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Innocent fun or seas of sin: stag parties on boats are being investigated

Stag Parties at Sea Being Checked as Police Begin Crackdown on Tour Businesses and Guides

Thursday, September 4, 2014
PHUKET: Stag parties on boats are to become a focus of attention as the most intense crackdown on guides and tour businesses on Phuket begins from the middle of this month.

For the first time, officers from Phuket's 10 police stations are being enlisted to nab foreign guides and to shut down shonky businesses.

The police will report to the Royal Thai Navy on a daily basis once the crackdown begins in earnest in mid-September.

Boats that hold stag events at sea off Phuket with Thai women provided by the tour organisers are likely to face intensive questioning, according to Phuket Tourism and Sport Director Santi Pawai, who chaired today's meeting.

Some photographs taken from the internet were projected onto a screen, showing suspicious activities on board charter vessels, and some half-naked people.

Khun Santi, who is now in charge of the registration of guides, says genuine businesses have time to register before September 15 but police are being instructed to arrest anyone who cannot produce proper documentation from then on.

Any foreigner still working as a guide in the Thai-only working role after September 15 will be arrested, the meeting heard, although care will be taken not to leave visiting parties of tourists in the lurch.

A Royal Thai Navy representatives asked the police station officers whether they had enough staff to handle the new role and Navy personnel were offered to supplement numbers at one Phuket police station.

With a data base of genuine guides and tour companies now being compiled, reaction of police in the second two weeks of September is expected to be swift and thorough.

When Khun Santi was appointed to the role of supervising the business and guide registration branch, he was told that no crackdown had ever been carried out on the companies and individuals involved.

The crackdown that begins in the middle of September is likely to be as serious as it gets.

With representatives of all Phuket police stations at today's meeting were officials from the Labor Office, Marine Office 5, the Phuket Tourism Association, Tourist Police and the Business Development Office.


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Now let's hope next on the army's list is to rid the island of the Indians and Aussies who work for the time share companies.I am sick of dealing with these people I actually had one young girl want to fight me today because I told her to leave me alone.

Posted by Anonymous on September 4, 2014 22:22


"The crackdown that begins in the middle of September is likely to be as serious as it gets."
Okay, now we have a crackdown on fornicating on boats - perhaps hotels and homes will be next?

signed, 1984

But to be serious - the exploitation of Thai or Burmese women ( or any women.. from subsistence backgrounds not of their own fault )in the sex trade industry is not funny, nor needed in 2014, but it continues none-the-less, thanks to those who choose to participate in it willingly, unlike many of the sex trade workers themselves..who are coerced, controlled, abused etc.

Posted by farang888 on September 5, 2014 02:01

gravatar for a stag party? Should it be called just a pimp? Or why you would need any "guide" there at all?
Or is it not allowed to charter a boat without sea guide or a pimp on board?

Posted by Sue on September 5, 2014 02:41


Eliminating fun and pleasure for tourists seems to have high priority, seen latest actions. What about the really big things like modernizing school system, a pension plan and reasonable health care for all ? Not asking about minor things like road fixing or flood prevention. Probably left for the next elected Government, as this is heavy duty work.

Posted by Resident on September 5, 2014 07:16

Editor Comment:

Education is a key priority, Resident. Why not take the trouble to tune in on Fridays to see what Prayuth is suggesting? The weekly broadcasts are subtitled in English. This would save you from spouting misinformation.


if you are wearing a swimsuit, you are already half naked.

Posted by bill on September 5, 2014 07:25


Ahh yes, because there's no ThaI owned businesses that operate with 'half naked' employees on Phuket is there ??

The level to which this kind of hypocrisy stoops is just mind boggling.

Posted by LivinLOS on September 5, 2014 07:56


The first crackdown should be on holiday reps from foreign travel companies selling excursions in every single hotel lobby throughout Thailand.

The selling of tours by a foreign travel rep is not permitted under Thai law. Many if not all of these tour operators do not hold the proper license to sell these tours.

Posted by Phuket Saviour on September 5, 2014 08:29

Editor Comment:

That's going to happen, PS. All the resort lobby counters will be wiped out unless they're registered separately by mid-month, we are told. We reported that in an earlier article.



Im not talking about Resort Counters.

Their is big business from International Travel Agencies who send reps to hotels to meet and greet their guests that they have sold the holiday too etc. During this meet and greet the reps sell day tours to their clients. All these reps are foreign nationals selling day trips to all the sites around Phuket.

Posted by Phuket Saviour on September 5, 2014 10:00


Seems from the comments many farangs are refusing to understand this. Is it difficult to understand what a 'stag party' on a boat is? If so, why all this stupid comments about fornication in homes? To make it clear, sex tours whether on boats or hotels is not permitted. Common sense is unfortunately not very common.

Posted by ThaiHotelier on September 5, 2014 11:26


so whats a dive instructor then, been through the regulations does not specify if teaching a course can be a teacher (allowed non Thai) if taking on diving trip guide (not allowed Thai only)

There are very few Thai dive instructors despite efforts to make otherwise are they going to wipe out the whole dive industry

Posted by Michael on September 5, 2014 11:48


ThaiHotelier: Stag parties, bucks or bachelor parties whatever term you use along with hen parties are not sex tours! By definition they are the pre wedding party before getting married. The groups are here to get married the following day, not sex tours. Do we want to ruin the destination wedding business in Phuket as well???

Posted by Daniel on September 5, 2014 12:29


Dear Thai hotelier

Can you please clarify how your reception staff will react if a group of your male guests arrives late at night and wishes to have previously non-registered female guests join them in their rooms ? Furthermore please provide us with the name of your hotel. I would like to know at which hotel the manager harbors such sentiment towards the very hand that feeds him.

Those annoying farangs.

Posted by Herbert on September 5, 2014 12:43


When is Thailand going to adapt to a global economy. Could you imagine in London being told "Sorry this job is reserved for English people" Sure there is Immigration in developed countries but the most matched educated and/or skilled person gets the job. 2015 is only a few months away let's see what happens then.

Does this mean there will be English speaking bargirls from the Philippines for example?

Posted by Feisty Farang on September 5, 2014 14:39


I never had a Stag prior to getting married in Thailand..receiving the business end of a couple of sharp horns in the gonads never interested me, nor do brutal Sue and I have a few things in common..

Posted by farang888 on September 5, 2014 21:19


Bar girls move operations to the sea
just rename it a disco cruise with cabaret act.

Posted by slickmelb on September 5, 2014 21:25

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