Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Mongolians arrested, Russian and Thai arrested at cannabis shop, 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 20th, 2023, to Sunday, February 26th, 2023.

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

  1. Three Mongolians have been arrested after they stole a credit card from a Singaporean at Patong Pier before using it to buy expensive products.
    They are facing charges of theft, fraud, and using other people’s credit cards.
  2. Phuket is planning to connect Wichit and Chalong in the Mueang Phuket district with a bridge.

The plan for the bridge is to be eight meters wide and 280 meters long.

3. A Russian man and a Thai woman have been arrested at a cannabis shop in Patong.

Mr. RYCHKOV KIRILL, 34 Russian national. He is being accused of working without a permit.

Ms. Apiradee Hanyek, 39 is being accused of selling a controlled herb (cannabis buds) without a permit.

4. More than 500 motorbike accidents in Phuket have involved foreign tourists in just two months, said relevant officials.

Eighty percent of them do not have driving licenses, some were wearing swim suits, driving at high speed, and not familiar with routes.

5. Authorities in Patong are trying to solve a problem of algae blooming on the beach.

The Patong Municipality has continued to clean up algae on Patong beach everyday due to the current blooming.

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.