Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Foreigner Steals Minivan Causing Chaos on Patong Hill, and More

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.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, July 1st to Sunday July 7th, 2024.

  1. Kamala Police received a distress call regarding a foreign man who became stuck with a parasail on a high pine tree at Kamala Beach.

Jordanian Man Rescued After Parasailing Mishap at Kamala Beach

The parasail operator informed the police that they have insurance coverage from a boat operator.

2. Two Egyptians, a Pakistani, and a Russian man were arrested in a Phuket overstay crackdown.

Egyptians, Pakistani and Russian Man Arrested for Overstay in Phuket

Immigration officers have also warned accommodation operators on reporting stay of foreigners within 24 hours. Otherwise, they shall face legal actions too.

3. Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrived in Thalang on Friday (July 5th) to follow up on an underpass construction project at the Heroine Monument.

Thai Prime Minister Visits Phuket to Follow Up on Transportation Project

Prime Minister Srettha urged authorities to ensure that the construction should cause limited negative effects to residents and tourists.

4. Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin visited Kamala, a recently severely flooded area in Phuket, with orders to improve flood prevention measures in the area.

Thai Prime Minister Orders Urgent Flood Solutions for Phuket, Especially in Kamala

He plans to extend the existing “Flood Ways” or water drainages, which are currently too small and shallow to effectively handle the water flow.

5. Chaos erupted on Patong Hill in Phuket Province. A foreigner had stolen a car and collided head-on with a van while speeding.

Head-On Collision on Patong Hill: Foreigner Steals Car and Crashes into Van

The foreigner was not immediately identified and some reports from witnesses said that the man appeared to be intoxicated or on illegal drugs and was incoherent and confused.

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 five 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.