Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Bar Raid Uncovers Child Sexual Exploitation, PM visits, 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 Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, March 13th, 2023, to Sunday, March 19th, 2023.

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

  1. Seven people have been arrested for allegedly illegally processing cannabis buds on Bangla Road and Soi Sane Sabai in Patong.
    They are being accused of processing controlled herbs (cannabis buds) without permission.
  2. Phuket tourism has rapidly recovered but 17,000 staffers are still needed as more foreign tourists are coming.

Chinese tourists are coming back and a new and growing tourist market are Kazakhstani tourists.

3. An illegal bar on Bangla Road in Patong was raided uncovering underage prostitutes with six victims rescued. Two suspects were arrested who claim the real bar owner is a foreigner.

Five Patong senior police have been transferred after an illegal bar on Bangla Road in Patong was raided uncovering six victims of child sexual exploitation who were rescued, being minors under the age of eighteen.

A foreign owner has fled to a nearby country after a bar on Bangla Road was raided where minors who were victims of child sexual exploitation were uncovered. ฺ

4. The Rassada Municipality is planning for the ‘Green in the City’ project at Koh Sirey, Rassada. The 300-million-baht project will be suggested to the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who will visit Phuket on this Sunday.

The 300-million-baht project was suggested to the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who visited Phuket this past Sunday (March 19th).

5. The Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit Phuket on Sunday (March 19th).

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrived in Phuket yesterday (March 19th). He also inspected an area where the Specialized Expo 2028 – Phuket, Thailand is expecting to be held in Mai Khao, Thalang if Phuket has been chosen to host.

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.