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PM Prayut calls out Phuket van driver for overcharging Aussie tourists

PM Prayut calls out Phuket van driver for overcharging Aussie tourists

PHUKET: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called for operators in the tourism industry to not take advantage of tourists following two Australian tourists being charged B3,000 by a passenger van driver for taking them from Phuket International Airport to Kata Beach last night (July 17).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 18 July 2019, 03:03PM

The two tourists, both women, filed a formal complaint with the Karon Police over the incident.

Lt Gen Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, Deputy Spokesperson of the Office of the Prime Minister, said that PM Prayut had become aware of the very high fare charged by the Phuket van driver and issued a public statement on the Phuket affair, state news agency NNT reported today (July 18). (See story here.)

“Taking advantage of tourists adversely affects tourism in Phuket. Also, it negatively affects the reputation of Thai people and country as well,” PM Prayut said.

“Operators [in the tourism industry], please help to take care and keep an eye on tourists. Prevent this kind of behavior from happening again.

“Also, officials must be strict in their supervision and prevent it. It must not happen again,” the Prime Minister said.

“Thailand is a beautiful tourist destination. The hospitality of Thai people is also something that people around the world appreciate, making most tourists impressed.

“Therefore, I would like to ask all Thai people to be a good host and welcome tourists visiting Thailand,l” he added.

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DeKaaskopp | 22 July 2019 - 11:27:02

What has this water shortage talk from Mr.K  to do with this article? And as he knows that there will be no more water soon, it would be best to arrange a relocating for him!

Kurt | 20 July 2019 - 13:26:07

.."Water shortage is always in April and May"..  I thought really that we live now in the last weeks of July, and we were reading that Phuket has water for just 1 more month. ( and that during wet season)

ematt | 20 July 2019 - 00:49:43

Re: "not many tourist come to Phuket nowdays".  Right. Only about 8 million per year....

Rene | 19 July 2019 - 15:02:10

No more water from the tap ? What a bullshit. If u know Phuket, what i doubt, you have to know that water shortage is always in April and May. By the way, everyone can refuse a taxi trip (means not i agree with that)

Kurt | 19 July 2019 - 11:44:17

Thai friends on Phuket in 'tourist jobs' are telling me that not many tourist come to Phuket nowdays Logic, Phuket's reputation by now is known already world wide. Plus that soon there will be no more water from the tap on Phuket.

CaptainJack69 | 18 July 2019 - 21:58:52

Point of fact: in order to have "called out" the van driver the good general (oops, sorry, democratically elected prime minister) would need to name them.

BenPendejo | 18 July 2019 - 21:39:53

If the PM really cared...he would establish severe penalties for any public transpotation ripoffs. But everyone knows that these animals rule this place, and even the PM can't rein them in. Public transport is one of the first thing a tourist encounters, and is often the worst thing they encounter on their trip.

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