Month: October 2002

  • Phuket NewsLast chance to vie for Carnival Queen | Thaiger

    Last chance to vie for Carnival Queen

    PATONG: The organizers of tomorrow’s Patong carnival are still looking for more contestants – Thai or foreign – to compete for the title of “Queen of the Andaman”. Gifts will be provided for all contestants, as will costumes, with a choice of traditional Thai, colorful Hawaiian or “fancy”. Each of the 10 contestants who make the second round will earn…

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  • Phuket News17 die in motorbike accidents | Thaiger

    17 die in motorbike accidents

    PHUKET: The island’s roads claimed at least one dead motorbike rider every two days between August 20 and September 20, the latest figures reveal. Statistics from Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals show that motorcycle accidents claimed 17 lives in the period, the same number as in the previous 31 days. The statistics show that 851 people were injured on…

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  • Phuket NewsBomb squad officers croaked | Thaiger

    Bomb squad officers croaked

    PHUKET TOWN: A bomb alert forced the closure of Yaowaraj Rd between Thalang Rd and Dibuk Rd for several hours last night. Rattana Ungtrakul, 47, called police after finding a package in the basket of her motorbike, which was parked outside her curtain shop. She explained that it was a well-wrapped white post-office-style parcel addressed to her shop, with the…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice set up Patong security center | Thaiger

    Police set up Patong security center

    PATONG: Sixty police officers from a variety of units met last night to coordinate security in the Patong area. The Kathu Police Station will become the Phuket Provincial Police Center in order to make the tourists feel more security at Patong beach. The meeting brought together officers from Phuket Immigration Police, Kathu Police, the Tourist Police, the Highway Police, the…

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  • Phuket NewsHotels urged to act on security | Thaiger

    Hotels urged to act on security

    PHUKET TOWN: Thailand was a peaceful place but additional security measures were needed as a precaution, Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi told a special meeting of the Hospitality Club of Phuket today. He said he was satisfied with the measures in place for the 17th Patong Carnival, which marks the opening of the high season for Phuket tourism on Friday.…

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  • Phuket NewsBlack money scam busted | Thaiger

    Black money scam busted

    PATONG: Four West Africans were arrested last night after two were caught on videotape performing the classic “black money” scam. Sleweon Friday Emmanue, 29, and Camara Malam, 33, were charged with swindling while Leon D. Earley, 26, and Sailatee T. Toe, 19, were charged with entering Thailand illegally. All four are from Liberia. Pol Lt Col Jakawath Boontaweekulsawas, of Kathu…

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  • Phuket NewsCenter for disabled to open soon | Thaiger

    Center for disabled to open soon

    PHUKET TOWN: A new training center for the disabled will open next month on Montri Rd, opposite the Seng Ho bookstore. Formerly a government warehouse, the two-story center will have classrooms and a meeting room equipped for training in computer skills, arts and crafts, languages and other studies. Sawai Promjinda, President of the Phuket Association of Disabled People (ADP), said…

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  • Thailand NewsAnd for my next trick… | Thaiger

    And for my next trick…

    CHIANG RAI: A monk who claimed he used his magic powers to make a pickup disappear from a showroom had some trouble persuading police about his vanishing act. There were no witnesses, but the vehicle was discovered 27 kilometers away from the Mazda showroom in Chiang Rai, with an empty gas tank. Suspicion fell on the monk, Ekachai Pattanaeakwong, who…

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  • Thailand NewsMotorbike hacker nicked | Thaiger

    Motorbike hacker nicked

    PATTAYA: Stoned, broke and angry, Ampon Rattanchot tried a new form of persuasion when a cousin refused to lend him money. Police arrived on Soi Yensabai in south Pattaya to find Ampon babbling incoherently and slashing away at the cousin’s motorcycle with a sword. Police restrained the hysterical man and found 10 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills in his pocket. Ampon…

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  • Phuket NewsDeadline for local businesses | Thaiger

    Deadline for local businesses

    PHUKET: Businesses wishing to appear in the 2003 Gazette Guide, Phuket’s ‘yellow pages’, have until 5:30 pm this Thursday, 31 October, to enter (or update) their listings. Any entries made after the deadline will not appear in the hard-copy book until January 2004. Standard listings are free of charge, but they are limited to genuine businesses in Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi…

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  • Phuket NewsPolitician injured in hammer attack | Thaiger

    Politician injured in hammer attack

    PHUKET TOWN: Patong politician and lawyer Sarayuth Mullum was attacked by a hammer-wielding assailant yesterday, ending up in hospital with seven stitches in his scalp and his right arm in plaster. K. Sarayuth had just finished lunch with Phuket MP Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr and her husband at the Sala Muslim restaurant on Surin Rd when the assault took place. His attacker…

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  • Phuket NewsHunt is on for Jumbo Junior | Thaiger

    Hunt is on for Jumbo Junior

    CHERNG TALAY: A Jumbo Junior competition for children will be held next month as part of an ongoing project to raise money for mistreated elephants. The competition will not be only about physical size but also about having a larger-than-life personality, bouncing good health and super-sized intelligence and leadership abilities. Dusit Laguna Resort Phuket has organized activities on November 25…

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  • Phuket NewsPlea for game fish to be protected | Thaiger

    Plea for game fish to be protected

    PHUKET: Swift action must be taken to control the number of sailfish being caught by commercial fishermen in Phuket waters, a game fishing advocate has told the Gazette. If action is not taken, a sport that brings millions of baht a year to Phuket will be at risk, said the game fishing advocate, who asked that his name be withheld.…

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  • Phuket NewsInterior Minister in snap visit to Patong | Thaiger

    Interior Minister in snap visit to Patong

    PHUKET: Recently appointed Minister of Interior Wan Muhamad Nor Matha last night made an impromptu three-hour inspection tour of Patong and stayed at the Royal Paradise Hotel. The minister made his first public appearance in Phuket earlier in the day at a meeting of about 100 police and government officers and community leaders at Phuket Provincial Hall. K. Wan Nor…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice pounce on bag snatchers | Thaiger

    Police pounce on bag snatchers

    PATONG: Three bag snatchers were caught in Patong over the weekend soon after they ran off with gear belonging to a Russian couple on vacation in Phuket. The bag snatchers chose the wrong time to strike because police security was tight on Saturday as Pol Col Chalit Thintanee, Superintendent of Kathu police station, made the rounds of Patong’s beachfront with…

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  • Phuket NewsMissing teacher found dead | Thaiger

    Missing teacher found dead

    PHANG NGA: The body of a teacher who went missing while on a fishing trip was found in a canal near the Sarasin Bridge on Friday. Sophol Paenklai, 48, who taught at a school in Tai Muang district, “went out to catch fish and fell into the water by accident,” said Apidaj Chuaykua, Pol Capt of Kok Kloy Police Station…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong Festival planning finalized | Thaiger

    Patong Festival planning finalized

    PHUKET TOWN: A last-minute conference yesterday finalized planning for Patong’s one-day carnival on November 1 to mark the opening of the tourism high season. “We have the cooperation of police to handle security and to ensure the convenience of people who join our carnival, all day and all evening,” said spokewoman Wallee Pachantabutr, General Manager of the Impiana Phuket Cabana.…

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  • Phuket NewsBig party, big guest list | Thaiger

    Big party, big guest list

    CHALONG: The elephants partied big yesterday, and it was the kind of celebration none of them will ever forget. For starters there were apples, sugarcane, bananas, watermelons and pineapples – three tons of goodies to share among the 25 pachyderms at Island Safari. “It costs us about 300,000 baht for the fruit and everything needed at the party,” said Chokchai…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket scoops eight tourism awards | Thaiger

    Phuket scoops eight tourism awards

    PHUKET: Phuket has proven to be the country’s leading tourism destination with the announcement of two national Tourism Awards and six Tourist Guide Awards going to the province. Laguna Phuket took the Best Tourist Resort Accommodation Outstanding Performance Award 2002 while Phuket FantaSea received the Best Attraction Award 2002. Phuket’s Paitoon Monpanthong proved to be a star guide for the…

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  • Phuket NewsGov rebuts foreign governments’ warnings | Thaiger

    Gov rebuts foreign governments’ warnings

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi has hastened to reassure travelers that Phuket is safe, following advisories from a number of Western governments – most recently Denmark and Sweden – that their nationals should be cautious about traveling to Thailand, and especially to tourist areas such as Patong. Gov Pongpayome thanked the two countries for their concern but stressed, “We…

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  • Phuket NewsFree concert for flood relief | Thaiger

    Free concert for flood relief

    PHUKET TOWN: Tesco-Lotus Superstore will stage a free concert this Saturday (October 26) to collect relief items for victims of the floods in Northern Thailand and Isarn. Original artists featured on the limited-release CD “Pleng Phuket” (called “Pleasant Tunes of Phuket” in English), along with Phuket student bands, will take to the stage in the supercenter’s carpark from 2 pm…

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  • Phuket NewsStar Tour expecting Thailand bookings to double | Thaiger

    Star Tour expecting Thailand bookings to double

    PHUKET TOWN: Scandinavian tourists are heading for Thailand rather than Bali in the coming high season, said representatives of the giant Swedish company Star Tour this afternoon. A company executive said that Star Tour expects to bring 80,000 tourists to Thailand in the coming high season, most of whom will come to Phuket. This is twice the usual number. Five…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong wins carnival after all | Thaiger

    Patong wins carnival after all

    PATONG: The annual one-day carnival to mark the opening of the tourism high season will be held in Patong on November 1 after all. There was doubt over this year’s carnival, a fixture for many years, because it falls in the midst of campaigning for the municipal elections on November 16 and 17. Having at first decided to postpone the…

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  • Thailand NewsExorcist undone by demon drink | Thaiger

    Exorcist undone by demon drink

    NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: Black magic pratictioner Nuad Tongbua, 57, was well-respected for his effectiveness in treating the supernatural ails of villagers at Baan Pa Yang Kluay, in Tambon Khao Phra. After 30 years of successfully plying the dark arts, he was more commonly known as “Ajarn Niow”. However, on October 8, after an early morning session treating four “patients” followed…

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  • Thailand NewsIt’s an Ultraman world | Thaiger

    It’s an Ultraman world

    ROI ET: Tough gangs are always causing trouble in Roi Et but no one expected the toughest of them all to be all female. The 50 members of the Ultraman Gang are aged 17 to 24 and by night they threaten people in pubs, karaoke bars and restaurants. Some of them are still at school and meet after class. The…

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  • Phuket NewsSouthern economy looks good: central bank | Thaiger

    Southern economy looks good: central bank

    PHUKET TOWN: A review of the main industries in southern Thailand indicates a healthy outlook for the local economy, said Boonlert Luengnakthongdee, Director of Operations, Bank of Thailand, Southern Region, on Thursday. Speaking at the Royal Phuket City Hotel, at a meeting with business leaders and provincial officers from Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, K. Boonlert said, “We are quite…

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  • Phuket NewsTax explained to eco-tour companies | Thaiger

    Tax explained to eco-tour companies

    PHUKET TOWN: About 20 companies that make up the Phuket Eco-Tourism Association (PETA) have had the tax system explained in detail to them by the Phuket Provincial Revenue Office (PPRO). The four-hour meeting at the Royal Phuket City Hotel was requested by PETA “because many members were asked for taxes retrospectively,” said Soonthorn Sakulsan, President of the PETA. “Some were…

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  • Phuket NewsBali’s loss is Phuket’s gain | Thaiger

    Bali’s loss is Phuket’s gain

    PHUKET: Bali’s loss has been Phuket’s gain, it seems, with hotel bookings on the island soaring as holidaymakers and conference organizers switch following the Kuta bombing. A prime indicator is the Phuket.Com hotel booking website, which has seen a huge surge in bookings over the past few days. Neil Cumming, the company’s CEO, told the Gazette, “The big change for…

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  • Phuket NewsSecurity strategy set for Phuket | Thaiger

    Security strategy set for Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, held a meeting today attended by more than 40 police officers and about 50 other people from Phuket Town, including entertainment venue managers, tuk-tuk drivers and religious leaders, to work out how to improve security strategy after the Bali bombing. Col Paween told the meeting, “From what happened…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to gain another sister? | Thaiger

    Phuket to gain another sister?

    PHUKET TOWN: Officials from Phuket and Hainan in China are discussing the prospect of joining the two islands as “sister cities”, it was announced today. “Hainan really wants to become sister cities with Phuket,” said Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi at a press conference following his meeting with Wang Xiaofeng, Governor of Hainan Island of Guangdong province. “I’ll consider it and…

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  • Phuket NewsProject Raindrop drips to a close | Thaiger

    Project Raindrop drips to a close

    PHUKET: They came, they seeded, and the rain fell. And now the great Phuket rainmaking project is drawing to a close. But has it worked? Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi was pleased enough with the results to host a dinner last night at the Royal Paradise Hotel, Patong, for the team of 34 rainmakers, who return to Bangkok in a…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong election puts brakes on festival | Thaiger

    Patong election puts brakes on festival

    PATONG: The annual festival to mark the first day of the high season has been postponed indefinitely, Pattanapong Aikwanich, President of Phuket Tourist Association (PTA), said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, K. Pattanapong said, “The Patong Municipal Council has disbanded so there are no councilors to help organize the event. This has forced us to…

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  • Phuket NewsGov calls for tighter security after Bali | Thaiger

    Gov calls for tighter security after Bali

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket needs greater protective security following the Bali bombing, Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi told a meeting of 30 officials today at Provincial Hall. The terrorist outrage would not bring any direct benefit to Phuket in increased tourism, but it was essential that the danger be understood and dealt with effectively, he told the gathering of police, immigration officials,…

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  • Phuket NewsLalvani raps lack of govt support | Thaiger

    Lalvani raps lack of govt support

    BANGKOK: Mega-investor Gulu Lalvani has again criticized the Thai government’s failure to wholeheartedly support the development of recreational boating in Thailand, arguing that it is giving neighboring countries an edge. Referring to Malaysia’s aggressive promotion of Langkawi as a destination for this kind of top-end tourism, Kuala Lumpur’s imaginative legislative approach and the huge investment that has poured in as…

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  • Phuket NewsThai-Burma border reopens | Thaiger

    Thai-Burma border reopens

    RANONG: Thailand’s border with Burma reopened at 6 am today for the first time since May 22 and the situation quickly returned to normal. Pol Cpl Nopadol Chompuboot, of Ranong Provincial Immigration Office, said Burmese were crossing to Thailand to buy food and goods while tourists were crossing to Burma. Cpl Nopadol added, “People from Thailand and Burma are happy…

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  • Phuket NewsTeen beauties bound for Phuket | Thaiger

    Teen beauties bound for Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: The 30 finalists in the Miss Teen Thailand 2002 competition will be in Phuket from next Friday until October 23 preparing themselves for the contest. The girls will be staying at the Phuket Orchid Resort in Karon. On Saturday the group will be guests at a dinner party at the Karon Beach Resort, which will also be attended…

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  • Phuket NewsVegetarian Festival toll | Thaiger

    Vegetarian Festival toll

    PHUKET TOWN: Two people died when their motorcycle hit a pole and a Singaporean tourist was admitted to hospital with damage to his eyes caused by fireworks during the Vegetarian Festival, statistics from hospitals reveal. Hospitals reported that 14 spirit mediums needed treatment for face piercings. Four people suffered from burns and 15 were injured by firecrackers. Including those hurt…

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