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Official travel warnings about Phuket issued by the Chinese Embassy

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“The embassy reminds Chinese tourists to follow the rules while in Thailand and to stay out of the water when authorities put red flags on beaches, indicating the marine situation is dangerous.”

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok is telling travellers to take particular care in Thailand’s southern resort provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga and Krabi.

The embassy has issued an official safety warning to tourists travelling to Thailand during October’s “Golden Week” holiday following six drowning incidents involving Chinese citizens in August.

The warning says that sea activities pose the highest safety risks for tourists, urging visitors to take particular care when visiting the three popular destinations.

“The weather can still be changeable, sea winds strong and the water conditions complex.”

About 7 million Chinese will travel during Golden Week, up from more than 6 million during the same period last year, according to Chinese travel website Ctrip.

For the first time, according to Ctrip, bookings show that Japan is surpassing Thailand in popularity as a destination for the October holiday. More than 5.9 million Chinese visited Thailand in the first half of the year, according to figures from travel company Ctrip.

The SCMP reports that Thailand has been in the top three overseas destinations for China’s outbound tourists for a long time, behind Hong Kong and Macau.

But Chinese tourists’ love of Thailand has been rocked by the Phuket boat tragedy, but airports are working hard to win them back. In August several international entry airports opened dedicated lanes for Chinese tourists in five airports across the country, staffing each one with Mandarin-speaking officials.

But there’s no doubt that the growth of mainland Chinese tourism to Thailand has been undermined following the deaths of 47 Chinese tourists when their tour boat, the ‘Phoenix’, sank after it was hit by unseasonably high waves in early July.

According to another China travel agency, Lvmama.com, which did not provide more details, many mainlanders had adopted a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude about travelling to Thailand following that, and other, incidents.

The warning notice from the Chinese embassy reminds travellers that waves can reach more than two metres during monsoon season, from May to October, and that swimming and sea trips are not appropriate.

SOURCE: South China Morning Post



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Man found with drugs at Krabi checkpoint

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A man has been arrested with methamphetamine pills at a checkpoint in Krabi today. He was stopped at the checkpoint because his girlfriend wasn’t wearing a bike helmet.

The Krabi City Police arrested 22 year old Atsadawut Nuisuchon who was driving his motorbike past a checkpoint in Krabi city centre today. He was found with 20 methamphetamine pills.

Police stopped him as his girlfriend wasn’t wearing a safety helmet. Atsadawut fled the scene but left his motorbike and girlfriend behind.

Police followed him and arrested him within half an hour. He and his girlfriend were taken to Krabi City Police Station for further legal action.

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Fake 500 baht banknote found in Krabi store

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A fake 500 baht banknote has been discovered at a convenience store in Krabi.

Police headed to the store in Mueang Krabi District after they were notified of the dodgy 500 baht note.

43 year old Maimunoh Somsa, the store manager, was waiting for police with the item in question – a very good copy of a 500 baht Thai banknote.

The manager told police that at about noon on Wednesday there was a woman buying cigarettes and a lighter for 72 baht. She handed over the 500 baht banknote. The staffer didn’t realise at that time that it was a fake. It was later discovered long after the woman had made her purchase.

Police are continuing their investigations to find the suspect and track down the source of the fake note.

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Suspect arrested for sexually assaulting British tourist on Koh Phi Phi

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A man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a British tourist on Koh Phi Phi.

Police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen says that the Thai suspect’s name is Trairat Changsanan, a local ferry worker who was arrested yesterday.

He has been accused of sexually assaulting the 21 year old British tourist on Koh Phi Phi Don on April 15. She was travelling around Koh Phi Phi Don alone.

According to police reports, the British tourist, named as ‘Megan Penny’ met with an Irish male tourist and ended up drunk falling asleep on the floor of a local restaurant near their accomodation.

The suspect saw the female tourist, used a cutting tool to cut the her jean-shorts and removed her bikini. He allegedly sexually assaulted her and asked her to have sex with him. She pushed him away from her before she reported the incident to police.

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