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Austrian Ambassador Dr Johannes Peterlik: among those seeking change

Nine Ambassadors Seek Answers to Phuket Rip-Offs, Transport, Scams

Friday, March 2, 2012
PHUKET: Nine ambassadors who went to talk to the Tourism Minister today were told that a complete assessment of Phuket and its problems was being made because the issue was of national importance.

The Ambassadors from the Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Britain and the European Union went to visit Tourism and Sport Minister and Deputy PM Chompon Sinlapaacha.

The minister was absent but Permanent Secretary Suwat Sittilor told the ambassadors that rip-offs on Phuket were being carefully looked at.

He said that with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Cabinet preparing to meet on Phuket on March 19-20, every effort was being made to address Phuket's long-standing issues.

He said it was not just about tourism rip-offs but about law enforcement, education and information as well.

Jet-ski scams, illegal taxis, tuk-tuks, rented motorcycle rip-offs and other problems were all raised by the ambassadors at the meeting this afternoon.

There were also complaints about Immigration services not just on Phuket but in other destinations as well.

Khun Suwat said Cabinet was expected to be giving time to finding solutions for the Phuket issues because complaints had been coming ''for a long time, for many, many years.''


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I think this says it all how (un)seriously the matter is taken.

" The minister was absent "

Somehow I don't believe the Ambassadors just walked in without an appointment but obviously the minister had something better to do.

Seems that just when one hears good news, the hopes are given a reality check the very next moment.

Posted by Steve C. on March 2, 2012 22:04


admission complaints been coming in a long time for many years (which means a decade + which we previously elected to do nothing) I sincerly hope phuket and its governence will turn a new corner in abateing several well known issues ambassadors take a bow the world is watching preceedings so are world travel warning sites and books such as lonely planet.

Posted by traveller on March 2, 2012 22:12


I can understand the complaints about Immigration Services, but have every sympathy with those who officers have to man the desks at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Last time I left on 15 Feb (a 01:05 flight), almost every desk was manned, but still the crowding & queues were extensive. It took 1 hour to get through immigration control. No fault of the officers as they were working flat out, looked tired & understandably could hardly raise a smile. Either there are not enough desks & officers, or there are too many flights being booked out in too short a period. Bad planning somewhere.

I would not like their job, sitting for hours stamping out hundreds of tired & often irritable passengers in the small hours of the morning. It would also help if passengers filled out their departure cards correctly prior to getting to the desk.

Posted by Logic on March 2, 2012 22:40



Posted by phuket madness on March 3, 2012 10:58

Editor Comment:

I don't doubt it for a minute but unless you have evidence and are prepared to go public using your real names, it would be total phuket madness for us to make that allegation.


Agree 100% with Steve C.

War breaks out, no one bothers to turn up.

Posted by innocent bystander on March 3, 2012 13:34



Posted by Graham on March 3, 2012 19:32

Editor Comment:

No need to say why, graham. No new ideas, nothing constructive . . . nothing positive there. Just guesswork.

PHUKETWAN hereby alters its policy on the posting of Comments and bans whingers, whiners, do-nothings, dingbats, doomsayers, carpers, harpers and kooks. This list may grow with time. Constructive ideas and new pieces of information remain welcome.


I am really wondering who is the ambassador of the EU to Thailand? You will not be talking about the German one? ;)

Posted by Lena on March 3, 2012 22:37

Editor Comment:

David Lipman, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union.


"Jet-ski scams, illegal taxis, tuk-tuks, rented motorcycle rip-offs" and these should be the problems of Phuket?? My God how many blind people!! And what about the pollution? Everywhere in Patong can breath only smelling air. All the small torrents are full of stinking balck waters all around the iland. And this is not probelm that is possibile to solve in a moment by a strong decision. Phuket will be soon poisoned in irreversible way by tons of human exetra that run everywhere without any correct treatments and at the end simply released in the sea.

Posted by Dave on March 4, 2012 10:41



No new ideas... here's one for you. How about the Ambassadors growing a back bone and placing a TRAVEL BAN. That would solve all the problems.

It's plain to see that the Thai Authorities are not interested in anything the Hon Cons or Ambss have to say.

Action is what is needed, if you want to save lives and people from being abused, ripped off, beaten and all the other things that goes on here.

If you want to make an omelet then you have to break some eggs.

Posted by Graham on March 4, 2012 12:00

Editor Comment:

How does a travel ban work, Graham? Do you stop people buying air tickets? Or do you prevent them getting on planes at the airport? Not much of a solution. Better to stay realistic and solve the problems.


Geesh ....tacky tacky ...
PS deigns to attend in lieu of minister..!
"....every effort...." " time..."
Ambassadors should have just got him on the phone or maybe his new Iphone...?
Loved to have been a "fly on the wall" around the ambassadors after that little episode in ...

Posted by david on March 6, 2012 15:33

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