Artikel tagged “Phuket News”

  • Phuket Live Wire: Is Phuket cheaper?

    Phuket Live Wire: Is Phuket cheaper?

    PHUKET: Hardly a day passes when somebody doesn’t ask me, “Woody, should I buy a laptop (phone, desktop computer, iPad, printer, camera, TV) here in Phuket, or is it cheaper in the US (or Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Seoul, Europe)?” Once upon a time, it was relatively easy to answer that question. Times have changed. Three or four years ago, prices in Bangkok – particularly Panthip Plaza – ran about 15 per cent cheaper than Phuket.

  • Phuket Tsunami Memorial Wall caretakers sign up for long haul

    Phuket Tsunami Memorial Wall caretakers sign up for long haul

    PHUKET: Members of the US Navy League in Phuket have made a preemptive strike against the deterioration of the Tsunami Memorial Wall in Mai Khao, pledging to maintain the respected site for years to come. It appeared that the wall had never been maintained at all. Armed with weed wackers, painting supplies and new flags, volunteers from the USS Pinckney, the US Navy League, local business Environmental Solutions Phuket (ESP), Phuket’s Tourist Police Volunteers and the MSC Company have restored the wall to respectable condition just in time for the annual memorial ceremony on Monday (December 26).

  • Phuket police take stand against sex slavery

    Phuket police take stand against sex slavery

    PHUKET: Police have warned nightclub, karaoke and massage parlor operators in Phuket’s party town of Patong that human trafficking and luring young women into forced prostitution will not be tolerated. The warning came at a meeting in Patong on Wednesday, following the Department of Special Investigations’ (DSI’s) rescue of 41 young women from a sex trafficking ring in a raid in Sungai Kolok, on the Malaysian border, on December 14. “As a result, 41 Laos females were rescued.

  • Police rule ‘suicide’ on Phuket yacht death

    Police rule ‘suicide’ on Phuket yacht death

    PHUKET: Police are treating as suicide the death of a South African man whose body was discovered on a yacht moored off Phuket this morning. Chalong Police were notified of the discovery at about 8:30am, Capt Chianchai Duangsuwan told the Phuket Gazette

  • ‘Washi’ goes wishy-washy: no effect in Phuket

    ‘Washi’ goes wishy-washy: no effect in Phuket

    PHUKET: Tropical storm “Washi”, which killed nearly 1,000 people in the Philippines, will have virtually no effect on the weather here in Phuket, the Phuket Gazette has been told. However, residents of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Trang and Satun provinces could experience unseasonable rainfall over the next two days.

  • Villagers mourn death of Plai Sang, 67

    Villagers mourn death of Plai Sang, 67

    PHUKET: Villagers of Lam Tab District in Krabi, a 40-minute boat ride across Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, are mourning the death of one of their most respected members – 67-year-old Plai Sang. The bull elephant was caught in 1956 and is believed to have been a sibling of Plai Pra Sawet, a highly respected elephant that was caught and handed over to the care of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej that same year. “This is a big loss for the people of Lam Tab because Plai Sang was dignified,” said village chief Samran Nuansomsri.

  • Phuket’s ‘labor shortage’ more imagined than real

    Phuket’s ‘labor shortage’ more imagined than real

    PHUKET: Government assistance to help solve the chronic “labor shortage” in the island’s tourism industry is unlikely to have much impact this high season, given Phuket’s reputation as an expensive place to live.

  • Peacock delivers ‘pheasant surprise’ in Krabi

    Peacock delivers ‘pheasant surprise’ in Krabi

    PHUKET: A rubber tapper in Krabi, Phuket’s sister province across Phang Nga Bay, got an unexpected surprise this week when he discovered a live peacock of a species thought to be extinct in the region. Jamrad Kuannakorn and his wife arrived at a rubber plantation in Khao Kram sub-district before dawn on Tuesday, starting work as usual, when they heard an unusual sound from above. “We heard an animal noise so loud that we decided to take a look.

  • Phuket Media Watch – death toll from flooding in Thailand reaches 740

    Phuket Media Watch – death toll from flooding in Thailand reaches 740

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Death toll from flooding in Thailand reaches 740 Phuket Gazette The death toll from months of severe flooding across Thailand has reached at least 740, the country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Friday. About 3,652 villages in 80 districts of nine provinces in the upper part of the country are still suffering from the flooding, according to the Bangkok Post. As of Friday, at least 730 people have been killed in this region and three others remain missing.

  • Phuket TB outbreak prompts call for ‘better migrant worker tracking’

    Phuket TB outbreak prompts call for ‘better migrant worker tracking’

    PHUKET: An outbreak of tuberculosis in Phuket that has hospitalized nearly 60 Burmese workers has prompted the Phuket Immigration chief to call for a more integrated approach to tracking their growing numbers on the island. Phuket Immigration Superintendent Panuwat Ruamrak called for more comprehensive tracking of migrant workers during a fact-finding visit to Phuket by the House Committee on Labor last Friday. The committee, headed by Pheu Thai Party member Nithas Srinont, was in Phuket to learn more about issues related to low-wage foreign workers on the island and the planned hike in the provincial minimum wage to 300 baht a day.