Phuket’s biggest stories from last week: Missing German tourist found safe, Indian tourists number one, Lightrail paused, and more

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 16th, 2022, to Sunday, May 22nd, 2022.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. A missing 76-year-old German tourist was found alive but weak in a shallow canal in the Sirinat National Park this morning by a team of rescue workers (May 16th) in the Thalang district.

After an eight-day search, Ms. Barbara Lange, 76, from Germany, was found alive by national park officers lying in a small shallow freshwater canel in the Sirinat National Park area.

A missing 76-year-old German tourist who has memory loss issues was found alive but weak in a shallow freshwater canal near the Sirinat National Park in the Thalang district which is about 15 kilometers away from her hotel in the Mai Khao sub-district.

The Phuket Governor visited a 76-year-old German tourist with memory loss issues who spent over a week missing in Sirinat National Park and is now recovering at a hospital.

2. Indian tourists are number one in tourist arrivals in Phuket with a total number of 12,200 since the unpopular Test and Go program was dropped on May 1st, says Phuket Immigration.

At least 200,000 foreign tourists are scheduled to be arriving in Phuket this month and we expect India to continue to lead the way.

3. The long proposed and discussed Phuket Light Rail from the north to the south of the island has been oficially paused for what relevant agencies call a project budget review.

The director of the MRTA Mr. Pakapong Sirikantamart told The Phuket Express, “As of the current situation, the Ministry of Transportation wants to decrease the budget as much as they can.”

4. After Patong entertainment businesses are legally open, they will generate at least 10 million Baht per night, said the president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA).

More foreign tourists will come to Phuket which will generate up to 10 million baht per night for the economy overall.” Weerawit Krueasombat, the president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association added.

5. Foul, black water with a putrid odor was found flowing into the sea at Kamala Beach in the Kathu district according to a popular Facebook page.

The incident was reported by the Monsoon garbage Thailand Facebook page on Monday of last week on May 16th.

Wastewater flowing onto Kamala Beach is not from businesses, however, wastewater is a major issue, said the Kamala Chief who is requesting a budget for improvements to the wastewater treatment system.

Mr. Jutha Dumlak, the Kamala Tambon Administrative Organisation Chief told the Phuket Express, “The black water seen is wastewater that was left over in a ‘sand trap pool’ in water drainage systems from the dry season.

That is all for this week, as always thanks for your support!


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.