Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Tourism highest income, Patong Carnival 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 12th, 2022, to Sunday, December 18th, 2022.

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

  1. A Swedish man has survived after he fell from the second floor of a hotel in Patong. Police found no sign of a disturbance in Mr. Svensson’s hotel room, however, alcoholic drinks were found strewn around inside the room. At this stage, police believe it was an accident.

2. A beer bar in Patong was found with no legal licenses following complaints from concerned citizens.

The bar manager was unable to present a legal license for the bar and a license for selling alcohol.

3. Phuket has hit the highest income from tourism in Thailand between January and October this year.

The peak of the Phuket tourism high season is expected from Christmas to New Year as Russians now lead the pack of visitors.

4. The annual Patong Carnival is underway to mark the beginning of Phuket’s tourism high season.

The Patong Carnival has returned after it has been cancelled during the past few years due to Covid-19.

5. A Chinese woman who is on a 1,316 day visa overstay was arrested after social media shared her story of asking for money from mostly foreigners many times at a gas station in Phuket.

She admitted to police that she was the person in the social media story and said she did not have money to pay for her gasoline. She said she also asked foreigners for their bank accounts claiming she intended to pay them back later.

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.