Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Bar operators arrested, Indian tourists number one in Phuket, African arrested with 1.49 kg of Cocaine, 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, June 13th, 2022, to Sunday, June 19th, 2022.

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

  1. Two bar operators were arrested for allegedly breaking Phuket orders and Covid-19 measurements.                                                                                                  Rawai law enforcement warned further raids were coming and that the focus was on Covid19 precautions like ensuring customers and staff were vaccinated, social distancing, mask wearing, and other measures.   
  2. Indian tourists are number one in tourist arrivals in Phuket with a total number of 39,749 since the unpopular Test and Go program was dropped on May 1st, says Phuket Immigration. 

Phuket International Airport Immigration reported the current arrival statistics on June 13th.

3. The Thai cabinet has approved 338.80 million baht for improvement of Andaman provinces which are Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, and Satun to attract more Thai and foreign tourists in the future.

Mr. Tanakorn Kongboonchana, the spokesman from the Thai Prime Minister’s Office told the associated Thai press, “These projects are aimed to prepare and attract more Thai and foreign tourists in the future.”

4. The Phuket Health Chief has delivered a public warning about cannabis, stating it is better to be used for licensed medical reasons only. According to the chief, cannabis is not good to use for recreational reasons and potentially dangerous.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Chief Doctor Kusak Kukiattikoon told The Phuket Express, “People who don’t have any health problems should not use cannabis, however, especially for intoxication”

5. A 29-year-old South African man has been arrested at the Phuket International Airport with 1.49 kilograms of cocaine in his abdomen worth 4.47 million baht.

He came from Ethiopia and arrived in Phuket June 9th, 2022. No illegal items were found in his luggage but he was acting nervous and customs officials became suspicious and asked the man to submit to an X-ray, where they found cocaine packets inside his abdomen instead. 

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.