Ren Yun, 31, and Cheng Supei, 26, had been shopping at Tesco-Lotus in Cherng Talay and were walking back to their hotel, the Amora Beach Resort. The way is along an ill-lit road with open fields on both sides.
Two men on a motorbike stopped next to them and the passenger stepped off and tried to snatch Ms Ren’s handbag. The two women resisted him and shouted for help.
The attacker then grabbed a large piece of wood that was lying on the pavement and started to beat them with it.
The attackers broke off his assault when he saw the light of an approaching vehicle, and the duo fled on their motorbike, leaving the tourists with their possessions intact.
A passer-by took the two women to Thalang Hospital. Ms Cheng had a few bruises but Ms Ren had damage to her hands and a dislocated shoulder.
Police are looking for the attackers.
After Australian travel agent Michelle Smith died of a fatal stab wound on June 20 last year in Kata, in a similar snatch-and-go attempt, police advised anyone subject to such a robbery not to resist, but to allow the criminals to take their possessions rather than their life.