Month: January 1999

  • PhuketNew Stadium For Karon | Thaiger

    New Stadium For Karon

    KARON BEACH: Construction started earlier this month on Phase I of a 10 million baht football stadium and grandstand at Karon. Located on 10 rai of land on Bang Ngueg Road (the ‘Beach Road’) at the south end of the beach near the Ruam Thep Inn, the 1,000-seat, 117-meter-long facility is slated for completion in September. Tawee Thongchaem, head of…

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  • PhuketLocal Internet Services Receive Poor Rating | Thaiger

    Local Internet Services Receive Poor Rating

    PHUKET: Internet services available in Phuket are perceived as offering very substantial opportunities for growth in terms of quality, according to the weekly Gazette Poll which closed on January 22. From the four available answers to the question, “How would you rate the quality of Internet service in Phuket?”, 41.5% of the internet poll’s 680 participants clicked on “unsatisfactory,” with…

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  • PhuketRugby Tournament Postponed | Thaiger

    Rugby Tournament Postponed

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s first international rugby tournament, scheduled to take place at Sapan Hin Stadium February 27-28, has been postponed until May. The event, under the Patronage of His Majesty The King, is being organized by the Thai Rugby Union in cooperation with Phuket municipality. Phuket Mayor Phumisak Hongyok told the Gazette yesterday that the head of the Thai Rugby…

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  • PhuketTourist Belted By Tuk Tuk Driver | Thaiger

    Tourist Belted By Tuk Tuk Driver

    PHUKET TOWN: Kenneth James Nelson, a 51-year-old Englishman, discovered that it can be painful indeed to thwart the aspirations of a tuk-tuk driver. At 8.30 a.m. on January 25, he was walking along the street in front of the Ruangjit Cinema (opposite The Metropole hotel) in Phuket Town when a red tuk-tuk approached him. The driver asked if he needed…

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  • PhuketTrade Fairs Seen As Harmful To Local Merchants | Thaiger

    Trade Fairs Seen As Harmful To Local Merchants

    PHUKET TOWN: Growing numbers of Trade Fairs traveling into and around Phuket are damaging the business of many local shops, according to the Phuket Merchants Association. They say they have been receiving waves of complaints from the shops and that some have had to close down, unable to compete with the marketing power and pricing practices of the fairs. A…

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  • Phuket1999 Gazette Guide Now On Sale | Thaiger

    1999 Gazette Guide Now On Sale

    PHUKET TOWN: The 1999 Gazette Guide, Phuket’s Business & Entertainment Directory, or ‘yellow’ pages, is now on sale. Priced at 140 baht, the 310-page book, containing 2,504 listings, is the island’s largest business database. The Guide may be purchased at the following locations: Deli Supermarket (Patong), Dokyah Bookstore (Phuket Town), Good Earth Books & Tea Room (Kata Center), Jay’s Business…

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  • PhuketMunicipal Schools Hiring Foreign Teachers | Thaiger

    Municipal Schools Hiring Foreign Teachers

    PHUKET TOWN: In a first for Thailand, the Phuket Municipality is to enter into a contract with a private company to improve the quality of English among primary students at municipal schools. ELT Phuket will be employed to raise the standard of English among the municipality’s teachers, according to Somjai Suwansupana, a Phuket municipal counselor. “We want to improve the…

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  • PhuketNavy’s Third Fleet Heightens Safety Role | Thaiger

    Navy’s Third Fleet Heightens Safety Role

    CAPE PANWA: Vice Admiral Somphop Bhuridej, Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet, announced on Wednesday that the Third Fleet will assist in ensuring safety for those who travel by boat to Phuket’s outlying islands. The announcement follows a spate of fatal accidents which occurred in the region’s public ferry services last year, and which were summarized…

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  • PhuketHygienic Food – An Amazing Achievement | Thaiger

    Hygienic Food – An Amazing Achievement

    PHUKET TOWN: Many of Phuket’s restaurants need to lift their standards of cleanliness and service, according to Cdr Dr Deja Sukaromana, the Deputy Minister of Public Health. Cdr Dr Deja is in Phuket to promote the “Amazing Hygienic Food” campaign set up by the Phuket Provincial Health Department and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Restaurants are an intrinsic part of…

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  • PhuketBank To Auction Properties | Thaiger

    Bank To Auction Properties

    PHUKET: A number of local properties will go under the hammer at the Patong and Chao Fa Road branches of Siam Commercial Bank from January 22 through 24. They include 16 townhouses, 20 detached homes, several condominium units, 26 shophouses, and land. Prices for some of the properties are expected to reach 40 million baht, while others will change hands…

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  • PhuketLaw, Order, And Tuk-Tuk Power | Thaiger

    Law, Order, And Tuk-Tuk Power

    PATONG BEACH: At a time when many wonder who, if anyone, is really running the show in Patong, a new contender has emerged and demonstrated that he is a force to be reckoned with. When roughly 100 tuk-tuk drivers banned together late Friday night to block Patong’s beach road for more than three hours following a police lock-up of two…

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  • Phuket1998 Saw Growth In Crime, Arrests | Thaiger

    1998 Saw Growth In Crime, Arrests

    PHUKET TOWN: The number of crimes in Phuket increased by 2.5 percent to 3,065 last year, according to figures handed to the Gazette by Phuket Provincial Police earlier this week. Arrests also increased, climbing 5.9 percent to 4,504 in 1998. Police said the increase in criminal activity on the island was due to Thailand’s economic slump, rising unemployment having forced…

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  • PhuketAnother Thai Navy Vessel Comes Under Attack | Thaiger

    Another Thai Navy Vessel Comes Under Attack

    RANONG: A Royal Thai Navy surveillance vessel has been engaged in gun battle with an unidentified fishing boat for the second time in less than a month, Vice Admiral Somphop Bhuridej, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet, told the Gazette earlier this week. Both incidents occurred in Thai territorial waters off Ranong province. On December 19, two officers…

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  • PhuketUS Navy Visits Phuket | Thaiger

    US Navy Visits Phuket

    PATONG BEACH: Three US naval ships, the USS Boxer, USS Cleveland and USS Harpers Ferry, with a total of about 2,000 officers and crew, are visiting Phuket from 13 to 18 January 1999. The vessels are anchored in Patong Bay. Captain Robert C. Massey of the USS Boxer, Captain J. A. Winnefeld, Jr. of the USS Cleveland and Captain Terence…

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  • PhuketSwiss Tourist Robbed In Phuket Town | Thaiger

    Swiss Tourist Robbed In Phuket Town

    PHUKT TOWN: A Swissair pilot had his pack snatched while riding a rented motorbike in Sapan Hin yesterday. It was the second such incident to be reported to the Gazette by police in a period of three days. Mr Philipe Braun, 58, who is on holiday in Phuket with his family, told police two teenagers on a motorbike came along…

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  • PhuketTAT Guides The Way | Thaiger

    TAT Guides The Way

    BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has tightened language qualifications for the country’s army of tour guides. People now wishing to register as guides for foreign tourists must have one of the following qualifications: · A high school education with a certificate in a foreign language; · A high school education with at least 150 hours of certified training…

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  • PhuketThalang Hospital Wing To Open | Thaiger

    Thalang Hospital Wing To Open

    THALANG: Thalang Hospital will officially open its new 60-bed patient wing on February 11. The 11.5-million baht, two-story building will be opened by the Sheikhul Islam and the abbot of Wat Sa Khed. Phuket Governor Chadej Insawang will attend the ceremony. People wishing to donate money for medical equipment can contact Orapin Ratanarat at Thalang Hospital. Tel: (076) 311033-4, ext…

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  • PhuketThe Beach Hits Phuket | Thaiger

    The Beach Hits Phuket

    Producers of the controversial movie The Beach, featuring superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, are seeking permission from authorities to film a number of scenes in Phuket. Film-makers want to shoot scenes in a shoe factory in Baan Manic from February 27 to March 17; at Cape Promthep March 3; Naithon Nui Beach on March 18; Surin Beach from March 19-22; Kata Beach…

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  • PhuketAmerican Found Dead in Patong | Thaiger

    American Found Dead in Patong

    PATONG BEACH: A 29-year-old American resident of Phuket was found dead in a Patong guest house on Sunday, according to Kathu police. Mr Korey Alan Lee, who worked for a Phuket dive company and had lived on the island for about three years, was found dead by his brother after the two had been involved in a long drinking session,…

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  • PhuketPoacher Pays For Monkey Business | Thaiger

    Poacher Pays For Monkey Business

    THALANG: Phuket police have charged a 62-year-old man in connection with the poaching and killing of protected wildlife on Toh Sae Mountain. Ging Phollom, from Tambon Sri Soonthorn, Amphur Thalang, was arrested following a tip-off by members of the Toh Sae Mountain Walkers’ Club. He was found in possession of a monkey corpse, a live monitor lizard and a live…

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  • PhuketPolice Bag Two In Chalong | Thaiger

    Police Bag Two In Chalong

    CHALONG: Pol Col Decha Budnampeth, Chief of Police at Chalong, told a press conference this morning that a woman was robbed of her handbag while crossing the bridge on the road into Wat Chalong early on Saturday. The victim, Areerat Nusri, 34, reported the incident to police at Chalong station at 7:30 Saturday morning. She said the bag had been…

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  • PhuketVisa Criteria, Procedures Clarified | Thaiger

    Visa Criteria, Procedures Clarified

    PHUKET TOWN: The superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Office, Pol Col Phirojana Praesakul, confirmed to the Gazette this morning that the financial requirements for the non-immigrant ‘O-A’ visa are as follows: 1) at least 800,000 baht in liquid funds in a Thai or overseas bank (the definition of “liquid” was not immediately available, so it was not clear whether fixed…

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