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PHUKET: A Phuket tuk-tuk driver tracked down a Swedish couple who left their camcorder in his vehicle on Christmas Day and returned it to them free of charge on Boxing Day.

Cathanna, 48, and her husband hired Thongchai Permpoon to take them on a five-hour tour of Phuket Town.

After dropping the Swedes off at their hotel, the Diamond Cottage Resort and Spa, Mr Thongchai went back to the taxi rank there and stayed there until 11pm before driving home.

As he was cleaning out the vehicle he noticed that a Sony camcorder had been left on the back seat.

The following day he contacted the management at the Diamond Cottage, who were able to help him reunite the Scandinavians with their Handycam.

More than happy to get the expensive device back, the Swedes thanked and lavished praise on Mr Thongchai.
– Rungaroon Intawong

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong December 30, 2010 08:12:18PM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Simple. When a Phuket tuk-tuk driver is honest, it's news. When others are honest, it's not.

Posted by Salvatore Abatiello December 30, 2010 08:29:35PM

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Can you imagine how many times they would be in the newspaper if there was a report for every time they rip someone off? Smiling.

Posted by swl December 30, 2010 09:28:29PM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Because so many people are getting ripped off IN the tuk-tuks, it comes as a relief that theyre not getting ripped off once they get OUT of the tuk-tuks. One thing it does show me: these tourists are NOT reading the web boards. If they did, they would seek alternate transportation.

Posted by tonglen December 30, 2010 09:43:53PM

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This is good to hear. I once left my mobile phone in a tut tuk. It was returned by the driver but at a fee of 1,000 baht. No big deal as the phone was worth about 10,000 baht and I would probably have rewarded the driver anyway.

Posted by Old Farang December 30, 2010 11:36:39PM

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Returning some stuff forgotten by a foreigner in a Phuket tuk-tuk is worthy of the news published here. In fairness, it should be spread widely. It gives a deep inside look at the fact that some 'normal' life does exist here on this island.

Posted by Michael December 30, 2010 11:58:19PM

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E for Effort, Mr Thongchai. Very nice to read about.

Posted by Captain Goodvibes December 31, 2010 02:22:14AM

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The camcorder was probably worth less than the tuk-tuk fare he charged them :)

Posted by The Camera Man December 31, 2010 07:06:37AM

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In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned. So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is, it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks.

Posted by Ben Dover December 31, 2010 08:54:06AM

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Its news because they have found the one honest tuk-tuk driver in Phuket.

Posted by sandy shanks December 31, 2010 10:10:25AM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Ha, Ha. Simply because it IS a sensation!

Posted by Observer December 31, 2010 11:09:52AM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Simple. When a Phuket tuk-tuk driver is honest, it's news. When others are honest, it's not.

Posted by Salvatore Abatiello

Thanks for the laugh of the day!

Posted by Observer December 31, 2010 11:11:42AM

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Some negative answers here. If you leave something in a hotel room or a shop it is easier to track down. But it is hard to track down a tuk-tuk driver. I think he is a champ for returning the camcorder and deserves a pat on the back for having done so.

Posted by mc December 31, 2010 03:07:17PM

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The camcorder was probably worth less than the tuk-tuk fare he charged them :)

Posted by The Camera Man

Ahhhhh, yes, The Camera Man. But he could have had both.

Posted by Thomas Winterford December 31, 2010 04:23:56PM

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In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned. So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is, it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks.

Posted by Ben Dover

"In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned." No evidence presented.

"So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is...." This newspaper does not think that at all.

"... it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks." A non sequitur, 'supported' by an extemporaneous statistic.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online December 31, 2010 04:36:34PM

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In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned. So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is, it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks.

Posted by Ben Dover

"In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned." No evidence presented.

"So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is...." This newspaper does not think that at all.

"... it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks." A non sequitur, 'supported' by an extemporaneous statistic.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Ouch, scathing retort, Editor. Good job. A good deed is a good deed and this is just one more good deed we've read about as of late.

Posted by tonglen December 31, 2010 09:51:34PM

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Unfortunately the Phuket tut-tuk drivers have a bad reputation worldwide. Elsewhre in Thailand they at least charge credible fares. Bangkok: 100 baht; Udon 40 baht. So why a minimum charge of 200 on Phuket?

I recal on my first visit to Patong my wife and I negotiated a 500 baht fee from Patong for a ride along the beach. The driver took us on a 10 min ride along the coast, dropped us at a viewpoint, and demanded his money. We were then told it would cost us another 500 to be taken back.

Posted by Alan January 2, 2011 07:28:29PM

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Unfortunately the Phuket tut-tuk drivers have a bad reputation worldwide. Elsewhre in Thailand they at least charge credible fares. Bangkok: 100 baht; Udon 40 baht. So why a minimum charge of 200 on Phuket?

I recal on my first visit to Patong my wife and I negotiated a 500 baht fee from Patong for a ride along the beach. The driver took us on a 10 min ride along the coast, dropped us at a viewpoint, and demanded his money. We were then told it would cost us another 500 to be taken back.

Posted by Alan January 2, 2011 07:28:29PM

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In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned. So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is, it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks.

Posted by Ben Dover

"In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned." No evidence presented.

"So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is...." This newspaper does not think that at all.

"... it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks." A non sequitur, 'supported' by an extemporaneous statistic.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online

Ouch, scathing retort, Editor. Good job. A good deed is a good deed and this is just one more good deed we've read about as of late.

Posted by tonglen December 31, 2010 09:51:34PM

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In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned. So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is, it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks.

Posted by Ben Dover

"In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned." No evidence presented.

"So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is...." This newspaper does not think that at all.

"... it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks." A non sequitur, 'supported' by an extemporaneous statistic.

Posted by Editor, Gazette Online December 31, 2010 04:36:34PM

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The camcorder was probably worth less than the tuk-tuk fare he charged them :)

Posted by The Camera Man

Ahhhhh, yes, The Camera Man. But he could have had both.

Posted by Thomas Winterford December 31, 2010 04:23:56PM

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Some negative answers here. If you leave something in a hotel room or a shop it is easier to track down. But it is hard to track down a tuk-tuk driver. I think he is a champ for returning the camcorder and deserves a pat on the back for having done so.

Posted by mc December 31, 2010 03:07:17PM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Simple. When a Phuket tuk-tuk driver is honest, it's news. When others are honest, it's not.

Posted by Salvatore Abatiello

Thanks for the laugh of the day!

Posted by Observer December 31, 2010 11:11:42AM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Ha, Ha. Simply because it IS a sensation!

Posted by Observer December 31, 2010 11:09:52AM

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Its news because they have found the one honest tuk-tuk driver in Phuket.

Posted by sandy shanks December 31, 2010 10:10:25AM

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In most of the world lost property is nearly always returned. So when a newspaper thinks that a tuk-tuk driver needs headlines to show how honest he is, it goes to prove that 99.9% of the others are thieves, robbers, and crooks.

Posted by Ben Dover December 31, 2010 08:54:06AM

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The camcorder was probably worth less than the tuk-tuk fare he charged them :)

Posted by The Camera Man December 31, 2010 07:06:37AM

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E for Effort, Mr Thongchai. Very nice to read about.

Posted by Captain Goodvibes December 31, 2010 02:22:14AM

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Returning some stuff forgotten by a foreigner in a Phuket tuk-tuk is worthy of the news published here. In fairness, it should be spread widely. It gives a deep inside look at the fact that some 'normal' life does exist here on this island.

Posted by Michael December 30, 2010 11:58:19PM

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This is good to hear. I once left my mobile phone in a tut tuk. It was returned by the driver but at a fee of 1,000 baht. No big deal as the phone was worth about 10,000 baht and I would probably have rewarded the driver anyway.

Posted by Old Farang December 30, 2010 11:36:39PM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Because so many people are getting ripped off IN the tuk-tuks, it comes as a relief that theyre not getting ripped off once they get OUT of the tuk-tuks. One thing it does show me: these tourists are NOT reading the web boards. If they did, they would seek alternate transportation.

Posted by tonglen December 30, 2010 09:43:53PM

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Can you imagine how many times they would be in the newspaper if there was a report for every time they rip someone off? Smiling.

Posted by swl December 30, 2010 09:28:29PM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

Posted by Hotel owner in Patong

Simple. When a Phuket tuk-tuk driver is honest, it's news. When others are honest, it's not.

Posted by Salvatore Abatiello December 30, 2010 08:29:35PM

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Why is it always a sensation when a tuk-tuk driver is honest? A lot of stuff is forgotten every day in shops, hotel rooms, bars etc, and is delivered back to the owner. But I have never seen that mentioned in any newspaper.

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