Drunk Chinese tourist arrested in Thailand for vandalizing hotel room

By Hoang Vu   May 20, 2024 | 10:55 pm PT
Drunk Chinese tourist arrested in Thailand for vandalizing hotel room
A general view of a street in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 17, 2022. Photo by Reuters
Police in Bangkok on Sunday detained a 30-year-old Chinese tourist who got drunk and destroyed furniture inside his hotel room, causing damage of 150,000 baht (US$4,100).

Officers were alerted by a hotel manager on Southern Sathorn Road, saying a Chinese man was going on a rampage, The Thaiger reported.

Upon arrival, they found multiple items inside his room were severely damaged.

The man used a lighter to set fire to the front of the room door and the plastic button set for ringing the doorbell, according to Khaosod English newspaper.

Police quickly put him under control and took him to a station for questioning.

He told the police he checked into the hotel on May 18 and stayed until 7 a.m. the next day. He confessed to drinking alcohol and damaging numerous hotel items while drunk.

The man would face charges of setting fire to another person’s property, causing damage to another person’s property, and putting himself in a state of drunkenness by consumption of alcoholic beverage or other intoxicant substance, police said.

For such charges, he could be imprisoned for six months to as much as seven years, or fined thousands of baht under Thai law.

Thailand has received over 12 million foreign tourists in the first four months of this year, and China is the largest source of visitors.

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