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Sea World project a dead duck for now

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CAPE PANWA: Phuket’s ambition to build a major tourist attraction around its sea life has been put on hold, indefinitely. The original plan was to build a “Sea World”, costing about 1.5 billion baht, as a major tourist attraction. The centrepiece of the facility would have been a huge three-storey-high, 2-million-litre aquarium with a glass tunnel running through it, allowing visitors to walk “underwater”. The tank would have been filled with marine life, including sharks, stingrays and dolphins. In addition, there would have been an outdoor pool with dugongs and turtles, an exhibition room, a restaurant, a souvenir shop, a car park and an office building. Khun Praween Limpsaichol, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center, told the Gazette that the completed project would have been bigger than a similar one in Singapore. Talks have been going on for a number of years with the Spanish Government, which originally showed interest in providing loans to fund the project, and which sent officials to Phuket to study its potential. Now, however, Spain’s interest has apparently dwindled, partly because it considers that the payback period would be too long. Khun Praween said that the Department of Fisheries has already spent 17 million baht on preliminary studies and a model of the project. He pointed out that it would have boosted tourism because visitors could be expected to spend five hours at the facility, meaning they would probably elect to spend another day and night on the island. Assuming that a million tourists a year could be attracted to Sea World, he said, and assuming the average tourist spends 2,000 baht a day to stay in Phuket, this would have meant additional revenue of two billion baht a year for the local economy. Although Phuket’s Sea World is not definitively dead, it is certainly on the back-burner. Nevertheless, Khun Praween says he hopes an improvement in the Thai economy might see the project revived.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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