Artikel tagged “Phuket”

  • Phuket Airport expansion finally underway

    Phuket Airport expansion finally underway

    PHUKET: Wing Commander Pratheep Wichittho, Deputy Director of Airports of Thailand (AOT) Public Co Ltd, today announced that the long-awaited 5.7-billion-baht expansion project at Phuket International Airport is finally underway. Mr Pratheep was joined at a press conference at the Royal Phuket City Hotel by Phuket Airport Director Prathuang Sornkham, who said that the expansion project would not adversely affect passengers, as construction traffic would use a separate access point.

  • DEET in lethal ‘party cocktail’ killed Canadian sisters: Autopsy

    DEET in lethal ‘party cocktail’ killed Canadian sisters: Autopsy

    PHUKET: Krabi Provincial Police are now investigating where Canadian sisters Audrey and Noemi Belanger were possibly given a lethal cocktail containing kratom leaves and cough syrup, which may also have contained the insect repellent compound DEET.

  • Chalong Mayor gets cooking at Phuket food, entertainment festival

    Chalong Mayor gets cooking at Phuket food, entertainment festival

    PHUKET: The first annual “Chalong Food and Entertainment Festival” kicked off in Phuket last night, and will continue to offer a wide variety of food and beverage options, as well as staged entertainment through to Monday night.

  • Phuket to get new police chief in latest reshuffle

    Phuket to get new police chief in latest reshuffle

    PHUKET: Phuket will get a new provincial police commander as part of a nationwide reshuffle of top provincial-level officers. Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Chalit Kaewyarat today confirmed to the Phuket Gazette the results of the reshuffle announced at a meeting of the National Police Committee at Royal Police Headquarters in Bangkok yesterday. Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, who as Interior Minister oversees the Royal Thai Police, chaired the meeting to consider and approve the transfer of provincial police commanders and deputy commanders, Col Chalit said.

  • Officials launch drive to register illegal Phuket taxis

    Officials launch drive to register illegal Phuket taxis

    PHUKET: Illegal taxi drivers in key tourist areas in Phuket will have the chance to apply to become legal as part of the government’s campaign to resolve the decades-old problem of illegal drivers plying Phuket’s lucrative tourism trade.

  • Phuket police silent on top cop reshuffle

    Phuket police silent on top cop reshuffle

    PHUKET: One of Phuket’s high-ranking police officers today said he was surprised by the announcement in a Thai-language newspaper that Phuket’s top-ranking police officer, Chonasit Wattanavrangkul, will be transferred out of Phuket. Speaking to the Phuket Gazette this morning, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Chalit Kaewyarat said, “I do not know where the list of transfers printed in the newspaper is from, and I have no idea whether or not Maj Gen Chonasit will be transferred

  • Turtle tangled in fishing net rescued from Phuket beach

    Turtle tangled in fishing net rescued from Phuket beach

    PHUKET: An adult Ridley sea turtle, tangled up in a discarded fishing net, washed onto Karon Beach alive, but injured, yesterday afternoon. The female turtle, weighing about 40 kilograms was spotted by a tourist on the beach. A lifeguard, alerted to the situation, contacted the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) Endangered Species Unit.

  • Push for new Patong Road in protected Phuket forest gains ground

    Push for new Patong Road in protected Phuket forest gains ground

    PHUKET: Officials are hoping to have enough public support by October to start the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for

  • Phuket Opinion: More disasters guaranteed

    Phuket Opinion: More disasters guaranteed

    PHUKET: The Tiger Discotheque tragedy on August 17 demonstrates yet again that when it comes to “disaster preparedness” Phuket seems to be battling invisible demons, continually hit in the back of the head by obvious threats we had somehow managed to either ignore or even identify as a possibility. The latter is of course best exemplified by the 2004 tsunami. Since then, Phuket has been the stage of many highly-publicized tsunami evacuation drills, with Navy helicopters magically appearing off Patong Beach just minutes after the hypothetical “tsunami” is scheduled to arrive, and emergency rescue workers suddenly appearing to whisk mock victims – smiling and covered in ‘blood’ – to the relative safety of Soi Sansabai.

  • Thailand’s coral reefs 50% gone: Phuket marine biologist

    Thailand’s coral reefs 50% gone: Phuket marine biologist

    PHUKET: With coral reef systems in Thai coastal waters at a “crisis” level, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) has vowed to step up his department’s efforts to mitigate the damage caused by the fishing industry and other human factors. “Currently, our natural coral reefs are not half of what they used to be – we are in a crisis,” said PMBC director Pinsak Suraswadi on Tuesday