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4 Chinese fishermen lost at sea rescued near Phuket

A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Area 3 team rescued four Chinese fishermen lost at sea near Racha Noi Island in Phuket.  The owner of the fishing boat sought help from the RTN after the four Chinese fishermen, who rented his fishing boat named SAO, went to sea at 5am yesterday but didn’t come back. The worried boat owner told the RTN that the fishermen are regulars and have rented his boat several times before, adding that they were normally back on shore by 9pm. The coordinates revealed that the boat was about 32 kilometres from Racha Noi Island but the […]
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Girl sustains head injuries while surfing in Phuket

A girl sustained head injuries while surfing at Phuket’s Kamala Beach in the Kathu district on October 2. This news comes as Phuket and Thailand at large are experiencing lots of stormy weather, which has caused strong waves in the country’s seas.  Rescuers arrived on the scene and took the girl to a nearby hospital. Her name, age, and nationality have so far not been reported. As the monsoon season rages on, Thailand’s stormy seas have continued to wreak havoc. On Saturday, a 46 year old Japanese man drowned in Phang Nga after he went swimming in rough waves. Last […]
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Phuket Airport officials pulled tourist from van, insisted they use airport taxi

The Phuket taxi situation has been under a microscope recently after accusations of taxi mafias, bad behaviour by drivers, and several outright brawls between cab drivers in front of tourists have blemished the reputation of Thailand and Phuket in particular. Another recent incident at the Phuket International Airport went viral on social media when passengers were asked to get out of a minivan and use an airport taxi instead. While many bus stations and ferry piers have faced accusations that their exclusive arrangements with certain local taxi drivers constitute a taxi mafia, it has long been the case in Thailand […]
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Four alleged investment scammers arrested in Phuket

Four alleged investment scammers have been arrested in Phuket’s main city district. The alleged scammers were arrested in the Wichit sub-district. Police held a press conference at  the Region 8 Police Station base in Phuket on Tuesday.  Lieutenant General Amphon Buarabphon said that a total of eight arrest warrants have been issued. Amphon said… “The cost of damage is 1,258,630 Baht from online investment scams.” The suspects’ names and the details of the alleged scam have not yet been released.  Amphon has urged people to report call centre scammers or online investment scammers at www.thaipoliceonline.com, or to any police station.  […]
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Foreign women rescued from rip current in Patong

Jet ski operators and lifeguards rescued three foreign women from a rip current off Patong Beach on Friday night. The women were seen in the water calling for help. Fortunately, some jet ski operators and lifeguards were still at the beach at the time, and the women were taken safely back to shore on a jet ski.  The Patong Surf Life Saving Education Center detailed the incident in a Facebook post. According to the post, the women didn’t know that it is strongly recommended to not swim after dark and that lifeguards are not on duty. But luckily, some lifeguards […]
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Phuket welcomes 4 million tourists in 8 months

Phuket welcomed four million domestic and international visitors so far in 2022, pumping 66 billion baht into the economy, according to Deputy Governor Pichet Panapong.  In recent months, top holidaymakers in Phuket include Indians (120,000 visitors from May – September) and Australians (around 60,000 visitors between May – September). Even with 3000 – 5000 tourists arriving on the island every day, international arrivals in Phuket are still at only 40% of pre-pandemic levels. Whereas domestic tourism to Phuket is at a rather impressive 85% of pre-pandemic levels, according to the governor.  The only way is up for Phuket’s tourism industry, […]
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Splash about in Andamanda Phuket Water Park and have a little extra fun with the mascots

What better way to enjoy a splashing day than spending a fun time at the biggest water park in Phuket? The Andamanda Phuket Water Park is one of the island’s newest and largest water parks. Featuring 5 different zones, the water park has an array of slides, thrilling water rides, lazy river pools, and even acrylic pool bars. Whether you just want to escape the heat and cool off, slip and slide with the kids, or try adrenaline-pumping rides, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic day here. But that’s not all. The Andamanda Phuket Water park boasts a Thai […]
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Drug dealer arrested on Bangla, previously threatened tourists with gun

Phuket Police arrested a man for drug dealing on Bangla Road after having previously arrested him for threatening tourists with a gun full of blanks. The man, identified as Kittipong, was arrested after a post online claimed that police have been turning a blind eye to his criminal activities. The man was taken into custody with hand-rolled ganja cigarettes, dried cannabis, and 10 Tramadol pills, a common opioid painkiller. The action was in response to a social media post late on Saturday night complaining that the police had ignored Kittipong’s illegal actions for too long. The Phuket Provincial Police released a […]
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  • 4 Chinese fishermen lost at sea rescued near Phuket
    by Petch Petpailin on October 5, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Area 3 team rescued four Chinese fishermen lost at sea near Racha Noi Island in Phuket.  The owner of the fishing boat sought help from the RTN after the four Chinese fishermen, who rented his fishing boat named SAO, went to sea at 5am yesterday but didn’t come back. The worried boat owner told the RTN that the fishermen are regulars and have rented his boat several times before, adding that they were normally back on shore by 9pm. The coordinates revealed that the […]

  • 1-billion-baht tourism stimulus back on track
    by Jon Whitman on October 5, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    While debate continues around Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to office, one thing has become clear: the Tourism and Sports Ministry is moving ahead with a package of measures delayed while General Prayut was suspended pending the Constitutional Court’s ruling. One proposal will allow entertainment venues to remain open until 4am. It’s estimated that Thailand loses roughly 70 million baht  (US$2 million) per day because of current restrictions. Most tourist spending goes on […]

  • Phuket taxis drivers promise to quit fighting rivals
    by Petch Petpailin on October 5, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Representatives of taxi drivers in Phuket met with provincial officials to acknowledge proposals to avoid fights recently reported in the media. Following a recent fight between a traditional taxi driver and an app-based driver in the Kamala district last weekend, Phuket authorities decided to host a meeting to urge local taxi drivers to focus on the reputation of the province. The meeting between Phuket provincial departments and taxi driver representatives from the Kamala sub-district was […]

  • Phuket taxis fined for yet another fight in front of customers
    by Neill Fronde on October 5, 2022 at 10:50 am

    The battle between traditional taxis and ride-hailing app drivers seems to have reached a boiling point. Yet another fight between taxi drivers in front of customers took place in Phuket. It resulted in charges against both of the drivers and highlights the continuing problem Phuket and other tourist destinations in Thailand face with taxis. This incident took place at a popular Kamala area nightlife hotspot where a queue of taxi drivers line up to pick up club-goers and bar patrons. A customer […]

  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival wraps up
    by Tara Abhasakun on October 5, 2022 at 9:54 am

    The Phuket Vegetarian Festival officially wrapped up its last day yesterday. The last day began with street processions in the main city district. The processions started in the morning at the Lor Rong Shrine and headed toward Saphan Hin Public Park. Later in the afternoon, there was a fire-waking ritual from Kathu Shrine. In the evening, there was another fire-walking ritual from Bang Koo Shrine in Koh Kaew. The festival closed late last night with farewell rituals at every shrine. The ritual […]

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