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    Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    Scots beach in Thai tourist guide
    West beach on Berneray was passed off as Kai Bea beach
    BBC 15th December 2009

    A photograph of a Hebridean beach is being used to promote holidays in Thailand, it has emerged.

    The Thai tourist industry is passing off a picture of West Beach on the Isle of Berneray as one of their own destinations, Kai Bae beach.

    The shot shows brilliant almost white sands, azure seas and distant mountains which may be similar to Thailand.

    Several clues reveal the view is in fact the Sound of Harris such as lack of mangrove swamps and coconut trees.

    The image is thought to have been lifted off the internet to save someone the effort of travelling to Kai Bae beach to take a fresh picture.

    A VisitScotland spokeswoman said: "Here in the Outer Hebrides we are fortunate to have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, right on our doorstep.

    "They do say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so although the use of the photo of a beach on the Isle of Berneray to represent a Thai beach is somewhat misleading, I'm sure it is a compliment in disguise."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...ds/8413627.stm

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    > The image is thought to have been lifted off the internet to save someone the effort of travelling to Kai Bae beach to take a fresh picture.

    ugh.... why didn't they steal a photo of the right place, in that case?

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    There are also likely to be significant differences in the climate as well!

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    It isn't really clear who they think the "The Thai tourist industry" actually is. Do they mean the TAT or a website made by an expat or Thai student? Or is it a printed guide? I wish they would put a bit more detail in this story so that we can check up on it.

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    It isn't really clear who they think the "The Thai tourist industry" actually is. Do they mean the TAT or a website made by an expat or Thai student? Or is it a printed guide? I wish they would put a bit more detail in this story so that we can check up on it.
    It's a photograph on a notice board at the National Park Information Centre on Koh Chang Island. The media have picked up the story from a blog called iamkohchang.com

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    How embarrassing

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by David_Loves_Ubonwan View Post
    It's a photograph on a notice board at the National Park Information Centre on Koh Chang Island. The media have picked up the story from a blog called iamkohchang.com

    David
    Too much Chang beer at lunchtime, perhaps?

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    Click image for larger version. 

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    This, according to the Daily Mail, is what Kai Bae beach really looks like.

    And this is the one used

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    Easy mistake to make, I suppose!
    Last edited by Khun Don; 15-12-09 at 10:44 PM.

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    What's funny is that the photo in question, looks boring, IMHO. the other two are much more interesting.

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    Re: Thai tourist guide uses picture of beach in Scotland

    Well a beach is a beach, i would think if they got a shot of a remote beach in Western Australia, it would be so isolated, no one could recognise it.

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