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Tattoo tourism on Phuket: tourist taboo at up tp 20,000 baht a sketch

Phuket Tattoo Tourist Taboo; Phuket a Poll Risk 'Hot Spot'; Corruption Purge Begins; Rat Pack Jet

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Phuketwan PhuketWATCH

A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Phuket, Ratchaburi and Mae Hong Son have been declared ''hot spots'' and added to 10 other provinces, including Bangkok, that are under heightened police security during the runup to the July 3 election. Thailand has ordered a crackdown on the ''alarming trend'' of foreign tourists having religious images tattooed on their bodies. The Culture Ministry will push for a law banning people from etching sacred images on their skin. Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat says that an uncomfortably high number of foreigners are interested in tattoos with sacred Buddhist and Hindu images, according to a new survey on Phuket. ''Some of the tourists deem religious tattoo patterns a fashion without any religious respect while some probably have those tattoos because of ignorance,'' reports the National News Bureau of Thailand. Religious tattoo patterns are very popular among foreign tourists and can be as expensive as 20,000 baht each. Kidding aside, does this mean that Angelina Jolie has to remove some of her tattoos? Also what is evident by that move of the culture minister is the monopoly claim over Buddhism or faith in general and more or less defining what that is and how one should behave within that realm (like they are trying to impose their vision of ''Thai-ness'' in general). If only the Vatican would complain in the same fashion about the countless Jesus and crosses motives . . . More than 20 Thai private organisations announced a concerted drive to force political parties to treat corruption more seriously, warning they would take matters into their own hands if need be. Ahead of the July 3 election, a meeting of the groups said it was prepared to establish an independent body to fight corruption. Perhaps it is advisable to avoid going out late at night as with bag snatchers and shooters on the streets, Pattaya is no longer a safe place to live. Thailand has raised its benchmark lending rate by a further 25 basis points as part of its continuing battle against inflation as figures released on Wednesday showed it rose more than expected in May. Bangkok is ranked first among Asian cities based on the estimated number of international arrivals by air and the level of visitor expenditure this year, according to the findings of a study conducted by a leading credit-card company. It is estimated that Bangkok's expenditure per visitor is $1252, which is ranked third globally after New York ($2671) and London ($1274).

bernama The international airport in Bali received a bomb threat on Wednesday, an official at the airport said. Police are combing and carrying out an investigation at the airport to ensure the validity of the threat, officials at the airport told Xinhua news agency by phone. The arrest of two New Zealand citizens caught allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Tokyo's airport is just the latest example of the dangers of drug trafficking, say NZ police. The two, a 26-year-old male and a 25-year-old female, had travelled by Thai Airways from Bangkok. Qantas has been forced to ground a passenger jet after five rats were found in emergency medical equipment on board. Flight attendants found the rats in the cabin of a Boeing 767 aircraft 10 minutes before passengers were due to board. Qantas was unsure last night how the rats got there.

aap One of Australia's leading brain surgeons says a new report into the potentially harmful effects of mobile phones should serve as a "wake-up call" to users and the telecommunications industry. China's government must carry out more research on the link between mobile phones and cancer so that people can make informed choices, according to a cancer specialist and the man who introduced the first smartphone to Hong Kong. Japan underestimated the danger of tsunamis and needed more robust back-up systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a team of inspectors from an international nuclear watchdog said in a preliminary report on the nuclear disaster. Tiger Airways chief executive Tony Davis has sold another large parcel of shares in the budget airline, casting renewed doubts about his confidence in its longer-term outlook. Phuket is a very good choice for architecture students, to give them a chance to see new resorts and spa hotels mushrooming all over town, enjoy the sea, sun and white sandy beaches, and find out for themselves why Phuket is consistently rated among the top 10 holiday destinations in the world.

bloomberg The number of million-dollar households in the world expanded by 12 per cent last year, led by Singapore, the Boston Consulting Group has said. Tune Hotels, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, plans to have 100 hotels by 2015, mostly in cooperation with business partners. Its first hotels in Thailand and the Philippines are due to open later this year. As any traveler in Bangtao, Phuket, Thailand will tell you, staying here for just a few days simply isn't enough for a holiday. With its scenic beaches, serene environment, and laid-back atmosphere, Bangtao is a place that fits most people's idea of the ultimate getaway. Today, Chiang Rai is a traveler's paradise, endowed with abundant natural attractions and antiquities. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages.

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July 20-24 Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
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November 26-27 9th Phuket International Soccer 7s
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December 3-4 6th Andaman International Soccer 7s
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The true "Thainess" comes shining through once again in applying this new "Regulation" to foreigners only.

Who made Thailand the moral police of all religions ?

If talking about moral issues, I would like to think there's more than enough to clean up in their own house first before starting to tell foreigners what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.

This anti-foreigner attitude is growing to alarming extents in Thailand and starts to remind me of some gruesome events in the past.

Posted by Chris on June 2, 2011 08:11

Editor Comment:

Odd that there's an every-present anti-Thai attitude among some expats, Chris. These people ALWAYS seek conflict. Their understanding and tolerance are minuscule. Now why would that be? How come nameless, shameless expats are always THE self-appointed moral arbiters?


An amazing statistic about consumer expenditures. Bangkok is #3 behind NY and London? Maybe another wake-up call to the powers that be about the importance of tourism in the country.

Posted by Jon on June 2, 2011 08:17


I'm not the one advocating or implementing Anti-Any-Nationality policies or regulations.

I merely comment on events and attitudes mushrooming in this country.

If that makes me Anti-Thai and confrontational in your mind, then so be it.

I guess that would make those who stood up against Apartheid or Nazis Anti-South Africans or Anti-Germans in your mind, too.

Posted by Chris on June 2, 2011 09:04

Editor Comment:

It would be nice if the good work the Thais have done on cigarette packaging was acknowledged. Are they doing the wrong thing in attacking drugs, legal and illegal killers? Your perspective is always narrow. There is no law against tattoos of any kind, and the issue is now open for public debate. Hardy apartheid or nazis. Stop offensive exaggeration, please.


Don't worry, they have to justify why they are paid at the ministry of culture, even by saying bull---, anyway it will be forgotten very soon, like all the rest.

Posted by Jean-Paul Patrick on June 2, 2011 09:20

Editor Comment:

What people tattoo on their bodies is a personal issue - unless they expose the tattoo in a public place. And then, as with a message on a t-shirt, it's quite possible that some tattoos may offend. I don't see it as a threat to liberty. The laws are probably already in place in most countries to cover cases of ''offensive behavior.'' Raising the issue is a good idea.


stop using big words its hard to understand.

Posted by usa on June 2, 2011 17:38

Editor Comment:

Sorry, what's the speed limit here?

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