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Phuket’s Chinese-speaking guides in mass protest

Phuket’s Chinese-speaking guides in mass protest

PHUKET: More than 30 Phuket tour guides who are members of the Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand (PGA) protested at Promthep Cape yesterday afternoon (Dec 21), furious at the rapidly increasing numbers of illegal Chinese tour guides on the island.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 22 December 2017, 10:17AM


The Chinese-speaking tour guides, led by Wanchai Taweeapiradeepitak, held signs in Thai, Chinese and English languages, complaining about, what are, according to them, illegal Chinese-speaking tour guides working across the island, and requesting they get out.

The protesters told Chinese tourists at the entrance to Promthep Cape Viewpoint to be aware of illegal guides who are working in tour groups.

Mr Wanchai said, “The reason we came here is because we are Thai Chinese-speaking tour guides who have legal tour guild licences. Our jobs are now in trouble because these illegal tour guides take our jobs. We do not have jobs from tour companies. There are more than a thousand of us who are in the same trouble.”

Mr Wanchai explained that he knows that there are not many tour companies that hire legal tour guides, but, on the other hand, about 70% - 80% of them hire illegal tour guides from China.

According to Mr Wanchai, these tour companies charge illegal guides B100,000 to be able to work. Thereafter they charge them B5,000 a month as an expense.

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As far as I know there are more than a thousand illegal guides in Phuket. Many of the legal guides are losing their jobs even in a high season.

We want to warn tourists about illegal tour guilds. They must be aware of illegal guides who might cheat them to buy fake goods or distort and damage history,” Mr Wanchai noted.

We want government offices including the prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to help us solve the problem. The government should be strict and take action on tour companies who hire these illegal guides,” he added.

The protesters have vowed to continue to protest and warn tourists at Promthep Cape until the problem is solved or until they got more jobs.

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Pauly44 | 28 December 2017 - 20:15:43

The laws of Thailand are fickle, they can be made, changed, broken, manipulated very easily with money, that is why they are challenged so frequently this is common knowledge, Thailand is just another country humans travel to and should be taken with a pinch of salt as they would do the same with visitors.

yvonne | 28 December 2017 - 15:19:58

Foreigners working illegally are doing so against the Laws of Thailand, therefore they WILL be arrested and prosecuted. The Laws of Thailand cannot be ignored by these foreigners breaking the Laws. They are lucky in that they will not be automatically sentenced to a period in Jail and then deported, like in many other Countries of the World.Foreigners who have their own Agendas should leave!

yvonne | 28 December 2017 - 14:39:23

What should NEVER be forgotten by ALL FOREIGNERS is that they are in THAILAND and whilst they are on Thailand Soil,Thai Laws and Regulations regarding ALL FOREIGNERS and EXPATS are applicable/enforced. It is the Country of Bonafide born and bred THAI PEOPLE first and foremost.It is the Birthright of the Thai
Nation to be protected by their elected Government and the Laws of their Country,Thailand...

BenPendejo | 22 December 2017 - 13:47:40

These guides don't give a rats arse about history or quality of tourist experience for the, it is all about them being unable to rip off tourists themselves like the greedy tour companies. The insatiable appetite for money has turned all aspects of tourism in Thailand into a money grabbing free-for-all. These guys are nothing more than greedy and angry minivan drivers, of which there are too m...

Pauly44 | 22 December 2017 - 11:16:59

I'm sure the average package tourist could give a hoot if the guide is legal or not, comes down to the cash they depart with for the service, I'm quite certain these guides would also attempt to extort as much cash out of tourists as well so it's not about that or distorting history, just greed.

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