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Is Thailand becoming a riskier destination for foreign visitors and what can we do to improve matters?

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When violent, unforeseen events turn your dream vacation into a nightmare, who can you turn to for help and who is ultimately at fault? 

During the last two weeks of June, two incidents in popular holiday destinations were serious enough to make headlines.

Three foreigners sustained gunshot injuries in Chiang Mai when a drunken college student opened fire in a restaurant. And in Phuket, a Russian man was slapped around and a fake revolver pressed against his forehead by the jealous boyfriend of a Thai woman with whom the Russian had become friendly.

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