Phuket’s biggest stories from last week: Phuket Sandbox generated at least 66 billion baht, nightlife operators calling for 2AM closing time, 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 23rd, 2022, to Sunday, May 29th, 2022.

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

  1. The Phuket Sandbox has generated at least 66 billion baht so far while the island’s unemployment rate is decreasing, says a top Phuket official.

The unemployment rate in Phuket was only at 6 percent which is about 25,000 unemployed persons.

2. Phuket entertainment businesses are calling for a legal closing time extension to 2:00 A.M..

“Entertainment businesses will earn more income and they can hire more staffers. So there will be more employment as well which will also boost the economy,” said the president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association Mr. Weerawit Krueasombat.

3. A 76-year-old German tourist who spent over a week missing in Sirinat National Park, which was about 15 kilometers away from her hotel in the Mai Khao sub-district, is flying back from Phuket to Germany.

Ms. Lange and her family thanked everyone involved that have helped them until they are back home.

4. The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office is strictly following measurements to prevent monkeypox.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Chief Doctor Kusak Kukiattikoon told the Phuket Express, “No Monkeypox has been found in Phuket or Thailand at this stage. We have strictly followed measurements of people who arrived in Phuket from other countries.”

5. Strong wind at about noon this week has damaged food booths at the Kata/Karon food festival.

However, no injuries were reported as the festival starts in the late afternoon.

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.