Thailand is considering a controversial new scheme to tax all international tourists entering the country.
A THB500 (GBP9.92, US$16) per person charge could be introduced as early as January 2014 for stays of longer than three days, while those staying less would be charged GBP0.59 for each day.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in the UK has played down the announcement as it is yet to be passed and is just one of several ideas the Thai government has to boost its economy.
Tourists heading to Thailand often rack up high unpaid medical bills which the Thai government currently absorbs but is looking at options to settle differently.
TAT’s statement said: “For now we would like to ease your concerns and reassure you that these bills are not yet confirmed to be introduced but the ministries continue to deliberate over a possible solution. If and when a new policy is introduced the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will keep you informed and send full details.”