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Phuket protest wins residents landslide probe

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PHUKET: A protest staged by about 100 residents on Friday has resulted in the Phuket Provincial Office spearheading an investigation into construction on a steep hill in Patong.

The protest, held opposite the entrance to Phra Baramee Road Soi 4, came after the third mudslide hit the Kok Makham community since construction began at the site.

“Three times mud, sand and rocks have slid into our village. The last time was only about a week ago, but it was the worst. Mud blocked the drains and covered the streets, and the dirt left behind was over a meter high,” said protest leader and former community president Chatchapol Khamintong, 48.

“Even though Patong Municipality officers spent three days using a pump to remove the silt, a lot of dirt is still left [to be cleaned up],” he added.

The protest, which began at about 1:30pm, was called off at about 6pm after top Patong officials and the project developer arrived to hold talks.

At the talks were Kathu District Chief Kanthee Silapa, representing the Phuket Provincial Office. Also present were Patong Police Superintendent Arayapan Pukbuakao and construction project director Chaianan Ananthanawat.

The result of the negotiations, said Mr Chatchapol, was that a committee headed by the Phuket Provincial Office is to investigate the project immediately uphill from the Kok Makham residents.

Col Arayapan, District Chief Kanthee, Mr Chaianan and Mr Chatchapol were all named to be on the investigating committee, along with a variety of officers from Patong Municipality.

The project under investigation is the construction site of a statue of the Chinese goddess Guanyin, also known as the “Goddess of Mercy”.

“The project owner has now stopped construction. However, we are waiting to be informed by police when we and the committee will inspect the site and find a way to stop more dirt from sliding down and damaging our homes,” said Mr Chatchapol.

Somjit Kuru, 52, a Kok Makham resident and head of the local political party Patong Gao Na (“Patong Progress”), claimed that the developer had ignored previous orders to cease work at the site.

“The developer has excavated the ground and removed topsoil, which is dangerous as the project area is on a hill and covers at least 10 rai [16,000 square meters]. We are afraid that the problem will only get worse,” he said.

“Patong Municipality said they had already ordered them to stop and had reported the project to the police, but the construction still went on,” he added.

Mr Somjit called for Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha to
1) order the officials involved to stop the construction,
2) ban any further earthwork at the site,
3) order all equipment to be removed from the site, and
4) order for relevant officers to cooperate with the local authority to ensure the demands were met.

He also called for the developer to be held responsible for damage done to the streets, drains and homes.

Fellow protester Raksak Nuchet, 53, showed the Phuket Gazette a document apparently issued by Patong Municipality that identified Thepcharoen Property Company as the landowner of the site, with the company’s managing director Mr Chaianan named as the “project owner”.

The document also named Mr Chaianan as a representative of the Maha Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) Foundation (Bud Jor Patong), and identified him as the person to be held responsible for any damages arising from completing the project.

Mr Chatchapol had a bright outlook on the outcome of the talks.

Mr Chaianan said he was willing to take any steps to solve the problem that the investigation committee advised, Mr Chatchapol said.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Two charged with attacking an ambulance and driver in Phuket

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Two men were have been charged with attacking a moving ambulance and the volunteer ambulance driver along the ByPass Road in Phuket earlier this week.

The two assailants were easily identified as 22 year old Sagib Yomyai and 29 year old Sutthi Sripoon, both from Trang province, were arrested at a rented house in Tambon Wichit, Muang district, with an array of incriminating evidence that included a pistol, two bullets, a knife and an axe.

The pair were then taken for questioning in front of Phuket police chief Pol Maj General Wisan Panmanee.

The men were charged by police with damaging, or rendering useless, property belonged to another person, threatening another person and illegal possession of a gun.

The charges follow an attack on the ambulance with a knife and an axe as it was driving on Chalerm Phrakiat King Rama 9 road (ByPass Road) in Muang district on May 20.

The ambulance driver, 41 year old Detnarong Songsang, a lawyer by profession, told Wichit Police that the two men were on a Honda Wave motorcycle that chased after him after he beeped his horn at them for dangerously changing lanes near Siriroj Hospital at around 5pm on Monday.

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One of the men threw an object at the back of the ambulance and then tried several times to use a knife to pierce the ambulance’s hood cover. They kept up the chase and then attacked the rear again, this time with an axe.

Detnarong accelerated to escape and luckily for him, the men spotted police on the road ahead, so they gave up the pursuit. He went straight to the police station to report the incident.

Damage estimated at 50,000 baht was caused to the back windshield of the ambulance, its two side windows and the hood cover. As police were still hunting the suspects, Detnarong posted a four-minute video clip and photo on to his Facebook account to help spread the news.

One reporter asked the driver why he didn’t just drive them off the road, Detnarong said he was trained to save people and it was inappropriate to use an ambulance to cause harm.

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No injury as trailer truck loses control in Phuket Darasamut Underpass – VIDEO

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A trailer has skidded and lost control, and then collided with concrete barriers at the southern entrance to the Darasamut Underpass this morning. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Wichit Police were notified of the incident at 10am. Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the damaged trailer truck and smashed barriers. Both lanes inside the underpass were blocked until the truck and debris could be removed.

Police checked CCTV footage showing that the truck was heading down into the underpass. The truck lost control after starting to skid sideways and smashed through the median barriers.

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What to do in Phuket – A Unique Guide

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A modern Holiday Membership Club with its flagship office at the luxurious Patong Bay Hill Resort on Hasibpee Hill, Club Unique offers members an endless choice of possibilities as well as an almost limitless array of luxuries across a global platform. While a stay with Club Unique is exceptional in itself, the staff are eager to offer members & guests insight into local experiences in order to take full advantage of all that Phuket truly offers. 

Here, we offer up a Unique Guide on What To Do in Phuket. Whether it be a local temple or a famous landmark, we urge you to get out and explore some of our favorite spots when staying with us at Club Unique in Phuket. 

A Visit to Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town is an interesting journey back in time to Phuket’s heritage of tin mining, away from the fast-paced lifestyles of today. It is worth taking a wander around the Old Town to admire the stunning Sino-Portuguese shophouses and architecture. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Originally the first Chinese language school on the island, Phuket Thai Hua Museum is located on Krabi Road. It is one of the most-preserved of all of the original colonial-style buildings in all of Phuket Old Town. The museum consists of 13 rooms that feature exhibitions in both English and Thai languages. All of the displays are a walk through history and connect the dots between the Phuket and China relationship that started in the tin mining days.

Big Buddha

Without a doubt Phuket’s shining star, the Big Buddha is Phuket’s ongoing man-made attraction. Also known as Ming Mongkol Buddha, the statue is perched atop a 380 metre hilltop in the Nakkerd Hills between the Chalong and Kata neighborhoods. 

This structure was dedicated to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his 80th birthday. There is also a smaller Brass Buddha that is 12 metres high and constructed of 22 tonnes of brass, which is dedicated to HM Queen Sirikit. 

Big Buddha offers stunning 360 views over Phuket and is a must-see while visiting the island. 

What to do in Phuket - A Unique Guide | News by The Thaiger

Karon Viewpoint

The winding coast road between Kata and Nai Harn has some lovely scenery. Just two kilometers along it from Kata is Karon Viewpoint. There is a small car park, a couple of shops and a pavilion from which to enjoy the view. 

If you climb the steps to the top of the pavilion, you have a wonderful view north across three of Phuket’s best beaches. 

The nearest beach you can see is Kata Noi,in the next bay is the sweeping Kata Beach. In the distance, you see the long stretch of Karon Beach, if you keep driving south on this road, you will pass Nai Harn Beach and then reach Promthep Cape. 

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Wat Chalong

Built at the beginning of the nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II, Wat Chalong is the most important of the 29 Buddhist temples in Phuket. The temple contains several structures and halls. One of the halls features a gilt-covered statue of the famous and revered Luang Poh Cham statues of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, all ex-abbots of the temple. The Grand Pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha’s life story and features various Buddha images. 

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is an elephant retirement home set on 30 acres of stunning forest bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in north east Phuket. 

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first elephant sanctuary on the island pioneering ethical elephant tourism. The sanctuary rescues sick, injured and old elephants who have spent their entire lives working long, exhausting hours in the logging or tourism industries. A visit offers a unique experience observing retired working elephants rehabilitate into forest life. To be in the presence of an elephant is simply breathtaking and a day at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary will leave you captivated by how incredible the largest land mammal on earth truly is. 

To learn more about unique things to do while holidaying in Phuket, visit Club Unique at our flagship office in Hasipbee Hill in Patong, just minutes away from fantastic Patong Beach.

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