While her tweets about a visit to a ping pong sex show and the online posting of a ''selfie'' with a slow loris triggered arrests and a brief crackdown, the singer was on Phuket to work.
In advance of the release of her new full-length music video tomorrow, the star's publicity team has released some intriguing cuts about the short, sharp 22-hour shoot on Phuket.
She warns fans that the new song could be ''eerie'' and ''creepy'' compared to the usual heavily-laden sexual overtones of her recent hits.
The location for the Phuket shoot is not revealed but with Rihanna choosing Phuket, other singing stars may follow. The original two-day schedule was narrowed to just those 22 hours.
On the documentary footage she says: ''Today we're shooting the music video for my latest single from my latest album, 'Unapologetic'.
''The song is 'What Now'. It's going to be kind of eerie, very creepy because 'What Now' is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual.
''Everybody is probably expecting a narrative video and a love story of some sort, and something really soft and pretty. It is kind of soft but it's really a little demented.''
When the cameraman quipped that they were on the second day of the shoot, Rihanna fired back: ''Why go home when you can come here and keep shooting?''
According to early online reports, Rihanna's team were thrilled with the location and revealed she is performing an ''exorcism-type'' ritual in the video.
As for what now on Phuket . . . the enthusiasm for closing down sex shows and arresting touts abusing Thailand's protected wildlife appears to wax and wane.
One day, there will be reports of arrests and the seizure of tout's boards promoting sex shows. The next day it will be business as usual.
Rihanna, it's time you made another video on Phuket.
The star fast-forwarded her music video shoot