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Ride for love: Phuket locals call for decency after Russian couple caught in the act in the back of tuk-tuk

PHUKET: Leading Phuket figures have gone soft on any blowback on the issue of tourists having sex in the back of tuk-tuks, but still warned over-amourous couples: Don’t do it.

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Saturday 13 May 2017, 09:00AM

A tuk-tuk driver in Patong holds up a 'No Sex' sign to be fitted to his vehicle. Photo: The Phuket News
A tuk-tuk driver in Patong holds up a 'No Sex' sign to be fitted to his vehicle. Photo: The Phuket News

The issue came to a head after two young Russians were caught on camera in compromising positions while riding in the back of a tuk-tuk along the Karon beach road in a video posted online late last Friday night (May 5). (See story here.)

In the video the woman can be seen straddling her male companion and leaning back across the tuk-tuk cab, and moving rhythmically while supported by her arms.

“I have never seen this type of thing happening in a public place in my entire life in Patong,” said Preechawut “Prab” Keesin, director of the Pisona (tuk-tuk) Group. Mr Preechawut, a native of Patong, has deep links to hospitality, nightlife and tuk-tuks operating in the party town.

“But this kind of indecent act does not deserve attention. There are many places to do this, but not in public, or even in tuk-tuks,” he said.

“I think they were drunk and did this to be naughty,” he joked.

On a more serious note, Mr Preechawut added, “From a business side, this image affects the tourism industry – and this is the from the point of view of somebody travelling behind the vehicle. The person who recorded this video must also think before posting this kind of thing on social media.”

Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen was uninspired by the incident. “This kind of thing happens anywhere in the world. I do not have much to comment about it,” he said.

“People know that it is not right. Thailand is a Buddhist country. This behaviour must not appear in public. Everyone knows that both of these foreigners were charged with public indecency and fined B500 each.”

After Karon Police were informed of the video online, officers moved to track down the Russian couple.

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“We tracked down the tuk-tuk driver through the license plate, and he led police to where the couple were staying in Phuket Town,” Lt Col Naruewat Puttawiro of the Phuket Tourist Police told The Phuket News on Monday (May 8).

“We found them early yesterday evening (Sunday, May 7). They are Russian tourists,” Col Naruewat confirmed, but was polite enough not to name couple. (see story here.)

“We brought them to Karon Police Station, where a volunteer (acting as translator) explained to them for an hour why they had been brought in for questioning.

“Both denied that they were having sex, but they both admitted they had removed items of clothing. They said that they did not know that this broke the law,” Col Naruewat added.

However, their actions were deemed illegal.

“We explained to them that in Thai culture even just taking off a shirt in public is inappropriate, so they were both charged with public indecency and fined B500 each,” Col Naruewat confirmed.

“We would like to thank the public for their help in bringing this to our attention,” he added.


Reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot and Eakkapop Thongtub



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Pauly44 | 16 May 2017 - 07:14:02

Jor 12 your comments demonstrate why most readers are now ignoring them, it appears you are only here to stir up responses when your comments have no substance, I will follow suit, not worth the time or effort to educate you.

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Jor12 | 15 May 2017 - 20:26:11

Pauly44...No...this a worldwide platform, so I find it a bit rich for you to slate a particular country. I don't know where you get your facts as to Thailand being the sex capital or where anything goes? As I said, bawdiness is not confined to any country, but equally applies to any country you care to name...other than I suppose Islamic countries, but there is more underground. You then point out supposedly that the Somchai is no saint. Like me, I am certain that he would find that label quite offensive. You then erroneously suggest that it attracts "that type" of tourist, as it is not consistent with tourist profiles.

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Pauly44 | 14 May 2017 - 18:42:25

Jor 12; We are talking about Thailand on a Thai news platform, my point is it's a bit rich for Somchai to be telling tourists how they should behave as he's probably no saint and relies on them for his livelihood, Thailand has a reputation as a sex capital and a place where just about anything goes, that's the type of tourist it attracts so they can't have it both ways.

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Jor12 | 14 May 2017 - 15:32:38 any country which is devoid of the ills of which you speak. The sale of sex had been around for centuries and not solely confined to Thailand ... or anywhere else for that matter.

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Pauly44 | 14 May 2017 - 13:04:11

It's true these Russian's lost their heads, many tourist do when they holiday in a relatively lawless society, but lets face it Thailand is not known to be a country with high moral values, lawlessness is endemic so it's with irony they attempt to be taking the high moral ground.

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BenPendejo | 13 May 2017 - 21:11:57

Yeah...the supreme peddler of underground entertainment in one of the sex capitals of the world is going to pop up and wag his finger in foreigners faces and lecture them on proper behavior.  Bah!

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Christy Sweet | 13 May 2017 - 19:29:52

Sex sells Thailand, and Thailand sells sex- it's what the nation is known for and has been for decades.  Seems this will be great advertising.

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yvonne | 13 May 2017 - 12:32:21

Their behaviour was disgusting. !NO self respect. They should have had their names and photos placed. If they cannot behave decently and at least RESPECT the culture,traditions and Laws of Countries in which they are ONLY VISITORS, they should remain in their OWN Countries.

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Discover Thainess | 13 May 2017 - 09:42:34

I have heard it all now! A protest by the bastions of the moral society: tuktuk drivers. How about protesting at alleged local mafia practices by the taxi cartels? How about protesting about alleged corruption of local officials? How about protesting about alleged people trafficking and child prostitution rings? No? Much better to protest about a couple of tipsy tourists! And posting information about indiscretions in Thailand? Noooo !! much better to hide it and pretend it doesn't exist. Oh Per-lease !!

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