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Safety zones planned after number of high profile tourist deaths in foreign media but tourists need to use common sense also. 

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Australians 'find trouble' in Phuket

1 Apr 2013

Travel agent Michelle Smith of Perth, in her last known photograph hours before she was killed in a bag-snatching in Phuket last June. (Facebook photo).

The best safety device on a visit to Phuket is common sense, Australia's honorary consul to Phuket suggests.

Larry Cunningham said that while the new "safety zones" set up in tourist areas are welcome, Australians too often bring trouble onto themselves.

Mr Cunningham was quoted in a report published Monday by 7News, a TV station in Perth.

The province has asked the government to provide up to 5,000 police to help establish and man the planned safety zones.

The measure is a response to a spate of deaths and foreign press reports on safety problems for tourists.

Last year travel agent Michelle Smith, 60, was fatally stabbed when she resisted two bag snatchers, in a case that received publicity worldwide. Around 50 Australians die each year in Phuket, half due to natural causes but "the rest from misadventure, including motorbike accidents and drug overdoses," the report said.

Mr Cunningham told the reporter, however, that overall, "Theft isn't that big a deal, the problem we tend to have more of is drink spiking.

He said robbery attempts often begin with drugs put secretly into drinks sold to Australian tourists.

And he conceded that in many cases of violence, aggressive behaviour was behind the fight.

"There is assault, but the behaviour of some of the Aussies on holiday here, they stir it up themselves," said Mr Cunningham in comments likely to stir controversy.

There [are] only so many yobbos you can see walking up the street with a beer in each hand and no shirt bumping into the locals before something does happen.

The report ended with advice from an anonymous tourist on how to avoid trouble in Phuket.

Don't get too drunk and make sure you always know your way home and got somebody with you, never be on your own.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Tourism, Australians 'find trouble' in Phuket, 1 Apr 2013, link


Travel Safety Vocabulary

travel   การท่องเที่ยว
travel safety
travel agent - ตัวแทนสำนักท่องเที่ยว

last known photograph

snatch  -
grab, seize, to take some quickly and strongly with your hand คว้า
bag-snatching - the crime of stealing a woman's handbag by quickly "snatching" or taking it by surprise and running away 
bag snatcher - a thief

Travel agent Michelle Smith of Perth, in her last known photograph hours before she was killed in a bag-snatching in Phuket last June. 

trouble - having problems and difficulties ความยุ่งยาก, ความยุ่งเหยิง
Australians 'find trouble' in Phuket

device - 1. a system or machine for doing something; 2. a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
safety device

consul - an official chosen by a government to live in a foreign city, in order to take care of people from the official's own country who travel or live there, and to protect the trade interests of that government กงสุล  (See Wikipedia)

honorary consul -
a person show serves as an informal local representative of a foreign country in some city of a country, helping people from the foreign country when they have problems, often an unpaid volunteer (See Wikipedia)
Australia's honorary consul to Phuket

common sense - การตัดสินแบบพื้นๆ, การใช้ความคิดตัดสินเบื้องต้น

The best safety device on a visit to Phuket is common sense, Australia's honorary consul to Phuket suggests.

zone  - a special area (with restricted activity, for example) พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต, โซน
safety zone - a special area made extra safe (through action taken by the government)

safety zone in tourist areas

new "safety zones" set up in tourist areas

planned - done following a plan ตามแผน
the planned safety zones

are welcome - people like accept these new things
safety zones are welcome

you bring trouble onto yourself
they bring trouble onto themselves

Australians too often bring trouble onto themselves.

Larry Cunningham said that while the new "safety zones" set up in tourist areas are welcome, Australians too often bring trouble onto themselves.

quote - to use the words of another person (spoken or written) in another article or text อ้าง, อ้างถึง, อ้างคำพูด, กล่าวอ้าง, กล่าวถึงคำพูดที่พูดออกไป
quoted in a report

TV Station - a special place (station) for the production and transmission of television programs and broadcasts

Mr Cunningham was quoted in a report published Monday by 7News, a TV station in Perth.

establish - to start a company or organization that will likely continue for a long time สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
establish the safety zones

man - to operate something บังคับ ขับ (ยานพาหนะ)
5,000 police to man the safety zones

provide - to give someone something that they want or need
provide 5,000 police man the safety zones

The province has asked the government to provide up to 5,000 police to help to establish and man the planned safety zones

a spate of - a lot of something happening in a short period of time
a spate of deaths

press - newspapers and magazines, and those parts of television and radio which broadcast news, or reporters and photographers who work for them สื่อมวลชน
foreign press
foreign press reports

measure - a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop an a dangerous unpleasant situation มาตราการ
The measure is a response to ...

The measure is a response to a spate of deaths and foreign press reports on safety problems for tourists.

natural - found in nature (not made in a factory by humans) ตามธรรมชาติ; what is expected and reasonable in a situation เป็นเรื่องปกติ ธรรมดา

fatal
(adjective) - causing death, killing someone
fatally
(adverb)
stab  -
when a knife or other sharp object is pushed into someone's body แทง
fatally stabbed - when someone dies after being stabbed with a knife

resist - opposing something; to fight back when you are attacked, defend yourself  ต่อต้าน
resisted two bag snatchers

fatally stabbed when she resisted two bag snatchers

publicity - media attention given to something in magazines, newspapers, or television การเผยแพร่
receive publicity
receive publicity worldwide

die due to natural causes - die because of some disease or health condition (cancer, heart attack), not murdered or die in an accident

misadventure - an accident or bad situation, bad luck เหตุร้าย, อุบัติเหตุ, ความโชคร้าย

motorbike - motorcycle รถมอเตอร์ไซค์, รถจักรยานยนต์, รถเครื่อง
motorbike accidents - อุบัติเหตุ

drug overdoses - when a person takes too much of a drug (and dies or is seriously ill) ให้ยาเกิน, ปริมาณยาที่มากเกินไป

the rest die from misadventure, including motorbike accidents and drug overdoses

Last year travel agent Michelle Smith, 60, was fatally stabbed when she resisted two bag snatchers, in a case that received publicity worldwide. Around 50 Australians die each year in Phuket, half due to natural causes but "the rest from misadventure, including motorbike accidents and drug overdoses," the report said.

overall  - including everything ทั้งหมด, รวมทั้งสิ้น
tend - to be likely to behave in a particular way or have a particular characteristic มักจะ
tend to have as problem

drink spiking -
putting something secretly into a drink that many people are drinking (examples: spike the punch with alcohol, spike the drink with sleeping drugs) เติมแอลกอฮอล์ในเครื่องดื่ม , ใส่แอลกอฮอล์ ,  ใส่ยาสลบ

the problem we tend to have more of is drink spiking

Mr Cunningham told the reporter, however, that overall, "Theft isn't that big a deal, the problem we tend to have more of is drink spiking.

robbery - การปล้น
attempt - ความพยายาม
robbery attempts

He said robbery attempts often begin with drugs put secretly into drinks sold to Australian tourists.

aggressive - done with great energy and intensity; forceful, determined, and eager to succeed  ก้าวร้าว ซึ่งมีความมั่นใจสูง
aggressive behaviour

violence - physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
in many cases of violence, aggressive behaviour was behind the fight.

conceded - admitted unwillingly that something is true ยอมรับ
he conceded that ...

And he conceded that in many cases of violence, aggressive behaviour was behind the fight.

stir
up - causing a lot of interest or excitement ความตื่นเต้น to say things deliberately in order to cause trouble between people ปลุกเร้า
they stir it up themselves

controversy - a lot of argument and strong disagreement over something; especially about a public policy or moral issue ความขัดแย้ง ประเด็นข้อขัดแย้ง
stir up controversy - create controversy
comments likely to stir up controversy.

assault - a physical attack on someone ทำร้าย การทำร้ายร่างกาย the crime of physical violence against another person, includes threats of violence in the US (See Wikipedia)

There is assault, but the behaviour of some of the Aussies on holiday here, they stir it up themselves," said Mr Cunningham in comments likely to stir controversy.

bump -  1. to hit something while walking กระทบ, ชน, กระแทก; 2. to meet someone by accident (example: I bumped into a friend at 7-11).
the locals - people who live in a nearby area ชาวบ้าน
bumping into the locals

a beer in each hand and no shirt bumping into the locals

There [are] only so many yobbos you can see walking up the street with a beer in each hand and no shirt bumping into the locals before something does happen.

anonymous - names not given ไม่ออกนาม
advice from an anonymous tourist

The report ended with advice from an anonymous tourist on how to avoid trouble in Phuket.

never be on your own
Don't get too drunk and make sure you always know your way home and got somebody with you, never be on your own.

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