Tourist police

  • Tourism

    Tourist police warn travellers of Thai scams

    Spiderman’s uncle once said, “With great tourism, comes great scamability.” We might be paraphrasing a bit, but as Thailand is welcoming international tourists once again pouring into the country, the tourist police are warning that perhaps not-so-welcomed scammers are also returning to prey on fresh foreign victims. The commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau says that they are increasing police presence…

  • Crime

    Thailand prepares for influx of foreign criminals this High Season

    Thailand is a known beacon for fugitives attempting to slip under the radar. Thai police are worried that when tourist arrivals spike in high season – between October and February – that the country will also see an influx of foreign criminals. Thai police are working with embassies all over the world to set plans in case foreign crooks slip…

  • Tourism

    TAT promotes I Lert U mobile app to connect tourists to police

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand has issued a press release touting the Tourist Police I Lert U mobile application and encouraging visitors to download it. The app was launched on December 15 to allow tourists quick access to emergency response and general assistance, and yesterday’s press release was intended to raise awareness of the application as tourism begins to ramp…

  • Phuket

    More lost tourists with Covid break Phuket quarantine for Samui

    Police have yet to confirm whether they found several missing Russians – a single man and a separate couple – who left hotels in Phuket before finishing mandatory hotel quarantine periods only to be found to be positive for Covid-19. But the hunt for Covid-19 infected tourists is on yet again, as Phuket Tourist Police are looking for any information…

  • Phuket

    Police find Covid-19 infected missing Russian tourist… In his own hotel room

    After frenzied reporting on Thai news yesterday, the police manhunt for a Covid-19 positive Russian tourist thought to have escaped his Phuket Sandbox hotel is over and considered a false alarm. The police 191 hotline received notification from the Patong Parak Hotel in Phuket that the man had disappeared from his room after testing positive for Covid-19. The man was…

  • Tourism

    Tourist Police launch “New Year New Normal 2022” campaign

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand has a never-ending cavalcade of exciting new promotion plans to attract top travellers to the country. Now the Tourist Police Bureau is getting in on the act, launching “New Year New Normal 2022” focused on highlighting travel safety in Thailand. The plan will include more personnel on duty to assist any travellers in need, as…

  • Thailand

    “Tourist Police i lert u” mobile app launched to help tourists quickly

    “Tourist Police i lert u” is a new mobile app launched yesterday to allow tourists quick access to emergency response and general assistance. The app was launched by the Tourist Police as a means to improve safety by providing easy access to help when needed. The app comes at the same time as the Ministry of Tourism launched a tourism…

  • Thailand

    Lost couple in Koh Pha Ngan forest rescued by tourist police and park officers

    A 50 member team of Koh Pha Ngan rescuers and locals spent 6 hours searching for a Spanish couple who got lost while hiking on the island. The couple, a 41 year old man and 39 year old woman, were hiked to the Khao Ra viewpoint, the highest point on the island at 635 metres above sea level. They started hiking…

  • Crime

    Bangkok man arrested for flogging dodgy medical certificates online

    A young man in Bangkok has been arrested for peddling fake medical certificates on Facebook Marketplace. Police arrested 24 year old Phitchayaphat Somsri at a house in Lat Phrao district for selling the false certificates, including for Covid-19, for up to 1000 baht each, and say he used quite a number of tools in manufacturing them. A spokesman says the…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Tourist police make video to encourage “Chinese family”

    Facing a massive slump in tourism from China, the Tourist Police Bureau has produced a video for Chinese to boost the morale of people dealing with the Novel Coronavirus. The video has drawn plenty of praise and shares since being posted on social media yesterday. Tourist Police Commissioner Chadtha Komonwattana says the bureau is deeply concerned about the virus situation,…

  • Crime

    Online gambling den in Pattaya raided, 19 Chinese arrested

    PHOTO: Daily News Nineteen Chinese on tourist visas have been rounded up during a raid on two rooms at the ‘CC Condo’ in Pattaya early this morning. The gang were running an online gambling operation and, according to police, turning over 2 million Chinese Yuan, about 8 million Thai baht, a month. According to Daily News, the raid was led by local…

  • Bangkok

    Taxis are leading concern for tourists visiting Thailand

    Tourist police say that Taxi’s continue to be one of the most pressing issues for tourists visiting Thailand. In 2018, 12,679 taxi drivers were arrested by police, of which 5,668 drivers refused to pick up passengers, compared to 1,681 last year. 3,408 drivers refused to use their fare meter, compared to 255 last year and 1,659 who were overcharging, where…

  • Bangkok

    Welcome home, now off to jail

    PHOTOS: Tourist Police Bureau Thailand’s roving crime-buster Pol Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn was part of the welcoming committee as a group of Thais, he helped to bust in The Philippines, arrived back at Suvarabhumi Airport in Bangkok. They were immediately taken away to the police station after Big Joke introduced himself. Back in June the deputy chief of the Tourist Police…

  • Bangkok

    ‘Golden-tongued Keng’ arrested along with four other call centre scammers

    Police have arrested the alleged leader of a notorious call-centre gang, known as “Golden-tongued Keng”, and four members of the gang that operated in several countries. Again, the deputy tourist police chief Pol Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn was behind the major arrest. Surachete says police tracked down and arrested 41 year old Natthawat Simbida, alias ‘Keng the Golden Tongue’, in…

  • Thailand

    Who is this week’s Champion of Overstayers? – Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner

    PHOTOS: Thai Tourist Police Bureau The Thai Tourist Police have executed the 20th raid in their “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner” campaign. Again, they’ve turned up dozens of foreigners on overstay and people entering the Kingdom illegally. Eighteen schools were raided for illegals including three international schools and 2 language institutes. Pol Maj Gen Surachete Hakpal – aka ‘Big Joke’ in the…