The Dark Side of Thailand They Don’t Want You To Know

Paradise on Earth or a Place With Deadly Secrets?

Koh Tao can be either heaven or hell. The potential tourists have to be warned and they must not have a false feeling of safety.

“Amazing Thailand!” – That is their “catch phrase” for luring tourists. And it is obviously a hidden gem for tourists since there are plenty of tourists from all over the world which would “kill” just to have an opportunity to visit Thailand. Whoever you ask about Thailand, he/she will tell you that it is one of the most thrilling places in the world. It has breathtaking beaches, all sorts of restaurants, wonderful landscapes, and a truly memorable nightlife… But, there is a much darker truth, more similar to a hell than to paradise, claims a reporter Elaine Dickinson who lived there for a couple of years.



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She had witnessed the everyday life of Koh Tao. It was filled with horrific automobile, ship, bike, and bus traffic accidents, scams and property frauds, drownings and diving incidents, killings, suicides and very very suspicious deaths.

One of the most terrifying things was certainly the brutal murder of two British teenagers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller. They were murdered on the southern island of Koh Tao in 2014. Elaine’s job was to learn as much as she can about the murders by interviewing the foreigners living on the island.

Koh Tao is mostly known for its rich sea life. That attracted a small community of expats. It is not a great number of people, just a couple of thousands. Many of them run small dive centers, restaurants and B&Bs. Nobody wanted to speak officially. They all feared for their lives.

Unofficially, they told a story of an island held in the grip of a mafia. Those mobster families demanded protection money and on the top of all, it seemed like they controlled the police so they could burn houses and businesses of people who were against them.


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The investigation into the murders of British teenagers was not done well, police were accused of incompetence, bad management and the scapegoating of two Burmese migrant workers. They are now awaiting the death penalty.

Nick Pearson came to that same island, that same year. He came to the island with his parents in order to celebrate the New Years Eve. Divers found his body in the sea, a day after his disappearance. According to police, Pearson fell from a cliff 15 meters high and drowned. However, his parents believe that their son has been murdered. There were multiple wounds on the body of that young man, including the wounds on his head. Experts have concluded that his death could be a consequence of a physical assault.

Furthermore, a French tourist Dimitri Povse was found hanged, with his arms tied behind his back. That was in 2015. His death was categorized as a suicide in spite the fact that he had bruises on his neck, elbows, and wrists.

That same year, a 23 years old tourist from Great Brittain, Chistina Anneli was also found dead on the island. Police are assuming that she died of some unknown illness. But her friends and family seriously doubt that official version.

A body was found, floating in a swimming pool of some hotel in January of 2016. That was a body of a British man Luc Miller. In spite of the wounds he had on his face, police officials said that there were no traces of violence and concluded that wounds were there as a consequence of alcohol.

In the end, in February of 2017, Valentina Novozenova (23), a tourist from Russia, disappeared on Koh Tao under strange and undisclosed circumstances. She was a fan of freediving, and on the day of her disappearance, her camera showed that she was going to the beach. Police found her passport, cell phone, camera and a ferry ticket to Ko Samui. Employees in the hotel claimed that she asked the about the time schedule for ferries which go from the island.

However, police were able to find any proofs whether or not she boarded any of the ferries. She is still missing.


Recently, there was one more body discovered. A body of a young tourist, Elise Dallemange. She is a seventh tourist that traveled through this country and died under suspicious circumstances in a period of three years. That convinced the author of the original text that Thailand should be avoided at all costs.

The danger is not only on the island of Koh Tao. It is an “open secret” that everything is controlled by the most powerful families. They control all of the most popular resorts and furthermore everything that is happening in Thailand – from who sells pinneaples on beaches to human trafficking, prostitution and land rights.

Besides that, she discovered that mafia even controls taxis which charge up to 10 times more than in Bangkok; Jet ski operators are notorious for charging tourists for some imaginative damages to their vehicles and police can not do anything to prevent that.

The attacks are so common that foreign embassies speak openly about it:”Violent sexual assaults and unprovoked attacks have been reported in popular tourist destinations, including in the Koh Samui archipelago and Krabi province. These are particularly common during the monthly Full Moon parties and generally occur late at night near bars.”

The drug is being poured into the tourist’s drinks, both male and female. So be careful about taking drinks from strangers, at clubs and parties. Do not leave your drinks unattended, particularly in Koh Samui, Pattaya and at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, where date rapes have been reported…


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The island of Koh Tao is one of the most popular islands of Thailand. Many are choosing this island as the best and most affordable choice for spending a vacation in Thailand.

Mysterious and unsolved crimes are an everyday thing on that island, so some call Koh Tao the “Island of Death”.


Koh Tao can be a paradise and it could be Hell. Potential tourists have to be warned and they must not have a false feeling of safety…