All of these "headlines" are on social media. A new tourist(Western, Chinese or Indian)thinking Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam has a choice to make.If I was a first time visitor I know where I would not choose to go! Maybe there is a good reason for the empty bars and beaches.
He will probably be bragging to his English friend on Facebook, however, I doubt he will be bragging about the beating he will receive. Hopefully he will learn his lesson and go to Spain next time