Now following a flurry of complaints, governments are urging the country to do more to protect the safety of the record numbers of foreigners visiting Thailand. Drink spiking in bars can be a problem and sometimes people wake up to find they have been robbed.
There are a lot of people who get drugged here, said Wal Brown, an Australia volunteer with the Thai police who patrols the thronging streets of Patong on the island of Phuket. Last year we had one guy hit with a hammer. The tout got very aggressive and attacked him.
Bag snatching and robberies are also a regular occurrence on Phuket with tourists on motorbikes sometimes targeted on dimly-lit roads. One French girl hid in the bushes for three hours. Another Swedish girl stayed there until daybreak. They were on motorbikes and stopped by people with hatchets and screwdrivers and makeshift weapons, said Brown, who recommends people read their government's travel advice before visiting.
Millions visited Thailand last year and although most did not encounter any serious problems, diplomats say tougher action is needed to ensure their protection. David Lipman, head of the EU delegation to Thailand and one of more than a dozen European ambassadors who recently visited the island to air their concerns, told AFP: There have been quite a lot of problems in Phuket.
The same with motorbikes as well. People rent out motorbikes. In the middle of the night they're stolen by the people who rented them out in the first place and the next day they say 'let's have our motorbike'. Fines handed out by the local police for parking in the wrong place are another issue. We expect proper standards of behaviour from public officials. Let's face it, there is a bit of corruption going on and we hope that will be avoided.
Meanwhile Pattaya's mayor, who has seen the jet ski scam thrive under his tenure, claimed: Ministry of Tourism and Sports is closely monitoring the issues Pattaya will also be one of the first destinations to have tourism court that will deal quickly with non-violent crimes against tourists.
Passengers tricked into getting out of the taxi which then speeds off 4th May See article from bangkokpost. They didn't make it.
Everything seemed normal when they entered an orange taxi outside their home, but as they drove along Ratchapruek Road, the cab slowed to a stop, apparently out of petrol. The driver turned around in his seat and told them that he was disabled and needed them to push the car to the side of the road for him.
The husband left the cab first, followed by his wife. The moment they were out of the car, the driver restarted the taxi and sped off, taking with him all of their belongings. Without money or phones, the desperate couple set out on foot to the nearest police station in Nonthaburi's Muang district to report the incident. They walked for more than an hour. The police told them there was little hope of finding the driver, but Nonthaburi police commander Pol Maj Gen Thanayut Wuthicharasthamrong had other ideas and through some great police work tracked down the thieving taxi driver.
Extortionists claim non-existent damages to the tune of a thousand dollars and more 24th August Based on article from andrew-drummond. The province's governor Wichai Praisa-nob also stepped into the row today and called a meeting of police, jet-ski operators, Marine Police, and local government officials to discuss what action would be taken. They are also to be shown the film. He said he was considering banning jet skis from the island.
The important thing is that I got them out of there with no one being hurt, other than pride and in the wallet. I don't remember swearing but apologise if I did! The other important thing to remember is don't hire jet skis in Thailand. The jet-ski con is widespread.
Tourists are forced to pay for damage which they clearly have not created, but the mafia gangs have had assistance from corrupt police officers, who, according to one source, claim 20 per cent. Like Putty in the Scammers' Hands 24th August See article from stickmanbangkok. Water splashing dissolves the putty, so they have picture proof of damage. This was told to me by an honest beach vendor who is sick of seeing angry tourists getting ripped off. He reported to police that he had been bashed by a group of Thai men after hiring a Jetski from a Pattaya Beach operator close to Soi 13 on Pattaya Beach Road.
It is alleged that once he had returned the jetski's the operators inspected the vehicles, before explaining that Marshall will have to pay for mythical damages done to the bottom of the Jetski he was riding. Marshall claims, that he calmly tried to explain to the operator that he was not responsible for any damage evident on the Jetski, as he had not been involved in an accident or hit anything in the water.
He subsequently refused to pay the man any money for the damages. The argument became very heated, ending with the three Thai Jetski operators attacking Mr. Marshall before another two Thai men walking past the incident also joined in on the attack. Marshall was able to escape the onslaught, but not before being hit several times in the face causing him numerous injuries.
As it the norm in these types of cases a financial settlement was discussed at the scene to avoid the case being taken any further. Both Tourists refused to pay and were therefore taken to Pattaya Police Station to continue the negotiations.
On the way, both men decided to offer the Jet Ski Operator 10, Baht which was duly accepted. Payment was handed over and the two men who were accompanied by three other friends went on their way.
From Pattaya Secrets My mates hired a jetski on Pattaya beach one morning after a night out. Its fair to say they had a few drinks. The two of them went out on the jetski for half an hour each. Flying around on the thing they hit a wave at an angle, and flipped it. Thai guys on beach called them in and said they broke it. Even though dam thing was going fine. They started demanding Baht to fix it. Even though it was going great and ten minutes later someone else jumped on.
Needless to say my mates refused and went back to the hotel. Half an hour later, the Thai guys were at the hotel demanding the money along with a Cop. In fear of getting lifted or worse, they paid the fine and stayed away from Pattaya beach. From Thai Visa An American and his tilac took to the waves. Anyway cut to the chase 10, was asked for a small scratch that the Yank did not do, I was watching him, he said call the cops I'm not paying and after an hour, off they went to the friendly arbitrators at soi 9, I told him to settle there on the beach as my buddies had the same happen, as I reported here on this site.
It ended up costing them 80, at the cop shop. So sad this is killing the tourist trade.