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PHUKET CITY: Phuket’s bars and entertainment venues may be allowed to open later again, if their owners can convince the authorities that they are seriously taking action against under-age patrons, drugs and drunk-driving.

Bhokin Balakula, Interior Minister, told the Gazette today that the entertainment laws must be enforced. But, he added, “There is a possibility the rules might be re-considered, if we find an improvement in customers’ awareness of how to behave in such places, and safer driving.”

He continued, “The entertainment venues were the worst places [for contravention of these laws]. That’s why the order was introduced.”

The Phuket Entertainment Business Association had lobbied the minister for early-closing rules to be eased because, it argued, many of its members cater to tourists who don’t venture out to play until midnight or 1 am – precisely the time when, the new order says, most venues must close.

K. Bhokin said, “We do understand that Phuket is a place for tourism. Tourists expect to have fun here, and that is fine, so long as there are no drugs, no excessive drunkeness and no under-age patrons involved.

“I have told [Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura] to consider what he thinks would be the best thing to do about the early-closing order.

“All rules can be reviewed if the problems [regarding the venues] are under control.”

K. Bhokin said it made no difference whether a city was a tourist destination or not. The point was that venues must be free of under-age drinking and drug-taking, and the patrons must not drive drunk.

He continued, “It is also important that the business operators are strict. All those involved in this must prove that they can control all these things, then I think it’s okay. We should work together.”

The minister was in Phuket for the official opening of the new Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco, which is in ST Plaza in Phuket City.

K. Bhokin told 200 or so guests at the nearby ST Hotel, including the new Honorary Consul, Valentino Tan, “It’s very good for both our nations that we have a Moroccan Consulate in Phuket, especially as we have a sister city – Casablanca – in Morocco.

“Thailand gets many Arab tourists during the low season; they like the green scenery at this time of year. It’s good for Thailand’s tourism.”

Mr Tan said that the new consulate will “open doors” for people in Phuket and Morocco and bring about a greater flow of trade and investment.

The Moroccan Consulate in Phuket is at 5/43-44 Soi ST Plaza, Sakdidet Rd, Talad Neua, Phuket 83000. Tel: 076-219881/2.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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