A Chinese tourist has allegedly been injured after being slashed by a tour operator in Kata.
It has been reported that a Chinese tourist was with their family on January 29th last month and that they bought a package tour day trip to the Similan Island in Phang Nga for 9,000 baht from a tour company near a hotel in Kata. They paid 5,000 baht for a deposit.
The day trip began on January 31st, and the tour operator appointed was set to meet the Chinese family at a hotel at 5:50 A.M.. However, the tour operator did not come. The Chinese tourists tried to contact the tour operator for one hour. The tour operator was then finally able to be contacted but stated they went to the wrong hotel.
At this point, the Chinese tourists wanted to cancel the entire trip and asked for a refund. However, the tour operator did not see eye to eye on this request with the tourist, claiming the wrong information was given.
The Chinese tourists felt like they were defrauded before filing a report to the Karon Police. They and the police went to the tour company to ask for the deposit money back. The tour company only paid back 3,000 baht, however, according to the tourist. The tourist thought it was not fair for them and wanted a full refund of all 5000 baht deposited before a further argument started.
The tour company operator then allegedly attacked the tourist and slashed them with a knife. The tourist filed a report to police again before going to a hospital. The tourist said to local Thai media that they were upset with relevant authorities that they have asked for help.
The news came to light again after the video clip of the argument and the fight went viral in social media.
Police are reportedly further investigating the incident.
The names of the tourist and tour company, as well as the operator, were withheld by relevant police pending further investigation.