A British couple in their 60s who were brutally attacked during a holiday in Thailand have recounted the assault in court after a visit from government officials bearing gifts and apologies.

Rosemary and Lewis Owen and their 43-year-old son were vacationing last month in the resort town of Hua Hin when a group of four allegedly drunken Thai men attacked them.

A video of the April 13 assault that was widely shared in Thailand shows the three tourists getting punched and kicked until they fell unconscious.

A Cabinet minister and other officials visited the couple Monday with fruit baskets, flowers and other gifts.

They then were taken to the Hua Hin court for their testimonies to be recorded, before returning home Tuesday.

A trial date has not yet been set.