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 Monday, May 9th, 2022, to Sunday, May 15th, 2022.
Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!
1. A 76-year-old German tourist has gone missing from a hotel in the Thalang district and relevant tourist agencies are searching for her and asking the public for assistance. (FOUND this morning, alive, weak, but overall well)
Ms. Barbara, 76, She has gone missing from a hotel in the Mai Khao sub-district since May 9th, 2022.
2. A 62-year-old grandmother called the press for help after her 12-year-old boy in the Thalang district has gone blind after he reportedly received a second dose of the Covid -19 vaccine, according to her. Meanwhile, leading Phuket doctors have confirmed the boy’s blindness was, according to them, NOT due to a Covid-19 vaccine.
The story rocked Thai social media, however, doctors from across Thailand have quickly responded, stating that while the incident was unfortunate it had nothing to do with Covid-19 vaccines and that, according to them, vaccines were safe and effective.
However the Phuket Governor personally took the boy to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok for treatment to attempt to restore his eyesight.
3. A woman has been pronounced dead after being attacked by her brother’s dogs at a house in the Thalang district on May 10th.
Ms. Sarinrat Laongpanitchakun, 38, was found bleeding heavily on a balcony in front of the house. About three severe wounds were found on her neck on the left side which were likely to be from fangs. The Phuket Express sends our condolences to her friends and family.
4. Phuket expects to generate more than a billion baht over the current four-day long holiday weekend, says the Phuket TAT office.
Ms. Nantasiri Ronsiri, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office said that from May 13th to May 16th, a long holiday, the city generated about 1.8 billion baht.
5. Patong and tourism cities including Pattaya need ‘special zoning’ with nightlife venues open until 4 AM but nightlife business operators need to pay more tax, according to ‘Prab Keesin’, a prominent Patong businessman.
Nightlife operators in the special zones must pay more tax too as they will get more benefits, said Prab Keesin.
That is all for this week, as always thanks for your support!