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Tourist Police working with MBK shopping centre announced the opening of a new police box to help tourists in the busy Pathumwan area of downtown Bangkok.
With the breezy smiling cop logo on the side announcing “Smart Smile Serve Safe Secure” staff inside will be present from 11 am to 8.30 pm to help tourists with problems, take care of lost property and even give directions.
Announcing the joint venture with the Mah Boon Krong centre Tuesday Surachet Hakpan of the tourist police said that the “Tourist Police Box” represented a new initiative in providing a good service, convenience and protection for visitors. He added that it would give confidence to tourists about Thailand’s commitment to their needs as well as help preserve the country’s good image in this regard.
The MBK and Siam Square areas are always busy with locals and tourists especially those there for shopping. The box will serve as a place where crimes can be reported, where problems about communication between locals and tourists can be sorted out, where directions can be given and assistance in using public transport such as buses and the Skytrain can be dispensed.
There will also be a place to keep valuables and documents handed in that that may have been lost in the area.
Smiling tourists were pictured giving the thumbs up to the idea while online Thai posters were in agreement. ‘Tayray’ posted on one news site: “It’s great, a fantastic idea. Both foreign tourists and Thais will feel safer because of this.”