Struth: He left how much in the hotel room?

THE Sukhumvit 11 area of Bangkok in which an honest hotel worker found nearly AUS$40,000 in Australian and Thai currency left in a hotel room by a forgetful Aussie guest, and handed it over to Thai police who tracked down its owner and returned the money to him.
THE Sukhumvit 11 area of Bangkok in which an honest hotel worker found nearly AUS$40,000 in Australian and Thai currency left in a hotel room by a forgetful Aussie guest, and handed it over to Thai police who tracked down its owner and returned the money to him.

AN Australian traveller who left close to AU$40,000 in Australian and Thai currency in a hotel room in Bangkok when he checked out, certainly chose the right hotel to do it in.

Because a maid who found the money, instead of slipping it into a brown paper bag, resigning and walking out of the hotel to disappear somewhere up-country with what was the equivalent of around 15 years of what she would earn cleaning guests’ rooms and scrubbing their toilets, handed it in to management who in turn told local police, who then tracked down the forgetful owner.

The maid, a Ms Noina Durana has had praise heaped upon her by local Thai tourism authorities, while the 40-room Armoni Hotel By Andacura in the Sukhumvit 11 area of Bangkok where she works, has reaped international kudos from her honesty.

And while the appreciative owner of the forgotten money said he would share his experience of Ms Durana’s honesty with everyone he knew on his return to Australia, he made no mention of a few Thai baht (the local currency) perhaps going her way.

- David Ellis