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Cosmos In Patpong Becomes The Latest Covid-19 Nightlife Casualty

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Cosmos In Patpong Becomes The Latest Covid-19 Nightlife Casualty

The prolonged closure of the entertainment industry in Thailand has already seen many business owners throw the towel in and walk away with yet another well-known Bangkok bar becoming the lastest casualty of the Covid-19 crisis.

News out of Patpong the week is that the owner of the popular Cosmos bar on Soi 2 has taken the bold move of simply handing the keys back and walking away from whatever remained on their lease.

O’Malley’s and Hooters around the corner on Silom Road have already decided they will not be reopening with several go-go bars on Patpong 2 up for sale.

The closure of Cosmos at this time may surprise some as the ban on bars opening should be ending soon, however, the bar has been up for sale for over 2 years with little interest from potential buyers due to the asking prices.

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Dead American Found In Krabi Hotel

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The body of a 53-year-old American man has been found in a Krabi hotel where he’d been staying as a long-term resident, according to local media.

Hotel staff called police and medics on Wednesday morning after the discovery was made when they went to collect rent and were overcome by a foul smell coming from inside the room. Upon entering they found the body laid naked on the floor.

It was believed the deceased, identified as Mr James Thomas, had been dead for around three days.

Staff told police he had checked into the hotel last March with his Malaysian girlfriend after becoming stranded in Thailand due to the Covid-19 situation.

He was last seen at the beginning of the week working on his laptop in the hotel lobby. His girlfriend had long ago checked out and Mr Thomas had been living in his room alone.

No foul play is suspected with the forensic examiner’s preliminary report stating natural causes as the most likely cause of death.

The body was sent to Surat Thani Hospital for autopsy and the relevant authorities notified.

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Bangkok’s Biggest Soapy Set To Become A Hotel After Covid Killed Its Business

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Unhappy Ending At Poseidon

Bangkok’s biggest soapy massage is throwing in the towel to become a hotel after Covid-19 killed their business.

The 11-storey Poseidon massage parlour on Ratchadaphisek Rd in the Huai Khwang area of the city boasted an in-house nightclub, restaurant and hundreds of luxury themed rooms filled with king-size beds and bathtubs.

Girls wore different badges according to their desirability with prices starting at 3,200 baht for two hours in a private room – with membership schemes for loyal customers.

However, despite the luxurious appeal, visitor numbers have plummeted since March last year when a travel ban was introduced and ‘high risk’ businesses were closed.

Poseidon did re-open but was closed for a second time at the end of December following the Covid-19 outbreak at a seafood market in Samut Sakhon province.

Unhappy Ending At Poseidon

Unhappy Ending At Poseidon

Dejected owners of Bangkok’s biggest soapy will now rip out the garish furnishing and turn it into a three-star hotel.

A source at the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), which owns the land and overseas the lease, said the Covid-19 pandemic had killed the massage parlour’s income. They now want to change their line of business to adapt to the new economy.

The source said: ‘Poseidon is on a large plot and their lease will expire in February 2024. They have requested a renewal of the 30-year lease along with a request to modify the 11-story building.

‘Currently, they operate a massage parlour business but the Covid-19 outbreak has caused a downturn in business as there are no tourists. They have a budget of 200 million baht to turn the building into a three-star hotel business.’

The transition from soapy massage knocking shop to a hotel is going to take some serious marketing efforts to prevent former customers showing up only to find the goldfish bowl has gone along with the hundreds of ladies.

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Nigerian Arrested On 2,683 Day Overstay

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Nigerian Arrested On 2,683 Day Overstay

Luck finally ran out for a Nigerian man who came to Thailand on a 60-day Tourist Visa and managed to stay an extra six years before being caught.

On Monday afternoon Immigration police, led by region one commander Pol Maj-Gen Piti Nitinonthaset, apprehended 40-year-old Onyebuchi Johnbosco Ezedinugwu on Soi Petchburi 35 in the Makkasan area of Bangkok.

Onyebuchi entered Thailand on 27 April 2014 and was permitted to remain in the country until 25 June 2014, however, he did not leave or extend his visa and overstayed by 2,683 days.

He was taken into custody pending further legal proceedings which will see him deported and blacklisted for 10 years.

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