Russian vacationers fined 20,000 baht for jet skiing in Krabi, Thailand

Two Russian vacationers had been fined 20,000 baht for jet skiing in Krabi province, in southern Thailand, where the watersport is prohibited based on the province’s environmental protection measures.
Jet skis and all other forms of motorised water sports activities are banned in Krabi province to protect the setting, but two Russian vacationers say there were not aware of the rule.
Yesterday, boat operators took photos of two international vacationers jet skiing close to Hong Island off the coast of Krabi.
This morning, Krabi Harbour officers went to Laem Pong Bay in Nong Thale subdistrict to search out two jet skis within the sea.
A 47 yr previous Russian man informed the officers that it was he and his spouse using the jet skis yesterday. He stated they drove to Krabi from Pattaya, towing the two jet skis behind their vehicle.
He stated neither he nor his wife knew that jet skiing was in opposition to Krabi province’s guidelines.
The harbour officials confirmed that both jet skis are registered in Pattaya because the Russian tourist said.
The officials took the Russian man to Krabi Provincial Harbour Office, where they fined him 10,000 baht per jet ski for violating Krabi province’s Environmental Control Act.
The officers also contacted the “relevant agencies” about taking additional authorized motion.
In the tourists’ defence, Thailand’s jet snowboarding guidelines are confusing. In Pattaya, it’s allowed. In Phuket, it’s allowed on some seashores – Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, and Bang Tao and never others, e.g., Surin Beach.
However, many tourists no longer hassle with jet snowboarding after listening to jet ski scam tales.
Save is typical for tourists to lease jet skis only to be told upon returning them that the jet skis are damaged. On Bang Tao seaside, one jet ski operator allegedly asked two Chinese vacationers for 200,000 baht for “repairs.”

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