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Thailand, Krabi, Upper Phang Nga Bay: Break-in and Burglary - February 2013

By Yacht Gryphon — last modified Feb 18, 2013 02:17 PM
Beware of the dangers when visiting the beautiful Hongs of the Krabi Islands by yacht.

Published: 2013-02-18 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2013
Countries: Thailand

Incident happened on 12 February, 2013
Report by Chris and Lorraine Marchant of Yacht Gryphon

Wonderful Thailand, we have so enjoyed Thai hospitality and cuisine and been thrilled at the landscapes which are full of beauty and surprise. The Thai island hongs are mysterious and wonderful and one of the greatest assets to tourism in Thailand. Visitors to Thailand love to visit the hongs, but for some visiting yachtsmen this is a bitter experience.

Our German friends on yacht Comodo visited Koh Hong and left their yacht for 45 minutes whilst they explored within the island. When they returned they found their money, mobile phones and computers, which they need for navigation and communication, had all been taken.

At the beginning of February we had a visit from our son who lives in China. We left Yacht Haven Marina with him on 6th February and had 6 wonderful days in Phang Nga Bay visiting beautiful islands and hongs. However, on the 12th February we locked up our boat and went in the dinghy to visit the hong at Koh Roi

Whilst in the hong our friends from yacht Nathape caught up with us by dinghy and warned us that a longtail boat had been alongside our yacht and they had seen the longtail crew of three on board in our cockpit. Hanspeter, skipper of Nathape, had realised something was wrong and bravely followed the longtail when they left and took photographs of the boat and crew. They then came to find us and let us know that we had had uninvited visitors on board our boat.

When we got back to the boat, we saw that our main hatch had been forced open and money had been taken from our wallets and purses. But really disastrous was that our son’s passport containing his Chinese work visa had been stolen along with his wallet of Chinese and Thai money, his phones and MP3 player. Then we found some unexpected items were missing: a bag of cosmetics, a lady’s hairbrush and a small lady’s handbag, this made us think that a woman could have been part of this robbery.

The outcome of all this are still unknown. Our son is having enormous difficulties arranging his return to China and the costs are escalating daily. Needless to say, having a passport with vital work visas stolen is highly stressful so the wonderful Thai experience has become a very sour experience indeed.

Since leaving England in 2009 we have visited over 25 countries with no bad experiences. As yachting visitors to Thailand we have made a personal contribution to the local economy by using marinas, employing local crafts and tradesmen who do an excellent job, spending baht on marine services, in local markets, supermarkets, restaurants, souvenir and other shops. We make a positive contribution, we don’t want to be the victims of these thieves.

Chris and Lorraine Marchant
Yacht Gryphon

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