Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!
The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area Phuket, from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.
These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket province.
They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Sunday, May 1st, 2022, to Sunday, May 8th, 2022.
Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!
1. 8 –year-old Ukrainian-Thai boy was bitten by an unknown sea animal near Kamala Beach in Phuket earlier this month, experts and officials dispute what the animal was.
The news came after May 1st that Thailand and Phuket have fully opened for international tourists. This is a similar incident to two years ago with a Chinese tourist. Last time, officials said the culprit was a barracuda and not a shark.
2. A 76-year-old German tourist has been rescued after getting lost at Nai Yang Beach in Thalang
This is the third lost tourist in Phuket in only a short period of time.
3. Foreign tourist caught in a viral video sitting at a local shrine in Phuket market, prompting viral topic in Thailand
The red chair at the shrine was removed after the incident.
4. Big Joke to discuss with relevant officials about legally reopening the nightlife industry, extending business hours in Phuket, Pattaya, and other tourism zones
Bars and nightlife venues are still legally closed nationwide as part of Covid-19 rules in place since April 10th, 2021, operating only as converted “restaurants”.
5. Phuket plans to announce Covid-19 as an endemic disease, Thai Central government urges patience
However, 52 percent of people in the 608 groups (elderly, chronic health problems, and pregnant) were triple vaccinated. The 608 group needs to be 60 percent triple vaccinated according to Phuket officials.
6. 26th Phuket Bike Week to be held from May 13th to May 15th
Bikers get ready for the big event!
That is all for this week, as always thanks for your support!