What we know about the mysterious deaths of several British tourists, and how to avoid them
The deaths of six British tourists in Thailand have raised questions about whether the country’s crackdown on tourism has been the result of an orchestrated cover-up, or if people simply were not taking the risks.
A new report released on Tuesday by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAs) found that the six British nationals, all of whom were on holiday in Thailand, all died at a hotel in Phuket after falling asleep.
They were found with severe head injuries, including a fractured skull, the report said.
The CAAs report said that while the cause of death is still under investigation, “there is a strong likelihood” the death was a result of “injuries or the effects of hypothermia” caused by the hotel’s faulty ventilation system.
It was also noted that while it was not clear what the reason for the deaths was, they could have been the results of the hotel using faulty ventilation systems that caused the victims to fall asleep.
The CAAS investigation found that “inappropriate ventilation, including those associated with inadequate food, drinking water, and sanitation, may have contributed to the deaths” of the six.
The deaths are the latest in a string of unexplained deaths of tourists who have died in Thailand in recent months.
The most recent death of a British tourist took place in March when a hotel worker was killed when she fell asleep in a room in Pattaya.
An autopsy revealed that she had been given an incorrect temperature, leading to her death.
In April, an Italian tourist died after a man in his 40s was found dead inside a hotel room in Bangkok.
On the other hand, two British tourists died on their return from a holiday in the country in July.
According to the CAAs, the death of the two British nationals was the result “of a variety of factors”.
It added that “a number of the deaths could be the result, at least in part, of poor accommodation” and said “there were also several factors that could have contributed” to their deaths.
A second British tourist, a Canadian, was found to have a heart condition and died at the hospital after a hotel staff member allegedly mistook him for someone else in the room.
This is not the first time that a British holidaymaker has died in a hotel.
In September, two Chinese nationals died of dehydration after drinking from a bottle of water at a luxury hotel in Bangkok’s Thonburi district.
Thailand has been criticized by rights groups for its harsh crackdown on foreign tourists, which has resulted in a sharp drop in tourist numbers in recent years.
The CAAs’ report also highlighted how hotels in the south of the country, which are the most popular destinations for tourists, are failing to properly supervise their guest rooms.
“Thailand does not have an effective national system of monitoring and reporting on hotel conditions, including in the interior,” the report concluded.
“As a result, the risk of a hotel being in breach of this obligation remains high.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report