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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Thai government warns of heatstroke, high temperatures

Thai government warns of heatstroke, high temperatures

PHUKET: Rising temperatures have raised the risk of heatstroke, the Public Health Ministry warned yesterday. It is predicted that temperatures may soar as high as 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 F) over the next seven weeks. The ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr Sopon Mekthon, advised people to drink two liters of water a day during summer to lower the risk of heatstroke and dehydration. According to the Disease Control Department, at least 21 people succumbed to heatstroke in Thailand between March 1 and April 17 last year. The victims were between 29 and 72 years old. Most of them died in public places. The risk of heatst

Monday, March 13, 2017 | 11:49 AM

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Emerald group accused of illegal activities in Phuket

Emerald group accused of illegal activities in Phuket

PHUKET: Three projects by a major real estate developer in Phuket are under investigation and alleged to be illegal, both in terms of land documents and construction of buildings. A group of 20 people from Rak Chue Siang Phuket (or ‘Love Phuket Reputation’ group) came to submit a letter of complaint against ‘Emerald Development Group’ at the Damrongdharma Center at Phuket Provincial Hall. The 'protesters' were led by Niran Wachawet, and some of them claimed to be victims of the company’s allegedly illegal operations. The details of each project were mentioned individually in the letter. The first project

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 06:00 PM

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Another thieving airline employee arrested in Phuket

Another thieving airline employee arrested in Phuket

PHUKET: An AirAsia baggage handler was arrested on Friday afternoon for stealing jewelry worth 80,000 baht from a passenger’s luggage at Phuket International Airport the day before. Thasayu Boonsop, 26, confessed to theft following a complaint lodged at Sakoo Police Station by Amika Maha, a passenger on AirAsia flight FD3015 from Bangkok to Phuket on Thursday night. “Ms Amika checked in with three bags, one of which contained a box with a gold and diamond bracelet worth about 65,000 baht and a ring worth about 15,000 baht. The next morning, she checked her bag and found the box to be empty,” said Sakoo Police Superint

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 12:34 PM

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Korean tourist shoots himself at Phuket gun range

Korean tourist shoots himself at Phuket gun range

PHUKET: A Korean tourist was seriously injured after he shot himself in the face at Patong Hill Shooting Range last night. The victim, Dong Ok Yun, 42, was rushed to Patong Hospital by rescue workers. “Mr Dong sustained a bullet wound under his chin and is now under doctors’ care,” said Maj Pattapee Srichai of Patong Police. The weapon used in the incident was a Smith & Wesson .44. The victim was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital. “According to staff members at the shooting range, the gun was loaded with six bullets. After shooting the first four at the target, he suddenly pointed it at his chin,” sai

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 11:28 AM

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Canadian tourist found dead in Phuket

Canadian tourist found dead in Phuket

PHUKET: A 49-year-old Canadian tourist was found dead in a condo in Kathu this morning. He is believed to have been dead for at least two days before his body was discovered. Police received a report of the incident at about 11am from ‘Plus Condo 1’. “We noticed a peculiar smell outside his room, which was on the 6th floor. When we opened the door, we found the victim’s body lying face-up on the bed,” Capt Wichoti Meephop of Kathu Police told Phuket Gazette reporters. Police also found a cellphone on his chest, together with a list of hospital emergency numbers. A ‘Tripadvisor Travel Correspondent’ ID car

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 06:12 PM

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