Month: February 2003

  • Phuket NewsHitman strikes outside busy Big C | Thaiger

    Hitman strikes outside busy Big C

    PHUKET TOWN: A man was shot dead outside the busy Big C Supercenter on the bypass road this afternoon by a motorcycle-riding killer who scored with three bullets to his victim’s head before speeding off. Visanuwat Ngamjun, 38, from Phuket, slumped behind the wheel of his Toyota Corona Altis. The engine continued to run as a passerby attempted to open…

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  • Phuket NewsHonest limo driver returns B900,000 | Thaiger

    Honest limo driver returns B900,000

    PHUKET AIRPORT: In an act of outstanding honesty, 42-year-old airport limousine driver Nopporn Kreupanich on Wednesday returned the equivalent of more than 900,000 baht in cash to a German tourist who managed to forget it on the floor of K. Nopporn’s vehicle. K. Nopporn drove the forgetful passenger, Christian Biberger, from Phuket Airport to the Karon Villa Hotel on Wednesday…

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  • Phuket NewsWorker shot dead in “revenge killing’ | Thaiger

    Worker shot dead in “revenge killing’

    PHUKET TOWN: A furious argument yesterday apparently boiled over into violence early this morning, resulting in the death of a construction worker and a police manhunt being launched for a fellow-worker. The victim, Theerapong Kwantongyen, died on the way to Wachira Phuket Hospital after being shot at his home in Rassada Nakorn Village on Thepanusorn Rd about 1 am today.…

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  • Phuket NewsSafari Pub raided twice and closed | Thaiger

    Safari Pub raided twice and closed

    PATONG: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi has closed the Safari Pub in Patong for a month, sparking a row about interpretation of the 2 am closing law. The case involves prominent Patong businessman Chairat Sukbal and Surapong “Od Patong” Rittee, the newspaper and TV reporter gunned down by a lone hitman in Patong earlier this month. Police raided the Sirirat Rd…

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  • Phuket NewsGreen-and-purple piddle puzzles police | Thaiger

    Green-and-purple piddle puzzles police

    PHUKET TOWN: A drug-test raid on restaurants and karaoke bars early yesterday morning along Wanich Rd produced 12 positive purple tests – and one new green-and-purple result that police had not seen before. While the 79 people who were tested went about their business as usual today, police puzzled over the unusual sample. “It was quite weird,” said Pol Capt…

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  • Phuket NewsSwedish tourists die in car crash | Thaiger

    Swedish tourists die in car crash

    KARON NOI: Two Swedish tourists died instantly and a third suffered serious head injuries late on Monday night when the jeep they were traveling in ran off the road and hit a tree near the entrance to Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. Pol Maj Boonlert Onklang, an inspector at Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that the accident happened 200…

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  • Phuket NewsChild wounded as hitmen kill neighbor | Thaiger

    Child wounded as hitmen kill neighbor

    PHUKET TOWN: A four-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder as hitmen murdered a man in what police say they suspect was another drug-related execution yesterday afternoon. Bullets hit pig keeper Jaruek Sae Tan, 35, in the chest, chin, back, neck and head and he died outside a no-name restaurant on Chao Fa Nai Rd, behind the Suan Luang Park,…

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  • Phuket NewsB20m revamp for FantaSea | Thaiger

    B20m revamp for FantaSea

    KAMALA: Phuket FantaSea is to spend up to 20 million baht on renovations, new technology and changes to the show as part of a plan to boost the number of visitors this year. Pin Kewpaisal, President of Phuket FantaSea, said on Monday, “We need to do this to ensure that tourists who have seen our show already can come back…

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  • Phuket NewsLast chance for dealers, addicts | Thaiger

    Last chance for dealers, addicts

    PHUKET: Drugs dealers and addicts in Phuket have until Friday to turn themselves in and receive lenient treatment under the province’s amnesty program, part of the national War On Drugs. But from next Saturday (March 1), no mercy will be shown, Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi warned yesterday, stressing that, from the end of this month, there will be no more…

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  • Phuket NewsKaraoke singer dies in tin lagoon | Thaiger

    Karaoke singer dies in tin lagoon

    PHUKET TOWN: Police hope distinctive tattoos will help to identify a woman whose body was found floating in a disused tin mine lagoon yesterday afternoon. The woman, a karaoke waitress in her early twenties, is believed to have drowned in the tin lagoon behind the old tantalum factory, in a soi off Thepkrasattri Rd, Rassada, after sniffing glue. Pol Lt…

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  • Phuket NewsPaying bills just got easier | Thaiger

    Paying bills just got easier

    PHUKET TOWN: Bangkok-based Counter Services Co has opened five counters in Phuket Town where people can settle a range of accounts, including utility bills and credit card accounts. The five counters are at: • Bo Dang, Big C supercenter (9 am-10 pm, every day); • Future AV, Tesco Lotus supercenter (10 am-10 pm, every day); • Amorn, Phang Nga Rd…

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  • Phuket NewsTah Chat Chai wins expo center vote | Thaiger

    Tah Chat Chai wins expo center vote

    PHUKET TOWN: Tah Chat Chai in Tambon Mai Khao received overwhelming support as the site for the proposed International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) this morning. At a meeting of 262 government officials, leaders of business organizations and members of the public, chaired by Vice-Governor Winai Buapradit at the Provincial Government Financial Center on Narisorn Rd, 226 people voted for…

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  • Phuket NewsBust nets 19 gamblers, B380,000 | Thaiger

    Bust nets 19 gamblers, B380,000

    PHUKET TOWN: Police early this morning arrested 19 gamblers and seized almost 380,000 baht in a raid on an impromptu gambling den set up in an empty office behind the Thavorn Hotel on Rassada Rd. A squad of 12 police officers, led by Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, raided the room after receiving an anonymous…

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  • Thailand NewsPattaya or bust turns to French nightmare | Thaiger

    Pattaya or bust turns to French nightmare

    CHON BURI: Most foreigners have fond memories of their first visit to Thailand. For many, especially those on their way to Pattaya, it brings back memories of being a child on Christmas morning. But for 29-year-old Frenchman Tony André Marichaud, the excitement was just too much to contain. Marichaud and his friend, 28 year-old Richard Henri Detroit, had just arrived…

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  • Thailand NewsKilling two vices with one stone | Thaiger

    Killing two vices with one stone

    PATTAYA: Police officers broke into a gambling den in Pattaya and found seven men gambling, not for money but for drugs. Apparently unaware that it is “open season” on drug offenders, the men were doubling up on their pleasure by combining the twin national vices into one fun activity. All was going well, until their uninvited guests arrived. All seven…

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  • Thailand NewsTrigger cocked over fighting cock | Thaiger

    Trigger cocked over fighting cock

    SURAT THANI: Boys will be boys, and brothers will be brothers. When it comes to sibling rivalry, anything can happen, and usually does. If your brother’s dog savaged your favorite fighting cock, you’d probably have a few words to say, which is just what Somjit Kongtee did. Regrettably, they were some of the last words the 45-year-old uttered. Ten minutes…

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  • Phuket NewsMeeting aims to improve Phuket tourism | Thaiger

    Meeting aims to improve Phuket tourism

    KARON: A meeting on the topic of “Increasing Phuket’s Competitiveness in the International Tourism Market” was held on Tuesday at the Phuket Arcadia Beach Resort. The event was organized jointly by the Phuket Tourist Association and the Kenan Institute Asia (KIA). Objectives of the meeting included finding ways to develop the province as a world class tourist destination; identifying ways…

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  • Phuket NewsHealth Chief issues dengue fever warning | Thaiger

    Health Chief issues dengue fever warning

    PHUKET TOWN: The rising number of people contracting dengue fever has prompted Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Wanchai Sattayawutthipong to issue a public health warning and to implement a mosquito culling program. Speaking at a press conference at Phuket Provincial Hall on Tuesday, Dr Wanchai said, “About 10 people in Phuket had dengue fever in February last year,…

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  • Phuket NewsPublic to vote on park’s troubled bridge | Thaiger

    Public to vote on park’s troubled bridge

    PHUKET TOWN: The people of Phuket Town will vote to decide the future of a controversial bridge that was to be built as part of a 300-million-baht redevelopment of King Rama IX Park. Phuket Town Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok yesterday called for the referendum after talking to government officials and about 60 members of the Rak Suan Luang Club (RSLC) –…

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  • Phuket NewsCrackdown on teen violence at Saphan Hin | Thaiger

    Crackdown on teen violence at Saphan Hin

    PHUKET TOWN: Police have announced that special measures will be taken to improve public safety in the Saphan Hin area. The announcement came just two days after a 21-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded in the area, which is a popular hangout for gang members – some as young as 10 years old. Many carry weapons, including knives, brass…

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  • Phuket NewsConvention Center site vote this Friday | Thaiger

    Convention Center site vote this Friday

    PHUKET: A final decision on the location for the proposed new International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) will be made this Friday by popular vote. Four places are in the running. Two are in Phuket Town – Saphan Hin and a site opposite Suan Luang Park. The other two are at Khao Khad, overlooking Ao Makham; and at Tah Chat…

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  • Phuket News61 volunteer for drug testing | Thaiger

    61 volunteer for drug testing

    KATHU: Sixty-one volunteers turned up at the Kathu Meeting Hall today to have their urine tested for drugs – and two of the tests turned purple. At another meeting in Phuket Town, 73 people with drugs in their past made a solemn pledge to stay away from drugs from now on. Kathu District Chief Sutin Uthaitamrong – who, along with…

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  • Phuket NewsMotorbike gunmen strike at Saphan Hin | Thaiger

    Motorbike gunmen strike at Saphan Hin

    PHUKET TOWN: A 21-year-old man was shot and seriously injured at Saphan Hin yesterday. The gunman fled on a motorbike ridden by an accomplice. Witnesses to the shooting took the victim, Niruj Mokakom, to Wachira Phuket Hospital about 3:20 pm. He was in the intensive care unit today with wounds to his chest and right arm, and in no condition…

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  • Phuket NewsPolitician survives assassination bid | Thaiger

    Politician survives assassination bid

    PHUKET TOWN: Local politician Supachai Rakmit was fighting for his life in Wachira Phuket Hospital today after two hitmen dressed in black gunned him down in broad daylight at the weekend. Police believe the execution attempt may have been over a drugs case last year or some other business dealings. The shooting followed three other recent similar attacks in Phuket…

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  • Phuket News11 police “involved in drugs’ | Thaiger

    11 police “involved in drugs’

    PHUKET TOWN: Just 15 days since the launch of the nationwide campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in Thailand, 17 Phuket government officers and elected officials, including 11 policemen, stand accused of being involved with illegal drugs. Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi announced the findings at a press conference at the Phuket Against Drugs Center at Provincial Hall on Saturday. Gov…

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  • Phuket NewsA less-than-romantic evening | Thaiger

    A less-than-romantic evening

    PATONG: In keeping with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s drive to stamp out illegal drugs within three months, the authorities conducted a surprise raid on the popular Tiger Pub on Soi Bangla on Friday evening – Valentine’s Day. As police swooped in, a large number of tourists – mostly foreigners – managed to escape, leaving just 70 romantic revelers in the…

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  • Phuket NewsMan found dead with bag over head | Thaiger

    Man found dead with bag over head

    RAWAI: A Frenchman who had been living on Phuket for more than five years was found dead in odd circumstances, apparently the victim of a bizarre suicide. Police named the man as Gay Laurent, 43, who lived in the Happy House estate in Rawai. A friend of Mr Laurent contacted police about 7:30 pm on February 7, saying that he…

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  • Phuket NewsFrenchman dies in road accident | Thaiger

    Frenchman dies in road accident

    CHALONG: Frenchman Jean Vidal, 39, was killed in a road accident on Chao Fa East Rd, near Soi Ta’iad Rd, in the early hours of February 9. Pol Capt Chana Sutthimas of Chalong Police Station told the Gazette today that he received an anonymous call about 2:30 am reporting an accident between a car and a motorcycle. When Capt Chana…

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  • Phuket NewsBig day for big love | Thaiger

    Big day for big love

    PHUKET: On the day marking the patron saint of lovers, St Valentine, 240 couples yesterday turned up at the three district offices on the island to tie the knot. At Thalang District Office, 49 couples got hitched, up from 30 couples last year, while 27 made vows of love at Kathu District Office. Happy with the turnout, up from 16…

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  • Phuket NewsMurder victim dumped in port area | Thaiger

    Murder victim dumped in port area

    PHUKET TOWN: The body of an unidentified man was found floating in a canal in the Rassada port area in the early hours of Thursday. Pol Capt Rassada Kloung-Wong, of Phuket Town Police Station, said that a local fisherman discovered the body. “The man was shot twice in the chest with a 9-mm handgun. He was about 35 years old…

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  • Phuket NewsThailand “should tax sex workers and bribes’ | Thaiger

    Thailand “should tax sex workers and bribes’

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Increasingly hungry for state revenues, the Thaksin government received an unusual proposal from the national think tank yesterday that the sex trade should be legalized to boost the country’s coffers. The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) also suggested legalizing some corrupt practices by, for example, turning bribes into “tips” to be shared by staff of…

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  • Phuket NewsDry season brings water shortages | Thaiger

    Dry season brings water shortages

    PHUKET: The taps go on in Patong and off in Karon at 4 pm each day now, under new restrictions caused by Phuket’s shortage of water, and on in Karon and off in Patong at 7 am. Hotels are having to save reserves of water or buy it – and the Phuket Provincial Waterworks (PPW) has warned that other parts…

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  • Phuket NewsWachira seeks cash for equipment | Thaiger

    Wachira seeks cash for equipment

    PHUKET TOWN: Wachira Phuket Hospital is seeking donations so that it can buy medical equipment worth more than 10 million baht. Wachira Phuket Hospital has 522 beds for patients from Phuket and nearby provinces including Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong. Visiting foreigners also go there for treatment. The equipment needed includes nine respirators for infants and four for children and…

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  • Phuket News

    Reporters call for swift justice

    PHUKET TOWN: Vichean Utsa, Chairman of Phuket Reporters Club, yesterday requested Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi to expedite the police investigation into shooting of local reporter Surapong “Od Patong” Rittee. The call came just 48 hours after K. Surapong, a local reporter for newspapers Thai Rat and Siang Tai, and for Channel 3 television, was gunned down early on Tuesday.…

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  • Phuket NewsMayor announces D-Day for illegal signs | Thaiger

    Mayor announces D-Day for illegal signs

    PATONG: Patong Municipality Mayor Chalermsak Maneesri announced today that all Patong businesses will be given one month to remove signs that are out of compliance with municipal regulations. On March 10, at the end of the grace period, the Municipality will send out crews to remove all illegal signs. Vendors operating in restricted areas, especially the sidewalks along Thaweewong (Beach)…

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  • Phuket NewsMan dies as bike crashes and burns | Thaiger

    Man dies as bike crashes and burns

    PHUKET TOWN: Police are investigating a crash last night that left a foreigner dead and his hired motorcycle a burnt-out shell. Two cars were also involved. The man, named by police as Etienne Jacques Payan, was carrying an international driving license issued in Britain. Today an officer went from Phuket Town to Krabi, where the motorcycle was rented, to investigate…

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  • Phuket NewsShark disco reborn as Star Wars | Thaiger

    Shark disco reborn as Star Wars

    PATONG: The Shark discotheque, closed for more than a year after allegations of lewd behavior, is to reopen next month under new ownership and with a new name, Star Wars. The Patong landmark on the corner of Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd and Soi Bangla has been taken over by Maroot Tainikom, who also runs the nearby Tiger disco and plans…

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