Just returned from a 3 week holiday staying at Kamala Beach Phuket.
Hotel (Layalina) was lovely, however one day me and my 2 sons used jet skis.
We were asked to check skis for damage which is strange because surely that is their job?
However I checked mine and my 2 sons did a check on theirs.
When we returned one of the thai guys pointed out about 0.5m length of fibre glass damaged in in a recess of the jet ski, not very obvious.
My son assures me that he did not hit anything and he is a good lad who would tell me if he had. Also the damage was in a position under the recess on the side of the ski and not in a place where rocks etc. would cause the damgage.
They got the boss and "mechanic" to the beach and demanded 86,500 Baht (£1500!!!!) I refused as I did not believe the damage was caused by my son. After about 1 hours negotiating I offered 10,0000 baht just to settle the matter, they refused. We went to walk away and one guy grabbed my son, I said I was going to the police and he would not let my son leave.
I was placed in a position wherev I wanted to hit this guy but was conscious that there were about 30 of these guys around and this would escalate into something where my son could get hurt.
I eventually offered 25,0000 Baht which they reluctantly accepted. This has altered my view of Thai people from being friendley to money grabbing thieves. I am still very angry 5 days on.My advice DO NOT USE JET SKIS ON KAMALA BEACH or maybe anywhere on Phuket. I for one will not return to Phuket again. If these people realise that travellers will take their money elsewhere threy may think again?