Month: January 2006

  • Phuket

    Duncanson victorious on Phang Nga Bay

    PHANG NGA BAY: Winds of 13 knots gusting to 18 turned today into a day of thrills in the 2006 QBE Phang Nga Bay Regatta, after three days of less exciting breezes.Despite being left behind by the fleet in the lee of Koh Phi Phi Don, Scott Duncanson and crew aboard G4S (also known as Somtam Express) recovered to win…

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  • PhuketValentine’s Day goes to the dogs | Thaiger

    Valentine’s Day goes to the dogs

    THALANG: Valentine’s Day, traditionally reserved for displays of love between humans, will get a canine twist in the Year of the Dog. On February 14, the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office (PPLO) will stage the official opening of the Mid Road Dog Shelter in a ceremony to be presided over by Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura.Dr Wirapab Termkiatpaisarn, head of the PPLO’s…

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  • Cannabis NewsGambling trumps other arrests – again | Thaiger

    Gambling trumps other arrests – again

    PHUKET: Statistics released by Phuket Provincial Police show that gambling came out trumps, once again topping the arrests table between January 1 and 25, with 168 people nabbed for gambling-related offenses. Thirty-two cases involved the sale of illegal underground lottery tickets.Three murders were reported during the period, with two cases solved. There were five cases of attempted murder, and in…

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  • PhuketRang Hill rogues terrorize tourists | Thaiger

    Rang Hill rogues terrorize tourists

    PHUKET CITY: Two rogue monkeys are wreaking havoc atop Rang Hill, where they have been terrorizing tourists, stealing food from diners in a hillside restaurant – and even biting people.News of the primate pests was reported to the Kusoldharm Foundation volunteer rescue service by staff at the Tunk-ka Cafe on January 26, months after the monkeys first appeared. Sukontip Kitsubun,…

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  • PhuketBurmese woman found beaten to death | Thaiger

    Burmese woman found beaten to death

    THALANG: A 27-year-old Burmese woman identified only as “Ya” was found beaten to death on January 28 near an abandoned tin mine in Baan Prujampa, Tambon Thepkrasattri. From the condition of her body, investigators believe that she had died about three days earlier.Pol Lt Col Jamroon Plaiduang, Inspector at Thalang Police Station, said that officers visited the house nearby where…

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  • PhuketPhi Phi locals “don’t need Bangkok’s help’ | Thaiger

    Phi Phi locals “don’t need Bangkok’s help’

    PHI PHI: At a meeting today to discuss the future of the Phi Phi Islands – following the inconclusive talks on January 21 with Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop – local people made it clear that they regard the participation of the Organization for Specific Areas Administration for Sustainable Tourism Promotion (OSAASTP) in future plans and actions as superfluous.After listening…

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  • PhuketTHAI adamant on axing Aussie flights | Thaiger

    THAI adamant on axing Aussie flights

    PHUKET: Despite an appeal from Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura, Thai Airways International (THAI) says it will stick to its decision to suspend direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Phuket, effective February 1.Kalayapha Panich, the airline’s Phuket-based District Sales Manager for Upper-Southern Thailand, said that the direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Phuket will be rerouted to Bangkok.She added, “The…

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  • Phuket

    Top artists working on tsunami sculptures

    PHUKET: The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture in Bangkok and the Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi Provincial Cultural Offices have commissioned artists to create tsunami memorial sculptures to be erected at Kamala Beach, Bang Niang Beach in Phang Nga Province, and on Phi Phi Don.The Director of the Phuket Provincial Cultural Office, Thawichat Intararit, told the Gazette, “Award-winning Thai…

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  • Phuket

    Princess to attend prayers at Big Buddha site

    PHUKET: HRH Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya will attend a prayer ceremony at the Mingmongkol Buddha project site, in the Nakkerd Hills between Karon and Chalong, at 5 pm on February 11. Suporn Vanichkul, President of the Mingmongkol Faith 45 project committee that is raising funds for the project, told the Gazette that work on the group’s mammoth Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri…

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  • PhuketGov steps into battle over yacht recovery fee | Thaiger

    Gov steps into battle over yacht recovery fee

    PHUKET: Chris Sieber and his wife Surapa Srijutanat – owners of Kilo, the Phuket-based catamaran that was recently recovered off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after going missing in December – have received a promise of help from Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura to try to reduce the massive salvage fee being demanded by the Indian Coast Guard.The 46-foot Kilo went missing from Phuket on…

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  • PhuketB1.4bn sports complex proposed for Mai Khao | Thaiger

    B1.4bn sports complex proposed for Mai Khao

    MAI KHAO: The province will seek private-sector funding for a proposed 1.4-billion-baht sports complex and exhibition center to be sited on 617 rai of government land at the northern tip of the island.Promchote Traivate, Head of the Phuket Office of Sports and Recreation Development, told the Gazette that a committee formed to study the feasibility of such a project presented…

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  • PhuketFever kills 138 water buffaloes in Phang Nga | Thaiger

    Fever kills 138 water buffaloes in Phang Nga

    PHUKET: More than 138 water buffaloes in the Thai Muang and Takuapa Districts of Phang Nga Province have died from hemorrhagic septicemia, known locally as “swollen neck fever”. Health officials in the province have declared an epidemic and all cattle and buffalo slaughterhouses in the two districts have been closed for at least 30 days.The disease, which normally occurs at…

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  • PhuketTrial of Brit’s killer to begin in December | Thaiger

    Trial of Brit’s killer to begin in December

    KRABI: The Krabi Provincial Court will begin hearing testimony in the murder trial of motorcycle taxi driver Uthane Douangnoi in December. Uthane is accused of murdering Briton Richard Mark Collins on March 8 last year (see earlier story here). A clerk at the Krabi Provincial Court told the Gazette today that the hearing would likely carry on well into 2007.…

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  • PhuketPYC avoids closure | Thaiger

    PYC avoids closure

    AO YON: An extraordinary meeting of Phuket Yacht Club (PYC) members on January 22 has staved off the threat of the club’s closure due to financial woes.PYC Commodore David Ratcliffe told the Gazette, “The PYC will continue to operate at its current premises for at least another three years.”He explained that the club had suffered a fall in revenue following…

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  • Phuket

    Big Phi Phi meeting makes small progress

    KOH PHI PHI DON: Some 200 local people attended a meeting on Saturday with Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop and a passel of senior government officials. They were hoping for solutions to many tsunami-related problems, especially an end to the ban on building permanent structures, but came away shaking their heads in disappointment at the continuing lack of progress.Phankam Kitithorakul,…

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  • PhuketMystery over “mass dog poisonings’ in Patong | Thaiger

    Mystery over “mass dog poisonings’ in Patong

    PATONG: Residents here are insisting that “up to 100 local dogs” have been poisoned in the middle of the night by people driving around in a Patong Municipality garbage truck.But Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukbal vehemently denies that the cull has anything to do with the municipality.Prasert Moonlad, a resident of Nanai Rd in Patong, told the Gazette, “My three…

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  • PhuketCheating alleged in OrBorJor exams | Thaiger

    Cheating alleged in OrBorJor exams

    PHUKET: Seven people are under investigation for allegedly using high technology to cheat in an examination to select officials to work for the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor). The OrBorJor announced last October that it was seeking to fill eight clerical posts. Some 2,000 people applied, and examinations took place on Saturday at Phuket Wittayalai School in two sessions –…

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  • PhuketAir traffic down sharply in 2005 | Thaiger

    Air traffic down sharply in 2005

    PHUKET: Reflecting the sharp downturn in tourism following the tsunami, international passenger traffic through Phuket International Airport fell 54.4% in 2005.The latest statistics from Phuket International Airport show that the number of international passengers using the airport, both for arriving and departing flights, dropped from 2,024,879 in 2004 to 923,440 last year.Domestic passenger traffic through the airport fell 20.5%, from…

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  • PhuketIrishman dies in motorcycle crash | Thaiger

    Irishman dies in motorcycle crash

    NAKALAY: Paul Dooley from County Cork in the Republic of Ireland died of head injuries at around 2 am on Wednesday, January 18, after a motorcycle crash on the Kalim-Kamala road, near the Thavorn Beach Village & Spa. He was 27.Hélène Fallon-Wood, the Irish Honorary Consul in Phuket, told the Gazette that Mr Dooley had been living in Kamala for…

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  • Phuket

    Tour of Siam reaches Phuket

    PHUKET: Hong Kong National team cyclist Wu Kin San won the sixth stage of the Sang Som Tour of Siam 2006 yesterday, by cycling the 154.5 kilometers from the Khao Lak Merlin Resort to Saphan Hin in 3 hours, 20 minutes and 56 seconds. He ranks 18th overall.The Tour, which started January 15, consists of seven stages over a total…

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  • PhuketMissing catamaran found in Andamans | Thaiger

    Missing catamaran found in Andamans

    ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS: It has been a week for stray yachts being found. First the Wado Ryu, which disappeared from Koh Racha, was found yesterday drifting off the south of Phuket. Today, the missing catamaran Kilo was recovered in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, some 725 kilometers from home. The 46-foot catamaran disappeared from its mooring off Kata Beach…

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  • PhuketStrange double death in Thalang | Thaiger

    Strange double death in Thalang

    THALANG: Arun Sukbunpan, 43, a former manager of the Yacht Haven marina, was found dead on Wednesday night, having apparently taken his own life with a shotgun blast to the head.K. Arun’s 78-year-old landlady and close neighbor, Wouba Saharak, died upon learning of the suicide. The exact cause of her death has not yet been ascertained.Pol Capt Seksan Kamsakorn told…

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