Thailand’s military ruler has suggested that “beautiful” female visitors to his country should not expect to be safe in bikinis.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha allegedly made the comments as the investigation into the death of two Britons intensifies.
David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were killed earlier this week after they attended a beach party on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.
Negative attention on the country – to which 800,000 Britons visit each year – appears to have left its leader attempting to offer explanations for why young travellers may run into trouble there.
Speaking in a live broadcast today discussing tourist safety, he said: “There are always problems with tourist safety. They think our country is beautiful and is safe so they can do whatever they want, they can wear bikinis and walk everywhere,” according to the AFP news agency.