Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Final night of Vegetarian festival, Four Chinese fishermen rescued at sea, Chalong Pier renovation, 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, October 3rd, 2022, to Sunday, October 9th, 2022.

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

  1. The driving licenses of two taxi drivers have been suspended after what relevant officials are calling a “dispute” in Kamala between a traditional “queue” taxi and a taxi driver for an online application.

Both drivers were later called to meet police. One taxi driver, Ms. Naruemon, was fined 2,000 baht for using an unlicensed application. Her driving license is being suspended for 30 days.The local taxi driver, Mr. Wilart, his driving license is being suspended for 30 days also. Mr. Wilart agreed to pay 5,000 baht for the damage to Ms. Naruemon’s car.

2. Thousands of people joined in the final night of the Vegetarian Festival farewell ritual on October 5th, 2022.

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival next year will be from October 15th to October 23rd.
Their boat engine had broken down and the area nearby had no mobile or wireless signal to contact for help. The men safely arrived back on land and were reunited with their family members.
Long tail boats and speedboats will be parked in lines by installing parking buoys.
His mother told police her son was mentally unstable which might be caused by using illegal drugs. He had been treated for his mental illness previously but sometimes did not take the proper medicine.

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.