Phuket tourism

  • Tourism News

    Phuket tourism operators push for international convention centre

    In a bid to elevate Phuket’s status as an exhibition hub, local tourism operators are urging for the rapid implementation of a long-stalled project for an international convention centre and a freeport city initiative. The urgency has arisen due to the impending enforcement of new environmental laws which may necessitate a redesign of the project. The Health Ministry recently abandoned…

  • Phuket News

    Safety in numbers: Phuket’s Tourist Police gathering gears up for high season

    A remarkable gathering took place yesterday in the bustling epicentre of Phuket Town. The assembly, spearheaded by Tourist Police Commissioner Major General Saksira Phueakam, was a formidable display of dedication towards ensuring the safety of tourists during the impending high season of tourism. The meet-up took place just ahead of the grand opening of the inaugural Chartered Walking Street market on Phang…

  • Business News

    Phuket: Proposal to extend nightlife venues operating hours to promote tourism

    The proposal to extend the operating hours of nightlife venues in Phuket for a trial period of three months has been put forward by local tourism operators. Phuket Tourist Association president Thaneth Tantipiriyakij stated that the move to extend nightlife venue hours could potentially increase tourism revenue by an estimated 30%. The extension of hours would cater to the influx of…

  • Tourism News

    Phuket tourism industry generates 370 billion baht in eight months

    Over the past eight months, the tourism industry in Phuket has managed to amass a substantial revenue of nearly 370 billion baht, as reported by the President of the Phuket Tourism Association. This encouraging development signals a significant rebound from the adverse effects of Covid-19, with the present surge in tourist numbers representing a remarkable 40% year-on-year rise when compared…

  • Thailand News

    Thai government’s multi-billion baht transport projects boost Andaman coast tourism

    The Thai government has launched multiple transport infrastructure projects in Phuket, a southern island province, aiming to stimulate tourism in the Andaman coast region. rime Minister Srettha Thavisin inspected the ongoing projects on Friday. These are being coordinated by the Transport and Tourism and Sports departments, headed by Suriya Jungrungreangkit and Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol respectively. Government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke reported that…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket boosts marine safety measures for holiday tourist surge

    Safety measures have significantly increased at the major piers and marinas in Phuket, a recent report from the Phuket office of the Department of Public Relations of Thailand (PR Phuket) revealed. These heightened security measures come in anticipation of a massive influx of tourists to the island, expected to occur during the extended holidays from July 28 through August 2.…

  • Phuket News

    Verbal abuse of Singaporean tourist leads to Phuket van driver being fined 1,000 baht

    In a show of justice for tourists in Phuket, a 47 year old van driver who verbally abused a tourist last Sunday has been legally reprimanded. The driver was imposed with a fine of 1,000 baht by the local court for frightening others with the use of threat (intimidation). In an online statement, Phuket Provincial Police revealed that the driver, Poramet,…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket undeterred by Expo bid loss, invests in 5.1 billion baht project

    Phuket’s development as an International Medical Hub remains steadfast and promising following the unsuccessful bid for the World Specialised Expo 2027/28. Phuket, a top tourist destination, is undeterred and continues with its ambitious government-backed project to carve a niche as an ‘International Medical Hub’. Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri showed optimism for Phuket’s development amidst the loss, articulating gratitude on behalf…

  • Business News

    Phuket tourism seeks elected governor for tailored policies and mafia crackdown

    Tourism operators in Phuket are optimistic that electing their provincial governor could help address the island’s long-standing issues, such as the taxi mafia. The Move Forward Party (MFP), which secured the majority of Parliamentary seats recently, has proposed administrative reform that would allow provinces outside Bangkok and Pattaya to elect their governors. Suksit Suvunditkul, president of the southern chapter of…

  • Things To Do

    Top eco-friendly hotels in Thailand for green getaways

    Tourism is a significant contributor to Thailand’s economy with its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine attracting millions of tourists each year. However, environmental concerns have increased due to the surge in tourism. The hospitality industry has recognized this issue, and as a result, eco-hotels have emerged as an alternative to traditional accommodations. Eco hotels in Thailand are designed…

  • Thailand Travel

    Robust Phuket tourism numbers in Q4 last year and high winter season set the stage for recovery by year-end

    Press Release PHUKET Thailand’s leading resort island of Phuket’s post-pandemic tourism recovery has been headlined by a surge in Russian travellers in the high season. But the backstory is how a spike in regional visitors from India, Malaysia, and Singapore set the stage in Q4 of last year that pushed hotels and the service sector back into action. Data on…

  • Video

    Massive surge of Japanese restaurants in Thailand | GMT

    In today’s episode, Bill committee removes the section stating cannabis isn’t a narcotic, Online system to control cannabis bud sales will be ready next year, Thai people wishing the princess well, Massive surge of Japanese restaurants in Thailand, Phuket cashes in as tourists return.

  • Tourism News

    Phuket was Thailand’s top tourist spot this year

    The world-renowned island province of Phuket was Thailand’s top tourism spot in the first 10 months of 2022. From January to October, Phuket drew 2.32 million international tourists to its shores, followed by Chon Buri with 975,026 tourists, Surat Thani with 606,812 tourists, Songkhla with 581,808 tourists, and Chiang Mai with 496,111 tourists. Deputy government spokesperson Tipanan Sirichana said today…

  • Tourism News

    Thai immigration reports over 900,000 tourists in Phuket since May

    Phuket’s tourism is continuing to make its post-Covid-19 comeback. Thai immigration reported over 900,000 tourists in Phuket from May 1 to November 27. The total number of tourists that visited the island province in that time frame is 934,164. Of those tourists, 914,746 are foreigners, and 19,418 are Thai. Meanwhile the Phuket Walking Street Sunday Market, also well known as…

  • Tourism News

    Green Expo Returns to PHIST, Southeast Asia’s Leading Sustainability Forum

    Press Release Banpu NEXT, is a leading smart energy solutions provider in the Asia Pacific under Banpu PCL. As the long-term partner in clean energy technology, Banpu NEXT creates total Smart Energy Solutions to help customers across industries and stages of business operation and achieve their ESG/SDG goals and build up values and opportunities for sustainable business growth while bringing…

  • Tourism News

    Bridge over troubled waters for Thailand-bound Russian snowbird tourists

    Russian travellers have ritually sought out islands in the tropical sun since the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Hellbent on escaping bitterly cold winters, these snowbirds in the lead-up years to the pandemic became the second largest international source market for Phuket’s mass market tourism surge. Now, coming out of the pandemic in the age of a return…

  • Tourism News

    Phuket residents welcome the new ‘Khao Daeng Glass Bridge’ to be built in Rawai

    A community meeting in Rawai on Tuesday agreed to get behind the latest tourist attraction, the Khao Daeng Glass Bridge, a new viewpoint and tourism focus for the quieter south of the island. President of Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation, Rewat Areerob, presented details about the new attraction and said it was good to have the Rawai community backing the project.…

  • Thailand Travel

    Phuket hopes to attract Saudi and Australian tourists

    After Thai tourism officials’ major efforts to attract Saudi tourists to the Kingdom, Phuket’s tourism industry is hoping to bring in more Saudi tourists to the island province. It also hopes to draw more Australian tourists – a staple of the island’s tourism market for 30 years. The director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Sydney office, Suladda Sarutilavan, said…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s TAT brings tourism road show to Europe | GMT

    Fearing prison time over PDPA laws in Thailand. Thai police rewarding snitches. Digital lottery ticket sales. Parliament passes 3.185 trillion baht draft budget bill. No more free rides on the BTS. All this and more on todays Good Morning Thailand.

  • Phuket News

    Phuket officials announce plans for 2 big tourism events next month

    Phuket’s Deputy Governor Pichet has announced yesterday that the island province will host 2 major tourism events in June, which will each host hundreds of guests. One event is the Thailand Tourism Congress 2022, which will be held at Beyond Resort Kata from June 6-8. The other event is Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2022, which will be held at Angsana…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket Food Festival 2022 will feature hemp recipies

    As Phuket hosts Thailand’s biggest light festival, Aqua Lumina, another event on the island province is on the way next week. Phuket’s Food Festival 2022 will start on May 28 (Saturday) and run until June 5. It will be held at Saphan Hin Centre Stage area, on the east side of Phuket Town, from 4pm – 11pm every night. This…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket targets 1 million foreign tourists for last quarter of 2022

    The president of the Phuket Tourist Association says the island hopes to attract a million foreign tourists in the last quarter of the year. Bhummikitti Raktaengam says things are looking up since the cancellation of Test & Go, and he’s hopeful the southern island could receive a total of 3.5 million visitors this year. Since May 1, the number of…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket official suggests drawing tourists with sharks

    After an animal, which some suspect was a shark, bit a child at a Phuket beach on this week, one official thinks sharks could be a cool new tourist attraction. Earlier, a lifeguard had voiced concern that if the attack was indeed a shark attack, this would impact tourism in the area. But Jutha Dumlak, the president of the Kamala…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | Bangkok gears up for an Endemic Phase

    authorities in Bangkok are preparing to shift their Covid strategy to an ‘endemic phase’, as the Thai Public Health Ministry acknowledges a steep drop in infections and deaths. According to a Nation Thailand report, Kiattiphum Wongrajit from the health ministry says the vaccine rollout, coupled with home isolation programmes and outpatient schemes, has contributed to the significant improvement in the…

  • Phuket News

    Another Phuket festival showcases the island’s traditional clothing

    Another Phuket seafood festival, but this time, there’s a unique new feature! From Friday until Saturday night, officials in Kathu district Phuket organised the ‘Suk Jai Naithu’ festival. The festival included a parade of people dressed in colourful, elaborate costumes. These costumes are the traditional clothing of Phuket. ‘Suk Jai Nathu’ means ‘Happy Naithu’. Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pitsuwan and…

  • Phuket News

    Officials inspect Phuket airport ahead of entry restriction ease

    Ahead of Thailand’s plan to ease entry restrictions starting May 1, officials have inspected a Phuket airport yesterday to inspect how ready it was for an expected rise in tourist numbers. The secretary-general of Thailand’s National Security Council went to make sure Phuket International Airport was ready to welcome tourists back to the island province. Among the officials joining the…

  • Phuket News

    Former Phuket prison to transform into spooky tourist attraction

    An old Phuket prison no longer housing inmates is now set to become a spooky tourist attraction, providing visitors with a “Twilight Zone” experience. Phuket Prison was built in Phuket Town about 120 years ago, and Phuket officials now plan to turn it into a ‘live museum’ to teach both tourists and locals about its history. In addition to the…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | Political activist found dead in Isan Region in Thailand

    The Ministry of Public Health reports that Thailand will receive 2 hundred thousand Covovax vaccines from India today. Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, will be on call to receive the vaccine delivery personally. The Director-General of the Disease Control Department, Dr. Opas Kankawinpong says that the Covovax vaccines were donated by the QUAD, or the countries that agreed on Quadrilateral…

  • Thailand News

    Changes to the Thailand Pass | GMT

    A few minor changes to the current Thailand Pass and last week tourism officials announced that they plan to present a proposal to cancel Thailand’s Test & Go entry scheme at the next meeting of the CCSA. Songkran, full moon party, Maya bay and Caviar. All these stories and more coming up on todays Good Morning Thailand.  

  • Phuket News

    Phuket introduces new seafood and gastronomy “Tastival” festival

    Following Phuket’s Roi Rim Lay seafood festival last weekend, the island’s officials have come up with another seafood and gastronomy festival for the first time yesterday. The festival is called “Phuket Tastival Seafood and Gastronomy: Roi-Yok-Lo”. It will run until Monday, April 4. Phuket Deputy Governor Anupap and several other officials attended the opening at Saphan Hin, the huge public…

  • Phuket News

    Club Med Phuket reopens after over 2 years

    After closing its doors for over two years since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, Club Med Phuket is now back in business. The resort reopened yesterday following efforts to clean up the area and bring back tourists. The island province’s Vice Governor Pichet, who attended the reopening, said the reopening should help Phuket’s disheveled tourism economy. “Club Med is known around…

  • Thailand Travel

    TAT says Phuket is ready for boat tourists

    After four Indonesian tourists arrived in Phuket on a yacht on Tuesday, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket says the island is ready to welcome back boat tourists. The people who arrived on Tuesday were the first tourists to arrive in Phuket under Test & Go’s new extension for sea tourists, which started on March 1. Under the policy, sea…

  • Thailand Travel

    Phuket boat tour business begs government to stop fuel price spike

    A speedboat tour company in Phuket is begging the government to not allow fuel prices to spike. The company, Nikorn Marine Tour Phuket, offers tourists group boat trips, as well as private trips. It also offers beach parties, but its main services require boats. The company’s CEO told The Phuket News yesterday that after Covid-19 had already hit marine tourism…

  • Thailand News

    Thailands ‘secret weapon’ to bring back tourists | GMT

    More than 7,000 tourists from Russia and Ukraine in Thailand are allowed to extend their visas without an application fee as the government considers to offer humanitarian assistance as well. Don’t read too much news, at least that’s what Thailand’s Department of Mental Health is saying. One public health official says Thailand has a “secret weapon” to bring back tourists.…

  • Thailand News

    Pattaya’s struggling entertainment sector wants later closing times I GMT

    Entertainment officials in Pattaya say the tourism economy would improve if the closing time for venues serving alcohol was 1 am instead of the current 11 pm. Despite Russia banning Facebook in the country just 2 days ago, the Russian Consulate in Phuket has posted on its own Facebook page yesterday. The Russia-Ukraine crisis has already hit Thailand’s import and…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket police feel public backlash over arrest of foreign tourists in “scooter-gate”

    Some members of the public have reacted with anger after Phuket police arrested a number of foreign tourists who were riding electric scooters. According to police in the normally busy tourist area of Patong, the tourists were charged with using unregistered vehicles on the road. Officers confiscated the scooters, threatening legal action against those who rented them out. However, photos…

  • Video

    Thailand News Today | Officials to discuss more easing of Covid restrictions

    Thailand’s health officials plan to propose the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions in a bid to move away from imposing lockdowns when outbreaks are reported. Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says other countries are relaxing some curbs and Thailand is ready to follow suit. However, he did not specify what restrictions might be eased. It’s understood the…