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Phuket closes Songkran Seven Days of Danger with one dead, 22 injured
Saeree Panitkul reported no deaths, no injuries and no accidents in Phuket during the final 24 hours of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign. Photo: Saran Mitrarat
Saeree Panitkul reported no deaths, no injuries and no accidents in Phuket during the final 24 hours of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign. Photo: Saran Mitrarat
Friday, Apr 18, 2014  4:33:28 PM
PHUKET: The Songkran Seven Days of Danger national road-safety campaign drew to a close at midnight last night with Phuket amassing a tally of one death and 22 people injured during the week-long holiday.

Saeree Panitkul,...

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Navy defamation case proceeds against PhuketWan
Friday, Apr 18, 2014  3:21:00 PM
PHUKET: Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian of local blog PhuketWan were released on bail yesterday on charges of criminal defamation and other offenses in connection with a story they published on trafficking in Rohingya.

Mr Morison, an Australian, and Thai national Ms Chutima published a story last July that contained excerpts from a Reuters Special Report alleging that some Thai naval security forces worked with people smugglers to profit from the exodus.

The court ruled that the case against the two journalists should proceed and set the first hearing for May 26.

They were detained several hours while bail was processed. Bail was said to be posted on their behalf by the 'Andaman Community Rights and Legal Aid Centre'. The accused had made repeated claims over several months that they themselves would not pay...
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Celebrity comedian Teng a no show for Phuket Town
Friday, Apr 18, 2014  2:26:58 PM
PHUKET: Anti-government protesters have prevented another well-known celebrity from performing in Phuket, this time the nationally renowned comedian Pongsak Pongsuwan, better known by his stage name Teng Terdtheong.

Mr Teng was set to appear in the Sam Cha Carniwow event at Saphan Hin in Phuket Town tonight.

“Event organizers from Workpoint Entertainment confirmed that Mr Teng, a popular comedian and open supporter of Thaksin Shinawatra, will not be performing with the Sam Cha Carniwow team so as to not create any conflicts in Phuket,” said Pantipa Upatising, managing director of US Suzuki Phuket, one of the event sponsors.

Protest leader Suratin Lian-udom told the Phuket Gazette, “Last year, Mr Teng got on stage at red-shirt leader Nutthawut Saikua’s birthday party and called for Mr Thaksin to come home, which made a lot of people...
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Phuket officials threaten protest over Club Med lease
Friday, April 18, 2014  12:15:00 PM
PHUKET: Kata-Karon officials yesterday threatened public protests if the lease for the Club Med resort located on 39 rai of public land along the Kata beachfront is renewed.

The 30-year lease, which began in 1985, will expire on September 24 next year.

“For 30 years we have been waiting for the contract to expire,” said Kamnan Winai Chidchiew, who led a delegation...
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Korean Association Phuket calls for donations to aid victims of ferry disaster
Friday, April 18, 2014  11:38:15 AM
PHUKET: The Korean Association in Phuket is collecting money to help those affected by the sinking of the South Korean ferry on Wednesday – both survivors and victims’ families.

As many as 271 of the 475 passengers on board when the ship began sinking are still unaccounted for (story here). Many of those missing are schoolchildren.

“We have called on Korean Associations...
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Phuket Queer News: Man finds fully protected truck floating with no wheels
PHUKET: Despite extreme measures taken to ensure the safety of his vehicle, a man woke up to his pickup truck “hovering” above the ground – without wheels.“I woke up at about 9am and was shocked to fi...
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PHUKET: A Myanmar national survived more than 12 hours alone in the sea by holding onto two coconuts.The 21-year-old man, who identified himself as Poy, was pulled from the water by men on a longtail ...
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PHUKET: Motorists in Phuket who think traffic is bad here should prepare themselves if they are planning a visit to Pattaya, where a man last week caused a huge tailback on a major road after falling ...
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Issues & Answers - life in Phuket

Phuket building restrictions in residential areas
A multi-storey condominium is being built in our village, Irrawadee, in Moo 1, Kathu. It’s got four storeys now and they are adding a fifth. Each storey is about four-meters high.It’s in the middle of...
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Trick Question: How many people can you fit on a motorbike in Phuket?
How many people can legally ride on a motorbike? It's pretty common to see three people on the one motorbike, and I've often seen whole families of five. Is there a limit?...
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When will Soi Han Farang be fixed?
The Phuket Gazette published  a story last September about residents protesting the large number of construction trucks spreading dirt and dust on Soi Han Farang (story here). The article mention...
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Phuket parking by curb colors
what do the painted lines on curbs mean? I’ve seen black and white stripes, red and white stripes, and yellow and white stripes.  And some curbs are not painted at all. I assume it has something ...
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The official Phuket Airport metered taxi rates
A friend and I arrived at Phuket Internatioonal Airport and went to the metered taxi area to request a cab to Kamala Beach. We were quoted 700 baht for the journey.I asked if they would use the meter ...
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