20-passenger speedboat collides with another at Phuket pier

20-passenger speedboat collides with another at Phuket pier

PHUKET: A speedboat carrying 20 passengers crashed with another at the Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew yesterday evening. No injuries were reported. A speedboat belonging to ‘Golden Dragon Tour 1’ was carrying passengers from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket when it collided with, and landed partly on top of, another speedboat, ‘K. Kanreab’, which was not carrying any passengers at the time. “Teerachai Maimard, the "captain" of Golden Dragon Tour1, sped up the boat in order to tread through shallow water. Unfortunately, the hydraulic hose that controlled the boat’s helm broke down and the captain lost control,” said Maj Tosa

Monday, June 12, 2017 | 01:10 PM

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Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

THAILAND: Thailand has been ranked as one of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists to visit, with high rates of crime and violence and 'low reliability' of police assistance, according to a recent survey. Of the 136 countries around the world covered by the World Economic Forum’s 'Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report', which was released last month, Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score for safety and security for tourists. The index indicates tourists' and businesses' exposure to security risks, taking into account serious harm such as violence and terrorism. While a score of seven is conside

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 02:15 PM

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Half a million baht worth of goods confiscated in Phuket raid

Half a million baht worth of goods confiscated in Phuket raid

PHUKET: A Patong raid led to half a million baht's worth of pirated goods being seized from 19 shops this morning. “After learning from our source that there were many shops selling pirated goods in Patong, we took teams of officers to the area for inspection. The shop owners managed to escape the scene as soon as we arrived,” said Maj Adichat Amornpradit of the Economic Crime Suppression Division 4 (CSD). The confiscated goods included bags, speakers, headphones, mobile cases, ocean packs and other miscellaneous items. “Part of our duty is to keep an eye on such activities, especially as we have received many complai

Friday, June 16, 2017 | 05:15 PM

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Phuket woman wanted for allegedly cheating 'savings group' out of millions

Phuket woman wanted for allegedly cheating 'savings group' out of millions

PHUKET: Police are searching for a woman who allegedly swindled a ‘rotating savings’ group out of millions of baht. 'Rotating savings' is a form of combined peer-to-peer banking and lending system wherein a group of individuals agree to contribute a certain amount of money per month in order to save with and borrow from each other. Thirty people yesterday went to file a complaint at Phuket Provincial Police Station. “The group told us that a woman named Sirikarn Rooprorjeen was the leader of a social media rotating savings group. She used to run an online food delivery network and most of the victims were her customers

Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 02:30 PM

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Huge amounts of trash on Phuket beach 'normal' at this time of year, Mayor says

Huge amounts of trash on Phuket beach 'normal' at this time of year, Mayor says

PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup has responded to complaints of trash on Patong Beach after the Phuket Gazette submitted photos of the depressing landscape to her office today. The photos, showing a sea of trash throughout Patong Beach, were sent to the Gazette by a concerned reader. "This type of thing is normal during the monsoon season, when the wind and waves bring trash from the ocean onto the beach," Ms Chalermluck told the Gazette. "However, our officers work very hard to clean it up and return the beach to its original state every day," she added. Two days ago, the Phuket Marine

Friday, June 9, 2017 | 05:30 PM

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EGA launches 'smart kiosks' in Phuket

EGA launches 'smart kiosks' in Phuket

PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong last week chaired a seminar titled ‘GovChannel Roadshow 2017: Digital Local Government’ at Novotel Phuket Phookeethra in Phuket Town. The seminar introduced the launch of a ‘smart kiosk’ at Big C supercenter, making Phuket the first province in the South to have one. “In continuation of the Smart City project, the GovChannel roadshow was organized by the 'Electronic Government Agency (EGA)' in order to provide knowledge about government services using innovative technology. This will be done in accordance with our policy of the ‘5 Es’, that is e-society, e-learning, e-ci

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 01:30 PM

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