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Authorities in Patong's Soi Bangla show Phuket is safe for tourists

Phuket Authorities Display Muscle to Show Tourists Are Safe in Patong

Sunday, December 13, 2015
PHUKET: National Tourist Police chief Major General Surachet Hakplan headed an array of authorities assembled in Phuket's Soi Bangla last night to demonstrate that the Thai holiday island and its west coast hub of Patong are safe for tourists. Criminals were becoming more sophisticated but so were law enforcement officers, the major general said.

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nice to know soi bangla is safe for tourists.now when was the last tsunami drill that could save thousands of tourists? it's less than 2 weeks away since that terrible day in 2004 and for the authorities it's a distant memory.

Posted by Anonymous on December 13, 2015 10:05

Editor Comment:

Even the authorities question Phuket's preparedness to deal with another tsunami evacuation, it was revealed at the honorary consuls' meeting last month. Warnings are still a worry, especially between 10pm and 6am.

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Is it just me or does a show of force like this actually have the reverse effect i.e. there is possibly something to be afraid of?

As a tourist I would not like to be faced with dozens of uniformed and maybe armed military personnel while enjoying a relaxing beer.

Posted by madmitch on December 13, 2015 10:28

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As a tourist I would ask myself, why is so much police necessary ? There must be a lot of crime. The police should do their job just right (and not extort protection money), then Phuket also safe.

Posted by steve on December 13, 2015 11:08

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There is a terrorist threat possibility issued for Thailand and you still elected to come so if you see a show of force you whinge if you saw none you would whinge no pleasing some people.

Posted by slickmelb on December 13, 2015 11:51

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Great photos. Specially the last one, with so many police officers, including the bike brigade.
Hope this was not just a 1 night marketing show. Let's wait and see.

Posted by Kurt on December 13, 2015 12:13

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Stop whinging. They are putting security first. Good job.

Posted by markthalang on December 13, 2015 12:30

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Tourists are safe in Patong? In what zone? In our weapon free zone or in our safety zone? Or maybe at Jet-ski Zone, Tuk-Tuk Zone or Nightlife Zone?
Hmm...

Posted by Mr. K on December 13, 2015 14:42

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Bangla is probably safe,the roads to get there are a minefield.

Posted by Harald on December 13, 2015 20:14

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Right so guys in military uniform are meant to make G7 countries feel more secure, o dear. Hint Thailand get a G7 advisor. Hold on you don't do that. This is why.....quality tourists are......

Posted by Right on December 14, 2015 03:20

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Nothing to do with protecting the money tourists bring in of course....also why is it Thailand does not give citizenship to people that are parents of Thai children? I have been to the US, Europe, Asia and Australia only Thailand is like this. Why this is 2015?

Posted by Hold on? on December 14, 2015 03:24


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