Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

THAILAND: Thailand has been ranked as one of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists to visit, with high rates of crime and violence and 'low reliability' of police assistance, according to a recent survey. Of the 136 countries around the world covered by the World Economic Forum’s 'Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report', which was released last month, Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score for safety and security for tourists. The index indicates tourists' and businesses' exposure to security risks, taking into account serious harm such as violence and terrorism. While a score of seven is conside

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 02:15 PM

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Huge amounts of trash on Phuket beach 'normal' at this time of year, Mayor says

Huge amounts of trash on Phuket beach 'normal' at this time of year, Mayor says

PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup has responded to complaints of trash on Patong Beach after the Phuket Gazette submitted photos of the depressing landscape to her office today. The photos, showing a sea of trash throughout Patong Beach, were sent to the Gazette by a concerned reader. "This type of thing is normal during the monsoon season, when the wind and waves bring trash from the ocean onto the beach," Ms Chalermluck told the Gazette. "However, our officers work very hard to clean it up and return the beach to its original state every day," she added. Two days ago, the Phuket Marine

Friday, June 9, 2017 | 05:30 PM

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Unidentified British man killed in Phuket crash

Unidentified British man killed in Phuket crash

PHUKET: Police are trying to identify a British man who was killed in an early morning crash in Chalong today. From witnesses’ accounts, police believe the victim lost control of his bike and crashed into a wall at a bend in the road. “The accident occurred at about 2:40am in Soi Ta-Lad about 50 meters from Chao Fa East Road. At the scene, we found a heavily damaged Honda Click motorbike and the body of a foreign man whose face was covered in blood,” said Capt Somkiet Sarasit of Chalong Police. The victim was described as wearing a black vest and shorts. No helmet was found at the scene. He was not carrying any ID, b

Friday, June 2, 2017 | 03:55 PM

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Nation Analysis: High defense spending at expense of education, welfare

Nation Analysis: High defense spending at expense of education, welfare

THE CONTROVERSIAL submarine deal has sparked public debate about the way the Thai Defense Ministry spends tax money on military hardware and other national-security projects. Many question whether such projects should take priority over education, public healthcare or improving the lives of the country's millions of poor. Since the coup in 2014, the budget allocated to the Defense Ministry has increased substantially. For the fiscal 2015 national budget, the first fully controlled by the junta, the ministry's budget jumped to192.9 billion baht from 184.7 billion baht the year before. The defense budget was again raised sub

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 11:36 AM

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Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

PHUKET: Patong police yesterday arrested a ladyboy who stole an iPhone from a French tourist on Patong beach. “Mr Montree Srijantra, 24, was arrested near the Paris Star guesthouse in Patong following a complaint by the tourist,” said Capt Jarun Jaisuntud of Patong Police. “On June 19, we received a report from Mr Marcel Sawcho that his iPhone 6 was stolen at the beach opposite the Absolute Pearl intersection with Thaweewong Road. We then checked CCTV footage and found that the suspect was a ladyboy with a brown-white Yamaha motorbike,” he added. Finally, police located him and took a team to make the arrest. “Mr Mo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 05:43 PM

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Krabi Hospital denies allegations of 'ignoring' injured Brit

Krabi Hospital denies allegations of 'ignoring' injured Brit

KRABI: Hospital officials yesterday denied reports that they ‘ignored’ the condition of a British man who was brought in with severe head injuries following a motorbike accident in Krabi last week. The accident occurred in front of Tesco Lotus in Krabi Town. The victim, 35, was named only as ‘Jo’ in a social media post shared by his friend, Facebook user ‘Toon Tosapol Chairit’. “The victim was taken to Krabi Hospital by Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation rescue workers at about 10pm on June 1. He was admitted to a shared room until the next day when his family showed up, nearly 16 hours later. They were worried that he

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