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  • Aussie taxi driver intimidates other drivers with gun, blade

    Aussie taxi driver intimidates other drivers with gun, blade

    PHUKET: An Aussie allegedly illegally working as a taxi driver in Patong attempted to intimidate a female taxi driver yesterday afternoon with a bladed weapon and a gun. Garry Porting was arrested later in the day by Patong Police for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, explained Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol. Mr Porting went to the Graceland Hotel and Spa in Patong to pick up a foreign guest who wanted to go to Tiger Kingdom at about 9am yesterday, said Mr Veera.

  • Chinese tourists drowns at popular Phuket day-trip location

    Chinese tourists drowns at popular Phuket day-trip location

    PHUKET: A Chinese tourist drowned at Koh Racha Yai yesterday afternoon, 14 weeks after another Chinese national drowned at the popular Phuket day-trip destination. Lin Hunhing, 30, was swimming near the island after lunch when he ran into difficulties. “There were big waves, up to two meters high,” said Thada Sodarak of the Chalong Police.

  • Phuket jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice

    Phuket jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice

    PHUKET: The first cases heard in Phuket’s tourist court, which involved a jet-ski operator who attacked two tourists on Kata Beach, were resolved less than 36 hours after the incidents happened. Danaichet Yomjinda, 25, who pled guilty to charges of assaulting the two men on Friday with a “No Swimming” flagpole, was issued a 1,000-baht fine and put on probation for two years (story

  • Video Report: Transnational drug lord Hunter deported, new Thai search laws enacted

    Video Report: Transnational drug lord Hunter deported, new Thai search laws enacted

    PHUKET: High on the United States authorities’ most-wanted list, Joseph Manuel Hunter was deported back to the US this morning, days after the Prevention and Suppression of Transnational Organized Crime Act was enacted in Thailand. Mr Hunter, 48, who was arrested in Phuket by officers from Phuket Immigration and the Crime Suppression Division on Wednesday (story

  • Leading candidate as Phuket’s new top cop ‘open to all’

    Leading candidate as Phuket’s new top cop ‘open to all’

    PHUKET: The man being tipped to become the next top cop in Phuket, Maj Gen Ong-art Phiewruangnont, is a “country person” open to listening to everyone. “Anyone who has a problem is welcome to come and talk to me.

  • Phuket Opinion: Tourist Court vs Holiday Justice

    Phuket Opinion: Tourist Court vs Holiday Justice

    PHUKET: The opening of a new court to resolve non-criminal cases involving foreign tourists in Phuket tomorrow is a welcome step in the right direction, but only time will tell if the initiative will achieve its goal of bringing about prompt justice for visitors and improving Thailand’s image as a tourist destination abroad. When the idea of establishing such a court was raised earlier this year, we were skeptical

  • Phuket Opinion: Chow for a champion cheap charlie

    Phuket Opinion: Chow for a champion cheap charlie

    PHUKET: First thing I did when I got out of prison last week was go to my favorite Thai-Muslim eatery and scoff down a brunch of champions – fried fish, veggies, Chernobyl-strength namprik (chili sauce), with plenty of rice and a fried egg to prevent me from spontaneously combusting. It cost less than the half the price of an equally voluminous plate of farang food at one of Phuket’s countless cheap Thai-Western restaurants. I love eating at truly local places for three reasons.

  • British, Irish expats in Phuket arrested by Immigration

    British, Irish expats in Phuket arrested by Immigration

    PHUKET: Three Phuket expats from Ireland and England will be deported from Thailand after being caught in Cherng Talay for overstaying. Officers moved in and arrested Alex Good, 27, from Ireland, at a restaurant near Cherng Talay Police Station at 3:30pm yesterday, said Lt Col Chidchanok Sakornyen of Phuket Immigration. “We had been following him for a while as we had been informed he was staying illegally in the country,” Col Chidchanok explained.

  • Phuket Town holds age-old annual ‘Full Moon Party’

    Phuket Town holds age-old annual ‘Full Moon Party’

    PHUKET: The annual celebration for the Moon Festival got underway in the heart of Phuket Town last night, with Governor Maitri Inthusut officiating at the ceremony to inaugurate this year’s Wai Phra Juntra festivities. Also at the event at Queen Sirikit Park (map

  • Phuket motorbike driver with axe to grind arrested

    Phuket motorbike driver with axe to grind arrested

    PHUKET: A friendly argument took a serious turn yesterday morning when a Patong motorbike taxi driver took out an axe and struck a colleague twice, sending him to the hospital. When police arrived at the motorbike taxi queue in Soi Kebsap (map