Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Vegetarian Festival Begins, 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, October 9th, 2023, to Sunday, October 15th, 2023.

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

  1. Three Tuk Tuk taxi drivers were charged with bodily assault after attacking a Saudi Arabian tourist in Patong over a taxi fee dispute.

The three Tuk Tuk taxi drivers are facing charges of bodily assault and have reportedly admitted to the crime.

2. A Thai man was found dead with multiple stab wounds in front of a hotel near an entertainment venue in Phuket Town.

A staffer of an entertainment venue was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a customer to death in Phuket Town.

Arnon told police that the entire incident was in self-defence and he did not mean to kill Mr. Wiroon.

3. The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival will be held for nine days starting this upcoming weekend. This year the festival will be from October 15th to October 23rd, 2023.

The Phuket Vegetarian festival has officially begun after the Go Teng Pole was raised this past weekend.

It’s that time of year again!

4. Phuket Immigration has announced guidance to Israeli tourists who are currently unable to return home due to the ongoing war against Hamas in their country.

5. One person was pronounced dead at the scene while at least seven people have been injured after a sedan plunged into the vegetarian festival area in Phuket Town just days before the official launch of the festival.

A female Mercedes Benz sedan driver is facing charges of reckless driving causing death after crashing into a famous vegetarian festival area in Phuket Town just days before the official start of the event.

The event drove immense criticism over the road being open even though the event hadn’t officially begun yet.

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.