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Will we see some BOYCOTT PHUKET as we saw some Boycott Sochi ? I have to congratulate the Hon Con in this mater. Could be an example for the other consuls on the island. Anyway the threat from this lady is absolutely amazing .

It actually wouldn't be too hard for someone with the technical know how to have an Anti-Phuket webpage rank very highly on a google search using some simple SEO techniques. I don't feel the need to personally dissuade people from going, but a boycott campaign will really hit them where it hurts. I am actually surprised it hasn't been done already, given the amount of people who get ripped off there.

Tell me how to do it, I will pay for it!

Actually, you wouldn't even have to set up a web site. You can set up a Facebook account where incidents and photos can be placed. The hard part would then be getting it listed on Google, and other search engines, so that it pops up when anyone does a search. Otherwise, simple enough to do.

1) Purchase, download and install a program that hides your IP address.

2) Set up a new email address to use when setting up the Face Book page, using the IP hiding software.

3) "Share" it with all of your friends, and ask them to also share with all of theirs, and so on.

4) Every time there is an article in regards to scams, attacks, murders, etc, against foreigners by Thai, post it.

I have a feeling it wouldn't take long for it to become "viral" and, of course, the Thai government would be looking for ways to shut it down because it gives Thailand a "bad image". lol

PM me - I am happy to get this going!

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My only question is, why would anyone vacation in Phuket? Its impossible to do any research on the place without coming up with a ton of stories like this. Anytime i have friends or family in Thailand I tell them straight up to avoid the place, there are plenty of islands just as beautiful that are infinitely more honest.

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Will we see some BOYCOTT PHUKET as we saw some Boycott Sochi ? I have to congratulate the Hon Con in this mater. Could be an example for the other consuls on the island. Anyway the threat from this lady is absolutely amazing .

It actually wouldn't be too hard for someone with the technical know how to have an Anti-Phuket webpage rank very highly on a google search using some simple SEO techniques. I don't feel the need to personally dissuade people from going, but a boycott campaign will really hit them where it hurts. I am actually surprised it hasn't been done already, given the amount of people who get ripped off there.

Tell me how to do it, I will pay for it!

Actually, you wouldn't even have to set up a web site. You can set up a Facebook account where incidents and photos can be placed. The hard part would then be getting it listed on Google, and other search engines, so that it pops up when anyone does a search. Otherwise, simple enough to do.

1) Purchase, download and install a program that hides your IP address.

2) Set up a new email address to use when setting up the Face Book page, using the IP hiding software.

3) "Share" it with all of your friends, and ask them to also share with all of theirs, and so on.

4) Every time there is an article in regards to scams, attacks, murders, etc, against foreigners by Thai, post it.

I have a feeling it wouldn't take long for it to become "viral" and, of course, the Thai government would be looking for ways to shut it down because it gives Thailand a "bad image". lol

PM me - I am happy to get this going!

dont forget to set up a google alert so you get a message anytime an incident hits the news.

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My only question is, why would anyone vacation in Phuket? Its impossible to do any research on the place without coming up with a ton of stories like this. Anytime i have friends or family in Thailand I tell them straight up to avoid the place, there are plenty of islands just as beautiful that are infinitely more honest.

Because some people dont believe the hype! Also, for example, my family will come here to vaction in order to visit me - as for now this is my workplace & therefore my home!

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Tell me how to do it, I will pay for it!

Actually, you wouldn't even have to set up a web site. You can set up a Facebook account where incidents and photos can be placed. The hard part would then be getting it listed on Google, and other search engines, so that it pops up when anyone does a search. Otherwise, simple enough to do.

1) Purchase, download and install a program that hides your IP address.

2) Set up a new email address to use when setting up the Face Book page, using the IP hiding software.

3) "Share" it with all of your friends, and ask them to also share with all of theirs, and so on.

4) Every time there is an article in regards to scams, attacks, murders, etc, against foreigners by Thai, post it.

I have a feeling it wouldn't take long for it to become "viral" and, of course, the Thai government would be looking for ways to shut it down because it gives Thailand a "bad image". lol

PM me - I am happy to get this going!

dont forget to set up a google alert so you get a message anytime an incident hits the news.

I am somehting of a technonitwit! I need it explaining in Baby steps!

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Here is a briefing of the whole story: "aussie boy was conned of a discounted 16,000 baht thanks to police involvement when he should have paid not more than 5,000. The Governor is willing to pay the rest even if it does not exist. The director of Phuket Passport Office scolds Aussie Consul for complaining too much wishing him to leave". Amazing sequence of events. Larry, we really wish you all the best.

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I am sick of pattaya and phuket extorting us. Lets write articles on trip websites and drive these maffia operators and tge corrupt officials back to the jungle.

There are better places and more deserving people in Thailand

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The Australian honorary consul is an idiot, did he just wake up to this scam against foreigners? Last month he was complaining foreigners were clogging up Phuket hospitals, now this. Seriously the best he could do was just tell all foreign visitors to avoid phuket altogether or the very least never hire a jetski in Thailand. 15 years ago Thailand was begging for tourists, now there's so many tourists they don't care about robbing and scamming as many foreigners as possible. The only way to beat the Thai scammers is don't give them your money by going elsewhere.

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Just heard this on the Australian radio news, two scams against Australians in a week and mentioned how Larry is being intimidated by Thai authorities for speaking out and tarnishing Thailand's reputation as the worlds best and safest holiday destination.

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EU ambassadors and Aussie H C are constantly trying to work with the Phuket authorities for things to get better - and they never do.

How long before the finallly realize the only way is to issue travelers warnings, then let Phuket authorities prove things have changed before they remove them.

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Unbelievable, the blatant coercion between the jetski mafia and the Phuket government is an embarrassment to Thailand and should be dealt with severely. All under the watch of the DSI, shamefull.

Just don't hold your breath for any changes to the status quo.

The authorities in the realm don't seem to realize (nor do they appear to care) just how much negative publicity is being generated and published right around the world about Thailand and Thai related issues.

Oh well!, I don't really give a shyt either.

and neither does the rest of the World nor its media quite frankly. Petty crimes against foreign tourists and complicit local officials... uh, next coffee1.gif

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Stop going to Phuket. Everybody should know this is the status quo.

A consular person being threatened by local government officials. Insane.

If anyone had any doubts about this being a place it would be wise to avoid, the antics of the OP article should remove any doubt.

Venture there are your own risk...

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He did well, but also he did his job so we don't go overboard with praise.

Are there people knowledged about jet skis who know what kind of damage a submerged jet ski incurs? Surely a watercraft like this is designed to withstand a dunking?

There is no damaged caused by submerging a jet ski. It may foul the plugs in which case you remove them, clean them and put them back in. I've seen the jet ski's they use in Phuket and they are all pretty recent models which means that most of those issues have been fixed. Jet ski's are designed to be submerged. I had two early models and that was nearly 10 years ago and I could completely submerge them and as long I kept my hand on the throttle it would not die. If it so happened that it did die, about 90% of the time you could reboard and it would start back up again. If you get water in the engine hold, you simply put the jet ski on the trailer and pull the plug and drain out the water. These guys are simply just shaking folks down. The bottom line is don't rent from these thugs. Unless your stay in a local condo includes watercraft, don't bother renting from the thugs bad, bad, things happen.

Many decades ago I rented a jetski while on holiday on a Malaysian island. It was my first time so the operator gave me a 10-min crash course on how to operate it. Including how to right it if I flipped it upside down, how to re-mount and so on. He told me it won't sink even if it was belly-up. Even did a demo, and flipped it just to show me! He just told me not to panic. I actually did flip it during my ride, and got it up and running again. The operator scrambled to my position, but just to make sure I was ok! Before he left, he just asked me to rev the engine a little. Told me it sounded 'healthy' and then left me to enjoy my afternoon. When I returned, they just moored my jetski and didn't even bother to take another look at it, much less check for damage.

As for Phuket, well I say people should just avoid the place until it changes for the better. I have told friends not to go there. Some posters here said boycott. It may not be a bad idea after all. When these scums realise just how much their scams are actually hurting themselves, they will learn to have more strategic vision and see further down the road, and understand the concept of 'honest business create happy customers who come back - with more customers'. People change at the percipice of disaster. Give them the 'disaster' i.e. no tourists, no business, no income... and let them evolve to have a little bit more intelligence and hopefully humanity.

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EU ambassadors and Aussie H C are constantly trying to work with the Phuket authorities for things to get better - and they never do.

How long before the finallly realize the only way is to issue travelers warnings, then let Phuket authorities prove things have changed before they remove them.

Governments do have travel warnings on their websites but who actually logs in and reads them. The Thai authorities know very well that tourists don't seek out these warnings before they travel so why change anything.

Auatralia's currently travel warning to Thailand is, Exercise a high degree of caution

"Carefully consider your safety and the implications of accidents if you hire a motorcycle or jet ski and seek advice on any restrictions that may apply (such as insurance cover if you are not licensed to ride a motorcycle in Australia). You should check with your travel insurer whether these activities are covered by your policy. You may be detained and arrested by police following jet ski and motorcycle accidents until compensation, often in thousands of dollars, can be negotiated between parties"

If the government made it compulsory for travel agents to hand out a pamphlet to tourists then they may actually read it but then on the other hand that may be bad for the agents business.

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