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PHUKET: The annual Phuket Old Town Festival will begin on February 15, ushering in the three-day celebration of the town’s historical origins and unique ethnic mix of cultures.

To announce this year’s festival, leading Phuket dignitaries gathered at Queen Sirikit Park on Thursday night. Joining Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana in announcing the event were representatives from Phuket City Municipality, Phuket Provincial Police, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office, Peranakan Association, Phuket Old Town Association and Jui Tui Shrine.

The festival will be held along four main roads in the heart of the Phuket Old Town: Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee, Krabi Road and Phang Nga Road (map here).

“The Old Chartered Bank on the corner of Dibuk Road [and Thepkrasattri Road] will showcase an exhibition highlighting HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej visiting Phuket in 1959, as well as traditional costumes and food from Phuket Town’s yesteryear,” Mayor Somjai said.

Traffic will be blocked from using the streets hosting the event’s activities from 3pm to midnight so people will be able to walk around the Old Town area and enjoy the activities, she added.

“The festival is one of the most important events for local residents, government offices and private businesses to all join together. The festival has been held for 13 years – this is our fourteenth,” Mayor Somjai said.

“The main purpose of this festival is to preserve our beautiful culture, our art and traditions by urging Old Town residents, youths and other local people to take part. Our goal is also to promote cultural tourism in the Phuket Old Town area for tourists to see how beautiful our cultures are,” Mayor Somjai explained.

Scheduled to provide some of the entertainment will be “Leng”, known for his award-winning antics on Thailand’s Got Talent 2012 (view here) and “Looksorn At Ten”, renowned for his singing on the popular television show At Ten (view here).

Also performing will be artists from mainland China, providing a magic show (view here).

“There will also be many stalls selling traditional Chinese dishes and desserts,” Mayor Somjai said.

The festival will kick off with the opening ceremony and a parade and at about 5pm. The parade will start from Jatujak market on Phang Nga Road, turn left onto Montri Road, head toward Surin Circle to Phuket Road, turn left onto Rassada Road, then right onto Yaowarat Road and end at Queen Sirikit Park (map here).

From 11pm to midnight on the final night of the festival, February 17, Phuket City Municipality will hold a candlelight ceremony to pray for good fortune in front of the “dragon” featured as a statue in Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town is called the Hai Leng Ong Sea Dragon.

“Everyone please be assured that police and other relevant officers will take the best care of you, so you can enjoy the festival,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat.

“The Royal Thai Police rates the safety of tourists in Phuket very highly as Phuket is second only to Bangkok in terms of the income generated from tourism. Although more than 300,000 tourists will be attending the festival, we will look after everyone’s safety,” Gen Choti added.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Four arrested with guns and drugs in Chalong

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Officers have arrested four suspects and seized two illegal guns, 26 bullets, 319 methamphetamine pills and half a kilogram of marijuana in Chalong.

Officers first arrested 28 year old Dawrueang Pomsuwan. Officers seized 3.68 grams, 319methamphetamine pills and 20 bullets.

He has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of ammunition.

Officers then arrested 23 year old Panuwat Petlook. Police seized a handgun, six bullets and 3.02 grams of marijuana. He has now been charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs.

Next, officers arrested 27 year old Sakchai Sittisak.  They seized 9.48 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a handgun and 2 bullets. He has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs, and illegal possession of a  firearm and ammunition.

And finally, police have arrested 25 year old Padungchai Paitong. Police seized 464.9 grams (half a kilo) of marijuana. He has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug with intent to sell.

All were taken to the Chalong Police Station for processing.

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Chinese man who allegedly murdered wife now in custody

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A Chinese man who allegedly murdered his wife, is now in custody at the Phuket Provincial Court. The alleged crime happened in October. The Kamala Police Chief says he will face a murder charge if police find that he killed his wife to collect on insurance payments.

The Chinese husband is from Tianjin, China and is alleged to have murdered his wife during a family vacation in Phuket after buying up more than 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) in life insurance policies in her name.

Read more about the alleged crime HERE.

Kamala Police Chief Col Somkit Boonrat says, “The incident happened at a hotel in Kamala. After we questioned Zhang he admitted to killing his wife.”

“Now he is in custody at the Phuket Provincial Court while an investigation is being conducted, which is expected to be completed before December 21.”

“We have received more information from the Chinese Consulate about the life insurance. If we find that Zhang killed his wife to collect the insurance, he will face a heavier charge of intent to murder.”

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Chinese man murders wife in 143 million baht life-insurance scam

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“…in the months leading up to the trip, Zhang had bought more than a dozen life insurance policies for his wife…”

A Chinese husband from Tianjin is alleged to have murdered his wife during a family vacation in Phuket after buying up more than 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) in life insurance policies in her name.

Shanghai.ist reports that the husband, named Zhang Weifan, took his wife, given the pseudonym Xiaojie, and the couple’s 20 month old daughter to Phuket at the end of October this year.

On the third day after their arrival, Xiaojie’s parents received a call from Zhang’s parents who informed them that Zhang had told them that Xiaojie had drowned in a private pool in the couple’s suite at a luxury hotel.

According to a report from The Paper, Xiaojie’s parents were initially suspicious of their daughter’s alleged cause of death, remembering that she was a good swimmer.

Somehow, after reporting his wife’s death, Zhang was able to fly out of Thailand back to Tianjin where he was confronted by Zhang’s suspicious parents who insisted that he accompany them back to Phuket.

There, the parents had their suspicions confirmed when they were allowed to view Xiaojie’s body. Finding their daughter’s corpse covered in bruises, the couple then reported Zhang to the police. Under questioning, Zhang admitted to holding his wife’s head under water until she drowned.

Further investigation by Xiaojie’s parents uncovered that in the months leading up to the trip, Zhang had bought more than a dozen life insurance policies on his wife which added up to a total payout of more than 30 million yuan with Zhang as the sole beneficiary.

Xiaojie’s parents have since discovered that while Zhang had pretended to go to work each morning, he was actually unemployed. A total of 158 gigabytes of porn was also found on his computers.

Xiaojie’s parents are now seeking Zhang’s extradition from Thailand, believing that is more likely that he will get the death penalty in China.

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