Another Phuket caution :(

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  1. estnet
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    http://phuketwan.com/tourism/unsafe-phuket-resort-declines-compensate-robbed-aussie-tourists-15259/

    Essentially travelers left a lot of stuff in room safe - came back to room to find door and room safe open, pretty clear it was an "inside" job, but hotel takes no responsibility per news report also not first time for same type of incident at this resort per trip advisor. Also other instance of lack of care for tourist well being (and ripoffs). All this in addition to the "usual" scams. When will they realize that they are driving tourists away in droves (IMHO)? What is wrong with the "powers that be" (yes I know, corruption)?
    There may be a sucker born every minute but some of us have memories and research our destinations. - sorry just couldn't resist.
     
  2. uggboy
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    Sounds not too inviting, hope the authorities do something against this.

    Why must people destroy a good thing?

    Thanks for your caution and sharing this timely report with us.

    PS....Hope the couple will get compensation from the resort, would not recommend to stay at this hotel at all, because of this!
     
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    Shocking indeed!!!
     
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    Some more.....

    Angry? You bet!!!
     
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    We are planning a trip to Thailand next year. The other couple is antsy about terrorism alerts but we are moving ahead at this time. The main destination was a Marriott timeshare in Phuket we are trying to trade into. After reading this, we will gladly skip Phuket. Anyone who goes has only themselves to blame if they are ripped off.
     
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    That's just downright pathetic and sad!!!
     
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    Although one cannot say it was a false alarm ... U.S. lifts terror alert from State Department website
     
  8. kwai
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    False alarm or otherwise is not the point.

    We, as Americans, have been taught that terrorism is something to be feared and to alter our lifestyle when it might effect us. Contrast this with the everyday presence of road fatalities which average slightly under 100 for 2009 (the last data i saw on quick search).

    You can't say that road fatality numbers are a surprise to anyone. We are constantly reminded of the large numbers. But does anyone take their keys in the morning and say, 'Oh, maybe I shouldn't drive today, there's a chance I'll be killed in an accident.'?

    I'd be willing to wager the odds of being killed in a car on an American road are higher than being hurt in a terrorist plot.

    The public announcement of a potential risk is good. Altering plans because of a somewhat irrational fear isn't.
     
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    Well I believe that the US and other Embassies jumped into action this time around because they did not act in a prior instance, before the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai. The target of that attack was mostly Americans and Israelis in general and people of the Jewish faith in particular. What made that attack so particularly egregious is that one of the planners was a US agent, David Headley!!! Other examples of terrorist attacks that lacked prior warnings: Argentina, Turkey, etc. Therefore, the embassies, to avoid their nationals from being victimized, went ahead with the warning without "coordinating" with the Thai authorities.

    As for your above example, you are right ... however, the media always dramatizes and sensationalizes terrorist attacks regardless of how relatively insignificant they are in comparison to road accidents or other crimes. IMO, if terrorists make you change your life-style, then they won the battle if not the entire war. Having said that, it does not mean that everyone has to live like you and me ... to each his own, my good man kwai! :)
     
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    Even though this isn't related to Phuket ... here we go! 3 bombs explode in Bangkok, four injured, Iranian bomber has legs blown off

    Talking about being pissed-off at taxi drivers! :mad:
    [​IMG]

     
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    I think it's important to note that explosions from grenades are NOT bombs...and, based on news reporting, it looks like it was a combination of the two maybe...
     
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