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Two Phuket Tourists Killed in Motorcycle Crashes, Says Chinese Envoy

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
PHUKET: The deaths of a Chinese man and a tourist from Hong Kong in motorcycle crashes on Phuket's roads have heightened concerns about safety on the holiday island.

Qin Jian, the Chinese Consul-General in Songkhla, told Phuketwan today that another Chinese tourist was still in Vachira Phuket Hospital's intensive care unit, recovering from a motorcycle crash.

The two deaths occurred in the first week of September, he said. The Hong Kong man was killed in a motorcycle crash in the Chalong area in southern Phuket.

The man's wife was seriously injured. She was now back in Hong Kong, Qin Jian said, and her husband's body had also been sent home.

In the same week, a tourist from the mainland was killed when he crashed a motorcycle in Thalang, the consul-general said.

Phuketwan and other Phuket media are not always able to report deaths or serious injuries on Phuket's roads or drownings at Phuket beaches.

The Governor of Phuket, Maitree Intrusud, has asked police and other authorities to let him know when tourists or expats are involved in incidents.

However, there is no mechanism for this information to become public.

In May, former Chinese Ambassador Guan Mu made a public plea for Phuket authorities to better protect tourists after a spate of snorkelling day-trip drownings.

One Chinese man was killed when struck by a speedboat propeller at scenic Pileh Bay, near Phi Phi on June 19. Two Chinese tourists died in a speedboat crash at Pattaya on August 28.

Tourists from other countries have also drowned or been killed or maimed in motorcycle crashes.

For years, Phuket's Public Health department issued monthly statistical updates on Phuket's road toll and drownings.

The updates ended abruptly in April last year and no information has been released since then.

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The phrase "See Naples and Die" needs updating to "See Phuket and Die".

Posted by Buster on September 17, 2013 11:18

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@ Buster. .- u have to be the most bitter and negative person in the world...

Posted by Frog on September 17, 2013 12:23

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The concerns about road safety in Phuket have always been there - for many years.

Everyone knows why. No public bus service permitted by the tuk tuk operators. Motor cycles rented out to people who have no riding skills on such at best of times, never mind Phuket's heavily congested & poorly policed roads.

That won't change anytime soon - but maybe later.

Posted by Logic on September 17, 2013 13:25

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I must say the Chinese on motorbikes scare me, I try to go around them as quickly and far away as possible.

Posted by stevenl on September 17, 2013 13:50

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Buster - you have the same sense of humor as me... keep it going...

Posted by robert on September 17, 2013 16:41

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@Frog: if the phrase catches on, it may make people think twice about hiring a bike on Phuket. (But I don't think the TAT would approve.)

@Robert: cheers!

Posted by Buster on September 17, 2013 18:31

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@ Buster. The sounds of Phuket. Zip, errk, zip zip , screech....Bang. Whats that, just another tourist finding nirvana. At sea, help....gulp....hel., lug, glug..... Bob - bob - bob = Haulout. Sad innit?
Sounds sick but we ain't gonna make an ounce of difference in safety here. Just make sure you're not the one making to final sounds.

Posted by DuncanB on September 17, 2013 18:50

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Not surprised at all that chinese tourists crash their motorbikes. If the average chinese tourist drives like the average chinese person back home in China, then we will see A LOT more dead chinese here. The driving standards in China is even worse than in Thailand

Posted by christian on September 17, 2013 21:56


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