I would like to share some information with Chiang Mai people who travel to
Bangkok about getting robbed at a hotel!
On Sunday morning Jan. 18 we went down to the buffet
breakfast which was included in our room rate of B 1,250 at the Royal
Parkview Hotel in Soi 20 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok.
After having breakfast we returned to our room whereupon
my wife Jeerapa remembered she had left her purse on the breakfast table.
She quickly rushed downstairs with only about a five-minute lapse from the
time we had left the table until she was back downstairs.
She looked around the breakfast area and asked all the
staff who were present if they had seen her purse or seen anyone pick it up
and they all denied seeing anyone. The suspicious looking waiter who looked
after our table suggested that it may have been taken by another guest.
Jeerapa then used the phone at the front desk to cancel
all of her credit cards which took about fifteen minutes and in the process
was approached by one of the taxi drivers from outside who suggested that
she call the police as a similar incident had taken place the week before.
When the police arrived they questioned all of the staff
on duty in the restaurant area but no one had seen anything. This took place
just outside the kitchen area and while searching around Jeerapa telephoned
her mobile phone which was in the missing handbag. Not surprising she heard
her mobile phone ringing just inside the kitchen door and after searching
around one of the policemen found the purse tucked in a file folder behind a
Between the police and Jeerapa it was determined that it
had been the waiter who was looking after our table who had stolen the purse
and after being questioned again he broke down and admitted it. Nothing was
missing from the purse so we did not press charges, as it meant going to the
police station and filing a complaint which we knew would take hours.
The waiter was reprimanded by the police and Jeerapa, was
dismissed and he immediately left the hotel.
About fifteen minutes later while standing in the lobby
we heard a British lady explaining to the girl behind the front desk that
she and her boyfriend’s room had been broken into during the early morning
hours of Sunday as their door was open in the morning when they awoke. They
were missing two watches, cash and a digital camera from their room.
They had arrived late midnight the night before and had
ordered food from room service. They went to bed after finishing eating at
about 2 a.m. They remembered the waiter who brought the food had closed the
door behind him when he left the room. The assumption was that he must have
left the door ajar or unlocked the door somehow and came back later to steal
Jeerapa intervened to help the British couple as they
could not speak Thai and the police who were again called back to the hotel
could not speak English. After explaining to the police what had taken place
all the staff in the hotel were questioned about who might know anything
about this latest theft and again no one confessed to knowing anything. When
we left the hotel to catch our flight back to Chiang Mai the British couple
and the police and some of the staff were going back to the room to reenact
the scene of the waiter leaving the room in the early hours of Sunday.
We don’t know what happened in this case but we do know
that the staffs are most likely working together in stealing anything worth
stealing. There was even a suggestion that the safes in the rooms were not
safe because the technical staff could open them with a master combination.
We will never stay there again and we think tourists and
locals alike should be aware of this problem as it’s a very dangerous
Larry and Jeerapa Schuett