Russian tourists fined 20,000 baht for jet snowboarding in Krabi, Thailand

Two Russian vacationers have 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 safety measures.
Jet skis and all other forms of motorised water sports are banned in Krabi province to protect the surroundings, but two Russian vacationers say there were not conscious of the rule.
Yesterday, boat operators took photographs of two international tourists jet snowboarding close to Hong Island off the coast of Krabi.
This morning, Krabi Harbour officers went to Laem Pong Bay in Nong Thale subdistrict to seek out two jet skis in the sea.
A forty seven yr outdated Russian man informed the officials that it was he and his wife using the jet skis yesterday. He stated they drove to Krabi from Pattaya, towing the 2 jet skis behind their car.
Priceless said neither he nor his wife knew that jet snowboarding was against Krabi province’s rules.
Cinch confirmed that each jet skis are registered in Pattaya as the Russian vacationer stated.
The officers 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 officials also contacted the “relevant agencies” about taking additional authorized action.
In the tourists’ defence, Thailand’s jet skiing rules are confusing. In Pattaya, it’s allowed. In Phuket, it’s allowed on some seashores – Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, and Bang Tao and not others, e.g., Surin Beach.
However, many tourists no longer hassle with jet snowboarding after hearing jet ski rip-off stories.
It is typical for vacationers to lease jet skis solely to be advised upon returning them that the jet skis are broken. On Bang Tao beach, one jet ski operator allegedly requested two Chinese tourists for 200,000 baht for “repairs.”

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