Australian tourist attacked by stray dog in Khao Lak

Australian tourist attacked by stray dog in Khao Lak

PHUKET: A 68-year-old Australian tourist was attacked by a stray dog in Khao Lak yesterday afternoon. Janet Frances Heath was on her way back from Sairoong waterfall with her husband when the incident occurred. She was taken to Takuapa Hospital for treatment and given a rabies shot. Ms Heath is reportedly safe. “We have found more than five fierce strays in the area. We will check to see who the owners are and charge them with section 377, which states that anyone with a vicious animal in their care who allows that animal to wander alone in a manner likely to cause injury to others shall be punished with imprisonment no

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Drunk man rescued from ditch at Phuket Bus Terminal

Drunk man rescued from ditch at Phuket Bus Terminal

PHUKET: An elderly drunk was injured when he fell into a ditch behind some bushes at Phuket Bus Terminal 2 yesterday evening. The ditch is about 3.5 meters deep and half a meter from the perimeter wall. The man, named by rescue workers only as 'Samran', 60, reportedly went behind the bushes to urinate when he fell in. He shouted out to staff at the terminal, who then called rescue workers for help. Kusoldharm Foundation officers arrived at the scene and used a ladder to bring him back up. The whole problem took them only about five minutes to fix. Mr Samran was not injured, but had to be transported back in a wheelchair

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Turkish Airlines announces direct flights to Phuket

Turkish Airlines announces direct flights to Phuket

PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the launch of new Turkish Airlines flights to Phuket this week. There are now four direct flights per week from Istanbul. “This new Istanbul-Phuket service is part of the collaboration between the TAT and Turkish Airlines to meet the growing demand for travel to Thailand from holiday-makers from Turkey, Europe and Latin America. In addition, 2018 marks 60 years of Thai-Turkish relations, and the TAT is planning to organize cultural and tourism activities in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Thailand,” said Pataraporn Sithivanich, the TA

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Deceased tourists' family awarded B6mn in compensation

Deceased tourists' family awarded B6mn in compensation

PHUKET: The family of two Chinese tourists who were killed in an accident on Patong Hill was awarded a total of 6 million baht in compensation yesterday. Lyu Fei, 36, and his 10-year-old son were both killed on July 10 when the tour bus they were travelling on flipped over in the curve at the bottom of Patong Hill (story here). At least 22 others were injured in the crash. Nipon Bannawat, deputy managing director of Indara Insurance Public Company Limited, and Supong Weerasilpchai, chief executive officer of Moh Moh Insurance Brokers Co Ltd, were both present when the compensation was handed to the victims’ fam

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Chinese tourist rescued from drowning by Patong lifeguard

Chinese tourist rescued from drowning by Patong lifeguard

PHUKET: A Patong lifeguard rescued yet another Chinese tourist who nearly drowned after being washed away by strong waves in a red-flagged zone at Patong Beach yesterday afternoon. The 'Phuket Lifeguard Service' posted an update of the incident on their Facebook page at about 1:30pm. It briefly read: ‘Another rescue at Patong Beach today. The lady is safe and on the way to hospital. Good job, Patong lifeguards.’ The lifeguard in question is Samat Rattanmat, who saw the tourist being washed away in the waves. “She was choking, so I drove up there on a jet-ski. She very nearly drowned, but thankfully I was able to get

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Phuket residents express concerns about destruction of historic building

Phuket residents express concerns about destruction of historic building

PHUKET: Residents of Phuket Town have raised concerns about the destruction of an abandoned 100-year-old building on Damrong Road in Talad Yai, which they say is of historic value to the island. The Phuket Treasury Office yesterday confirmed that they are just clearing out the landscape and did not aim to destroy the building. “We are beautifying the landscape by clearing out old trees and the mess around the building under the governor’s policy of ‘Keep Phuket Clean by Our Hand and Heart’,” said Kasempoom Weerasamai of the Phuket Treasury Office. The building is owned by an ex-manager of Chartered Bank in Phuket Tow

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