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  • Ya Ba-laced Beer Seized In Pub Raid | Thaiger

    Ya Ba-laced Beer Seized In Pub Raid

    PHUKET TOWN: Authorities seized draft beer from a popular pub early Saturday morning after a preliminary test indicated it had been laced with amphetamines. Tourist Police and Phuket Narcotics Control officers raided the Kok Ma Pub on Tilok U-Thit 1 Road at around 2 a.m. following a tip from concerned parents alleging that the venue was admitting underage patrons and…

  • Honk In The New Year At Benz Sale | Thaiger

    Honk In The New Year At Benz Sale

    PHUKET TOWN: Can’t seem to find the perfect New Year’s present? Try the car park in front of the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel where the second “Amazing Secondhand Benz Sale” is underway through December 30. The event, co-sponsored by Thonburi Leasing, Wiriya Leasing and Benz Bor Jor Nor Phuket, features attractively priced, used Mercedes passenger cars. The first such sale…

  • Beach Scene Brings Out The Crowd | Thaiger

    Beach Scene Brings Out The Crowd

    PHUKET: Padded lounges were occupied well before noon, masseuses had their hands full, and vendors were having a field day keeping up with demand for cold drinks as the island’s peak tourist season got underway this week. Sun worshipers turned out in droves on west coast beaches, soaking in the rays and being pampered. “It’s wonderful,” commented first time visitor…

  • High Seas Firefight Kills Two Navy Officers | Thaiger

    High Seas Firefight Kills Two Navy Officers

    RANONG: Two officers of the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet were killed last Saturday during a midday firefight between their surveillance vessel and an unidentified fishing boat in Thai territorial waters off the coast of Ranong province. Petty Officer First Class Chalermsak Jeenprakom and Petty Officer Third Class Amorn Panlert died of bullet wounds when the navy patrol boat Tor…

  • FantaSea Opens To Crowd of 1,300 | Thaiger

    FantaSea Opens To Crowd of 1,300

    KAMALA: The first day of business at Phuket FantaSea attracted over 1,300 patrons, reported Surin Bamrungphol, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. An estimated seven out of ten paid admissions at yesterday’s soft opening were Thais, many of whom were local residents who wanted to check out Phuket’s newest and biggest leisure attraction, according to a poll conducted by…

  • Sex Does Matter In Selling Phuket | Thaiger

    Sex Does Matter In Selling Phuket

    PHUKET: To the surprise and disappointment of many local residents, the Phuket Gazette’s Internet poll for the week ended December 18 suggests that large numbers of people familiar with the island believe the local sex industry does help to attract tourists. Of the 789 participants in the poll, 54.8 percent were of the belief that the availability of ‘paid sex’…

  • Tourist Police To Step Up Patrols | Thaiger

    Tourist Police To Step Up Patrols

    PHUKET TOWN: Tourist Police will be out in force in the popular beach areas as throngs of vacationers descend on the island for their annual holiday. Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Pol Maj Arnont Kamolrat said his officers would step up patrols along Patong and other beaches frequented by foreign visitors. In addition to providing assistance to tourists, officers will be…

  • Sun Shines On Island | Thaiger

    Sun Shines On Island

    MAI KHAO: Yes, Virginia, there is a sun. Following a soggy November, the first half of this month saw more blue skies than clouds as a mere 15 millimeters of rain was recorded from December 1 through December 15 at the Southwestern Meteorological Center’s monitoring station near Phuket International Airport. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall total during the period was recorded…

  • Excise Revenues Post Sharp Decline | Thaiger

    Excise Revenues Post Sharp Decline

    PHUKET TOWN: Despite revenues generated through taxes on luxury yachts and golf fees, the Phuket Provincial Excise Department recorded a steep drop in collections during the most recent fiscal year compared to fiscal 1997. Department Chief Borvorn Chayakul reported that his office collected 190.3 million baht from October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998, a decline of nearly 49 million…

  • Phuket, Amanpuri Honored By Readers’ Poll | Thaiger

    Phuket, Amanpuri Honored By Readers’ Poll

    NEW YORK: Phuket received an 11th place ranking of top islands in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, while Amanpuri, the well-known luxury hotel on Pansea Beach, was honored in two of the publication’s award categories. The results of the poll, tabulated from the responses of more than 37,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers, were published in last month’s issue. Phuket…

  • THAI Establishes Emergency Phone Center | Thaiger

    THAI Establishes Emergency Phone Center

    BANGKOK: Thai Airways International (THAI) has established a 24-hour Emergency Information Center at the VIP Lounge of Bangkok International Airport to provide assistance to relatives of passengers aboard flight TG 261 which crashed Friday evening near Surat Thani Airport. The telephone numbers of the center are (66-2) 535-3003; 535-6996-7 and 535-6981-6.

  • Regatta Winners Honored | Thaiger

    Regatta Winners Honored

    KATA: “This was the greatest regatta ever,” proclaimed Admiral Thira Haoch, Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Navy and Honorary Chairman of the 12th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, to an audience of competitors and guests assembled Saturday night for the Royal Awards Ceremony. The admiral was among a host of dignitaries in attendance at the function held in the…

  • Soriano Captures Class For Third Time | Thaiger

    Soriano Captures Class For Third Time

    KATA: The crew of Irvmiren, led by skipper Andreas Soriano III of the Philippines, made it three in a row on Wednesday finishing first among Ocean Cruising Class competitors in the Iridium Andaman Sea Cup Race, the third event of the 12th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Skipper Andrew Hogbin of the United Kingdom led the crew aboard Chant De Mai…

  • THAI Adds More Holiday Flights | Thaiger

    THAI Adds More Holiday Flights

    BANGKOK: Thai Airways International (THAI) announced today that it has added extra flights on several domestic routes during the year-end holiday period to accommodate an anticipated spike in already heavy passenger demand. Among the additions are ten extra flights on the Bangkok-Phuket route from December 31, 1998 through January 3, 1999. Extra flights were also added on the carrier’s Bangkok-Chiang…

  • Three Repeat Wins In King’s Cup | Thaiger

    Three Repeat Wins In King’s Cup

    KATA: The second event of the 12th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the Krabi Provincial Race from Kata to Phi Phi, saw three skippers capture top honors in their respective classes for the second consecutive day. Andreas Soriano III and the crew of Irvmiren sailed to victory in the Ocean Cruising Class for the second time in as many days on…

  • Protest Leads To New Taxi License Scheme | Thaiger

    Protest Leads To New Taxi License Scheme

    PHUKET TOWN: An agreement was reached yesterday to lift restrictions on motorbike taxi licenses granted by Patong municipality following a peaceful rally staged by unregistered operators at Provincial Hall. Over 350 taxi drivers rode in a motorcade from Patong to Phuket Town shortly before noon in a show of unity to have the current licensing scheme opened to non-Patong residents.…

  • Airport Arrivals Flying High | Thaiger

    Airport Arrivals Flying High

    MAI KHAO: The number of passengers arriving at Phuket International Airport during the first eleven months of 1998 has surpassed the total recorded for all of last year, an airport spokesman announced today. From January 1, 1998 through November 30, 1998, a total of 1,380,325 passenger arrivals were recorded, versus 1,377,744 for full-year 1997. In November, 92,500 passengers disembarked from…

  • Pawn Shop Sets Loan Record | Thaiger

    Pawn Shop Sets Loan Record

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Municipal Pawn Shop will post its best year ever as more than a quarter of a billion baht in loans were recorded in the first eleven months of 1998, surpassing last year’s record 235 million baht loan total. Manager Phuwadon Chinnupathum reported that from January 1, 1998 through November 30, 1998, a total of 257.4 million…

  • International Field Expected For Rugby Tournament | Thaiger

    International Field Expected For Rugby Tournament

    BANGKOK: The Thai Rugby Union, under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, has announced its sponsorship of an international rugby tournament in cooperation with the municipality of Phuket Town. Organizers have extended invitations to more than ten rugby clubs from Europe and Asia to compete in the two-day event scheduled for February 27-28, 1999 at Saphan Hin Stadium.…

  • German Man Arrested In Drug Raid | Thaiger

    German Man Arrested In Drug Raid

    KATHU: Tung Thong Sub-district police officers have arrested a 36-year-old German man on drug charges following surveillance of his Soi Bangtong home. Gerhard Mateses was apprehended by a team of 12 police officers from the sub-district station shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday as he walked behind his home. According to the police report, officers discovered a small container of marijuana…

  • Traffic Injuries Climb To Six-month High | Thaiger

    Traffic Injuries Climb To Six-month High

    PHUKET: Traffic-related injuries and deaths rose to their highest level in six months during the most recent reporting period, the Phuket Provincial Health Department has advised. In its report to the Phuket Governor, the agency said 849 patients were admitted to government hospitals from September 20 through October 19, including 780 with motorbike-related injuries. A total of 18 people died…

  • Few Shed Tears Over Departure Of November | Thaiger

    Few Shed Tears Over Departure Of November

    MAI KHAO: Sun worshipers were glad to see November come to an end. Last month, Phuket saw almost twice as much rain as occurred during the same period last year, with 466.8 millimeters recorded at the Southwestern Meteorological Center’s monitoring station at Phuket International Airport. Last year, 251 millimeters fell during the entire month. Amorn Chantanavivate, the center’s director, blamed…

  • TAT Reports Sharp Outbound Decline | Thaiger

    TAT Reports Sharp Outbound Decline

    BANGKOK: Outbound travel from Thailand recorded a 28 percent year-on-year decline during the first half of 1998, the Tourism Authority of Thailand reported. From January 1, 1998 through June 30, 1998, a total of 689,914 Thai nationals departed the Kingdom for international destinations. During the same period last year, a total of 957,453 travelers were recorded. Travel to all but…

  • VAT Payments Boost Provincial Coffers | Thaiger

    VAT Payments Boost Provincial Coffers

    PHUKET TOWN: Provincial revenue officials reported that tax collections were up 22 percent during the first month of the new fiscal year compared to October 1997. From October 1, 1998 through October 31, 1998, the revenue department collected a total of 166,946,000 baht, up more than 30.7 million baht from the same period last year. Income tax collection rose 47…

  • Swing Set Collapse Kills Youngster | Thaiger

    Swing Set Collapse Kills Youngster

    PA KHLOCK: A seven-year-old boy was killed last Thursday when a playground swing set collapsed during a morning recess at Ban Para School. Witnesses told Thalang District police that primary student Saroj Lawan was swinging on the apparatus with another male classmate at around 11 o’clock on the morning of November 26 when it suddenly collapsed. A metal support struck…

  • Europeans Check In For Long Stays | Thaiger

    Europeans Check In For Long Stays

    BANGKOK: When it comes to taking a holiday in Thailand, German and Swiss tourists check in for the longest stays. Vacationers from the two European countries remained, on average, in the Kingdom longer than any other segment surveyed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in its just-released detailed statistical report for the first half of the year. From January…

  • Search Continues For Suspects | Thaiger

    Search Continues For Suspects

    PHUKET TOWN: Police investigators are continuing their manhunt for two Thai male suspects wanted in connection with the October 27 shooting of Sea Canoe Thailand Day Trip Operation Manager Panwong Hirunchai. Phuket Provincial Police Commander Kongpol Suwannaraks told the Gazette yesterday that the suspected gunman and getaway motorbike driver, both Thai males, remain at large. Three teams of investigators have…

  • Officials Keeping Eye On Jet-skis | Thaiger

    Officials Keeping Eye On Jet-skis

    PHUKET: As the high season gets underway, authorities are keeping a close watch on jet-ski rental businesses operating on west coast beaches to ensure compliance with provincial regulations. Vice Governor Amnuay Sanguannam is overseeing the joint enforcement efforts of district, harbor, marine and police officials. Weekly reports are being filed by the various departments with the vice governor’s office in…

  • Immigration To “Encourage” Registration | Thaiger

    Immigration To “Encourage” Registration

    PHUKET TOWN: Pol Col Phirojana Paresakul, Superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Office, told the Gazette today that his office will be “encouraging” all aliens who remain in Thailand for longer than 90 days to notify the department of their residential address every three months as required by law. He stated that the law would be strictly enforced by his officers…

  • Survey Reveals Room At The Inn | Thaiger

    Survey Reveals Room At The Inn

    PHUKET TOWN: Last-minute vacationers hoping to reserve a room along Phuket’s sun-drenched beaches for a year-end holiday are coming up empty. But while seaside accommodation from Nai Yang to Nai Harn is booked solid from Christmas through the first weekend of the New Year, there is room at the inn in Phuket Town. A random telephone survey conducted today by…

Phuket is a province in the south of Thailand. Phuket's beaches face the Andaman Sea allowing the west coast beaches fantastic sunsets right throughout the year. If you're looking for news in Phuket, go to Or follow our instant news in our Facebook pages.

The good news is that Phuket is famous for its foodie scene with an enormously diverse range of local and international foods - Phuket and southern favorites, street food along with international choices catering for the 12 million visitors to the island each year. Thaiger follows Phuket news and information 24 hours a day with regular updates.

Phuket is only 'just' an island with a 300 metre bridge linking it to Thailand's mainland. We're always reporting in the news that the channel beneath is frequently dredged to maintain Phuket's status as an island. On the other side of Sarasin Bridge is the Province of Phang Nga.

Getting to Phuket is easy as the island has land, air and sea connections. Phuket is also used as a take-off point for local island trips as Thailand's largest island is surrounded by over 30 pristine islands. Koh Phi Phi and the famous Maya Bay are always in the news and would be the best known of the island's just off Phuket's shores.

Phuket is an island and a province. It's the largest island in Thailand – 48 km north to south, 21 km east to west.

It's about 20% smaller, in area, than Singapore but much less densely populated. Whilst the island nation of Singapore boasts a population of nearly 6 million, Phuket has a permanent population of around 400-450,000 (but varies a lot with the influx of tourists and a workforce that is always changing). Most of Phuket remains jungle and tropical rainforest despite an acceleration of development over the past 20 years.

Unlike some of Thailand's other popular islands (that are in the Gulf of Thailand), the news is that Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea.

Phuket is 878 km north of the equator.

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