Army reverses decision on Phuket sun loungers

Army reverses decision on Phuket sun loungers

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Army has declared that sun loungers are now allowed in the 10 percent zone at Patong Beach. The decision was handed down yesterday afternoon by army and beach management committee officials, who decided to reverse the Royal Thai Navy’s ruling declaring them illegal in December last year (story here). The same outcome is expected for other Phuket beaches, but no timeline has yet been announced. Following the announcement, vendors at Patong Beach immediately brought dozens of loungers and other furniture down to the beach. Army Region 4 Deputy Commander Pornsak Poonsawat and other officers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 02:38 PM

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Phuket locals protest closure of access to Laem Singh Beach

Phuket locals protest closure of access to Laem Singh Beach

PHUKET: Officials from the Ministry of Justice visited Laem Singh Beach this morning to follow up on a long-standing land dispute between the public, particularly local Thai people and thousands of foreign tourists, and an organization called 'Bangkok Broadcasting & Television Co Ltd (BB&T)'. The company, which airs Thai national television Channel 7, has announced that starting April 17, they are cutting access to Laem Singh Beach entirely. The issue started in March 2012, when BB&T ordered a fence to be built around a 65-rai tract of land leading up to the beach. Locals submitted a formal letter of complain

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 06:00 PM

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Phuket to receive B71bn for infrastructure, traffic management

Phuket to receive B71bn for infrastructure, traffic management

PHUKET: Phuket is slated to receive 71 billion baht in infrastructure funding, with an emphasis on improving traffic management and chalking out effective solutions for the island’s growing traffic woes, the Ministry of Transport announced yesterday. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith held a meeting at the Phuket Boat Lagoon with relevant officers to discuss details of the plan. “Phuket has one of the highest economic growth rates, mostly from tourism, which brings more visitors to the island. However, there is only one main road to enter and exit, namely Thepkrasattri Road. Public transport is not good enoug

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 03:19 PM

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Phuket Roads: Two more critically injured in five-vehicle crash

Phuket Roads: Two more critically injured in five-vehicle crash

PHUKET: Two people were seriously injured after a speeding truck driver lost control and hit two parked vehicles, two motorbikes and a restaurant in Thalang again last night. “The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of Thepkrasattri Road in front of the Makamdeekwai restaurant. According to witnesses, an Isuzu pick-up, driven by Amorn Det-Aran, 29, was making a U-turn at high speed. The road there was under construction and he crashed into the median,” said Lt Patcharathorn Jan-eid of Thalang Police. “Mr Amorn then crashed into a Toyota Vigo pick-up truck and a Honda Freed, both parked on the side of the road, bef

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 12:04 PM

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Deputy PM visits Phuket to talk tourism

Deputy PM visits Phuket to talk tourism

PHUKET: Lifeguards and entertainment venues were some of the issues under discussion during the Deputy Prime Minister's one-day visit to Phuket yesterday. Deputy PM Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn and Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul were greeted by Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan; Monruedee Gettuphan, director of Phuket International Airport; Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, commander of the Royal Thai Army's Region 4; and Vice Admiral Surapol Kuptaphan, commander of the Royal Thai Navy's Third Region. Gen Thanasak and Ms Kobkarn discussed the progress of renovations at Phuket International Airport with the

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 02:06 PM

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Couple die by electrocution at Phuket resort

Couple die by electrocution at Phuket resort

PHUKET: A Myanmar couple died by electrocution while working at a Rawai resort last night. “The resort is located on Soi Sermsook, Moo 4. We found the body of Min Thaik Non, 29, lying face up on the ground near the bathroom door. We also found a woman’s body lying face down inside the bathroom. She was named by police only as 'Noi', age 29,” said Capt Somkiet Sarasit of Chalong Police. Police are withholding the name of the resort. Both victims had burns on their arms from their hands all the way up to their elbows. The bodies were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for further examination. “Ms Noi was cleaning the ba

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 11:16 AM

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