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  • 40 elephants suspected illegal as raids strike tourism trekking companies

    40 elephants suspected illegal as raids strike tourism trekking companies

    PHUKET: Officers from the regional Natural Resources and Environment Crime Suppression Division raided seven tour companies in Phang Nga this week following reports that the companies were in possession of illegal elephants. Col Watcharin Phusit, who headed the elephant raids in Phuket last year, also led the raids north of Phuket

  • Phuket Wake Park latest victim of illegal Russian raids

    Phuket Wake Park latest victim of illegal Russian raids

    PHUKET: Following the arrest of 35 Russians found allegedly working illegally in Patong nightclubs last week (story

  • Burmese girl, 6, first dengue fatality on Phuket this year

    Burmese girl, 6, first dengue fatality on Phuket this year

    PHUKET: In the wake of a six-year-old Burmese girl dying from dengue fever after arriving on the island in April, the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) is urging everyone to bolster efforts to remove possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes potentially carrying the disease. The young girl was in Phuket for less than two weeks before she was admitted to Vachira Phuket Hospital on April 16, explained PPHO Deputy Chief Krit Sakulpat. “She had been suffering from a fever for four days before she was admitted.

  • Phuket visa run destination Kuala Lumpur stops issuing 12-month non-imm B visas

    Phuket visa run destination Kuala Lumpur stops issuing 12-month non-imm B visas

    PHUKET: The Royal Thai Embassy of Kuala Lumpur, a popular visa run destination for Phuket expats, has confirmed that it is no longer issuing 12-month non-immigrant B visas. Embassy official Orawan Heemmamhad confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that the embassy in the Malaysian capital stopped issuing 12-month business visas late last year

  • Tourist Police arrest illegal Thai tour guides

    Tourist Police arrest illegal Thai tour guides

    PHUKET: Seven Thais working illegally as tour guides catering to Chinese tourists in Phuket were arrested in the wake of a mass protest on Monday demanding the government take action against illegal guides. The protest on Monday focused on Chinese nationals “stealing” the jobs of Thai tour guides, though those protesting also asked Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak to raise the cap on the number of professional Thai guides allowed to cater to Chinese tourists in Phuket, which now sits at only 80 (story

  • Phuket’s Top Cop calls for more CCTV cameras to fight crime

    Phuket’s Top Cop calls for more CCTV cameras to fight crime

    PHUKET: Phuket’s top brass highlighted the importance of CCTV in police investigations and the need for more cameras on the island at a meeting to discuss unsolved high-profile crimes with the Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 8 this week. “The Phuket Provincial Police only have about 300 CCTV on the island, which is not enough to cover everywhere,” said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat

  • Phuket Governor joins prison dawn search

    Phuket Governor joins prison dawn search

    PHUKET: A pre-dawn search of Phuket Prison on April 30 led by the Phuket Governor failed to discover any drugs or contraband being hidden by prisoners, reconfirming the facility’s status as a Department of Corrections “White Prison”. Governor Maitri Inthusut led about 200 officers, including Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat and Phuket Prison Chief Rapin Nichanon, in conducting the mass search, which began at 5:30am. Each of the 1,898 male prisoners and 337 female prisoners were searched, as were their personal lockers, sleeping quarters, the infirmary and any other areas officers believed illegal items could be stashed.

  • Phuket Police suspect American died of drug overdose

    Phuket Police suspect American died of drug overdose

    PHUKET: A 29-year-old American woman found dead in her bed shortly after checking into a Phuket rental room is suspected of having suffered from a drug overdose, said Chalong Police. The woman was identified from her passport as Faetra Petillo, and family members have been notified of her death

  • Phuket to spend B60mn on flood defense

    Phuket to spend B60mn on flood defense

    PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) President Paiboon Upatising has pledged to spend 60 million baht on flood-defense projects across the island. The news comes as the annual monsoon winds from the northeast swing around to start bringing rain from the southwest. “We will support all projects from every local administration,” said Mr Paiboon.

  • Phuket gal to compete in Miss Tiffany final tonight

    Phuket gal to compete in Miss Tiffany final tonight

    PHUKET: Chayutara “Ying” Meechaiprasert will be Phuket’s sole hope in the final round of the Miss Tiffany Universe 2013 beauty contest, which is to be televised live across the country tonight. Ms Chayutara, a showgirl at the Aphrodite Cabaret on Phuket’s bypass road, will be sporting number 19 in the world-renowned ladyboy beauty pageant, the winner of which will go on to compete in the Miss International Queen 2013 contest