Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week

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 19th, 2022, to Sunday, December 25th, 2022.

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

  1. All vehicles are now allowed to use Patong Hill road on both lanes.On December 19th the Patong Road is now fully opened in which all types of vehicles are now allowed to use the road on both lanes.
  2. Deputy prime minister General Prawit Wongsuwan and his team visited flood victims in Phuket and laid a plan to tackle the coastal erosion problem.

Deputy PM Prawit urged the authorities to restore damaged beaches as urgently as possible.

3. Phuket officials have announced the New Year’s Seven Days of Danger campaign from December 29th, 2022 to January 4th, 2023.

The Seven Days of Danger are being targeted to decrease road accidents.

4. An Australian tourist who lost consciousness on Patong Beach has been rescued by beach lifeguards.

A beach lifeguard provided her CPR while waiting for an advance ambulance. The tourist’s pulse returned after CPR and she was rushed to the Patong Hospital.

5. Foreigners donated blood after a massive shortage of Rh Negative in Phuket due to increasing numbers of foreigners who have been involved in accidents.

More foreigners are visiting Phuket. At the same time the numbers of foreigners who suffer from accidents have increased too.

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.