Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Mask mandate dropped, Underground cable project continues, Phuket Sunday Walking Street busy once again, 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 20th, 2022, to Sunday, June 26th, 2022.

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

  1. The Phuket governor Narong Woonciew has released a new order on June 25th for dropping the mask mandate, following a national order released late last night, June 23rd, here.                                                                                   A mask or cloth mask is a voluntary practice. However, the Ministry of Public health recommends for Covid-19 patients or high-risk people, they are ‘NECESSARY’ to wear masks when staying with other people.

2. A major underground project on Phuket Road will be started next month with a total initial budget of 59 million baht.

The Phuket City Mayor Mr. Saroj Angkanapilart told The Phuket Express, “The underground construction project will be on Phuket Road from the Bang Neaw Intersection to Soi Kor Pai which is 600 meters in total.”

3. The Phuket Walking Street Sunday Market, also well known as ‘Laad Yai’ has generated at least two million baht per week.

The Vice President of the Old Phuket Town Community Mr. Somyos Patan told the Phuket Express, “The Phuket Walking Street Sunday Market is one of the most famous places on the Thalang Road in Old Phuket Town that foreign tourists have visited.”

4. Two entertainment venue operators were arrested for allegedly breaking Phuket orders and Covid-19 measurements after anonymous local residents complained over loud noise.

Local residents and concerned citizens have complained about loud noise after the legal closing times, currently, 2 AM.

5. A missing man has been found and safely taken back to Phuket after his jet-ski ran out of gasoline in Phang Nga.

The missing man was found on a jet ski near the area he was last reported seen when his jet ski ran out of gasoline in the middle of the ocean. He was taken back to a pier in Koh Siray, Phuket after spending an entire night alone in the ocean on the powerless jet ski.

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.