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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German man confesses to Thai girlfriend’s murder in Phuket

German man confesses to Thai girlfriend’s murder in Phuket

PHUKET: A German man has confessed to the murder of his Thai girlfriend, ten days after police found her body wrapped in a blanket and dumped in a forest in Kathu. The victim, Picha Nampadung, 35, was first reported missing by her niece, Rujirada Ornkorat, on July 1 (story here). Her body was eventually found on July 9 (story here), while the suspect, 36-year-old Papke Nico, slit his throat when approached by police officers. “Mr Nico had recovered enough for us to question him. At first, he denied any involvement with the crime, but after we questioned him for awhile, he confessed. He was charged wi

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Phuket locals complain after ‘magic amulet’ fails to deliver

Phuket locals complain after ‘magic amulet’ fails to deliver

PHUKET: A group of 20 locals yesterday filed a complaint at Chalong Police Station, claiming they were cheated into buying religious amulets worth more than 100 million baht. “They filed a complaint against Sumalee Lertwilai, claiming that they were cheated into investing in ‘magic’ amulets via Facebook,” said Col Vitoon Kongsutjai of Phuket Provincial Police. According to a representative of the victims, Atchariya Rueangrattanapong, Ms Sumalee operated a Facebook page called ‘Pumpuy Apple Shop’. “We were told that the the amulets were made of special wood imported from Myanmar worth hundreds of thousands of baht a

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Phuket Lobster Festival to be held next month

Phuket Lobster Festival to be held next month

PHUKET: The ‘Phuket Lobster Festival’ is to be held from August 1-31 and is expected to generate revenue of 200 million baht for local businesses. Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong and Wirachai Pranveerapaibool, Managing Director of Pracharath Rak Samakkee (Social Enterprise) Co Ltd, Phuket, yesterday held a press conference at the Dibuka Cafe & Restaurant in Phuket Town. “I would like to thank Pracharath Rak Samakkee (Social Enterprise) Co Ltd for organizing this activity. It will boost local tourism and benefit locals by highlighting Phuket’s well known signature dish. I wish to invite everyone to join the even

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