Illegal Russian Tour Guide Arrested in Thalang

Thalang –

An illegal Russian tour guide was arrested in Mai Khao on Friday (March 22nd).

The Phuket Tourist Police told the Phuket Express that at 8:00 A.M. on the day in question they arrested a suspect identified only as MR. IAKHIA, 28, Russian national. He was arrested at a pier near the local beach called Pak Phra Beach in the Mai Khao sub-district, Thalang.

He was taken to the Tha Chatchai Police Station to face charges of being an illegal tour guide as well as being a foreigner doing a protected job (tour guide). The Phuket Express notes that tour guides are a protected occupation in Thailand and that work permits and visas are unavailable to foreigners for this job.

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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.