Month: October 2016

  • Phuket

    Electrocuted man found dead in home

    PHUKET: A man was found dead with an electric wire wrapped around his wrist early this morning in Thalang. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted shock. “We received reports at 2:40am that Channarong Sinka, 30, was found in his one-storey house on a street off Thepkrasattri Road,” Thalang Police Lt Sunan Petnhu told the Phuket Gazette. “We found him…

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  • Phuket

    Abandoned suitcase creates panic

    PHUKET: An unknown foreigner caused a stir among Koh Kaew residents yesterday morning, when he dropped off a suitcase outside a SuperCheap store and promptly left. Wattana Thinkoh, the village headman (Phu Yai Baan), was alerted to the incident about 10am. “I reported the case to my superior, Muang District Chief Supoj Chanakij. Phuket City Police officers were also called…

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  • Opinion

    Opinion: Enhancing visitor safety in national parks

    PHUKET: Piyawat Sukhon, 52, took up his position as the chief of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non Hunting Zone in Phuket last June. He is originally from Nakhon Sri Thammarat and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Forestry School in Phrae Province, and a Masters Degree in forestry from Kasetsart University. While working for the Department of National Parks, Wildlife…

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  • People

    Profile: The man who met the King

    PHUKET: Ngeem Damrongkaset is a member of Rawai sea gypsy community. Now in his 70s, he had a chance to meet His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej when he first visited Phuket in 1959. “I was about 12 years old at the time,” says Mr Ngeem. “I can still picture it clearly. Every person in our community had gathered together and…

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  • Opinion

    Island View: Learn to check ourselves

    PHUKET: Whether you live in Phuket, Philadelphia or the Philippines, one topic you cannot avoid hearing about is the upcoming presidential elections in the United States. It would not be an understatement to say that not only Americans, but the whole world is waiting to see how this plays out. While I’m generally not interested in politics, and certainly not…

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  • Phuket

    Fire guts house in Phuket Town

    PHUKET: Fire gutted a house in Phuket Town this morning. Two fire trucks arrived to tackle the blaze after a neighbor spotted smoke billowing from the single-storey house on Kra Road in Talad Yai about 10am. Firefighters were able to contain the flames before they spread to nearby houses, taking just over 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.…

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  • Phuket

    Pink Paradise bar director killed in bike crash

    PHUKET: A French national and an unidentified man were killed in a collision between two motorbikes in Patong early Sunday morning. A third man, a Myanmar national, is in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after the smash. All three victims were taken to Patong Hospital, where two of them were pronounced dead. The French national, named Arnaud Sacha Leclere, 33, worked…

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  • Phuket

    Tuk tuk murder suspects arrested, four on the run

    PHUKET: Police on Friday arrested and charged a man and his son who are suspected of hiring a gunman to kill the president of the Patong Tuk Tuk Drivers’ Club last Tuesday (story here). The suspects, 38-year-old Wattana Nawakaew and his son 17-year-old son ‘Tong’, have both been charged with gang-related crimes, including gang murder, possession of illegal firearms and…

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  • Phuket

    Russians injured in backhoe smash on dark road

    PHUKET: Three Russian were injured when the car they were in smashed into a backhoe parked on the Manik-Cherng Talay Road in Srisoonrthon early this morning. “The foreigners, named Vitaliy Savenko, 49, Natalia Eremikhina, 23 and Pavel Martynov, 23, were heading toward the Heroines’ Monument about 5:30am. They came across a road construction site where the backhoe was parked, and…

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  • Phuket

    Traffic choked up as landslide fells utility poles, trees

    PHUKET: A landslide, following torrential rains last night (story here), caused several power poles and trees to fall in Patong this afternoon. Traffic was choked up on the 50 Pi Road, connecting Chalong and Petchakoot Road to Kata Karon. Patong Municipality sent workers to pick up the fallen trees while staff from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) office in Patong…

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  • Phuket

    Incessant rains cripple Phuket overnight

    PHUKET: Emergency staff have been ordered to remain alert after continuous rain battered the island last night, lasting well into the morning and flooding large areas in Patong and Phuket Town, among others. “I have ordered local administrative officials to stand by for any emergencies and also be on the lookout for residents who might need help,” Governor Chokchai Dejamorthan…

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  • Bangkok

    Wheelchair bound Phuket man heads to Bangkok to honor HM

    PHUKET: A wheelchair-bound Phuket man with one leg is trekking his way to the Grand Palace in Bangkok to pay his last respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photos of the 48-year-old devotee, named Supakorn Juiplub, were shared on Facebook yesterday by a user named Jantima Kraithong. The photos showed Mr Supakorn sitting in a homemade wheelchair and wearing…

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  • Phuket

    Gov asked to intervene in vendor, municipality conflict

    PHUKET: A group of 30 vendors yesterday filed a complaint with the governor’s office against the Patong Municipality after being given a cancellation notice of their rental contract. The vendors, who currently occupy the Loma Building on the Patong beachfront, asked the governor to intervene in the municipality’s plans to build a conference hall in the area where they operate…

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  • Phuket

    Speedboat shooters on the loose

    PHUKET: Police are on a double manhunt for suspects that shot a fellow boat crew member in Koh Sirey last night. The 34-year-old victim, named Suchat Hetthong, escaped after getting shot in the right foot about 7:15pm near Koh Sirey Bridge. “Mr Suchat told us that five men, including the captain of another boat, showed up at his house and…

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  • Phuket

    Thai man ignores red flags, nearly drowns

    PHUKET: A Thai tourist nearly drowned on Wednesday after he ignored red flag warnings and went swimming at Kata Beach. About 4pm, 27-year-old Athithan Kanjanawattanakun reportedly disappeared into the water. Lifeguards and Royal Thai Navy search and rescue personnel managed to recover him while he was still conscious. Mr Athithan received first aid at the scene and was then sent…

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  • Opinion

    Island View: Check yourself before passing judgment

    PHUKET: Whether you live in Phuket, Philadelphia or the Philippines, one topic you cannot avoid hearing about is the upcoming presidential elections in the United States. It would not be an understatement to say that not only Americans, but the whole world is waiting to see how this plays out. While I’m generally not interested in politics, and certainly not…

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  • Pattaya

    By The Book: Renting a villa in Phuket

    PHUKET: Renting a villa or apartment long term is very popular in Thailand, especially in resort areas such as Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Koh Samui. Many would-be buyers are deciding to hold off and rent for a year or more while they get to know the area and learn the ways of Thailand without so much risk. Renting long…

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  • Business

    Finance: Profiting from periods of panic

    THERE is a good lesson in handling panic that can be learned from recent events in Thailand. The SET index, which is a broad measure of the Thai stock market, went on a pretty wild ride in response to the news regarding the monarchy. If you are not aware of what happened, the chart (right) shows the massive sell-off, only…

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  • Opinion

    Ministry of Farang Affairs: Noodles in pyjamas

    The Ministry of Farang Affairs is a one-stop shop where foreigners in Thailand can learn all they need to know about living here. No, we’re not talking about work permits, visas or taxes. We’re talking about day-to-day life in the Land of Endless Shocks and Riddles, of Blur, Befuddlement and the Bizarre. Stay tuned for weekly insights from Minister Stephff.For…

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  • Opinion

    Opinion: Battling carnage on the roads

    PHUKET: As Phuket’s tourism industry prepares to welcome an influx of international arrivals for the upcoming high season, the island’s image has once again been tainted by violence within the taxi cartels. Turf wars among the island’s tuk-tuk drivers is one of the lines of inquiry Phuket police are looking into following the shooting murder of the president of the…

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  • Thai Life

    Keep It Green: Mangroves – a vital eco-system component

    PHUKET: Coral reefs attract far more publicity than mangrove swamps. After all, coral is spectacularly beautiful, and affords protection to some of the world’s most spectacular fishes – clown fish, parrot fish, wrasse and literally hundreds of other species. From the air, mangrove swamps also look appealing, but close up are muddy and turbid with unsightly roots and often have…

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  • Thai Life

    Elite weigh anchor for Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

    PHUKET: The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous (ASR) has welcomed many of the world’s finest uber-luxurious craft to Phuket over the past 15 years and this year’s event is no exception. The Phuket ASR 2016 is a custom-designed gathering specially for superyacht owners and captains, and the organizers are very exited about some of the new vessels streaming in for the show…

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