Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Foreign Man Attacks Immigration Officers 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 23rd, 2023, to Sunday, October 29th, 2023.

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

  1. The famous fire walking ritual was held at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

The vegetarian street procession on Sunday (October 22nd) was held by the Kathu Chinese Shrine which is the oldest Chinese shrine in Phuket.

See you next year Vegetarian Festival!

2. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival ended with a million fire crackers. The festival next year will be from October 3rd to October 11th, 2024.

3. A wanted man in Pattaya was arrested at the Phuket International Airport.

A wanted New Zealander was arrested at Phuket International Airport after he escaped from Thailand 15 years ago and decided to risk returning.

It is believed Freeman thought that as so much time had passed since the incident that he could return under a fresh passport and not be denied entry.

4. Two Immigration officers were injured after they were attacked by a foreign man while searching for a different wanted Indian man at a villa in Thalang.

Multiple foreigners have been given a lifetime ban after an incident that saw several Immigration officers injured when the foreigners attempted to stop Immigration officers from serving a search warrant on a property to look for and arrest a wanted Indian national.

The Phuket Express noted that the Phuket Immigration Officers did not identify who specifically was given a lifetime ban for entering Thailand.

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.