Month: September 1998

  • Phuket NewsGovernor Relaxes Enforcement Of Helmet Law | Thaiger

    Governor Relaxes Enforcement Of Helmet Law

    PHUKET TOWN: The Governor of Phuket directed police to relax enforcement of the helmet regulation for motorbike taxi passengers following a vocal protest in the heart of Phuket Town yesterday afternoon. An estimated 800 protesters gathered at the Suriyadet Circle fountain at noon to listen as spokesmen called for an end to the enforcement of the regulation requiring both drivers…

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  • Phuket NewsBanyan Tree Tops Reader Poll | Thaiger

    Banyan Tree Tops Reader Poll

    PHUKET: Conde Nast Traveller magazine has named the Banyan Tree Phuket as the world’s best spa resort following tabulation of more than 26,000 votes cast in its 1998 Readers Travel Awards poll, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has announced. Readers cited the resort’s service, quality spa treatments and facilities, accommodations and unique ambience in casting their votes. “This award is…

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  • Phuket NewsInternational Field Set For Soccer Cup | Thaiger

    International Field Set For Soccer Cup

    KOH KAEW: Organizers of the Phuket International Football Cup have confirmed eight participants in the two-day tournament set for October 31 and November 1 at Dulwich International College. Competitors include two teams from Vietnam – Olympic Saigon and the Saigon Saints – along with the Miguel Lions from Taipei and The Swiss Club from Singapore. They will be joined by…

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  • Phuket NewsMurder Trial On Thursday’s Docket | Thaiger

    Murder Trial On Thursday’s Docket

    PHUKET TOWN: Testimony in the trial of two suspects charged in connection with the murder of Patong resident Roger Jennings is scheduled to resume at the Phuket Provincial Courthouse on Thursday, October 1, at 9 a.m. Nongnut Tungkaburi, Jennings’ common law wife, and Kraisorn Kamnoun are standing trial for their suspected roles in what prosecutors contend was a murder-for-hire scheme.

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  • Phuket NewsSimilans Visitor Totals Capped | Thaiger

    Similans Visitor Totals Capped

    PHUKET TOWN: A maximum of 340 daily visitor permits will be issued by authorities of the Similans National Park, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Region 4 office announced on Friday. National park officials are also urging visitors to the popular islands to refrain from discarding plastic and polystyrene food containers, the TAT said.

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  • Phuket NewsVoice of America Reaches Phuket | Thaiger

    Voice of America Reaches Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: 207 Studio, which operates local radio station 89 FM, has announced the signing of an agreement with the United States Information Agency to rebroadcast programs supplied by The Voice of America (VOA). The station will feature the English language programming nightly between 7:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., beginning this Thursday. Veteran radio show host Don Sullivan has been…

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  • Phuket NewsBar Girl Lured Into Nightmare | Thaiger

    Bar Girl Lured Into Nightmare

    PATONG: A 25-year-old bar girl filed a police complaint against a German tourist after he allegedly injured her by repeatedly biting her vagina, Kathu district police reported. Suwanee Okaew, 25, told authorities she went to a Patong Beach hotel room with a male bar patron shortly before midnight on Wednesday, September 23. While the two were engaged in sex, the…

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  • Phuket NewsAngel Airlines Takes Flight | Thaiger

    Angel Airlines Takes Flight

    PHUKET: Thailand’s newest carrier, Angel Airlines, has announced its schedule of domestic and international flights originating from Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Udon Thani and Singapore. Earlier this year, the airline was named the country’s second national carrier, joining Thai Airways International. From Phuket, there are three destinations, each of which is non-stop. These are Bangkok, on Tuesday, Thursday,…

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  • Phuket NewsWitness: Debts Led To Tong Murder | Thaiger

    Witness: Debts Led To Tong Murder

    PHUKET TOWN: The investigator who headed the probe into the slaying of Danis Wayne Tong testified yesterday in Phuket Provincial Court that the five suspects on trial participated in a murder-for-hire scheme following a fallout between the victim and well-known local businessman Hugo Vandervelde. Pol Maj Preecha Kla-thanong, Chief of the Special Investigations Unit for Phuket Province, told the court…

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  • Phuket NewsSea Walking Activities To Cease In ’99 | Thaiger

    Sea Walking Activities To Cease In ’99

    PHUKET TOWN: Prajuab Thangka-aree, Chief of the Region 2 Tourist Business and Guide Office, has announced that three local businesses will be permitted to offer sea walker expeditions until their current licences for the activity expire. The official made the announcement on Saturday at the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel following a decision by the Tourist Business and Guide Commission in…

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  • Phuket NewsVisa Overstay Charge To Double | Thaiger

    Visa Overstay Charge To Double

    PHUKET TOWN: Those who fail to keep tabs on the expiration date of their visa will pay more next month for their oversights. Immigration officials told the Gazette today that the penalty for overstaying will rise from 100 baht to 200 baht a day, effective October 1.

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  • Phuket NewsSwiss Tourist Drowns At Kata Beach | Thaiger

    Swiss Tourist Drowns At Kata Beach

    KATA: A Swiss tourist drowned on Sunday after he failed to heed warnings and went swimming in heavy seas, Chalong district police reported. The victim, identified by authorities as 67-year-old Jean Jacques Arsene, entered the water at Kata Yai Beach around 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon despite pleas from his spouse to stay out of the rough surf. Sangduan Danchong told…

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  • Phuket NewsClub Patrons Subjected to Drug Tests | Thaiger

    Club Patrons Subjected to Drug Tests

    PHUKET TOWN: Fifty-one patrons of the At Ease Night Club on Soi Surin tested positive for drugs following a check by authorities early Sunday morning. Bangkok narcotics control officers joined Phuket Tourist Police in sealing the popular nightclub at 1:20 a.m. and ordering patrons to undergo drug testing in what authorities say was the first-ever raid of its kind in…

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  • Phuket NewsFlash Flood Watch Issued | Thaiger

    Flash Flood Watch Issued

    PHUKET: Officials at the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center issued a flash flood advisory this morning for the provinces of Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong. The bureau said thundershowers and isolated heavy rains were expected today in the three provinces. Yesterday, a total of 75.9 millimeters of rain was recorded at Phuket International Airport along with wind gusts of up to…

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  • Phuket NewsIllegal Workers Filling Local Jailhouse | Thaiger

    Illegal Workers Filling Local Jailhouse

    CHERNG TALAY: With resources at Phuket Provincial Prison taxed to the limit, immigration officials have been forced to use local jails to hold illegal foreign workers and their children pending their transfer to border camps. Among the jails being used for this purpose is the one at the Cherng Talay Sub-district Police Station where as many as 30 illegal Burmese…

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  • Phuket NewsLocal Showroom Is One For The Records | Thaiger

    Local Showroom Is One For The Records

    PHUKET: The island will have yet another claim to fame as what is being billed as “the world’s biggest jewelry store” opens its doors on October 10. The new emporium is on the Bypass Road north of Phuket Town. At 2,000 square meters, Gems Gallery Phuket will be the third and largest showroom operated by Bangkok-based Gems Gallery International Manufacturing…

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  • Phuket NewsSearch Intensifies For Missing Tourist | Thaiger

    Search Intensifies For Missing Tourist

    KOH PHANGAN: Local and regional authorities have stepped up their search for a Japanese tourist who has been missing for more than a week from this resort island near Koh Samui. Phangan Deputy Police Chief Pol Lt-Col Prayoon Krutmusik told the Gazette this morning that helicopters and specially-trained scent dogs from Provincial Police Region 8 Headquarters in Surat Thani were…

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  • Phuket NewsHoteliers To Add 345 Rooms | Thaiger

    Hoteliers To Add 345 Rooms

    KARON BEACH: Innkeepers on this popular stretch of beach are busily preparing new guest rooms as the high tourist season approaches. Karon’s newest hotel will debut next month with the planned grand opening of the Phuket Sukpracha Resort. Located on Patak Road near the Karon Circle, the 200 million baht project includes 196 guest rooms, a shopping arcade, a Thai…

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  • Phuket NewsDeadly Intersection Gets Attention | Thaiger

    Deadly Intersection Gets Attention

    PHUKET TOWN: Drivers plying the Airport Bypass Road are being given a bumpy ride for safety’s sake as they approach the junction with Phra Phuket Road (also known as the Samkong-Kathu Road) on the city’s northwest side. A series of 15 one-and-one-half-centimeter-high speed bumps were installed last week along the northbound and southbound approaches to the intersection in response to…

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  • Phuket NewsHelmet Compliance Gets “Thumbs Up’ | Thaiger

    Helmet Compliance Gets “Thumbs Up’

    PHUKET TOWN: Bikers dusted off their helmets before venturing out yesterday as local police stepped up enforcement of Thailand’s three-year-old motorbike safety helmet regulation. Drivers and passengers donned headgear as police conducted roadside checkpoints along the island’s major thoroughfares. In Phuket Town, helmet checks were conducted on Montri Road near The Metropole hotel as well as arteries leading out of…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice Nab Two In Theft Ring | Thaiger

    Police Nab Two In Theft Ring

    PHUKET TOWN: A motorbike theft ring was broken up by Muang district crime suppression officers on Sunday, Provincial Police Commander Kongpol Suwannaraks announced this morning. Officers arrested 38-year-old Sirisak Songsiri of Phuket Town near the Honda automobile dealership on Phang Nga Road at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday while he was attempting to steal a motorbike parked at the site of…

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  • Phuket NewsShouting Subsides At Local Prison | Thaiger

    Shouting Subsides At Local Prison

    PHUKET TOWN: Visitors to Phuket Provincial Prison are saving their voices, thanks to a newly-installed two-way communication system at the facility. Visitors can now pick up a handset and converse directly with an inmate for 15 minutes inside the visiting room. The new 20,000-baht system has replaced the jail’s antiquated set-up wherein the parties – separated by steel curtains and…

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  • Phuket NewsBikers Shelling Out Cash For Headgear | Thaiger

    Bikers Shelling Out Cash For Headgear

    PHUKET TOWN: Sales were brisk over the weekend at T.S. Trading on Phuket Road in advance of Tuesday’s expected crackdown on motorbike helmet scofflaws. Store owner Taveesak Saelim says business has been in high gear since local authorities earlier this month began their province-wide announcements that strict enforcement of the law, which covers both drivers and passengers, will commence tomorrow,…

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  • Phuket NewsTransit Fee Waived At Don Muang | Thaiger

    Transit Fee Waived At Don Muang

    BANGKOK: Tourist authorities were hailing a recent decision by the Airports Authority of Thailand to exempt international passengers in transit at Bangkok International Airport from a 500 baht airport service charge should they depart the terminal and return to it within 12 hours. The waiver will go into effect on October 1. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Seree Wangpaichitr…

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