According to Thailand’s new military ruler, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, wearing a bikini in Thailand will get you killed… unless you’re ugly – then you’re in the clear.
In the wake of the brutal murders of two British tourists, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha warned “beautiful” Western visitors that wearing a bikini in Thailand may attract unwanted attention… from murderers.
“Tourists think that Thailand is beautiful, safe and that they can do anything they want here. That they can put on their bikinis and go anywhere they want. I ask, can you get away with wearing bikinis in Thailand? Unless you are not beautiful?” Prayuth said in a televised speech.
The PM’s comments were made following the death of two British tourists, David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23. The duo were found dead after attending a beach party on the island of Koh Tao last Monday. Apparently both were wearing bikinis??
This is not the first time Prayuth Chan-ocha has suggested that the victims were to blame for their demise. On Tuesday the army general said that the “behaviour” of Witheridge and Miller should also be investigated.
“We have to look into the behaviour of the other party too because this kind of incident should not happen to anybody and it has affected our image,” he told reporters.
The Prime Minister has since apologized for his bikini remarks, telling a press conference on Thursday:
“I apologize that I have spoken too harshly…I didn’t mean to criticize or look down on anyone. Today I can guarantee that Thailand is still safe … I wanted to warn [the tourists] to be careful.”
So if you’re a female tourist headed to Thailand, leave the bikini at home… or be really ugly. Preferably both. Although, this advice is coming from the same Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha who thinks his enemies are using black magic against him, so maybe take it with a grain of salt…