Connect with us


Island View: Tradition of bouncers beating punters

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The tradition of bouncers beating punters more than likely goes back to the first brewers and distillers. The first confirmed creation of fermented beverages dates back to 6,650 BC.

However, it is widely believed that humans were brewing beverages as early as the Neolithic period (10,000 BC), which very likely indicates a long history of those protecting their fermented drinks by sternly reprimanding family, friends and clients. So what’s all the fuss about these Aussie lads on Soi Bangla?

The real issue, of course, is the fact that it happened in Phuket, a place both exotic and easily accessible to the world.

The story of the five bouncers brutally beating the Australian tourists would not have made international news if it had happened in Glasgow, London or New York City. However, it happened on the paradise island of Phuket at about the same time the central government has made it clear that tourism is the most important source of revenue for Thailand.

To add to their poor judgment and brutishness, the bouncers are mentally better equipped for the Neolithic period than for the modern world, where publicly beating men to the ground in front of a crowd of people with video cameras and Facebook and YouTube access is not going to pass unnoticed. It is the age of citizens’ journalism, so it’s best to be a barbarian behind closed doors or in a cave.

All that aside, however, Patong Entertainment Business Association President Weerawit Kurasombat should be commended for his response. Though it shows a level of sensitivity that is probably not necessary – as originally pointed out, bouncers beating punters is a bit of tradition around the world – it also shows an awareness that is essential for Patong to develop its nightlife environment toward promoting classier clubs among the sois of dancing bar girls.

Mr Weerawit’s strong stance here draws a line defining what is acceptable and what is clearly not. However, there is no way to prevent such incidents from eventually reoccurring – every bouncer has a tipping point – so it is up to citizen journalists to collect evidence and spread the word. Hopefully, next time the victims will have enough faith in Thailand’s police force to seek justice.

— Alex Stone


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand31 mins ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

Thailand1 hour ago

Purchases of fancy street lamps being investigated for possible corruption

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | BKK parks re-open… nearly, tropical storm, airport security upgrade | June 14

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand2 hours ago

Missing fisherman’s body found in sea off Nakhon Si Thammarat

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

CCSA: We’re out of vaccines

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Ayutthaya hospital to test all staff for Covid after 18 test positive

Thailand3 hours ago

13 teenagers arrested in Chon Buri for partying, gathering

Crime4 hours ago

Crime Suppression Division seizes dozens of illegal firearms in a series of raids

Crime4 hours ago

Marijuana valued at 10 million baht seized in Nakhon Phanom, 2 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,355 new cases, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Almost 100% of teachers and staff vaccinated in Bangkok

Thailand6 hours ago

Almost 8 million register for stimulus scheme, app briefly goes down

Best of6 hours ago

Top 5 best temples in Bangkok

Thailand6 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | What’s happening in Pattaya, Phuket sandbox, reopening for tourism

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

25 vaccination sites put on hold in Bangkok

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8