Month: December 2009

  • Phuket

    Phuket jet-ski woes continue

    PATONG, PHUKET: Despite the mandatory insurance scheme for rental jet-skis that went into effect last month, problems between jet-ski operators and tourists persist  and scores of unregistered jet-skis continue to operate in Patong Bay. Marine Transport Department officer Songchai Na Nakorn told the Gazette forty-one jet skis in Patong are currently out of service because their insurance applications are still…

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    Phuket tuk-tuk driver goes into hiding after assault on tourists

    KARON, PHUKET: The tuk-tuk driver wanted in connection with the savage beating of French tourists in Kata last Saturday has gone into hiding, the Gazette has learned. “Now, the suspect has run away. He is not at his house and didn’t show up at the tuk-tuk parking area as normal,” Chalong Police Investigator Chana Sutthimaat told the Gazette today. The…

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    Phuket minimum wage increased 7 baht

    PHUKET CITY: Minimum wage workers will get a very modest wage rise on New Year’s Day, when an increase in the minimum pay rate in Phuket increases from 197 baht to 204 baht. Phuket Provincial Labor Office chief Suttipong Saisakares confirmed the pay hike, saying it was just two baht lower than the requested rise of nine baht. Phuket was…

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  • PhuketStudent dies of electrocution in Phuket | Thaiger

    Student dies of electrocution in Phuket

    CHALONG, PHUKET: A 17-year-old student of the British International School died from an accidental electrocution on Christmas Day. Chalong Police Investigator Boonlert Onklang identified the deceased as Anurak Gottschalk, son of a German photographer and his Thai companion who works as a cook aboard a tour boat. At about 5:30pm, the boy’s German uncle and a housemaid found Anurak dead…

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  • PhuketCooking contests at Phuket Red Cross Fair | Thaiger

    Cooking contests at Phuket Red Cross Fair

    PHUKET CITY: A contest to find the best cooks of local Phuket dishes will be one of the many highlights of the annual Red Cross Festival that begins at Saphan Hin today. Somsak Songnui, chief of the Phuket Provincial Development Office, said his office has organized the competition as part of this year’s Local Food Festival, which runs concurrently with…

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    Phuket gets THB 10 billion for development projects

    PHUKET CITY: Cabinet has approved a 2010 budget that includes ten billion baht (approx US$ 295 million) in funding for Phuket under the Finance Ministry’s ‘Thai Khem Khaeng’ (Strong Thailand) stimulus package. The new budget green lights projects intended to solidify Phuket’s position as one of Southeast Asia’s leading tourist destinations. Highlights of the plan include a major airport expansion,…

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    TAT ‘worried’ about Phuket tuk-tuk gangs

    PHUKET CITY: The director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office in Phuket says her agency is ‘working on a plan’ to deal with aggressive tuk-tuk drivers in Phuket, the Gazette has learned. Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) South Region Four office in Phuket, told the Gazette today that she was aware of the…

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    Phuket Red Cross Fair starts tomorrow

    PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Governor and his wife this morning took part in a ceremony praying for good luck during the annual Red Cross Fair that starts at Saphan Hin tomorrow. The ceremony was led by Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngob and his wife Thaisika, who as the governor’s wife, is president of the Phuket chapter of the Thai Red Cross Society.…

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    Malacca Strait security meeting in Phuket

    PHUKET CITY: Royal Thai Navy officers and their counterparts from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are taking part in the four-day ‘Intelligence Exchange Group Meetings’ aimed at boosting security in the Malacca Strait.Leading the Thai contingent is Commander Suchart Thammapitak, Director of the Naval Civil Affairs Department at the Royal Thai Navy Third Naval Area Command Base at Cape Panwa.The talks,…

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  • PhuketFrench tourists attacked for parking in ‘wrong place’ | Thaiger

    French tourists attacked for parking in ‘wrong place’

    PHUKET: Chalong Police are on the hunt for a man presumed to be a ‘tuk-tuk / taxi driver’ who allegedly set upon a French family with a beach umbrella in the Kata area of Phuket on Saturday evening. The family, an elderly couple on holiday with their 44-year old son, his wife and their three children, aged 14 months, seven…

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    Phuket Gov calls evacuation drill a success

    MAI KHAO, PHUKET: Five years after the tsunami that devastated parts of the Phuket coastline, authorities set out to prove that the island is ready to cope if a similar tragedy occurred today. Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop pronounced the Christmas Day simulation a success. “Everybody took it seriously,” he said. The exercise came as part of activities organized to mark…

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    Phuket Rajabhat Students to take census data

    PHUKET CITY: The National Statistical Office (NSO) will get the help of 650 Phuket Rajabhat University students when it collects data in Phuket throughout July as part of its 11th National Census. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the agreement was signed at Phuket Provincial Hall last week. The document was signed by NSO Director-General Jirawan Boonperm, Rajabhat Phuket University…

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    Tsunami Memorial Day in Phuket

    PHUKET CITY: Patong held tsunami memorial activities on Saturday December 26, the fifth anniversary of the disaster and now National Disaster Prevention Day in Thailand. After an early morning alms-giving ceremony, activities began as planned with Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop reading out a letter from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Many elected officials and high-ranking government officers attended, including Patong Mayor…

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  • PhuketNew Phuket flyover under consideration | Thaiger

    New Phuket flyover under consideration

    PHUKET CITY: The Highways Department is studying the possibility of building a flyover or tunnel to relieve traffic congestion at the Darasamuth School Intersection near Central Festival Phuket.The first in a series of five planned public hearings on the issue took place at The Metropole Hotel on Thursday morning.The Highways Department has included the project in its 10-year development plan…

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    Phang Nga remembers the tsunami dead

    PHUKET CITY: It was a somber time in Phang Nga on Saturday, when residents gathered to take part in ceremonies remembering those who died in the 2004 tsunami disaster that shocked the world five years ago. Early in the morning, 1,000 Buddhist monks took part in a mass alms giving ceremony in front of the Takuapa Police Station. At the…

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  • OpinionOPINION: Phuket looking ahead to 2010 | Thaiger

    OPINION: Phuket looking ahead to 2010

    PHUKET: As 2009 draws to a close, it would be easy – very easy – to highlight issues which remain thorns in the sides of Phuket’s expatriates. Negatives almost always trump the positives in the world of news. However, it is encouraging to see that Phuket has made progress toward the island’s continued development not only as an international tourist…

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    Colorful Phuket Countdown 2010

    PHUKET CITY: With Christmas 2009 now in the past, Phuket is gearing up for the arrival of 2010 with a three-day ‘Colorful Phuket Countdown 2010’ festival to take place at the main stage at Saphin Hin from December 29 to 31…and well into the opening hours of 2010. The event is being jointly organized by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization…

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  • Phuket

    Patong’s “Neighborhood Watch’ to boost security

    PATONG, PHUKET: Kathu Police are calling on the help of local residents to help in the never-ending war against crime in Patong. Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonnark told the Gazette today that Kathu Police are now holding monthly meetings with community leaders participating in a ‘Neighborhood Watch’ program. “We have set security measures for Patong, not only for high season…

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  • Phuket

    Phuket’s ‘Seven Days of Danger’ announced

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Police are gearing up for the annual ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road safety period that will this year run from December 29 to January 4. Nine main police checkpoints on major roads and 18 more on local roads will be manned around the clock to ensure public safety, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation…

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    Government support for Phuket investments

    PHUKET: Phuket OEM Co plans to build a 76-million-baht surgical-mesh factory on the island following a grant of tax incentives from Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI). Surgical mesh is used to help surgical wounds heal better and more quickly. BOI senior executive investment adviser Hirunya Suchinai said the company had been successful in turning a Swedish company’s research on synthetic…

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    Santa to remain in Phuket for high season

    PHUKET: In an exclusive, impromptu interview with the Phuket Gazette earlier this morning, Santa Clause – spotted arriving at a Phuket beach by long-tail boat on the last of his deliveries to the island’s good boys and girls – said he plans to take some time out here. Mr Clause said he had been thrown off his sleigh and dumped…

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    Child labor ‘not a big problem’ in Phuket

    PHUKET CITY: Workplace inspections by the Phuket Provincial Labor Protection Office have found that minors make up a very small fraction of the Phuket workforce. At a meeting at the Phuket Provincial Labor Protection Office chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Tri Augkaradacha yesterday morning, it was revealed that inspection tours in fiscal 2009 discovered 24 unregistered workers under the age…

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