Patong

  • Phuket

    More lost tourists with Covid break Phuket quarantine for Samui

    Police have yet to confirm whether they found several missing Russians – a single man and a separate couple – who left hotels in Phuket before finishing mandatory hotel quarantine periods only to be found to be positive for Covid-19. But the hunt for Covid-19 infected tourists is on yet again, as Phuket Tourist Police are looking for any information…

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    Police seek Russian couple after wife tests positive for Covid-19

    After mild punishment for the first widely reported case of someone leaving their approved hotel before their quarantine period was over, it seems the floodgates are open. In Koh Chang, 6 people who tested positive for Covid-19 left their hotel and had to be tracked down. A few days ago a Russian man with Covid-19 who was supposed to be…

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    Thailand Tourist Sandbox and Test & Go Experiences | Vox Pop Ep. 4

    We go around Patong in Phuket to ask the tourists what their experience has been with the Test and Go entry scheme into Thailand. We let the people tell us about the moods and vibes of the place and what the situation is really like on the island as well as details of the quarantine experience in the hotels. Watch…

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    Phuket Immigration officers to visit quarantine hotels to help with visa extensions

    Immigration authorities are reportedly visiting each centre, hotel and resort in Phuket approved for Covid-19 isolation and quarantine to assist foreign Covid-19 patients who need to extend their visa, but cannot visit the Immigration Bureau Office because they isolating or receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus. Yesterday the authorities visit Patong Resort to bring documents for foreign visitors who need…

  • Phuket

    Phuket police launch road safety campaign called “100% helmet”

    Strap on your helmet. Motorbike drivers in Phuket are warned to wear helmets while driving. The Phuket Provincial Police have launched a new campaign called “100% helmet” with increasing fines for those who are repeatedly caught not wearing one. At the launch event yesterday, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Lt Col Sathit Nurit said that “this will help prevent and…

  • Phuket

    Phuket to emphasise safety during Loy Krathong

    As Phuket prepares for its Loy Krathong festivities tonight, the governor is imploring citizens to be safe and to respect the Covid-19 protocols in place. Celebrations on the island are scheduled to go forward, despite the lingering concerns over Covid. Governor Narong Woonciew expanded upon the many requirements that are in place this evening to mitigate the chances of the…

  • Koh Samui

    Thailand’s bars and beach parties remain strictly closed (cough)

    Will some of Thailand’s most popular hotspots ever come back to life? It appears that the bars and beach parties will never restart as these photos reveal darkened streets and deserted beaches. Last week’s Full Moon Party was curtailed after initially getting the go-ahead from Koh Pha Ngan police. It eventually went ahead but in a vastly reduced ‘covid-era’ form…

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Expat “dual pricing” at Thai hospital lawsuit; Patong bars raided | September 23

    Thailand News Today | Expat “dual pricing” at Thai hospital lawsuit; Patong bars raided|September 23 | Next week, Thai authorities will announce the outcome of the highly anticipated “dual pricing” case. As the government prepares to debate the future of the Emergency Decree a new legal amendment means some of its powers could remain. Police in Phuket have begun raiding…

  • Thailand

    Good Morning Thailand | Is E-sports a real sport? Covid Visas, Joe Ferrari | Ep. 95

    In todays episode Jay and Tim talk about Covid visa extensions, an update into Joe Ferrari and his situation as well as the latest on the emergency decree and a talk regarding E-sports being considered a real sport.

  • Phuket

    Police suddenly began raiding Patong bars selling alcohol

    While it’s been illegal for bars to open in Thailand and the selling or consumption of alcohol in public is forbidden, police have been looking the other way as patrons sneak beers in bars in Patong, the famous entertainment and nightlife district in Phuket. But after over a month of this occurring under the radar, police have begun raiding and…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Lacking gov’t aid, Phuket nightlife advises opening as restaurants

    The president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association took a harsh stance against the long-term closures of nightlife venues in Phuket and the lack of assistance from the government of Thailand. In a fiery interview, he called on bars and clubs to open as restaurants despite the action being legally dubious and chastised the government for the long-term closure without…

  • Thailand

    Phuket man shot in leg and hit with baseball bat, police investigate

    Phuket police are investigating an assault in Patong where a man was shot in the leg and smashed in the head with a baseball bat. The Patong Police learned of the assault through a 191 national police hotline just before 6 pm yesterday following a report from rescue workers where they took a wounded man to the Patong hospital The…

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    List of budget-friendly SHA plus hotels in Phuket

    If you’re looking for fantastic budget friendly SHA Plus hotels in Phuket, then you’ve come to the right place! Below, we’ve compiled a list of affordable SHA Plus hotels in Phuket. Phuket is finally welcoming vaccinated international tourists with no quarantine restrictions via the Phuket Sandbox scheme. However, there’s one thing you need to keep in mind you have to…

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    List of SHA plus hotels in Phuket

    Staying at hotels with a SHA+ (SHA Plus) certificate is a requirement for international travellers who are entering Thailand using the Phuket Sandbox. A SHA+ certificate means that the hotel has taken measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and that at least 70% of the hotel staff have been fully vaccinated. There are currently over 450 SHA+…

  • Phuket

    Man goes missing off Freedom Beach, Phuket

    Yesterday, a man went for a swim off of Freedom Beach in Phuket and was carried away by a strong current. He was last seen early in the afternoon. Boonyarit Inthakarn from the Patong Police arrived at the beach just after 2 pm. 21 year old Thanakit Srisuwanwichian, told police he, and his then non-missing friend, Akkarapol Pattranonwere, were swimming…

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    Patong Beach’s 10 most popular hotels

    Phuket visitors will definitely find that staying in Patong gives them access to all of the area’s major attractions. Moreover, meeting other travellers can be had as the area is the most popular in which to stay. With the Bangla Walking Street and nightlife making holidays here loads of fun, guests at any of these amazing hotels will find convenient…

  • Phuket

    Phuket governor eyes construction camps for stricter Covid measures

    Yesterday, Phuket’s governor Narong Woonciew inspected workers’ construction camps throughout the island. His inspections concerned the disease control measures that were put in effect after 13 workers at a Patong camped tested positive for Covid, which led to officials claiming the camp down in a month of “Bubble and Seal” quarantine. Kathu District Chief, Trithip Sakulpradit, and officers from the…

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    The Best Nightclubs in Phuket

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    5 Best Phuket Beach Clubs

  • Phuket

    Phuket governor orders investigation into complaints of taxi drivers overcharging

    Taxi fares charged from the Phuket International Airport are now being investigated by provincial authorities. The Phuket governor ordered the probe after criticism over a Facebook post asking if the 900 baht fare from the airport, quoted by a hotel in Patong, seemed too expensive. Taxi prices in Phuket are notoriously high compared to other provinces. On the social media…

  • Phuket

    Phuket official says taxi fares have gone down since the pandemic

    Following posts shared on social media on the notoriously high taxi fares amidst Phuket’s reopening under the “Sandbox” model, a provincial transport official is apparently saying the posts are old and the prices do not reflect the current rates. A local transport official says the prices have actually gone down. The Facebook post from a tourist planning a trip to…

  • Phuket

    Phuket unveils “colour” festival to reinvigorate economy

    In an attempt to build excitement for the reopening of Phuket, Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism, working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Phuket officials, has unveiled a campaign called “The Colourful Phuket Bring Back the Happiness”. The festival is intended to bring back “engaging” activities and the touristic atmosphere of the island. The project commenced yesterday and extends to…