Month: June 2005

  • PhuketArt exhibitions “to boost tourism’ | Thaiger

    Art exhibitions “to boost tourism’

    PHUKET CITY: In an attempt to revitalize post-tsunami tourism, the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) is organizing a series of art exhibitions in Phuket between July and December.“Unique Andaman”, which will be held at Central Festival Phuket in July – the exact date has not yet been decided – will feature works entered in a contemporary art contest…

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  • Phuket

    Mystery over suicide case’s real identity

    BANGKOK: The New Zealand Embassy has appealed for help in identifying a man who committed suicide in a Phuket hotel on June 18 (the previous story can be seen here. The man, who was found dead in the Phuket Merlin Hotel after apparently swallowing a large number of antihistamine and tranquilizer pills, was initially identified from the hotel register as…

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  • PhuketTHAI to double domestic fuel surcharge | Thaiger

    THAI to double domestic fuel surcharge

    PHUKET: From Friday July 1, Thai Airways International (THAI) will double the surcharge levied on domestic fares because of the continuing rise in the cost of fuel on the world market.The increase will take the surcharge for a round trip from the existing 200 baht to 400 baht. For a one-way journey it will rise from 100 baht to 200…

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  • Other NewsFine behavior | Thaiger

    Fine behavior

    BANGKOK: The daughter of a retired police general ran amok at Dusit Police Station after suffering the indignity of seeing her boyfriend fined for driving without a license. The incident occurred at about 11 pm on June 26. Kwanreuthai Taensawat, 31, and her 25-year-old brother Supakorn were in a pickup truck being driven by her boyfriend, Thongchai Khombaramee, when it…

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  • PhuketPSU dumps controversial casino course | Thaiger

    PSU dumps controversial casino course

    PHUKET: The Phuket campus of the Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) has decided that it will no longer offer its controversial course in casino and gaming management after the Senatorial Committee on Education, Religion, Arts and Culture declared that the course was “opposed to Buddhism”.Even though casinos are illegal in Thailand, the university offered its first – and only –…

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  • PhuketPhuket and Andamans to be twinned | Thaiger

    Phuket and Andamans to be twinned

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Province will be officially “twinned” with Port Blair, capital of India’s Andaman & Nicobar Islands, at a signing ceremony to take place at Phuket Provincial Hall tomorrow. At a meeting yesterday to prepare for the arrival of the Indian delegation, Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura told attendees that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was keen to expand trade and tourism…

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  • PhuketVolunteers sought for Samaritans’ office | Thaiger

    Volunteers sought for Samaritans’ office

    KHAO LAK: The legacy of emotional trauma left by the tsunami is generally unquantified, but perceived to be widespread throughout the affected communities.In response to this, the Samaritans of Thailand is seeking volunteers to man telephones, answering calls from people in distress at the Samaritans’ office at the Mental Health Recovery Center in Khao Lak.The Samaritans have also asked Thai…

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  • PhuketPhuket to be “C-Commerce’ guinea pig | Thaiger

    Phuket to be “C-Commerce’ guinea pig

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket and Chiang Mai are to pilot a new e-commerce scheme that will allow tour operators and travel agents anywhere in the world to give tourists up-to-date information on destinations, and to make hotel and tour bookings.Under the “Tourism C-Commerce Outlet” initiative, tour operators will be able to link to tourist attractions, spas, hotels, restaurants and other places…

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  • Phuket

    Navy completes home-building on Lanta

    KOH LANTA: The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) yesterday handed over the last 16 of a total of 60 homes it has built for tsunami victims on Koh Lanta. The Navy builders will now move on to Koh Khor Khao, near Baan Nam Khem in Phang Nga, to build a further 28 houses.Adm Phirasak Watcharamul, Deputy Commander of the RTN, handed…

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  • PhuketDog pound in dire straits | Thaiger

    Dog pound in dire straits

    THALANG: Food supplies are dwindling at the Mid Road Dog Shelter in Thalang, leaving some 300 dogs to subsist on rations of cat food donated after the tsunami.Even this supply is expected to run out by the end of July and there appears to be no long-term solution to the problem.The controversial facility, opened last July, was intended as a…

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  • Phuket

    Dulwich no more

    KOH KAEW: As of midnight tonight Dulwich International College (DIC) will no longer exist, as the island’s premier private school becomes the British Curriculum International School, Phuket.This afternoon, on the school’s final day as DIC, the annual secondary school prizegiving assembly was held.During his speech to the assembly, the Academic Director, Dr George Hickman, said, “Yes, we are undergoing a…

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  • PhuketPatong to get B20 tuk-tuk service | Thaiger

    Patong to get B20 tuk-tuk service

    PATONG: A fleet of 24 tuk-tuks will ply a circular route through the streets of Patong for no more than 20 baht per passenger by the time the next high season arrives, Teerayuth Prasertphol, Chief Technical Officer at Phuket Provincial Transportation Office, announced today.K. Teerayuth explained that the tuk-tuks will pass along the route every five to 10 minutes, though…

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  • PhuketKorean airlines suspend direct Phuket flights | Thaiger

    Korean airlines suspend direct Phuket flights

    PHUKET: South Korea’s two leading air carriers, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, will suspend their direct flights to Phuket from next week.South Korea’s Construction and Transportation Ministry said on Tuesday that it had accepted the airlines’ applications for suspension of operations to Phuket, blamed on an abrupt decline in the number of passengers.Asiana will stop flights between Seoul and Phuket…

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  • PhuketWissanu recommends tsunami complaint centers | Thaiger

    Wissanu recommends tsunami complaint centers

    BANGKOK (The Nation, Gazette): Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, back in Bangkok after reviewing the tsunami aid situation on the ground, will ask the Cabinet to set up complaint centers in the six disaster-hit provinces to field queries about the distribution of state funds and private donations to tsunami victims.Government spokesman Chalermdej Jombunud said K. Wissanu would inform the Cabinet…

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  • Phuket

    Trip of lifetime for Phuket IMPAC winner

    DUBLIN, IRELAND: A Phuket student and her mother were among the 250 international guests at the City Hall here on June 15, when the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was presented to American Edward P Jones for his novel, The Known World. The annual IMPAC Award is, at 100,000 Euros (about 5 million Baht), the richest prize in the…

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  • PhuketPhuket Immigration to open Saturdays | Thaiger

    Phuket Immigration to open Saturdays

    PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Immigration Office is to extend its service hours by opening Saturdays from 8:30 am until midday and staying open during the lunch hour on weekdays.Pol Capt Krissarat Nusen of the Phuket Immigration Office told the Gazette that the new hours for the office, in Phuket City, came into force on Saturday (June 18).“From Mondays to Fridays…

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  • PhuketDeputy PM checks on stalled relief funds | Thaiger

    Deputy PM checks on stalled relief funds

    PHUKET: Six months after the tsunami, local people in the stricken areas are still asking the same question; “When will we receive our compensation?” The man given the job of answering that question, Deputy Prime Minister Vissanu Kreangam, appointed by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as chairman of the Tsunami Victim Administration, came to the region on June 18 for a…

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  • PhuketTsunami “causes rise in piracy’ | Thaiger

    Tsunami “causes rise in piracy’

    PHUKET: The national commander of the Marine Police, Pol Maj Gen Suraphol Thuanthong, visited Phuket on June 18 to discuss ways of protecting vessels going through the Straits of Malacca from pirate attacks, which he said have become more frequent since the tsunami.Gen Suraphol explained, “We don’t really have accurate statistics, because not all cases are reported, but I think…

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  • PhuketPolice booth demolished after fire | Thaiger

    Police booth demolished after fire

    PHUKET: A police booth at the intersection of Patipat Rd and Ranong Rd has been demolished after being badly damaged in a fire at 3 am on Saturday.Phuket City Police Station Superintendant Col Paween Pongsirin discounted rumours that the fire had been started by vandals, or by a bomb placed by gangsters. He told the Gazette it was thought the…

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  • PhuketMan drowns while fishing | Thaiger

    Man drowns while fishing

    RAWAI: Chartchai Chumkaew, 27, from Nakorn Sri Thammarat, drowned after being sucked into the sea Friday while fishing near Nai Harn Beach, Rawai. His body was found Sunday by a scuba diving team.K. Chartchai reportedly went fishing among the rocks at Ao Sane Bungalows near Nai Harn Beach. It is thought that a large swell pulled him off the rocks…

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  • Phuket“Bike racer’ found dead in hotel | Thaiger

    “Bike racer’ found dead in hotel

    PHUKET CITY: The body of a 45-year-old New Zealander was discovered in a room at the Phuket Merlin Hotel on June 19, in what police believe was a case of suicide.Terrance Hicks, from Auckland, was found dead at 3 pm, surrounded by discarded pill containers, Pol Lt Thivakorn Kongpeth of Phuket City Police Station told the Gazette.Investigators estimate that Mr Hicks took…

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  • PhuketMay sees decrease in road deaths | Thaiger

    May sees decrease in road deaths

    PHUKET CITY: Official figures from Wachira, Thalang and Patong hospitals, as well as Phuket International and Ruampaet private hospitals show 10 people died in motorcycle accidents on Phuket’s roads during May.In addition, two people were killed in car accidents.The figures represent a decrease of 45% on those for April when 22 people died in Phuket – 18 on motorcycles and three in…

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