Video: Ten-year-old tourist and father killed in another Phuket bus crash on Patong Hill

Video: Ten-year-old tourist and father killed in another Phuket bus crash on Patong Hill

PHUKET: Two Chinese tourists were killed and 22 others injured after a tour bus flipped to its side while coming down Patong Hill, hitting several motorbikes and houses near the Suwankiriwong Temple last night. The bus driver, Kritaporn Nuandua, 36, blamed ‘brake failure’ for the incident. “The accident occurred at about 11pm. A 10 year-old boy died at the scene as his body flew out from the bus, while his father, Lyu Fei, 36, was pronounced dead at Vachira Phuket Hospital from a head injury,” said Lt Col Pattapee Srichai of Patong Police. “Mr Kritaporn, who sustained minor injuries, was transporting 24 tourists an

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 12:00 PM

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Phuket Gov announces checkpoint as ‘temporary solution’ for accidents

Phuket Gov announces checkpoint as ‘temporary solution’ for accidents

PHUKET: The Phuker Governor has announced plans to build a checkpoint to inspect the condition of cars and drivers on Patong Hill in order to avoid accidents in that area. Governor Norraphat Plodthong held a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall with Patong Police officers and Patong Mayor Chalermluk Kebsup yesterday afternoon. “The sloping road of Patong Hill has been a chronic cause of accidents and injuries. We have discussed this issue long and hard in order to find a solution, at least for the short term. So, we have decided to build a checkpoint to examine drivers’ condition, check to see if they have a driving license

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 03:30 PM

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Gov announces plans to relaunch moribund Phuket Gateway

Gov announces plans to relaunch moribund Phuket Gateway

PHUKET: The Phuket governor has announced plans to renovate and re-brand the ‘Phuket Gateway’ as a tourist landmark by converting it into a shopping outlet selling Phuket-based products. Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday held a meeting with relevant officers to discuss the plans. The Phuket Gateway was built by the OrBorJor in 2006 as a ‘tourist center’ featuring a meeting room, sales room and service center. The Gateway also featured 29 pillars depicting Phuket history, art, culture and way of life. The landmark has never been a success. Tourists don't visit it and it has no other real use. The projec

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 03:39 PM

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One killed, several Chinese tourists injured in bus crash on Patong Hill

One killed, several Chinese tourists injured in bus crash on Patong Hill

PHUKET: A motorbike driver died instantly last night when her head was crushed by a 'broken down' tour bus. The incident, which also sent more than 30 "shocked and moaning" Chinese passengers aboard the bus to hospital, occurred as the two vehicles descended Patong Hill westbound. The fatality, Ms Rattana Sukpisal, 44, had a passenger with her on the bike. The passenger escaped with minor injuries. Following the collision with the motorbike, the bus crashed into the concrete wall at the foot of the hill, a place where scores of buses have come to rest following gruesome accidents over the past several years. “The tourist

Friday, June 30, 2017 | 05:13 PM

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Citing indelible memories and people, the Phuket Gazette bows out in a nostalgic farewell

Citing indelible memories and people, the Phuket Gazette bows out in a nostalgic farewell

PHUKET: Times change and old media continue to bow to the new. With great regret, the Phuket Gazette is retiring from the field and will cease operations with effect from the end of this month – midnight, July 31. Other than our office, owned by a shareholder (not the Gazette itself), our primary asset has long been the Gazette Online. It has now been sold to a well-funded and rapidly expanding tech-based company in Hong Kong. The sale and the buyer’s plans for the site will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, we continue to wind down in a process that started in November last year with an advisory to our staff. We announc

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 09:00 AM

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