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Sounds like Phuket and Pattaya are ideal holiday destinations - stabbings, murder, drunken orgies, corruption, jet-ski gangs, robberies etc - I can't imagine why anyone would want to visit, let alone live there.

Why not? Just yesterday a spokeswoman from the Phuket hotels association or similar was quoted saying: "that (the stabbing of an Australian Lady) this is an extremely isolated incident and thefts and other crimes in Phuket are very low.”

I wonder where this moron is hiding now...

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"It's time for embassies to issue stern travel advisories against coming to Phuket, i.e. don't go there unless your trip is absolutely essential. Leave them on until police can demonstrate significant progress in cleaning up the gangs of thugs that prey on tourist pedestrians and motorcyclists, armed with guns, knives and clubs."

Agreed. It's like when the US issued a terrorism warning for Bangkok last Jan. Apparently the Thai authorities had known about a possible threat and had specifics but dragged their feet. Until, that is, the US issued a warning. Then the Thais got on the ball within a day and carried out the necessary raids. (At least that's how I understand it).

You forgot to mention that the Thai government was outraged at the travel warnings of the different countries and insisted that they would withdrawal their warnings as Thailand only has friends and no enemies around the world. There are no terrorists in Thailand, only assassins.

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Its funny how Thai Visa always posts the few bad incidents about Phuket, but hardly any about Pattaya or other tourist destinations. The same stuff or maybe even more incidents happen in Pattaya but somehow I never seem to read about them, except for an occasional story once a week or so...

I inderstand the posting of a murder is serious, and I don't question that, but the general image given of Phuket is bad, while in reality it is NOT. 95% of the tourists have has a great holiday, and would come back anytime,... You can never satisfy them all

I live and run a business in Phuket, and in the past 4 years nothing has ever happened. At most a bar brawl with some drunken guy but that can happen anywhere.

Stop giving Phuket a bad name... I know its not the ideal paradise, but thenagain no where in Thailand, or maybe this whole planet will you find the ideal paradise location... All my customers and friends feel very safe on this island and as long as you behave, the Thais will leave you pretty much alone, except for the Tailors, Tuk Tuks, and Ping Pong idiots. Of course you always have your trouble makers, which when intoxicated, feel invurneable, and those big, bad mouthing farangs learn the hard way from the locals... But wouldnt the same happen in our home countries???? Yes it would...

Sam

Patong, phuket

Sam, tell me what Phuket was like just 4 years ago, as compared to now. What do you think it will be like in another 4 years time? That's the direction the island is heading in with no sign of anything getting and better for tourists or expats in the near future.

I have asked the question before and will ask it again. Name one good thing that has been done for tourists and/or expats here in recent history?

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Considering that according to TAT's latest figures (2007) there are about 14'000'000 tourists in the LOS (Land of Silliness). Lets assume that half of them have multiple entries in on year and are counted several times, then a figure of around 10M is more likely (just assume). Now it's nearly impossible to find out how many foreigners live permanently (legally or illegally) in Thailand but I know for sure, there are more then 2.

Assume there are 100 farangs killed every day somewhere in Thailand for what ever the reason, that only accounts for 0.36 % of all Foreigners here. Let's think that 1000 farangs are scammed, robbed or beaten up by some scum here, that's still only 3.6%. So there are about 96% of foreigner who had a good or at least, not a horrific experience here in the LOS.

So I'm not surprised that no official agency thinks it's necessary to tackle any problems (or is that called nuisance towards our Thai hosts?) where farangs are harmed in any way.

Amazing Thailand ;-)

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I'm not trying to say that Phuket and Pattaya are safe places, but whenever there's a story about something bad happening to a tourist in one of these places people always say things on here that make it appear that they are particularly more dangerous for a tourist than most other places in Thailand. But how can anybody say that when we don't know the actual PER CAPITA crime rates compared to other places?

Yes, there are more violent incidents against tourists in these places than other parts of Thailand, but does that really mean it's more dangerous? Just as an example, pretend there's 100 times more tourists in Phuket than in Mae Hong Son, and if 100 tourists are robbed in Phuket this year and only 1 in Mae Hong Son, that doesn't mean that Mae Hong Son is safer. The odds are still the same, because there's a lot less tourists in Mae Hong Son. So of course there's going to be more stories of violence against tourists in the areas that have more tourists, that's how odds work. Just because there's more murders in New York City each year than in Compton, California, it doesn't mean that New York City is more dangerous to live than Compton. Again, I could be wrong and these places could have much higher crime rates (Per capita, as percentages), but until we actually know those statistics we can't assume they are really dangerous places compared to the rest of Thailand just based on stories. An increase in violent incidents also doesn't mean much if there's also an increase in arriving tourists. Put 5 people in a room together and the chances of 1 robbing another isn't as likely as if you put 1 million people in a room together.

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Just checked several travel advisories from different countries, don't worry, Phuket isn't mentioned anywhere. Just the Cambodian border area, the deep, deep south, Koh Samui and the full moon parties in Koh Phangan. Phuket and Pattaya are safe ;-)

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I find Mohamad's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.

Maybe you would find it less fishy if he was called Colin or Dave?

Yes he sounds like a racist. Plenty of them around.

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I find Mohamad's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.

Maybe you would find it less fishy if he was called Colin or Dave?

Yes he sounds like a racist. Plenty of them around.

So if I would have said 'I find Edward's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.' it would have been ok by your standards? Sorry, I simply find the story fishy, no matter if Edward or Mohamad came up with it.

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I find Mohamad's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.

Maybe you would find it less fishy if he was called Colin or Dave?

Yes he sounds like a racist. Plenty of them around.

So he is a racist and you believe everything happened as he said in less than <18 seconds? (based on 300m @ 60km/hr) mmm...do the math

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Any city with booze, bars, and ladies is going to have dark side - especially resort areas - resort areas in any country. A recent count shows Chicago has a higher murder rate than Kabul Afghanistan - and 'Stanland' is really deadly.

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