials said just before 8pm.

Also on board were the captain, two crew members and two guides - one Chinese and one Thai - making a total of 42.

The speedboat - named as the Sea Star - was returning to the pier at Boat Lagoon, a popular departure spot, after a day-trip to Phi Phi island when the collision with the smaller vessel took place about 5.30pm.

Two people are missing. Those with serious injuries include one person with a serious smashed knee. Others suffered head injuries.

Those injured were listed as 27 tourists, two guides and three crew. Eight people escaped injury.

Phuket Marine Police and Phang Nga Rescue were scouring the waters, about four miles off Phuket, for the two missing Chinese tonight.

Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation paramedics were also called in.

A Chinese consular official told Phuketwan that tourists had notified the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the incident and that they were aware that at least two Chinese tourists had been admitted to hospital on Phuket.

There were no details as yet about precisely what had happened, the official said.

A large crowd gathered at the Rassada pier in Phuket City, with paramedics and ambulances treating and transferring injured speedboat passengers to hospitals.

As soon as injured began arriving, they were treated at the dock then taken swiftly to Phuket City facilities.

It's not known as yet whether the tourists were wearing flotation vests, which are compulsory.

Officials in Thailand's tourism industry have been anxious since the September 15 murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao to project Thailand's islands as safe places.

Indian tourists Yash Agarwal, 26, and Pankhuri Mittal, 25, drowned when a longtail boat overturned on the short trip between Railey and Ao Nang in Krabi, Phuket's neighboring province, earlier this month.

They were not wearing life vests. A boatman who survived and swam to shore faces 10 years in jail.

Phuket's high season begins on November 1 and the Asian Beach Games are due to be held on the holiday island from November 14-23.


http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-tourists-missing-sea-speedboat-longtail-collide-rescued-phuket-21213/
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 21, 2014, 17:44:51 μμ
 A group of foreign dive masters have found the bodies of two missing South Korean tourists trapped in the wreckage of the sunken speed boat.

The bodies of 31-year old  You Win-wo and his fiancée, 28-year old Ms An San-yong, were separately plucked from the sunken speed boat, Sea Star 29, at the depth of about 30 metres near an outcrop about six nautical miles from Phi Phii Island.

The bodies were then handed over to Kusolatham Phuket Foundation and then taken to VachiraPhuke hospital for an autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.  Initial findings showed that the two victims suffered head injuries.

Families of the two victims who have been in Phuket to follow up the search of the two missing tourists reportedly said that the two victims were lovers and planned to get married soon after their return home from a visit to Thailand.

Searches continue for the third missing Korean

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/bodies-two-missing-south-korean-tourists-plucked-sea/
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 22, 2014, 15:50:21 μμ
PHUKET: An Australian tourist was mauled by a tiger at Phuket’s Tiger Kingdom yesterday afternoon, Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong confirmed to the Phuket Gazette today.

The tiger attacked Paul Goudie, 49, after he climbed into the cage with the animal at about 1pm to have his photograph taken.

Mr Goudie was taken to Phuket International Hospital for treatment. He received 29 stitches in his leg.

Mr Goudie remains under observation.

“I visited Tiger Kingdom today and found that all the ownership documents for the tigers are in order. However, we will be reviewing their safety procedures,” Mr Sayan said. “This should not have happened. We must ensure that an incident like this does not occur again.” -


 http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Australian-tourist-mauled-Phuket-tiger/38222#ad-image-0
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Οκτώβριος 28, 2014, 10:46:36 πμ
"GET OUT THERE & WORK"

New Phuket police chief tells traffic cops, 'Get out there and work'

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PHUKET

The island’s new police commander, Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit, has told his officers to get out of the traffic booths and into the weather when necessary and do some work, particularly when traffic gets jammed up.

“I want to present a new vision to you all,” he told assembled police superintendents this morning (October 27).

“Policemen are not made of brown sugar which doesn’t like to be outdoors. You are not going to melt in sunlight or when it’s raining. Get to work. If it is raining, just put on a rain coat to work and help people.”

He warned, “If officers don’t do their job, they are in for a hard time.

“All policemen must think of ways to solve traffic jams and set up [direction] signs. You must work on traffic jams as quickly as possible. If anyone sees there are no police doing their jobs at any intersection, tell me,” he said emphatically.

He even gave his phone number for the public to call him: 093-7670118.

The press were invited to the meeting as well.

After seeing coverage of the Koh Tao murder case and the recent Patong ebola scare, he said he had a message for reporters: that the media are an important way to spread information so, in order to get their news right, they should contact Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong before publishing stories about matters that may affect the image of Phuket.

Pol Maj Gen Patchara laid out other ways he plans to improve security on the island.

The first of these is to beef up CCTV coverage on the island. “According to our research we need cameras at an additional 378 points. The budget is about B20 million,” he said, a sum that Phuket Provincial Administration (OrBorJor) President Paiboon Upatising has confirmed his organisation will pay.

“The security cameras are a project that cannot wait. CCTV will be a good source of information for policemen to follow and make solving cases easier.

“I believe that the CCTV project will also deter crime. If robbers know about this they will not dare to rob people.”

Lighting along Phuket’s beaches will be improved, he said, again with funding from the OrBorJor.

Police officers will also patrol beaches, equipped with all-terrain vehicles. “I plan to launch the Phuket Police Beach Project this high season to support tourism. We will have officers on 19 ATVs spread around Phuket’s beaches.”

Another technological addition to the police crime-busting arsenal will be online criminal records, including copies of arrest warrants. Any officer will be able to access these from a smart phone.

He also praised the Karon Police initiative to allow people to report problems and crimes such as snatched bags to staff at their local 7-Eleven shop, who will then call the police.

“It is good project for tourists because the police station may be far from the scene of the crime.

“It will be good idea for other police to emulate this project, not only with 7-Elevens but also with other chains of 24-hour mini-marts.”


Phuket News 28-10-2014
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Οκτώβριος 28, 2014, 11:29:10 πμ
‘Bomb’ found on Phuket beach

UPDATE: The 'bomb' found at Cape Panwa has now been identified as an M67 grenade, made in the United States. There is still no clue as to why or how it got onto the beach.

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The spherical grenade had been stuffed into a plastic food container. Luckily, it had been taped around with black electrical tape, holding the spoon in place and rendering it safe unless the tape was removed and the pin pulled.

Pol Lt Col Ampol Janthakul, Deputy Superintendent of Wichit Police Station told The Phuket News this morning that the device was found on the shore and was believed to have floated there from the sea.



http://www.thephuketnews.com/breaking-%E2%80%98bomb%E2%80%99-found-on-phuket-beach-49371.php

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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 31, 2014, 08:53:19 πμ
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 02, 2014, 05:54:49 πμ
PHUKET: Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut confirmed to the Phuket Gazette this week that his office has granted operators permission to continue to rent out jet-skis, despite widespread public furor over the industry's history of horrific accidents, extortion and violence against tourists.

His reasons for bowing yet again to the operators' wishes continue shrouded, his only concessions to the public interest this time being a promise of tighter controls, including the creation of dedicated, roped-off swimming zones.

“We held several meetings with local officials and jet-ski operators to come up with the new rules at Patong and other beaches,” Mr Phuripat said.

A key condition is that jet-skis may no longer be kept on the beach. Instead, they must remain in the water or otherwise be removed completely from the sand.

“The operators will have 12 areas in Patong where jet-skis may remain in the water near the beach. These areas will lie between 16 roped off swimming zones,” the Marine chief explained.

“Each swimming zone will be 150 meters wide at the beach and extend 50m into the water. Buoys will be attached to the ropes to mark the outer boundaries of the swimming zones, which will be 100m wide.”

The swimming zones will be in front of the following areas: Seaview Hotel, Ocean Hotel, Holiday Hotel, Soi Kebsub, Baan Thai Hotel, Patong Resort Hotel, Patong Beach Resort, Patong Inn Hotel, Patong Bay Hotel, Cabana Resort, the Loma Park intersection, opposite the football field near Loma Park, Graceland Resort, Swiss Bungalow and the Yee-teng project opposite the Novotel resort at the north end of the beach.

However, Patong Mayor Charlermluk Kebsup told the Gazette on Thursday that her officers would have to wait until the seas were calm enough to set up the swimming zones.

“Obviously, we can’t set them up while there is still strong surf, but we will put up the ropes as soon as practicable,” she said.

Parasail operators will also be allowed to keep working from the beaches, but not in areas where jet-skis come and go, Mr Phuripat explained

“There are 286 jet-ski operators and 36 parasail operators registered with us. They all have insurance.
There will be no more,” he assured.

Mr Phuripat warned that jet-ski operators were walking a tightrope on whether or not they will be permitted to continue renting out their machines to tourists.

“If they fail to comply with the new regulations or are involved in any major accidents, they 'may' lose their right to rent out jet-skis entirely,” he said.

But his "warning" was very quickly put to the test on Tuesday when he faced the incident at Kata in which a female tourist lying on a mat on the beach was run over by jeep towing a jet-ski trailer (story here).

“We do not have enough officers to check on the operators every day,” Mr Phuripat admitted. “We have set the rules and will check on them 'from time to time'.

“If there is a problem, the police will be brought in. If an operator causes a 'serious' issue, that would surely lead to us to revoking his permission to continue renting out jet-skis. We will review such instances case by case.”

Patong Jet-Ski Club President Nucha Petchvimol told the Gazette that his members were 'willing' to follow the new rules.

“We are not bad guys. We appreciate being granted permission to continue renting out jet-skis. We will do our best to impress tourists,” he said.

“We accept whatever the officials require and we are always willing to help by cleaning the beach or assisting as volunteer lifeguards.”

Watchara Koysakul, head of the Kamala Jet-Ski Club, also said that he had no reservations about complying with the new rules, but hoped for a relaxation of them next low season, after April.

“We have no problems with leaving the jet-skis in the water during the high season, when the sea is calm,” he said.

“However, when the low season comes, officials might want to review the new rules. I hope they will provide us a place to earn our living.


 http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Phuket-jetskis-face-new-rules-tourism-high/38329#sthash.pTr1Kieq.dpuf
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 19, 2014, 17:59:18 μμ
Vice-Governor Jamroen Tipayapongtada and the Phuket police commander made their remarks after a Swedish family were recently asked to remove their umbrellas from the beach.

V/Gov Jamroen told The Phuket News, “I don’t have any complaints to be honest, it is their right to use an umbrella and lay on the beach.”

“In my opinion, if every beach had a specific area for vendors to rent out umbrellas and mattresses, it would really help them [the vendors] out.

“It would be a good opportunity for them. But, I would need to talk with the Phuket Land department first, then I’ll know what the options are.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit confirmed to The Phuket News, “I heard about the tourists who were recently asked to remove their umbrellas. If the police were to arrest the tourists, it would be silly.

“I went to Karon Beach to see what was going on, but I didn’t see anything. I can confirm that tourists may use their own personal umbrellas on the beach and they will not be arrested!”

After meeting with Governor Nisit Jansomwong, Maj Gen Patchara said he planned to hold a press conference to make the media aware of the situation.


 http://www.thephuketnews.com/bring-your-own-umbrella-is-okay-officials-49731.php#sthash.kp8eCeRt.dpuf
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 22, 2014, 13:52:37 μμ
PHUKET: Governor Nisit Jansomwong has confirmed that umbrellas are not allowed on Phuket’s beaches until further notice.

“If people keep bringing their own umbrellas to the beach, it will only cause confusion and endless misunderstandings,” he told the Phuket Gazette yesterday.

“Until an official announcement is made, bringing umbrellas to the beach is not permitted. This is what we must do at the moment.”

The governor’s ban follows news reports this week that umbrellas were in fact allowed on the sands of Phuket’s beaches.

Those reports were hot on the heels of Vice Governor Chamroen Tippayapongtada on Tuesday confirming to the Gazette that tourists were not permitted to bring umbrellas to the beach (story here).

Earlier this month, a Swedish family on holiday was kicked off Patong Beach for trying to use their own umbrella (story here).

Nonetheless, officials have been scrambling to get beach umbrella and local-style beach mat services back before arrival numbers peak for the holidays.

“We are working on a plan. I have already asked the Land Department to sort out what we can do to bring umbrellas back to the beaches,” Governor Nisit said.

“Once we have figured it out, we will have a meeting to announce the decision about umbrellas, and the future of the beaches. This will happen as soon as possible.”

Gov Nisit did not reveal a date for the meeting.

The governor also called on island residents to help explain to tourists why the ban is necessary to help prevent further misunderstandings about the government’s intentions.

“If you could, please explain what we have been through and that we are trying to prevent people from ‘owning’ the beach again. I believe that tourists will understand if we take the time to explain it to them,” Gov Nisit said. -



See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Beachumbrella-ban-remains-confirms-Phuket-Governor/39555#ad-image-0
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Αποστολή από: andri στις Νοέμβριος 22, 2014, 18:18:25 μμ
Μηπως μπορουν οι φιλοι που μενουν πουκετ να μας ενημερωσουν τι ισχυει τελικα με τις ομπρελες;ολοι γνωριζουμε οτι ειναι ανεφικτο να καθησεις στην παραλια χωρις ομπρελα διοτι το εγκαυμα ειναι το λιγοτερο που μπορεις να παθεις!την απαγορευση της ενοικιασης την "καταλαβαινω" αλλα να συλαμβανεσαι αν παρεις δικη σου ομπρελα.......?!?!?!τα φωτα σας παιδια...τι κανουμε;;;
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Νοέμβριος 23, 2014, 04:00:50 πμ
Απαγορευονται οι ομπρελεσ ακομη και οι ιδιωτικεσ (κατσε και ψησου η λογικη τουσ) Μονο ξενοδοχεια με προσβαση στη θαλασα στην λαγκουνα Πατονγκ τιποτα
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Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Νοέμβριος 23, 2014, 11:17:05 πμ
Απίστευτα πράγματα.Πόση βλακεία μπορεί να υπάρχει στα μυαλά κάποιων,από την απόλυτη εκμετάλευση στο αντίθετο άκρο.Τουλάχιστον θα λειτουργεί η καντίνα στην άκρη της Πατόνγκ κάτω απο΄το Νοβοτέλ που έχει τα δέντρα η θα την έβγαλαν παράνομη.Που στη ευχή να κάτσει κανείς να πιεί ένα χυμό να πάρει τέλος πάντων το πρωινό του χωρίς να ψήνεται από τον ήλιο?
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Νοέμβριος 23, 2014, 16:12:48 μμ
Πουθενα ξηλοσανε τα παντα οχι καντινα ουτε πλανοδιοσ για να δροσιστησ ,ευτηχωσ που στη μικρη παραλιουλα κατω απο το νοβοτελ υπαρχη το 7/11,πολεμοσ για σκια κατω απο κανα δενδρο..
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Αποστολή από: andri στις Νοέμβριος 23, 2014, 18:51:02 μμ
Δηλαδή αν αγοράσουμε μια ομπρέλα και πάμε π.χ surin θα έρθουν να μας συλλάβουν;
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Νοέμβριος 23, 2014, 19:37:51 μμ
ΝΑΙ
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 28, 2014, 06:46:22 πμ
PHUKET: -- The high season has begun and the tourists are coming into Phuket in rapidly growing numbers every day.

This has put extra pressure on the authorities to come up with solutions that will satisfy the demand for loungers, umbrellas, and food and drink on the beaches, yet keep everything orderly.

Former Governor Maitri Inthusut posted an announcement on every beach in July, laying down the rules after the beaches were “reorganised” at the order of the National Council for Peace and Order.

The announcement warned, “If anyone tries to alter the beach landscape or is caught violating the details of this order, they will face legal action,”

This order is still in force. But how effective is it? When The Phuket News inspected the beaches on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (November 25 and 26) this is what we found:

Kata Noi: Some tourists have brought their umbrellas or towels, and beach vendors are selling food or massages.

Kata Yai: Temporary massage shops and beverage vendors have set up in the shade of the trees along the top of the beach. There were no beach loungers for rent.

North Karon Beach (near Karon circle): This was the place with the most umbrellas The Phuket News found. All, however, seem to have been brought onto the sand by the tourists themselves. Beach vendors were doing brisk business selling food, drink and souvenirs.

Tourists we spoke to confirmed that they had bought their umbrellas for B400 at a shop some 100 metres from the beach.

Patong Beach: A lot of tourists had brought their own towels for sunbathing. There were also a lot of loungers and plastic chairs arranged under the trees at the top of the beach.

In the shade, too, were temporary beverage shops, massage beds, tattoo services, and beach chairs for rent.

Tourists sitting on the beach chairs said that they were offered the use of a chair when they bought drinks from vendors. Some said they had paid to sit on the chairs in the shade.

The beach vendors, however, denied this. They said that the chairs and loungers had been brought by the tourists.

Kamala Beach: Some beach vendors have set up shop next to the walkway, inland from the beach. Some tourists had brought their own towels and umbrellas but there were also beach chairs apparently set out for rent, though this could not be confirmed.

Foreigners who were sitting under umbrellas on the beach all confirmed that they bought them from a shop nearby.

Surin Beach: Some private restaurants provide sunbeds for customers. Some set them down on the sand on demand, but some shops had already set out rows of beds (without umbrellas), which could be rented for B200 a pair.

Told about the sunbeds laid out for rent, OrBorTor Cherng Talay President Ma-ann Samran told The Phuket News he would take immediate action to arrest the operators.

The good news at Surin Beach is that after the report The Phuket News published on November 7 about dangerous behaviour there by jet skis, they were expelled by the Marine Department.

“Officers came to inspect the beach, then told all the jet ski to go away and not come back,” said a lifeguard. So far the ban seems to be working.

South Bangtao Beach: Rows of beach chairs and sunbeds for rent could be seen on the sand – though quite far from the sea. Some are on the rocks above the beach – which are, of course, public land.

Laypang Beach (Laguna): There are rows of sunbeds on the sand in front of some of the resorts, along with jet skis and speedboats parked on the beach.

Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong explained, however, that some resorts in the Laguna complex have the right to occupy part of the beaches because they have land titles issued before 2004 that show their land extending further out to the west than it does now.

“According to their land titles, the land markers are actually in the sea. Before the Asian Tsunami all of the beach front area used to be the owned land; the tsunami turned that land into beach,” Gov Nisit told The Phuket News.

The Chief of the Damrongtham Center Prapan Khanprasang confirmed this, and added, “The last time we went there, a hotel representative vowed that they would sue anyone else who accuses them of occupying public area,” he added.

Naithorn and Naiyang Beaches: There are no beach chair operators or beach vendors, partly because there are not many tourists. Some tourists had brought umbrellas themselves.

On Tuesday (November 25) Gov Nisit explained to The Phuket News that the beach issues could be separated into two main topics: beach chairs and umbrellas, and food and beverage sales.

“I personally handed a letter to the Director-General of the Land Department asking for clarification about beach chair and umbrellas. We are waiting for his response,” he said.

“I think if people can take some drinks or snacks to the beaches that is fine,” Gov Nisit said.

“But I think seafood meals or other main dishes should not be allowed as they they can cause a smelly garbage problem,” he said.

The Governor also explained that he has a proposal for zoning jet ski and other water sports operators, starting with Patong Beach, that he would present at the meeting.

“Swimming areas 500 metres wide will be marked out with buoys, tapering to 400 metres wide, 150 metres out from the beach.

“Between the swimming areas will be a 300-metre gap through which jet skis can come in from offshore to collect and deliver riders.

“[When not in use] all of the jet skis must be moored out beyond the swimming zones, and riding them at speed may only be done in an area no more than 1.8 kilometres from shore,” Gov Nisit explained.

Yesterday the Commander of the Royal Thai Navy 3rd Fleet, Vice-Admiral Sayan Prasongsamrej, made it quite clear that all commercial activity on the beach and on public land under the trees must stop immediately. That includes sales of food and drink.

If this activity doesn’t stop, he warned, he may send the troops in.

The plan for the jet skis was approved at yesterday’s meeting.


-- Phuket News 2014-11-28
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Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Νοέμβριος 28, 2014, 11:46:22 πμ
Δηλαδή για να το καταλάβουμε καλά.Επί χρόνια υπήρχε η πλήρης αναρχία,παραβιάζοντας το χόρο που θα έπρεπε να έχουν τις ομπρέλες και γενικά τις υπηρεσίες.Αντί να καθορίσουν σαφές καθεστώς των τερταγωνικών του χόρου τέλος πάντων και να ελάγχουν με πρόστιμα κλπ τι έκαναν? Τιμορώντας έτσι τους τουρίστες αφήνοντάς τους μέσα στον ήλιο να κυνηγάνε καμμιά σκιά όπου θα γίνεται συνωστισμός και βέβαια θα αρχίσει η εκμετάλευση να καθίσεις κάπου στη σκιά. Τέλεια,άντε να διώξουν και αυτούς που θα έρθουν μέσα στη pick-season,να γυρίσουν πίσω και να ''διαφημίσουν'' και μέσω ίντερνετ πόσο ''ωραία'' πέρασαν. Και όλο αυτό γίνεται αφού οι μετρήσεις δείχνουν πτώση 20-30 % ειδικά στο Πουκέτ.Ακόμη και εγώ που δεν κάθομαι στον ήλιο ήθελα να πάρω ένα πρωινό στη σκιά ένα χυμό τέλος πάντων και μετά να κολυμπάω με τις ώρες .Ελεος πιά με την ανθρώπινη βλακεία,άρε Αινσταίν πόσο δίκοι είχες τελικα.....
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Νοέμβριος 28, 2014, 21:11:39 μμ
http://www.thephuketnews.com/tourist-beach-loungers-in-surin-raided-by-police-army-but-navy-assures-that-umbrellas-okay-49891.php
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Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Νοέμβριος 29, 2014, 11:21:17 πμ
Και το... γλέντι συνεχίζεται.Τα σημεία που υπάρχουν δέντρα και σκιές θα καταλυφθούν και από τα μασάζ και άντε να βρείς χόρο να βάλεις τη πετσέτα σου χωρίς να σε καίει ο ήλιος.
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Αποστολή από: jazzy-j στις Νοέμβριος 29, 2014, 11:56:52 πμ
Εδω που τα λεμε ρε παιδια πουκετ ειναι μερος για διακοπες?Δηλαδη θα ταξιδεψω ταυλανδη και θα εχω το νου μου στις ομπρελες και αν θα βρω σκια.τοσα νησια εχουν μηνει ακομα και τονιζω ακομα να περασεις φινα και ποιο οικονομικα και διαλεγεις πουκετ,αλλα θα μου πεις περι ορεξεως κολοκυθοπιτα
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Νοέμβριος 29, 2014, 15:09:02 μμ
Ναι φιλαρα πουκετ γιατι οτι ισχυη στο πουκετ ισχυη και σε ολη την ταιλανδη,γιατι εχει 20+-παραλιεσ καλυτερεσ η μια απο την αλλη 1560 ξενοδοχεια/πανσιον δωματια απο 400-500μπατ τη μερα ,απο 7000 απ τον μηνα,μονο το πατονγκ 2000+-μπαρ 13 ντισκο 1500+-εστειατορια (οχι καροτσια)1100+μασατζιδικα,εκδρομεσ τα παντα σε αφθονοια,και οι τιμεσ μια η αλλη σε ολη την ταιλανδη(φαι 50+-μπατ το ποιατο λοκαλ)Το μοναδικο μεροσ που εχει ολο το πακετο για ολουσ,και οικογενειεσ και μονουσ.εχω παει σε παρα πολλα μερη και καθε φορα βλαστημαω και γυρναω αρον-αρον.Καθενασ παει οπου γουσταρη,μην μου λετε ομωσ πωσ η παταγια ειναι για οικογενοιεσ γιατι θα τρελαθουμε εντελωσ,οπωσ και πολλα αλλα μερη ειναι για περιορησμενεσ δραστηριωτητεσ (σεξ/φουμεσ-ντουμπεσ/καταδυσεισ/δαση-ερημιεσ-και αρκουδεσ/τριγωνα και τετραγωνα/Κ.Λ.Π) Για τουσ μοναχικουσ οι τισ οικογενειεσ που θελουν ολο το πακετο των διακοπων,ΠΟΥΚΕΤ παει και τελειωσε...(παρεπιπτοντωσ μεχρη να διευθετηθη το θεμα με τισ ομπρελεσ επιτρεπετε να βαζεισ την ομπρελα σου,το δε θεμα υπαν θα διευθετηθη μεσα στον δεκεμβρη)
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Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Νοέμβριος 30, 2014, 10:58:56 πμ
Πουκέτ και πάλι Πουκέτ.Αφού γύρισα πολλά μέρη, όχι Ταιλάνδη το καλύτερο για να κάνεις το Χειμώνα καλοκαίρι είναι αυτό. Οταν ταξιδεύεις σε τροπικό μέρος πρέπει να διαβάσεις π.χ. είναι σεζόν βροχών η όχι, έχει θάλασσα με νερό σχετικά ποιοτικό ( γιατί στην Ελλάδα έχουμε από τα καλύτερα στο κόσμο και έχουμε καλομάθει) και ναι θέλω να έχει και ζωή να βλέπω και κόσμο.Ναι το Πουκέτ έχει όλο το πακέτο και αν ξέρεις να κινηθείς δεν είναι καθόλου ακριβό σε σχέση με αυτά που προσφέρει. Φυσικά ότι γράφω είναι υποκειμενικό και αφορά στο τι προσωπικά βάζω σαν προτεραιότητες και δεν θέλω να κάνουν και οι άλλοι ότι μου αρέσει εμένα
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Αποστολή από: giannis2414 στις Δεκέμβριος 01, 2014, 12:44:52 μμ
phuket με 1000!!!! συμφωνω.
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Δεκέμβριος 01, 2014, 13:04:42 μμ
Σημερα 1/12 (καλο μηνα) χαλασα με 40.80μπατ στο ευρο,ηταν η υψιλοτερη τιμη του τελευταιου 20αημερου (πατονγκ ρατ-θου-θιτ στη κινεζικη αγορα 50 μετρα πριν την οδο σαιναμγιεν)
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Δεκέμβριος 06, 2014, 13:06:56 μμ
FIRE IN PATONG


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Firemen are battling a blaze in Patong.

Phuket: 06-12-2014

Fire in Patong

Firemen this morning are battling to put out a fire at a building next to the Octopus Bar on Bangla Road in Patong, at the entrace to Soi Sea Dragon.

Several neighboring buildings have been damaged in the blaze, including: Tomahawk Tattoo; Calista Massage; Smiley Bar; a pharmacy and tailor shop.

So far no injuries have been reported.

the phuket news






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Αποστολή από: andri στις Δεκέμβριος 08, 2014, 20:01:10 μμ
Φίλοι μετα απο 10 μέρες που είμαι στον παράδεισο(φυσικά πουκετ)έρχομαι να δώσω και εγώ ρεπορτάζ όσο αφορα το θέμα ομπρέλα.δεν ισχυει το οτι σε συλλαμβάνουν αν βάλεις δική σου ομπρέλα.σε όλες τις παραλίες πλεον οι τουρίστες βάζουν ομπρέλα και ψαθα αφοβα.δεν υπαρχει πουθενά η αίσθηση οτι υπάρχει πραξικόπημά(τουλαχιστον εγώ δεν έχω δει καμια διαφορά).ελπίζω να βοήθησαν λιγο.
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Δεκέμβριος 09, 2014, 06:55:24 πμ
Με επιβαιβεωνησ για το τελευτεω μου ποστ,Επισησ να αναφερω οτι τα μπαρ κλεινουν στισ 3.30+- και οι ντισκο πανε 5.00+,το μονο κακο ειναι οτι εχει αρκετη βροχη Υ.Σ τα εστιατορεια βαρανε 24αωρα οτι ωρα θεσ βρησκησ καποιο/α ανοικκτα.Επησησ αν μηνησ μηνα βρησκησ δωματιο με ολα τα κομφορτ απο 6000/7000 χιλ.μπατ+ηλεκτρικο..
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Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Δεκέμβριος 17, 2014, 13:39:40 μμ
Σημερα 17/12 στο ανταλακτηριο στην τσαινα-ταουν μαρκετ ρατ-τθιου-θιτ 50 μετρα πριν σαιναμ-γιεν χαλασα με 41.05 μπατ στο ευρο. Επησησ εκλησε ο διαμαντησ στην πανσιον που σασ ειχα αναφερη ,μεγαλο δωματιο με βεραντα αιρ-κον και ανεμηστηρα μεγαλο ψυγιο ψευτ-κουζινα τηλεοραση ,για μηνα με 9000μπατ και ο φιλοσ του ο γιωργοσ λιγο πιο μικρο χωρισ βεραντα 7000μπατ τον μηνα.Οδοσ πρα-μπαραμι (ο κεντρικοσ)σοι κουαν γιαν 150 μετρα απο κει που μενω για οποιον ξερει.Επισησ στην 3η παραληλο απο παραλια καινουργια πανσιον 9000/10000μπατ τον μηνα,τα 1000/1200μπατ την μερα Πεθανανε.Υ.Σ.αυτα για τουσ πονηρουσ που λενε το πουκετ και δη το πατονγκ ακρειβω.30-35% κατω ο τουρησμοσ βρησκησ οτι θεσ σε οτι τιμη θεσ.ΚΑΙ να μην ξεχναμε ναναι σοι πετ(8)πανω απο 30 πανσιον 10000-12000χιλ.μπατ τον μηνα...
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Ιανουάριος 08, 2015, 10:24:13 πμ
PHUKET IMMIGRATION

Phuket Immigration Staff Shuffled After Corruption Investigation

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Phuket's Immigration office receives a monk's blessing soon after opening

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHUKET: Staff from the Patong branch of the Immigration office have all been moved following claims of corruption there by a Phuketwan reader and others.

The claim was published in October last year and taken soon after to Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong, who said he would set up a committee to investigate.

The Commander of Phuket Immigration, Sanchai Chokkayaikit, said today: ''All of the staff from Patong have been moved and replaced.''

The letter was about the Immigration office in Patong but it has been followed since being published on Phuketwan by other readers' complaints about other Immigration outlets at Phuket International Airport and at the headquarters in Phuket City.

The success of the governor in having the complaint investigated and acted upon indicates that all similar complaints of illicit charges and corrupt behavior should be directed through the governor.

Phuket Immigration continues to deal with large numbers of people who are often confused and concerned about procedures and paperwork.



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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάρτιος 07, 2015, 09:30:03 πμ
RUSSIAN SKIMMING GANG in PHUKET

Three Russians arrested in Phuket for card skimming

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Phuket: 06-03-2015

Three members of a Russian skimming gang arrested on 05 March.

They were arrested after Kasikorn Bank became suspicious of credit card payments being made via two shops in the Patak area of Karon and informed police.

The three men, named as Stanislav Komarov, 34, Vitalii Korobko, 39, and Pantell Acbas, 36, had attempted to make credit card purchases totalling between B300,000 to B400,000 from “Maringa” and “Thai Herbal” in Patak, Karon, businesses which were registered to a Vladimir Orlov.

Because the transactions amounted to such a large amount, Kasikorn Bank̕s money laundering crime and security department became suspicious and provided police with details of the shops the transactions went through.

When investigators arrived at Maringa, they found that although the shop was empty the electricity inside was on and they therefore believed somebody was inside.

Police staked out the shop and after a while Stanislav emerged and walked towards a car parked nearby.

Police stopped the him at the car and found Pantell sitting inside.

When police searched a bag Stanilav was carrying they found inside 33 credit cards, two credit card machines, a card copying machine and notebook computer.

The police took the man back to the shop and there they found Vitalii.

Stansilav and Vitalii told police they had only been in Phuket a few months, but Pantell said he had been here for about one year.

When asked about the cards, Stansilav said that he received the cards from someone else and was not responsible for printing them.

Phuket City Police Deputy Superintendent Prawit Engchuan said that it is possible that they bought the card details from a third-party and that they may well have not printed the cards themselves.

However, they will investigate further to find out the truth.

Police are currently looking for Vladimir Orlov, whom the two shops are believed to be owned by.

Provincial Police CommanderPol Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit told the press, “We are doing our best to find Vladimir Orlov and find out his exact connection with these three men.”
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Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Μάρτιος 11, 2015, 05:49:23 πμ
Australian expat stabs to death Phuket nightclub worker

PHUKET: An Australian expat was arrested in the early hours of this morning (March 11) after he stabbed to death a member of staff outside of the Tai Pan nightclub in Patong.


 
Eakkapop Thongtub
Wednesday 11 March 2015, 10:32AM


Mark Penlebury is seen here being questioned by police at Kathu Police Station this morning.
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At about 12:30am rescue workers who were called to the scene gave the victim, Sanya Khlueawaengmon, 25, an employee at Tai Pan from Lopburi, CPR and rushed him to Patong hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police were able to apprehended the suspect, named as Mark Hamilton Pendlebury, 59, from Australia in front of the Bangkok Bank about 100 metres away from Tai Pan. Police also seized a pocket knife which they say was used to stab Mr Sanya.

Mark, who was said to be drunk, was taking a video on his mobile phone of a fight which was taking place between a French and Indian national.

Mr Sanya asked Mark to stop taking the video, a fight ensued and Mark reacted by stabbing Mr Sanya in the stomach.

Mark is currently being held at Kathu Police Station.
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάρτιος 23, 2015, 12:18:22 μμ
Phuket beach clubs told, 'Get out in 30 days'

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An official pins an eviction notice to one of the remaining restaurants.

Eviction notices signed by Ma-Ann Samran, Chief of the Cherngtalay Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor), have been pinned to each business block along the walkway, including the international known Catch Beach Club and its sister Bimi Beach Club.

“The notice gives them 30 days to quit the buildings. If they disagree and want to appeal, they can do so within 15 days; that’s their right according to the regulations,” Veera Kerdsirimongkol, Thalang District Chief, told The Phuket News.

Any appeal must be submitted to the OrBorTor, accompanied by proof that the businesses have the legal right to continue operating on public land.

“The buildings cannot not be torn down because they are government property, built by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor) and the OrBorTor.

“After the current business operators leave, we will manage the buildings and allocate them to those who affected by the current beach reorganisation, such as massage therapists and beverage sellers, or we will turn them into something for public use,” he added.


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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάρτιος 29, 2015, 11:20:37 πμ
Australian tourist chased along Phuket beach after allegedly stealing prawns    ( wtf ? ? ? )

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Jacob Saveisberg with police after allegedly stealing two raw prawns. Photo: Phuketwan

Bangkok: An Australian tourist on the Thai resort island of Phuket was chased by a restaurant staffer after allegedly stealing two raw tiger prawns.
"Give them back, give them back," the woman yelled as she allegedly pursued 27-year-old Jacob Saveisberg along a beach road in the Patong entertainment area early on Saturday.
Police allege Mr Saveisberg slipped the prawns into the back pocket of his jeans while strolling past the restaurant at 1am.

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One of the raw prawns allegedly stolen by Jacob Saveisberg. Photo: Phuketwan

Mr Saveisberg was detained by civilians who were quickly joined by police.
The evidence was allegedly recovered from his pocket.
In the country still under martial law following a military coup last year, the ramifications for Mr Saveisberg's alleged act could have been severe, including jail time.
In 2009 Melbourne woman Annice Smoel went through a two-week ordeal after allegedly  taking a beer mat from Patong's Aussie bar. She was deported after paying a fine.
But the Phuketwan news website reported that police observed that Mr Saveisberg appeared to be drunk and fined him $20 instead of laying a more serious charge.
Apparently the police spoke sternly to him in a manner that in the Australian vernacular would have been the equivalent of "don't come the raw prawn" again

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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάιος 05, 2015, 12:29:03 μμ
PHUKET DENTAL MARKET

PHUKET: 05 May 2015

Visionary dentist bridges gap in Phuket dental market

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Medical tourism and the hordes of foreign customers it brings to Thailand and Phuket’s shores is on a steady rise, with the Tourism Authority of Thailand reporting more than 2.5 million international patients traveling to the Kingdom for treatments in 2012 and predicting an increase of 13% per annum.

One dental clinic conglomerate, Dental Corporation Co Ltd, started filling the market cavities years ago, and its business-savvy CEO recently sat down with the Phuket Gazette to talk about the changing tides of medical tourism and what his company has in store for Thailand and Phuket’s tourists and local residents.

Dr Pornsak Tantapakul, DDS, who graduated with an orthodontic certificate degree from New York University before moving on to earn a degree in lingual orthodontic technique from Eastman Dental Institute at the University College in London, told the Gazette he saw a significant increase in the number of overseas patients visit his clinic soon after his return to Thailand.

“I started with a humble one shop house dental clinic along Phahonyothin Road [in Bangkok] about 12 years ago,” Dr Pornsak says.“Perhaps because I had trained abroad and applied those techniques, standards and technological innovations to my work here, my clinic saw a significant number of overseas patients.

“Looking at the opportunities at that time and with the incoming medical tourism market, I knew I needed a larger dental center that could effectively provide a one-stop dental service center to both the international community and local residents near the city center of Bangkok.”

Thus, in 2005, the Bangkok International Dental Center (BIDC) was established. BIDC is the company’s seven-storey flagship dental center, with more than 30 treatment rooms providing professional hospital-grade treatments and standards. The one-stop shop has on-site 3D CT scans, digitalized x-ray machines, an on-site lab and a mini boutique hotel.

In 2012, BIDC became the first outpatient dental care center in Thailand to achieve the American quality and patient safety Joint Commission International (JCI) certification.

But the company didn’t stop there. With quality and customer service in mind, says Dr Pornsak, more dental clinics were established following the same principles and standards of professionalism.

The company now has two premium Dental Signature clinics, one at Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok and the other in Patong next to Jungceylon shopping mall, as well as a chain of Smile Signature clinics, with five locations scattered around Bangkok.

“We even have three more confirmed locations expected to be opened by the end of 2015, which includes one on the beachfront road in Patong. Dental Corporation Co Ltd will have an expected 11 total clinics in Thailand by the fourth quarter of this year,” Dr Pornsak notes.

Dr Pornsak credits the expansions in part to a rising number of dental tourists visiting Thailand – even in spite of recent political turmoil.

“Though there has not been a reported benchmark by which to measure Thailand’s dental tourism industry growth, our dental group has seen an increased overall number and an annual increase in foreign patients at BIDC and in Phuket over the past few years, despite the domestic political issues and economic downturn in some of our main patients’ countries,” he said.

Dr Pornsak noted that these foreign patients make up about 97% of customers that walk through the doors at Phuket Dental Signature in Patong, compared with the 60% foreign customer base seen at BIDC.

“With the natural, beautiful islands and beaches on and surrounding Phuket, this percentage rate comes as no surprise to me. Tourists are combining medical and dental treatments with their holidays,” Dr Pornsak says. “With Phuket’s vast potential, the dental group has plans for a second clinic in Patong by mid-year which will be situated in front of the beach.

“Visitors can relax and enjoy the beach view from the second floor of the clinic.”
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάιος 06, 2015, 05:54:57 πμ
EARTHQUAKE IN PHUKET

Phuket rocked by quake in early hours

PHUKET: Wednesday 06 May 2015

Residents across the island were awoken by a rumbling at about 4.15am this morning.

Residents from Pakklok to Patong, Kathu and Thalang reported a loud rumbling, animals howling and lightning flashes.

According to the USGS, it was a 4.3 on the RS, with an epicentre 19km southeast of Ban Phlu Nai village, about 36km off Phuket.

Meanwhile Thai media reports a 4.6 RS quake just south of Koh Yai that was felt across the entire Phang Nga Bay, in Phang Nga and Krabi. 

Residents on The Phuket News Facebook page also reported seeing lighting in Kathu and Chalong at the time of the quake.

No tsunami warning has been issued.
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Μάιος 07, 2015, 16:12:27 μμ
PHUKET: -- A 4.5 magnitude tremor shook the island at the 30 minute mark of midnight, with residents all across the island and Phang Nga Bay hearing and feeling its rumble.

As of 1.15am, Facebook users in Sam Kong, Chao Fa, Koh Kaew, Chalong Pier, Rawai Kathu, Patong, Ban Manik, Pakkhlok, Kamala, Cherng Talay, Thalang, and across in Phanga and in Krabi's Ao Nang checked in to The Phuket News Facebook feed.

Facebook users Orphan Homes and Thiwa Wah, were the first to cite a report, from the Thailand Seisomology Bureau (TSB), noting that the quake was of a 4.3 magnitude on the RS, and its epicentre was also off Koh Yao, at 7.87N, 98.54E, felt in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga.


However, by the time The Phuket News was finally able to access the TSB website, the quake was logged as a 4.7, with its epicentre at 7.84N, 98.52E.

By 2am, however, it was adjusted to 4.5. at 7.84N, 98.51E. Its depth, which was initially reported as 8 km deep, was adjusted to 11km.

The sea-sourced fault movement was the third to be felt in a 20 hour period in the Phang Nga Bay.

According to Thailand's Seismology Bureau, the first was of 4.6 magnitude with an epicentre at 7.85, 98.54 longitude, with a depth of 4km, and then at precisely 12.25pm, an aftershock of 3.2 magnitude occured at 7.83 N, and 98.54. at a depth of only 1km.
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάιος 11, 2015, 12:59:13 μμ
EARTHQUAKE IN PHUKET

Phuket rocked by quake in early hours

PHUKET: Wednesday 06 May 2015

Residents across the island were awoken by a rumbling at about 4.15am this morning.

Residents from Pakklok to Patong, Kathu and Thalang reported a loud rumbling, animals howling and lightning flashes.

According to the USGS, it was a 4.3 on the RS, with an epicentre 19km southeast of Ban Phlu Nai village, about 36km off Phuket.

Meanwhile Thai media reports a 4.6 RS quake just south of Koh Yai that was felt across the entire Phang Nga Bay, in Phang Nga and Krabi.  

Residents on The Phuket News Facebook page also reported seeing lighting in Kathu and Chalong at the time of the quake.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

PHUKET: -- A 4.5 magnitude tremor shook the island at the 30 minute mark of midnight, with residents all across the island and Phang Nga Bay hearing and feeling its rumble.

As of 1.15am, Facebook users in Sam Kong, Chao Fa, Koh Kaew, Chalong Pier, Rawai Kathu, Patong, Ban Manik, Pakkhlok, Kamala, Cherng Talay, Thalang, and across in Phanga and in Krabi's Ao Nang checked in to The Phuket News Facebook feed.

Facebook users Orphan Homes and Thiwa Wah, were the first to cite a report, from the Thailand Seisomology Bureau (TSB), noting that the quake was of a 4.3 magnitude on the RS, and its epicentre was also off Koh Yao, at 7.87N, 98.54E, felt in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga.


However, by the time The Phuket News was finally able to access the TSB website, the quake was logged as a 4.7, with its epicentre at 7.84N, 98.52E.

By 2am, however, it was adjusted to 4.5. at 7.84N, 98.51E. Its depth, which was initially reported as 8 km deep, was adjusted to 11km.

The sea-sourced fault movement was the third to be felt in a 20 hour period in the Phang Nga Bay.

According to Thailand's Seismology Bureau, the first was of 4.6 magnitude with an epicentre at 7.85, 98.54 longitude, with a depth of 4km, and then at precisely 12.25pm, an aftershock of 3.2 magnitude occured at 7.83 N, and 98.54. at a depth of only 1km.

Thai Govt Chides Astrologers for Earthquake Predictions

BANGKOK — A spokesperson for Thailand’s military government has asked astrologers to consider how predicting imminent earthquakes may affect the public.

"I understand that the predictors have good intentions," said the spokesperson, Yongyuth Mayalarp, "But I want to ask them to use their judgement carefully when they spread such information. I want them to consider the consequences, because in the past, there have been [astrological] predictions that have caused panic and affected tourism."

He also quoted the director of the Department of Mental Health as urging people to rely on scientific principles when considering the validity of the prophecies.

Many Thais are deeply superstitious and draw upon astrology, feng shui, and other spiritual beliefs to guide their daily lives.  It is also common practice for government officials and leading politicians to consult personal astrologers.

In the past week, several astrologers have predicted that a natural disaster will strike sometime in the next month based on the alignment of three celestial bodies.

"This upcoming earthquake will take place in our own country," Sorajja Nual-yu, a famous astrologer, said on Saturday. “I have been predicting this since early this year. It may happen at any moment between now and 12 July."

Sorajja, who describes himself as 'Thailand's Nostradamus,' is well-known for apocalyptic prophecies. He publicly predicted in early 2014 that famines, great earthquakes, stock market crashes, terrorist attacks, and a civil war would hit Thailand in that year.

Another astrologer, Pinyo Pongcharoen, also predicted a "natural disaster" will occur in Thailand in the next few months, though he did not specify what kind.

"When there are at least three heavenly bodies approaching an angle with the moon shadow, it is often followed by events like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other major natural disasters," said Pinyo.

Their predictions were made after several small quakes hit provinces in southern Thailand, causing minor damage.

Yongyuth, the government spokesperson, said the public should not be worried because the government is well-prepared for natural disasters.

"I would like to ask the people to ease their concerns, and follow correct information and news from the authorities," Yongyuth said.

He added that an earthquake larger than 7 Magnitude is highly unlikely in Thailand, where the fault lines are not large. However, southern provinces are at risk of tsunamis caused by earthquakes in the Indian Ocean, he said.

"We have installed warning system covering large areas, and we can immediately contact other countries for assistance. The system can warn us one hour prior to [tsunami landfall], so we can evacuate people to safe area in time," the spokesperson told reporters.

In January 2012, a 73-year-old man was given a two-year suspended jail term for predicting that Thailand's largest dam would collapse on the night of 31 December 2011. The prediction, fanned by news agencies and social media, led to widespread panic in Tak, the province where Bhumibol Dam is located.


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Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Μάιος 15, 2015, 17:20:26 μμ
PHUKET: Lifeguards should return to Phuket's beaches next Wednesday after almost eight weeks during which swimmers were not protected, according to reports.

The contract for 88 lifeguards at 13 beaches and a budget of 22 million baht is due to be signed tomorrow. Some training will be needed before patrols resume. At least one drowning was reported during the absence of the lifeguards.

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phukets-lifeguards-back-soon-tourist-beaches-almost-eight-weeks-22465/
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιούλιος 07, 2015, 20:12:50 μμ
Cash out Phuket: Kbank to close services for 48 hours

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Kbank will suspend all of its services for 48 hours next week. Photo: Nist6dh

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PHUKET: Kasikorn Bank (Kbank) has advised all bank customers on Phuket to plan ahead as it will be closing all banking services, including ATMs, for 48 hours next week.

Customers will be unable to use Kbank services from 10pm on Friday, July 17 to 10pm on Sunday, July 19.

“We are aware that this will affect a lot of our customers. However, we will be back with better service for all of our clients,” Nartwadee Thongtip of the Phuket Kbank branch in Phuket Town, told the Phuket Gazette today. “Please prepare your transactions prior to the weekend.”

Ms Nartwadee declined to provide any specific information about what system and service efficiency changes were being made to improve the banking experience for customers.

Those with Kbank credit cards will still be able to make transactions, confirmed Ms Nartwadee. For more information visit www.kasikornbank.com or call the K-Conact Center anytime of the day at 028-888 888

Τίτλος: Heavy rain, large waves alert issued for Phuket, Andaman and Gulf of Thailand
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιούλιος 20, 2015, 09:01:56 πμ
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (MET) has issued a weather alert for Phuket, the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, warning of waves of up to three meters.
 
According to the alert from today, the MET is expecting thundershowers in 60 per cent of the area as a result of the Southwesterly Monsoon winds.

The alert also advises all sea vessels to proceed with extreme caution and to continuously monitor the weather.

source  (http://www.thephuketnews.com/heavy-rain-large-waves-alert-issued-for-phuket-andaman-and-gulf-of-thailand-53269.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Αύγουστος 27, 2015, 16:09:05 μμ
Phuket's Pricey Soi Bangla May Hide Public Land: Patong Mayor to Lead Investigation

PHUKET: Ownership of a large section of Soi Bangla, the popular tourist walking street in Phuket's tourist hub of Patong, has been thrown into dispute by claims that it is public land - just like the holiday island's beaches.

Property in this central part of Patong would be among the most expensive on Phuket. Yet at least 28 businesses on land here may be removed if their titles are no longer legal.

The principle that saw commerce cleared from Phuket's beaches and illegal beach clubs and restaurants bulldozed flat along the foreshores last year has now reached the heart of Phuket's party town.

The Mayor of Patong, Chalermluk Kebsub, was today appointed to lead a three-person investigation to probe the legitimacy of the businesses that now occupy the contentious one rai of Soi Bangla land.

Before 1994, the land was definitely public but the local administration at the time, run by former mayor Pian Keesin, established norsorlor titles that at the time, satisfied the needs of local residents and voters.

These days, times have changed and the clearance along Phuket's beachfront led people with long memories to complain to the Governor of Phuket about the present occupiers of the public land in Soi Bangla.

With norsorlor titles, the rights of the occupier vanish if the person granted the title is no longer involved in the business.

Soi Bangla has changed more than a little since 1994, becoming first a thatch and bamboo destination for Phuket's pioneer tourism industry and these days including some of the most expensive property values on the island.

Seventeen ''owners'' have responded to the call for those with claims on the land to come forward. A long period of haggling and claim and counter-claim is anticipated.

The meeting today at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City will be awaiting a response from the mayor and her investigators.

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phukets-pricey-soi-bangla-hide-public-land-patong-mayor-lead-investigation-23055/
Τίτλος: Woman 'Bitten by Shark' at Phuket Beach Suffers Foot Wound
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Σεπτέμβριος 01, 2015, 17:43:27 μμ
Woman 'Bitten by Shark' at Phuket Beach Suffers Foot Wound

PHUKET: An Australian woman ''bitten'' while in the sea off a Phuket beach was treated today for a deep wound in her foot amid a mystery about what had caused the injury.

Lifeguards took Jane Neame, 32, to Patong Hospital after the incident at neighboring Karon beach about 8.30am.

Phuket biologist Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong said the would had the appearance of a shark bite but that the Andaman region was believed to be free from sharks that posed any danger to people.

''It's difficult to know what it might have been but it could have been perhaps a metre long,'' he said.

Sharks on Australian and South African beaches occasionally kill surfers and swimmers but Karon lifeguard chief Utane Singsom said in 20 years on the beach, he'd never heard of anyone suffering sharkbite.

Ms Neame was taken to Bangkok Phuket Hospital later in the day where doctors operated to repair her foot.

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/woman-bitten-shark-phuket-beach-suffers-foot-wound-23094/
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 08, 2015, 13:53:32 μμ
Thief Beaten By Locals After Robbing Female Tourist On Patong Beach
 

This clip of a thief getting some rough justice from locals at Patong beach on Phuket was shared last night by Facebook user Wasan Klubdee.

He didn’t give any info on what happened before he started filming other than saying the guy getting a kicking had been caught stealing.

After the crowd slap the thief about and give him a few kicks he is dragged back to the beach by a Thai guy with some of the biggest moobs you’ll ever see before they take money from him and return it to a female tourist who it has to be said, looked a little stunned by what’s going on in front of her.

I wonder if it had been a big Indian bloke in Speedos and not a young slim thing in a skimpy bikini they’d have done the same thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy0i24wzM8I
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Σεπτέμβριος 08, 2015, 15:59:35 μμ
Piya Isaramalai and Sara Entertainment were found guilty of causing death by negligence, causing physical and mental injury and trading after hours, Phuket Prosecutor Patthira Phumisutthaphol confirmed.

The sentences for all three charges against both parties were handed down on July 20, she added.

“The court sentenced Piya Isaramalai to three years in prison and he and Sara Entertainment were fined a total of B600,000,” Ms Patthira said.

“As Piya had never been charged or imprisoned before, the court reduced the penalty to two years’ suspended sentence.”

The maximum penalty for causing death through negligence is 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to B20,000, Ms Patthira confirmed.

By court order, Piya must report to his probation officer six times in two years, Ms Patthira added.

Piya and Sara Entertainment were also ordered to pay a combined B4 million in compensation to the families of those who died in the blaze, and a further B1,614,862 for funeral services and other expenses related to the deaths of the four people.

The flames claimed the lives of British tourist Michael Tzouvanni 24; French tourist Emmanuel Becard 30; Thai nationals Duangporn Budklor, 34, and Nipaphat Sudtasorn, 36.

Tiger Group lawyer and vice president Thamrongsak Boonrak confirmed that Piya and Sara Entertainment will not appeal the verdicts or sentences handed down.

However, he told The Phuket News that the family of one of the foreign victims has refused to accept court-ordered compensation.

“They have asked for more money, so they have to file the case to court again,” he said.

“We have lost over B137 million in this case during the past two years,” added Mr Thamrongsak. “We have to support all of our workers in 47 bars and take care of so many things.

“I hope this case will come to an end very soon or otherwise the Tiger Group will come to an end first. And if we come to an end, can you imagine that how many people will be out of jobs in Phuket?”


 http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-jail-term-suspended-for-tiger-disco-inferno-deaths-54018.php#sthash.7AYTrSqz.dpuf
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Σεπτέμβριος 21, 2015, 16:33:44 μμ
Two Philippine politicians wanted for murdering a prominent environmental activist have been arrested in Phuket after more than three years on the run.

Crime Suppression Division commander Pol Maj Gen Akradej Pimolsri said Monday that Joel Reyes, 63, former governor of Palawan province, and his brother, Mario Reyes, 54, a former municipal mayor in the same western province, were apprehended Sunday following a tip from Interpol.

The two had been living in Phuket for three years.

The CSD commander said the two brothers, who ran an ore-mining business, are charged with the 2011 murder of Gerry Ortega, an anti-corruption crusader who opposed their mining operations. He also hosted a radio show on which he frequently accused the suspects of massive graft.

The Reyes brothers slipped out of the Philippines sometime in March 2012 after that country's Justice Department indicted the pair for murder and a Palawan court issued warrants for their arrests. Each has a 2-million-peso (1.5-million-baht) reward on their heads.

The fugitives had been living in a rented house in Rawai of Phuket's Muang district since 2012, Pol Maj Gen Akradej. He said the two would initially be charged under the Immigration Act as Joel Reyes entered the country illegally and Mario had overstayed his visa.

Once prosecuted under the Immigration Act, the fugitives would be deported to back to the Philippines to stand trial, he said.

Pol Maj Gen Akradej said both Reyes brothers confessed to having fled their arrest warrants to hide in Thailand, but said they were ready to be deported home to fight the case. They thanked the Thai authorities and people for their time in Thailand and hoped for a return visit.

Ortega was shot in the head at point-blank range while shopping in the capital of Palawan, an island known as the Philippines' last environmental frontier but which has suffered from illegal logging, mining and overfishing.

The gunman was caught trying to flee the scene and police said his weapon was owned by one of Joel Reyes's lawyers.

"The arrest of the long-wanted Reyes brothers provides an opportunity for pursuing the ends of justice," said presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma in a statement reported by AFP.

The spokesman thanked Interpol and Thai police for their help in arresting the Reyes brothers.

Aside from alleged environmental crimes, Ortega had accused Joel Reyes of syphoning off millions of dollars in revenues from a gas field off the coast of Palawan when he was governor.

Patty Ortega, widow of the murdered activist, told AFP a task force assigned to capture high-profile fugitives had informed her of the arrests. She expressed relief but also said she was worried about whether the Reyes brothers could still evade justice.

"We still feel anxiety. Our judicial system is not that fast. We know our opponents have a lot of advantages. They have money, influence. They slipped through immigration. So it is not far from our thoughts that something else might happen," she said.

"I want to see them handcuffed and facing a court and in jail.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/701204/fugitive-philippine-politicians-nabbed-in-phuket
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Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 08, 2015, 15:34:42 μμ
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Οκτώβριος 08, 2015, 15:54:30 μμ
PHUKET:– Video footage has emerged online which allegedly shows a group of Phuket bouncers attacking two foreign tourists.

The 48 second video clip was posted by Facebook user วิเชียร เจือจุน who claims the incident took place on Wednesday night outside a nightclub on Bangla Road.

It is not clear what prompted the attack on the two foreigners, who try to protect themselves from the four or five attackers.

One of the foreign men can be seen lying on the floor taking several kicks to the head from two of the men who are presumed to be security staff from a nearby nightclub.

Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 03, 2015, 10:47:06 πμ
Phuket Taxi Driver Barred for Six Months as Facebook Post Exposes Tour Scam


PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver has been fined 1000 baht and suspended for six months after ''kidnapping'' a newly-arrived tourist and trying to sell him package tours before he had even reached his holiday resort.

Phuket Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada sanctioned the penalties yesterday in meeting with driver Muhummad Arobt Musor and tourism industry authorities after the story of the rip-off broke on Facebook.

Montira Sakom told what happened in a post on the popular social media site.

She and her foreign boyfriend landed at Phuket International Airport on Saturday and caught a cab.

Instead of taking them directly to their resort destination in Patong, the driver went to Thalang where the couple were ushered into the Infinity Tour counter.

Efforts were made to sell package tours to the reluctant foreigner until he left, removed his luggage from Khun Muhummad's vehicle, and found another taxi.

The ''kidnapping'' of arriving tourists is a well-known scam in which taxi drivers try to build on the excessive fares they charge on Phuket by also gaining illicit commissions.

People who say greed is Phuket's biggest problem may have a point.

Santi Pawai, the Phuket Director of Tourism and Sport, told yesterday's meeting that he went to the Infinity Tour office and warned them of sanctions if the scam was repeated.

The taxi driver said he had only been a driver for four months and dropped off at the tour office ''to ask for directions to get to Patong.''

Khun Santi said the taxi driver's version of events sounded a little suspicious.

The quick action by authorities indicates a readiness by Governor Jamleran's new administration to deal with issues that have not been addressed until now.
 
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http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-taxi-driver-barred-six-months-facebook-post-exposes-tour-scam-23493/
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Νοέμβριος 05, 2015, 08:31:43 πμ
Tourists Win: Phuket Governor Says Bring Your Umbrellas, Sit Where You Like on Beaches

PHUKET: Tourists may bring their own equipment to Phuket's beaches and sit on chairs under umbrellas wherever they like, Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada said yesterday.

In a reversal of previous policy, the governor told a ''meet the media'' gathering at Phuket Provincial Hall: ''If you are hot, bring an umbrella. When you are finished, take it off the beach, take it home. It's simple.''

Until yesterday, one of several problems with the proposed ''10 percent zones'' being introduced at all Phuket beaches was that tourists who brought chairs or sunbeds would be obliged to sit in the delineated zones.

Governor Jamleran, who recently took on the job of the holiday island's top administrator, clarified what tourists can expect after many months of confusion since the military cleared commerce from Phuket's beaches in June last year.

In response to a question from Phuketwan he said: ''If you are a tourist, you may bring your own equipment and sit anywhere on any beach. We will not arrest tourists who bring their own equipment. We will not do that.''

Phuketwan had asked whether the new rules were designed to suit the tourists, or local vendors.

At yesterday's meeting, it was also made plain that the ''10 percent zones'' would be for local workers only. People from other provinces would not work in them, providing tourists with hire mats and umbrellas, food and drink.

''Window shopping'' vendors selling sunglasses and other items are also banned from all beaches. In the past, Burmese or Cambodians have often taken on these roles.

The governor said that the numbers of umbrellas available for hire would be very carefully limited, but the number could increase or decrease depending on demand.

The plan is for the registered beach vendors in the ''10 percent zone'' to be obliged to form an association, so they pay tax.

''We are trying to help the vendors,'' the governor said. ''If the businesspeople cannot follow the rules, it will be the end of the 10 percent zones.''

Land Titles officials will peg out five ''10 percent zones'' at Patong beach on Friday. Patong beach is to be the role model for implementing the idea at all Phuket beaches by November 15.

Phuketwan has been an advocate of the ''sit where you like'' concept for sunlovers on Phuket's beaches.


http://phuketwan.com/tourism/tourists-win-phuket-governor-says-bring-umbrellas-sit-like-beaches-23513/
Τίτλος: Phuket targets biker gangs after Aussie Hells Angels slaying
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Δεκέμβριος 04, 2015, 14:58:39 μμ
Phuket targets biker gangs after Aussie Hells Angels slaying

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PHUKET: Police in Phuket ramped up security measures geared toward tracking international bike-gang members following the gunpoint abduction and slaying of Australian Hells Angels motorcycle gang member Wayne Rodney Schneider in Pattaya this week.

“We have been given specific orders to focus on bringing to justice foreigners committing violent crimes, as well as those operating as members of a mafia or gang,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teerapol Thipjaroen told the Phuket Gazette.

“We are not working alone to deal with these types of criminals. We are coordinating our efforts with the Tourist Police and Immigration Police. Our task is to collect records of who is coming on and going off the island and who is living here.”

However, the records aren’t enough, Col Teerapol said.

“We need the help of local residents. If you see anyone suspicious, please contact police immediately,” he said.

Col Teerapol also called on landlords and hotels on the island to ensure that they are reporting foreign guests to immigration, as is required by law.

“Even if you are just hosting a foreigner on your property, you need to inform immigration of their presence,” he noted.

Phuket Immigration Inspector Napat Nusen confirmed that any private home owners who failed to report a foreigner staying with them within 24 hours of their arrival could be fined 1,600 baht per unreported person.

Granted, Phuket does not have the same reputation for foreign biker gangs as other parts of Thailand; however, there have been instances of foreign criminal activities on the island, such as in the case of Brett “Kaos” Pechey, former president of a Bandido chapter in Brisbane. Wanted for extortion and riot charges in Queensland, Mr Bechey was confirmed to have been staying on the island last year. As of the beginning of this year, Australian authorities were working with Thai officials to extradite him (story here).

In 2013, Two Australian tattoo parlor owners were charged with attempted murder after opening fire with an unregistered firearm in the heart of Phuket’s party town, Patong. They were attempting to ‘strike first’ against an alleged Danish mafioso in connection with a dispute about a ‘big bike’ worth about 300,000 baht (story here).

“We cannot take it easy on these types of criminals. We live in a small town environment, so we need to be vigilant and make it clear to the world that Phuket is not a place for criminals,” added Col Teerapol.

Τίτλος: Authorities aware of Islamic State terrorist arrivals in Phuket
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Δεκέμβριος 04, 2015, 14:59:41 μμ
Authorities aware of Islamic State terrorist arrivals in Phuket since October

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Santi Udomkiratak, the Russian Federation Deputy Honorary Consul to Phuket, said the National Security Council received the warning in October. Photo: Chutharat Plerin

PHUKET: Despite the recently leaked memo from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) warning that Islamic State (IS) terrorists had been despatched to Phuket, Thai authorities had been aware of the situation since October, confirmed the Russian Federation Deputy Honorary Consul to Phuket.

"Myself and some Thai officials were made aware of the situation in October," Santi Udomkiratak, the Russian Federation Deputy Honorary Consul to Phuket, told the Phuket Gazette.

However, it wasn't until November 27 that Thailand’s National Security Council issued a warning that ten possible terrorists entered the Kingdom between October 15-31. According to the warning, the group split on arrival with four heading to Pattaya, two to Phuket, two to Bangkok and two to unidentified locations. The warning did not name the suspects."

Mr Santi explained that after receiving the warning, he was immediately in contact with the Phuket Provincial Police and the Phuket Governor to ensure all necessary security measures were put in place.

“The warning specifically noted that security should be increased around Russian buildings and personnel, so we have installed more CCTV at the consulate and increased the frequency of our security rounds,” he said.

The memo also urged authorities to increase security around facilities and people whose home countries are in alliance with Russia, such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teeraphol Thipjaroen confirmed that he is aware of the memo.

“There is no reason to make a big deal about this and cause panic. We have been on full alert and taking all necessary actions to prevent any attacks,” Col Teeraphol said.

“Authorities are doing their best to hunt down the suspects. Nonetheless, we still need the cooperation of the community. If anyone sees any suspicious activity, please inform the police.”

Col Teeraphol earlier this week called on landlords and hotels on the island to ensure that they are reporting foreign guests to immigration, as is required by law
Τίτλος: Project to bury Patong power cables underground to start by July
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Δεκέμβριος 18, 2015, 04:43:58 πμ
Project to bury Patong power cables underground to start by July

PHUKET: A B200-million baht project to bury the overhead power cables on the Patong beach road is slated to start by July next year, it was revealed this week.

Friday 18 December 2015, 08:51AM

Panya Laochu, Deputy Governor of Construction and Project Management at the national Provincial Electricity Authority office in Bangkok, announced the plan at a meeting at the Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa, in Patong, on Wednesday (Dec 16).

“A 33KV power-supply cable will be installed along three kilometres of the beach road, from the Klong Pak Bang bridge (at the southern end of Thaweewong Rd) to the intersection with Ruamjai Rd,” Mr Panya said.

“The contract has been signed and comes into effect in April 2016, allowing 18 months for the contractor to complete the project. We believe construction will begin in July 2016,” he added.

After the first phase of burying the power cables along the beach road is complete, the PEA will set its sights on the rest of Thaweewong Rd.

“The beach road is just Phase 1 of the plan,” Mr Panya explained. Phase 2 will be from Ruamjai Rd to Soi Bangla; Phase 3 from Soi Bangla to Sawatdirak Rd; and Phase 4 from Sawatdirak Rd to the Dolphin Circle at the northern end of Patong Beach.

“I am glad to be a part of such a project in a tourism location such as Patong,” Mr Panya said. “And we are happy to be working with Patong Municipality in this public works project, too.”

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup explained that Patong Municipality will contribute B77 million to the project.

“I am so glad that Patong will be look better after all the construction is finished,” she said. “I hope that the power cables along Soi Bangla will also be installed underground in the near future. I have a vision that one day Patong will not have any power poles at all,” she beamed.

Mayor Chalermluck also assured that disruptions to traffic would be minimal.

“We will ask the Patong Police to help regulate traffic in or to avoid any major traffic jams,” she said.

Vatcharin Prapa, head of the PEA office in Patong, assured residents and the 500 local business owners along the beach road that power disruptions will be minimal while the project is carried out.

“If we do need to cut off any power supply, we will notify local people first,” he added.

“Also, Patong will receive extra power supply from the substation in Karon, which should stabilise power supply – and reduce blackouts – by March 2016,” he said.

 http://www.thephuketnews.com/project-to-bury-patong-power-cables-underground-to-start-by-july-55457.php#sthash.b17PJ0HV.dpuf
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Ιανουάριος 24, 2016, 09:05:21 πμ
BANGLA ROAD

Going Down: Businesses on Phuket’s famed Bangla Rd suffer as clientele dries up

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Bars along Phuket's famed Bangla Rd in Patong are suffering hard as the regular tourist clientele source markets are drying up.


PHUKET (23 January 2016)

The island’s top nightlife draw card Bangla Rd in Patong is taking a battering in business this tourism high season despite officials reporting record numbers of tourist arrivals.

Sompoch Sukkaew, chief legal counsel of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), says that entertainment businesses in the area are suffering hard.

“Over the past three years, most bars were averaging about B90,000 revenue per day at this time of year,” he said. “Now they’re making just B40,000.

“Small bars in small streets off Bangla Rd used to average B40,000 to B50,000 a day, now they’re down to just B10,000 a day.”

Live music venues were suffering worse. “They used to average about B360,000 as day during the peak season, but now they’re making just B60,000 to B90,0000 per day,” Mr Somphoch said.

“In total, PEBA members generated about B1.5 million per day during the peak season.

Now it’s down to about B540,000 per day,” he added.

Mr Somphoch noted that PEBA members account for 500 businesses in Patong, with at least 200 businesses in the Bangla Rd entertainment zone.

“Small businesses are suffering the worst,” said PEBA President Weerawit Kuresombat.

“Bigger businesses are doing okay, but many businesses elsewhere in the entertainment zone, including in the usually busy side streets – such as Soi Tiger, Soi Freedom, Soi Sea Dragon and Soi Crocodile – are hurting.

“Many of these will close down soon,” he foretold.

Mr Somphoch also painted a grim picture for the immediate future of small nightlife businesses in the entertainment district.

“More than 40 bars in the entertainment zone will close down after this high season,” he said.

The plunge in Bangla trade is being felt elsewhere throughout the resort town as the knock-on effect spreads, affecting many other tourist-dependent businesses, Mr Weerawit added.

“All businesses are affected by this, like a network.

It is also affecting motorbike rentals, small shops, restaurants and even hotels,” he said.

The huge shift in recent years for Phuket’s tourism industry to rely on Chinese arrivals tourists played a critical role in the current situation, Mr Weerawit noted.

“Chinese tourists are the top tourist arrival market in Phuket, and although we have huge numbers of Chinese coming here, most of them come on complete tour packages,” he said.


Phuket News 23-01-2016
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Φεβρουάριος 14, 2016, 09:58:37 πμ
The Phuket News
Phuket Governor orders authorities on high alert for undisclosed terror threat

PHUKET: Governor Chamroen Thipyapongthada has ordered all police and military commanders on the island to be on high alert for a terror attack, and to coordinate and carry out checkpoints at and near all of the island's prime tourist zones.


 
Sunday 14 February 2016, 02:15PM

Phuket Governor orders authorities on high alert for undisclosed terror threat

 
 
Citing a "reliable news source that there is a threat of non-peaceful groups coming to Phuket to create a situation", the memo dated February 13 and signed by the Phuket Governor, also asked for all local government office heads to coordinate with the respective police, military and security chiefs to ensure that precautionary inspections are carried out, and to ensure that there are no black spots in CCTV coverage.

Any suspicious behavior or activity should be reported to authorities at once. In addition to the usual emergency channels, leads can be reported by calling 076-217-833 and 076-215-165.

The memo did not name the reliable news source or provide any other information about the percieved threat.

- See more at: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-governor-orders-authorities-on-high-alert-for-undisclosed-terror-threat-56215.php#sthash.bWi44flY.dpuf
Τίτλος: Patong shopping mall seals off areas as structural pillars crumble
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιούνιος 11, 2016, 20:22:18 μμ
Patong shopping mall seals off areas as structural pillars crumble

PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup and Kathu District Chief Sayan Chaichanawong yesterday (June 8) led a team of engineers to inspect the structural integrity of the supporting pillars in the car park and underground shopping area at Patong's main shopping mall, Jungceylon.

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The inspection followed anonymous tip-offs, said Patong Municipality Chief Engineer Surapon Buakaew. “I received information from people who do not want to be named about it,” he told The Phuket News yesterday.

However, by the time his team of engineers from Patong Municipality’s Public Works Division arrived yesterday, Jungceylon management had already closed off the area, with signs saying, “Under Renovation. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

“I told them to keep the area closed and ensure the structure was reinforced with supports. We sent a report of the damage to the Patong Mayor, Ms Chalermluck,” Mr Surapon said.

However, the team of municipal engineers has yet to confirm the cause and extent of the damage.

Kathu District Sayan said that his office had the power to seal off the area for public safety, but added that Jungceylon management had already agreed to work together with the council engineers, who will return today (June 9) to continue their inspection and assessment of the damage to the structure.
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A source at Phuket Square Co Ltd (Jungceylon) told The Phuket News, “So far we have only found damage to the pillars. We are coordinating with engineers from Patong Municipality to investigate further.

“We have already closed off the Port Area (open air zone) and the underground market called That’s Siam. The areas will remain closed off until this has been rectified completely and properly.

“We assure you that this damage does not affect any of the main buildings,” she said.

Jungceylon management will reveal more details at a press conference to be held later today, she said.
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Ιούλιος 03, 2016, 07:05:41 πμ
CONDOMINIUM UNITS in PHUKET

OWNERS / MANAGERS / AGENTS / DEVELOPERS of CONDOMINIUM UNITS

Renting condos out for periods of less than 30 days, the prime length of stay for holidaymakers, may bring the owner a fine of up to B20,000 or even up to one year in jail.

The notice, issued to all 234 registered condo projects in Phuket – hence affecting all 26,071 legally registered condo units on the island – was signed and issued by by Phuket Land Office Acting Chief Wisith Chokchai on June 9.

The notice read:

To managers/developers of condominiums,

“Today, there is a lot of news about condominium developers/owners renting out rooms or buildings that they have ownership of to foreigners or tourists on a daily basis (daily rental) rate that generate income as if they were a hotel (under the Hotel Act 2004).

“This type of operation is causes a public nuisance for renters in the same complex and creates unsafe places for tourists, which may lead to loss of life and property.
It is unacceptable to operate an illegal hotel.

The penalty for this is up to one year in jail or a fine of up to B20,000, or both.”

Mr Wisith told The Phuket News this week, “We want to let developers and owners know that renting out condos on a daily basis is against the Hotel Act and that they must operate their condos in accordance with how their properties are registered in order to avoid legal action.

“This issue may not be easy to tackle because sometimes it is not the developer that provides daily rentals, but the individual condo owners.

Regardless, it is for the condo managers and developers to remind owners about this law and tell them that if officials find out (about illegal renting of condos) the owners will face legal action,” he said.

The public warning follows Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat on June 3 dispatching the Phuket Land Office a specific order to combat the problem of illegal condo rentals, Mr Wisith explained.

“We were ordered to enforce regulations regarding condominiums across Phuket – owned or operated by Thais and foreigners – and not allow any rentals on a daily basis because it is against the Hotel Act 2004,” he said.

“The order came from Ministry of Interior and the Phuket Provincial Office in an effort to tackle illegal hotels (sic) on the island,” he added.

In a report sent to the provincial office, Mr Wisith explained, “The Land Office is in charge of condo registration.

Every condo built in Phuket must be registered as such with the Land Office.

“There are more than 200 condo units in the Phuket Town area that are registered with us which we have sent the notice out to. The Land Office in Thalang has also sent out notices to all the condo units registered their area,” he wrote.

“All developers and the management operators of condominium projects in Phuket Town in Kathu have been warned that renting out rooms on daily basis is considered operating as a hotel.”

Mr Wisith explained to The Phuket News that the problem lies in that if a property is registered with the Land Department as a condo, then it cannot be registered as a hotel.

“And a condo must be operated as a condo, which can be rented out for periods of 30 days or longer – but cannot be rented out on a daily basis,” he said.

Dr Kritsada Tonsakul, who heads the Phuket-based Southern Thailand chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, this week voiced his support for the crackdown.

“These places that rent out on a daily basis without a hotel registration are operating illegally and it is great that officials are starting tackling them now,” he told The Phuket News on Wednesday (June 29).

“If we strictly enforce the Hotel Act and rid the island of all illegal hotel rooms, it will benefit not only the legal hotel businesses, but also greatly benefit Thailand’s, and Phuket’s, tourism industry as well.”

In December, Dr Kritsada led a delegation of tourism and hospitality leaders in filing a petition calling for the government to take action against an estimated 92,000 illegal hotel rooms in Phuket.

“At least 70 per cent of hotel rooms offered in Phuket are illegal.
To make them all legal can take time and some of them simply cannot be registered as a hotel simply because structurally they are not hotels, so they must operate according to their registration,” he said this week.

“If Phuket has only legal hotel rooms available to tourists, rental prices will compete better, maybe even on par with international rates as charged by hotels in other countries.
Look at places like Singapore or Bali, their rates and reservations for hotels are increasing because their hotel rooms are legal – they don’t have to compete with illegal hotel rooms rates.”

Bhuritt Maswongssa, Bhuritt Maswongssa, President of the Phuket chapter of the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT), strongly agreed, and even warned that a tourist-accommodation price war could have a dire effect on Phuket’s tourism industry on the whole.

“If officials who have the power to stop this from happening neglect their duty and allow illegal hotels to exist, then there will be a rental rates issue among the hotel businesses.
Competition over rental rates will create a domino effect.
Hotels have to cut costs, and this could easily result job losses, a fall in the quality of service and trust in Phuket hotel standards.
This would be a disaster for our tourism industry,” he said.

“Phuket has 2,090 hotels offering about 120,000 rooms.
Our supply already exceeds demand, putting pressure on hotel prices.
If this continues, we are already heading for a disaster,” he added.
Phuket property guru Bill Barnett, Managing Director of hospitality consultancy C9 Hotelworks, also condemned the practice of condos being rented out at daily rates.

“The current situation of real estate developers offering guaranteed returns in the absence of obtaining hotel licenses is a blatant abuse of Thailand’s Hotel Act.
Government scrutiny in this sector is urgently needed as it undermines trading of legal hospitality operations and goes further into the issues of tax and tourist safety.”

However, while noting that the key issue driving government intervention is the current mandate to increase tax revenues, he added, “That said, the Hotel Act needs to be updated to allow condominiums that do wish to obtain hotel license and villa estates or properties a clearer pathway,as there are a many who are willing to obtain the necessary documentation.”

Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada, when announcing earlier this year that “illegal hotels” would be coming under scrutiny, said, “There are so many businesses that provide rooms and board in Phuket operating illegally in contravention of the Hotel Act 2004.

“Businesses such as condominiums, apartments, flats, mansions, guesthouses, homes for rent, rooms for rent, commercial buildings – most of which have been altered or developed into accommodation and rented on a daily basis – are considered a hotel business and hence as illegal hotels.

“Illegal hotels are damaging legally registered hotel operators who have their hotel license.
We are also concerned how these affect tourists’ safety, because we don’t have enough security to cover all these places.”

Gov Chamroen added, “We understand that some of these operators are unaware that their business operation contravenes the Hotel Act and they cannot register their business as hotels because they are not hotels

“A hotel business involves many laws, so solving this issue is not easy.
The Ministry of Interior is working on this issue.
I know the ministry is considering a proposal to allow other types of building to operate as hotel, which is now being considered by their policy committee.

“While we are waiting for the ministry to decide on this, we have to regulate hotel businesses in Phuket by allowing only the legal hotels to operate, and places that did not have a permit to operate as a hotel will have to wait until they are legally registered.

“People operating such illegal hotel businesses with the intention avoiding registering their business will be punished according to the law,” he said.


the phuket news
Τίτλος: Απ: Χρήσιμο για Τουρίστες...και άλλους...
Αποστολή από: paris1973 στις Δεκέμβριος 21, 2016, 09:11:15 πμ
At least two foreigners were killed this morning in Phang Nga province when a minivan on a visa run from Phuket lost control and smashed into a house leaving three passengers dead and injuring eight others.

The accident happened at around 6.30am with initial reports stating the van lost control on a bend and ploughed into a house.

Police said two Russian nationals are among the dead.

Further information from Phang Nga police states the third fatality was an “Asian” woman with Thais and an Indonesian national among those rushed to hospital, some with serious injuries having been trapped in the wreckage.

The minivan, operated by KBV Visa Run, was bound for the Malaysian border in Satun province. The 33-year-old driver told police he lost control on a bend due to the rain.
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Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιανουάριος 28, 2017, 20:44:21 μμ
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: Oytopikos στις Φεβρουάριος 02, 2017, 11:31:44 πμ
Patong crackdown leaves Phuket entertainment hub deserted

PHUKET: More than 600 bars and entertainment venues in Phuket’s party central Patong closed at 1am this morning (Feb 2) following strict orders issued by the Phuket Governor on Monday leaving the entire party destination deserted.


Scores of police and other Phuket law-enforcement officers targeted bars and other nightlife venues on Bangla Rd on Monday night (Jan 30), ordering the venue operators to follow the law and close on time.

The sortie of officers massed at the traditional police assembly point in front of the police box at the beach end of Bangla Rd at 11pm on Monday, when they were briefed on their objectives as paid out by a direct order from Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan. (See story here.)

Reporters from The Phuket News’ Thai language sister newspaper Khao Phuket went to the famed party zone at closing time this morning to speak with both venue operators and tourists to seek their opinion on the crackdown.

Mr Corrado Parise, an Italian owner of the Illuzion nightclub said that tourists were confused by the crackdown and didn’t understand why entertainment venues have to close at 1am.

“I understand that it is a law, but I want them to be reasonable. Most tourists usually come to the area’s entertainment venues after midnight.

“If we close at 1am, they will only have one hour for their night out. Some of them saved their money for a whole year to come here on holiday, if they find it like this I am not sure they will come back again,” Mr Corrado said.

Some Patong flower vendors also offered their opinion. “We usually sell out all flowers as tourists buy flowers for their lovers or new friends.

“However, for the past three nights we did not sell out because the entertainment venues closed early and tourists went back to their accommodation,” one vendor said.

“We hoped that we would have sold out like before. This is our main income, our children are still in school and if we don’t earn enough money, how can we get the money for our children,” she added.

Lisa, a Canadian tourist also said she didn’t understand what was happening.

“I visited the area three years ago and that time we rally enjoyed ourselves. We were still walking around the streets at 3am.

“I love Thailand, especially the entertainment venues on Bangla Rd, and I came back here again expecting to enjoy my experience like I did before, but they closed early and I didn’t enjoy it,” she said.
An unnamed bar worker said that all entertainment venue staff wait all year for high season. “We don’t earn much salary, we earn more from tips we get from customers. We want officials to sympathise with us,” she said.

Meanwhile, entertainment venue operators gathered at the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Feb 1) to file a petition for a special zone to be set up, allowing the venues to close later than the current legally mandated times until 6 am.

Phuket Vice Governor Teera Anantaseriwidhya received the petition on behalf of Gov Chockchai and confirmed it would be forwarded to its intended recipient, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
V/Gov Teera thanked the operators for raising their concern, but still asked them to abide by the law.

Read more at http://www.thephuketnews.com/patong-crackdown-leaves-phuket-entertainment-hub-deserted-60882.php#2DF7g2C51ivl4FRO.99
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Φεβρουάριος 02, 2017, 16:09:47 μμ
ΑΝ ΔΕΝ ΚΑΝΩ ΛΑΘΟΣ Ο ΝΟΜΟΣ ΛΕΕΙ ΝΑ ΚΛΕΙΝΟΥΝ ΣΤΙ 2 ΤΩΡΑ ΠΩΣ ΒΓΗΚΕ ΣΤΙΣ 1 ..ΔΕΝ ΥΠΑΡΧΗ ΟΡΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΛΟΓΙΚΗ Η 5-6 ΤΟ ΠΡΩΙ Η Ι ..ΤΟ 2.30/3 ΓΙΑ ΤΟΥΡΗΣΤΙΚΕΣ ΠΕΡΙΟΧΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΑ ΤΗΡΗΤΕ ΑΥΣΤΗΡΑ ΔΕΝ ΓΙΝΕΤΕ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΠΟΛΥ ΔΥΣΚΟΛΟ ..ΑΝΙΚΤΟΙ ΧΩΡΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΜΠΑΡ ΣΤΙΣ 2  ΚΑΙ ΝΤΙΣΚΟ ΚΑΙ ΚΛΕΙΣΤΟΙ ΧΩΡΟΙ ΣΤΙΣ 3  ΕΙΝΑΙ ΠΟΛΥ ΔΥΣΚΟΛΟ  ? ΜΟΥ ΘΥΜΗΣΑΝ  ΠΑΠΑΘΕΜΕΛΗ.
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: kokkodin στις Φεβρουάριος 02, 2017, 16:16:39 μμ
ΞΕΧΑΣΑ ΝΑ ΣΥΜΠΛΗΡΩΣΟ ,ΟΠΩΣ ΚΑΘΕ ΧΡΟΝΟ 1/2 ΦΟΡΕΣ ΓΙΑ 4-5 ΜΕΡΕΣ ΘΑ ΤΑ ΚΛΕΙΝΟΥΝ 1/2 ΚΑΙ ΜΕΤΑ ΞΑΝΑ ΜΑΝΑ 5+ ....ΠΟΛΑΑΑΑΑ ΤΑ ΛΕΦΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΕΡΑΣΤΙΑ ΤΑ ΣΥΜΦΕΡΩΝΤΑ.............
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Φεβρουάριος 03, 2017, 10:33:09 πμ
Αυτό με το Παπαθεμελή πολύ μου άρεσε. Τελικά μήπως "αγαπάμε"Πουκετ επειδή είναι χύμα  όπως και Ελλάδα. ...
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Φεβρουάριος 21, 2017, 21:43:42 μμ
Russian arrested, may face prison term for feeding fish

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KOH RACHA: A Russian tourist was arrested, with bail set at 100,000 baht, for feeding fish in Koh Racha yesterday afternoon.

“The incident occurred at Plab Pla beach on Koh Racha Yai. During a regular patrol, officers found Olga Smirnova, 53, feeding bread to the fish,” said Suchat Rattanaruengsri, Region 6 head of the Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Division.

Ms Smirnova was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with "feeding fish in a forbidden area or in an area with coral reef", the maximum punishment for which is a year in prison, a 100,000-baht fine, or both.

“As we have said, we are taking a very strict stance on this. She has to pay the bail and remain in Thailand until her case is processed by a court,” said Mr Suchat.
Τίτλος: Απ: Phuket News & Events
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάιος 06, 2017, 12:23:38 μμ
Phuket tuk-tuk sex video goes viral

PHUKET: A video taken from a vehicle travelling behind a tu-tuk in Karon showing two foreigners getting intimate in the back of the tuk-tuk has gone viral on social media overnight.

The 28 second long video was posted to on the Facebook page of Sornchai Uadsree last night (May 5) together with the message, “Can’t they wait until they arrive at a hotel? Really can’t they wait to do this?”

The video clip shows a red tuk-tuk, the licence plate of which is clearly visible, driving along what is believed to be Karon beach road. In the back of the tuk-tuk are a foreigner couple getting, shall we say, very intimate.

Many comments were made about the video, a large number expressing anger towards the foreign couple, and saying this type of incident should not be allowed to happen.
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Other comments said a similar incident to this happened in Patong some years ago, while others said that officials should investigate the incident, especially the driver of the tuk-tuk who made no attempt to stop the couple from doing what they were doing.

The Phuket News called Karon Police this morning (May 6) who said that they were unaware of any such video.

The Facebook page where the video was first posted has since been deleted.


Τίτλος: Phuket to Bangkok bus crashes, two people dead, 29 injured
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Δεκέμβριος 31, 2017, 15:34:13 μμ
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A bus travelling from Phuket to Bangkok crashed in the early hours of this morning (Dec 31), killing one monk and leaving 20 injured.
Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-to-bangkok-bus-crashes-one-monk-dead-20-injured-65362.php#2lbqiFKB01Lbrdaq.99

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The bus came to rest in a ditch dividing the north and southbound roads. Photo: Sawang Ratsatahthamatsatan Rescue

UPDATE: Bang Saphan Police in Prachuap Khiri Khan have since confirmed that two people have died and 29 people were injured in the crash.
Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-to-bangkok-bus-crashes-one-monk-dead-20-injured-65362.php#2lbqiFKB01Lbrdaq.99

The accident occurred as the bus was travelling north at kilometre 390 of Phet Kasem Rd in Ron Thong, Ban Saphan District in Prachup Khiri Khan at about 3:15am this morning.
The bus crashed and overturned in a ditch dividing the north and southbound roads. Police suspect that the driver may have fallen asleep, but say they are continuing their investigation.
The injured were taken to Ban Saphan hospital for treatment.


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Τίτλος: Dengue danger: Phuket hits highest infection rate in the country
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Απρίλιος 21, 2018, 14:24:44 μμ
Dengue danger: Phuket hits highest infection rate in the country

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Clear signs of dengue. If you start experiencing these ill effects, see a doctor immediately.
 

PHUKET: Concerns are high for the rising number of people in Phuket contracting dengue following a Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) report issued last week confirming that Phuket has the highest per capita infection rate in the country.
However, with Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Jirapan Teapan unavailable for comment this week, a Department of Disease Control (DDC) official posted at the PPHO had little to say on the matter.
The official confirmed that since the start of the year 220 people in Phuket had been confirmed by local hospitals as contracting dengue, the same figure revealed in a report posted on the DDC website last Tuesday (April 10). (See report here.)