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OrBorJor steps in to help Patong

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PATONG: Following the recent release of a visitor survey that uncovered a number of complaints about the island’s most popular beach resort, the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) agreed on Monday to help Patong Municipality solve some of its problems. The survey, involving some 1,000 hotel guests, was conducted by six Patong hotels – the Club Andaman Beach Resort, the Horizon Beach Resort, the Patong Merlin Hotel, the Merlin Beach Resort, the Novotel Coralia and the Holiday Inn Resort – to get a sense of the visitors’ views of Patong and to determine what areas needed improvement. Patong scored poor marks in the survey for difficult traffic and parking, for the poor state of its sidewalks, the lack of cleanliness of the town and the beach, the poor quality of goods sold and the aggressiveness of vendors. Dr Prasit Koeysiripong, president of the OrBorJor, joined a meeting on Monday at Club Andaman with representatives of the six hotels and Patong Municipality to discuss ways to solve these problems. “All the problems that hotel guests complained about are problems that can be improved; these are not serious concerns,” Dr Prasit said. To help clean up the town, the OrBorJor will meet with hotels and other Patong businesses to organize regular weekly cleanings of the Patong area, said Dr Prasit. “If we can do it, Patong will look better and it will ease the workload for Patong Municipality,” he added. Another problem in Patong mentioned by guests was the lack of public toilet facilities along the beach. “We plan to build two or three public toilet blocks in Patong,” said Dr Prasit. The smell of sewage was another complaint. Patong Municipality on Monday confirmed that the new wastewater treatment plant would be finished in August. This, the Municipality believes, will solve the problem. More meetings between the various parties are planned in order to hammer out the details of the improvement scheme. The areas in which Patong scored high marks from respondents were the quality of food and service, safety at nighttime, the visible presence of the tourist police, activities on the beach and – surprisingly – the friendliness of taxi or tuk-tuk drivers. For full details of the survey, see the Phuket Gazette, out tomorrow (Saturday).



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall. Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike. The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. Pools of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was undrivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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