PHUKET: This week’s column marks the end of my eleventh year as a Phuket Gazette columnist and, as of the end of this month, I’m retiring in Thailand – something I probably should’ve done years ago. Just too many irons in the fire, and my family has had to put up with a lot
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Employment officers arrested 35 Russians in four nightclubs last night following reports of topless dance shows in Phuket’s infamous nightlife destination, Soi Bangla in Patong. “We received reports of topless shows at nightclubs in the area and suspected there were also illegal workers operating,” said Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol, who led the raid on the four clubs at about 10pm
PHUKET: Looking exhausted, Lee Aldhouse cut a lonely figure in his faded prison-issue overalls, surrounded by about 20 Thai inmates. He waited for the signal from the prison guard controlling the communication between visitors and inmates – a telephone – before picking up his receiver
PHUKET: More than 200 Thai tour guides massed at Provincial Hall today to file a complaint to the Phuket Governor against Chinese nationals working illegally as local tour guides.
PHUKET: A Phuket Town security guard heading home from work late last night had a lucky escape from becoming another Phuket road statistic after an 18-wheeled truck and trailer obliterated his motorbike with sidecar on Phuket’s busy Thepkrasattri Road. The truck driver did not stop at the scene. Kitti Muongthong, 35, pulled over near the u-turn about 200 meters north of the Tah Reua Temple (map
PHUKET: A cosmetic surgery holiday company in Australia is now raffling off a trip to Phuket, complete with the option of breast augmentation surgery – all for the price of a round of drinks. The company, ID Rejuvenation, has paired up with the popular local nightclub Tryst, in Mackay on the Central Queensland coast, to offer the deal, reported the local newspaper CQNews. Amy Price, head of ID client services, explained that willing punters need to simply spend $50 on drinks at Tryst.
Jaturong Kaewkasi, a 41-year-old native of Pattani, has been the Chief Transport Technician of the Phuket Land Transport Office for one year. He has a master’s degree in Social Development from Yala Rajabhat University and before coming to Phuket worked as a transport technician in Bangkok
PHUKET: Participants in popular online forums indicate that long-time expatriate residents of Phuket tend to decry the changes that have transformed the island over the past two decades, yet fail to appreciate many of the positive developments that have taken place over the same period. In this space since 1994, we have chronicled, criticized and editorialized – often in futility – about the ongoing, poorly-regulated “development” of the island. While we are committed to keeping our esteemed readers informed about issues that continue to degrade the island’s increasingly urban landscape, we would also be remiss not to recognize some of the positive aspects associated with these changes.
PHUKET: The two men* who were arrested for the armed robbery of the well-known Davinci catamaran last night attempted to escape from a police vehicle while being transported to court today, the Chalong Police confirmed to the Phuket Gazette. “The suspects broke the cage door at the rear of the vehicle while it was stopped at a traffic light on Montri Road,” Chalong Deputy Superintendent Jamroon Plaiduang said. “However, police were able to catch them,” he added.
PHUKET: : A man who was drunkenly celebrating Songkran on April 13 was picked up by police yesterday after being tracked down through CCTV images that showed him setting a motorbike on fire with a cigarette butt.