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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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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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