Reports have been circulating about activities in Hua Hin with some road closures and orders that bars be closed on Friday (2nd August). It has been confirmed that bars have been ordered to close, however there have been no official statements made available.
Unofficial comments made following enquiries with police on duty suggest that a member of the Thai royal family is visiting our Region; typically this is said to be the King’s son.
Unfortunately this follows soon after reported explosions in Bangkok with at least one commentator quickly making that connection without offering any justification.
A post from huahinexpatnews.com stated: “Bomb Scare in Hua Hin: Police are currently out in force in Hua Hin central, possibly in response to a bomb threat. Small bombs exploded in Bangkok earlier.” With an additional comment: ”One person working on Soi 80 said there was a bomb report.”
Many of those who saw this post reacted with some disdain with the following examples of their reaction:
- “Take this post down immediately it is way off mark. The king’s son is in town and that’s the reason. Shame on you shabby reporting and making Hua Hin life harder!”
- “Kings son is here. Close this thread.”
- “Scare people😱 I just went to the seven eleven 🌧 and not many people on the road but no problem”
- “Fake post at the wrong place.”
- “Piss off with fake news please”
- “So… when is this ‘fake’ story being removed?”
- “Looks like Ken has fallen asleep or standing his ground, shame on you Ken”
A later published retraction from Expat News : “Our news is not correct and it has scared people in Hua Hin and damage to business in Hua Hin. There is no bomb around the area and there is no situation related to that. Expat News apologizes for this misunderstanding and make everyone confused about the news related to the bomb. Expat News profusely apologizes on this and will be more careful next time.” (sic)
It is not uncommon for news outlets to receive information which requires due diligence and verification before being published as ‘real’. That’s part of responsible journalism and a standard that the Royal Coast Review will continue to apply.
It’s also helpful if official statements are made in situations such as this to allow for real information to be provided to the community. To date no such statement has been received.