Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Red Card Recap, Successful Bike Week, 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 differ 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, May 1st, 2023, to Sunday, May 7th, 2023.

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

  1. The 27th ANNUAL PHUKET BIKE WEEK 2023 ‘COWBOY ON THE BEACH’ generated at least 300 million baht.

More than 5,000 Thai and foreign riders joined the event and more than 30,000 people participated in the event.

2. The 28-year-old Robinson Ocean Phuket Department Store will be permanently closed in June of this year.

The last day of business for them will be June 30th, 2023.

3. No foreigners received red cards last month, according to the Phuket Immigration Office.

Four Thais from 17 received yellow cards for not reporting when tourists checked into their accommodations.

4. A man was arrested with four black tip reef sharks at Panwa Cape in Wichit.

A man was arrested with a cuttlefish at Panwa Cape in Wichit and charged for catching marine animals in a protected zone.

Fishing in protected zones is a big nono in Phuket.

5. A Chinese mother is calling for justice after her son died in a motorbike and taxi car collision in Phuket.

She is calling for anyone who has a dash cam or CCTV footage of the accident to turn the material in as well.

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.