A Russian woman died after falling from the fourth floor of a hotel in Patong on Tuesday morning.
Patong police were notified of the incident at the hotel on Ratchapatanusorn Road at 2.15am.
The woman was identified by police as 27-year-old Elena Kusovnikova, a Russian national. She was wearing a bikini when found on the ground in front of the hotel.
Doctors at Patong Hospital, located less than 100 metres away, said she had died from serious head trauma.
A friend of the deceased told police that they had checked in to the hotel on February 25.
Last night, they had gone to Bangla Road, before returning to their room at 1am.
After drinking, the friend fell asleep, but was later woken after police arrived at the room, which was when she discovered that her friend had fallen from the balcony.
Police say there were no signs of a struggle or fight in the room.
At this stage, they believe the Russian fell from the fourth floor after getting drunk and going outside to smoke a cigarette.
The Russian Consulate in Phuket has been notified.