The UK Foreign Office has issued a new warning to travelers going to Thailand.
The Foreign Office is warning holidaymakers of the dangers of travelling to Thailand following the fatal shooting of City trader Stephen Ashton on Koh Phangan on New Year's Day.
Ashton, a 22-year-old traveler was dancing on the beach at a New Year’s Eve party when a fight broke out between rival gangs in a nearby bar. He was shot by a stray bullet, and not involved in the dispute in any way. He died before arriving at the hospital.
The warning advises travelers to be cautious in Koh Phangan, particularly at night, as western tourists have been victims of violent attacks by gangs. It also urges caution in Chaweng, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai due to reports of violent assaults and robberies in these areas.
The Foreign Office has not amended its overall advice for Thailand.