Phuket Tourism News – Vietjet takes off to Phuket, PHAB 5 a Success, Phuket weed and Phuket Charity Events
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Phuket Tourism News – Vietjet takes off to Phuket, PHAB 5 a Success, Phuket weed and Phuket Charity Events

Phuket Tourism News – Vietjet takes off to Phuket, PHAB 5 a Success, Phuket weed and Phuket Charity Events

Last updated on May 31, 2023 By

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 19 | May 28

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Vietjet Takes off to Phuket

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Starting from the 19th of May Vietjet is now running the first and only direct service between Hanoi and Phuket.

Vietjet’s new service between Hanoi and Phuket includes one roundtrip flight per day, with each leg taking approximately three hours.

With the new direct route between Hanoi and Phuket, travelers can now fly directly and conveniently to Vietnam’s capital city and other Northern tourist attractions such as Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Ha Giang, and more.

Vietjet is already operating the only direct route between Ho Chi Minh City and Phuket with two-hour flights daily.

PHAB 5 a Massive Success

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The title said it all, “A Fabulous Cause for Celebration”

On the 20th of May 2023, hundreds of Phuket residents came together to enjoy a night of stunning food and drinks from some of Phuket’s most luxurious hotels. The ACES Angsana venue was the perfect backdrop for the PHAB 5 Masquerade gala dinner.

The dinner was to help raise money so that local children can play a greater role in the industry’s future in Phuket as it offers scholarships to local students who wish to fulfill their dream of working in the hotel industry.

Over 3 million THB was raised on the Phuket Charity Events from silent auctions, online auctions, and a live auction which had some amazing prizes.

The event was a huge success and well done to the Phuket Hotels Association

New rules for Weed in Thailand, is there or not?

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Now this is a tough one to answer as no one is 100% sure what will happen. How has this come about, well; in the recent elections the party that won had in its manifest that it would make cannabis illegal again. This has sent shock waves around Thailand as cannabis has become a billion THB industry in a very short time and has created lots of new jobs and helped to bring back the tourists.

We still are not 100% sure what will happen, but after talking to some of the many weed shop owners here in Phuket, they think that cannabis will not be criminalized again, BUT that there will be new restrictions put into place such as asking for id for anyone buying weed and keeping these records so that authorities can see.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few months.

Update on the SpeedBoat accident in Phuket

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The captain of the speedboat that crashed into a channel marker in Chalong last week has been charged for the accident and it is reported that he has tested positive for a substance.

Luckily for all passaged and crew, no one was seriously hurt.

Similan Islands Closed


The Similan Islands are now closed. Yes, we have told you this before but we are still getting many people asking to book this tour.

Every year, from May 16th until the 15th of October 2023 the Similan Islands are closed to visitors to safeguard the marine habitat and stimulate its recovery. At 5 Star Marine, we stop running tours to the Similan Islands from the 5th of May. Are reason to close the tour off early is that the seas out to the Similan Islands are very open which means they get a lot rougher than seas into Phang Nga Bay.

Maya Bay Closing?

Yes, it is, when? Well, we believe that it will close on the 1st of August 2023, however, we have still not had any official statement as yet from the Thailand National Park authorities. We also believe that Maya Bay will be closed for 2 months and reopen on 1st October.

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