Phuket’s Biggest Stories from the Past Week:  Romanian diver missing, Chinese tourists to arrived in Phuket 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, January 9th, 2023, to Sunday, January 15th, 2023.

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

  1. A search for a missing 47-year-old Romanian diver in Rawai has continued. 

He has gone missing for ten days now. The search has been continued since day 1 until now.

2. More Direct flights from China are scheduled to arrive in Phuket this month with about 500 passengers.

This month, on January 18th , there will be direct flights from China to Phuket, two flights from Shanghai and one flight from Nanking. In total, three flights will carry about 500 passengers.

3. A foreign tourist, who is a licensed medical doctor, rescued a Russian tourist from drowning at Patong Beach.

The helpful tourist declined to be identified stating that he isn’t a hero and only helping those in need.

4. A missing yacht named “Marco Polo” was found near Indonesia Territorial Water after going missing since last month.

The yacht with no boat captain and passengers was found floating in the sea near the Indonesian Territorial Waters.

5. An intoxicated minivan driver was found with 11 methamphetamine pills in his possession after driving with a flat tire, causing sparks to come from a front wheel in Thalang.

The driver is facing charges of illegal possession of a Category 1 Drug and driving after taking methamphetamine pills. The driver admitted that he took three methamphetamine pills at 7:00 A.M..

That’s 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.