Phuket authority warns public of crocodile on the loose

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

People residing near the Ao Chalong Pier in Muang district in Phuket were on Sunday alerted to the sighting of a crocodile on Saturday at around 3pm.

“We advise operators of boat services and general public to exercise extra caution when entering the pier area, either to park their boats or for other activities,” said Natchaphong Pranit, acting director of Phuket Port Authority Office. “If you find or have information about the crocodile, please contact hotline 1199 or tel 076-391-174.”

The Ao Chalong Pier is Phuket’s main boat anchorage, set on Chalong Bay, the province’s largest bay some 10km south of Phuket downtown. It is a well-known spot for tourists, as boats can be chartered here to visit smaller islands for diving and snorkelling trips.