The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is very shocked by yesterday's news of the Briton murdered in the Thai southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Attacks like this are very rare in Thailand.
âOur thoughts are with the families and friends of both the victims, Michael Raymond and Suchada Bowkamdee, at this sad time,â commented Joanna Cooke, PR Manager for TAT UK.
âWe have been informed by the Thai authorities that the three men involved have been arrested. This isolated incident is being investigated by the Royal Thai Police and the Foreign Office (FCO). TAT is unable to comment further,â she continued.
The Jack Beach Resort, where the incident happened, is located on Huay Yang beach in the district of Tub Sa Kae, which is approximately 30 miles from the holiday resort of Hua Hin.
The bodies of Michael Raymond, 68, and his wife, Suchada Baokhamdee, 52, were found by a housekeep in their bungalow on Tuesday afternoon, where police said they had been beaten to death with a chair and other blunt objects. Thai police captain Winai Raila-aied, the investigating officer, said the trio of killers had taken 2,000 baht (US$65), a mobile phone, and an ATM card from the couple's room. Two of the killers were resort employees, one still on probation. All three confessed and have been arrested.
Hua Hin is popular with both Thai people and foreigners because of its close proximity to Bangkok. It is situated just 200 miles south of the capital city, a 3-hour transfer by road.
Thailand remains a safe holiday destination for visitors. Last year Thailand welcomed over 850,000 British travelers and 68 percent of those are repeat visitors.