The 31-year-old man has apologized to the woman’s family. He admitted to killing the Swede during an attempted rape.
The woman had left the tent she was staying in with a friend to take a walk on one of Phuket’s beaches, where she was later found dead.
News agency AFP cites Phuket Governor Niran Gallayanamit as saying that the case had tarnished the tourist industry. Thailand has long been the number one destination for sun-seeking Swedish holidaymakers.