Month: November 2002

  • PhuketAussie, Canadian win triathlon | Thaiger

    Aussie, Canadian win triathlon

    CHERNG TALAY: Australians once again had a strong showing in the annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon, even though last year’s men’s and women’s champions both failed to reclaim the top spots in this morning’s competition. Among the men, Craig Alexander of Australia took first place, followed by American Tim De Boom, while last year’s winner, Courtney Atkinson of Australia, finished third.…

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  • PhuketKing’s Cup racing to start Monday | Thaiger

    King’s Cup racing to start Monday

    PHI PHI: An expected 80 entries are gathering today at Phi Phi in preparation for the 16th King’s Cup Regatta (KC). The week of racing begins Monday off Phi Phi, followed by a Phi Phi-to-Phuket race, then three days of racing off the west coast of Phuket. The regatta wraps up in Kata on Saturday. Pundits are tipping Linklaters Mandrake…

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  • PhuketInternational boat show set for Phuket | Thaiger

    International boat show set for Phuket

    PHUKET: An international boat show is to be held in Phuket at the end of next year. As well as being a venue for the boating industry, the Phuket International Marine Expo 2003 (PIMEX) will also showcase the Royal Phuket Marina Resort and Spa, which is due to be completed next year. Supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT),…

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  • Phuket

    Tourists secure, Gov tells Scandinavians

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi today reassured a group of visiting Scandanavian travel agents and print and TV journalists that Phuket was a secure destination for tourists. His visitors came from Denmark and Norway, which, after the Bali atrocity in October, were among the first countries to issue travel advisories warning their citizens to exercise extreme caution when…

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  • PhuketImmigration arrests drop substantially | Thaiger

    Immigration arrests drop substantially

    PHUKET: The number of people arrested for illegal immigration dropped by more than half between October and November, police statistics show. Figures from November 1 to 25 show 95 people being arrested for illegal immigration, compared with 239 in the comparable period in October. Narcotics arrests and incidents remained about the same with 68 cases reported, and 93 arrests. This…

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  • PhuketTourist drowns at Kamala | Thaiger

    Tourist drowns at Kamala

    KAMALA: A 63-year-old Swiss tourist died in an ambulance on the way to hospital yesterday after being pulled from the sea at Kamala. Police named him as Alexander Jost, a regular visitor to the island who had been in Phuket on his latest visit since November 20. Pol Capt Narong Loypatumviroj, Inspector of Kathu Police Station, said that Thais and…

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  • PhuketMechanic found dead at fishing port | Thaiger

    Mechanic found dead at fishing port

    PHUKET TOWN: The naked body of Thai boat mechanic Lertchai “Tui” Thammajong, 36, from Kanchanaburi, was found yesterday morning at the Saeng Aroon raft in the Rassada port area. Officers arrived about 7 am to find the body lying among barrels of boat fuel on the raft. His clothes were found nearby. A post-mortem showed that K. Lertchai had been…

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  • PhuketProperty expo in HK a roaring success | Thaiger

    Property expo in HK a roaring success

    HONG KONG: The Phuket & Samui Property Exhibition held in Hong Kong on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was, on all counts, a major success. More than 1,000 potential property buyers attended the event at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. There were 22 exhibitors. “The feedback’s been excellent,” said Bill Barnett, Deputy Managing Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels…

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  • PhuketTaxis protest over airport ban | Thaiger

    Taxis protest over airport ban

    PHUKET TOWN: Fifteen drivers from the new metered taxi company Natong Phuket Co Ltd (NPC) gathered at Provincial Hall this morning to lodge a complaint with Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi after being refused entry to Phuket International Airport (PIA). NPC’s Managing Director Adul Lakman and 10 drivers spent an hour discussing the issue with the Governor and PIA Director Lt…

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  • PhuketItalian killed in head-on smash | Thaiger

    Italian killed in head-on smash

    KATHU: Italian Gian Piero Sala, 32, died when his motorbike was in a head-on collision with a pick-up truck on Wichit Songkram Rd early on Saturday morning. His Thai companion, who was riding pillion, was left in a coma. Pol Capt Kittipong Klaykaew, an inspector at Tung Tong Police Station, told the Gazette, “We rushed to the scene after receiving…

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  • PhuketYa bah bust sets new record | Thaiger

    Ya bah bust sets new record

    MAI KHAO: Officers on Friday night made Phuket history with a record seizure of 20,000 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills with a street value of about 3 million baht. Speaking at a press conference at Provincial Hall on Saturday afternoon, Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi explained that the bust followed a three-month undercover investigation involving about 15 officers of the Border…

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  • PhuketPhuket goes for the burn | Thaiger

    Phuket goes for the burn

    PHUKET TOWN: In Bangkok they broke a world record with 47,000 participants. In Phuket the turnout – some 500 people – was rather more modest. Nevertheless, Exercise to Stay Healthy Day in the grounds of the Rajabhat Institute Phuket yesterday afternoon was counted a success, especially since Phuket was the last province to organize its day of exercise. The purpose…

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  • PhuketTwo murdered in stabbing attacks | Thaiger

    Two murdered in stabbing attacks

    PHUKET TOWN: Two men, both the victims of stabbing attacks, were found murdered at separate locations on Friday. Officers answering a call about 7 am found a body, dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt, beside Si Sena Rd, near the Rassada port. Pol Capt Kaneuing Pitakkultorn of Phuket Town Police Station said a work permit card in the name…

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  • PhuketRassada to become a municipality | Thaiger

    Rassada to become a municipality

    RASSADA: The port of Rassada and the surrounding district will be upgraded from a Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) to a municipality (tessabaan) in order to allow it to deal more effectively with some of the issues facing the area. The quality of roads and tap water, as well as the need to prevent flooding, were among problems discussed when Phuket…

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  • PhuketNew mayor pledges to boost “order’ | Thaiger

    New mayor pledges to boost “order’

    PATONG: The new Mayor of Patong, Chalermsak Maneesri, has met with Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi to set priorities for the tourist town. With the Governor and the Mayor at Phuket Provincial Hall on November 21 were Somkiat Kwansuwan, Palad of Patong Municipality, and the new Patong executive team. The Governor told them that Patong was an important tourism destination…

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  • PhuketHealth drive at Rawai | Thaiger

    Health drive at Rawai

    RAWAI: The We Love Rawai Club (WLRC) has launched a health and exercise project for people living in the tambon. About 200 people attended the opening ceremony of the program in Nai Harn yesterday. Weera Kaviset, president of special activities of the WLRC, said almost 100 people had already signed up to join the program, which will include aerobics from…

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  • PhuketSomething fishy going on | Thaiger

    Something fishy going on

    PATONG: The month-long, island-wide Seafood Festival will conclude in Patong with two days of activities along the beach road and Soi Bangla on December 1 and 2. The carnival was originally planned to last five days, but organizers have scaled it back to two. Samroeng Chaisorn, vice-president of Phuket Provincial Administration Organization and the president of the Seafood Festival, said…

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  • PhuketPhuket rates high at world travel show | Thaiger

    Phuket rates high at world travel show

    PHUKET: A big roadshow to London and Paris last week did not have to persuade travel agents that Phuket was a safe destination, it was announced today. Feedback was “fantastic” and another roadshow is being planned, this time to Japan, returning officials told the Gazette. Dr Prasit Koeysiripong, President of the Phuket Provincial Administratrion Organization (OrBorJor), said, “The president of…

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  • PhuketTracking down a transport solution | Thaiger

    Tracking down a transport solution

    PHUKET TOWN: Serious consideration is being given to an electric tram service around Phuket, Dr Prasit Koeysiripong, President of the Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) announced today. He said a group at Prince of Songkla University was researching the feasibility of introducing trams. “The next thing to do is to find a route for the service and to check whether land…

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  • PhuketOrBorJor launches website | Thaiger

    OrBorJor launches website

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) has launched its own website, in Thai and English, at Apart from general information about Phuket and the surrounding islands, the website also features information about the OrBorJor’s current and future projects, details about budget allocation, and links to other government websites. The website also provides visitors with an email address and…

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  • Phuket

    Submarine tangled in red tape

    PHUKET: Plans to begin using a 48-passenger underwater vessel in Phuket this month have been postponed until May next year because of delays in gaining official approval. Surin Bamrungphol, Director of Phuket Submarine, told the Gazette “The Board of Investment took longer than we anticipated and the company that was selling us the submarine sold the vessel that was due…

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  • PhuketParadorn cancels Phuket match | Thaiger

    Paradorn cancels Phuket match

    PHUKET: Thai tennis idol Paradorn “Ball” Srichaphan has canceled a planned visit to Phuket next month, during which he was scheduled to play a match against American Jan-Michael Gambill. Songsak Kitakrankul, Chief of the Office of the Sports Authority of Thailand in Phuket, said that K. Paradorn will play matches in Chiang Mai and Bangkok as scheduled, but will not…

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