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  • Animal Support Group Fundraiser | Thaiger

    Animal Support Group Fundraiser

    CHALONG: The Phuket Animal Support Group (PASG) has announced it will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Jimmy’s Lighthouse. Tickets, priced at 300 baht apiece, include a Thai buffet, one drink and entertainment. Organizers will also conduct raffles and auctions as part of the event. Proceeds will go toward PASG’s ongoing programs…

  • Monkeys Move To Prime Time | Thaiger

    Monkeys Move To Prime Time

    PHUKET TOWN: Early morning visitors to Rang Hill are getting more than a panoramic view of the city. Reports of monkeys swinging in the trees and foraging for food are giving the well-known park some new attention. Natthanit Nithiwiroon, the morning disc jockey on radio station FM 89, said she’s been spotting up to two dozen monkeys a day in…

  • Vegas-Phuket Links Discussed | Thaiger

    Vegas-Phuket Links Discussed

    PHUKET: Student exchanges, international flight service and Internet promotions were among the topics discussed between representatives of Phuket and Las Vegas during a Sister Cities visit to the American entertainment capital by a delegation led by Governor Chadej Insawang. The Phuket delegation, which included local officials, prominent business operators and members of the media, returned to the island yesterday following…

  • Local Tourism Grads Landing Jobs | Thaiger

    Local Tourism Grads Landing Jobs

    PHUKET: Graduates of Prince of Songkhla University’s Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management program are faring better than fellow grads of the school’s other campuses when it comes to landing a job. Nine out of ten Bachelor’s degree recipients from PSU’s Phuket campus, where the four-year program is offered, found employment following their graduation in September, according to a poll…

  • Pupils Have It Made In The Shade | Thaiger

    Pupils Have It Made In The Shade

    KOH KAEW: Dulwich International College students will be busy planting trees today and tomorrow as part of the ongoing “Shadier Phuket” project. Led by Phuket Provincial Council member and Shadier Phuket Director Dr Prasit Konavipong, pupils and staff will be planting 400 donated seedlings on the campus grounds and another 600 on adjacent property.

  • Carrier Offers Half-Price Tickets | Thaiger

    Carrier Offers Half-Price Tickets

    PHUKET: Pacific Leisure (Thailand), a preferred agent for Lauda Air, has announced that the carrier is offering a 50 percent discount on one-way and round-trip business class seats between Thailand and Europe in celebration of its expanded flight service. The special offer applies to business class seats on Lauda Air flights originating at Phuket or Bangkok. The discount, however, does…

  • Arrivals Surge In October | Thaiger

    Arrivals Surge In October

    MAI KHAO: Domestic and international passenger arrivals at Phuket International Airport surged last month as both categories recorded double-digit, year-on-year increases, an airport spokesman announced today. Last month, 85,611 passengers disembarked from domestic flights, up 26 percent from October 1997 when 67,698 arrivals were recorded. International arrivals rose 17 percent, with 38,092 passengers for the month. In October 1997, there…

  • Huge Turnout For Fundraiser | Thaiger

    Huge Turnout For Fundraiser

    CHALONG: Local residents packed Jimmy’s Lighthouse last night to raise money to help pay for medical expenses incurred by motorbike accident victim Michael Ilijash, an Australian resident of Phuket who died last Tuesday after a valiant fight for his life. Expressing his appreciation to the crowd, the young man’s uncle, Mark Briet, said the event was “a celebration of Michael’s…

  • Foreign Ministers Meeting In Phuket | Thaiger

    Foreign Ministers Meeting In Phuket

    KARON: Foreign Affairs Minister Surin Pitsuwan is in Phuket today as part of an official visit by his Bangladeshi counterpart, Abdul Samad Azad. This morning, the two participated in a roundtable discussion with leaders of the local Muslim community at the Phuket Arcadia Hotel and Resort. Before returning to Bangkok later today, the Thai minister will lead an orientation tour…

  • Another Year Floats By | Thaiger

    Another Year Floats By

    PHUKET TOWN: The island was aglow last evening as residents and visitors observed Loy Krathong at city parks, the seaside, resort hotels, and just about anywhere else you could find a body of water. In Phuket Town, crowds lined the reflecting pool at Saphan Hin and sent their decorative offerings on their way. Krathong vendors reported doing a brisk business,…

  • Dutch Tourists To Be Accommodated | Thaiger

    Dutch Tourists To Be Accommodated

    BANGKOK: The recent announcement by Thai Airways International (THAI) to temporarily suspend flights to and from Amsterdam has been followed up with measures to minimize the impact of the service cutback on passengers, the carrier said. Tasnai Sudasna na Ayudhaya, Vice President for Revenue Planning and Management, acknowledged that over 7,000 Thailand-bound vacationers had booked flights on the airline out…

  • Siblings Drown In Kata Tragedy | Thaiger

    Siblings Drown In Kata Tragedy

    KATA BEACH: Three Thai children from the same Karon family drowned Saturday after they went swimming in heavy surf without adult supervision, Chalong district police reported. The bodies of 17-year-old Methanee Chuanchid and her sister Sasithorn, 11, were pulled from the water at approximately 9:30 Saturday night by members of the Kusonlatam Foundation Public Rescue Unit. The body of their…

  • Walkers Headed To Isan | Thaiger

    Walkers Headed To Isan

    MAE SAI: Dennis Peacock and Boonchern Jinapirom, the two men who took to the pavement in their grassroots “Walking For Thailand” campaign earlier this year, are still going strong in their pursuit to traverse every province in the Kingdom. In a postcard received today by the Gazette, Peacock wrote that the pair were on their way from Mae Sai in…

  • Sailors Convicted In Theft Incident | Thaiger

    Sailors Convicted In Theft Incident

    TOKYO: The two American sailors who sparked a manhunt after cash was discovered missing from their navy vessel’s safe following a liberty call in Phuket, have been convicted and sentenced in general court-martial proceedings at the Yokosuka Naval Base, the U.S. Embassy and naval criminal investigators have confirmed. Petty Officer 2nd Class Roger Alden Chain, Jr, who served as the…

  • Eleven Injured By Fireworks | Thaiger

    Eleven Injured By Fireworks

    PHUKET TOWN: Despite a plea from Governor Chadej Insawang to exercise extreme caution when lighting fireworks on the final night of the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, eleven local residents were admitted to Wachira General Hospital Wednesday with fireworks-related injuries. A hospital spokesman told the Gazette that one of those admitted, a 15-year-old boy, had to undergo amputation of his left…

  • Foreign Residents Face Crackdown On Registration | Thaiger

    Foreign Residents Face Crackdown On Registration

    PHUKET TOWN: Pol Col Phirojana Paresakul, Superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Office, confirmed yesterday that immigration authorities nationwide have begun to enforce a law requiring all aliens who remain in Thailand for longer than 90 days to notify the department of their residential address every three months. The superintendent said the alien registration requirement has been on the books for…

  • Canoe Manager Shot Outside Office | Thaiger

    Canoe Manager Shot Outside Office

    PHUKET TOWN: Police are hunting for two suspects in connection with the shooting earlier today of Panwong Hirunchai, the Day Trip Operation Manager for Sea Canoe Thailand’s Phang Nga-based operations. According to Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Somjai Sirikul, the 39-year-old manager was shot as he arrived at Sea Canoe’s offices on Yaowarat Road at 10:20 a.m. The gunman, described…

  • THAI Winter Program Announced | Thaiger

    THAI Winter Program Announced

    BANGKOK: Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced its new Winter Program, which will be in effect from October 25, 1998 to March 27, 1999. The carrier will maintain its flight frequencies on Northern Pacific routes, including seven flights per week on the Bangkok-Osaka-Los Angeles route. The total number of weekly flights operated between the Kingdom and Europe will be increased…

  • “Dark Horse’ Wins Laguna Triathlon | Thaiger

    “Dark Horse’ Wins Laguna Triathlon

    CHERNG TALAY: Marc Lees broke away from the pack and held on to capture the men’s pro division title in today’s Thai Airways Laguna Phuket Triathlon. Lees, who had been off the race circuit since tearing hamstring muscles in May, finished in 2:29, nearly five minutes ahead of fellow Australian Greg Welch. “I wanted to be the dark horse,” Lees…

  • Toll Rises To Five In Ferry Tragedy | Thaiger

    Toll Rises To Five In Ferry Tragedy

    KOH SAMUI: The death toll in Wednesday’s ferry boat accident has risen to five as authorities recovered the bodies of two more victims yesterday afternoon. Searchers discovered the bodies of two Thai male passengers floating in the water at around 1:30 p.m. Friday near the point where the Panmaneesap 9 capsized and sank. Pol Lt Col Wisoot Seekong, Deputy Superintendent…

  • Boxing Champ To Kick Off Festivities | Thaiger

    Boxing Champ To Kick Off Festivities

    PATONG BEACH: Former international muay Thai champion Samart Payakaroon will be on hand this evening to help launch a new 20-million-baht multi-purpose entertainment venue at the Phuket Simon Shopping Arcade on Soi Bangla. The kick boxer is scheduled to step into the ring at 9 p.m. for a one-hour demonstration of the very traditional Thai sport. A spokesman for Phuket…

  • Ferry Boat Accident Claims At Least Three | Thaiger

    Ferry Boat Accident Claims At Least Three

    KOH SAMUI: Three passengers, including two foreigners, drowned and more remain missing and feared dead after a ferry boat bound for Koh Tao capsized early yesterday morning north of Surat Thani. Authorities believe a heavy storm caused the overladen Panmaneesap 9 to take on water and capsize off the coast of Koh Wow, a small island northwest of Koh Samui,…

  • Delegation Heading To Las Vegas | Thaiger

    Delegation Heading To Las Vegas

    PHUKET TOWN: A 30-member delegation led by Phuket Governor Chadej Insawang is scheduled to visit Las Vegas November 2-8 in a biennial Sister Cities visit, the governor’s office announced today. Local officials, prominent business operators, and members of the media will accompany the governor on the overseas trip, designed to develop stronger ties between the two popular tourist destinations. Las…

  • Donors Help Save Accident Victim | Thaiger

    Donors Help Save Accident Victim

    PHUKET TOWN: Local residents answered a plea for blood donations over the weekend and helped save the life of local resident Michael Ilijass, who was severely injured in a motorbike accident last Friday night. Early Saturday morning, calls for donations of type A Positive blood went out to the general public while doctors at Wachira General Hospital battled to save…

  • Enhancements For Sunset Lovers | Thaiger

    Enhancements For Sunset Lovers

    RAWAI: Plans are afoot to improve facilities at Cape Promthep, one of Phuket’s most popular sunset viewpoints. Aree Somboon, Chairman of the Rawai Tambon Administration Organization, told the Gazette today that his office is seeking funding from the provincial government to upgrade lighting, expand parking, and install new seating areas to accommodate the large crowds that descend on the picturesque…

  • Sea Walker Guide Arrested | Thaiger

    Sea Walker Guide Arrested

    CHALONG: Tourist Police apprehended an unlicensed guide who was allegedly conducting sea walker expeditions at Coral Island. The Region 2 Tourist Business and Guide Office notified Tourist Police on Thursday that a Thai male was leading a group of tourists to the popular offshore island for a sea walking trip. At approximately 3 p.m., Tourist Police intercepted a boat as…

  • Authority Plans New Sports Complex | Thaiger

    Authority Plans New Sports Complex

    PHUKET: If all goes as planned, a 220-rai site in Thalang district will become the home of southern Thailand’s newest major sports venue. Officials of the Sports Authority of Thailand are planning to construct a 20,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, a 5,000-seat gymnasium, a shooting range, and athlete housing on a tract located along Thepkasattri Road in Tambon Tachatchai at the northern…

  • Pian Regains Mayor’s Chair | Thaiger

    Pian Regains Mayor’s Chair

    PATONG: Rak (Love) Patong Party leader Pian Keesin was installed as mayor this morning following a vote earlier this week by the city council. Khun Pian, who finished second in the municipal election on October 4, received six of eleven council votes on Monday, with council member and former mayor Dr Anan Anantanawat abstaining. Council members also elected Uthai Karnchana…

  • U.K. Tourists Lead The Way | Thaiger

    U.K. Tourists Lead The Way

    BANGKOK: International tourist arrivals to Thailand surpassed the five million mark during the first eight months of the year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced. From January 1 through August 31, a total of 5,043,449 tourists were recorded by the TAT – a 5.6 percent increase over the same period last year. European markets, led by the United Kingdom,…

  • New Tuna Vessel Launched | Thaiger

    New Tuna Vessel Launched

    PHUKET: In the latest bid to maintain Thailand’s position as the world’s leading exporter of canned tuna, officials launched the country’s newest deep sea tuna fishing vessel in a ceremony last Friday at Ao Makham. Pongphon Adireksarn, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, along with representatives of the Thai Deep Sea Tuna Fishing Cooperative, was on hand to christen the 61-meter-long…

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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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