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Sure would be nice of the governor to step up and have this money returned.
Posted by john s on January 22, 2011 20:12
mmm ... sometimes I wonder when they take it to next level .. by ripping tourist off even before they ride the jet skis...;-)
Posted by Bjarne on January 22, 2011 20:51
Apologies if I am wrong but I thought this "scam" problem had all been sorted out with mandatory insurance and assurances by the people in governance.
Posted by innocent bystander on January 22, 2011 21:31
Issues that destroys Phuket image should be dealt with, again, who will and can ?
Posted by Anders on January 22, 2011 21:43
This scam is ruining people's holiday because the authorities will not do anything about it.
Posted by Allan on January 22, 2011 21:55
With all the negative publicity on the net about jet ski scams in Thailand, its a pity these persons did not see it and consider what mite happen if renting.
Posted by Mikey on January 22, 2011 23:01
Easy to stop these jet ski scams.....
Posted by Jimmy B on January 23, 2011 00:38
innocent bystander: "Please Mr. Governor ensure that the ban on jet-skis as from February this year, as mandated by one of your predecessors is carried through to fruition."
Posted by Mike Boyd on January 23, 2011 01:03
The jet ski rip-off is old news and easy for anybody to see if they do their basic online research and due diligence on their holiday destination and activities they may participate in.
Posted by Will on January 23, 2011 01:19
sure would be nice if the governor focus on the jet ski operators.
Posted by tak on January 23, 2011 02:41
why should any of this be a surprise to anyone?
Posted by Zig on January 23, 2011 04:41
What is happening with the Jet-Skis is what typically happens with most scams and problems in Thailand.
Posted by Chris on January 23, 2011 09:01
How could Phuketwan have prevented this, i wonder?
Posted by FS on January 23, 2011 09:24
Innocent Bystander and Chris: Well said both of you, but I'm afraid the rot has gone so deep it will take a strong governor to effectively invoke martial law to root out the corrupt police, officials and other self interested groups from this island. (It'll never happen.)
Posted by A. Skeptic on January 23, 2011 11:31
it is people like this that will kill the Thailand tourist trade, if each one of the family group of say five people tells one friend then they each tell one friend AND it is spread about the rip-off merchants over the internet then in time, NO ONE will want to go there as they will be frightened of rip-offs.
Posted by Simon on January 23, 2011 11:49
It is a shame these jet ski m**** give Phuket a bad name. Please spread the word not to hire jet skis but don't put down the rest of a beautiful place.
Posted by Tania on January 23, 2011 12:20
And the rip offs and vile behavior continue unabated...Were these jet skis not covered under the compulsory insurance scheme, will anyone get arrested ? Me thinketh not...the man in charge of phasing out the jet skis is chickening out, foreigners are the evil that fuel the Phuket economy.
Posted by Ian on January 23, 2011 12:42
Wonder what the discussion will be at the next Consulate Meeting... ummm, maybe the same discussion that they had before.
Posted by Graham on January 23, 2011 13:14
It is time for the tourist from Australia to sue their travel agencies for not providing information about the scamsters in Phuket? After all that years, that is now gross negligence on part of the travel sellers. Maybe if a judge rule against TUI or other big fish of the tourist industry in D, GB or Australia for not warning their tourists properly, could make a difference.
Posted by Lena on January 23, 2011 14:29
Better to sue the Department of Foreign Affairs, which declines to allow Phuketwan to interview the local honorary consul so the article can be send to Australian newspapers to explain the risks.
I have told many friends here in australia to forget bali go to phuket.
Posted by carlos on January 23, 2011 18:54
they were told that "tourist police don't work weekends"..
Posted by another steve on January 23, 2011 22:32
Now it's up to the consulates..to make them realise. They can't get away with this...Consulates... if you are reading this...DO SOMETHING...
Posted by STAN on January 24, 2011 06:44
Love to read the story the following day of two of these scammers jet skis deliberately driven into rocks, deliberately smashed with rocks, while the pair of tourists take off over the hill on their way back to Bangkok airport (after paying an extra 1000 baht deposit in lieu of leaving passport).
Posted by hoffman on January 24, 2011 16:12
That's revenge, but no solution. And more trouble for the victims who follow.
Please note, the Tourist Police work 24/7, the emergency telephone contact number is 1155. The Tourist Police Volunteer Centre is on the beach Road, next to the Immigration Office, unfortunately the Volunteers are not allowed to get involved with jet skis disputes, I think they were too effective. These jet ski people cause these problems EVERY DAY! They have to go, or Phuket will die.
Posted by Phuket Kop on January 24, 2011 19:50
"unfortunately the Volunteers are not allowed to get involved with jet skis disputes"
Posted by Chris on January 24, 2011 22:10
If the Phuket foreign volunteers are not allowed to mediate in jet-ski incidents then that says it all. Personally I think they should all resign as they are living a lie.
Posted by Andrew on January 25, 2011 00:50
Jet Ski Scam (again)
Posted by Patong Expat on January 25, 2011 10:26
I think the best thing is for all of us who are willing is to sign a petition should do so and send it to the Governor. I for one know that every resort and business owner involved in the tourism industry will sign and hopefully the tens of thousands of signatures that i am sure would be collected may help to wake up the authorities and really see how unpopular Jet Skis have become. There is more bad news than good involved when you hear about Jet Skis these days and their operators here in Phuket. I for one am still perplexed how they can continue to operate on Surin Beach when it is not listed as one of the 5 beaches allocated for Jet Ski use. I am truly looking forward to their removal from Phuket for good.
Posted by Passionate About Phuket on January 26, 2011 01:23
Petitions are always suspect because anyone who has ever been presented with one will always wonder if all the signatures are genuine. The Phuket tradition appears to be a protest at Provincial Hall. Resort GMs and those in the tourism industry are surprisingly reticent to complain.
Posted by Andrew regarding the Tourist Police Volunteers; I think they should all resign as they are living a lie.
Posted by Phuket Kop on January 26, 2011 11:27
Ban all jet skis from the Island!
Posted by Dominik on January 26, 2011 16:50
This is very bad for Thailand and going to destroy the tourism, governor should do something and make return the money to persons and say sorry too
Posted by Tony on January 26, 2011 17:16
My daughter and family wished to visit me & then Phuket for a family holiday. I emailed a number of stories about scammers/assaults on tourists. We went to Chang Mai and Pai. The people were lovely.
Posted by M Bell on January 27, 2011 12:06
My advice to visitors is not to ride the jet skis, don't ride them and the operators will go broke. My wife and I visit Phuket several times a year and I look at the jet ski's and remember in October 2001 when Patong was quiet after September 11 and my 2 older boys had a bit of bother with 2 jet ski's, after 4 hours with the tourist police and jet ski operators I came out $3500 Australian dollars lighter in my pocket. Please beware, do'nt hire them, they are a curse to beautiful Phuket.
Posted by Scott Shallcross on January 27, 2011 14:44
It's about time these people are put out of business and in jail by the authorities. This is how Phuket repays the world for the hundred's of millions of dollars donated by good hearted souls to rebuild the area after the tsunami. Shame on you!
Posted by Joe on January 28, 2011 09:56
How about a comment from the new Governor regarding the 2011 ban!!
Posted by maximus on January 29, 2011 11:07
Phuket's cheaper than some places but more beautiful, and Thailand villagers super very warm welcome, that why very easy to get there for many Aussies villagers who expect everything from cheap price. Don't go to Phuket ,Please go to Bali or wherenever suit to your little pocket. Ohh, Thailand will cry and die if loss you guys.
Posted by Pong on January 29, 2011 18:00
Governor and Mayor, when are you pair going to sort out the jet ski problem once and for all, you pair are in a position of power able to sort this out quickly on behalf of the normal honest people of Phuket and Patong.
Posted by Steve on January 29, 2011 20:00
@ Steve on Saturday January 29, 2011 at 20:00.
Posted by innocent bystander on January 29, 2011 21:40
JET SKIS SHOULD BE BANNED IN THAILAND. Easy to say, people should not use jet-skis but if you don't know any different, it is a totally unexpected scam. Tourists get robbed for large amounts of money and all the tourist police do is negotiate for a lesser amount when you should not be paying in the 1st place. I would never return to Pattaya, I paid $10 000US to damages that we did not do! Tourist police should arrest these culprits and NOT negotiate with them. THAILAND GOVERNOR, if you know what's good for your country, then you should get these people off the beaches. I have told every person I know considering the trip not to go. The place is a paradise, however being ripped off certainly does not make your holiday an enjoyable one.
Posted by Naadia -SA on June 9, 2011 22:11
This will be the never ending problem. I keep hearing Jet ski scam, but then both sides have their versions of the story. I agree that Jet ski or motorcycle business have to be dealt with.
Posted by Jesse on August 15, 2014 00:31
Indeed, it's not a one-sided thing. There are tourists who crash jet-skis deliberately, tourists who lie to reduce their expenditure, and there are honorable jet-ski operators. We've heard of cases of extortion by expat motorcycle hirers, too. These things are only ever black and white in the minds of bigots. That said, compulsory comprehensive insurance would be a step in the right direction, both for hired jet-skis and motorcycles.
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