Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: First Taxi App Allowed at Airport, 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 Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, August 28th, 2023, to Sunday, September 3rd, 2023.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. A 50-year-old Australian man died after he fell from the sixth floor of a parking building at the Phuket International Airport.

TPN Media gives its condolences to the friends and family of the victim.

2. Mysterious debris was found on Karon Beach and an investigation is underway to identify what exactly it is.

More mysterious debris has been found on a beach in Phang Nga.

It is not clear if the objects found here and in Phuket are related. They still aren’t identified.

3. A Chinese woman was arrested at the Phuket International Airport after she was found to be using other people’s passports.

She has faced charges of reporting false information to officers and using other people’s passports which might cause damage to others.

4. A rare Blue Dragon Sea Slug was found on Karon Beach in Mueang Phuket.

They are mostly found in the warm seas of Australia, South Africa and Europe.

5. ‘Grab’ taxi cars are now allowed as the first application taxi service to service the Phuket International Airport starting from today (September 1st).

The first taxi application that is now being allowed to enter the Phuket International Airport is Grab.

6. A Kazakhstani teenager has been reported missing after he went swimming in the sea at Thalang.

The body of an 18-year-old Kazakhstani tourist was found washed ashore on Nai Yang Beach in Thalang District, Phuket on Sunday morning. The body was found approximately 2 kilometers from the initial incident location.

Rest in Peace.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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 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.