Friday, April 20, 2012

Thailand: Indian Tourists Urged to Avoid Jet-Ski Rentals in Phuket, Pattaya

My frequent postings for travelers and tourists concerning the security risks in Phuket and Pattaya are unfortunately increasing in numbers, for a variety of reasons, but I urge our readers to read the below link from, which concerns a strong warning not to ride jet-skis in Phuket or Pattaya, or face aggressive extortion attempts:‘Jet-ski-at-your-own-peril-in-Phuket-and-Pattaya.'

COMMENT: Fortunately, THE BANGALORE MIRROR wrote one the strongest warnings yet, urging tourists not to rent jet-skis in Pattaya or Phuket, or face the consequences. Clearly, I strongly endorse this recommendation, otherwise renters may well face some of the hardest looking cases ever seen, who will intimidate and threaten them in no uncertain terms.

Like many scams against tourists in both Phuket and Pattaya, complacent police may be complicit in looking the other way in exchange for gratuitous payments from the jet-ski mafia. I make this statement having worked closely with the Royal Thai Police for several years while posted at the US Embassy in Bangkok as Regional Security Officer (RSO).

Continuing tourist scams on Phuket, verified by Patong police and honorary consuls, are likely to be raised when Phuket's honorary consuls meet with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and Phuket officials in May. That being said, little action is anticipated.

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