Month: November 1998

  • PhuketFund Donations Top 4.6 Million Baht | Thaiger

    Fund Donations Top 4.6 Million Baht

    PHUKET TOWN: More than 4.6 million baht has been donated by local residents and organizations to the nationwide Thai-Help-Thai Fund, the Phuket Provincial Administrative Office announced last week. Through November 26, a total of 4,605,472 baht had been raised in the grassroots effort to help repay Thailand’s national debt and fund various social assistance programs.

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  • PhuketSwing Set Collapse Kills Youngster | Thaiger

    Swing Set Collapse Kills Youngster

    PA KHLOCK: A seven-year-old boy was killed last Thursday when a playground swing set collapsed during a morning recess at Ban Para School. Witnesses told Thalang District police that primary student Saroj Lawan was swinging on the apparatus with another male classmate at around 11 o’clock on the morning of November 26 when it suddenly collapsed. A metal support struck…

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  • PhuketEuropeans Check In For Long Stays | Thaiger

    Europeans Check In For Long Stays

    BANGKOK: When it comes to taking a holiday in Thailand, German and Swiss tourists check in for the longest stays. Vacationers from the two European countries remained, on average, in the Kingdom longer than any other segment surveyed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in its just-released detailed statistical report for the first half of the year. From January…

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  • PhuketSearch Continues For Suspects | Thaiger

    Search Continues For Suspects

    PHUKET TOWN: Police investigators are continuing their manhunt for two Thai male suspects wanted in connection with the October 27 shooting of Sea Canoe Thailand Day Trip Operation Manager Panwong Hirunchai. Phuket Provincial Police Commander Kongpol Suwannaraks told the Gazette yesterday that the suspected gunman and getaway motorbike driver, both Thai males, remain at large. Three teams of investigators have…

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  • PhuketOfficials Keeping Eye On Jet-skis | Thaiger

    Officials Keeping Eye On Jet-skis

    PHUKET: As the high season gets underway, authorities are keeping a close watch on jet-ski rental businesses operating on west coast beaches to ensure compliance with provincial regulations. Vice Governor Amnuay Sanguannam is overseeing the joint enforcement efforts of district, harbor, marine and police officials. Weekly reports are being filed by the various departments with the vice governor’s office in…

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  • PhuketForeigner Death Toll On The Rise | Thaiger

    Foreigner Death Toll On The Rise

    PHUKET TOWN: The number of foreigners who have died in Phuket so far this year has surpassed the total recorded in 1997, Phuket Tourist Police told the Gazette today. A total of 33 foreigners died in the province from January 1 through November 25, 1998. By comparison, 23 deaths were recorded in calendar year 1997. Of the 33 deaths recorded…

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  • PhuketImmigration To “Encourage” Registration | Thaiger

    Immigration To “Encourage” Registration

    PHUKET TOWN: Pol Col Phirojana Paresakul, Superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Office, told the Gazette today that his office will be “encouraging” all aliens who remain in Thailand for longer than 90 days to notify the department of their residential address every three months as required by law. He stated that the law would be strictly enforced by his officers…

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  • PhuketSurvey Reveals Room At The Inn | Thaiger

    Survey Reveals Room At The Inn

    PHUKET TOWN: Last-minute vacationers hoping to reserve a room along Phuket’s sun-drenched beaches for a year-end holiday are coming up empty. But while seaside accommodation from Nai Yang to Nai Harn is booked solid from Christmas through the first weekend of the New Year, there is room at the inn in Phuket Town. A random telephone survey conducted today by…

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  • PhuketSuspect Nabbed In Yacht Burglary | Thaiger

    Suspect Nabbed In Yacht Burglary

    CHALONG BAY: Police arrested a suspect yesterday in the theft of nearly 200,000 baht in cash and personal effects from a foreign flag yacht moored in this popular bay. Prakit Thongnok, 23, was charged in connection with a theft last month of items on board a yacht owned by Maria Gonzales. According to police, the suspect, a Songkhla native who…

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  • PhuketDoctor Testifies In Murder Trial | Thaiger

    Doctor Testifies In Murder Trial

    PHUKET TOWN: A doctor who examined the body of Roger Jennings testified in court yesterday that the 56-year-old British publican died from a loss of blood following 19 stab wounds. Dr Somchai Chaichayanon of Kathu Hospital was the only witness called to the stand on Monday before Phuket Provincial Court Judge Amornpoj Kulwijit in the ongoing trial of two suspects…

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  • PhuketActivists Call For End To “Rape” Of Maya Bay | Thaiger

    Activists Call For End To “Rape” Of Maya Bay

    PHUKET TOWN: A group of 20 environmental activists staged a rally outside two city venues on Saturday afternoon to protest the changes underway at Phi Phi Leh Island’s Maya Bay to accommodate the shooting of the Hollywood film The Beach. Flanked by fellow activists from Krabi and Trang provinces, Wisanu Mula of the Phuket Environmental Club called on the public…

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  • PhuketStudent Prostitutes Among Seven Arrested | Thaiger

    Student Prostitutes Among Seven Arrested

    PHUKET TOWN: Undercover officers from the Phuket Tourist Police raided a home near Sapan Hin and arrested a 50-year-old man along with six female suspects – including two 15-year-old twins – on prostitution charges. Posing as customers, the two plainclothes officers entered the residence on Soi Tonphol, Phuket Road, shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday and inquired about sex services from…

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  • PhuketEuropeans Fuel September Gain | Thaiger

    Europeans Fuel September Gain

    BANGKOK: International tourist arrivals at Bangkok International Airport registered a 17.8 percent year-on-year gain in September, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced. European markets, led by the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, contributed to the double-digit increase. A total of 29,315 UK tourists arrived at the airport during the month, a gain of more than 10,000 arrivals compared to September last…

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  • PhuketPoll Confirms Perceptions Of Local Driving | Thaiger

    Poll Confirms Perceptions Of Local Driving

    PHUKET TOWN: In the Gazette Poll for the week ended at noon today, 71.8% of the 662 participants responded “Yes, absolutely” to the question, “Do you feel that driving in Phuket is too risky?” 21.4% voted “No, not really,” and 6.8% said they didn’t know. The perception that driving here is excessively risky was strongest among local foreign residents, 85%…

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  • PhuketOfficials Raid Illegal Tin Refinery | Thaiger

    Officials Raid Illegal Tin Refinery

    PHUKET TOWN: Following undercover surveillance by mineral resources officers, authorities raided a sand processing yard fronting for an illegal tin refinery. Phuket Town Police Superintendent Pol Col Chalit Tintanee and Phuket Mineral Resources Department Chief Panya Worathammaporn, along with officers of both departments, descended on the 15-rai facility, located at 163/5 Wichitsongkram Road, at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon and uncovered five…

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  • PhuketMurder Trial On Court Docket | Thaiger

    Murder Trial On Court Docket

    PHUKET TOWN: Testimony is scheduled to resume next Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the Phuket Provincial Courthouse in the trial of two adult suspects charged in connection with the brutal stabbing death of Roger Jennings. Nongnut Tungkaburi, the common law wife of the slain 56-year-old British publican, is standing trial along with Kraisorn Kamnoun on charges of participation in…

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  • PhuketDengue Fever Cases Skyrocket | Thaiger

    Dengue Fever Cases Skyrocket

    PHUKET: Reported cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) in the province during the first ten months of 1998 have surpassed the combined total of the past three years. Provincial Health Officer Dr Boonriang Chuchaisangrat told the Gazette today that 755 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were documented by his department through the end of October. The ten-month total is more…

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  • PhuketLeonids Viewing Washed Out | Thaiger

    Leonids Viewing Washed Out

    PHUKET: The much-anticipated sighting of the Leonids meteorite shower never materialized for local stargazers who gathered overnight at two popular viewpoints. By 11 p.m. on Monday, small groups had arrived at Laem Promthep, (at the southern end of the island), hoping to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon predicted to appear between midnight and 5 o’clock this morning. Over at…

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  • PhuketTests Confirm Drugs in 15 Samples | Thaiger

    Tests Confirm Drugs in 15 Samples

    PHUKET TOWN: Fifteen of 51 urine samples sent to a regional health department testing laboratory in Trang following the raid at the At Eaze Music House in September have tested positive for amphetamines, Phuket Provincial Health Officer Dr Boonriang Chuchaisangrat told the Gazette today. The urinalyses were carried out to confirm initial results obtained by local health officers who conducted…

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  • PhuketVacationers Getting Soaked | Thaiger

    Vacationers Getting Soaked

    PHUKET: Heavy rainshowers are giving the high tourist season a wet start as precipitation for the first half of the month has surpassed last November’s total rainfall. The Southwestern Meteorological Center told the Gazette today that a total of 252.6 millimeters of rain was recorded during the first 15 days of this month at the bureau’s monitoring station at Phuket…

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  • PhuketSeven Held On Oil Smuggling Charges | Thaiger

    Seven Held On Oil Smuggling Charges

    PHANG NGA: One vessel was impounded and seven suspects arrested following a raid on an oil smuggling boat operating in the waters off Khura Buri district. Marine police boarded the Chok Krating 7 off the coast of Surin Island at around 10 o’clock Saturday night and took the vessel’s skipper and crew, all Thais, into custody after discovering a total…

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  • PhuketLocal Internet Poll Launched | Thaiger

    Local Internet Poll Launched

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Gazette has announced the launching today of a weekly opinion poll on its websites. Focusing on strictly local issues of interest to the island’s residents and legions of tourists, the Gazette Poll appears on both the Phuket Residents’ Page ( and on the Phuket Gazette Online at The results of each poll, broken down into…

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