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  • Crime

    Police nab final suspect in 2009 murder of Canadian man in Phuket.

    Police on Saturday nabbed the final suspect in the 2009 murder of a Canadian man in Patong. The man, 34 year old Francis Alex Degioanni, was shot dead at his house on February 19, 2009. Degioanni had owned the Panorama Condominium in the Kathu district. An initial investigation revealed that Degioanni was reportedly in conflict with a Singaporean businessman in…

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    Motorbikes can now drive on Patong Hill road

    After the road on Patong Hill collapsed due to landslides last week, officials are now letting motorbikes drive on the road again. Phuket Governor Narong said the decision was made to relieve the burden on people who need to travel across the hill every day, especially young students. Narong declared the road open to motorbikes last night. However, cars are…

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    Temporary field hospital opens after road collapse in Patong

    After a road collapsed on Phuket’s Patong hill last week, health officials have worked to set up a temporary field hospital. The Kathu Field Hospital opened yesterday at the Kathu Public Park, as a result of a partnership between the Phuket Provincial Public Health and Patong Hospital. The temporary field hospital is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to…

  • Tourism

    1-billion-baht tourism stimulus back on track

    While debate continues around Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to office, one thing has become clear: the Tourism and Sports Ministry is moving ahead with a package of measures delayed while General Prayut was suspended pending the Constitutional Court’s ruling. One proposal will allow entertainment venues to remain open until 4am. It’s estimated that Thailand loses roughly 70 million baht (US$2…

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    Official says Patong road will need seven days of temporary repair work once rain stops

    UPDATE A Phuket official said yesterday that it would take seven days of temporary repair work before the road to Patong Hill is ready to use again. The official said the repair work can start once the rain stops. This news comes after the road suffered two landslides on Wednesday and Thursday. Phuket Highway Director Yutthana Pitak told The Phuket…

  • Phuket

    Phuket police say residents should avoid Patong

    Phuket’s floods are continuing to ravage the island province. Phuket police are urging residents to stay at home unless they have an emergency. The police also say that Phuket dwellers should avoid going to Patong, The Phuket Express reported. The road leading to Patong Hill suffered from a landslide last night, and another one this morning. Police had to redirect…

  • Weather

    Many areas of Phuket flooded, roads blocked

    Phuket has been rocked with nonstop overnight rain, leaving many areas of the island flooded. Roads are underwater – including the popular party district Bangla Road in Patong. Phuket Town is flooded, and muddy landslides have closed roads in Kamala. People in affected areas are being assisted by rescue services while police have been dispatched to direct traffic on major…

  • Drugs

    3 men arrested for drugs, selling fake cocaine

    As officials continue to crack down on drugs and guns after the daycare centre massacre, three entertainment workers in Patong were arrested for possession of meth. They had real drugs on them when police stopped them, but are accused of selling fake cocaine to tourists. The three men, aged 25, 48, and 49 from Pattani and Narathiwat provinces were arrested…

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    Four suspects admit they assaulted US tourist in Patong

    UPDATE Four suspects have reportedly admitted that they physically assaulted an American tourist in Patong early yesterday morning. The assault happened at the nightlife hotspot of Bangla Road. Patong Police Chief Colonel Sujin Nilbodee told The Phuket Express… “The four suspects have admitted they attacked the American man who they claimed was intoxicated before an argument began followed by a…

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    American tourist allegedly assaulted outside Patong bar

    An American tourist was allegedly assaulted in Phuket’s tourist hotspot town of Patong early yesterday morning. The 35 year old man had wounds on his face, and one of his middle fingers. The man had been at a bar on Bangla Road, where he was reportedly very drunk. He had been with a 24 year old Russian woman. Staff had…

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    Foreign women rescued from rip current in Patong

    Jet ski operators and lifeguards rescued three foreign women from a rip current off Patong Beach on Friday night. The women were seen in the water calling for help. Fortunately, some jet ski operators and lifeguards were still at the beach at the time, and the women were taken safely back to shore on a jet ski. The Patong Surf…

  • Tourism

    Patong: 100m profits with 4am curfew for venues, Chiang Mai residents oppose it

    The pressure has been mounting for the government to raise the curfew to help entertainment venues boost earnings as tourism returns to Thailand. But some residents disturbed by noise living near bars in Chiang Mai are calling for the opposite. The Patong Entertainment Business Association estimates that extending closing hours from 2am to 4am for nightlife entertainment venues could raise…

  • Thailand

    Fire breaks out at Indian restaurant in Patong

    A fire broke out at an Indian restaurant in Phuket’s famous tourist town of Patong in the early hours of this morning. Firefighters rushed to the restaurant on Taweewong Road to find it ablaze. The firefighters took 40 minutes to bring the flames under control. The restaurant was damaged, but luckily no injuries were reported. The restaurant owner said there…

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    Surf competition coming up in Patong

    Another surfing competition is coming up in Phuket this month. The ‘Kalim Reef Surfers Surfing 2022’ competition will be held at Kalim Beach in Patong from September 16-18. The competition is being organised by the Patong Municipality and the Phuket Surfing Association. The event will feature five different categories of competitions, which are: open shortboard, open longboard, master 35 years…

  • Travel

    The best nightclubs in Phuket to go dancing and have fun

    Lockdown is over, borders reopen, and restrictions are eased — it’s time to enjoy Phuket’s lively nightlife again. After all, a trip to Phuket is never complete without having fun at at least one or two of the island’s lively nightclubs. When the sun sets, the island comes to life as party animals come out to play. Nothing beats the…

  • Crime

    Police officer who shot noodle vender sentenced to 25 years

    A Phuket police officer who shot a noodle vendor on the streets of Patong when drunk last year has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars for the crime captured on video by security cameras. The 25 year old victim is permanently disabled from the incident. Pornthep Channarong was off-duty and was out drinking the night before shooting Aroon Thongplab…

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    Fire breaks out at Patong bar

    A fire broke out at a Patong bar on Thursday, at the tourist hotspot of Bangla Road. Firefighters rushed to the scene to find smoke coming out of the bar. Firefighters reported that the incident was caused by sparks from a high voltage electric cable above the bar. Luckily, no injuries were reported. A photo by The Phuket Express shows…

  • Guides

    5 must-visit beach clubs in Phuket 2022

    Nothing beats a beach club for spending warm days relaxing on a sunbed, sipping a refreshing drink, and listening to the DJ or the sound of the waves breaking. Fortunately, some of the top beach clubs in Thailand can be found in Phuket. There’s something for everyone on the island – from laid-back spaces to relax by the beach with…

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    Striped dolphin dies in Patong after washing ashore injured

    A striped dolphin has died after beaching itself in Patong despite local rescuers’ best efforts. The dolphin was found after having washed up on shore with a serious injury and was reported first to the Patong Police just before 5:30pm yesterday. Kathu district lifeguards were the first to spot the striped dolphin as it came ashore and when they saw…

  • Phuket

    Phuket’s Central Patong shopping mall plans reopening and recruitment drive

    Central Patong shopping mall in Phuket is launching a large-scale recruitment drive on the back of plans to reopen after a year of closure due to the pandemic. Central Department Store, the managers of the shopping centre, informed stores in the Central Patong shopping mall of the temporary closure on February 1 last year. But on Saturday, the Thai department…

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    Motorbike engulfed in flames on Patong Hill, driver left uninjured

    A motorbike driving down Patong Hill on Phuket’s west coast was engulfed in flames last night, as shown in a photo of the incident. Not only did the driver survive, but he was left without any injuries. The man, 54 year old food seller Niphon Mengeaid, told The Phuket Express about his close call… “I was driving down Patong hill…

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    Patong man talked out of jumping from hotel

    A Patong man was talked out of jumping from the 4h floor of a hotel yesterday. The unnamed man had been arguing with his 2 girlfriends, who he was in an open relationship with. The women knew about each other, and the open relationship had previously worked for them. But recently, the relationship had been on the rocks. The man,…