Swedish tourist dead at Phuket hotel after injury

Swedish tourist dead at Phuket hotel after injury

PHUKET: A Swedish tourist succumbed to unidentified health issues in a Patong hotel room yesterday. “We arrived at the 4th floor room in the Patong Merlin hotel room to find the body of the 27-year-old woman on the bed. There were vomit stains on the bed and blanket,” said Lt Col Somsak Thongleang of Patong Police. According to the woman’s partner, named by police as Owe Christoffer Sjogren, 27, the two had checked in at the hotel last Wednesday, and were scheduled to check out on April 12. “Mr Sjogren told us that she had sustained an injury in her mouth on Thursday, and went to a clinic the same day to buy medicines.

Monday, April 3, 2017 | 02:23 PM

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Phuket man streams live video of his suicide and murder of his baby daughter

Phuket man streams live video of his suicide and murder of his baby daughter

PHUKET: A young father and his 11-month-old baby were found hanging at an abandoned construction site for a hotel in an apparent murder-suicide in Nai Thon last night. Thalang Police were contacted by 21-year-old Jiranuch Trirat earlier in the evening asking for help to find her husband and daughter, who had both disappeared from their house in Baan Mood Dok Khao. Thalang Police then referred the case to Sakoo Police. “We found Wuttusan Wongtalay, 21, and his daughter Natalee Wongtalay, hanging from a 10-meter-high wall at [the partially completed construction for a] Peninsula Hotel,” said Capt Jullaus Suvannin of Sakoo

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 01:30 PM

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Two arrested with more than 250,000 baht worth of krathom

Two arrested with more than 250,000 baht worth of krathom

PHUKET: Police arrested two Burmese workers with about 200 kilograms of krathom in Patong yesterday. Col Chaiwat Auikam of Patong Police handled the case. “We same a man, who we later learned was called 'Piew’, acting suspicious in front of SuperCheap Patong. He tried to escape when we approached him. He was clean, but upon inspecting his motorbike we found a 5kg krathom packet underneath the seat and another 80kgs in his room nearby,” the colonel told Phuket Gazette reporters. Mr Piew then revealed to the police that his neighbor, named Anek, also had drugs in the room next to his. Police

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 11:13 AM

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Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

PHUKET: There is no lack of evidence about the alarming number of tourist deaths in the 'Land of Smiles'. According to the ‘Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud’, there was a whopping 54 per cent increase in tourist deaths in 2015 (latest data available) as compared to 2014. This figure includes tourists only. The actual number including expats is likely higher, as can be seen in the statistics provided by the Farang Deaths project. Private hospitals in Phuket were asked to answer the same questions referred to in this article, but they declined to participate in the story. The Australian Department of F

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 02:30 PM

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Ghost riding Phuket motorcyclist killed in collision with British woman

Ghost riding Phuket motorcyclist killed in collision with British woman

PHUKET: A 62-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car driven by a 31-year-old British woman in Thalang last night. “The accident occurred at about 9:05pm on Thepkrasattri Road (southbound) near the Shell gas station in Thalang. At the scene, we found the body of Pongsak Sripuek lying face down on the ground. His arms and legs were broken and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Lt Sunan Petnhu of Thalang Police. The driver, Jayne Pauline Watt, sustained minor injuries. The deceased’s body was taken to Thalang Hospital. “According to witnesses, Ms Watt was heading back from the airport, driving s

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 01:15 PM

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Phuket tour bus crashes in Patong

Phuket tour bus crashes in Patong

PHUKET: A tour bus full of Chinese nationals crashed into several cars on Patong Hill road last night, creating a massive traffic jam due to additional Songkran visitors. Lt Col Pattapee Srichai of the Patong Police received reports of the incident at about 7pm. “We arrived to see a 'Somsak Transport Company' bus with a broken front windscreen and several other cars that were damaged on the road. The bus had first smashed into a Toyota SUV, which in turn crashed into at least five other vehicles,” said the colonel. More and more people piled up and got caught in the traffic jam that ensued. Bus driver Charun Sillapakarn

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 01:58 PM

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