Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: New Thai PM Visits Phuket, 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, August 21st, 2023, to Sunday, August 27th, 2023.

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

  1. A 49-year-old American tourist apologized after a video clip of him using a machine to blow cannabis smoke across Bangla Road went viral on social media, leading to intense debate around cannabis and cannabis rules and regulations.

The Phuket Express noted that police did not name the tourist. They also did not state about any possible legal action taken against the tourist.

2. Sixteen students were rescued after an elevator’s door was unable to be opened for about half an hour at a university in Mueang Phuket.

The Phuket Governor Naroong Woonciew later personally arrived at the scene to visit the rescued students and thank them for what he called their bravery.

3. Legal action is being taken against 13 unlicensed cannabis shops in Phuket and 18 cannabis shop licenses were paused.

Two more cannabis shops in Patong have had their licenses paused after they were found to be breaking various rules.

4. A rare Humpback whale has been sighted off of Phuket.

The first time in Thailand was reportedly 14 years ago in Phuket. Most of them are found around Okinawa (Japan), Taiwan, the Philippines, and Australia.

5. Thailand’s new Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin visited Phuket to discuss a Phuket International Airport extension and tourism development.

The Prime Minister of Thailand Srettha Thavisin visited the Bangla Road in Patong. The reason for visiting Phuket was because of it being the main gate, according to Mr. Thavisin, of the country’s international tourism income.

The visit was well-received by the overall Thai public and business owners in Phuket who hope relaxation of opening hours and rules around alcohol consumption will take place.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!

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.