PHUKET: Among the many recent edicts that have been issued by the government to bring some order to Phuket’s beach tourism industry, one that the Gazette hopes can be comprehensively enforced is the ban on the sale of khom loi, or sky lanterns, at public beaches (story here). The Gazette concedes that the sight of khom loi slowly rising after twilight in the night sky can have a definite visual
PHUKET: A meth dealer told Phuket police yesterday that she was selling drugs in order to financially support her baby. Natthanicha Wongsopha, 34, was arrested in possession of 170 ya ba (methamphetamine) pills when police raided her house in Thalang at about 4pm. “She told us that she was selling the drugs so that she could have enough money to take care of her baby,” said Maj Ritthichai Ch
PHUKET: The Chinese New Year holidays brought a much-welcomed boost of 3.5 billion baht to the local economy this year, the chief of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office has announced. The island attracted more tourists who also spent more than those who came last year, Anoma Wongyai, director of TAT Phuket, told the Phuket Gazette. “Phuket had 115,000 tourists during the holi
PHUKET: When I first arrived in Thailand more than 20 years ago, I was filled with excitement and a sense of adventure. I was eager to learn the language and immerse myself in a new culture. I did just that. I explored every crevice of this amazing country and its dramatic landscapes by train, bus and motorbike. I filled myself with every exotic plate of street food available, learned to communic
PHUKET: Tour de France green jersey winner and former Australian national team “hard man” Baden Cooke will be joining the inaugural Thanyapura Gran Fondo bicycle road race on April 19. Cooke, who retired in 2013, is a veteran of six Tour de France campaigns and competed in the 2004 Olympics. At the 2003 Tour de France, he won the sprinters points classification competition green jersey by two
PHUKET: An Australian expat in Phuket died in a motorbike crash early Thursday morning. The body of Adam Tepper, 34, was found in Sai Yuan Junction on Wiset Road below a destroyed traffic sign. The motorbike Mr Tepper was riding was about 30 meters away. “Mr Tepper was not wearing a helmet and struck his head on the sign he died instantly,” said Capt Thada Sodarak of the Chalong Police. “I believe he was moving very fast at the time of the crash, as part of the sign pol
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PHUKET: A tour bus driver’s cool head prevented a runaway bus on Patong Hill from becoming the latest serious accident in a seemingly endless string of crashes, some fatal, on this notorious road. When police arrived at the scene, the Amphol Seatiew tour bus had come to a stop after scrapping against a utility pole outside
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PHUKET: Construction of a new police station in the Phi Phi archipelago is expected to go ahead this April, Krabi City’s top cop confirmed yesterday. The 'well-equipped and better-staffed' station will be located on Phi Phi Don, the largest and most heavily populated of the islands all of which come under the admin
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PHUKET: An illegal alien was snared when police busted a local gambling event in Patong last night. Police were tipped off by locals about a small group of people who were gathered to gamble at a rental room on Phra Metta Road. The three Thai nationals arrested in the bust were named as Nimit Thambanyo, 45; Thanaknut Narasukulpi
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There is a huge termite mound 50cm from my house, but on my neighbor’s land. I am worried the termites will eat my house. What can I do?
I believe that my neighbor will be held responsible for any damage that happens to my property, but I don’t know the neighbor well and I haven’t seen him for years.
I am staying in a hotel on Soi Sansabai, where it costs me 20 baht to park my motorbike on the street. The fee is not a big deal, but there are so many bikes on the street in the evening that I can’t even walk safely down the street.
When I asked why was this so, I was told that it was a private street and that one person owned it. Wahoo! That’s a first for me. How can a person own a public street?
Is this true? And if so, is the owner liable for maintaining the street?
I figure that the owner makes...
I drive on the road behind Surakul Stadium every day. Each day, I smell a terrible stench near the Chinese graveyard where homeless people live. It is a terrible smell and garbage, squatters and buses fill the area.
Many hundreds of people drive past there every day. Recently, the road there was re-paved, which is great, because it used to be filled with dangerous potholes. Now, why not clear out the wretched smells and garbage?
I am currently in India and want to bring back some spices and teas, what are the regulations?
The Thai Customs website says I should “refer to your local embassy”. I have tried the contact page on several of the consulate pages for India, but the contact pages do not seem to work (says access denied).
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