Year: 2001

  • Phuket

    One dead, two stabbed at ‘full moon’ party

    BANGKOK (AFP): One foreigner drowned and two Britons were stabbed and seriously wounded during a giant beach party at a southern Thai resort last night. According to local reports, about 50,000 people – mainly foreigners – were at the party. A tourist police spokesman on the nearby island of Koh Samui said one foreigner was drowned after going for a…

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  • PhuketResorts busy but suffering | Thaiger

    Resorts busy but suffering

    BANGKOK (AFP): Many resorts have no rooms left, but Thailand’s key tourism industry has taken a battering over the New Year holidays because of the September 11 terror attacks, according to a study released today. Thai Farmers Research Center (TFRC) said fears of terrorism and the gloomy world economy would drive New Year revenue from foreign tourists down to 3.0…

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  • PhuketYacht excise tax finally reduced | Thaiger

    Yacht excise tax finally reduced

    PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Provincial Excise Office, Narong Srivanitchakorn, has announced that the long-awaited reduction in excise tax on foreign registered yachts has finally come into effect. The new rate of excise tax means that anyone keeping a foreign-registered boat in Thailand for longer than six months must pay taxes and duties totaling 37.6%, or 47.2% if the…

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  • PhuketSenator steps into land row | Thaiger

    Senator steps into land row

    PA KHLOK: Phuket Senator Paiboon Upatising stepped into the middle of a dispute between local villagers and a Bangkok-based landowner yesterday, standing surety for 15 villagers accused of trespass and of obstructing government officials in the execution of their duty. The charges relate to a piece of land abutting the klong in which villagers keep their fishing boats. The villagers…

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  • PhuketDuangchalerm charged with murder | Thaiger

    Duangchalerm charged with murder

    BANGKOK (AFP): Prosecutors today laid charges against Duangchalerm Yoobamrung and his brother Wanchalerm over the killing of a policeman on October 29 in a Bangkok nightclub. Duangchalerm, 20, who is still in hiding, was charged with murder, while Wanchalerm, who was in court today, was charged with impeding his brother’s arrest and with illegal possession of arms, said Chavalit Lamjuanjorn,…

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  • PhuketFirecracker blasts restaurant window | Thaiger

    Firecracker blasts restaurant window

    PHUKET TOWN: A firecracker planted outside the Tokyo House Japanese restaurant exploded yesterday at 2 am, making a hole in the restaurant’s front window. A second firecracker failed to detonate. Tanongsak Vongsanikul, the owner and manager of the restaurant on Phang Nga Rd, played down the incident. He told the Gazette, “I’m not taking the matter too seriously, and I…

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  • PhuketCAT appeals for web watchdogs | Thaiger

    CAT appeals for web watchdogs

    THAILAND: The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) has appealed to the public to report any websites that contain rude words, that promote pornography or illicit drugs, or that defame royalty or any religion. The CAT will forward reports to the Royal Thai Police for investigation. To make a report between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, call 02-6142514-5 or fax 02-…

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  • PhuketBaby elephant up for “adoption’ | Thaiger

    Baby elephant up for “adoption’

    PHUKET: The Elephant Help Project (EHP) has appealed for people to “adopt” the soon-to-be-born calf of 18-year-old elephant Sairoong, who is expecting to see in the New Year with her first baby. The arrival of the newborn jumbo will not be a first just for Sairoong, according to Chotika Hotrapavanon, Executive Director of the EHP. She told the Gazette that…

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  • PhuketRed herring in reef bombing probe | Thaiger

    Red herring in reef bombing probe

    KRABI: Investigators probing the dynamiting of coral in Koh Lanta National Park thought they had made a breakthrough yesterday when a tip-off led them to two men who, they found, were in possession of explosives. Questioning revealed, however, that the two suspects had not been involved in the destruction of the Hin Daeng and Hin Muang reefs. Pol Col Adisak…

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  • PhuketTAT figures show effects of Sept 11 | Thaiger

    TAT figures show effects of Sept 11

    BANGKOK (AFP): Projected growth in Thailand’s tourist arrivals this year has been cut by more than half as a result of the September 11 attacks on the United States, officials said yesterday. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said in a statement that, before September 11, visitor arrivals for the whole year had been predicted at 10.3 million, an increase…

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  • PhuketPirate goods warehouses raided | Thaiger

    Pirate goods warehouses raided

    PATONG: More than 50 officers from Bangkok’s Crime Suppression Division (CSD) netted more than 7,000 items of fake brand-name merchandise yesterday evening in raids on five warehouses near the market off Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd. The officers organized the raids after being tipped off by private investigators hired by popular brand-name companies. Raphee Chumprapa, who tracks down illegal copies of…

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  • PhuketStats show tourism boom – up to September | Thaiger

    Stats show tourism boom – up to September

    THAILAND: Before the effects of the September 11 atrocities hit, Thailand’s tourism was booming, with the number of tourists visiting the country up by more than 7% on the figure for 2000. According to the latest statistics issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), 7,496,718 international tourists arrived between January 1 and September 30 – a 7.16% increase on…

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  • Phuket15th murder this year in fishing port | Thaiger

    15th murder this year in fishing port

    PHUKET TOWN: A man was found murdered on Sunday in the fishing port on Soi Si Sena, raising this year’s murder toll in the area to at least 15. Pol Maj Jiradej Kawinkij of Phuket Town Police Station said that police, after receiving a report at around 8:30 am, arrived at the scene to find the body floating in the…

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  • PhuketAmbushes kill five police, one guard | Thaiger

    Ambushes kill five police, one guard

    BANGKOK (AFP): Gunmen opened fire in simultaneous attacks on police checkpoints in three southern Thai provinces, killing five officers and a civilian guard, officials said this morning. The unidentified attackers hit five police outposts – one in Yala, one in Pattani, and three in Narathiwat – at about 7:30 last night, local police said. Thai Interior Minister Purachai Piemsoomboon said…

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  • PhuketWorld-renowned reefs, fish destroyed by dynamite | Thaiger

    World-renowned reefs, fish destroyed by dynamite

    KRABI: The diving community along the Andaman coast is in an uproar after fishermen used dynamite to blast fish around the famed coral reefs at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, destroying both the reefs and the marine life around them. Both sites are underwater mountains in Koh Lanta National Park. Hin Daeng, which has a peak that pokes above the…

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  • PhuketVendor arrested for selling protected fish | Thaiger

    Vendor arrested for selling protected fish

    PHUKET TOWN: A vendor has been arrested for selling protected fish species at the Rassada Pier today, just days after Phuket Senator Paiboon Upatising lodged an official complaint with Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi about gaps in the law that allow many arrested for illegal fishing to walk free. Acting on a tip-off, the Marine Police and officers from the Provincial…

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  • Phuket60,000 nabbed in clean-up | Thaiger

    60,000 nabbed in clean-up

    BANGKOK (AFP): Almost 60,000 people were arrested in the first three months of the ongoing crackdown on Bangkok’s after-hours nightspots, brothels and gambling dens, police said today. Thai police spokesman Pongsapat Pongcharoen said the crackdown had resulted in 24,867 cases involving 58,894 people. Some 8,621 people were caught betting in Thailand’s huge underground lottery while 540 people were busted for…

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  • PhuketPolice step up festive season security | Thaiger

    Police step up festive season security

    PATONG: Police will tonight launch a campaign to improve tourists’ safety over the festive season by beefing up the police presence on the street. The campaign will run until January 15. A task force of 100 officers, drawn from Phuket’s Tourist, Marine and Highway Police as well as officers from Kathu Police Station, will assemble at 8 pm tonight at…

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  • PhuketNaughty tour guides in the spotlight | Thaiger

    Naughty tour guides in the spotlight

    PHUKET: Vice-governor Vinai Buapradit chaired a meeting of high-ranking officials, tour guides and tourism industry representatives on Friday to discuss the problem of tour guides who damage Phuket’s tourism. At the meeting, K. Vinai highlighted the importance of the issue, saying, “The problem with tour guides is important because they represent 60 million Thais. “I’ve asked everybody here today to…

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  • PhuketHealth Office Chief transferred | Thaiger

    Health Office Chief transferred

    PHUKET: Dr Boonrieng Chuchaisangrat, Chief of Phuket’s Provincial Health Office (PHO), has been reassigned to an equivalent post in the northern province of Uttaradit. His transfer will take effect on January 24. Replacing him will be Dr Wanchai Sattayawutitong, currently the Director of the International Health Division of the Office of the Permanent Secretary in Bangkok. Dr Boonrieng told the…

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  • PhuketJudgment soon on murder suspect’s sanity | Thaiger

    Judgment soon on murder suspect’s sanity

    PHUKET: Specialists at the Suan Saranlom Hospital in Surat Thani say that by the end of this month they will be able to form a judgment as to whether murder suspect Siwadol “Dol” Lomin is insane or not. Dol is the prime suspect in the murder of popular Koh Yao long-tail boatman Bangsen Jaidee, 52, whose body was found floating…

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  • PhuketCabinet slashes visas on arrival | Thaiger

    Cabinet slashes visas on arrival

    BANGKOK (AFP, Gazette): The cabinet decided at a meeting yesterday to axe 81 nations from a list of 97 whose citizens may obtain a 15-day tourist visa on arrival. The new list of 16 is expected to be brought into force about a month from now. Citizens from the countries chopped off the list will then have to obtain a…

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