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Tourist Ahmed Taha Taha stages a sit-down protest after the tuk-tuk assault

Phuket Tuk-Tuk Driver Assaults Tourist, Sit-Down Patong Protest Follows

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
PHUKET: A tourist from Egypt was struck in the face by a tuk-tuk driver wielding a walkie-talkie in a dispute over a fare in Phuket's west coast holiday hub, Patong, last night.

The blow came after the tuk-tuk driver complained when he discovered that 10 people wanted to travel in the tuk-tuk for the 300 baht fare he had just negotiated for six people.

The tourist, Ahmed Taha Taha, 34, sat down in the middle of the road in protest after the assault, insisting that police come to arrest the tuk-tuk driver.

He was bleeding from a head wound.

The tourist and the tuk-tuk driver met later at Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong. The as-yet-unnamed tuk-tuk driver is due in court today.

A police source said today that Mr Taha Taha was persuaded to go to Patong Hospital for treatment after his sit-down protest about 8pm last night in Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road, outside the large Jungceylon shopping mall.

The fare of 300 baht had been agreed for the six people to go to the next beach, Karon, the source said. When 10 people turned up on the pavement to get into the tuk-tuk, the driver objected.

The Egyptian man used ''impolite language,'' the source said, and the tuk-tuk driver struck him in the face. At that point, a group of tourists joined in, attacking the driver.

The driver left the scene and Mr Taha Taha sat down in the roadway, blocking one lane of the one-way system that rings Patong, until police persuaded him to go to hospital for treatment.

Mr Taha Taha and the tuk-tuk driver appeared at the police station about 11pm.

The high fares charged by tuk-tuks and thuggish behavior displayed in disputes is the most frequent complaint made by visitors to Phuket.


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Egyptians showing how it can be done . Looking forward to hear what sentence the driver will get for this kind of attack....that it was a bit opportunistic of the Egyptian party to travel 10 in a Tuk Tuk is another story.

Posted by Bjarne on June 27, 2012 11:22


For once (never before) I support the driver. 10 pax? 300 Baht to Karon? Not reasonable.

Posted by Ken on June 27, 2012 12:42


I'm sure it came as a surprise to the tuk tuk driver that assaulting a tourist should have any consequences for him. Aside from what sounds like a well deserved slap from the Egyptians I suspect there won't be. Let's see, I look forward to pw follow up on his court appearance. Will he be out driving again tonight?

As for ten in a tuk tuk, that's all part of Phuket's drive for more quality tourists!

Posted by Barry on June 27, 2012 12:43


'Looking forward to hear what sentence the driver will get for this kind of attack.'
Don't be surprised, in case, you here nothing at all about that! It's a 50/50 chance!

Posted by ??? on June 27, 2012 12:56


What really is needed is a regular bus service among the beaches, also at night. If Phuket want tourism then safe transportation has to be offered.

Posted by Sherlock on June 27, 2012 13:16


The Egyptian man used ''impolite language,''
That is not how it should be done

Posted by FS on June 27, 2012 13:22


Tuk tuks again! Thai people need to get educated as to the mannerisms of different cultures. They are encouraging a substantial increase in tourists, not only from Russia, but from Arabic & Indian subcontinent countries. I have worked with some of these nationalities, or in their countries, & they are extremely 'excitable' (some would say rude) by comparison to westerners. It's still no excuse for violent conduct & we all know the tuk tuk drivers are only too ready to resort to that. Resolve the lack of public transport (with fixed fares) & get rid of the tuk tuks.

Posted by Logic on June 27, 2012 14:20


Why dont the hotel provide courtesy buses. Or wont the tuck-tuck people let them?

Posted by BillyJay on June 27, 2012 14:24


@FS please notice that there is a big difference between "can" or "should" .

Posted by Bjarne on June 27, 2012 14:46


Both in the wrong here. 10 people in a Tuk Tuk your kidding thats taking the driver for a ride. Then the driver's actions given that 300 baht just cost a lovely ladies life just no common sense shown here by both of them. Common Sense nowadays is very hard to find in people.

Posted by chaseone on June 27, 2012 15:49


How do you get 10 Egyptians into a tuk tuk ?......thats not a joke but a real question . You agree to 6 and then try to get 4 more in !!!!???? I'd be incensed also.

Posted by carvets on June 27, 2012 16:14


Patong ?? .. nice place

Posted by james on June 27, 2012 16:19


sounds like the tuk tuk man was justified to hit the Eygpt man in this case

Posted by Mal on June 27, 2012 16:41

Editor Comment:

Violence is never justified, Mal. If he was angry, he should have called a policeman.


@Mal, no businessman is ever justified to slap their customers even if they to cheat on an agreement. Just cancel the arrangement. That is the correct and professional way to deal with such a situation.

Posted by Sherlock on June 27, 2012 17:54


Just came back from Surat Thani where I spent for a 30 minutes ride of about 10 km 80 Baht !!! From Songkai Kolok to Kota Baruh, which ist 45 km it costs 440 Baht...
I am waiting for the day this tuk tuk scams will be all job less and starve...but I won't live forever...

Posted by Resident on June 27, 2012 20:46


I'm amazed that people think that there is some justification in some flimsy "impolite language", so I hit him argument. Sounds more like "I was frustrated and looking for a fit and found my victim". I don't know how you would even get 10 people in a tuk-tuk! I can only see things getting worse if the powers that be don't create real change.

Posted by Ty on June 28, 2012 01:11


If you have a chance to read thai news then you will notice that most brawls or murders are claimed to be caused by the victim using impolite language or looking at my friend or girlfriend in a bad be careful out there ... you could be next :)

Posted by Bjarne on June 28, 2012 09:38


sounds like the tuk tuk man was justified to hit the Eygpt man in this case

Posted by Mal on June 27, 2012 16:41

Mal... u from Thailand or what???

Posted by frog on June 28, 2012 12:25


My reply to you all is that the Thais now have to put up with a lot of rude, thuggish and arrogant tourists and they also have a breaking point. I have seen the disgusting behaviour of some of these tourists in places like Patong. I'm not saying violence is the solution but sometimes it can be justified ie self defence. I have been to Thailand many times and not had a problem with anybody allthough I agree the tuk tuk prices are a bit high; but then you should see what they charge in London for a short cab ride!

Posted by Mal on June 29, 2012 11:08


Yeah they are both wrong, but at the end of the day th tuk tuk driver should just refuse the fare not hit someone.

Posted by Dave66 on June 29, 2012 12:07


To Mal.. the tuk tuk driver is one of the biggest problems for phuket and there is not one case when its justified for them to beat tourists, living here many years knowing whats going on among these thugs i will say that an opinion like that are just simple crap. being the egypt and try to be 10 people in the tuk tuk is more or less normal where they come from but using a bad language is also normal for these kind of thais so that was just a return. no need for violence here. u should be more aware about what is going on in patong before u put a statement like that, shame on u.

Posted by frog on June 29, 2012 13:17


@Frog; So you say all tourists are in the right and their behaviour shows respect to Thai people. I do not have to live in Thailand to know how it works; I know how the tuk tuk operations are run but have never had a problem; agree a price and pay it. By the way, there is no need to be rude hiding behind your computer.

Posted by Mal on July 1, 2012 12:39

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