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Tourists urged to contact police in case of Phuket taxi deviations

Tourists urged to contact police in case of Phuket taxi deviations

PHUKET: Tourist Police in Phuket have called for visitors to not hesitate to contact officers in case of unexpected situations on public transport such as a taxi deviating from the route suggested by GPS. Though due to Patong Hill road repairs such situations may not be the result of anyone’s ill intentions, Phuket Tourist Police explained in a Facebook post today (Dec 2).

By The Phuket News

Friday 2 December 2022, 06:32PM

“If you don’t go any further, go with the police!!!!! [sic]” said Phuket Tourist Police, calling for visitors to contact them in case a taxi ride appears to go wrong. 

The publication was posted on the Phuket Tourist Police Facebook page in the wake of a misunderstanding between a taxi driver and a passenger that officers had to settle. 

As reported by Phuket Tourist Police, on an undisclosed day earlier this week a female tourist booked a taxi from Central Phuket to the luxurious Keemala Hotel in Kamala. 

On the route the passenger began feeling uncomfortable as the car was moving towards Patong while the GPS suggested the route should run along bypass road and Thepkrasattri Rd to Heroines Monument and then further west and south through Cherng Talay, Bang Tao and Surin. 

Phuket Tourist Police explained that the driver was taking the shortest way over Patong Hill as Phra Barami Rd had just opened for small vehicles to travel from Kathu to Patong. Yet the tourist was unaware of the recent traffic conundrum in Phuket and trusted her GPS while most of the services still consider Patong Hill closed for vehicles and suggest detours.

The misunderstanding was then settled in through mediation of Patong Traffic Police, said Tourist Police. 

Phuket Tourist Police added that the tourist agreed to pay for her ride and in the end “was impressed and expressed her gratitude to Phuket Tourist Police for the help.”

It was not explained at what stage and why Phuket Tourist Police was called in for help.

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Kurt | 04 December 2022 - 09:43:16

Fascinated, yes, you have a point. However, tourists have not always any idea of Phuket topograhy, but do know, are warned, about the infamous Phuket transport cartels, many allowed' to have weapons in their cars.'Tourist has only his apps to hang on for safety feeling between drive from airport and hotel arrival.

JohnC | 04 December 2022 - 08:52:53

If tourist police are going to intervene with tourists and taxis they could at the very least come up with a phrase than makes sense. LOL

JohnC | 04 December 2022 - 08:50:40

solarserfer what is a 'bad in the woods'?

solar_serfer | 03 December 2022 - 16:36:25

better safe than sorry (and rapeddead). Call the Police in any suspicious situation. that is way better than end up in a bad in the woods.

Fascinated | 03 December 2022 - 10:53:17

Maybe time for people to stop relying on 'apps' and lift their heads out of their phones. From Central the route taken by the driver made more sense than what the phone told her. When the electric was out in Kamala after the storm it was amusing watching 'man-bunned' millennials dashing about desperate for a signal. ''Do not believe everything you see on the Net'- Abrah...

Kurt | 03 December 2022 - 10:22:02

Point is,  tourists already read in home country on internet about the infamous Phuket taxi/van cartels reputation . So they are warned in advance about what can happen, and check route with their GPS. Up to the Phuket driver to explain clearly enough about how/what. If not, yes, the tourist police must handle it.


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