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The 28-second video shows a young woman on top of a man with her shirt slightly ruffled. Go, cowboy!
Sornchai Uadsree was a front-row spectator of the groping action since he was driving the car behind the tuk-tuk. He recorded the couple's shenanigans with his car’s dash-cam. He later posted the video on his Facebook page, with an angry message wondering if the couple couldn't wait to do "it." Obviously, they couldn’t.
The Karon Beach police was able to track the lovebirds down. They were fined 500 baht each, guilty of public indecency.
The unnamed man and woman are 33 and 21, respectively, and they were brought in for questioning with a volunteer translator. Both of them denied charges, stating that they were just "rocking their bodies to the music."
The couple was seen covering their faces as they entered the Karon Police Station, where they also said that they didn't know of the video until they were contacted by the authorities.
No matter how cozy a tuk-tuk may be, it certainly doesn’t look like the most comfortable spot for getting down and dirty. However, this Russian couple didn’t seem to have any issue with the car's size or with the fact that the cab driver was in the front seat, driving them to a hotel along Karon's beachfront road.
The tuk-tuk driver was also brought in for questioning and backed up the couple’s claims of innocence. Many locals believe that the driver shares the blame because he didn't stop and reprimand the tourists. But the police didn't press charges against the driver.
Tuk-tuk cabs are of course a common means of transportation in Phuket. They are the industrial-era version of traditional pulled rickshaws, although people don't typically use them as portable love nests.
Whether the couple was performing the sacred act of love or just doing a very intimate dance, they did seem to be enjoying their vacation in Thailand. Wouldn’t you agree?
Next time you are in Phuket, you can add "romantic drive along the beach" to your list, although you shouldn’t get too romantic—authorities in Thailand can even deem taking your shirt off in public as indecency.