Month: March 1999

  • PhuketMore Buoys For Raya Yai As Day Trippers Multiply | Thaiger

    More Buoys For Raya Yai As Day Trippers Multiply

    RAYA YAI: The rising numbers of tourists taking day trips to Raya Yai has prompted the authorities to place more buoys around the island. Tourism Authority of Thailand records show that between 200 and 300 tourists travel to the Raya Yai every day, 95 percent of them on day trips. A survey by the Chulabhorn Research Institute confirmed that the…

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  • PhuketThai Airways To Hike Domestic Fares On April 1 | Thaiger

    Thai Airways To Hike Domestic Fares On April 1

    PHUKET TOWN: The Gazette has learned that Thai Airways is to raise fares on all domestic routes by a whopping 13 percent with effect from April 1. This is despite the fact that the national inflation rate in 1998 was eight percent, and that it is projected to fall to around two percent this year. A source at the airline…

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  • PhuketYacht Burns And Sinks. Four Missing, Feared Dead | Thaiger

    Yacht Burns And Sinks. Four Missing, Feared Dead

    AO CHALONG: Four people are missing and feared dead after a fire erupted aboard a yacht anchored in Phuket’s Chalong Bay in the early hours of March 25. Phuket Marine Police said the fire broke out just before 1 am aboard the 160-foot motor yacht, which they named as the Catarina. Vessels from the Phuket Marine Police, Harbour Region 5…

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  • PhuketJennings Murder Trial Resumes | Thaiger

    Jennings Murder Trial Resumes

    PHUKET TOWN: The court trying two people accused in connection with the murder of Patong-based British publican Roger Jennings reopened on March 24 to hear evidence from two witnesses. Jennings (56), was found stabbed to death at his home in Patong Hill Estate, a residential development between Le Meridien Phuket and Patong, on December 15, 1997. On trial before Phuket…

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  • PhuketHome Buyers Warned To Check Structure Carefully | Thaiger

    Home Buyers Warned To Check Structure Carefully

    PHUKET TOWN: A Public Works officer has warned would-be buyers of townhouses that they must be sure the structure of the building is safe before they buy. Khun Nakonthon Kittisittho, chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Works Office, issued the warning following the collapse of a row of townhouses in Bangkok earlier this month. “My advice to would-be home buyers…

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  • PhuketSchool Gears Up For Green Certificate | Thaiger

    School Gears Up For Green Certificate

    PHUKET TOWN: Stree Phuket School is one of 13 schools in Thailand selected by the Department of Education to apply for international certification that they meet ‘best practices’ for environmental management. To get ISO 14001 certification from the International Standards Organization, the school will have to show that it has an efficient system for managing everything from separation of waste,…

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  • PhuketFloating Medics Go Back To Sea | Thaiger

    Floating Medics Go Back To Sea

    PHUKET TOWN: The floating medics of the south are back at work again after a two-month break for their vessel, the Andaman, to undergo a thorough overhaul following nearly five years at sea. Their first job on the refurbished vessel was to help tourists and athletes involved in the 3rd Thailand International Canoe Races at Krabi earlier this month. Dr…

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  • PhuketSouth Koreans Top 1998 Arrests League Table | Thaiger

    South Koreans Top 1998 Arrests League Table

    PHUKET: South Koreans headed the list of foreigners arrested last year, according to figures provided the Gazette by Phuket Provincial Police Headquarters yesterday. Of the 38 foreigners arrested in 1998, 15 were Koreans, followed by Germans (six), British (four), Filipinos and Burmese (three each) and Frenchmen and Swedes (two apiece). Arrests for working illegally topped the league, with 22 offenders…

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  • PhuketBig “Yes” Vote For Duty Free Port | Thaiger

    Big “Yes” Vote For Duty Free Port

    PHUKET TOWN: More than two thirds of the 636 participants in the Gazette Poll which closed at noon yesterday believe that ‘Duty Free’ port status would be good for Phuket. The overall vote was 67.4 percent in favour, with 15.5 percent against and 17.1 percent “Not sure”. Most in favour were tourists and visitors to Phuket, 71 percent of whom…

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  • Phuket190 Illegals Nabbed | Thaiger

    190 Illegals Nabbed

    PATONG BEACH: Immigration, Marine Police and Tourist Police officers rounded up 190 illegal aliens last week. Of the 190, 164 were from Burma and 26 from Cambodia. Pol Gen Sant Sarutanond, Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, said most of the illegals were arrested in Patong. Tourists want to relax, he said, but the illegal beggars, particularly the children,…

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  • PhuketTraffic Accidents Kill 20, Injure 1,034 | Thaiger

    Traffic Accidents Kill 20, Injure 1,034

    PHUKET TOWN: Twenty people were killed in traffic accidents between January 20 and February 20, and a further 1,034 were injured, according to figures from the three state hospitals, Wachira, Thalang and Patong. Motorcycle accidents were to blame for the vast majority of deaths and injuries. Of the 20 dead, 19 were killed on motorbikes, with only one dying in…

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  • PhuketFish Loved El Niño | Thaiger

    Fish Loved El Niño

    PHUKET: The weather phenomenon known as El Niño may have brought floods, drought and other forms of misery to many people around the world, but not to fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean – they benefited from it with bumper catches. It seems that with the appearance of El Niño last year, fish from all over the world decided to…

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  • PhuketMarital Bliss Imperiled In Paradise | Thaiger

    Marital Bliss Imperiled In Paradise

    PHUKET: If you want a marriage that’s going to last, don’t marry in Phuket, and definitely don’t marry someone from either the hotel or entertainment industry – it could all end in tears. That, at least appears to be the message from Phuket’s latest marriage and divorce statistics. It seems that couples getting hitched in Phuket are more likely to…

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  • PhuketOpinion Closely Split On Legalized Gambling | Thaiger

    Opinion Closely Split On Legalized Gambling

    PHUKET: Readers of the Phuket Gazette are split right down the middle on the question of whether legal gambling and casinos would be a favorable development for Phuket. A record 955 voters participated in the newspaper’s poll which closed at noon today. It posed the question: “Would you like to see legalized gambling and the opening of casinos in Phuket?”…

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  • PhuketTwo Tourists Drown In Separate Incidents | Thaiger

    Two Tourists Drown In Separate Incidents

    NAIHARN/PATONG: A 50-year-old German man and a 75-year-old Swiss woman, both tourists, drowned in separate incidents last week. On February 27, the German tourist, Arno Krain, drowned at Naiharn Beach. His body was found on the sand by police in a patrol car. The following day, acting on an anonymous tip-off, police recovered the body of Mrs Rosa Marie Spanibrusin…

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  • PhuketPolice Nab Suspected Serial Murderer | Thaiger

    Police Nab Suspected Serial Murderer

    PHUKET TOWN: Police have announced the arrest of a member of a three-man gang believed responsible for a string of murders and vehicle thefts across the southern provinces of Thailand between July and December last year. In custody and charged with murder and theft is Prapai Baupeng, 26, from Krabi. Phuket police allege that he and two others would typically…

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  • PhuketAnti-rabies Campaign Ready For Phuket | Thaiger

    Anti-rabies Campaign Ready For Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: As part of Thailand’s annual drive to eliminate rabies, the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office is offering free vaccinations for the island’s dogs. Announcing details of this year’s campaign, the Chief of the Office, Niphat Roungruang, said he expects to vaccinate about 8,500 of Phuket’s estimated 11,000 dogs by the end of this month. Dog owners may also ask…

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