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 29th, 2023, to Sunday, June 4th, 2023.
Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!
An Australian man was fined 10,000 baht and paid 40,000 baht for damages after a road rage incident with a minivan in Wichit, Mueang Phuket. He also faced imprisonment for two months but he received suspension of his imprisonment sentence with one year probation.
This story was a major discussion point on our social media the past week.
Five senior Kathu Police including the chief have been transferred after two illegal nightclubs were raided in Kathu for allegedly opening over the legal closing times and allowing minors to enter the venue.
The legal closing time for nightclubs in Phuket is 2 AM.
In the past 15 years, no one in Phuket has died from rabies disease. Phuket will be officially announced as the first province in Thailand that is rabies free. This will allow tourists to have more confidence when visiting Phuket.
The foreign couple apparently worked as a team and allegedly stole the bag of money. The couple then fled to Phuket.
Lifeguards also warned him before he ignored them as well. The tourist drowned before he was pulled up from the water.
6. A lone foreign female tourist was forced out of a minivan in Phuket by drivers of other vans operating at the Phuket Rassada Port. The drivers claimed the tourist’s app-hailing van driver could not pick up passengers at the port and told the tourist to drag her suitcase out of there if she intended to use app-hailing services.
The driver later stated that he was told he was not allowed for pick-ups for the app, even though his van had legal yellow plates and other transport requirements.
That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!