Month: January 2000

  • Phuket NewsCook delivers special surprise aboard dive boat | Thaiger

    Cook delivers special surprise aboard dive boat

    BURMA BANKS: A 28-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl at sea while on a seven-day live-aboard Millennium dive trip from Phuket to the Burma Banks. While guests aboard the boat, the Ugly Duck, were having dinner on the upper deck on the evening of January 2, Chamnan (“Nang”) Srinuan, a second cook working for High Class Adventure Phuket,…

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  • Phuket NewsOccupancy rates improve dramatically | Thaiger

    Occupancy rates improve dramatically

    PHUKET: Occupancy rates at most of Phuket’s hotels are looking much better than two weeks ago. Almost all of the hotels contacted by the Gazette today report that cancellations have dwindled and bookings are picking up. Our table illustrates what has happened over the past two weeks. Generally, at this time of year, Phuket’s hotels budget for occupancies of 75-80%.…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice seize copies of banned Hollywood movie | Thaiger

    Police seize copies of banned Hollywood movie

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai undercover police arrested two men suspected of producing pirated copies of banned Hollywood movie “Anna and the King” which censors have ruled disrespectful to the monarchy, police said this morning. Rawiphat Sawatwattawong, and Phallop Yoosabai, both 24, were detained near Bangkok’s Pantip Plaza, a software and entertainment center, late yesterday. They were found in possession of 200…

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  • Phuket NewsLong jail terms for Krabi tourist killers | Thaiger

    Long jail terms for Krabi tourist killers

    KRABI (AFP): The two teenagers arrested for the murder of an Australian tourist in Krabi have received long jail terms after a nine-hour court session in which both pleaded guilty. The older of the two, 19-year-old Pairoj Yoamyat, was initially sentenced to death for robbing and murdering Cheree Cobcroft, 24, whose naked body was found tied to a stake near…

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  • Phuket NewsGerman tourist killed “by shark’ | Thaiger

    German tourist killed “by shark’

    BANGKOK (AFP): A German tourist has died after apparently being bitten by a shark in the waters off Koh Pha Ngan, police said today. The man, identified by police as Stephan Olaf Kahl, 35, from Hamburg, bled to death from a 10-centimeter-long cut on his right arm and a 15-centimeter cut to his right calf. “He was pronounced dead before…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo found murdered near fishing port | Thaiger

    Two found murdered near fishing port

    PHUKET TOWN: Two men, thought to be fishermen, were found dead on Si Sena Rd near Phya Thai Hospital in Phuket Town, one on Tuesday and another yesterday. Pol Maj Vinai Kongkaew of the Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that the first body was found at around 10 pm on Tuesday. The man is believed to have died…

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  • Phuket NewsPhumisak Hongyok returns as mayor of Phuket | Thaiger

    Phumisak Hongyok returns as mayor of Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: Phumisak Hongyok was again selected mayor of Phuket Town by the city’s Municipal Council today at its first meeting since the December 25 council elections. Mayor Phumisak, and the three newly appointed vice-mayors, Aryoot Tarnsiriroj, Somjai Suwansupapana, and Jongrak Nareukatpichai, are all from the Young People’s Party, the party with the most seats on the Municipal Council. Khun…

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  • Phuket NewsGambling once again tops monthly crime list | Thaiger

    Gambling once again tops monthly crime list

    PHUKET: Statistics released today by Phuket Provincial Police, covering crimes committed between December 1 and 25, showed that 144 people were arrested for gambling in the course of 116 raids. Drug possession was next on the list with 122 arrests. There were 46 arrests for robbery and theft. Prostitutes were arrested 31 times and 19 people were held for possessing…

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  • Phuket NewsGruesome toll on Thai highways | Thaiger

    Gruesome toll on Thai highways

    PHUKET: The Public Health Ministry says at least 300 people died and 19,433 were injured in auto accidents in Thailand over the holiday period. Ministry officials speculate that many of the accidents were caused by drivers relying on amphetamines to stay awake. During the four-day New Year’s holiday here in Phuket, 261 people were injured and 9 killed in car…

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  • Phuket NewsNight on town costs tourist 160,000 baht | Thaiger

    Night on town costs tourist 160,000 baht

    PHUKET: A Swedish tourist says that spending New Year’s Eve with a prostitute cost him 160,000 baht. The victim, Sven Anders Fireballs (not his real name), 32, met a woman in a bar on Soi Bangla. After drinking and chatting, the two decided to go into Phuket Town where they checked into the 999 Motel on Kra Road for a…

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  • Phuket NewsControversy over suicide of Maikhao tambon boss | Thaiger

    Controversy over suicide of Maikhao tambon boss

    MAIKHAO: As reported earlier by the Phuket Gazette Online, the president of the Maikhao Tambon Administrative Council (OrBorTor), Boonchoo Rakrungsimansuk, 55, apparently took his life on December 17 by drinking a liter of pesticide. The police have confirmed that the death was a suicide and have declared the case “closed”. Dollar Loala, a member of OrBorTor Maikhao, disagrees and thinks…

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