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Purachai closes three nightspots

Legacy Phuket Gazette



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PHUKET: Interior Minister Purachai Piemsomboon went walkabout in Patong and Phuket Town until early this morning, and ended up ordering the temporary closure of three nightspots. He also rattled the operators of the famed Shark discotheque. The minister also had three foreigners arrested for fighting in the street as he walked by. K. Purachai and his team – which included Crime Suppression Division officers and the Director-General of the Department of Local Administration in Bangkok, as well as local officials led by Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi and Patong police chief Col Chalit Thinthanee – set off for their tour of Patong nightspots just after midnight. As they walked down Soi Bangla they came across three Westerners, two men and a woman, fighting and making a great deal of noise. K. Purachai ordered police to arrest them for affray and for causing a public disturbance. He then walked into the newly-opened Tiger Pub where he watched foreigners dancing. Since the pub did not have a discotheque license, he ordered it closed for 30 days with immediate effect. Next stop was the famed Shark Pub. After watching customers dancing for 15 minutes, K. Purachai called for the operating license. Close scrutiny showed that the license had been issued for a “ramwong” bar in Phuket Town. Although this was the wrong kind of license for the disco, and although the building was found to have no fire escape, K. Purachai allowed Shark to stay open, but ordered officials to ensure that these infringements were quickly rectified. He also ordered them to keep a close eye on Shark’s closing time, and to check the place regularly for drug abuse and underage drinkers. At 1.30 am, K. Purachai and his team moved on to Phuket Town, where they paid a call on Dance Fever in Rassada Rd. It has been closed a number of times in the past for infringing licensing laws, but has always managed to reopen. As the Minister walked through the hundreds of frenzied dancers, the musicians onstage spotted him and stopped playing. A hush fell over the place. As K. Purachai walked out, boos broke the silence. The Minister then ordered the lights turned on and the doors barred. Police checked the ID cards of all 226 customers and took urine samples from everyone, including two young women initially found unconscious on the floor from overindulgence in alcohol. After tests this morning, 23 of the samples – 13 from men and 10 from women – showed positive results. These will be subjected to further tests before any charges are brought. The officers found no underage patrons. They also found no fire escape or extinguishers. K. Purachai ordered Dance Fever closed for 30 days. While the Minister was looking around Phuket Town, CSD officers checked other bars in Patong and found that the Galaxy Pub in Soi Sunset had the wrong kind of license. They referred to K. Purachai, who ordered it closed for 30 days. Today, Phuket Town Police Superintendent Col Paween Pongsirin issued an appeal, via the Gazette, for entertainment venue owners to comply rigidly with the law. “Please obey the regulations,” he said. “Don’t allow people under 18 to work behind the bar, don’t serve people under 20 years old, and check ID cards carefully. “You should also check job applicants’ resumes carefully and be ready to show your license whenever officers ask for it. “Don’t disturb neighbors with noise and don’t become a place for drug abuse. Close at the right time and do business with the right license. “If you don’t, you may be arrested, your place may be ordered closed, and you may lose your license.”

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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong



Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions | The Thaiger

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. polls 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 underivable 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



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

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



Phuket’s hotel and property players look north | The Thaiger

by Bill Barnett of

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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