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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Unidentified British man killed in Phuket crash

Unidentified British man killed in Phuket crash

PHUKET: Police are trying to identify a British man who was killed in an early morning crash in Chalong today. From witnesses’ accounts, police believe the victim lost control of his bike and crashed into a wall at a bend in the road. “The accident occurred at about 2:40am in Soi Ta-Lad about 50 meters from Chao Fa East Road. At the scene, we found a heavily damaged Honda Click motorbike and the body of a foreign man whose face was covered in blood,” said Capt Somkiet Sarasit of Chalong Police. The victim was described as wearing a black vest and shorts. No helmet was found at the scene. He was not carrying any ID, b

Friday, June 2, 2017 | 03:55 PM

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Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

PHUKET: Patong police yesterday arrested a ladyboy who stole an iPhone from a French tourist on Patong beach. “Mr Montree Srijantra, 24, was arrested near the Paris Star guesthouse in Patong following a complaint by the tourist,” said Capt Jarun Jaisuntud of Patong Police. “On June 19, we received a report from Mr Marcel Sawcho that his iPhone 6 was stolen at the beach opposite the Absolute Pearl intersection with Thaweewong Road. We then checked CCTV footage and found that the suspect was a ladyboy with a brown-white Yamaha motorbike,” he added. Finally, police located him and took a team to make the arrest. “Mr Mo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 05:43 PM

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Krabi Hospital denies allegations of 'ignoring' injured Brit

Krabi Hospital denies allegations of 'ignoring' injured Brit

KRABI: Hospital officials yesterday denied reports that they ‘ignored’ the condition of a British man who was brought in with severe head injuries following a motorbike accident in Krabi last week. The accident occurred in front of Tesco Lotus in Krabi Town. The victim, 35, was named only as ‘Jo’ in a social media post shared by his friend, Facebook user ‘Toon Tosapol Chairit’. “The victim was taken to Krabi Hospital by Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation rescue workers at about 10pm on June 1. He was admitted to a shared room until the next day when his family showed up, nearly 16 hours later. They were worried that he

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 05:45 PM

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Private entrepreneurs reveal plans to launch 'smart buses'

Private entrepreneurs reveal plans to launch 'smart buses'

PHUKET: The shareholders of Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD), a group of private entrepreneurs who came together late last year to form a company to work hand in hand with government departments to boost investment and promote seamless business operations in Phuket (story here), revealed their latest plans on Tuesday. The company announced that six separate "offshoots" would handle different aspects of business and infrastructure development on the island, namely Phuket Smart Bus (PKSB); Phuket Economic Center Development (PECD); Phuket Application (PKAP); Phuket Data Center (PKDC); City Development Crowdfu

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 10:00 AM

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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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