Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

Special Report: Phuket hospitals facing huge losses from uninsured patients

PHUKET: There is no lack of evidence about the alarming number of tourist deaths in the 'Land of Smiles'. According to the ‘Bureau of Prevention and Assistance in Tourist Fraud’, there was a whopping 54 per cent increase in tourist deaths in 2015 (latest data available) as compared to 2014. This figure includes tourists only. The actual number including expats is likely higher, as can be seen in the statistics provided by the Farang Deaths project. Private hospitals in Phuket were asked to answer the same questions referred to in this article, but they declined to participate in the story. The Australian Department of F

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 02:30 PM

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By The Book: Property market trends in the second quarter

By The Book: Property market trends in the second quarter

PHUKET: As we enter the second quarter of 2017, the real estate market in Phuket remains slow. There are ‘pockets’ of demand: there is demand for freehold condos and discounted resale properties. Inquiries from the Thai domestic market are picking up and the condo market in Bangkok is doing well, with many developers there reporting strong sales so far this year. During the past high season, rental occupancy on pool villas was very good, with many villas experiencing high occupancy rates, albeit at rental rates which were lower than in peak years. It is true to say that the current market remains challenging, but there a

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 02:30 PM

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Ghost riding Phuket motorcyclist killed in collision with British woman

Ghost riding Phuket motorcyclist killed in collision with British woman

PHUKET: A 62-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car driven by a 31-year-old British woman in Thalang last night. “The accident occurred at about 9:05pm on Thepkrasattri Road (southbound) near the Shell gas station in Thalang. At the scene, we found the body of Pongsak Sripuek lying face down on the ground. His arms and legs were broken and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Lt Sunan Petnhu of Thalang Police. The driver, Jayne Pauline Watt, sustained minor injuries. The deceased’s body was taken to Thalang Hospital. “According to witnesses, Ms Watt was heading back from the airport, driving s

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 01:15 PM

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Phuket tour bus crashes in Patong

Phuket tour bus crashes in Patong

PHUKET: A tour bus full of Chinese nationals crashed into several cars on Patong Hill road last night, creating a massive traffic jam due to additional Songkran visitors. Lt Col Pattapee Srichai of the Patong Police received reports of the incident at about 7pm. “We arrived to see a 'Somsak Transport Company' bus with a broken front windscreen and several other cars that were damaged on the road. The bus had first smashed into a Toyota SUV, which in turn crashed into at least five other vehicles,” said the colonel. More and more people piled up and got caught in the traffic jam that ensued. Bus driver Charun Sillapakarn

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 01:58 PM

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Phang Nga to create underwater tourist attraction

Phang Nga to create underwater tourist attraction

PHUKET: More than 20 decommissioned army trucks were lowered into the water with the aim of enhancing marine life in Phang Nga yesterday. The project was launched in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. “We have placed artificial coral, army vehicles (for coral to grow on) and a statue of a sea turtle in order to revive tourism and marine life in areas that were destroyed in the 2004 Tsunami,” said Rak Khaolak Foundation Chief Sompong Daopiset. “Our plan is to add more statues in the coming years. These will tell the story of the culture of Phang Nga,” he added. Fourth Army commander Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich presided

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 04:42 PM

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Emergency tsunami, fire drill held in Phuket

Emergency tsunami, fire drill held in Phuket

PHUKET: An earthquake and fire drill was organized in Phuket this morning. “At 10am, we simulated an 8.9 richter earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, which is 1,097 kilometers away from Phuket. We then waited for a tsunami warning from the National Disaster Warning Center,” said Phuket Vice Governor Sanith Sriwihok. All relevant officers were instructed to warn locals and be ready to evacuate the area. The evacuation times were 11:48am for Karon, 11:55am for Patong and 12:02pm for Nai Yang. At 10:30am, the center lifted the warning and everything went back to the normal. During the drill, officers also simulated a pick-up t

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 05:14 PM

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