Pol Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew of the Kamala Police was called to the scene, at Kwan Yak bend on the Kamala-Patong Rd, at 12:50am.
At the scene, police found the body of a 27-year-old man* from Shanghai lying face down next to the wall of an abandoned building with the wrecked Honda metres away.
Rescue workers had already rushed the man’s passenger, a 22-year-old woman* from Zhejiang, to Patong Hospital for a head injury, Col Somnuek said.
The man’s body was taken to Patong Hospital, he said, adding that the woman was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.
It was also not reported whether any helmets were found at the scene.
“We theorise that the driver came from Kamala and was heading to Patong when he lost control of his vehicle at the bend and fell 25 metres off the road,” Col Somnuek said.
“The motorbike slammed into the abandoned building, which left a big hole before landing on the ground, sending the driver and his passenger in different directions. The woman managed to clamber up the hill to the road and get help from a passing motorist,” he added.
The couple checked in at the Laimai Hotel in Patong last Friday (June 17) and were due to check out today (June 21), Col Somnuek explained.
“Since there were no witnesses to the accident, we have to wait for the injured victim to recover from her injury before we can question her about the incident,” he said.
“We have been told that the woman has undergone surgery and is now recovering in hospital,” he added.
* The names of the man and his female passenger are being withheld until it has been confirmed that the man’s next of kin have been notified.