Connect with us

Phuket

Runaway snakes cause chaos in Soi Katoey

Published

 on 

Runaway snakes cause chaos in Soi Katoey | Thaiger

PATONG: Tourists and denizens of the night scrambled for safety when a bunch of snakes got loose in Soi Katoey, off Soi Bangla, in the early hours of yesterday. The snakes got loose after a team from the Phuket Provincial Forestry Office, led by Sumran Cheanloy, the office’s chief, and accompanied by police, launched raids on bar areas in Patong, looking for animals being used illegally. The sweep resulted in the arrests of Niroot Onkaew, Thaweep Chankaew and Pichet Suansan on charges of operating businesses contravening laws protecting wild animals. The fun and games began when the three tried to run away from the police, dropping their snakes as they fled. The police were able to recapture all of the runaways – human and otherwise. Apart from the three arrested, the officers scooped up six reticulated pythons and a hawk. “These people ask if tourists want to take photos with the wild animals, then charge them 110 baht a shot,” explained the police officer in charge, Pol Capt Komdech Poathong. “There are still many more doing this type of business in Patong, so we will go on mounting raids.” The pythons and the hawk were taken to the Provincial Forestry Office.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime13 mins ago

Police raid Chinese porn studio in Chon Buri, 4 arrested

Bangkok53 mins ago

Blaze at US office near German Embassy in Bangkok

Expats1 hour ago

Aussie man plunges to death from 17th floor of Pattaya hotel

Sponsored2 hours ago

Enjoy a splashing time and immerse yourself in Thai Mythology in Andamanda Phuket

Thailand1 hour ago

More details emerge on Deadly Fire in NightClub | GMT

Chon Buri15 hours ago

Faulty wiring, poor construction, unsafe materials in Mountain B fire

Chon Buri15 hours ago

Mountain B: Owner out on bail, Bangkok club inspection, viral moment

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Central Thailand17 hours ago

Thai woman murders her abusive boyfriend in front of a monk

North East17 hours ago

UPDATE: Sexy Thai model fined 5,000 baht for dancing topless in club

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Poll says 64% Thais had enough with PM Prayut

North East17 hours ago

10 year old killed & 5 injured after pickup hits motorbike sidecar

Crime18 hours ago

Court releases Mountain B owner on bail for 300k baht following fire in eastern Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

Thailand has 5 BA.2.75 antibody-resistant Covid-19 sub-variant

Tourism18 hours ago

UK student conquers mountain in Thailand blindfolded

Home Services18 hours ago

Top 5 reasons to get a maid service in Thailand

Cambodia19 hours ago

Nigerian monkeypox case who fled Thailand is banned from Cambodia for 3 years

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending