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  • Phuket lifeguards step up lifesaving campaign

    Phuket lifeguards step up lifesaving campaign

    PHUKET: The unveiling of plans for a new lifeguard education center at Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach yesterday also saw the announcement of new surf warning signs for tourists and a training program to educate more locals about the dangers of swimming in the sea. New signs will be posted on Phuket beaches this year in five languages Thai, English, Japanese, German and Russian said Phuket Lifeguard Center President … Full story

  • Phuket Campaign for standard tuk-tuk fares sparks colorful comments

    Phuket Campaign for standard tuk-tuk fares sparks colorful comments

    PHUKET: TUK-tuk drivers in Kata and Karon are stepping up their campaign to have members operating in their areas certified as “safe” and in compliance with a schedule of standard fares. Certificates, to be issued annually, are meant to assure tourists that they will be treated politely and not overcharged for their ride, said Vice Governor Nivit Aroonrat at a meeting last week.

  • Police boost patrols past Phuket gold shops

    Police boost patrols past Phuket gold shops

    PHUKET: Local police have been ordered to pay special attention to Phuket gold shops as the price of the precious metal continues to rise, the provincial police commander has announced. Maj Gen Pekad Tantipong ordered patrol units in all districts to be on the lookout for strange activity near gold shops, such as repeated passes by the same vehicle

  • Aussie embassy bolsters bilateral ties with Phuket students

    Aussie embassy bolsters bilateral ties with Phuket students

    PHUKET: An official from the Australian Embassy in Bangkok joined pupils at a Phuket Town school today for a teleconference with high-school students in Australia. Simon Farbenbloom, deputy head of mission at the Australian Embassy of Thailand, explained that the call was made to discuss an ongoing environmental sustainability project between the Srinagarindra, The Princess Mother School Phuket (SWPK, or “Chalermprakiat School”), in Saphan Hin, and Billanook College in Melbourne, Australia. …

  • Thailand dishes Australia world cup surprise

    Thailand dishes Australia world cup surprise

    PHUKET: Cheers could be heard across Phuket as Thailand scored first against Australia in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying match late this afternoon. The affair marked both sides opening match for the World Cup 2014 third round Asia regional qualifiers. Thailand and Australia were drawn in Group D along with Saudi Arabia and Oman, who also play tonight.

  • Envoy warns of EU advisory against tourists using Phuket tuk-tuks

    Envoy warns of EU advisory against tourists using Phuket tuk-tuks

    PHUKET: The continued failure of local authorities to address problems of tuk-tuk drivers with foreign tourists could force European Union (EU) member states to issue a joint travel advisory warning against using tuk-tuks while in Phuket, the Austrian Ambassador to Thailand has warned. Austrian Ambassador to Thailand Johannes Peterlik issued the warning to local officials during the third meeting between honorary consuls and Phuket officials at Phuket Provincial Hall on Wednesday. Dr Johannes, who grew up in Thailand from 1976 to 1981 and has served as ambassador to the country for two years, said he and fellow EU diplomats in Bangkok had been monitoring the situation closely, but had seen little progress.

  • Gunfire silences Phuket construction clamor, says Swede

    Gunfire silences Phuket construction clamor, says Swede

    PHUKET: A Phuket estate manager terrified a team of Thai workers when he fired warning shots over their heads in an effort to get them to stop making noise yesterday morning, says the construction teams foreman. Swede Mike Hjort and Songkhla native Waleeporn Chinpised, both 41, appeared at Phuket City Police Station to file a complaint against Seree Duangsuwan.

  • FIVB Beach Volleyball returns to Phuket  for now

    FIVB Beach Volleyball returns to Phuket for now

    PHUKET: The 6th Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is set to make Karon Beach its stage again this year, starting November 1, despite the possibility of the event moving elsewhere in the future due to a lack of funding from Phuket, organizers say. The Phuket Thailand Open, which is a womens tournament, has been growing in popularity and scope, with tourists filling the stands and inter-school and inter-hotel satellite competitions running in conjunction.

  • Phuket Police nab teenage murder gang

    Phuket Police nab teenage murder gang

    PHUKET: Phuket Police took just a few hours to track down and arrest three teenagers wanted for the … Full story

  • German victim of Phuket mob bashing out of coma

    German victim of Phuket mob bashing out of coma

    PHUKET: German national Kurt Trotnow, who is in intensive care after being beaten by a mob in Patong, is conscious but still on a respirator. Kurt is conscious now but still cannot talk because he is on a respirator. When he wakes up, I talk with him and he looks at me