Thailand Moken Sea Gypsies South Andaman Phuket

Thailand Pledges Houses, Aid for Moken ‘Sea Gypsies’

Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit promised to provide appropriate housing for stateless Moken people in Phuket and other southern areas in the Andaman Sea. Jurin announced...
Tourists Browse Street Market in Phuket

Phuket Lifts All Covid-19 Restrictions on Vaccinated Domestic Tourists Sunday

Fully vaccinated domestic tourists will be able to visit Phuket without restriction starting Sunday as the province tries to pump up its tourism industry. Gov....
US American Ukrainian Tax Evasion Employment Taxes Arrest Phuket Thailand

2 Ukrainian-Americans Busted in Phuket for US$10 Million Tax Evasion

Central Investigation Bureau police team arrested two Ukrainian-Americans for allegedly evading US$10 million in employment taxes. The arrest made at the request of the U.S....
Thais and tourists water fight on Khao San Road Wednesday night.

PHOTO VIEW: Thais, Tourists Rise Up, Ignore Songkran Water Ban

After two years of having their Songkran fun snuffed out, young Thais, joined by growing numbers of foreign tourists, are ignoring bans on water...
Russians Tourists Phuket Ukraine War Stranded Thailan

Almost 10,000 Russians, Ukrainians Extend Stay in Thailand

Authorities in Phuket continue to offer assistance to Russians and Ukrainians impacted by the war in Ukraine and sanctions imposed on Russia even as...
Phuket Beach Sign Thailand

Tourists, Returnees Dumped ฿50 Billion into Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Since Launch

The Phuket “sandbox” tourist-entry program continues to generate solid income for Thailand, garnering more than 50 billion baht since its launch in 2021. The Tourism...
Monopoly Phuket Edition Hasbro Board Game Thailand

No Gouging Taxis, Go-Go Bars in Monopoly: Phuket Edition

Now you can buy overpriced condos, charge rent for Bangla Road ladyboy bars and send foreigners to jail for riding electric scooters in Monopoly’s...
The partially nude body of Swiss tourist Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, 57, was found at the rocky base of the Ao Yon Waterfall on Phuket’s eastern coast Aug. 5.

Phuket Man Gets Life Sentence for ‘Sandbox’ Murder of Swiss Woman

A Thai man who murdered a Swiss tourist in the early days of the Phuket “sandbox” was sentenced to life in prison. Teerawat Thothip was...
Thailand Immigration Visas Russians Ukranians

Phuket Immigration Extends Russian, Ukrainian Tourists’ Visas

The Phuket Immigration Office set up a special unit to extend the visas of the Russian and Ukrainian tourists who cannot return to their...
Tourists Russians Beach Phi Phi KRabi Thailand

7,500 Russians, Ukranians Trapped in Thailand with No Cash, No Way...

Thousands of Russian tourists are stranded in Thailand after their country’s invasion of Ukraine triggered global economic sanctions, Russian diplomats say. There are about 6,500...
Surveillance camera images of two people they are searching for in the murder of a former B.C. gangster. (Photo: Royal Thai Police)

1 of 2 Phuket Hitmen Captured in Alberta – Canadian Media

One of two men wanted for gunning down an international gangster in Phuket has been arrested in Canada, local media there reported. The Vancouver Sun...
Jimi Singh Sadhu Gunned Down Phkuket Thailand

Indian Gangster’s Killer Escape Thailand; Accomplice Arrested, Guns Found

Police found two guns used to kill an Indian “gangster” in Phuket and arrested a suspected accomplice, but admitted the gunmen have escaped Thailand. National...
Phuket Forest Fire Rawai Thailand

Phuket Brush Fire Sends Tourists Running

A brush fire broke in the Laem Krating Cape of Phuket on Saturday sent tourists and residents running, with everyone evacuated safely. Phuket Gov. Narong...
Phuket International Airport staff and medical personnel wear personal protective equipment as they help travelers entering Phuket.

Thailand Blaming Phuket Tourists as Daily Covid-19 Cases Top 10,000 Again

Thailand again crossed the 10,000-mark for new daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, but the government spent its time blaming tourists arriving in Phuket. A week...
A passenger reacts after taking a Covid-19 test following his arrival under the Phuket "sandbox" scheme at Phuket International Airport.

70-80% of Covid-Infected Phuket Arrivals Have Omicron

The Phuket Tourism Association said 70-80% of international arrivals who test positive for Covid-19 are infected with the omicron coronavirus variant. The PTA noted, however,...
'Sandbox' tourists arrive at Phuket International Airport.

Phuket to Stay Open to Foreign Tourists Despite Covid-19 Surge –...

Phuket will remain open to tourists under despite a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Gov. Narong Woosiew said Thursday. In order to maintain the provincial...
Phuket Countdown 2022 Andrea Bocelli

No Lisa, But Bocelli Still to Appear Friday at Phuket NYE...

There’s no Lisa, but Phuket will sing in the New Year with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli officially confirmed to appear at the province’s countdown...

PHOTO VIEW: Pattaya’s Nightlife Reopens, Proving Bar Closure Order a Farce

One might be able to rationalize how a Soi 7 beer bar offering up quick-slop Thai food could be considered a restaurant, but in...
Ostrov Movie Czech Production in Thailand

Phuket, Krabi Star in New Czech Movie ‘Ostrov’

Thailand is back in the front of international movie cameras with a Czech Republic film currently being shot in Phuket and Krabi. A 22-member film...
Development of the Khlong Thom hot spring site in Krabi is one of 7 projects approved Tuesday.

฿494 Million OK’d for 7 Southern Development Projects

. Hot springs, piers, dugong protection among 'urgent' needs
The Kangaroo "restaurant" is open and serving booze despite bars supposedly being closed in Phuket.

Bars ‘Remain Closed’ in Phuket; Don’t Tell Bangla Road

You wouldn’t know it from Bangla Road, but bars technically remain closed in Phuket. The central government claimed Monday that Phuket Province has been maintaining...
Beach bars on Koh Samui await domestic tourists, who now don't have to take a coronavirus test to visit if they're fully vaccinated against Covid-19. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Phuket, Koh Samui Drop Covid-19 Testing Requirement for Domestic Tourists

Likely precursors to what international visitors may experience come November, Phuket and Koh Samui are dropping onerous disease-control measures for domestic tourists. This week, Phuket...

Prayut Touts ‘Phuket Transformation’ Plan to Draw 1 Million Tourists by...

Thailand is gearing up to promote Phuket as a world-class tourist destination, hoping to welcome a million foreign visitors over the next six months...
Phuket Bangla Road Restaurant Bar Pub Chinese Thai Food

Phuket Restaurants Get OK to Sell Alcohol Again

After openly defying the island’s alcohol ban and being raided by police, restaurants in Phuket can resume sellng booze on Oct. 1. Bars, nightclubs, pubs,...
Phuket Temple Wat Thailand

Phuket Ends Self-Imposed Isolation Oct. 1 Even As Covid-19 Cases Continue...

Phuket’s self-imposed isolation to all but “sandbox” tourists ends Oct. 1. The province’s communicable diseases committee on Thursday agreed to finally left entry restrictions, allowing...
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