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PHUKET: A 98-room resort in Phuket will face legal action for building an access road over a small waterway – even though the resort had written permission from the Patong Mayor.

Yet the same Phuket resort has been given a reprieve for operating without a hotel license.

The news came during an inspection visit to the APK Resort & Spa yesterday by a team of officials led by Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak.

The public area in question is a stretch of road five meters wide and 80 meters long, built over a small canal that runs alongside the resort.

Sompol Khwanyuen, Director of the Patong Municipality Public Works Division, explained to the Vice Governor that the road was built without a formal building permit, but that the developer did have written permission from Patong Mayor Pian Keesin.

“Mayor Pian allowed the road to be built – but only on the condition that the road would be available for public use as a link between Phang Muang Sai Khor Road and Ratchapatanusorn Road,” he said.

However, V/Gov Somkiet said, “I understand that Mayor Pian was trying to do a good thing, but he simply did not have the authority to do that.”

Mr Somkiet explained that the resort came under scrutiny after Patong residents filed a complaint with the Ministry of Interior in 2009.

The complaint claimed that Patong Municipality gave APK Resort certain “advantages” by allowing them to construct the road over the canal as a private entrance to the resort.

The inspection tour yesterday followed the Ministry of Interior issuing a fourth warning letter to the Phuket Provincial Office over inaction to the complaint filed in 2009, he said.

Now the resort faces legal action.

“The Phuket Land Office will confirm which type of waterway the canal is. If it is deemed to be a ‘canal’, the Phuket Marine Office will file a complaint with the police.

“But if it is deemed a ‘public waterway’, then the Kathu District Office will file a complaint with the police,” said V/Gov Somkiet.

After the complaint for encroaching on a public area is filed, the police will investigate and legal proceedings will follow, he added.

The vice governor also suggested that the resort make amends by appealing to Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha to give special permission for the road to stay.

“The governor has the authority to present this to a special committee which can then allow special permission for the road to stay,” he said.

While inspecting the resort’s permits, the team discovered the property was operating without a hotel license.

For this, the Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) at Kathu District Office, Adul Chuthong, said, “Kathu District Office will file a report with the police and send a letter to APK Resort encouraging them to register with the proper paperwork.

“If they ignore the written warning, we’ll shut them down,” he said.

Representing the resort was a lone figure: Ms Pimchaya Inthep, the resort owner’s personal secretary.

“I will report all this to my boss, and we will follow the vice governor’s suggestions,” she said.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan

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Crime

Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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