Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Overstaying foreigners arrested, Fire damages ferry, 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, December 5th, 2022, to Sunday, December 11th, 2022.

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

  1. A 63-year-old American man has been arrested in Phuket for eight days of overstaying. He reportedly did not leave his room and ate only protein capsules while hiding from Thai Immigration.

Mr. Williams told police that he knew that he had overstayed, so he did not leave his rental room and ate only protein capsules.

A 30-year-old South African man was arrested in Thalang district with 196 days of overstay. He had recently been attempting to dodge Immigration by moving from Chiang Rai to Phang Nga and then to Phuket. He claimed he had no money to go back to his country.

Mr. Reynolds said he was unable to go back to his country or get a proper visa as he said he did not have enough money.

2. Patong beach bed local operators are requesting to extend their working zones due to more tourists coming.

Normally, they are allowed ten percent of the beach for their working zone. However, in this high season, they are requesting to extend to 20 percent zoning of the beach.

3. Floating lanterns and fireworks were seized on the Patong beach after complaints.

Floating lanterns and fireworks are not allowed to be set off in public without permission. Anyone who offends this rule shall be fined up to 60,000 baht and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

4. 108 leatherback sea turtle eggs found on Mai Khao Beach in Thalang.

These are the first leatherback sea turtle eggs found on a beach in Phuket this year.

5. A fire has damaged a ferry parked at a pier on Sirey Island, Mueang Phuket.

It is first believed the fire started from an electrical short circuit while investigation has continued to find the exact cause of the fire.

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.