Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Singaporean dies and seven others injured in road accident, Austrian arrested, fire on Bangla Road

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of 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 the Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, August 8th, 2022, to Sunday, August 14th, 2022.

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

  1. A Singaporean driver died while four Singaporean passengers have sustained various injuries after a a sedan crashed into a bus in which a Korean national and two Thais were injured on Kata Hill on August 12th.

The 21-year-old female Singaporean driver had been sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

2. An Austrian man with 12 arrest warrants has been arrested in Phuket after allegedly being involved in drugs and fraud in Austria.

Mr. David, 37, an Austrian national, is a wanted suspect from Austria where he has been allegedly illegally involved in drugs, fraud, and possession of illegal weapons.

3. A fire at a bar on Bangla Road in Patong alarmed tourists on August 11th.

Firefighters reported the cause of the fire started from sparks from a high voltage electric cable above the bar.

An entertainment venue fire evacuation drill will be held at Illuzion night club on Bangla Road in Patong.

The fire evacuation drill will be held at Illuzion night club on Bangla Road in Patong on August 18th from 1:00 P.M. onward.

Officials inspected entertainment venues on Bangla Road in Patong to ensure fire safety.

4. Phuket is expecting more Indian tourists which will generate more than 7.5 billion baht this year, 2022, after a recent roadshow in India, according to relevant officials.

Indian tourists are Phuket’s top tourism market. From May this year until now there have been 87,292 Indian tourists who have visited Phuket.

5. Tourists have reportedly complained over food prices at a local famous ancient restaurant in Phuket Town.

The person posted a handwritten bill from the restaurant for 11 dishes for a total of 10,460 baht. It is a small local restaurant stall in a large fresh market there for more than 40 years.

An owner of a restaurant in Phuket Town was fined 1,000 baht for not clearly showing food prices on a menu.

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.