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Tourist Police and Good Samaritan rescue American lost on Phuket trail

Phuket Tourist Police, with the help of a Good Samaritan, rescued an American man lost on a trail near the Krating Cape in Karon. According to the Phuket Tourist Police, the man, who has not been identified, called the Tourist Police call centre for assistance at 1155. He reported that he was walking along the …
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Thieves rob Phuket 7-Eleven a day before it closes down

Two thieves robbed a 7-Eleven in Phuket on Tuesday, just a day before it was set to close down. The two men snatched 1,826 baht from the store’s two female staff at gunpoint, The Phuket News reported. Thalang Police arrived at the scene and reviewed the CCTV footage. The footage showed two men on a …
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Passport left in taxi return to tourist just hours before flight

In a heartwarming example of the power of kindness and the helpfulness that can occur in the Land of Smiles, a tourist who lost his passport was reunited with it on his way out of the country. On Sunday, American tourist Edward Freitas accidentally left his travel bag in a taxi in Phuket. The bag …
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Illegal jet skis return to Phuket’s Surin Beach

For the umpteenth time, the local provincial marine office has started clamping down on illegal jet skis and parasail boats in the sea off Phuket’s Surin Beach. Along Millionaire’s Row on the west coast, Phuket’s Surin Beach is surrounded by boutiques, high-end resorts and residences. It’s popular year-round, and an excellent spot for sunbathing on …
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Thai navy rescues tourists caught in large Phuket waves

Thailand’s navy rescued a group of tourists in distress who were caught in large waves on a fishing boat off Phuket. The Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command said they rescued the seven foreign tourists in the south of Phuket on Wednesday.  The boat’s navigator was broken, leaving the captain unable to bring the boat …
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Police catch Phuket couple with half a kilogram of crystal meth

There’s been another meth bust in Phuket, this time involving a couple. Police caught a Phuket couple with half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in the island province’s main city district on Friday night.  Officers from the Narcotics Control Board seized 510.98 grams of crystal meth from the couple at Saphan Hin Public Park. They …
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6 Elephants added to camp anticipating Chinese tourists

Chinese tourists are returning to Thailand, and with it, operators at elephant sanctuaries and shows are expecting a swell in customers. The Pang Chang Kamala Elephant Camp in Phuket has recently bought six new elephants to keep up with the rise in bookings after the Lunar New Year. The camp offers a variety of activities …
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Phuket man threatens wife from leaving house at knifepoint

A man in Phuket allegedly used a knife to threaten his wife and prevent her from leaving their house yesterday. Kathu Police said they were alerted that a man was using a knife to force his wife to remain inside the house on Soi Ketho Soi 6, The Phuket News reported. Fifteen officers arrived at …
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The Thaiger Phuket

  • Thai woman slashes Chinese tourist in row over Phuket tour package (video)
    by Petch Petpailin on February 7, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    An angry Thai tour company owner slashed a Chinese tourist’s arm after a row over a tour package in Phuket. As a result, the woman’s tourism license has been suspended for six months from today and she faces imprisonment and a fine. The Chinese victim revealed the story of her horrific trip to Phuket on … The story Thai woman slashes Chinese tourist in row over Phuket tour package (video) as seen on Thaiger News.

  • Chinese tour groups begin landing in Thailand again
    by Neill Fronde on February 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    The first direct tour group flights from mainland China to Thailand marked a milestone in the recovery of the Thai tourism industry. One flight landed at Don Mueang International Airport yesterday morning with 40 Chinese tour group members and 90 other travellers. The second landed in the afternoon in Phuket. In total, 13 flights with … The story Chinese tour groups begin landing in Thailand again as seen on Thaiger News.

  • Foreigners, particularly Russians, accused of working illegally in Phuket
    by Petch Petpailin on February 7, 2023 at 9:11 am

    The Phuket Information Centre (ศูนย์ข้อมูลภูเก็ต) Facebook page accused foreigners, particularly Russians, of operating illegal businesses and working illegally in Phuket. Phuket Information Centre Facebook page shared with its followers last Sunday, February 5, that… “A lot of foreigners stay and work in Phuket, both legally and illegally. Recently, a group of foreigners started a car … The story Foreigners, particularly Russians, accused of working […]

  • Thailand’s tourism industry struggles to deal with chronic labour shortage
    by Bob Scott on February 6, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Thailand is facing a major crisis: the Land of Smiles’ tourism industry is struggling to deal with its chronic labour shortage. With over 11 million foreign tourists visiting Thailand since the country’s reopening in July 2022, the country is facing a major shortage of workers. According to data from the Labour Ministry, popular tourist destinations … The story Thailand’s tourism industry struggles to deal with chronic labour shortage as seen on Thaiger News.

  • Russian plane engine catches fire on Phuket runway
    by Neill Fronde on February 6, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    A Russian tourist plane bound for Moscow faced a terrifying moment when its engine caught fire before takeoff at Phuket International Airport. The 309 passengers and 12 crew on board the 26 year old Boeing 767-306ER, operated by Azur Air, were forced to evacuate the aircraft. Footage from the scene shows flames bursting from the … The story Russian plane engine catches fire on Phuket runway as seen on Thaiger News.

The Phuket News

  • Phuket labour shortage easing
    on February 7, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    PHUKET: The critical labour shortage in Phuket, especially in the hotels and hospitality sector, is easing, with only about 3,00-4,000 positions vacant remaining to be filled, Kongsak Khoopongsakorn of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce has revealed.

  • Over 100 cops to be charged over illegal visas
    on February 7, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    BANGKOK: More than 100 immigration officers are suspected of involvement in the illegal issuing of visas for Chinese investors in so-called grey businesses, Immigration Bureau (IB) commissioner Pol Lt Gen Pakphumpipat Sajjaphan said yesterday (Feb 6).

  • ‘Engine surge’ likely cause of Azur Air incident
    on February 7, 2023 at 10:55 am

    PHUKET: A retired expat with 50 years’ experience in the aviation industry has suggested that an ‘engine surge’ was the most likely cause of the Incident that saw a fully loaded flight bound for Moscow abort takeoff at Phuket International Airport last Saturday (Feb 4).

  • Earthquake kills more than 3,800 in Turkey, Syria
    on February 7, 2023 at 9:26 am

    TURKEY: A major earthquake struck Turkey and Syria yesterday (Feb 7), killing more than 3,800 people and flattening thousands of buildings as rescuers dug with bare hands for survivors.

  • Mainland buyers seek quick move amid zero-COVID fears
    on February 7, 2023 at 9:07 am

    BANGKOK: Ready-to-move-in condos in Thailand are attracting Chinese buyers as the majority of them want to speed up relocation to the country due to concerns over the future of Beijing’s zero-COVID policy.