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Thailand tourism safety: If the Zipline doesn’t get you the roads might

As the head of the Royal Thai Police was reported as saying that the safety of tourists was a priority came news that five young visitors to the kingdom had been seriously injured on the roads. 

The tourists were heading back in the direction of Pattaya yesterday evening after going to the Flight of the Gibbon in Sri Racha, a Zipline adventure. 

A mobile crane pulled out from a soi and collided with their minivan seriously damaging the side of the vehicle. 

Nong Kham police and Phiaw Yiang Thai (Sri Racha) rescue were soon on the scene to give first aid and help the three men and four women who were taken to Samitivej Sri Racha Hospital. 

They were named as Ting-Yu Huang, 23, Ilia Opaleichuk, 32, Keng Jung Liang, 24, (the men) and two women namely Shan-Ya Wen, 24 and twenty two year old Shih-Ching Chen.

The mobile crane driver Jaroon Phramma, 57, and the driver of the van were both taken away for questioning by the Nong Kham police. Compensation payments would be discussed. 

Flight of the Gibbon – a nationwide company – were temporarily closed down in Chiang Mai in April when a Canadian tourist fell and died. 

The company says online that they are “the most established and trusted Zipline operator in Thailand and Asia”.

RTP commander General Chakthip Chaijinda said through his spokesman on Thursday that the safety of tourists was one of his priorities. 

Thai Visa /  77kaoded

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