Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Yellow and Red Cards, 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 20th, 2023, to Sunday, March 26th, 2023.

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

  1. Four ports development and construction projects in the ‘Andaman Ring’ are being planned to connect Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi.

The project is now in the process of a 735-million-baht budget request to the Thai government for submission. The budget will be for four ports in three provinces.

2. Arrest warrants have been issued for a Swiss man and two Thai women who are allegedly involved in a bar raid in Patong that uncovered child sexual exploitation.

The Phuket Provincial Court has issued arrest warrants for two Thai women and a Swiss man.

3. Four foreign tourists and a driver were injured after two minivans collided in Patong.

Four foreign tourists, three women and one man, and a male minivan driver had sustained injuries.

4. A restaurant manager was arrested with Baraku seized near a hotel in Thalang.

The restaurant manager was taken to the Sakoo Police Station for further legal action. Shisha, or Baraku, is illegal in Thailand.

5. More details have been released for the Songkran water splash celebration with ‘No Alcohol’ event in Phuket Town.

After three years of no Songkran water splash celebrations, this year there will be more than 30,000 people joining in.

6. The Phuket Immigration revealed to the Thai media that two foreigners received red cards and four foreigners received a yellow card this month, March 2023, so far.

For the first time one did something wrong, they gave them yellow cards for a warning and reported their behavior to consulates. If they did it again, they will receive red cards. Their visa will be withdrawn and they will be deported.

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.