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  • Ten more Rohingya escape Thai Immigration, this time from Ranong again

    Ten more Rohingya escape Thai Immigration, this time from Ranong again

    PHUKET: Ten Rohingya detainees escaped at dawn yesterday from a detention facility at the Immigration Office in Ranong, the popular visa run destination for many expats and tourists in Phuket. The incident is the latest in a series of Rohingya escapes from various facilities in the past few months. The 10 escapees were part of a group of 118 Rohingya detainees at the facility.

  • Phuket man denies being multi-million-baht extortion artist, blames official

    Phuket man denies being multi-million-baht extortion artist, blames official

    PHUKET: A Phuket businessman and adviser to the Thailand Trade Organization turned around allegations of being a Patong extortion artist today, pointing his finger at a government official. However, Chart Chindapol was unwilling to name the official, who he claimed raked in 50 million baht a month, pocketing 3 million for himself. A letter accusing Mr Chart of “distressing, threatening and persecuting local entrepreneurs” was sent to the Phuket Media Association on July 23 and signed off by the Association for Honest Patong Entrepreneurs.

  • Copper thief copped at Phuket checkpoint

    Copper thief copped at Phuket checkpoint

    PHUKET: Police arrested a man carrying 100,000 baht worth of stolen copper wire concealed in fertilizer sacks at a routine checkpoint in Thalang yesterday . Eakkapan Pinthong, 22, a construction worker at the Karn Keha public housing estate in Srisoonthorn, appeared nervous as he approached the checkpoint on Baan Don Road shortly after midnight yesterday, police said. “He was riding a motorbike without a license plates, and carrying fertilizer sacks,” said Thalang Police Deputy Superintendent Amnuay Kraiwutthianun.

  • Tourism Malaysia closes Phuket office after 13 years

    Tourism Malaysia closes Phuket office after 13 years

    PHUKET: Tourism Malaysia announced today that it will close its Phuket office and all other offices outside of Bangkok by the end of this month. “There will only be one office in Thailand, and that will be in Bangkok,” Deputy Director General of Tourism Malaysia Chong Yoke Har said.

  • Phuket Opinion: Isle of Caprice

    Phuket Opinion: Isle of Caprice

    PHUKET: The naming of 11 parties who will be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for so-called “mafia” activities in the island’s tourism industry (story

  • More escaped Rohingya rounded up in Phuket; search continues

    More escaped Rohingya rounded up in Phuket; search continues

    PHUKET: Phuket police have taken nine more Rohingya men back into custody, and back to the immigration detention center they had escaped from early on Saturday morning (story

  • Familiar pattern reveals Phuket meth, not quilt

    Familiar pattern reveals Phuket meth, not quilt

    PHUKET: A man was charged with drug dealing after Phuket City Police pounced on him picking up a package that he claimed was supposed to encase a quilt – not the nearly 8,000 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills police found. The man, Somsak Srisakul, was presented to the press today at Phuket City Police Station.

  • Phuket top officials make merit in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday

    Phuket top officials make merit in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut led top Phuket officials in a celebration of HM Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday early this morning by donating alms to monks. The Governor, all three vice governors and Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat, along with 500 officers and local residents, made the dry food offering in front of Queen Sirikit Park. The government officers were all dressed in blue, the color of HM the Queen.

  • Phuket teen fatally stabbed during gold snatch

    Phuket teen fatally stabbed during gold snatch

    PHUKET: A 17-year-old woman was fatally stabbed as she fought off a man trying to steal her necklace in the early hours of yesterday morning in Rassada. The woman, Wassana Lerdsongkram, had gone to a Lotus Express with her 2-year-old nephew after midnight yesterday morning. Witnesses told police that a man followed her into the store, where his image was captured by CCTV cameras, and then went outside to wait for her.

  • Special Report: Anatomy of a Phuket taxi driver

    Special Report: Anatomy of a Phuket taxi driver

    Special Report The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has opened an ‘Organized Crime Center’ [sic] at Phuket International Airport to crack down on illegal taxi drivers still operating there. The move follows widespread allegations of mafia operating on the island and illegal taxi drivers overcharging tourists. Here, the Phuket Gazette investigates what it takes to become a Phuket taxi driver.