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Man allegedly beats Russian ex-girlfriend in Phuket

A man allegedly beat his Russian ex-girlfriend in Phuket, a local news outlet reported yesterday. The victim, 32 year old Julia Bolshakova, reported to Chalong Police on January 13, immediately after she left Chalong Hospital following the attack.  A medical report confirmed multiple contusions from Bolshakova’s ex punching her in her face and head.  Bolshakova …
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No, you can’t get a driver’s license via LINE

Despite what you may have read on the Internet, you absolutely cannot get a legal driver’s license by messaging someone via the LINE app and having them take the test for you. The Department of Land Transport Phuket Office issued a warning about a scam involving illegal and online driving licenses. The scam has been …
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Russian woman almost drowns on Patong beach

It was a close call for one Russian woman who almost drowned on Patong Beach yesterday. The incident happened at the part of the beach near the Bangla Police Box. Tourists pulled the unconscious woman out of the water, and lifeguards, once aware of the situation, rushed to help.  The lifeguards, and a tourist who …
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British man claims he was tortured by Thai police

A British man claims he was tortured by Thai police for seven days straight in Phuket, southern Thailand when his holiday abroad went gravely wrong. British authorities have launched an investigation into the alleged abuse, reports FirstPost. He allegedly sustained broken ribs, bruised limbs, septic infections, swollen wrists, and lost four teeth in the ordeal. The …
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Flights between Shanghai and Phuket, Guangzhou and Chiang Mai resume

Flights between Shanghai and Phuket, and Guangzhou and Chiang Mai, will resume this month says Shanghai-based Spring Airlines. The budget airline also revealed that flights from Shanghai to Hong Kong, and Taipei, will also be relaunched in January while the resumption of flights between the metropolis and Singapore is being considered. Another Shangai-based airline, Juneyao Air, announced late last month that it will resume its flights between Shanghai and Chiang Mai on Wednesday, January 18, adding more flights to other outbound destinations likely to resume. Meanwhile, international online travel agency Trip.com reported a 254% increase in flight bookings from China […]
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‘Buffalo’ Suttipong’s trash-talk tarnishes Phuket’s reputation

The trash-talk of Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Suttipong Juljarern tarnishes Phuket’s reputation, according to the president of the Phuket Lawyers Association. As the highest-ranking civil servant at the Interior Ministry, Suttipong can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth or his name out of the headlines. The latest of the senior servant’s woes comes as people in Phuket prepare to rally today to protest over insults to the province’s garbage disposal system. Suttipong is opposed to Phuket’s bid to host the “Specialized Expo 2028″ because, he says, the province has destroyed its own environment while failing to take […]
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Experience luxury living in Laguna Phuket

Laguna Phuket is a stunning area located on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand. It is an ideal destination for property buyers looking for a luxurious, tropical lifestyle. The area is renowned for its stunning beaches and lush, tropical rainforest. With a range of amenities and activities, Laguna Phuket provides an idyllic setting for those looking to purchase a property, whether as a holiday home or an investment. Property buyers can choose from an array of condominiums, villas and townhomes, all with access to some of the best beaches in Thailand. With its world-class amenities, picturesque landscape and charming local […]
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Russian driver kills motorcycle rider in Phuket

A Russian man crashed his rented black SUV into a motorcycle and killed a Thai motorcycle rider on road in Phuket on Wednesday. Officers from Chalong Police Station and the Phuket Ruam Jai Rescue Team were notified about the incident at the Chalong Intersection on Patak Road in the Chalong sub-district of Phuket at about 9.20pm, Wednesday, December 28. The suspect, a 51 year old Russian man, Igor Chub, waited to surrender himself to the officers at the scene but refused to provide accident details to the media. According to one of the rescuers, the Russian man is a tourist […]
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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.