Now the Kok Chang Safari driver has ''safe passage'' through the local taxi drivers to make pick-ups at the popular resort in Kamala, north of Patong on Phuket's holiday west coast.
Under the compromise deal, the tour driver received 50,000 baht in compensation when Sinlapachai Choosen, owner of the tour company, agreed not to take further action.
''We have only been back to make two pick-ups since,'' Khun Sinlapachai told Phuketwan today. ''In Bang Tao and Surin [two other upmarket Phuket beach destinations] they still have these problems.''
Australian tourists Glenn and Deidre Dawson, who were guests at Cape Sienna, gave graphic eye-witness accounts of the beating of the driver and his narrow escape, with the vehicle's windscreen smashed by an iron bar thrown by a taxi driver.
Under the compromise, charges against three taxi drivers were dropped.
''Almost every authority leader suggested that it was better for all concerned if the case just ended,'' Khun Sinlapachai said. ''It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing.''
Local taxi and tuk-tuk drivers continue to monopolise transport at many Phuket resorts, only allowing in other drivers if they can produce authorisation vouchers.
The Dawsons returned to Lombok, an island off Bali where they run their own resort, glad that there are no such problems in Phuket's main rival destination.