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  • Citizen rescue to bolster safety at Phuket beaches

    Citizen rescue to bolster safety at Phuket beaches

    PHUKET: Scores of everyday people are voluntarily undergoing lifeguard training in order to help Phuket’s strained contingent of lifeguards cope with the growing number of tourists, expats and local residents who need to be saved from dangerous surf. There are currently 38 beach guard stations at 13 beaches in Phuket, staffed by a total of 108 lifeguards, explained Phuket Lifeguard Club President Prathaiyuth Chuayuan. “From January through July this year, we saved 641 people, comprising 577 foreigners and 64 Thais,” Mr Prathaiyuth told the Phuket Gazette.

  • Phuket Pitak Siam protesters to head home, for now

    Phuket Pitak Siam protesters to head home, for now

    PHUKET: The Phuket contingent of Pitak Siam supporters who joined the anti-government rally in Bangkok will head back home today. The thousands-strong peaceful protest – intended to “only escort” former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former Prime Minister and Democrat chief adviser Chuan Leekpai to Parliament House – was headed off by “riot” police at Ratchawithi Intersection yesterday

  • Oil spill damage not as great as feared, say Phuket Marine Biologists

    Oil spill damage not as great as feared, say Phuket Marine Biologists

    PHUKET: The environmental damage to Koh Samet is not as great as initially feared, according to five Phuket-based marine biologists who have just returned from a fact-finding mission to the oil-spill stricken island (story

  • Phuket Opinion: For tourists, due diligence is essential, as is due skepticism for media hype

    Phuket Opinion: For tourists, due diligence is essential, as is due skepticism for media hype

    PHUKET: Tourist safety issues have been a hot topic in the news lately as the number of accidents and crimes involving foreign visitors continues to grow with the largely unregulated expansion of the island’s tourism industry. Despite the often colorful announcements of an impending “crackdown” on this or that, or the establishment of another new “safety zone” or other largely cosmetic, public-relations campaign, the fact is that the island’s socio-economic development in recent years seems to make it an increasingly attractive destination for a wide range of visitors: from stateless Rohingya arriving over open ocean in rickety boats to those touching down at Phuket International Airport in private jets before being whisked away to a five-star resort or someone’s mega-villa..

  • ‘Clean’ Phuket python misses dinner

    ‘Clean’ Phuket python misses dinner

    PHUKET: A python snuggled in an old washing machine about to enjoy a dinner of house cat was interrupted when the cat’s owner walked by and caught him in the act. As Narongsak Laksanawisit walked out of his house in Baan Danyid in Mai Khao yesterday evening, he passed the washing machine and saw his cat’s body in it. Then he saw a snake’s tail.

  • Phuket marine specialists helping out with Koh Samet oil spill

    Phuket marine specialists helping out with Koh Samet oil spill

    PHUKET: Five Phuket marine specialists headed to Koh Samet yesterday to help clean up the approximately 50,000 liters of crude oil that leaked into the Gulf of Thailand from a PTT Global Chemical pipeline last Saturday (story

  • ‘Nobody helped us,’ South African family attacked by six men claim

    ‘Nobody helped us,’ South African family attacked by six men claim

    PHUKET: The South African family attacked near Soi Bangla (map here)

  • Detention of Rohingya north of Phuket a human rights issue, Minister says

    Detention of Rohingya north of Phuket a human rights issue, Minister says

    PHUKET: The Minister of Social Development and Human Security declared the detention and trafficking of Rohingya through Thailand to be the subject of clear human rights issues and a national security threat after her visit to the Phang Nga facilities north of Phuket on Saturday. “After listening to senior officials dealing directly with the refugee influx of Rohingya in Phang Nga, I can clearly see that this is a human rights issue, and concerns national security,” said Minister of Social Development and Human Security Paweena Hongsakul

  • Phuket Opinion: Bus about face

    Phuket Opinion: Bus about face

    PHUKET: The quiet launch last week of a new bus to shuttle tourists from the airport to Patong (story

  • DSI stops the music, seizes illegal Phuket karaoke machines

    DSI stops the music, seizes illegal Phuket karaoke machines

    PHUKET: Officers from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Region 8 headquarters in Surat Thani landed on the island last night to raid nine karaoke bars for music rights infringement. Led by DSI Region 8 Director Udom Phetcharakut, the officers raided venues in Phuket Town and Kathu, starting at 8:30pm. Along for the ride were legal representatives of the music companies who filed complaints to the DSI about their music rights being infringed upon.