Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Vegetarian street processions, American attacked in Patong, Encroached structures on beach demolished, 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 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 26th, 2022, to Sunday, October 2nd, 2022.

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

  1. The Vegetarian Festival street processions has started in Phuket on September 27th.

The vegetarian street processions had started from the Jchoor Su Gong Naka Shrine in the Wichit sub-district of Mueang Phuket District heading to Saphan Hin Public Park in Phuket Town.

2. An American man has sustained injuries after he was allegedly attacked on Bangla Road in Patong.

The injured 35 year-old American man had sustained injuries to his face and his middle finger of his left hand.

Four suspects have been arrested after attacking an American man on Bangla Road early in the morning earlier this week in Patong.

They admitted they attacked the American man who they claimed was intoxicated before an argument began.

3. The Phuket International Airport has clarified after a story of passengers who were asked to get out of a minivan has gone viral in social media.

The Phuket Airport is an aircraft control area as stated in the Ministerial Regulations. The minivan driver has offended the regulations.

4. Structures that have allegedly encroached on public areas worth 50 billion baht on the Lay Phang Beach in Cherng Talay, Thalang are finally demolished.

The demolishment is on 178 Rais of land. The cost of land is worth 50 billion baht. The area is seized back to the public to benefit everyone.

5. About 2,200 local residents and foreign tourists participated in Phuket’s ‘Yu Keng’ ceremony as a part of the Vegetarian Festival at Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket on Sunday, October 2nd.

Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and his delegation also joined the Yu Keng parade of Chinese deities statues.

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.