A planned holiday to see cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan turned out to be a hoax for 32 people, half of them Buddhist monks, when they were denied boarding on their flight because a tour operation "forgot to send their names" to the airline.
The tour manger now has claimed the group’s payment of almost 1.3 million baht was confiscated by the airline after he handed it over.
The possible holiday scam was revealed Tuesday by Phra Kru Suthati Woraniwet, abbot of Wat Takian in Mae Sot district of Tak. He is one of the 32 holiday makers who lost their payment and were unable to fly to Japan.
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