'I never thought it would come this far; but Phuket is now worse than Pattaya!' – German Consul.
If that's bad - wait until you get to the Gomorrah of Tawdry Overindulgence!
Flying Sporran’s Midweek Diary
|Do television crews filming in Phuket now require an armed guard?|
|Dirk Naumann - Phuketwan|
Consular officials, nay even Ambassadors, used to have regular meetings with the Governor of Phuket but it seems that Governors does not like getting bad news all the times and those meetings have now been faltering…er badly.
He says visitors from Germany are down. That however makes little difference. Tourism generally has been booming as never before, thanks to news mass tourism from China, and Korea, and of course the growing Russian arrivals.
However the Chinese are already complaining.
|Stand Off in Phuket. Royal Marine Police Sergeant and Jetski mafia 'JJ'|
|R.I.P in Thailand's Vacation Paradise - Nightmare holiday on the island of Phuket|
Will this all change anything? No. The local tradition is to shoot the messenger.
The British made television series ‘Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand’ did a lot to lift the lid off scams. The Thai reaction at the time was to vilify the producer, so much so that a sequence showing a guy called JJ ripping off Royal Marines who had hired jet skis in Phuket, was condemned not for swindlers' actions, but those of the production team.
So is it going to be Koh Samui next? Koh Phangan has just taken a clobbering from Time magazine.
Cover Picture Real Caption: Producer Gavin Hill with production crew of 'Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand'