Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: King and Queen visit 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 the Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, December 4th to Sunday December 10, 2023.

  1. Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrived in Patong over the past weekend and inspected safety drills.

Consuls and honorary consuls based in Phuket from eight countries which are the Netherlands, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, China, England, France, and Finland joined in the event.

2. A fire has destroyed a luxury restaurant owned by a foreigner in Thalang with many millions of baht of damages, say Thalang Police.

At the time, there were many foreign customers who were eating food but luckily they managed to escape from the restaurant without any injuries.

3. His Royal Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana presided over the 35th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

Her Royal Majesty Queen Suthida took part in practice racing in the IRC Zero class on the keelboat THA72.

4. Phuket Immigration inspected a barber shop in Patong after they were notified by a concerned citizen that there was allegedly a foreigner working there illegally.

Staffers at the barber shop told officers that the picture that they received online was an old photo. There was a foreigner working at the barber shop before, they admitted.

5. The annual Patong Carnival is underway to mark the beginning of Phuket’s tourism high season.

The annual Patong Carnival is aimed to boost tourism and economy for both Thai and foreign tourists.

That’s it for this week, take care and be safe!

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.