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Spate of Phuket Balcony Falls Can Be Explained By Low Railings

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
News Analysis

PHUKET: The media in Britain is speculating that a woman who fell off a balcony on Phuket may have had her drink spiked.

However, what most often causes balcony plunges is excessive drinking combined with low balustrades built for smaller Asian guests.

When drunk, many Westerners become disoriented and think that the balcony railing is at normal height when it actually can be considerably lower.

The result: a fall to injury or death, and a mystery about why the plunge took place.

One British media outlet is speculating today that the recent fall of British woman Romany Mitchell from a Phuket balcony could have been because her drink was spiked.

However, the most likely scenario is that the balcony railing was lower than the railings she is used to encountering.

Even if her drink was spiked, that doesn't mean she had to then as a matter of course make her way to the railing and topple over.

Although drink-spiking is not unknown on Phuket or in most other parts of the world, in most cases the victims collapse quickly and are not able to wander off to the relative safety of their resort rooms.

The high number of balcony falls in Thailand is due to the low balcony railings, not a spate of drink-spiking followed by the victims being strangely attracted to falling from balconies.

Allegations of drink-spiking make for more lively reading, and diverts attention from low balcony railings.

Mr Mitchell's fall of a couple of floors is being described as a ''miracle'' by people who have perhaps forgotten that an Australian man fell 18 floors from a Patong hotel balcony last year and survived.

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That is a poor excuse that the ballards are built for Asians. Women are generally similar height to Average Asians - 5'4ish.

The buildings were never built to a code, which you will probably find doesn't really exist here.

More people die through electric shock when they're sober.

Posted by Tbs on November 21, 2013 07:38

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Silly report, farang are just too tall.
( Sarcasm )

Posted by Christy S. on November 21, 2013 08:05

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Most hotels are built for foreigners who are mostly of European Caucasian and therefore they should be higher balcony guards. This matter needs to be addressed but won't be.

Posted by Same, same but different on November 21, 2013 11:34

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The local authorities check hotels frequently for important stuff like no-smoking signs etc.

So safe minimum height of banisters are apparently considered to be of no importance here.

Posted by Hotel Owner on November 21, 2013 13:48

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Women, ladyboys & crossdressers must remove high-heeled shoes when entering their apartments....yawn.

Posted by Anonymous on November 21, 2013 17:08


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