Senior couple bashed by thugs targeting tourists

Is safety a major concern when you’re on holiday? For this elderly couple who were vacationing at a tourist resort

Is safety a major concern when you’re on holiday? For this elderly couple who were vacationing at a tourist resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, the last thing they expected was to end up in the hospital.

A British couple and their son suffered an attack so violent that they ended up laying unconscious on the street. The couple and their middle-aged son were celebrating, Songkran, a Thai New Year when a group of thugs suddenly punched the lady to the ground.

Her partner and son were also attacked with punches and kicks and they could not help her.

According to Thaivisa, the attack only stopped when the three foreigners were unconscious but not before one Thai man landed a brutal volley to the face of the woman as she tried to get up.



A witness told the Daily Mail, ‘The girls in the bar I was in all night waved goodbye to two elderly customers and their son and my wife and I followed only seconds after them,” they said.

“Within 20-30 meters of leaving the bar the Thais were punching the 65yr-old-lady in the face!!

“The elderly gentleman was down on the floor and their son was beaten very badly!

“At this point I caught up to the scene and pushed one of the youths away from the woman. I got severely punched and kicked for my troubles, but felt the need to protect this frail lady.”

Bystanders were too afraid to help the family of three except for one man who also found himself in the hospital. All three victims were taken to hospital for treatment after the violent attack and police are now using a horrific footage to trace the gang members down.

It’s sad to hear stories of attacks on elderly people at home and abroad. Back home, as Australia’s aged population grows, so too does crime against them. In fact, elder abuse is estimated to affect as many as one in ten seniors.

Some seniors say they worry about travelling overseas and fear they could be targeted by local thugs.


Here are some tips that might help you stay safe while travelling.

  1. Avoid going to secluded areas even with friends.

  2. Always carry small change and avoid flashing around large notes.

  3. Always keep the number of the local embassy in case you run into trouble.

  4. Carry your money in a hidden waist wallet instead of a handbag.

  5. Do not talk to strangers even if they appear to be very friendly.

  6. Do not follow or get into a vehicle of a stranger even if they look harmless.

  7. Do not talk to local children as it can offend the parents.

  8. Do not take pictures of religious places or children as it can offend locals.

  9. Carry a copy of your passport and keep the original in the safe.

  10. Avoid getting into an argument with a stranger.


Has this incident caused you to be more fearful about travelling overseas? Do you have any safety tips?

  1. Some of those rules are generally good to remember. But in Israel, no one will object if you speak to children and to strangers, even arguing (we prefer a “heated discussion”, as long as the visitors understand the real situation, not what’s presented on the “nightly news”), usually over a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe, of which we have many!

    And you can take basically all the photos desired, even of religious sites, though it is respectful to ask religious people (Jews, Muslims and Christians) if they mind having their photos taken, and then, NOT take the photos if they object.

    Israel is SAFE for everyone, safer than Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia, most places in Europe, and even most of the big cities of the USA!

  2. Angie B  

    We just had a holiday in Singapore and felt very safe. It is a no-crime country and visitors are welcomed.

  3. New Caledonia is also a safe place for a holiday. Very foreign and very close to Australia. I have spent many years in New Cal and never been threatened. There are about 5 Australians living there permanently . Prospective web page will be caledonian hosted

  4. Never wear watches or jewellery. A friend was travelling in an open-sided local vehicle when a small motor bike with two local men riding it drew alongside. One of the men reached in and ripped an earring from her ear and the bike sped away. She was quite badly injured and required stiches and treatment for bruising to her face and head. We were told that snatch and grabs were quite common in Asian and Middle Eastern countries – with one woman being severely injured when a chain was torn from her throat. Another had fingers cut off to get her rings. Women and older men are seen as easy targets. These countries do not have unemployment benefits or pensions, so survival is often at the expense of the unwary or weak.

  5. Mary Merrington  

    Certainly a rat race out there in many under developed areas!
    Secret is basically not to look like a tourist nor disabled.

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