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Thailand – UK Foreign Office Issues Press Release Warning again Balcony Falls while on Holidays


Via: City News – Chiang Mai

The press release strangely does NOT mention Thailand, especially Pattaya, where SCORES of expats and holiday makers fall to their deaths not just every year, but every month, including many Brits. A quick Google search and subsequent browse through the Pattaya dailies stands testament to the amount of unlucky balcony accidents.

What is perhaps perplexing is that the vast majority of falls involving foreigners occur in Pattaya, followed by Phuket. Since the inception of CityNews around two years we have reported one foreigner who died as a result of falling from a condo balcony. The police ruled it a suicide. In Phuket a young Australian died as a results of his injuries after he reportedly jumped from a Phuket balcony on June 25th.

The Foreign Office and ABTA – The Travel Association wrote that:

“In Majorca and Ibiza, two of UK’s top tourist destinations, there have been 9 cases – already matching figures for 2011, despite only being half way through the season. Most incidents involve young people between the ages of 18 and 35 and whilst not always the case, alcohol often plays a part.”

Paul Abrey, Consul in the Balearics, said: “We’ve already seen some tragic cases this summer which have had devastating consequences for the individuals and families concerned. This year there’s been a particular spike early on in the holiday season with figures already matching last year’s. Some people have fallen whilst climbing to a friend’s apartment, others have simply lost their footing after a few too many drinks and a few have deliberately jumped off aiming for the pool below. It should go without saying these practices are extremely dangerous and can cost them their life or leave them permanently disabled. Many young people also arrive without travel insurance. The FCO can’t pay medical bills and holidaymakers may end up paying out thousands for medical bills and flights back to the UK.”


“Some people have fallen whilst climbing to a friend’s apartment, others have simply lost their footing after a few too many drinks and a few have deliberately jumped off aiming for the pool below.” – All true.

I don’t have proof, but I suspect some of the ‘accidents’ in Thailand might not be ‘accidents’; i.e. mess around with someones Thai wife/girlfriend, bye-bye.

Be careful, very very careful!



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