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Illegal wedding photographers snapped up in Phuket Town

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Two wedding photographers were caught working without work permits yesterday after police were tipped off by a pair of Thai wedding photographers.

Chinese photographers Bolin Zhu and Jing Wang, both 27, were taking pre-wedding photographs of a couple on Soi Romanee in Phuket Town when police arrived at the scene.

“We asked them to show us their work permits, but they were unable to produce them, so we took both men to the Phuket Immigration Office for questioning,” said Phuket Immigration Inspector Tianchai Chompoo.

Mr Bolin and Mr Jing told police that they charged 1,500 baht per couple to shoot photographs in scenic Phuket locations, Maj Tianchai said.

Both men confessed to working without a work permit and were taken to Phuket City Police Station.

They each face a fine of up to 100,000 baht, five years in jail or both. They may also be deported within 30 days, Maj Tianchai said.

In February, two Chinese wedding photographers, a Chinese makeup artist and the owner of a Phuket photography studio that specialized in Chinese wedding photographs were arrested for working without work permits while shooting pre-wedding photos in Old Town Phuket (story here).

— Kritsada Muanhawong

- Legacy Phuket Gazette

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Body of Phuket jet-ski staffer found in Phang Nga Bay

Kritsada Mueanhawong



The body of the jet-ski staffer who disappeared in a Phuket storm around the Naka Island area last Tuesday (July 17) was found today (July 22) in Phang Nga Bay.

A staff member of a jet ski business disappeared after he was hit by a wave near Koh Naka, off Ao Po in Pa Khlok at 3pm on Tuesday.

Read the original story HERE.

The Thalang District Chief Adul Chootong  was notified by rescue workers at 10am this morning that the body of 31 year old Koset ‘Oat’ Deebukkam was found floating face down on Baan An Pao Beach at Naka Noi Island in Phang Nga Bay.

His body was taken to Koh Yao Hospital. His relatives have confirmed that it is the body of Mr Koset.

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Global Green Hotel Report – the third annual edition launched

Bill Barnett



by Bill Barnett of

The Green Lodging Trends Report 2018 (the third annual report) has been launched and will remain open until August 10, 2018. To participate, which is free, hotels need to sign up using the link HERE.

Given the current influx of tourism to Phuket and all resort markets across Southeast Asia, this is a invaluable tool in measuring sustainability and best practices in the local hotel industry.

The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of C9 Hotelworks, Green Lodging News, Green Key, Travelife, Green Key Global, Horwath HTL, Green Seal, and Boston Green Tourism.

Survey participants have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are implementing, use information to improve and ultimately outperform their competitors, and highlight innovations to showcase to the world in the annual trends report.

The goals of the Green Lodging Trends Report are:

  • Identify best practices in the industry that more hotels can benefit from
  • Discover innovative efforts by hotels that should be recognized and celebrated
  • Determine what is trending in hotel sustainability each year and over time
  • Increase awareness of the performance of individual facilities and the industry as a whole
  • Create a platform for discussion and spreading of innovation among hotels and their peers, suppliers and customers globally
  • Create a mechanism for tracking continuous improvement
  • Assist hotels in consolidating relevant sustainability information to provide customers

The Survey: Each year Greenview devises a survey of about 100 questions covering the latest in operational practices, facility attributes, and outreach programs to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions, increase guest experience, and make positive community impact. There is no cost to participate in the Green Lodging Survey. Hotels participate by responding to the survey via an online portal platform where work can be saved and answers easily can be updated for the next year’s survey.

The Trends Report: Greenview analyzes the results with general trends and highlights exemplary practices and innovations that stand out, serving as a guidepost for the industry and especially the survey participants.

The Benchmarking Report: Greenview prepares a free compare report, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a hotel to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe.

The 2017 Green Lodging Trends Report is available at no cost by clicking HERE. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to – for the first time in its own category – Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories.

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Going north – Elusive Phuket crocodile avoids capture again

Kritsada Mueanhawong



Phuket’s latest elusive crocodile escaped catch this morning off Karon Beach. It was first sighted off Yanui and Nai Harn beaches from Wednesday this week when a fisherman said it tried to chase him. Since then the crocodile has been taunting officials and professional crocodile catchers and making a slow track north long the island’s west coach beaches – yesterday at Kata Noi and then Kata. Today it’s been sighted, with ongoing attempts to capture it, at Karon Beach.

The crocodile was seen early this morning (July 22) lying on the beach at Karon.

Karon Deputy Mayor Ittipohn Sangkaew says, “we didn’t see this crocodile on Kata and Karon beaches yesterday. But very early this early morning at 3.30am, we were notified that the crocodile came out of the water and was on the sand at Karon Beach.”

“The crocodile catching team (from Surat Thani) rushed to the beach. They tried to throw a net at the crocodile but failed to snare the reptile. Their attempts failed several times. The crocodile immediately went back into the water.”

“We have seen the crocodile in the water several times. Everytime it comes out of the water we try to catch it.”

“We have seen the crocodile about four times in the water. Swimmers have been prevented from going into the sea at Karon Beach today.”

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