The 50-year-old arrived on Phuket on AirAsia at 4.45pm, collected his bags and within an hour officers say they found fake credit cards for HSBC, CitiBank, Chase, Citi, OCBC Bank, Public Bank and American Express in his luggage.
The man, Mohd Jaris Tan Bin Abdullah, was presented to Phuket's media at a conference at Tourist Police HQ in Phuket City late last night.
Kasikorn Bank officials in Bangkok alerted officers to the man's purchase of an AirAsia ticket to Phuket soon after it was bought on credit, giving them time to greet him at the airport on arrival.
Documents found in the man's possession indicated he had flown to Bangkok from Hat Yai, in Thailand's south.
The man is being held in custody and will be questioned at length today.