Dutch ambassador shares concerns over safety of Phuket tourists
Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew welcomed the Netherlands' ambassador-designate in Thailand, Kees Rade, and the Dutch honorary consul for Phuket, Seven Smulders, over the weekend.
Thawornwat said after the meeting: “We discussed tourist safety, things like tourists who rent motorbikes without a motorbike licence, beach safety and emergency situation management.”
“We have surveyed a number of rental motorbike companies on the island. Motorbike rental operators need to check documents before renting anyone a motorbike,” he added.
“We have ordered local administrative organisations to provide ‘beach guards’ with rescue equipment patrolling our west coast beaches. We have provided plans for other emergency situations as well,” said the vice governor.
“More CCTV camera will be installed to cover most areas in Phuket. We have an incident monitoring centre at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Office, which will immediately respond to emergency situations.”