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Sex cruise&’ raid is a bust

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PHUKET TOWN: A high-profile raid today on the offices of tour cruise operator Lifestyle in Asia Co Ltd turned up no evidence to support a connection between the company and a web site promoting exclusive sex tours in Phuket. The intention of the raid was to turn up evidence that Lifestyle in Asia was running cruises advertised at the web site http://www.loveboatcruises.net , which offers boat cruise packages that include “full service PR companions”. Officers organized the raid after noting that the contact phone number posted on the website was the same as that for the office of Lifestyle in Asia. Led by Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi, Anupharb Thirarath, Director of the TAT Phuket office, and Pol Maj Supamit Sukjaroen, Inspector of the Phuket Tourist Police, officers arrived at the company’s office to be met by Lifestyle in Asia secretary K. Kob and a cook, both of whom denied any knowledge of the tours. “I’m just an employee,” said K. Kob. “I don’t know of [this], nor have I seen any girls come to the office.” The cook, who worked on the company’s boats, told the assembled throng of about 20 officers and reporters that she had never seen any misdeeds aboard the boats. Searching the office, police found two photo albums containing pictures of Thai movie stars and models in bikinis. Each photo was labeled with a name and a four-digit code. K. Kob told the officers that she had never seen the photo albums before. Maj Supamit said that police were having difficulties investigating the case because “the company was alerted to the police investigation and temporarily stopped offering the tours.” Governor Pongpayome said, “There will be further investigation into this case because it is believed the [company’s] boats have not been registered for commercial use, in order to avoid paying taxes.” Repeated attempts by the Gazette to contact Lifestyle in Asia Managing Director William Anthony Ranauro, a 56-year-old American-born Thai national, have been unsuccessful. K. Kob said that Mr Ranauro is currently in Bangkok on business and that his mobile phone is out of order.



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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash

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A German man has died after a motorbike crash in Thalang.

The Thalang Police were notified of the incident last night on Srisoonthorn Road in Baan Manik, Thalang.

The German man, 53 year old Carsten Elfried Koch, was the driver of a motorbike and sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash. He died at the scene.

Police believe that Mr Koch was heading back to his home in Cherng Talay at high speed. He lost control at a curve on the wet road.

His body was taken to the Thalang Hospital for an autopsy. Officials have informed the German Embassy in Thailand.

Police didn’t report if the man was wearing a bike helmet or not.

German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash | News by The Thaiger

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Officers follow-up on slow loris tout on Phuket beach – VIDEO

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Phuket officials are searching for a ‘loris tout’ who was offering photographs with a slow loris at a Kata beach. (Some video of a slow loris below)

‘Angelina Bratukhina’ posted a video with a message read “Where are the police??!! It’s right now at Kata Noi beach.”

The man was offering photos with the slow loris for 200 -300 baht each time (a sign of local inflation, it used to be 100 baht).

The slow loris is a protected animal. Anyone who captures a slow loris can be fined up to 40,000 baht or imprisoned up to four years, or both.

The head of Khao Phra Thaeo non-hunting area in Thalang, Piyawat Sukhon says police are aware of the situation and are actively trying to track the tout down.

“We have searched for the man but not found him on the beach. He might circulate around Phuket’s beaches. Anyone who sees this kind of incident can call 191 or my number 089 873 7749.”

Where is police??!! It's right now at Kata Noy beach

Posted by Angelina Bratukhina on Sunday, March 17, 2019

 

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