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  • Phuket leads in dengue crisis: Kids worst hit in southern Thailand

    Phuket leads in dengue crisis: Kids worst hit in southern Thailand

    Phuket has emerged as the hotspot for dengue fever in upper southern Thailand, with the highest infection rates among seven provinces, according to the Department of Disease Control’s regional office. Dr Darinda Rosa, acting Director of Health Region 11’s Disease Control Office, highlighted a significant surge in dengue cases from January 1 to yesterday, totalling 5,853. Children aged 10-14 are…

  • Mooring buoys installed off Koh Hei to protect coral reefs

    Mooring buoys installed off Koh Hei to protect coral reefs

    Rawai Municipality and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Region Third Area Command at Cape Panwa spearheaded an initiative yesterday to install more mooring buoys off Koh Hei (Coral Island). The event, held to honour His Majesty the King’s 72nd birthday this Sunday, July 28, was led by Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos and Rear Admiral Suchat Thammapitakwet, Commander of the RTN…

  • Phuket canal blackened by boat engine soot, not oil spill

    Phuket canal blackened by boat engine soot, not oil spill

    Black water in Klong Tha Jeen, located on the east side of Phuket Town, was traced back to soot from a boat engine, according to the Phuket Marine Office. The incident occurred yesterday when soot from the engine of a boat named Jovana caused black water to appear on the canal’s surface. A tip-off was received around 11am, yesterday, July…

  • Shellfish showdown: Tempers boil over pricey shrimp dish in Phuket

    Shellfish showdown: Tempers boil over pricey shrimp dish in Phuket

    A heated debate has erupted over the pricing of a shrimp dish at a well-known restaurant in Chalong, Phuket. The controversy began when the popular Facebook page Page E So Khia Khao 3 shared a post about the stir-fried lotus lai with shrimp served by Suan Indy Seafood in Soi Kruwattana (Soi Palai 2). The post highlighted the dish’s price…

  • Man found dead after argument with wife in Phuket rental home

    Man found dead after argument with wife in Phuket rental home

    A tragic incident occurred in Phuket when a 40 year old man was found dead in an apparent suicide following an argument with his wife on their first day at a rented house in Baan Manik. Thalang Police Station was alerted to the scene in Moo 7, Srisoonthorn, at 2am yesterday, July, 2024. Upon arrival, police officers and rescue workers…

  • Patong tuk tuk driver fined after aggressive road confrontation

    Patong tuk tuk driver fined after aggressive road confrontation

    Patong tuk tuk drivers are again under scrutiny after an alarming confrontation between a driver and a resident in traffic. The incident, captured in a 51-second video, ignited a wave of criticism and concern among Phuket residents. A resident, who has been living in Phuket for eight years, documented the encounter and posted the video on the Facebook page Driving…

  • Debate ignites over van-car collision in Patong Hill, Phuket (video)

    Debate ignites over van-car collision in Patong Hill, Phuket (video)

    A collision between a van and a car at the intersection of a hotel driveway in Patong Hill, Phuket, sparked a heated debate over road rules and responsibilities. Video footage of the incident, shared by the NewshawkPhuket Facebook page, shows a white car exiting a hotel on Phra Baramee Road in Kathu district and being hit by an oncoming van.…

  • Phuket enforces 48-hour alcohol ban for Buddhist holidays

    Phuket enforces 48-hour alcohol ban for Buddhist holidays

    Patong police announced a 48-hour ban on alcohol sales in bars and restaurants as Thailand observes the Buddhist holidays Asarnha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa this weekend. Violating the alcohol sales ban could result in up to six months in jail or a fine of up to 10,000 baht, according to the notice issued by Patong Police. Officers informed bar…

  • Phuket launches road safety campaign to curb tourist accidents

    Phuket launches road safety campaign to curb tourist accidents

    Phuket provincial police have initiated a new road safety campaign targeting the root causes of traffic accidents involving tourists. This effort, in collaboration with local partners, aims to reduce the high number of road incidents in the area. The campaign was officially launched yesterday, July 18, at the Phuket Merlin Hotel by Region 8 Police Police Lieutenant General Suraphong Thanomchit…

  • Irish footballer fights for his life after bike crash in Thailand

    Irish footballer fights for his life after bike crash in Thailand

    An Irish footballer from Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, is battling for his life after a catastrophic cycling accident in Thailand. The horrific crash on Saturday, July 13, left the Tramore Athletic Football Club goalkeeper with severe injuries, prompting an outpouring of support that has raised over 46,000 euros (around 1 million baht) in just hours. Rushed to Phuket…

  • Foreign man caught on viral video urinating on Phuket road (video)

    Foreign man caught on viral video urinating on Phuket road (video)

    A viral video shared on a news Facebook page showed a foreign man urinating in the middle of the Patong Beach Road in Phuket during a traffic jam, despite many motorists staring at him. The Facebook page, 1วันพันกว่าเรื่อง ภูเก็ต (meaning over 1,000 things happen in a day), shared a video of the foreign man, whose identity was not disclosed, yesterday,…

  • Phuket police seize 188 Yaba pills in drug bust

    Phuket police seize 188 Yaba pills in drug bust

    Police in Phuket apprehended two individuals in Baan Phru Somphan, Moo 8, Thepkasattri, following local community complaints about drug-related activities. The Provincial Defence Office reported that the arrests took place at approximately 6.35pm on July 16. The names of the suspects were not disclosed. The first suspect, referred to as Accused No.1, was found in possession of 175 methamphetamine pills,…

  • Cat-nabbed: Thai man’s purr-fect crime outside Phuket bank (video)

    Cat-nabbed: Thai man’s purr-fect crime outside Phuket bank (video)

    Police arrested a Thai man for stealing a cat from outside a bank in the Wichit district of Phuket. The man claimed he intended to pet the cat but many Thai netizens suspected he intended to eat it. The cat’s owner posted CCTV footage on social media showing the thief, identified as 32 year old Nattaphon, taking her white cat named…

  • Tourist mugged near Big Buddha Viewpoint in Phuket

    Tourist mugged near Big Buddha Viewpoint in Phuket

    A tourist was mugged near the Big Buddha Viewpoint in Phuket, prompting Karon Police to launch a manhunt for the assailant. The incident took place yesterday, July 16, at approximately 6.22pm near the Nak-Kerd Seaview Cafe, according to police reports. A Thai man, identified only as Wirat, witnessed the mugging while driving towards Chalong. He immediately alerted the police by…

  • Fire ravages Karon Night Plaza, damages exceed 43 million baht

    Fire ravages Karon Night Plaza, damages exceed 43 million baht

    A devastating fire at Karon Night Plaza over the weekend ravaged 20 shops, causing damage exceeding 43 million baht, Phuket MP Chalermpong Saengdee confirmed. The blaze erupted early morning on July 13, primarily affecting seafood and clothing stalls. Firefighters were alerted to the scene at approximately 11.40pm on July 12 night and continued battling the flames into the early hours…

  • Phuket cleanup in full swing after storm wreaks havoc

    Phuket cleanup in full swing after storm wreaks havoc

    Teams of workers are diligently clearing debris across Phuket after a severe storm struck the island overnight. The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) reported that the storm brought intense rain and winds reaching up to 68 kilometres per hour, causing significant disruption. The municipalities of Wichit and Thepkrasattri confirmed that several trees were uprooted, minor flooding occurred, and there was damage…

  • Phuket resident wins 60 million baht in BAAC lottery

    Phuket resident wins 60 million baht in BAAC lottery

    A resident of Phuket scooped 60 million baht from the BAAC lottery for July. This marks the ninth time this year that a lucky winner has claimed the top prize from the Thong Thong lottery series. The news was reported today, with BAAC Thailand’s Facebook page sharing images of the new millionaire. The grand prize winner, a customer from the…

  • Tourist brutally attacked by taxi drivers in Phuket (video)

    Tourist brutally attacked by taxi drivers in Phuket (video)

    Motorbike taxi drivers brutally assaulted a tourist, rendering him unconscious outside a prominent shopping mall in Patong Beach. A video clip shared on Facebook by Phuket Info Centre revealed the attack, sparking outrage and criticism from netizens. The incident took place today, July 15, at approximately 3am, when a group of motorbike taxi drivers attacked a tourist outside the Central…

  • 2 men & 1 women wanted by cops for sex on Patong beach (video)

    2 men & 1 women wanted by cops for sex on Patong beach (video)

    Police are searching for two men and a woman, whose nationalities remain undisclosed, after they engaged in sexual activities on Patong Beach in Phuket yesterday, July 14. The Facebook news page, โหดจัง จังหวัดภูเก็ต (meaning Phuket is so brutal), shared a picture of three people having sex on the beach yesterday. The picture was reported to be a screenshot from two…

  • NZ brothers return home after 4 months in Thai custody for assault

    NZ brothers return home after 4 months in Thai custody for assault

    Two New Zealand brothers, who were detained in Thailand for nearly four months following an assault on a police officer in Phuket, have returned home. Hamish and Mattson Day had faced multiple charges after a disagreement over a speeding violation on March 16 escalated into violence. A passerby captured footage of the incident, showing 38 year old Mattson Day attacking…

  • Speeding motorcyclist dies in Phuket underpass crash

    Speeding motorcyclist dies in Phuket underpass crash

    A tragic motorcycle accident at a Phuket underpass in Rassada resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. The motorcycle rider was allegedly speeding and lost control before being stencilled into the back of a car. The deceased, identified as 36 year old Nattapol from Nakhon Si Thammarat, was found lying on the road near a grey Toyota. The rear of…

  • Viral Phuket motorcycle breast groper arrested

    Viral Phuket motorcycle breast groper arrested

    Chalong Police in Phuket apprehended a drive-by breast groper after his attack and the chase of a woman in Rawai earlier this month garnered significant public attention. Chalong Police Chief, Police Colonel Ekarat Plaiduang, announced the arrest today, July 12, confirming that officers detained a 23 year old Myanmar national Aung Ko Phyo yesterday. The arrest followed a thorough investigation.…

  • Power outage to hit Kathu, Phuket for maintenance tomorrow

    Power outage to hit Kathu, Phuket for maintenance tomorrow

    Phuket will experience a significant power outage affecting a large section of Kathu tomorrow to allow for essential maintenance work on the high-voltage network. The Provincial Electricity Authority for Phuket (PEA Phuket) announced that the outage would occur from 9am to 4.30pm. A map provided by PEA Phuket highlights the affected area, stretching from in front of Sam Burger shop…

  • Phuket vendors warned over price gouging during inspections

    Phuket vendors warned over price gouging during inspections

    Police in Phuket yesterday conducted an inspection at Malin Plaza Patong Market and Banzaan Fresh Market, warning vendors against price gouging. The investigation, led by Pathumphon Yamkerd of the Phuket Provincial Commercial Office, took place yesterday, July 10, at the two markets, aiming to ensure fair pricing and enhance Phuket’s tourism reputation. Some vendors were found not displaying prices, a…

  • Uproar over motorcycle accidents at Phuket’s rainbow crosswalk

    Uproar over motorcycle accidents at Phuket’s rainbow crosswalk

    A series of motorcycle accidents at the Rainbow Crosswalk at the Charter intersection in the Mueang Phuket district sparked widespread debate on social media. The vibrant crosswalk, a popular spot for tourists to take photos, became slippery during periods of rainfall, causing three to four motorcyclists to fall yesterday, July 10. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. In response to the…

  • Phuket woman assaulted on motorcycle, prompts police action

    Phuket woman assaulted on motorcycle, prompts police action

    A man on a motorcycle harassed and assaulted a woman in Phuket, prompting calls for police action. The event, which occurred late at night, saw the assailant grab the victim’s chest, almost causing her to fall from her bike. The incident, which occurred on July 1 near the Super Cheap Road in Soi Khok Makham, Rawai, Phuket was reported by…

  • Thai man wanted for groping woman’s breasts on motorcycle

    Thai man wanted for groping woman’s breasts on motorcycle

    A Thai woman urged netizens to help her locate a man who groped her breasts while she was travelling on a motorcycle with her friend in Phuket on Tuesday. The victim took to social media to share the story, saying it happened around 9.30pm on Tuesday, July 9, near the SuperCheap grocery store in Soi Kok Makham, Rawai sub-district, Phuket.…

  • Phuket to become Asia’s wellness tourism hub with health expo

    Phuket to become Asia’s wellness tourism hub with health expo

    Phuket is set to make waves in the wellness tourism industry with the launch of the Phuket Health Expo later this month. Provincial officials, led by Governor Sophon Suwannarat, announced the event during a press conference at the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday, July 9. The expo, scheduled for July 24 to 28 at Central Festival Phuket, aims to catapult the…

  • Phuket man arrested for raping his stepdaughter and niece

    Phuket man arrested for raping his stepdaughter and niece

    Police arrested a Thai man for repeatedly raping his nine year old stepdaughter and 11 year old niece at the homes of his wife and mistress in the Chalong sub-district of Phuket. A teacher from Ban Chalong School in Phuket filed a complaint with Chalong Police Station officers at about 8pm on July 6 that two young girls were victims…

  • Patong Police hunt Thai man after knife attack on Indian tourist

    Patong Police hunt Thai man after knife attack on Indian tourist

    Patong Police are actively searching for a Thai man who attacked an Indian tourist with a knife, resulting in a head wound. The incident occurred late Sunday night, July 7, when the Thai man blew cigarette smoke into the Indian tourist’s face, Patong Police were alerted around 11.10pm. Upon arrival, officers found 37 year old Aneesh Kumar Nikathithara Purushan, with…

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Phuket is only 'just' an island with a 300 metre bridge linking it to Thailand's mainland. We're always reporting in the news that the channel beneath is frequently dredged to maintain Phuket's status as an island. On the other side of Sarasin Bridge is the Province of Phang Nga.

Getting to Phuket is easy as the island has land, air and sea connections. Phuket is also used as a take-off point for local island trips as Thailand's largest island is surrounded by over 30 pristine islands. Koh Phi Phi and the famous Maya Bay are always in the news and would be the best known of the island's just off Phuket's shores.

Phuket is an island and a province. It's the largest island in Thailand – 48 km north to south, 21 km east to west.

It's about 20% smaller, in area, than Singapore but much less densely populated. Whilst the island nation of Singapore boasts a population of nearly 6 million, Phuket has a permanent population of around 400-450,000 (but varies a lot with the influx of tourists and a workforce that is always changing). Most of Phuket remains jungle and tropical rainforest despite an acceleration of development over the past 20 years.

Unlike some of Thailand's other popular islands (that are in the Gulf of Thailand), the news is that Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea.

Phuket is 878 km north of the equator.

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