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  • DSI raids Phuket building supplies operator

    DSI raids Phuket building supplies operator

    PHUKET: Officers from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) today raided a local construction supply company suspected of stealing sand from a National Forest to sell for use in Phuket’s booming property industry. The DSI made headlines last week for investigating illegal land title deeds in Sirinart National Park, on Phuket’s west coast.

  • Bourgeois tsunami sculptures to return to beach

    Bourgeois tsunami sculptures to return to beach

    PHUKET: “Hold me close”, the two sculptures designed by late French artist Louise Bourgeois to commemorate victims of the 2004 tsunami along the Andaman coast, will be given a new, secure home in Krabi. Local officials plan to provide a place on the beach at Hat Noppharat Thara where the metal sculptures can be admired, but will remain safe from thieves and salty sea air. “We are now in the process of designing and budgeting for a new place to display both sculptures, so tourists can see them and remember the lives lost in 2004,” said Hat Noppharat Thara National Park chief, Chaithat Boonphuphantanti.

  • All safe after Phuket tour boat hits mooring, sinks in Chalong Bay

    All safe after Phuket tour boat hits mooring, sinks in Chalong Bay

    PHUKET: A tour boat carrying 15 tourists collided with a concrete mooring and sank during its approach to Chalong Pier during low tide yesterday afternoon. All 15 tourists on board, and the skipper, were safely rescued. The accident occurred when the tourist boat Darunee, skippered by Suthip Kasathit, 50, was returning with about 15 passengers from a snorkeling trip to Koh Hei (“Coral Island”), Phuket Marine Office chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut explained.

  • Police suspect Chevy driver in Phuket hit-and-run

    Police suspect Chevy driver in Phuket hit-and-run

    PHUKET: Police are searching for the driver of a Chevrolet vehicle believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run in Phuket Town last night. Phuket City Police duty officer Akaradech Phongprom received a report that a man riding a motorcycle had been struck down on Narisorn Road, near Phuket Provincial Hall (map

  • Phuket Live Wire: Anatomy of a land line meltdown

    Phuket Live Wire: Anatomy of a land line meltdown

    PHUKET: As I continued my pursuit of a decent internet connection in Phuket for the house I’m moving into, a funny thing happened. That’s funny as in strange, not funny as in hilarious. Depending on where you lived in Thailand, at about 2am on Friday morning, February 15, if you had internet service from TOT your line went down.

  • Vicious Pit Bull Attack: Phuket mother files for compensation

    Vicious Pit Bull Attack: Phuket mother files for compensation

    PHUKET: A compensation complaint for a hospital bill totalling nearly 700,000 baht was filed with Wichit Police yesterday after a man was savaged in a vicious pit bull attack. Benjarat Ekpaiboon’s 33-year-old son, Tiensak Ekpaiboon, was attacked by three of their neighbor’s five pit bulls around 8am on February 6.

  • Six injured on merit making trip to Phuket’s renowned Big Buddha image

    Six injured on merit making trip to Phuket’s renowned Big Buddha image

    PHUKET: A bus carrying 26 Burmese, en route to make merit at Phuket’s renowned Big Buddha image, swerved off the road yesterday injuring six passengers.

  • New multi-million baht Chalong dam plagued with problems

    New multi-million baht Chalong dam plagued with problems

    PHUKET: Construction issues plague the Klong Pee dam project in Chalong less than a year after it was completed at a cost of over 10 million baht. Villagers complained to the Irrigation Project of Phuket, but after nine months of silence have turned to the Phuket Governor and the Phuket Press Club for help. “On February 15 of this year, we filed a complaint to Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut asking him to examine the dam,” Chalong Kamnan Charoen Taewabutr said.

  • Three Phuket residents die on journey to make merit

    Three Phuket residents die on journey to make merit

    PHUKET: Three Phuket residents died and two were injured on their way to make merit for Makha Bucha Day when their car went off the road and landed in a pond in Phang Nga today. One of the passengers, a five-year-old girl, was thrown from the car and was found dead in the pond water

  • New Zealanders make Phuket flight despite multi-vehicle crash

    New Zealanders make Phuket flight despite multi-vehicle crash

    PHUKET: Three tourists from New Zealand made their flight out of Phuket today despite a concrete truck hitting their limousine and sending it careening under the bed of a parked 10-wheeled truck on Thepkrasattri Road. “The limousine driver, Worrathat Chaikajorn, 47, had picked up the three tourists in Patong and was taking them to Phuket International Airport shortly before 11am today when they were hit from behind by a concrete mixer truck,” said Chaleaw Taihoo, Phuket City Police Duty Officer. “The road was slippery with rain, so the impact caused the limousine to slide off the road and hit the 10-wheeled truck, which was parked outside the Koh Kaew post office waiting for a tyre to be fixed,” Maj Chaleaw said.

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