A Dutch tourist has apologized to the Pattaya police after he claimed he had drugs planted on him, was abused and was extorted out of 40,000 baht.

He also claimed a French volunteer cop was involved in the extortion.

He told the cops in Pattaya yesterday that he had found his money in his wardrobe.

He thought he had put it in his hotel room safe but he was mistaken. His ATM cards were also in place.

After he realized his mistake he went back to the Pattaya police fearing he might be charged with something like wasting police time. But it was all smiles when he apologized.

He said that he was very drunk and got it all completely wrong.

It was accepted that he had been released without harm after no drugs were found on him during a search when his motorbike was stopped in the early hours of Monday morning.

The tourist has now left the area and is continuing with his holiday in Thailand, reported ONB News who published a picture of a smiling Pattaya station chief Pol Col Apichai Krobpetch.