TWO young men from Llanelli have died in a motorcycle crash while on holiday in Thailand.
Alex George and Matthew Jenkins, who were both 23, died in the early hours of yesterday morning in the popular holiday destination of northern Pattaya.
They were a week into a two-week holiday with friends Nick Harris and Ross Robinson.
Witnesses, according to Thai newspapers, told police that the bike the two men were riding on, a black and orange Honda CBR, crashed into a pavement in front of a shopping centre and the men were thrown into a sign in front of the store.
The Foreign and Commonwealth’s travel advice for Thailand warns: “Riding a motorcycle or scooter in Thailand can be dangerous. On average 38 people a day die in motorcycle accidents in Thailand.”
The men’s bodies were taken to Bang Lamung Hospital.
A spokesman at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the two deaths and said the next of kin had been informed.
He said: “We can confirm the death of the two British nationals in Thailand.
“We have informed the next of kin and we are offering consular assistance.
“We are awaiting official reports from the Thai police.”
Yesterday hundreds of friends paid tribute to the pair on the social networking site Facebook.
Mr George was described on the website as a “great friend” and “the type of person that everyone liked and loved”.
One friend wrote: “A genuinely nice guy, excellent colleague and friend.” Another said: “I’m going to miss you both so much and you will never be forgotten.”
Mr Jenkins was described as a “lovely genuine boy” and “the best and most caring person.”
One of his friends left a message saying: “RIP buddy you have left a lasting impression on everyone you met. You will never be forgotten.”
Another friend left a message saying: “You were well respected and admired by so many, and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing you. I’m going to miss you so much. I’m heartbroken”.
Llanelli councillor John Paul Jenkins said the two men were very popular and the town was deeply saddened over their deaths.
He said: “It’s terrible news. Four boys have gone on holiday and to have been killed on their first week. You go on holiday for a quiet time and to enjoy yourself and expect to come home safe. It’s a great tragedy.
“Everyone in the town has been talking about it, and all our hearts go out to their families, they have our thoughts and sympathies.
“There’s nothing words can say. It’s just an awful tragedy.”
Around 812,000 British nationals visited Thailand in 2008.
The city of Pattaya, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand is known for its Pattaya and Jomtien beaches. The city is also known for its nightlife, which centres around the Walking Street.