Year: 2000

  • Phuket NewsBody found on Cape Panwa beach | Thaiger

    Body found on Cape Panwa beach

    AO MAKHAM: The body of a man believed to be a Muslim fisherman was found on the beach in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel on Tuesday evening. Pol Capt Cha-oom Kaosrisuwan of the Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that the man, as yet unidentified, wore a black T-shirt, a green camouflage jacket, and a pair of fishermen’s…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice catch second big drug dealer | Thaiger

    Police catch second big drug dealer

    PHUKET TOWN: Kamol Ratakarn, 27, described by police as a major drug dealer whose trademark was a bronze-colored BMW, was arrested on Tuesday evening in possession of 350 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine). He was the second big dealer arrested this month. On May 8, police caught Seksan Tuambang with 200 tablets of the drug. Pol Capt Passakorn Sonthikul told…

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  • Phuket NewsCrackdown on tinted glass in cars | Thaiger

    Crackdown on tinted glass in cars

    PHUKET: The traffic police will launch a drive soon against vehicles with very darkly tinted windows, it was announced today. Pol Lt Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Deputy Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that a new law comes into effect on June 6, making it illegal to have car windows that have tints cutting out more than 40%…

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  • Phuket NewsSleeping teenager shot dead | Thaiger

    Sleeping teenager shot dead

    PATONG: A 15-year-old boy, sleeping peacefully at home, was killed in the early hours of Saturday in what police say appears to have been an accidental shooting. Pol Col Kokiat Wongworachart, Superintendent of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that Suchart Duangjamlong, 15, was asleep when two bullets, fired from outside, went through the wooden wall of the boy’s home.…

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  • Phuket NewsMissing boatman’s body found | Thaiger

    Missing boatman’s body found

    CHERNG TALAY: The body of a missing boatman was found on Saturday, on the sand at Bangtao Beach. Pol Capt Watcharin Jirattikarnwiwat of Cherng Talay Police Station said police had been told last week that the boatman, Boonthep Padsamai, 25, had been washed out to the sea on Wednesday, May 10. Friends said that Boonthep was helping them to haul…

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  • Phuket NewsParties gear up for national poll | Thaiger

    Parties gear up for national poll

    PHUKET: Two of Thailand’s three major political parties, the Democrats and Thai Rak Thai, are close to final selection of their candidates in the run-up to national elections which must be held before the end of this year. Because of the growth in its population, Phuket will elect two members of parliament – it currently has just one. Thai Rak…

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  • Phuket NewsSharply rising costs hit Laguna profits | Thaiger

    Sharply rising costs hit Laguna profits

    PHUKET: Laguna Resorts & Hotels plc (LRH) saw its net profit drop 21% in the first quarter of 2000, compared with the same period of 1999. The drop, management explained, came mainly as the result of sharp increases in hotel operations and sales costs, and administration expenses. LRH made a profit of 143.6 million baht in the period, compared with…

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  • Phuket News1999 a fine year for tourism in Phuket | Thaiger

    1999 a fine year for tourism in Phuket

    PHUKET: Despite criticism that Phuket has become too expensive for its own good, the number of visitors coming to the island in 1999 was up by 15.9% compared with the previous year. This followed an increase of 10.8% between 1997 and 1998, and 4.8% between 1996 and 1997. The visitors also spent more; the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which…

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  • Phuket NewsConstruction worker electrocuted | Thaiger

    Construction worker electrocuted

    SAMKONG: A workman fixing an aluminum ceiling in a new house in the Sam Kong area died yesterday of electrocution. A colleague of the dead man told police that he was working at the back of the house on Yaowarat Rd, about 200 meters from the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, when he heard a scream from the front of the house.…

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  • Phuket NewsFrench tourist dies after pool mishap | Thaiger

    French tourist dies after pool mishap

    PATONG: A 31-year-old French tourist, Franck Amani, who was pulled from the bottom of a hotel swimming pool yesterday morning, died last night at the Bangkok Phuket Hospital. Pol Maj Pisit Cheanpetch of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that Mr Amani and his friends had gone to Soi Bangla in Patong the previous night and had not returned to…

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  • Phuket NewsBurmese fisherman murdered | Thaiger

    Burmese fisherman murdered

    PHUKET TOWN: A Burmese fisherman was found murdered in a rented house near the fishing port early yesterday morning. Pol Lt Kaneuing Pitakkultorn of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that, at around 10 am yesterday, he received a phone call informing him of the murder. In the house on Anuphasphuketkarn Rd in Tambon Rassada, Lt Kaneuing found the…

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  • Phuket NewsConcessionaires sought for boat quay | Thaiger

    Concessionaires sought for boat quay

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) has admitted defeat in its attempts to get tour boat operators to use its smart new Rassada Quay on Sri Sena Rd. Instead of trying to run the 65-million-baht quay itself, the OrBorJor now plans to call for bids from companies interested in running the pier on a concession basis. “We just…

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  • Phuket NewsReport slams attitudes on domestic violence | Thaiger

    Report slams attitudes on domestic violence

    BANGKOK (AFP): Despite greater democracy and improving economic conditions, Thai women are increasingly at risk from domestic violence, social welfare activists warned today. “Nobody outside the non-governmental organization community is working on the issue. It’s a terrible situation … and the police do not take opportunities to improve their knowledge of the issue,” said Siriporn Skrobanek of the Foundation for…

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  • Phuket NewsFarmers demand help with debts | Thaiger

    Farmers demand help with debts

    BANGKOK (AFP): Ten thousand Thai farmers massed in Bangkok today, demanding government help in their battle to pay debts and a new push on agricultural reform. The demonstrators arrived in trucks from 17 northern provinces and congregated at the city’s Royal Plaza, close to Government House. “They want the government to pay off their debts and to solve problems over…

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  • Phuket NewsCAT makes deep cuts in overseas call rates | Thaiger

    CAT makes deep cuts in overseas call rates

    PHUKET: The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) has reduced the rates for overseas calls to 44 countries by as much as 35% (see table above). Voravit Vorapiboonpong, chief of the Phuket Telecommunications Center, told the Gazette that the rate reductions were introduced because the CAT wants to encourage more people to make overseas phone calls. The reductions will apply to…

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  • Phuket NewsDrug bust nails big ya bah dealer’s brother | Thaiger

    Drug bust nails big ya bah dealer’s brother

    PHUKET TOWN: Police yesterday arrested a 30-year-old man who, they believe, had ambitions to take over from his brother as one of Phuket’s biggest dealers in ya bah (methamphetamine). The man, Seksan Tuambang, was arrested in possession of 200 tablets of the drug in a sting operation involving the dealer’s right-hand man, Mongkol Kantakarn, 19. Pol Maj Manat Iamchareonchaikul, Inspector…

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  • Phuket NewsHead-to-head contest in Kathu poll | Thaiger

    Head-to-head contest in Kathu poll

    KATHU: Two parties will each contest all of the 12 seats in the June 10 election to choose the new Kathu Municipal Council. One party, the Kathu Ruamjai Party, is led by Suthep Sanguanpanont, the Mayor of the Municipality until it was dissolved at the end of April to prepare for the election. K. Suthep was also President of the…

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  • Phuket NewsConstruction worker’s death was ‘suicide’ | Thaiger

    Construction worker’s death was ‘suicide’

    THALANG: Local villagers yesterday found the body of a missing construction worker in woods behind the site near Thalang where the new Phuket Coastal Aquaculture Development Center is being built. Pol Capt Somkit Kaosung of Thalang Police Station named the dead man as Sunate Dokkemklong, 32, from Khon Kaen, and said that all evidence pointed to Sunate having committed suicide.…

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  • Phuket NewsDolphin found dying at Sansook Beach | Thaiger

    Dolphin found dying at Sansook Beach

    PHUKET: Boys playing on Sansook Beach in Tambon Rassada found a female bottlenose dolphin dying yesterday evening. “She was still alive when the boys found her floating near the shoreline. They told us that they heard her cries first,” said Supoj Jantrapornsil, a technician at Phuket Marine Biological Center. The dolphin died on the beach not long afterwards. There was…

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  • Phuket NewsExchange firm robbed of 1 million baht | Thaiger

    Exchange firm robbed of 1 million baht

    PHUKET TOWN: Two armed men stole a million baht from a currency exchange in Phuket Town yesterday. Pol Maj Sanya Thongsawas of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that Parinya Sangrangchujit, 45, manager of the exchange operation, was counting money he had just withdrawn from a bank in Phuket Town, when two neatly dressed men rang the bell. The…

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  • Phuket NewsYa bah bust next to police station | Thaiger

    Ya bah bust next to police station

    CHALONG: Three men were arrested on Saturday for possession of ya bah (methamphetamine) at a house just 100 meters from Chalong Police Station. Pol Capt Chokchai Suttimek of the Chalong station told the Gazette that an unidentified man called the police and told them that a ya bah deal was going to take place at Ao Chalong Bungalow. Officers strode…

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  • Phuket NewsFire aboard survey vessel | Thaiger

    Fire aboard survey vessel

    AO MAKHAM: A fire broke out yesterday afternoon in the refrigerator room of the vessel Chulabhorn, berthed at the Phuket Marine Biological Center Pier. The fire started while welding work was being done on pipes in the room, said Pol Capt Thanapong Mokthong of the forensic science department, but was extinguished in half an hour using the vessel’s own fire-fighting…

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  • Phuket NewsRacha Yai auctions postponed | Thaiger

    Racha Yai auctions postponed

    PHUKET: The sale by auction of two of the largest plots of land on Racha Yai Island, south of Phuket, which was initially scheduled for June 1, has been postponed to an unspecified date. Aran Sae-Lim of Harrison Auction Co Ltd, one of the two auction organizers (the other is Mel Giller & Associates), said he expects an announcement about…

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  • Phuket NewsUK dialing codes change | Thaiger

    UK dialing codes change

    BANGKOK: Telephone dialing codes in Britain have just been changed radically in what has been labeled “The Big Number Change”, the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand reports. The changes entail the introduction of new telephone codes and local numbers for six locations: Cardiff, Coventry, London, Northern Ireland, Portsmouth and Southampton. There are also changes made to certain mobile phone,…

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  • Phuket NewsHelicopter rescue fails to save woman | Thaiger

    Helicopter rescue fails to save woman

    MAITON ISLAND: The Police Aviation Division’s helicopter flew to Koh Maiton on Friday to pick up a woman who had had a heart attack. She was rushed to a hospital in Phuket Town. Dr Boonrieng Chuchaisangrat, head of the Phuket Provincial Health office, told the Gazette that he had received a phone call from Maiton Resort at 6 pm on…

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  • Phuket NewsThai beaches disappearing quickly | Thaiger

    Thai beaches disappearing quickly

    BANGKOK (AFP): Some of Thailand’s most popular beaches are disappearing as man-made structures speed up coastal erosion, reports said today. A 115-kilometer (71-mile) stretch of beaches famed amongst Thais and foreigners since the reign of King Rama VI early last century has been severely eroded, the Bangkok Post reported. The resort regions of Hua Hin, Cha-am and Petchaburi, south of…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket will “definitely’ impose hotel room tax | Thaiger

    Phuket will “definitely’ impose hotel room tax

    PHUKET: Hotels in Phuket are preparing for tough negotiations with the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), which has announced that it will begin collecting tax from hotels in October. The tax will be based on revenue from rooms only. The OrBorJor president, Dr Prasit Koysiripong, told the Gazette today that although the law allows the rate to be as high…

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  • Phuket NewsBriton wins PEGS tournament | Thaiger

    Briton wins PEGS tournament

    PHUKET: Andrew Marshall of the UK scored 42 points off of a handicap of 17 on Thursday, beating some 60 other players and winning the monthly Stableford tournament of the Phuket Expat Golf Society (PEGS). Second in the tournament, on the Blue Canyon Country Club’s Canyon Course, was American lawyer Brad Moore, a five-handicapper, who scored 39 points. South African…

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  • Phuket NewsPINS opts for white knight solution | Thaiger

    PINS opts for white knight solution

    PHUKET: The Board of Directors of the Phuket International School (PINS) has decided to invite US-based Quality Schools International (QSI) to assume operation of the cash-strapped school. Although the decision was up to the directors, parents were asked for their opinions on five options. These were: – To affiliate with QSI; – To remain independent but raise fees to a…

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  • Phuket NewsHead of child beggar racket arrested | Thaiger

    Head of child beggar racket arrested

    PATONG: Tee Phan, 37, the kingpin of a child beggar racket, was arrested by Kathu police in Patong early yesterday morning. “Our motorcycle patrol was just checking along the beach road as usual. Then, around 1:30 am, we saw a group of child beggars in front of Patong Seafood Restaurant,” said Pol Capt Adinan Benchasamai. There was a crying boy…

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  • Phuket NewsAfter corrupt poll, Thailand tries again | Thaiger

    After corrupt poll, Thailand tries again

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thailand will make a second attempt Saturday to fill its upper house of parliament after a first round of voting under a new anti-corruption constitution was tainted by rampant vote buying. Twenty-six million voters will be called out in 35 provinces where winning candidates in the March 4 Senate polls were disqualified for cheating. But doubt has already…

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  • Phuket News12 die in traffic accidents | Thaiger

    12 die in traffic accidents

    PHUKET: Twelve people were killed in traffic accidents between February 20 and March 20, according to statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn, of the Phuket Provincial Health Office, reports that 11 of the victims died in motorcycle accidents, while one involved a bicycle. In the same period, 74 people were injured in auto accidents, while…

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  • Phuket NewsKorean tour guide arrested | Thaiger

    Korean tour guide arrested

    CHALONG: Phuket tourist police yesterday arrested Gon Soo Lee, 33, for acting as a tour guide without a license. Lee, a Korean national who is a guide with Club Tour, was later released on bail. Pol Capt Chokchai Suttimek of Chalong Police Station told the Gazette that the tourist police arrested Lee while he was with clients at an elephant…

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  • Phuket NewsItalian nurse arrested for theft | Thaiger

    Italian nurse arrested for theft

    CHALONG: Angela Pucillo, 29, an Italian nurse, was arrested by Chalong Police on Saturday for stealing money from Mr Chijeo Inoo, a 29-year-old Japanese tourist. Pol Capt Thanate Poungmanee of Chalong Police Station said that Pucillo and Mr Inoo arrived in Bangkok on April 11 on the same flight. They decided to travel together. They took a bus to Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsRapist caught in the act on Patong Beach | Thaiger

    Rapist caught in the act on Patong Beach

    PATONG: A 19-year-old woman from Ayuthaya was raped on Patong Beach last Friday night. Pol Maj Sa-nguan Muangtam of Kathu Police Station said that at about 11 pm on April 21, Wanchai Teanprarooyai, a 33-year-old motorcycle taxi driver, reported that a girl was being raped in a tent toward the north end of the beach near Loma Park. Police went…

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  • Phuket NewsMajor land auction to be held in Phuket | Thaiger

    Major land auction to be held in Phuket

    PHUKET: Two of the largest land plots on Racha Yai Island will be up for public auction here in June. Racha Yai is located about twenty kilometers south of Phuket. The total area of the island is 1,700 rai (approx 680 acres). There are currently three resorts on the island: Ban Raya, Raya Executive, and Raya Resort. There is also…

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  • Phuket NewsYa Bah arrests continue in Patong | Thaiger

    Ya Bah arrests continue in Patong

    PATONG: Two men were arrested in Patong on Thursday afternoon with 52 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine). Pol Lt Col Pichet Supmee of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that his officers received a report from an informant that there was a group of people selling the illicit drug in Soi Paradise Complex, off Rat-U-Thit Rd. An undercover officer was…

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