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As reported by the Brisbane Times... Looks to me like the Aussie media are going to jump all over every crime against tourists.

I will retort what i said in a similar thread. "Australians make up a large % of tourists in Thailand".

The best TAT can come up with in response is.. I doubt it will impact tourism" and Bangkok is #3 destination in the world".

Not exactly humbled by this are they? Maybe an apology to the families of the victims and a reassurance that they are going to do all they can to prevent repeats happening.

I was also taken aback by that comment.

How on earth do they immediately come to consider the economic impact on tourism, when they ought to be concerned about the level that Thai society has sunk to and the impact it is having on the lives of innocent people?

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Not fishy, Slum and drug peaple all over the places. Also here in Pattaya. They are lazy to work, just stealing is easy. I got my own lesson. I got surRouded by 5 locals last Octobre. What chance do you hace without weapon? The problem is that we foreigners can't carry guns. In my home country i can do that. So we are just victims in this country. In my case police was useless.

Not even regular Thais can walk around with a gun, but they do... and plenty people back home do as well, so just because you live here, you wont break the law? Shit, im well qualified to handle myself but if your surrounded or up against weapons, it doesnt seem all that bad idea to break the law and carry a pistol.

I looked it up on http://www.gunpolicy...gion/thailand It estimates10,000,000 civilian Thais are licensed for guns. It says 15.6% civilians but presume multiple gun ownership per person has blown out the data integrity. Am waiting for clarification re stun guns.

Other info is:

In Thailand, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Thailand are required to prove genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example, hunting, sports shooting, collection, self defense

The minimum age for gun ownership in Thailand is 20 years

An applicant for a firearm licence in Thailand must pass background checks which consider personal conduct, living condition, income and criminal records

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Thailand stipulates that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Can a falang legally own a gun?
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I find Mohamad's story very strange, seems something fishy about it.

Pretty common to get mugged on the road in Phuket late @ night.

Happened to a friend of mine - in that case, they just rode up & kicked him off the bike.

I lived in phuket for 12 years and ran a restaurant in patong beach.Every year during the low season the crime rate goes up,and its not just falangs that get mugged,it happens to plenty of Thais, usually coming home from work in the early hours of the morning,and they dont fight back they just hand over what they have,and alot of the time it goes unreported. I Personally used to drive my staff home in the car if we finished up late,as they were scared to go over the hill to khatu.It was also well known that if you drove out of patong to kamala or the hill to karon early hours of the morning that there used to be gangs hanging around waiting for an easy target,it was just common sense not to travel up there early hours of the morning.
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Can a falang legally own a gun?

I would think ... no. Waiting for any rebuttal ...

Well, yes you can, it's a lot of work to get a licence, and you would not be able to walk the streets with it.

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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...

Yea... The drunken orgies should be non-alcoholic

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Can a falang legally own a gun?

Even if he could. If you would shot someone in self defence, The police would maybe turn it against you and you would end up in jail. That's the problem!

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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.

again with the same old crap, this thread is not about Pattaya and even if it was, murders and muggings happen on hourly basis all around the world and more so in any busy city or tourist zones.

SInce living or holidaying in a developed city is a scare for you, please go to a remote village and stay thereblink.png

Since having "drunken orgy " is also an issue for you, feel free to purchase a rubber doll and stay with it in that remote villagethumbsup.gif

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What will a sane person by doing outside at 3:30am??? All over the world this time is an Ungodly hours for crying out loud. Only criminals and demons stay out this time.

Secondly soon tourist will stop going to phuket and hunger will dealt with this animals who are taking people life for nothing.

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Not fishy, Slum and drug peaple all over the places. Also here in Pattaya. They are lazy to work, just stealing is easy. I got my own lesson. I got surRouded by 5 locals last Octobre. What chance do you hace without weapon? The problem is that we foreigners can't carry guns. In my home country i can do that. So we are just victims in this country. In my case police was useless.

I'm mindful that your mentality (escalation to madness) increases my blood pressure.

My advice.

Go back to your country.

It's bad enough it has been ruined beyond repair.

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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 ;-)

I don't agree with TAT's figures, but let's just say for one moment I did. It would be interesting to know, what percentage, of the percentages you state, happen on Phuket. I would suggest Phuket would present an anomaly in the national statisics for tourist deaths by misadventure and robbery, theft and assults. (leaving out scams, rip offs and extortions) :)

I believe the Thai authorities must inform the various Embassies of the death of a foreign national in Thailand. If that is the case, that would be one avenue of obtaining accurate statisics as to the circumstances and location of death in Thailand.

As far as crime figures, I would say it's almost impossible to obtain accurate figures through the Thai police and those figures could further not be relied upon due to the high incidence of non-reporting of crime.

So, as one can see, whatever the world thinks, or knows, of crime in Thailand/Phuket - TAT is aware there really are just no proper figures to be able to prove their deceipt in the eyes of the world.

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What will a sane person by doing outside at 3:30am??? All over the world this time is an Ungodly hours for crying out loud. Only criminals and demons stay out this time.

Secondly soon tourist will stop going to phuket and hunger will dealt with this animals who are taking people life for nothing.

that is incorrect, if tourists stop going to Phuket, the animals(as you like to call them) will move to other areas where tourists go.

simple survival instinct.

furthermore, an increase in violence is always connected to economic situation at the time. whenever economy goes down, the crime rate goes up,

right now its a very very low season, less jobs, less tips and many businesses closing down= an increase in crime

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