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Old 12th March 2015, 02:30 AM
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Default Walking Street Bophut - a dangerous place in the "Wild West"

Last night while dining at a restaurant in the Fishermen's Village at Bophut, we heard a lot of yelling and shouting to our left and farther up the street.

Upon looking out from the restaurant we ascertained that a stabbing had occurred in a fight between two gangs of locals.

Talking later that evening with the owner of the restaurant we learned that on the previous Friday's Walking Street Market a local had been shot eight times - fatally - in a continuing war between rival gangs.

The Friday previous to that there was shootout between two rival factions of the local police with one officer badly wounded.

I could barely believe these stories and did a search on the internet and found little evidence to back them up.

However, the manager at the hotel at which we are staying confirmed the stories. He said that there has been a cover up as the authorities are worried about the effect it could potentially have on local tourism.

Which makes me wonder if it is worth the risk of going to the market tomorrow.

Bophut is lovely and indeed it is charming. It is hard to believe that these shootings could have taken place in such an idyllic setting.
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Old 24th March 2015, 02:47 AM
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Hi Emdee
Bit sad that things are going this way- a similar story in Cha'am a few years ago on the beach after dark around 8pm when we were there.One night some Brits told us they had been robbed on the beach while walking home from a sea food restaurant.They lost their wallets and joggers to a gang of youths and the next night we saw two gangs fighting with knifes and baseball bats. I thought there were around 40 of them.Even though the police station was about 100 yards away no sign of any police.The security guards on the front gate of our hotel said it was not safe to be out after 8pm. We don't go to Chaam any more.
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Old 29th March 2015, 12:19 PM
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Hi RR,

Please don't get me started on His Majesty's Royal Thailand Police Force. For some reason I'm now thinking, nepotism, collusion, corruption and stand over tactics with local businesses.

Now, let me think, what does all of the foregoing apply to?????????
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