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Welcome Gate to officially open

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TAH CHAT CHAI: More than three years after it was initially conceived, the Phuket Welcome Gate will have its grand opening ceremony on the auspicious date of September 9. The gate, proposed and championed by Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) President Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutra, will welcome tourists onto the island with a history of the province and a rest stop area.

The grand opening, to begin at 2 pm, will include an exhibition of photos from HM The King’s visit to Phuket in 1966, a painting competition and a sale of local food and goods. Prime Minister Gen Surayud Chulanont has been invited to chair the event.

The ceremony will follow the Welcome Gate’s soft opening on April 11, when elderly residents of Phuket were invited to the site. Since then the electrical systems have been completed and landscaping put in place.

The entire project is on 25 rai of government land near the island’s northernmost tip, where the Thepkrasattri Bridge crosses into Phuket. The project, initially funded with 46.7 million baht in tax revenue collected by the OrBorJor, ended up costing 50 million baht.

K. Anchalee said the Welcome Gate will be the first “living room” to welcome visitors to Phuket. Facilities will include a service and information center, meeting room with 60 seats, a library with six Internet-enabled computers, a restaurant and a shop for One Tambon One Product (OTOP) goods.

There are also 29 seven-meter-tall concrete pillars, each engraved with passages explaining Phuket’s history in Thai and English, and a 21.8-meter tall granite sculpture.

The center, to operate from 9 am to 6 pm daily, will have parking spaces for 10 buses and 50 cars.

The project has not been without controversy. Critics have pointed to it as an environmentally irresponsible and an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money, with some hotel owners citing it as a reason for not paying the 1% room tax imposed on them by the OrBorJor.



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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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PHOTO: Patong Police

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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