The Royal Thai Tourist Police Force was established to help protect and serve the needs of foreign tourists visiting Thailand. They are an arm of the Royal Thai Police and often allow foreign nationals to join and assist them as volunteers.
So don’t be surprised if you encounter a foreign Tourist Police Officer. They are expats who give up their free time to help visitors to Thailand in need of assistance.
Members of the Koh Chang Tourist Police create a link the Thai community and foreign visitors and as such are here to try to ensure that all visitors have a pleasant stay in Thailand.
They are trained to understand grievances and problems from the tourist’s point of view. However, they will also uphold the law and should not be viewed as a ‘soft touch’ when compared to the foreign community.
The Koh Chang Tourist Police can provide assistance with many things e.g. :
– In the event of a Criminal Act: For example, assault or robbery. We can interface with the local police and offer translation services. Plus help contact relatives and your Embassy if required.
– In the event of a Dispute: We offer assistance with disputes between Thai nationals and foreign visitors. For example between merchants and customers. Disputes arising over scooter rental and damage resulting from an accident is a common issue we face.
– Assistance with scooter and car accidents: We can help you to fill out forms, get help from your insurance company etc
– Directions and Information: Don’t worry, we offer directions and information on what ever you need on Koh Chang.
Enjoy your holidays!