Foreign Passenger Attacks Phuket Tuk Tuk Taxi Driver


A disagreement over taxi fare payment turned violent when a foreign passenger assaulted a Tuk Tuk driver in Phuket. The altercation, captured on video and widely circulated on social media, occurred after a dispute over the amount of money that had been paid en route from Patong to Karon.

The incident, which took place on Friday, April 26th, began when the two parties agreed on a fare of 400 Baht. However, upon reaching the destination, the unidentified foreign passenger, who claimed to have mistakenly handed over a 1,000 Baht note instead of the 100 Baht notes intended for the fare, demanded change. The driver contested the claim, suggesting they resolve the matter at a local police station.

The situation escalated when the passenger resorted to physical aggression, slapping the driver’s face and grabbing his neck. The video, posted by a Facebook user on Monday night, April 29th, ends abruptly with no further details on the aftermath of the incident.

The local authorities have not yet released a statement, and the current condition of the Tuk Tuk driver is unknown. The name and nationality of the foreign passenger is also unknown.

Further updates will be provided if made available by Phuket police.

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.