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  • 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…

  • Bank Officers Testify At Murder Trial | Thaiger

    Bank Officers Testify At Murder Trial

    PHUKET TOWN: The prosecution called two bank officers to the witness stand yesterday at the Phuket Provincial Courthouse in the ongoing trial of five suspects charged in connection with the murder of businessman Danis Wayne Tong. The officers of the Phuket main branches of Bangkok Bank Limited and Siam Commercial Bank offered testimony on checks presented by Tong and one…

  • 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…

  • Fund Donations Top 4.6 Million Baht | Thaiger

    Fund Donations Top 4.6 Million Baht

    PHUKET TOWN: More than 4.6 million baht has been donated by local residents and organizations to the nationwide Thai-Help-Thai Fund, the Phuket Provincial Administrative Office announced last week. Through November 26, a total of 4,605,472 baht had been raised in the grassroots effort to help repay Thailand’s national debt and fund various social assistance programs.

  • 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…

  • Foreigner Death Toll On The Rise | Thaiger

    Foreigner Death Toll On The Rise

    PHUKET TOWN: The number of foreigners who have died in Phuket so far this year has surpassed the total recorded in 1997, Phuket Tourist Police told the Gazette today. A total of 33 foreigners died in the province from January 1 through November 25, 1998. By comparison, 23 deaths were recorded in calendar year 1997. Of the 33 deaths recorded…

  • 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…

  • Suspect Nabbed In Yacht Burglary | Thaiger

    Suspect Nabbed In Yacht Burglary

    CHALONG BAY: Police arrested a suspect yesterday in the theft of nearly 200,000 baht in cash and personal effects from a foreign flag yacht moored in this popular bay. Prakit Thongnok, 23, was charged in connection with a theft last month of items on board a yacht owned by Maria Gonzales. According to police, the suspect, a Songkhla native who…

  • Doctor Testifies In Murder Trial | Thaiger

    Doctor Testifies In Murder Trial

    PHUKET TOWN: A doctor who examined the body of Roger Jennings testified in court yesterday that the 56-year-old British publican died from a loss of blood following 19 stab wounds. Dr Somchai Chaichayanon of Kathu Hospital was the only witness called to the stand on Monday before Phuket Provincial Court Judge Amornpoj Kulwijit in the ongoing trial of two suspects…

  • Activists Call For End To “Rape” Of Maya Bay | Thaiger

    Activists Call For End To “Rape” Of Maya Bay

    PHUKET TOWN: A group of 20 environmental activists staged a rally outside two city venues on Saturday afternoon to protest the changes underway at Phi Phi Leh Island’s Maya Bay to accommodate the shooting of the Hollywood film The Beach. Flanked by fellow activists from Krabi and Trang provinces, Wisanu Mula of the Phuket Environmental Club called on the public…

  • Europeans Fuel September Gain | Thaiger

    Europeans Fuel September Gain

    BANGKOK: International tourist arrivals at Bangkok International Airport registered a 17.8 percent year-on-year gain in September, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced. European markets, led by the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, contributed to the double-digit increase. A total of 29,315 UK tourists arrived at the airport during the month, a gain of more than 10,000 arrivals compared to September last…

  • Poll Confirms Perceptions Of Local Driving | Thaiger

    Poll Confirms Perceptions Of Local Driving

    PHUKET TOWN: In the Gazette Poll for the week ended at noon today, 71.8% of the 662 participants responded “Yes, absolutely” to the question, “Do you feel that driving in Phuket is too risky?” 21.4% voted “No, not really,” and 6.8% said they didn’t know. The perception that driving here is excessively risky was strongest among local foreign residents, 85%…

  • Officials Raid Illegal Tin Refinery | Thaiger

    Officials Raid Illegal Tin Refinery

    PHUKET TOWN: Following undercover surveillance by mineral resources officers, authorities raided a sand processing yard fronting for an illegal tin refinery. Phuket Town Police Superintendent Pol Col Chalit Tintanee and Phuket Mineral Resources Department Chief Panya Worathammaporn, along with officers of both departments, descended on the 15-rai facility, located at 163/5 Wichitsongkram Road, at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon and uncovered five…

  • Murder Trial On Court Docket | Thaiger

    Murder Trial On Court Docket

    PHUKET TOWN: Testimony is scheduled to resume next Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the Phuket Provincial Courthouse in the trial of two adult suspects charged in connection with the brutal stabbing death of Roger Jennings. Nongnut Tungkaburi, the common law wife of the slain 56-year-old British publican, is standing trial along with Kraisorn Kamnoun on charges of participation in…

  • Leonids Viewing Washed Out | Thaiger

    Leonids Viewing Washed Out

    PHUKET: The much-anticipated sighting of the Leonids meteorite shower never materialized for local stargazers who gathered overnight at two popular viewpoints. By 11 p.m. on Monday, small groups had arrived at Laem Promthep, (at the southern end of the island), hoping to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon predicted to appear between midnight and 5 o’clock this morning. Over at…

  • Tests Confirm Drugs in 15 Samples | Thaiger

    Tests Confirm Drugs in 15 Samples

    PHUKET TOWN: Fifteen of 51 urine samples sent to a regional health department testing laboratory in Trang following the raid at the At Eaze Music House in September have tested positive for amphetamines, Phuket Provincial Health Officer Dr Boonriang Chuchaisangrat told the Gazette today. The urinalyses were carried out to confirm initial results obtained by local health officers who conducted…

  • Vacationers Getting Soaked | Thaiger

    Vacationers Getting Soaked

    PHUKET: Heavy rainshowers are giving the high tourist season a wet start as precipitation for the first half of the month has surpassed last November’s total rainfall. The Southwestern Meteorological Center told the Gazette today that a total of 252.6 millimeters of rain was recorded during the first 15 days of this month at the bureau’s monitoring station at Phuket…

  • Seven Held On Oil Smuggling Charges | Thaiger

    Seven Held On Oil Smuggling Charges

    PHANG NGA: One vessel was impounded and seven suspects arrested following a raid on an oil smuggling boat operating in the waters off Khura Buri district. Marine police boarded the Chok Krating 7 off the coast of Surin Island at around 10 o’clock Saturday night and took the vessel’s skipper and crew, all Thais, into custody after discovering a total…

  • Business Start-ups Outpace Closures | Thaiger

    Business Start-ups Outpace Closures

    PHUKET TOWN: Nearly 100 new businesses filed registration documents during September and October, the Phuket Commercial Registration Department reported. A total of 57 ‘company limited’ and 41 partnership registrations were recorded. The department said that 21 firms ceased operations in the province during the period, of which 17 were limited liability companies and four were partnerships.

  • All Eyes Will Be On The Sky | Thaiger

    All Eyes Will Be On The Sky

    PHUKET: Plans are underway to accommodate local astronomy buffs hoping to catch a glimpse of the Leonids meteorite shower predicted for next week. Sakchai Petchchuay, an astronomy professor at Rajabhat Institute Phuket, will be on hand at the school’s soccer field late Tuesday night and well into the wee hours of Wednesday morning to assist students and residents in spotting…

  • Motorcycle Accident Claims Foreigner | Thaiger

    Motorcycle Accident Claims Foreigner

    KALIM: A motorcycle accident on Phrabaramee Road north of Patong claimed the life of a 35-year-old South African man and seriously injured his female passenger on Wednesday afternoon. Kathu district police said Daniel Gensen, an employee of Singapore-based Sun Cruises, lost control of his 1,200 cc rented motorcycle and crashed shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday while traveling southbound on the…

  • Dulwich Principal Honored | Thaiger

    Dulwich Principal Honored

    PHUKET: Dulwich International College Thai Principal Dr Pimon Ruetrakul was recently named as this year’s “Model Citizen in Educational Administration” by the Foundation for Thai Society. The organization honors distinguished Thai citizens for their contributions in various fields. Past recipients of the society’s model citizen award include Prasit Ourairat, Uthane Techapaiboon, Chatree Soponpanich and Dr Jirayu na Ayutthaya.

  • 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…

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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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