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Phi Phi Police struggle to stomp out gibbon touts

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PHUKET: Unaware of officers failing to find and arrest an illegal gibbon tout regularly operating at a specific time and location on Phi Phi Don, the recently appointed Phi Phi Police Chief Jetsada Junphum has taken matters into his own hands.

“I did not see the video sent to my officers until the Phuket Gazette sent it directly to me,” Lt Col Jetsada said. “I didn’t realize that officers were working on the case and failing to get results.”

The video, sent to the Gazette by a reader, clearly shows the culprit’s face and was forwarded to Phi Phi Police earlier this month (story here).

“I patrolled the area with several officers on Saturday, but did not spot the suspect,” explained Col Jetsada. “Restaurant owners in the area explained that the tout hadn’t been there for the last few days.”

Restaurant owners in the area were told to immediately inform police if the tout resurfaced.

“Sometimes they have lookouts who will spot our officers on patrol – so they are able to hide before we see them,” Col Jetsada said. “I am aware that they make good money from this kind of business, which is why they persistently return, despite us making arrests.”

One tout, arrested earlier this year, told officials that he could earn at least 5,000 baht per day during the low season and up to 20,000 baht per day during the high season.

With the possibility of making more than 500,000 baht a month during the high season, the maximum punishment – not more than a 4,000-baht fine, four years imprisonment or both – is hardly a deterrent, explained Suwat Suksiri, chief of the Thung Talay Non Hunting Zone.

Gibbons are generally brought to Phi Phi from Phuket. These baby gibbons, costing about 25,000 baht each, are sourced from the wild by poachers who take them from their mothers. The mother is killed in the process, Mr Suwat explained.

Complaints or tip-offs can be sent to the Gazette or filed directly with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) hotline at 1362.

— Chutharat Plerin



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The Phoenix rises to the surface

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PHOTOS: Facebook/สุรเชษฐ์ หักพาล

The yacht sank late afternoon on July 5 in a short, sudden storm. Most boats would have quite capable of withstanding the wind squal and waves on the day. But Phoenix capsized and sank, taking with her 47 Chinese tourists. The full reasons are stilll being investigated. Today, the actual yacht rose from the depths of the Andaman Sea, off Koh Hei, providing prosecutors with a key piece of evidence.

The yacht has been stuck at the bottom for three and a half months. One salvage team tried and gave up after two months of amateur operation, resulting in no boat but diver dying.

This week a crane and barge arrived from Singapore, organised by the Thailand police under the supervision of the acting chief of Immigration, Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn. And there he was today, with a collection of local and Bangkok media to capture the moment, happily speaking to the media about the success of the operation.

The boat eventually broke the surface just after 3pm this afternoon, the local sea-life starting to make their home on the Phoenix after its three and a half months submerged.

The Phoenix will be brought back to Phuket for a full examination of its design and safety equipment on the fateful day. Questions have already been raised about the sea-worthiness of the vessel’s design and how it might have been able to satisfy inspectors before its work as a local tour boat.

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New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide

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by Khetsirin Pholdhampalit

Thai street food eatery Jay Fai has retained its one Michelin star for the second consecutive year and the legendary Thai restaurant Methavalai Sorndaeng is among the new 10 additions to have been awarded one star, according to the announcement of eateries making it the second edition of Michelin Guide Bangkok.

No restaurant has achieved the coveted highest three-star rating.All three two-starred restaurants in the inaugural edition, namely Gaggan, Le Normandie and Mezzaluna have retained their stars, while Suhring has been upgraded from one to two stars.

The little red guide has been extended to cover the best dining venues in the Southern provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga for its 2019 edition.

However, Pru restaurant in Phuket is the only restaurant in the two Southern provinces to have been awarded one star.

The other 14 restaurants in both cities, such as the famous venues of Raya and Chomchan received Bib Gourmand awards for being ‘good value for money’.

In addition to Methavalai Sorndaeng and Pru, other new one-starred additions include Le Du, Gaa, Canvas, R.Haan, Saawan, Sorn, Ruen Panya, and Suan Thip.

Dining venues in Bangkok’s neighbouring provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan are also covered in this new edition.

New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide | News by The Thaiger

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nation

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Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident

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A Korean man has died after colliding with a six wheeler truck in Kathu yesterday

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Wichit Songkram Road, Kathu around 4.30pm.

The motorbike driver was identified by Kathu Police as 39 year old South Korean male Keewoong Lee. He was taken to Siriroj Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A six wheeler truck, along with the driver identified as 43 year old Soonthee Hemthong, was found nearby.

Kathu Police report that the motorbike and the truck were heading to an intersection near the Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus. The motorbike fell onto the road when the truck was overtaking. The left rear wheel of the truck ran over Mr Lee’s body.

Investigations are continuing.

Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident | News by The Thaiger

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