The arrests were made by officers from a special unit set up by Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada, Phuket Labour Office chief Suthipong Saisakaret said in a press statement issued yesterday (May 31).
“The unit has been ordered to carry out anti-illegal-worker operations on the island, he said.
“The team set up at Wat Chalong and monitored tourists in the area. They noticed a group of tourists gathered in the yard setting up and bringing out photography equipment to take pre-wedding photos of a couple,” Mr Suthipong explained.
“After watching them a while, the officials approached them and asked to see their work permit, which they did not have,” he added.
The eight men were named as: Su Zhaoyu, 23; Wang Yin, 26; Bao Bin, 24; Gan Daolun, 29; Chen Dihui, 28; Wang Jiahai, 19; Jiang Zhenyuan, 24; Feng Wenka, 24.
They were escorted to Chalong Police Station, where they were charged with working illegally in Thailand, said the statement.
Mr Suthipong did not elaborate on whether the men were working for a company or whether they faced immediate deportation if found guilty by the court.
The report also made no explanation of what happened to the bride and groom.