Three Thai men arrested for preying on tourists around Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok have made tearful confessions, apologised to the public for tarnishing Thailand's reputation and sworn they will never do it again.
The move stemmed from some tourists posting their grievances and warnings online.
These were mainly solo travellers or those only visiting for a short time and therefore with insufficient time to file formal complaints.
Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, said the arrest of tuk-tuk drivers Panupong Krajpok-eium, 56, and Suthep Wongkularp, 45, plus tour guide Thanapol Kitticharoensuk, 54, stemmed from online complaints about a few ill-intentioned people preying on foreign visitors in the Maharat and Thai Wang Road areas.
Surachate said the three men were accused of falsely telling people that the temple or attraction they wanted to visit was closed … but they were welcome to buy products and services, often with high price tags and sub-standard quality. These included jewellery, tailor-made suits and tickets on Chao Phraya River cruises.
Panupong was arrested at Ratchaworadit Pier, Suthep outside Wat Pho and Thanapol at Nagaraphirom Park.