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PHUKET: Thousands of people who attended a Chinese New Year celebration in Phuket Town last night were spellbound by a performance by one of the world’s top acrobatic troupes.

The fun began in the late afternoon, as scores of Thai and foreign tourists dined on a huge variety of local dishes on offer by vendors lined up under a walkway adorned with hundreds of red lanterns.

As they waited for the show to begin they watched dancing and martial arts demonstrations and posed for photos with two new “OrBorJor Mascots”, both bearing a striking resemblance to Paiboon Upatising in his spectacles and trademark pink blazer.

Mr Paiboon is president of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) that funded the event, held at Sanam Chai opposite Phuket Provincial Hall.

The show started at about 8pm with an address by Governor Tri Augkaradacha followed by a video segment extolling the virtues of Phuket, its ethnic Chinese cultural heritage, tourism attractions and the accomplishments of the PPAO under its current administration by Mr Paiboon and his Kon Baan Rao team.

The PPAO emcee made a point of saying that the PPAO was staging “the best Chinese New Year celebration anywhere in Thailand” to ring in the Year of the Dragon.

Many Phuket residents believe the 2012 Chinese Lunar Year will be especially auspicious for Phuket because the topography of the island resembles that of the legendary Sea Dragon Hai Leng Ong.

The three-act performance by the highly-acclaimed Henan Acrobatic Troupe lived up to the billing, with the fantastically-attired performers leaving the huge crowd breathless with countless feats of gymnastic excellence.

They used a wide variety of props including see-saws, unicycles, trampolines, spinning jugs and plates and diabolos (spools whirled and tossed on a string tied to two sticks held one in each hand).

However, some of the most amazing moves were accomplished with no props at all, including when a female performer managed to balance herself on her male partner’s head using only the pointed toes of one foot.

The only letdown came at the end of the show, when the seated crowd couldn’t even lift their behinds off their plastic seats to give the high-energy performers the standing ovation they clearly deserved.

The feature event was followed by a fireworks display and musical concert running late into the night.

Despite the huge crowd and limited space, there were no reports of violence or other unruly behavior, possibly because the event was alcohol-free.

— Stephen Fein



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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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