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Jan 102017
 

WORD ON PHUKET: Police are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 27-year-old British woman who was staying with her boyfriend at a rented room in Chalong.

Police were called to the room located in Soi Ta-iad in southern Phuket, which is populated with Muay Thai boxing gyms and fitness clubs, early Saturday morning after the couple had returned from a night out in Patong.

Initial reports are that the couple had a disagreement and separated while they were out in Patong and that the woman returned alone to their room at 3am.

The boyfriend reportedly returned at 6am to find the body of his girlfriend inside the room, propped against the door, with a bed sheet tied around her neck and to the door handle.

The boyfriend told investigators that he had then removed the bed sheet and placed the body of his companion on the bed.

Police said there were no signs of a struggle in the room but were continuing their investigations.

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Jan 042017
 

WORD ON PHUKET: Police in Phuket are working to close the net on a person or persons breaking in to cars and stealing valuables and warning motorists not to leave precious items in view when leaving their car unattended.

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Thieves stole a gold ring and a bank book after smashing the driver’s-side window.

About 15 car break-ins have been reported recently in central Phuket and Talang, the latest in Sapan Hin on Jan 3, after the 28-year-old female owner of a Honda Jazz parked up and went for a stroll in the public park around 10pm.

The owner, Ms Suphawan, returned later to find her driver-side window smashed in and valuables missing that she had left on the front seat, including a gold ring and a bank book.

Police investigating the robbery suspect Tuesday’s theft was carried out by the same thief or gang of thieves who have been robbing cars in a similar manner in Phuket Town and Talang.

The brazen burglars have been targeting cars parked in public places where they could easily be spotted by members of the public, said investigating officers, who are looking through CCTV footage for clues.

Meanwhile, police are distributing leaflets advising motorists not to leave valuables in their cars when parking in public places.

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Jan 042017
 

WORD ON THAILAND: Thailand’s prime minister has urged the general public to obey traffic regulations for safe travels as more than 360 people are reported killed in road accidents across the country during the new year holiday.

Thai PM road deaths

Prime Minister of Thailand Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked road users to be considerate to others, refrain from driving while feeling drowsy or under the influence of alcohol in order to travel home safely.

So far, 367 people have died in five days on Thailand’s roads, during the 2016-2017 new year holiday, according to national news sources, exceeding last year’s road fatalities during the same “seven days of danger” period last year (2015), during which 341 people were reported killed and 3,117 injured on the roads – a drop of 7% compared to the previous year.

However, on Jan 4, 2017, a total of 3,342 injuries in road accidents have been reported.

An estimated 30% of road accidents are blamed on drunk driving with more than 20% of those involving people under 20 years old.

In 2015, the United Nations reported that Thailand’s roads are the second deadliest in the world, after Libya, with 14,059 reported road-deaths per year – 70% of them involving motorcycles.

More fatalities are feared as people return to work from their home provinces over the next few days.

Meanwhile, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand, the government plans to allocate 895 billion baht (23,945,249,771 euro) for the expansion of land, water, and air transport infrastructure, while a new ferry service from Hua Hin to Pattaya is being tested for free between January 1 and 15.

Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the government will push for 36 transportation programs this year in order to spur economic growth and provide convenience among commuters.

 

 

 

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Jan 032017
 

WORD ON THAILAND: A crocodile clamped its jaws down on the arm of a handler as he put his hand in the croc’s mouth as part of a show in Nakhon Sawan Province, central Thailand.

The horrific crocodile attack occurred in front of a crowd of tourists at the Bung Bor Raphet crocodile farm in Nakorn Sawan, just north of Bangkok, on Jan 2.

The above video footage was captured by facebook user Duangruedi Di Satefano. YouTube link: Spring News

The handler, Sumet Thongkhammuan, had to roll with the crocodile as the large reptile instinctively attempted to rip off his arm.

Sumet survived the croc attack and was rushed to hospital.

After a 15-minute delay, the show reportedly continued as normal with a replacement handler.

Link to this video

 

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Jan 022017
 

WORD ON PHUKET: Thick smoke filled the air along Patong Beach Road this evening after a fire broke out in the basement of a hotel under construction along the popular tourist strip in Phuket.

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Eight fire engines tackle a blaze in the basement of a hotel under construction in Patng

Fire fighters in eight fire engines arrived on the scene at about 8pm to tackle the blaze but have been hampered by the thick smoke, making it difficult to access the underground area and get to the source of the fire.

Frightened tourists have been seen leaving nearby hotels and resorts with their luggage.

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Tourists staying near the half-built hotel have been fleeing with their luggage

Latest reports are that firefighters have sealed off the area and poured water into the basement. However, smoke continues to billow from the lower floor of the hotel.

No injuries have been reported.

 

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Dec 282016
 

Visitors to Central Festival Phuket are being given a taste of festive cheer at the Holland Village Christmas Fair until December 31 at the mall’s forecourt, where market stalls are serving up special seasonal treats, including candy floss, popcorn, melted chocolate fondue as well as toys and locally-made handicrafts, plus live musical virtuoso performances from virtuoso violinist Alex Greg.

Christmas fai at Central Festival Phuket

Families snap happy seasonal memories among the Christmas trees and fairy lights at Holland Village at the Central Festival Phuket forecourt, on display until December 31.

Shoppers can snap happy seasonal memories among the Christmas trees and fairy lights at Holland Village at the Central Festival Phuket forecourt.

Inside the mall at the Grand Hall, seek out a variety of discount deals for new year’s gifts – from sweet and savoury snacks to clothes, accessories, jewellery and household décor – at the indoor Christmas Market.

Christmas Central Festival Phuket

Watch daily east-meets-west performances from virtuoso violinist Alex Greg.

 

Chocolate fondue fountain

A visitor indulges in a chocolate fondue fountain.

 

 

Shoppers visiting Central Festival Phuket between December 10 and January 15, 2017 can also enjoy gifts and giveaways in the mall’s ‘Lighten Up Together’ promotion and the chance to win some 30 prizes and up to 10,000 baht worth of cash vouchers with every 1,000 baht purchase.

For every 10,000 baht spent, shoppers have the chance to win 100,000 baht worth of vouchers that can be used at restaurants and clothes stores, including Central Department Store, Tops Supermarket, Supersports, ZARA, H&M, Uniqlo, Jaspal, Marimekko, Pandora, MK Restaurant, The Pizza Company, Sizzler, Swensen’s, KFC, Ootoya, SF Cinema and Major Cineplex.

Other New Year giveaways for shoppers include a free DD tote bag and special brown rice from the Royal Project with every 5,000 baht spent. MasterCard and Thai Life Cardholders get the free DD tote bag with purchases of only 4,000 baht.

Thai Life Card members get 100 baht worth of Tops vouchers free when spending 1,000 baht and over and The 1 Card holders can redeem 10 points for discounts on products from over 300 brands and 2,000 stores nationwide.

For more information visit www.cpn.co.th

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Oct 222016
 

WORD ON THAILAND: Millions of Thais gathered at Sanam Luang in Bangkok today for an historical live recording of the Royal Anthem of Thailand (Sansoen Phra Barami) in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on October 13.

Royal Anthem of Thailand Bangkok live

Millions of mourning Thais made history singing the Royal Anthem of Thailand in remembrance of HM King Bhumibol

Holding portraits of the Late King and bank notes depicting the monarch, the emotional crowd that spilled onto the streets surrounding the Grand Palace were accompanied by live orchestras as they sang and cried.

The event was broadcast live on all terrestrial TV channels and radio.

Dressed in black, many of the mourners had travelled from all over the country to pay their respects to the departed king.

The government has laid on free transport to the capital for the occasion and many people are providing free food and refreshments as well as accommodation for the masses of mourners, estimated to be several million in number.

Royal Thai anthem recorded Bangkok

The crowd of mourners spilled onto the streets surrounding the royal park and the Grand Palace.

 

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Oct 132016
 

WORD ON THAILAND: Thailand is in mourning following the announcement today by the Bureau of the Royal Household that His Majesty King Bumiphol Adulyadej passed away at 3:52pm at the age of 89.

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Flags are at half mast for 30 days as Thailand mourns loss of beloved king

In a televised announcement at about 7pm, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the country now enters a 1-year period of mourning over the loss of their beloved king, Rama IX and urged all sectors in society to refrain from holding entertainment activities for one month.

The PM’s Office announced that government agencies nationwide were ordered to fly half-mast for 30 days following His Majesty the King’s death and that government officials will wear black in mourning for a year.

Private firms are free to use their own judgment, the statement added.

The Heir to the Throne, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, will succeed His Majesty the King.

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Jan 152016
 

WORD ON PHUKET CELEBRITIES: Shoppers at Central Festival Phuket rushed to snap up free 2016 calendars handed out by trending celebrities Jeda Saranya and Aun Chaiyaphon on Wednesday (Jan 13).

The calendars feature glam shots of a variety of stars from Channel 7’s popular TV soaps, dramas and movies.

Aun Chaiyaphon (1) Aun Chaiyaphon (2) Jeda Saranya (1) Jeda Saranya (2) Jeda Saranya (3) Jeda Saranya and Aun Chaiyaphon (1)

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Dec 262015
 

WORD ON PHUKET: The festive spirit was in the air at Central Festival Phuket on Christmas Day with seasonal fun and entertainment brightening up Phuket’s most popular fashion mall.

Santa and his dazzling Santarina helpers gave out sweets to Christmas shoppers, who were also treated to traditional Thai music and dance performances.

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Santarina gives a treats to a young visitor at Central Festival Phuket on Christmas Day.

Young visitors at Central Festival Phuket surround Santa and two 'Santarinas' as they gave out gifts to shoppers at Phuket's biggest fashion mall on Christmas Day.

Young visitors at Central Festival Phuket surround Santa and two ‘Santarinas’ as they gave out gifts to shoppers at Phuket’s biggest fashion mall on Christmas Day.

Traditional Thai dance, entral Festival Phuket

Christmas Day entertainment for shoppers at Central Festival Phuket included traditional Thai dance on stage at the Grand Hall.

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Dec 162015
 

WORD ON PHUKET SPORT: The Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) are proud to announce that the ICC Award Winning Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament will be played at the Alan Cooke Ground, the premier cricketing venue on the island following talks with the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG). The Sixes forms part of the Phuket International Cricket Week along with the Kata International Cricket 7’s Tournament. The 7’s will once again take place at the Kata Group Republic Ground in the south of the island.

 

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Up to thirty teams will congregate in April from all over the world for the Phuket International Cricket Week to join up with locally based Phuket sides. The Sixes, which were first competed for in 2004, will be played between Thursday 14 April and Sunday 17 April 2016. The fifth annual 7’s will follow between Wednesday 20 April and Saturday 23 April 2016.

The Phuket International Cricket Week will offer participants a unique two holidays in one for the first time, as the Sixes team up with the Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort, before moving to the Kata Beach Resort and the Andaman Seaview Hotel for the 7’s.

ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher is delighted with the development. “The ACST are constantly looking at ways to invigorate and make our events more exciting and better for all involved. The PCG have been an enormous help in us being able to offer the exciting new developments for 2016, and we can’t thank them enough.” “We are also thrilled that our 7’s event continues to develop with huge thanks to the Kata Group,” he added.

PCG Chairman, Anthony Van Blerk is equally enthusiastic at the news. “The PCG are delighted that our long lasting relationship with the ACST continues to prosper since the first Sixes tournament back in 2004. We look forward to welcoming teams to our superb facility in April.”

Team entries for both events are now open for what will be a superb festival of cricket and camaraderie. Don’t miss out on your chance on a dream cricketing holiday, making lifelong memories and friends.

For further details, please contact Mr Maher at mmaher.padmir@bigpond.com or by telephone on +61 407 385 481.

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