Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Vegetarian festival begins, Foreigners injured from buggy car and paragliding, Minivan drivers brawling

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, September 19th, 2022, to Sunday, September 25th, 2022.

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

One of them had sustained serious injuries. This person was taken to Chalong Hospital.
He had broken his right arm and injured his right leg and hip.
Minivan drivers were waiting for foreign tourists while they were shopping inside the shop. Both parties were disappointed with some issues.
The drivers involved in the brawl were disappointed about getting tips (commission) from taking customers to the souvenir shop but someone else had allegedly jumped the queue to receive money from the shop instead.
The driving licenses of three minivan drivers who were the prime agitators in the incident have been suspended for six months. They are not allowed to drive taxis including minivan taxis for six months.
The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul joined in the ceremony at Jui Tui Shrine where the ‘Go Teng’ Pole was raised. The Go Teng pole is the sign of the beginning of the Vegetarian Festival
About 100,000 Thai tourists and 80,000 foreign tourists are visiting Phuket during this vegetarian festival.
The initial assessment showed that no damage was reported in Phuket. Only one area reported tremors which was in Mueang Phuket district with some residents reporting slight tremors and shakes.

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.