Six female Taiwanese tourists were reportedly robbed of their money after they had checked into their rooms at a resort in Pattaya Thursday evening and fallen into a suspiciously deep sleep. The women woke up only the next morning to find that over 70,000 Thai Baht had been stolen from their rented villa overnight.
The six tourists had reportedly made an online reservation at the VIP Villas on Jomtien Second Road and checked in there on Thursday. In a telephone interview with the English-language China Post the women said
they had found the check-in process “strange.”
“After we checked in, the counter service staffers found various reasons to deny us room keys. They asked us to put our luggage in the rooms and to have a walk around,” one tourist said.
The woman reportedly told staff that their room telephone did not work and that the French windows did not lock.
Though asked to resolve these issues, the staff did not, according to the tourists.
After returning to the resort at night, the tourists smelled what they later described as an “unusual odor” in their rooms.
One of the tourists, in a social media post, said the odor was “very fragrant” and that it triggered headaches and extreme fatigue.
The women — even one who was a chronic light sleeper — proceeded to sleep deeply all night, according to the post.
The following morning, the group reportedly woke to find the French window open and their wallets scattered across the floor, with over 70,000 Thai baht (NT$63,300) missing.
To add insult to injury, hotel staff allegedly ignored the women’s request to report the case to police but instead “blamed the group of guests for failing to lock up their personal property.” The victims eventually only managed to report the theft to police through a member of the Thai-Chinese community in Pattaya.
What is more, a staffer reportedly told the women that “a total of seven thefts had occurred at the villa within 10 days.”
Full report at The China Post.