Month: September 2006

  • PhuketBeach chair rates to double | Thaiger

    Beach chair rates to double

    PHUKET: A day at the beach just got a bit less friendly, as beach chair operators in Kata-Karon and Nai Yang have announced they will double their rental rates to 100 baht per chair from tomorrow. A similar price hike in Patong appears inevitable.Ampien Thueathin, head of the Patong Beach Chair Operators’ Association, said he had been in contact with…

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  • PhuketBody of woman found near Burmese workers’ camp | Thaiger

    Body of woman found near Burmese workers’ camp

    RASADA: The body of an apparent murder victim was found yesterday in a patch of grass near the Thaksin Concrete company building on Thepkrasattri Rd. The victim, a young woman, had head wounds indicating that she had been beaten with a blunt instrument. Police estimate that she died about three days before her body was discovered.Phuket City Police Crime Suppression…

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  • Phuket

    Governor leaves Phuket – quietly

    PHUKET CITY: About 70 people gathered in front of the Governor’s House on Narisorn Rd this morning to wish Udomsak Uswarangkura a fond farewell on his last day as Governor of Phuket.Governor Udomsak, who today brought to a close some 38 years of government service, left his home at 8:45 am, bound for his native Bangkok.Before departing, he received flowers…

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  • Other NewsExposed to danger | Thaiger

    Exposed to danger

    PATONG: Different people held different reactions to the coup d’état that stunned the world – and, to a lesser degree, the nation – on the evening of September 19, 2006. But for some people, including many foreign tourists enjoying the nightlife in Patong, all the excitement was just another excuse to get sloppy drunk, go out and have a grope,…

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  • Other NewsTransgender trauma | Thaiger

    Transgender trauma

    While some tourists jet in from around the globe specifically to enjoy the androgynous charms of Patong’s legion of ladyboy prostitutes, there are still cases cases where off-guard male tourists end up with a ladyboy under the misunderstanding that he is a real woman. Such misunderstandings can – and often do – result in disaster, as two recent reports in…

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  • Other NewsBugging out | Thaiger

    Bugging out

    Public Health officials in Saraphi District, Chiang Mai Province, issued a public warning for villagers to stop eating malaeng laay (“striped bugs”, scientific classification not provided), after a middle-aged man died after downing three of the insects during a whiskey drinking session. News of the death was reported by Taan Jongkham, headman of Tambon Chompoo Mu 9, on August 25.…

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  • Other NewsHome security of the second kind | Thaiger

    Home security of the second kind

    PATTAYA: A group of five ladyboys took home security into their own hands in the early hours of August 25, beating senseless a drunken teenage punk who broke into their apartment and stole 2,000 baht from their communal piggy bank. The story, reported by Banglamung Police Inspector Pol Lt Col Sutham Chaosrithong, made national news the next morning. The five…

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  • Other NewsMini biker gang | Thaiger

    Mini biker gang

    Three boys are now safely back at home after a four-day bicycle adventure across Roi-Et Province. The mini-biker gang set off from the home of gang leader Tawee Senputtawong, 13, in the Kasetwisai District of the province with the aim of visiting his sister who is incarcerated on theft charges in a Juvenile Observation and Protection Center in Roi-Et Town.…

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  • Other NewsBoyfriend banzaied | Thaiger

    Boyfriend banzaied

    The Japanese have spent the past 60 years promoting a message of peace in the world. Unfortunately for one young Thai man, traces of the Samurai warrior ethic can still be found among the legions of salarymen toiling away in offices in Bangkok. In the early hours of August 17, Pol Lt Kiatsak Kasikun, the duty officer at Khlong Tan…

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  • PhuketTwo more stormy days | Thaiger

    Two more stormy days

    PHUKET: Phuket can expect about two more days of strong winds and heavy rain as the slow-moving tropical depression responsible for the unusually surly weather moves slowly westward from central Thailand into Burma.Arun Kerdsob, Chief of the Phuket Office for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM), told the Gazette that last night’s winds knocked over some trees at Saphan Hin and…

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  • PhuketAdultery the suspected motive in latest Burmese murder | Thaiger

    Adultery the suspected motive in latest Burmese murder

    PHUKET CITY: A Burmese man died after having his throat cut yesterday afternoon at the grocery store where he worked near Rassada Port. Police suspect adultery may have been the motive for the killing.Pol Lt Sathit Noorit, Duty Officer at Phuket City Police Station, told the Gazette, “I received a report of a stabbing about 2:30 pm yesterday. I and…

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  • PhuketSaudi Prince inks B4.3bn resort deal | Thaiger

    Saudi Prince inks B4.3bn resort deal

    PHANG NGA: Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), which is chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, has signed a deal to acquire land on which it proposes to build a US$115 million (about 4.3 billion baht) “Raffles Phang Nga Resort and Residences”, comprising 150 rooms and 25 luxury villas.The deal was made through a joint-venture company…

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  • Phuket

    Fire tailors two shops

    KATA BEACH, PHUKET: A fire broke out in two tailor shops opposite Mom Tri’s Boathouse at about 1 am on September 24. A rapid response from the Tambon Karon Fire Department, however, ensured that the blaze was put out before it could spread to the resort complex and other nearby businesses.The tailor shops, Phuket Boston Tailor and Royal Thai Tailor,…

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  • PhuketPoliceman faints, dies | Thaiger

    Policeman faints, dies

    PHUKET CITY: A traffic police officer from Phuket City Police Station died on September 22, three days after accidentally fracturing his skull.The officer, Sq Ldr Sr Sgt Maj Wisit Wisetsuwan, 48, collapsed and hit his head on the parking lot pavement in front of the police station while taking a man to recover his motorcycle from Phuket City Police Station.Officers…

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  • PhuketPhuket tax revenues continue to soar | Thaiger

    Phuket tax revenues continue to soar

    PHUKET CITY: Taxes collected for fiscal year 2006 are predicted to total 5.2 billion baht, a 30% increase from last year, the Phuket Area Revenue Office (PARO) reported yesterday at Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura’s monthly meeting with Provincial Office Chiefs.PARO Chief Pensri Passakul said that the taxes collected from October 2005 to the end of August 2006 totaled 4.8 billion baht,…

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  • PhuketArmy security inspection this Friday | Thaiger

    Army security inspection this Friday

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura, speaking at the monthly Provincial Security and Safety Committee meeting at the Thavorn Grand hotel today, said that every province must prepare a security and safety emergency plan ahead of a scheduled military inspection this Friday.At the 9 am meeting, he ordered Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Nivit Aroonrat to set a meeting…

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  • PhuketRanong border checkpoints re-open | Thaiger

    Ranong border checkpoints re-open

    PHUKET CITY: The two marine border checkpoints between Ranong and Burma reopened yesterday afternoon after closing due to the coup. Officials report that it is business as usual for visa runners seeking to avoid the 500-baht-a-day fine imposed on those who overstay their time in Thailand.Pol Lt Chaiwat Ouikhum, Chief of Ranong Immigration, confirmed to the Gazette this morning that…

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  • PhuketBatten down the hatches | Thaiger

    Batten down the hatches

    PHUKET: The Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast), at the airport in Thalang, has warned of heavy rain later today due to a tropical depression in the South China Sea, centered about 250 kilometers to the East of Nakhon Phanom province.The announcement, released at 10:00 this morning, said that the storm was likely to make landfall in the area of Dong…

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  • Phuket

    Island leaders move to allay fears of coup violence

    PHUKET CITY: At a meeting held at Phuket Provincial Hall at 2 pm today, Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura, along with other key island figures, reassured residents that life will carry on as normal following Tuesday night’s coup.He said that Thai people already understood the national situation but that it could be misread by foreigners. He added that he had already…

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  • PhuketNo change in visa policy | Thaiger

    No change in visa policy

    PHUKET CITY: Tuesday night’s bloodless military coup in Bangkok will have no immediate effect on Thai Immigration policy as far as tourists are concerned, the Gazette has learned.Pol Capt Krissarat Nusen of the Phuket Provincial Immigration Office this morning confirmed to the Gazette that Thai Immigration still intends to put into effect its new policy of limiting tourist-on-arrival stays to…

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  • PhuketFewer tanks in Bangkok as Thai army reduces presence | Thaiger

    Fewer tanks in Bangkok as Thai army reduces presence

    BANGKOK (Agence France-Presse, The Nation): Fewer tanks patrolled the streets of Bangkok today as the Thai army reduced their presence at key government facilities, but troops were not to be completely withdrawn, an army officer said.Four tanks remained at Government House early today, compared with about 10 yesterday, and there were fewer armed soldiers on guard, a day and a…

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  • PhuketARC summons media bosses to tighten controls | Thaiger

    ARC summons media bosses to tighten controls

    BANGKOK (Agence France-Presse, The Nation): The Administrative Reform Council today ordered media executives to army headquarters to tell them to stop carrying expressions of public opinion following the military takeover, an army official said.“At 4:00 pm [0900 GMT] Thursday, the Army Chief General Sonthi Boonyaratkarin called a meeting of media executives,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.“He will…

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