Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Foreigners Using Stolen Credit Cards, French Rider Charged After Hit and Run, 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, February 13th, 2023, to Sunday, February 19th, 2023.

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

  1. Five men allegedly attacked a Canadian man before taking his watch and cash in Patong.

A Canadian man who was allegedly attacked by a group of five men in Patong refused to pay for his food and drinks at a restaurant before the incident, according to the restaurant owner, who tells a very different story than the tourist.

2. A group of foreigners are allegedly using other foreigners stolen credit cards to buy high priced products in Phuket.

These suspects are Asian men but holding possibly fake American passports, wearing white caps and a mask, carrying a black bag, and wearing black shoes and have hit many shops in the Phuket area, say police.

3. A Canadian man who was about to leave the Kingdom of Thailand is being questioned after his Thai girlfriend was found hanged in Patong.

Deputy National Police Chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has confirmed a Thai woman found hanged in Patong was not a murder victim and her Canadian boyfriend who was detained at an airport trying to leave Thailand was likely not involved.

4. A French motorbike rider has been charged with hit and run after a Thai pedestrian sustained serious injuries in Patong.

The Patong Police told the Phuket Express that Mr. BOUAKKAZ is facing charges of reckless driving at high speed and hit and run causing severe injuries.

5. A group of foreign motorbike racers were reportedly warned of being a public nuisance before a fight with locals broke out on Bangla Road in Patong.

Two foreigners and three Thais were arrested after fighting over motorbike racing in Patong.

The parties involved shook hands and apologized to each other over the incident.

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.