Kind Pattaya bus driver returns bag with thousands of Euros to Finnish tourist

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A kind Pattaya baht bus driver has been praised for his integrity after returning a lost bag containing thousands of euros and other valuable items to its rightful owner, a Finnish tourist.

The bag with 4,000 euros was left behind in the back of the baht bus. The driver, Lek, made it his mission to track down the owner. He tried to reach out to the woman through the hotel she had been picked up from and was able to return the bag to its grateful owner.

Lek’s actions were widely praised on social media, with many netizens expressing their admiration for his honesty and integrity. Some even suggested that the authorities should put a special recognition sticker on his car to commend his actions, The Pattaya News reported.

The Finnish tourist was also grateful for Lek’s help and even took a picture with him to show her appreciation.

This news comes after two recent incidents reported in Thailand involving tourists having expensive items returned to them.

Yesterday, Phuket Police helped a Russian woman get her pricey diamond earrings back after she accidentally left them at a guesthouse at Nai Yang Beach last month. The woman, 42 year old Elena Zholobetskaia, realised that her 70,000 baht earrings were missing while she was travelling in Koh Samui after she had already checked out of the guesthouse.

Last month, a kind Thai man returned a pricey gold necklace to a British tourist in Patong. The Thai man, 46 year old Jakkarin Kongmueang, told Patong Police he found the bracelet at a bar in Soi Bangla on January 11. The bracelet was reportedly worth 150,000 baht.

Jakkarin went to the station to file a report about the bracelet. On January 13, British national Ryan Ashley Horner showed up at the station to ask if anyone found his gold bracelet. To his surprise, the police told him that someone had found it.

A large number of Finnish tourists travel to Thailand for leisure, such as sunbathing, water activities, and exploring the local culture. Thai cuisine is popular among Finnish tourists, as well as traditional Thai massages and spa treatments.

Finns are also known to be interested in eco-tourism, such as visiting national parks and wildlife reserves. Shopping is another popular activity among Finnish tourists in Thailand, especially for items such as textiles, jewellery, and handicrafts.

Finns visiting Thailand generally have high purchasing power, and often stay in high-end hotels and resorts.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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