British Tourist Fined After Rental SUV Becomes Stuck in the Sand on Kamala Beach


A British tourist in Phuket encountered an unexpected detour in his travel plans when his rental SUV became ensnared in the sands of Kamala Beach. The 26-year-old, whose identity has been withheld by the authorities, was navigating through a heavy downpour earlier in the day with his girlfriend after their journey from Krabi to Kamala.

The inclement weather had allegedly rendered the road treacherous, leading to the vehicle’s loss of control and subsequent entrapment in the sand.

The incident, which occurred on the night of April 22nd, prompted the intervention of Kamala Police the morning after they received reports of the stranded SUV at Kamala Public Park. The driver’s misadventure resulted in a fine of 4,000 baht for reckless driving, as he was deemed to have driven on a footpath without justifiable cause, risking injury to others, and damaging property.

Additionally, the car rental operator from Krabi held the British national accountable for the mishap, requiring a compensation payment of 20,000 baht. The name of the rental operator was withheld by police.

This event serves as a cautionary tale for tourists to adhere to local driving regulations, especially during adverse weather conditions, to avoid similar predicaments and financial liabilities.

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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.