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Tourists claim that they were abandoned on a snake-infested island in Thailand snorkelling scam

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Surrounded by snakes … an island!

A group of British teenagers are the reliving of the traumatic experience of being stranded on a small island ridden with snakes and jelly fish during a recent holiday to Thailand. One of the adventurers has taken to Twitter to share the story of how they were allegedly ripped off by local people, under the guise of a $26 snorkelling trip back in June. Their story has since gone viral.

Emily Ince of Lancashire, England, was enjoying an exotic vacation with 17 pals when the group was approached by three men who offered to take them on a snorkel tour in the near of Hua Hin resort in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, The Sun reports.

A group of British teenagers are the reliving of the traumatic experience of being stranded on a small island ridden with snakes and jelly fish during a recent holiday to Thailand.
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After a quick agreement, the group handed over $26 a person and jump in the men’s speed boat before being instructed to jump off the boat and swimming about 30 metres from a small, remote island. They would later learn that the island was “infected” with creepy-crawly creatures.

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“I was in the first group and we were really excited, but when we came near the island, they stopped the boat about 32 feet away, and swim from the boat to the island,” the 19-year-old recalled, as per the outlet. “When we finally got on the island, the three men who just chucked our two snorkeling masks, which looked as if they were of [a discount store] or something, and we keep away from the snakes.

“Understandably, we were confused and a little worried about, and then my friend got stung by a jellyfish while swimming because the waters were infested with them,” she continued. “We were scared to death when he mentioned the snakes. I was really afraid that we were going to be traded or something.”

In fact, leave for three hours without food or water, the crew was eventually rescued, The Mirror reports, thanks to a multi-party effort.

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“We were there for an hour; in the end, we saw a fisherman and he helped us contact the people who worked on the beach,” Ince recalled. “It took a lot of effort and persuasion, but the three men came and got us and the trip back to Thailand was very quiet because everyone was so angry.

Although the group of British tourists failed to receive a refund for the terrible ordeal, they have appeared to be a smile of regaling the horrible story.

In the past few days, Ince took to Twitter to share the story, where it has since gone viral with more than 8,600 likes and 100 comments, to The Sun.

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“Can’t stop thinking about last year when we paid for 3 random people on a beach in Thailand to snorkeling and they drove us to an island full of rattles snakes and left us ???” she wrote online. “What the f— were we thinking, and who let me go along with that [?]”

In a broader sense, travel expert Rick Seaney recommends that tourists always wary of fraud when you are abroad, regardless of the destination or the size of the traveling party. According to Seaney, “all-to-common scams” from his late of the theft of the money, phones and other valuables.

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