Phuket Officials Clarify About Alleged Extortion of Money From Saudi Arabian Tourist

Phuket –

The President of the Andaman Guide Association has clarified about a rumor about officers allegedly extorting money from a Saudi Arabian tourist.

The story came to light after this week an unidentified tour guide spoke out on a Thai television news program following national news around the extortion of a Taiwanese Actress. He said a tour guide in Phuket messaged him about corrupt law enforcement officers allegedly placing illegal drugs on a Saudi Arabian tourist. They then extorted money from the tourist of roughly one million baht.

Mr. Krit Thepbamrung, President of the Andaman Guide Association said, “We have checked this statement out and found that this issue happened a long time ago and we were not sure if it was true about the extortion. The person who brought this issue back ages after it allegedly happened has damaged Phuket tourism.”

“We need to be more careful when we want to say something. We have to check first unless it will go viral around the world. Tourists who heard about this might not want to visit Phuket.” Krit concluded.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.