Phuket

  • Crime News

    Phuket restaurant caught selling stonefish, known to be venomous

    Yet another Phuket restaurant has been caught selling a protected fish, this time a stonefish, which is known as the most venomous fish in the world. Yesterday, officials from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office received a tip-off that the restaurant, located in Rawai sub-district in Phuket’s main city district, was selling protected marine animals. Officials…

  • Crime News

    Phuket thief nabs German tourist’s mobile phone

    There’s been another theft against a tourist in Thailand, this time in Phuket. A Phuket thief nabbed a German tourist’s mobile phone yesterday morning. The thief snatched the victim’s mobile phone on Soi Cherng Talay. The victim was a 56 year old German man named Haugg Fred. After receiving a report at about 9.50am, Cherng Talay Police arrived on the…

  • Health

    Phuket hospital specialising in complicated diseases set to open in 2027

    Phuket’s newest hospital, specialising in complicated diseases, is set to open by 2027. The Cabinet says it has a budget of 3.14 billion baht for the new hospital, which will be named PSU Hospital Phuket. Mai Khao district will be the location of the hospital with the hospital’s design reportedly already in review, according to Phan Thongchumnum, Deputy Dean of…

  • Thailand News

    5 police officers transferred over child prostitution ring at Patong bar

    Five officers from Patong Police Station were transferred after they were connected to the child prostitution scandal at a bar in the Patong neighbourhood of Phuket. The Operation Underground Railroad anti-trafficking organisation, the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA), found evidence to implicate the officers involved in the child prostitution racket at the Velvet bar, which saw the eventual rescue of…

  • Thailand video news

    100,000 baht reward for a missing radioactive cylinder | GMT

    This week on the talkshow, we discuss the power plant in Thailand that has upped its reward for the missing radioactive cylinder to 100,000 baht. We will also be looking at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcoming the inaugural Chinese flight, with tour groups headed to Phuket and Phang Nga. The power plant in Thailand is offering a reward…

  • Phuket News

    TAT welcomes inaugural Chinese flight, with tour groups headed to Phuket and Phang Nga

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed an inaugural flight from Guiyang to Phuket on Tuesday, on the Chinese airline 9 Air. The flight was almost full with 172 people, a good sign for TAT’s goal of drawing five million Chinese tourists to Thailand this year. The airline is carrying tour groups headed to Phuket and Phang Nga. The airline is…

  • Hot News

    Phuket hit with petty crime after money boxes stolen

    Petty crime has hit Phuket as police charge a couple for stealing a tip box from a Karon resort. According to a report by the Phuket Info Centre, the tip box was stolen from the Kata Tranquil Villa Hotel reception desk on Soi Patak 12, Karon, at around 11pm last Friday. The Phuket News reported that Karon police checked CCTV…

  • Travel

    Best restaurants in Phuket you should not miss in 2023

    Phuket is a beautiful island in Thailand with stunning beaches, clear blue water and lush greenery. It’s no wonder that this popular destination is also home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood, traditional Thai dishes or international cuisine, you’ll find it all here. Here are our picks for the best restaurants…

  • Phuket News

    Patong bar raided for child prostitution, 6 teenagers rescued

    The special operation unit from the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) conducted an undercover raid on Velvet bar on Bangla Walking Street in the Patong neighbourhood of Phuket yesterday after being notified of child prostitution involving teenagers under 18 years old. The international anti-trafficking organisation, Operation Underground Railroad, complained to the DOPA that Velvet bar on Bangla Walking Street lured…

  • Thailand video news

    Phuket gets green light for Songkran water splashing | GMT

    This week’s episode of the talkshow is sure to be an exciting one! We’ll be discussing some of the most interesting news stories from around Thailand. First, we’ll be talking about the ancient Buddhist stupa that has emerged from the Mekong river in Thailand. This is an incredible archaeological find that has been the source of much excitement in the…

  • Phuket News

    Car crashes into Phuket power pole, two children and an adult injured

    A car crashed into a power pole in Phuket on Monday night, injuring two children and an adult. The sedan crashed into a power pole on Chao Fah – Suan Lueang Road in the Wichit sub-district of the main city district. Rescuers arrived on the scene to find the sedan damaged in the middle of the road. The power pole on…

  • Hot News

    Phuket taxi driver praised after returning Louis Vuitton bag to tourist

    A Phuket taxi driver is being praised after returning a 150,000 baht Louis Vuitton purse to a Chinese tourist. The Phuket Info Centre, operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, posted about the incident. According to Phuket News, the post was titled, “Good deeds must be admired.” The Centre said the bag was returned to the tourist…

  • Hot News

    Phuket gets green light for Songkran water splashing

    Phuket has been given the green light for water splashing festivities during the upcoming Thai New Year of Songkran. The president of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation, Rewat Areerob, confirmed the good news after a three-year break of no water splashing. The official celebrations will be held in Phuket Town on Dibuk Road, in front of the Limelight Avenue shopping…

  • Thailand News

    Former Hong Kong fugitive flies to US from Thailand to face stock manipulation charges

    A former Hong Kong fugitive has flown back to the US to face the music over his alleged stock manipulation crime. The businessman, Peter Coker junior, was allegedly involved with a money-losing New Jersey deli that was once valued at US$100 million. The defendant is expected to appear in US District Court in Newark, New Jersey after his co-conspirators were…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket villager stumbles upon mother sea turtle laying 107 eggs

    A Phuket villager stumbled upon a mother sea turtle as she was laying 107 eggs. Sirinat National Park said in a Facebook post that the villager, Kriangkrai Dejom, found the mother turtle laying eggs on a beach near Sai Khu Bay at around 5am on Monday. The beach is located in the Sakhu sub-district of Thalang district. Kriangkrai patiently waited…

  • Events

    Introducing the first ever Phuket Cannabis Cup

    The first ever Phuket Cannabis Cup will take place this month, hosted by Poonwarit Wangpatravanich, the head of the Phuket Cannabis Association, together with members of the Phuket Cannabis Association or PCA, and a network of cannabis businesses in Thailand. The event is scheduled for March 25, 2023, from 10.30am to 6pm at the Pamookkoo Resort in Kata Beach, Phuket,…

  • Tourism News

    Record numbers of Russian tourists affect economy

    Thailand has seen a sharp rise in the number of Russian tourists in the country. So far this year over 370,000 Russian visitors have arrived in Thailand. That’s 67% of last year’s entire total of 435,000. Pol Maj Gen Phanthana Nutchanart, the deputy commander of the Immigration Bureau assures though that the influx has not increased Russian criminal activity. The…

  • Thailand video news

    Phuket is facing labour shortage | GMT

    This week’s episode of Good Morning Thailand is sure to be a lively one, with a range of topics that will be sure to capture the attention of viewers. The first topic of discussion is the recent surge of the Thai baht, which has been attributed to the collapse of a major US bank. The panel will be discussing the…

  • Phuket News

    Tigerair Taiwan to launch only direct Taiwan – Phuket route

    Budget airline Tigerair is launching direct flights between Taiwan and Phuket, southern Thailand, in May. Tigerair, a subsidiary of China Airlines, will be the only airline currently servicing the Taipei – Phuket route directly, twice per week. Phuket will become the airline’s second destination in Thailand. Tigerair currently serves direct flights between Taoyuan and Don Mueang Airport (DMX) in Bangkok.…

  • Phuket News

    Two foreign kayakers rescued from Phuket sea

    The search for two missing foreign tourists who disappeared after renting kayaks from a hotel on Coconut Island in Phuket, southern Thailand, on Friday has been called off. It turns out they were rescued by the captain of a yacht later that day. At 6pm yesterday, officers at Mueang Phuket Police Station, Tourist Police, Phuket Marine Police, and Koh Kaeo…

  • Thailand video news

    New biometric scans for mobile banking | GMT

    Thailand is making moves to attract more tourists to its vibrant and diverse culture. The Bank of Thailand has announced new biometric scans for mobile banking, which will make it easier for tourists to access their funds. Additionally, food trucks are being used to draw in more visitors. Russia is also making its presence known in the kingdom, with many…

  • Environment News

    Coral Rehabilitation for Divers Volunteers protects reefs

    A new Coral Rehabilitation for a Divers Volunteers training program in Phuket has attracted several foreign divers interested in the restoration project. The course aims to provide participants with knowledge of how to operate procedures in coral rehabilitation following academic principles. The program, created by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) has…

  • Phuket News

    2 Phuket restaurants busted with protected marine life

    In Phuket, two floating restaurants have been busted possessing protected marine life in violation of environmental laws. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) inspected floating restaurants in Phuket on Friday to check whether they had protected marine life and found a stash. Social media posts shared the findings online. The DMCR inspection found that both restaurants had ornamental…

  • Phuket News

    Chinese tourists bring Thai school uniform trend to famous spots in Phuket

    Chinese tourists have now brought the new trend of dressing up in Thai school uniforms to famous spots in downtown Phuket. These hotspots include Museum Phuket, ThaiRath reported yesterday. The museum is a well known landmark with its clock standing high above the main building. Chinese tourists also enjoyed taking photos of themselves dressed in Thai school uniforms at Chiang Mai…

  • Phuket News

    Do your part: sign up as a Phuket Tourist Police volunteer

    For all the armchair activists and online commenters saying the police should take more action, now is your chance to help. The Phuket Tourist Police are looking for a few good men and women. They have announced that they are seeking foreign volunteers to assist with law enforcement on the island. But don’t delay – the last day to submit…

  • Phuket News

    Body spotted off Phuket believed to be missing Romanian diver

    Nearly two months after the search for the Romanian diver who went missing at sea off Phuket ended, officials believe that his body has been found. A body was spotted floating off Phuket’s Koh Kaew island yesterday, The Phuket News reported. At 12.30pm, an unnamed boat captain told Chalong Police that he found a legless body in the water some…

  • Phuket News

    Another meeting with French consul on French motorbikers in Phuket

    There’s been yet another meeting with the French Consul in Phuket addressing the issue of dangerous motorbike driving by French nationals on the island. This is after the former French Consul in Phuket met with Patong Police over the issue just last month. The Honorary Consul of France in Phuket, Alain Faudot, along with the Consul at the French Embassy…

  • Crime News

    Police say no action to take on German man’s traffic fine drama in Phuket

    After a German man claimed that he had to pay a traffic fine of 2,000 baht in Phuket last month, Chalong Police say there is no action to take over the accusation, since there is no record of the fine. Reports said that on February 20, the man had been riding a motorbike through the Chalong underpass. The man said…

  • Crime News

    Phuket man fires gun in hospital car park in spat over parking space

    Yet another parking spat in Thailand has resulted in a gun being drawn. A Phuket man yesterday fired a gun at another man’s car in a hospital parking lot in a spat over parking space. The incident happened on the fifth floor of Vachira Phuket Hospital’s car park building at 9.30am. The man, 31 year old Thanakorn Thongek, had reportedly…

  • Crime News

    Thai navy busts Phuket umbrella operator for beach encroachment

    The Royal Thai Navy busted a Phuket umbrella operator for encroaching on a beach yesterday. The incident happened on Koh Racha Yai, an island off southern Phuket. The navy inspected the island yesterday and found the operator on Ao Pratok Beach. Twenty sets of umbrellas were seized, and the operator was arrested and brought to Chalong Police Station for further…

  • Crime News

    Phuket cops on the prowl for hit-and-run driver

    Phuket cops are on the prowl for a hit-and-run driver who sideswiped a motorbike, knocking the rider onto the ground. The incident happened on Saturday at 12.02am on Wiset Road in the village of Rawai. CCTV footage showed that the car was half in the left lane while it passed the Honda Click motorbike before it sideswiped the motorbike and…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket farang offers 4,000 baht reward for missing duck

    A beloved pet duck has gone missing in Phuket, southern Thailand, and its farang owner is offering a 4,000 baht reward for the person who finds and returns it. A poster reveals that the duck is female and went missing on Friday, March 3, from behind Wat Khanaen Temple near Thalang Dog Hotel. CH3‘s Facebook page Nai Krasae (“In the…

  • Road deaths

    Tragic road death in Phuket after young man hits reduce speed sign

    A tragic road death occurred in Phuket after a young man hit a reduced-speed sign with his motorbike on Sunday. The incident happened on Thepkrasattri Road southbound in Tambon Thepkassattri at 7.40am, The Phuket News reported. Rescuers arrived on the scene to find the victim, 24 year old Thanongsak Raiyai, lying dead near his motorbike. Thanongsak’s neck was broken, and…

  • What you get for $X

    What 10 million dollars buys you for a property in Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Hua Hin

    Are you curious to know what kind of luxury you can expect from a 10 million dollar property in Thailand’s most desirable locations? Our team has conducted extensive research on the property markets in Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Pattaya, and Hua Hin to bring you a comprehensive guide to the most exclusive and breathtaking homes available. We’re talking beachfront villas…

  • Crime News

    Officials raid counterfeit brand name shirt factory in Phuket

    Officials raided a counterfeit brand name shirt factory in Phuket‘s Kathu district yesterday. The team of officials from the Intellectual Property Department said they found machines and equipment used for shirt production at a house in a housing district near Kathu Waterfall. The officials also raided two nearby houses where they found thousands of counterfeit brand name shirts, The Phuket…

  • Crime News

    Indian and Russian busted without permits at Phuket Airport

    Immigration officers this week busted an Indian man and a Russian man, who entered and stayed in Thailand without permits, at Phuket International Airport. Phuket Immigration Checkpoint reported on Facebook that both men were arrested on the same day, February 28. The page said that officers arrested the Indian man, 28 year old Chaudhary Shubham, at the immigration checkpoint in…

  • Automotive

    Aussie man apprehended in Phuket after taking erratic joy ride in stolen car

    Thai police apprehended an Aussie man after he was found to have stolen a car at the Phuket International Airport and proceeded to take an erratic joy ride. The man reportedly stole the car at the airport’s car park, hit a parked vehicle and fled the scene. He then ran through two police checkpoints before he was apprehended. According to…