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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Patong transport operators protest reduction in taxi stands

Patong transport operators protest reduction in taxi stands

PHUKET: Patong public transport operators will continue to utilize 84 taxi stands for now until the Phuket Governor and Army 4 commander announce their final decision about the number of stands on the island. The public transport management committee had announced on May 18 that Patong was to see a 75 per cent reduction in taxi stands (from 84 to 21) effective June 1. A group of Patong taxi operators, led by Anan Pluemjit and Aroon Kruajan, gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall to meet with the public transport management committee yesterday morning. “We also submitted a letter to Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, askin

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 04:03 PM

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PEA says electricity cables not to blame for overhead disgrace

PEA says electricity cables not to blame for overhead disgrace

PHUKET: Governor Norraphat Plodthong met with officials from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) yesterday to discuss possible solutions to the messy overhead cables in Patong. The plan to bury the mess in Patong began two years ago, with a 230-million-baht project to cover the three kilometer stretch of Thaweewong Road (story here). After receiving a horde of complaints about the unsightly cables on Sawatdirak Road, PEA officials insisted, as is standard, that electricity cables are not to blame. “We finished burying our electricity cables at the beginning of this month. The wires you still see on the

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 05:10 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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