The tourism boom in Phuket over the past decade has seen a dramatic increase in Russian and Chinese visitors and also growing resentment from local tour guides who say illegal foreign workers are stealing their jobs.
RISING TIDE: A massive surge in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Phuket in recent years has led to a corresponding demand for tour guides able to speak their language.
''It's been about 10 years since we have faced the problem of foreigners stealing our jobs,'' Suphachai Wattanaparintorn, vice-president of the Phuket Professional Guide Association, angrily said. ''The Koreans came first, now it is the Russians and Chinese.''
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