Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Russian man drowns, Patong hill floods, German couple arrested, 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, November 14th, 2022, to Sunday, November 20th, 2022.

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

  1. A 60-year-old Russian tourist drowned at Karon Beach in Phuket while on holiday with his wife. His wife said they went into the sea together before she came up onto the beach. She went back to the water again before she saw her husband floating in the water.
  2. The Patong Police set up checkpoints on both ends of Bangla Road to prevent illegal drugs and crimes.

Police checked every person who entered and exited the Bangla road. The target search was for knives, guns and other weapons, illegal drugs, wanted suspects, and for tourists’ safety.

3. Flash floods hits Phuket at night after a short period of heavy rain causing chaos and damage.

The rain hit many parts of Phuket just in a short period of time.

A flash flood on Patong Hill has caused traffic chaos in the afternoon on November 17th.

The rain hit Patong area including the Kuan Yang area on the Patong Hill for just about half an hour around 1PM before the flash flood came down from the top of the hill.

4. A 56-year-old man who lives in Phuket won the first prize in the Thai national lottery, receiving a prize of 12 million baht.

Mr. Srinuan told police he bought the lottery tickets at a lottery shop opposite the Thalang Police Station three days before. He is very glad for his good luck.

5. A German couple previously charged for resisting arrest in a dramatic incident in Pattaya were charged for illegally stealing and selling a rental car which was found in Malaysia.

This was the same couple recently involved in a dramatic arrest in Pattaya for overstay, notes TPN Media, which you can see that video and article by clicking or tapping here.

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.