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 and nearby provinces.
They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, January 1st to Sunday January 7th, 2024.
- A five-year-old Russian girl was pronounced dead and a boat captain fell unconscious and was injured after a Phuket boat crash. Additionally, six foreign tourists and a boat crew member sustained various injuries after their speedboat in the same accident crashed with rocks near the Maithon Island in Chalong.
Boat crashes and sinkings have been a major issue recently in Thailand.
This was the first confirmed murder of the New Year in Phuket.
His Instagram posts appeared to show off his luxury lifestyle with a personal airplane travelling to many countries. His current visa is a three month tourist visa. However, officers are investigating what he was doing in Phuket and why he has to carry a gun if he is just a tourist.
The next big accident safety campaign will be during Songkran in April.
He is being accused of taking away a minor aged more than 15-years-old but not more than 18-years-old from their parents or guardian even if consent was given.