Phuket Thailand Various photos From 2006

Phuket Thailand Various photos from our holiday in 2006

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Phuket Thailand Various photos. Phuket Island (pronounced puu gèt) (ภูเก็ต)  is Thailand’s largest at 48 km in length and 21 km at its widest. It’s in Southern Thailand on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.

Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea waters on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline 862 kilometres south of Bangkok. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs.

The relatively recent name “Phuket” (of which the digraph ph represents an aspirated p) is apparently derived from the word bukit(Jawi: بوكيت) in Malay which means “hill”, as this is what the island appears like from a distance. An alternative suggestion is that the name originates from two Thai words, “phu” (mountain) of “ket” (jewel), and this is said to be recorded in a Thai chronicle.

Phuket was formerly known as Thalang (ถลาง Tha-Laang), derived from the old Malay “telong” (Jawi: تلوڠ) which means “cape”. The northern district of the province, which was the location of the old capital, still uses this name. In Western sources and navigation charts, it was known as Jung Ceylon (a corruption of the Malay Tanjung Salang, i.e., “Cape Salang”)

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Beautiful Phuket

Beautiful Phuket

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Hard corals, like this one off Koh Lanta, are at greatest risk. Photo: Quinet

PHUKET: — With coral reef systems in Thai coastal waters at a “crisis” level, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) has vowed to step up his department’s efforts to mitigate the damage caused by the fishing industry and other human factors.

“Currently, our natural coral reefs are not half of what they used to be – we are in a crisis,” said PMBC director Pinsak Suraswadi on Tuesday.

“The areas that have been most seriously affected are those that are regularly exposed to human activity, such as off tourist destinations along the coast,” he added.

Though the entire region is in trouble, the Gulf of Thailand is at greater risk than the Andaman coast, he said.

“Abundant and beautiful coral reefs are now only found in national parks, such as the Surin Island and Similan Island reserves. In these places the coral is still world class.”

“Closing National Parks has definitely been helpful in giving the corals time to recover from the pressure humans exert on the ecosystem,” he said, in reference to the annual closure from May through November.

The PMBC is attempting to prevent damage to coral reefs caused by the fishing industry through a variety of programs. One such program, established in Songkhla, involves the purchase of used fishing equipment in order to discourage fisherman from throwing rubbish, such as old netting, into the sea, he explained.

“Everyone can get involved in preserving our marine environment; it’s not just the responsibility of the government. Changes made in our daily lives, such as using less soap and fewer plastic bags, can really make a difference,” he said.

Mr Pinsak also made a push for the establishment of more artificial reefs in order to reduce the pressure on natural reef systems.

“It will reduce the effect the diving tourism industry has on the natural reefs. Artificial reefs, such as scuttled ships, will provide new diving destinations,” he said.

Mr Pinsak pointed out that the PMBC had recently become involved with the “Green Fins Project”, which encourages tourists to wear life jackets and keep their feet away from corals when snorkeling.

“Also, we ask tourists not to chase turtles in order to photograph them or feed marine animals,” he added.

Mr Pinsak made it clear that coordination and cooperation between all those concerned was necessary to prevent further degradation.

Very sad to hear this report.

Phuket, Thailand: Crime Capital of Asia

June 24, 2012 — Updated June 23, 2012 21:42 HKT

Phuket, Thailand: Crime Capital of Asia

Italian tourist Giovanni Stabbed in Phuket Jan 2012 by Gang on Beach 

If you are headed to Thailand for holidays you will have a great time, with one exception, avoid Phuket at all costs. FOr fun, investment or business Phuket is far too dangerous for tourists.

Phuket is now the one of the worlds most dangerous destinations for foreign and local tourists and businessmen. Armed gangs, some Tuk-Tuk drivers, some Jat Ski operators, tour operators etc are mostly controlled by criminal elements and Phuket is no longer safe to visit for foreigners or Thais.

In January this year Vorasit “Plawan” Issara, owner of Phuket’s Sripanwa luxury resort was stabbed twice in the stomach and hacked in the neck with a makeshift axe in an attack outside a Phuket nightclub where he was entertaining guests.

Vorasit is the scion of Bangkok’s prominent Issara family, which runs the giant property development company Charn Issara.

This week more than 50 police officers, including a team from the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, have been dedicated to catching the two men who attacked an unarmed female Australian tourist Michelle Smith, 60, who was stabbed to death in Kata.

Phuket Police are searching for two men who carried out a knife attack on two Australian tourists last night that left the woman dead and another injured. The attack, believed to have been a botched bag snatch attempt, occurred at Phuket’s Kata Beach, about 200 meters from the hotel where the women were staying.

Michelle Elizabeth Smith and Tammee Lee Lynn were walking back to their hotel after dinner at about 10pm when two men approached on a motorcycle, said the report by Chalong Police.

The motorbike passenger, who was not wearing a helmet, attacked the women with a knife. Ms Smith suffered a 15-centimeter-deep stab to the chest that punctured her lung and heart.

Ms Lynn’s right arm was slashed in the attack.

Police believe the attack was a failed attempt to snatch the women’s bags or yet another rape attempt. However, the two men fled the scene without taking any of the Australians’ belongings. Injured, the two tourists were attempting to make it back to the hotel for help when they were assisted by a hotel employee who rushed both women to hospital by car. Ms Smith died en route to hospital.

On Phi Phi Island more mysterious poisoning deaths this month, as Police are investigating the cause of death of two Canadian sisters found dead in their hotel room on Phi Phi Island yesterday afternoon. Lt Siwa Saneha of Phi Phi Island Police Station told the Phuket Gazette, “We received a report at about 9pm yesterday, that two tourists’ bodies were found in the same hotel room at the Phi Phi Palms Residence.

“We rushed to the hotel with medical officers from Koh Phi Phi Hospital and a rescue team.”

The sisters, one aged 20 and the other aged 26.

Also in this month Egyptian couple Hossam and Sarah boarded a plane on June 2 bound for their dream honeymoon in Phuket. However, their love story, which began in their mid-teens, came to an unfathomable and abrupt end in Phang Nga, when their tour company decided to brave rough waters and lead a whitewater rafting trip that ended in disaster.

It wasn’t until three days after the trip that the body of the honeymoon groom, Hossam Mostafa, 24, named by the Egyptian Embassy in Bangkok as Hossamellein Mostafa Abdallas Hamada, was found last Monday.

In June alone there were a number of business related murders in Phuket on Thai Nationals

All this just in one month, but it is not an anomoly, murder, rape and robbery are common place in Phuket and a stark contrast to the rest of Thailand.

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Australian stabbed in heart in Thai bag-snatch tragedy

PHUKET: — An Australian woman has been stabbed to death in a suspected bag-snatch gone wrong on the popular holiday island of Phuket in Thailand.
The woman was walking with a friend near their hotel complex in Kata Noi Bay, on Phuket’s west coast, about 10.30pm last night when they were attacked by two men who approached them on a motorbike.
The men attempted to steal the handbags of the women and lashed out with a knife when they couldn’t grab them.
Ms Yone, a supervisor at the five-star Katathani Phuket Beach Resort where the women were staying, said this morning that one of the women was stabbed in the heart and died soon after.
The other woman suffered a slash wound to her arm and was taken to hospital in Phuket.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Thai police had launched an investigation into the woman’s death.
‘‘We are aware of the death of an Australian woman in Thailand and are providing consular assistance to her family and to the other woman involved in the incident,’’ she said.
‘‘It would not be appropriate to discuss the case further while a police investigation is in progress.’’
It is believed the woman was aged 60 and an experienced traveller who had spent a lot of time in south-east Asia.
The two women were part of a group of 10 travel agents from Perth who arrived in Thailand on Monday.
"They were attacked by the men on the street," Ms Yone said.
"One woman had a cut on her arm and she went to the hospital. She is already back from the hospital.
It just seems to get worse and worse in Phuket.Yet another needless killing.

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Rawai Beach Phuket Thailand

Fishing boats on Rawai beach, Phuket, Thailand.


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German man still in ICU after dispute with Phuket tuk-tuk driver

Just a warning to be very careful when dealing with the Tuk Tuk drivers when visiting Phuket. Tourist beatings are not uncommon, so negotiate the price with the driver before you take the ride. Blogger Labels: tuk tuk,Phuket,Tourist,driver WordPress Tags: tuk tuk,German,Phuket,Tourist,driver

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Mr Trotnow refused to pay 100 baht for a tuk-tuk ride from Aroonsom Plaza
to Tai Pan, a distance of about 800 meters.

PHUKET: — A German man is in intensive care fighting for his life after he was beaten by a mob of Phuket tuk-tuk drivers for refusing to pay a fare of 100 baht (approx US$3.35).
Kathu Police Duty Officer Teerasuk Boonsang told the Phuket Gazette that he was called to the scene, near the junction of Soi Bangla and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road in Patong, at 11pm on Thursday.
The victim, Kurt Trotnow, 53, and his wife took a tuk-tuk from Aroonsom Plaza to the Tai Pan nightclub, Capt Teerasuk said.
The journey is about 800 meters along the southbound Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road.
“When they arrived, the driver charged them 200 baht, but Mr Trotnow insisted paying only 100 baht,” said Capt Teerasuk.
The maximum fare to be charged by tuk-tuks within Patong is 200 baht, as set by the Patong Taxi Federation in February.
“They had an argument, and Mr Trotnow pushed the driver down onto the road and walked away,” said Capt Teerasuk.
“They happened to meet a brother of Mr Trotnow’s wife. The brother operates a motorcycle taxi there and he tried to help by offering to pay 100 baht of the fare, but Mr Kurt didn’t agree,” he said.
The couple then started walking back towards Aroonsom Plaza when they were set upon by a gang of men.
Some of the attackers reportedly kept kicking Mr Trotnow while he was on the ground, then ran away, Capt Teerasuk said.
Mr Trotnow was taken to Patong Hospital, then transfered to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town where doctors did an emergency operation to stem bleeding in the brain.
Mr Trotnow is now in intensive care at Phuket International Hospital.
A nurse at the ICU today told the Gazette that Mr Trotnow had not regained full consciousness.
“He can open his eyes sometimes, but he still needs a respirator, and he still has some bleeding in the brain,” the nurse said.
Capt Teerasuk said the investigation was floundering due to lack of detailed information.
“Mr Trotnow and his wife were very drunk. I questioned his wife but she could not remember the face of the tuk-tuk driver or even remember what happened that night,” he said.
CCTV has been of little help.
“The CCTV cameras at Soi Bangla are too far from the scene. The dark and the rain at the time of the incident makes it very difficult to make anything out of the footage.
“I am now checking with the CCTVs of restaurants around there to see if any other cameras recorded the attack,” he said.
Capt Teerasuk highlighted the importance of being able to identify the attackers.
“If they [Mr Trotnow and his wife] cannot remember what happened, or remember any of the attackers’ faces, we will not be able to charge anyone for this,” he said.
Source: http://www.phuketgaz…il.asp?id=10896

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