Connect with us


Safari tours protest tuk-tuk “bullying’



PHUKET TOWN: About 100 staff from four safari tour companies turned out today to demonstrate against tuk-tuk and taxi drivers, their rivals in a dispute over who may ferry customers between hotels and the safari companies. The protesters sat in about 30 vehicles outside the offices of Phuket Member of Parliament Suwit Sa-Ngiamkul on Phang Nga Rd, saying they had taken the day off to complain about the “bullying behavior” of the tuk-tuk drivers. About 200 tuk-tuk and taxi drivers mounted a demonstration of their own on December 10, accusing the safari tour companies of breaking a verbal agreement to use only tuk-tuks and taxis to carry guests betwen their hotels and the safari companies. Today, despite saying that the tuk-tuk drivers had threatened violence, the employees from Island Safari, Siam Safari, Amazing Bhukit Safari and Southern Eco Nature Tour decided to make their point. Alisa Jhantharak, Marketing Assistant at Siam Safari, said, “We are protesting because now we can’t pick up guests from hotels in Kata-Karon. The tuk-tuk drivers say that if we do pick up clients, they can’t guarantee the security of either the tourists or our drivers. “We have contracts with foreign companies and it’s impossible to change those contracts.” Sorrathorn Chayasakulwong, the company’s Marketing Manager, said, “We have cancelled all bookings involving Kata-Karon hotels. It would cost us 20,000-30,000 baht a day in Kata-Karon. “If we give in to them, they [the tuk-tuk drivers] will continue to do it over and over again.” K. Sorrathorn expressed concern about the effect that news of the dispute and the threats would have once they came to the attention of the overseas travel agents who made bookings for tourists heading for Phuket. “Tourists may not visit Phuket or Thailand anymore,” K. Sorrathorn said. “The Tourism Authority of Thailand don’t seem to be able to give [the safari firms] any way out.” The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Sontaya Kunplome, was coincidentally having lunch today at the Royal Phuket City Hotel, Phuket Town. Some of the protesters decided to give him details of the dispute. “We’ll let the provincial authorities take care of this problem,” the minister said. After the recent tuk-tuk and taxi protest, the provincial autorities, in the shape of Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi and Pol Col Sati Malakanont of Chalong Police Station, announced an agreement whereby the safari companies would be barred from collecting their own customers from hotels.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chon Buri40 mins ago

Father tragically drowns while fishing in Chon Buri pond

Crime51 mins ago

South African’s life sentence reduced to 33 years for drug trafficking in Thailand

Thailand56 mins ago

PM’s office is one of Thailand’s top advertising spenders

What you get for $X1 hour ago

What $500,000 buys you for a condo in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, and Bangkok

Thailand1 hour ago

Health dept’s reply to rising food costs: ‘let them eat curry & rice’

Politics1 hour ago

Sri Lanka’s exiled president plans to finally head home after Thailand stay

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

New Bill Restrictions for Cannabis use in Thailand | GMT

Thailand2 hours ago

Two Indians stopped for taking restricted goods to Bangkok

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thais more relaxed about Covid-19

Bangkok18 hours ago

‘Win’ motorbike taxi drivers protest against GrabBike in Bangkok, Thailand

World18 hours ago

China not cod-ing about its zero Covid policy as it tests fish

Travel18 hours ago

Affordable but stylish hotels in Koh Samui for your next holiday

Thailand18 hours ago

Female soldier seeks help after being abused by senator’s wife

Crime19 hours ago

2 fake monks make up to 40k baht per day scamming villagers in northern Thailand

Crime20 hours ago

Man stabs wife’s secret lover to death in rice paddy in central Thailand

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Phuket1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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