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Moto X versus Smartphones; Phuket Zika Virus Scare; Farang Robs Bank; Army Bullet Killed; Accor Boss Faked Reviews

Thursday, May 30, 2013
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ft.com Google is preparing an attack on Apple's iPhone with a Moto X device that is more aware of its surroundings and smart enough to anticipate how it will be used next, according to the head of the internet company's Motorola subsidiary.

bangkokpost.com A security guard for the crown prince of Malaysia's Kedah state was attacked in his five-star hotel room in the Patong tourist area of Phuket, police have confirmed.

MCOT The Immigration Department has alerted police nationwide, especially in Pattaya and Phuket, to look for Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 25, a German convicted in several robbery cases in Australia who was in transit to Germany when he escaped minders in Bangkok

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ctvnews.ca Public health authorities in Alberta say a woman has been diagnosed with a rare virus after she returned from a trip to Thailand. The woman tested positive for Zika virus, making hers the first confirmed infection with this virus in Canada. The 45-year-old woman reported having sustained bug bites during a trip to Phuket and Bangkok in January.

huffingtonpost.ca Three days after she returned to Alberta, the woman became feverish, nauseous with vomiting and extremely fatigued. She also reported having blisters in her mouth. Later she developed a severe backache and a rash on her extremities, including her palms.

independent.co.uk An Italian photographer killed while covering the Thai military's crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok three years ago was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers, a judge said. The inquest said it was unknown who fired the bullet and stopped short of outright blaming the military.

bangkokpost.com A lone robber described as a ''non-Thai citizen of European descent'' held up a Bangkok Bank branch in Nonthaburi and made off with 300,000 baht in cash.vening. The well-planned heist, which included a getaway motorcycle driver, occurred at Bangkok Bank's Tesco Lotus Pongpet branch at about 6.30pm.

guardian.co.uk Thailand is facing fresh allegations of using slave labor in its fishing industry with the launch of a new investigation into the sale, abuse and exploitation of migrant workers on Thai fishing ships. Two of the men reported seeing fellow migrant workers tortured and executed for trying to escape, and witnessing the murder of at least five other men.

travelmole.com Accor's general manager of communications has put TripAdvisor reviews into question again by acknowledging that he posted more than 100 hotel reviews on the site using a made up name. Peter Hook, an Accor general manager of communications based in Sydney, has been posting generally good reviews of Accor properties and mostly critical reviews of its competitors for the past few years.

scmp.com A sharp increase in robberies of Chinese tourists in Paris has prompted calls for the French government to step up security and for shoppers to use credit cards instead of carrying large amounts.

bangkokpost.com Many hoteliers will agree with me that the Thai tourism industry does not need to grow enormously every year. Tourism operators should have some time to prepare themselves by strengthening their human resources and improving facilities to maintain the high standards of Thai hospitality.

scmp.com The fall of a newborn baby into a toilet pipe in Jinhua, Zhejiang, was accidental and his mother will not be prosecuted, local officials said.

theargus.co.uk A British woman jailed for a year in Bali in connection with a 1.6 million pound drug smuggling case has been released. Rachel Dougall will be heading home after being set free

nytimes.com The French police arrested a 21-year-old man described as a recent convert to Islam who they said had confessed to stabbing a French soldier on Saturday in a Paris suburb.

washingtonpost.com The Pakistani Taliban's second-in-command was killed in a suspected US drone strike in the tribal North Waziristan region, two Pakistani intelligence officials and a local Pakistani Taliban commander in the region said.

foxnews.com Authorities in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province say they've publicly caned a police officer for gambling.

afp More than 100 people were rescued from a tourist ferry that began to sink in rough seas near the popular Thai resort island of Phuket, police said.

nationmultimedia.com Jetstar Asia is adding eight services to its weekly schedule between Singapore and Bangkok from July 8. With the new services, the Jetstar Group will operate 106 flights a week to Thailand with services from Singapore and Sydney to Phuket and services from Melbourne and Singapore to Bangkok.

miamiherald.com America should swap its old folks and students for skilled immigrants: One dollar will buy twice as much in Costa Rica, and three times as much in Thailand as it does in the US, as well as the opportunity to hike in Monteverde and sunbathe in Phuket.

timesunion.com The one-day leadership conference hosted around 1000 Acesse Leaders from Asia on Phuket Island, Thailand to celebrate the great success that Acesse has had over the past year and to recognise its top sales Leaders. Acesse is pleased to announce that the one-day conference was sold out thanks to its incredibly ambitious and loyal Leaders.

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bangkokpost.com Thailand's ambitious plan for a Formula 1 street race in Bangkok is under intensifying pressure from critics who questioned the location, the old town, and even the event itself.

nationmultimedia.com Thailand have been handed a comfortable draw in the 17th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship, due to be held at the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Sports Complex in the United Arab Emirates from September 28 to October 3.

malaysia-chronicle.com The FA Cup second-leg semifinal match between Pahang and Johor Darul Takzim at the Darul Makmur Stadium turned chaotic when the game was postponed due to overcrowding and unruly fans.

Phuket Coming Events 2013


June 9 Laguna Phuket International Marathon

June 22-24 Baba style traditional wedding, Old Phuket Town

July 6-7 Phuket Air Show and Family Picnic, Phuket Air Park

July 17-21 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

July 22 Arsarnha Bucha Day

August 12 HM The Queen's Birthday

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 29-November 3 Womens' volleyball, Karon beach

November 9 Asian Cup Triathlon Sprint, Patong

November 10 ITU Long Distance Series triathlon, Patong

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King's birthday

Phuket Coming Events 2014


January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

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Tripadvisor is notoriously unreliable, and many many favourable reviews are written by resort employees. It is also frequently used by guests as a blackmail tool if they don't get their -unbdeserved - way. Tripadvisor now also offers business listings, and you can even book through Tripadvisor via its Flipkey subsidiary. Conflict of interest ? Do bears take care of their business in the woods?

Posted by Ian on May 30, 2013 12:13

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It may have its flaws that Tripadvisor, but over all, its a source I like to use! Just take out some of the best and some of the bad critics and read the leftovers!

Posted by Alfred on June 1, 2013 00:27


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