Month: August 2007

  • Phuket News

    “Compromise’ reached on illegal Korean guides

    PHUKET: South Korean Ambassador Han Tae-Kyu met Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit yesterday to discuss the thorny issue of Korean tour guides working illegally in the province, but with few tangible results other than an agreement “to compromise”on the issue.Meanwhile, the terms of a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be signed by Korean tour operators in Phuket are under review…

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  • Phuket NewsTAT targets Indian travelers | Thaiger

    TAT targets Indian travelers

    PHUKET: Representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Southern Region 4 Office will tomorrow set off for the subcontinent as part of a nine-day “Amazing Thailand Roadshow to India 2007″, with stops in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.The road show, with funding by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), will promote Phuket tourism and facilities to Indian travel agencies,…

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  • Phuket NewsYellow-top brigade rides safe | Thaiger

    Yellow-top brigade rides safe

    PHUKET: In a bid to promote safety on Phuket’s roads, the Phuket Provincial Office and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) joined a nationwide campaign on Tuesday to persuade more riders to wear crash helmets.As part of the celebrations of HM Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 80th birthday this year, Bangkok-based Road Accident Victims Protection Co Ltd is producing motorcycle helmets…

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  • Thailand NewsWai the need for violence? | Thaiger

    Wai the need for violence?

    PHITSANULOK: Religious institutions are intended to be places of peace and goodwill, but a temple in Phitsanulok recently proved to be anything but when a monk who thought a nun had disrespected him responded by beating her. At 9 am August 21, Maechi Phronchon Chomphukpan, 53, a nun at Wat Ban Khek in Nakhon Thai District, walked into the local…

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  • Thailand NewsBounty of bras reveals a sad tale | Thaiger

    Bounty of bras reveals a sad tale

    ROI-ET: Stories of men dying in strange circumstances while dressed in women’s clothing are not so unusual. A few years ago the BBC reported that an up-and-coming UK Conservative Party Member of Parliament was found dead with “a black bin liner over his head and wearing stockings and suspenders”. Police in Roi-Et Town, however, were initially left a bit flummoxed…

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  • Thailand News

    Temples tricked by ladyboy’s lies

    SAMUT PRAKAN: The life of a Thai ladyboy is full of challenges that most members of Thai society could hardly fathom – let alone deal with. On the bureaucratic front, this can be seen from the current debate raging on whether to let those who have undergone “sex reassignment surgery” use the title “Miss” on their ID cards. Before it…

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  • Thailand NewsRampant rapist eludes vengeful vigilantes, police | Thaiger

    Rampant rapist eludes vengeful vigilantes, police

    NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: A group of irate villagers in Nakhon Sri Thammarat Municipality launched a vigilante squad July 31 to try to track down an inhalant-addicted rapist from whom not even dogs, pigs and banana trees were safe. A meeting was held at 1:30 pm that day at the house of Phairot Mathayawut, head of the local Volunteer Crime News…

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  • Thailand NewsSuper-sized surprise | Thaiger

    Super-sized surprise

    BANGKOK: Following a report by a 30-year-old woman on July 25, Buppharam police thought they had a rapist at large. Upon more detailed questioning of the suspect, it turned out that the large problem was actually the size of the man’s member. A woman, who police named only as “K. Phen”, 30, told police that a taxi driver had taken…

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  • Thailand NewsA severed engagement | Thaiger

    A severed engagement

    PHUKET: On August 1 a man was admitted to Phuket International Hospital with an unusual injury: his penis was almost completely severed after his fiancee, suspicious that he was still seeing an ex-girlfriend, attempted to cut it off. The incident was reported to Capt Sathit Noorit, Duty Officer at Phuket City Police Station, who led an investigation team to the…

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  • Thailand NewsGuns, drugs and an empty casket | Thaiger

    Guns, drugs and an empty casket

    NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: When a funeral goes on for several weeks and is protected by a gang of armed men, you can usually bet that it’s for someone important. But a funeral in Thung Yai held for a fictitious money-spinning witch doctor left villagers confused when the funeral’s organizers started selling “lucky” lottery tickets. The funeral was reported to the…

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  • Thailand NewsConman captured at local cockfight | Thaiger

    Conman captured at local cockfight

    KAMALA: After a two-month search, a local trickster who conned a 55-year-old woman out of a million baht in a land scam was finally arrested – at an illegal cockfight in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Lt Col Monsak Srisuwan from Kamala Police Station said that Phuket City Resident Benja Wongdara had been trying to sell a plot of land. K. Benja…

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  • Phuket NewsOrBorTor elections set for October 7 | Thaiger

    OrBorTor elections set for October 7

    PHUKET: The four-year terms of eight tambon administration organizations (OrBorTor) in Phuket ended yesterday, with elections to replace them to be held on October 7, Phuket Election Commission (PEC) Director Supap Akkam has told the Gazette.Would-be representatives in the eight constituencies will be given from September 4 to 8 to register their candidacies with the Phuket Election Commission (PEC).Polling in…

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  • Phuket NewsSpice scare threatens local producers | Thaiger

    Spice scare threatens local producers

    PHUKET (Nation): Tests on southern-style shrimp-chili paste and spicy-fish curry samples from Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi found that about half contained microbes or excessive levels of preservatives, a researcher from the Ministry of Public Health’s Regional Medical Sciences Center in Phuket said on Tuesday.News of the findings could affect sales of the foods, which are often sold as souvenirs…

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  • Phuket NewsHalf of Phuket’s population still unregistered | Thaiger

    Half of Phuket’s population still unregistered

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit’s campaign to encourage people to register themselves as citizens of the island resulted in some success this month, with Phuket’s official population increasing by 1,231 to 324,891 people between July 21 and August 20.Launched last year, the campaign seeks to increase the number of Thai citizens whose names appear on household registration forms.Muang District saw…

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  • Thailand NewsElectrified fence at forest temple | Thaiger

    Electrified fence at forest temple

    LOPBURI: More than 200 people from Baan Nong Kam in Lopburi’s Muang District held a protest June 27 to drive out a local abbot, whom they accused of setting up an electrified fence to keep villagers away from his forest temple.One of the protest leaders, 58-year-old Charoen Wongpao, told reporters that Phra Khru Palatwiroj Ophaso, Abbot of Wat Suwanahong Forest,…

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  • Phuket NewsWanted for TV: Property reports from Brits and Thais | Thaiger

    Wanted for TV: Property reports from Brits and Thais

    PHUKET: The Phuket Gazette has learned that ITV, the oldest and largest commercial television network in the UK, is currently making a prime-time, one-hour documentary about British people who own a property abroad. The program will feature a wide range of experiences from individuals buying or building holiday homes or a permanent residence overseas. It will air on ITV1 early…

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  • Phuket News

    Annual “turtle’ festival underway

    PHUKET CITY: The incessant rain today did not stop Phuket City’s ethnic Chinese from turning out en masse to pay their respects to the dead on the first day of the annual “Por Tor” festival.The festival, officially opened by Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit at 1 pm, saw hundreds lighting joss sticks and offering cakes in the shapes of turtles, the…

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  • Phuket NewsBitter lover murders rival | Thaiger

    Bitter lover murders rival

    PHUKET CITY: A birthday party turned bloody in the early hours of Monday morning when local painter Sorapong Waimitta, 28, was stabbed to death in what police believe was a love crime.Lt Col Somkid Boonrat, investigation inspector at Phuket City Police Station, told the Gazette that K. Sorapong was drinking with his brother and about 10 male friends, one of…

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  • Phuket News

    ATM card scanners found in Patong

    PATONG: Police are warning credit card and bank card holders to exercise caution when using ATMs and other “swipe” machines in Patong after an ATM on Soi Bangla was found fitted with devices capable of recording card data and pin numbers.Kathu Police Superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnark told the Gazette that Patong police received a call from an English tourist about…

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  • Phuket News

    B34m of “fake’ goods destroyed

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Provincial Police incinerated fake goods worth some 34 million baht at Phuket City Municipality Incinerator on August 25.The imitation brand-name goods, totaling 68,809 items, were seized in raids over the past four years. The contraband included clothes, watches, bags, shoes, sunglasses, VCDs, DVDs and electronic games.Overseeing the burn-off was Police Region 8 Deputy Commissioner Maj Gen Worawet…

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  • Phuket News

    Bank, Bass, Boss make Sgt Major’s day

    PHUKET CITY: Staff at the maternity ward at Vachira Phuket Hospital received a treat on Sunday when Pol Sgt Maj Supat Ruangsri and his wife K. Thipawan arrived to have their triplets delivered.The couple arrived from their home in Phang Nga Town after K. Thipawan, who was eight months pregnant, started having contractions about two hours earlier.Sgt Maj Supat, an…

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  • Phuket NewsFloyd still standing | Thaiger

    Floyd still standing

    PATONG: Keith Floyd, renowned British celebrity chef and owner of Floyd’s Brasserie at Burasari Resort, flew home this morning as planned in order to continue with his UK theater roadshow Floyd Uncorked – putting paid to rumors that he is suffering ill health.Rumors about Floyd’s health began circulating after he collapsed on Saturday evening while taking time out from cooking…

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  • Phuket NewsICEC location down to two sites | Thaiger

    ICEC location down to two sites

    PHUKET CITY: After studying four proposed locations for the long-awaited Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC), project investor ING Funds (Thailand) Co Ltd has whittled the field down to just two sites: Anuphas and Sons’ 250 rai off Chao Fa West Rd in Wichit and 130 rai of government land at Tah Chat Chai.The announcement was made at a…

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  • Phuket News

    Island authorities sign trash management MOU

    PHUKET: With the island’s only landfill perilously close to capacity and its sole incinerator incapable of burning even half the volume of trash sent to it every day, all of Phuket’s 18 local administrations on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to tackle the mounting problem through trash separation and recycling.The signing ceremony, at the Royal Phuket City…

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  • Phuket NewsBurmese concert hits bureaucratic barrier | Thaiger

    Burmese concert hits bureaucratic barrier

    PHUKET CITY: An ambitious plan to stage a concert to bring some fun into the lives of some 30,000 minimum-wage Burmese laborers living in Phuket received a lukewarm reception from Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima yesterday, who said the event would need to be organized in accordance with all provincial regulations imposed on migrant workers – including the controversial 8 pm curfew.…

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  • Phuket News

    Rough seas sink ferry

    PHUKET: A ferry carrying 34 passengers and four crew sank yesterday afternoon, with all aboard left floating in the sea off Koh Phai until they were rescued by the Krabi Marine Police.Krabi Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Phuwadol Vudduccanok identified the vessel as Sea Breeze 2, owned by the Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel.While awaiting rescue, all passengers and…

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  • Phuket NewsMurray released on bail | Thaiger

    Murray released on bail

    PHUKET: Six weeks after Englishman David Murray was charged with the murder without intent in the death of his eight-year-old stepson, Narid “Curly” Budtharai, he is out on bail with a court date yet to be set.Angered by the slow response, Curly’s natural father Pissanu Badtharai asked for support from the Bangkok-based Pavena Foundation for abused women and children. The…

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  • Phuket NewsAOT slashes number of airport limousines | Thaiger

    AOT slashes number of airport limousines

    PHUKET: The Phuket Limousine and Business service Cooperative (PBC) is seeking support from the provincial government after Airports of Thailand Public Co Ltd (AOT) slashed the number of vehicles it is allowed to operate at the airport from 150 to just 90 under a new concession. At an August 15 meeting with Phuket Vice-Governor Tri Augkaradacha, PBC President Manode Chupak…

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  • Phuket NewsRubber vendor killed in mystery shooting | Thaiger

    Rubber vendor killed in mystery shooting

    THALANG: In a crime that police have no suspect and no motive for, a man died on his way to hospital after being shot in the back while riding his motorcycle on Srisoonthorn Rd on Sunday afternoon. About 3 pm, a local villager alerted police of a man lying on the sidewalk near the first corner of the road to…

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  • Phuket NewsLoans offered to hard-hit shrimp farmers | Thaiger

    Loans offered to hard-hit shrimp farmers

    PHUKET: With shrimp prices still on the skids, the Phuket Internal Trade Office (PITO) have announced that they will now accept shrimp as collateral for loans requested by registered shrimp farmers in Phuket.During a Governor Meets the Press meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall, PITO Chief Somphot Sangkhapong said that the office will accept Pacific white shrimp, also known as white…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket votes “yes’ to new Constitution

    PHUKET: In yesterday’s national referendum of the draft constitution, Phuket residents overwhelmingly accepted the new charter with 88.9% of all those voting in favor compared to just 9.6% opposed.The remaining ballots, just under 1.5%, were deemed as spoiled.The official results were posted by the Phuket Election Commission (PEC) on a board outside the PEC counting center at Saphan Hin Gymnasium…

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  • Phuket News

    Good news for gun enthusiasts

    KATHU: A three-story building under construction on the eastern side of Patong Hill will become Phuket’s third shooting range, the Gazette has learned.Work on the 45-million-baht Patong Shooting Range is about 70% complete, said project owner Somchit Sucharitjiravongse.Honorary Secretary of the Trang Chamber of Commerce, K. Somchit is a shooting enthusiast who has represented Thailand in international competitions. He aims to help…

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  • Phuket NewsKathu concrete factory scrapped | Thaiger

    Kathu concrete factory scrapped

    KATHU: Construction of a controversial Siam Cement concrete factory in a residential area of Kathu has been scrapped following objections by local residents.Montri Promrit, chief of Kathu Municipality Public Works and Town & Country Planning Division, told the Gazette that Siam Cement bought about two rai of land on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd in Kathu in 2005 and leveled the…

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  • Phuket NewsHeavy rain set to continue | Thaiger

    Heavy rain set to continue

    PHUKET: Phuket residents won’t need to worry about watering their lawns for the next week, as the downpours the island is experiencing are expected to continue.The Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast) 24-hour weather forecast for Phuket from 7 am today is for isolated heavy rains and widespread thundershowers covering 80% of the area.Moderate southwesterly monsoon winds of 20 to 35kmh…

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  • Phuket NewsNew foundation gives power to Phuket people | Thaiger

    New foundation gives power to Phuket people

    PHUKET: The people of Phuket now have a direct say in the development of projects to improve the local community – and how funding is used for them – with the recent launch of independent charity Phuket Community Foundation (PCF). The foundation is fully independent of any business, political or religious affiliations and provides a channel for organizations, businesses and individuals to address…

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  • Phuket NewsNo alcohol ban for referendum | Thaiger

    No alcohol ban for referendum

    PHUKET: Entertainment venues will be allowed to operate right throughout the weekend, regardless of the referendum on the draft constitution on Sunday, with no restrictions on the sale of alcohol.Phuket Provincial Police Superintendent Maj Gen Decha Budnampetch today told the Gazette that bars and nightclubs could open for business as normal, as police would not seek their “cooperation” in refraining…

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  • Phuket News80-80 rugby to return to Phuket | Thaiger

    80-80 rugby to return to Phuket

    PHUKET CITY: Adisak Hemyoo, honorary secretary of Thai Rugby Union (TRU), today confirmed that 80-80 rugby will return to Phuket with an international tournament on the island from November 16 to 23.Teams from Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Sri Lanka, as well as from big guns Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, have all confirmed to take part, along with…

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