Phuket tourists split over virgin beaches

The recent revelation by Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan that he will start taking steps to have all beaches in Phuket cleared of vendors and returned to “virgin” status has received a mixed reaction among expats and foreign visitors in an online poll by The Phuket News. The current ruling is called the “10 percent zone,” […]

New wave of high-spending Russian tourists roll to Phuket

A resurgence in the number of Russian tourists coming to Phuket has piqued hopes for a Russian revival pumping much-needed life-blood back into the country’s critical tourism industry. Fueling interest in the revitalized tourist market are more than six consecutive months of over 20 percent growth in the number of arrivals from Russia, and the […]