PHUKET: Prosecutors have yet to decided if the information provide by police against the mayor of Karon is strong enough to press charges for is alleged involvement in the billion-baht-beach scheme and taxi mafia. Karon Mayor Thawee Thongcham, who has ruled the popular beach area of Kata-Karon for more than a decade, was arrested on June 4, 2014 (story here ).
PHUKET: An Austrian expat, allegedly suffering from gambling issues and a drinking problem, took his own life yesterday morning after failing to have enough money to extend his visa in Thailand, a voice message left by the man explained. Walter Edhofer, 53, was found by neighbors at about 7am in a parking lot in Kathu, confirmed Lt Sawanya Eiadtrong of the Thung Thong Police.
View article: Draft charter rejection meaningless to Phuket tourism, says official
PHUKET: The recent arrest of a number of touts for the illegal possession of gibbons on Phi Phi Don Island reveals, yet again, the continuation of the pathetic practice of using exotic animals as props to make money from uneducated tourists in Thailand. On a somewhat brighter note, the fact that the arrest followed images being sent to the Gazette by concerned readers indicates that the public, together with social and traditional media, have a key role to play in eventually relegating these practices to where they belong: the annals of history.