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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

The prime suspect in the brutal stabbing of a South Korean man in Pattaya 13 months ago has been arrested in Bangkok, according to police.

Keunhui Park, 38, was arrested outside a bar on Khaosan Road on Monday and charged with attempted murder.

Park Jinhyung was found by a taxi driver with multiple stab wounds back in October 2019. He was left in intensive care after being stabbed 17 times.

A warrant for the arrest of Keunhui was issued on the back of information received from the victim’s girlfriend, however, Park fled Pattaya for Bangkok leading to the delay in apprehending him.

Thai media report the vicious attack was over a woman.

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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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300 Baht Tourist Tax For International Arrivals Proposed

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300 Baht Tourist Fee For International Arrivals Proposed

The Government are considering a proposal to tax tourists 300 baht to cover the cost of medical bills and the management and developing of tourist destinations.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn announced that each international visitor to the country will have to pay 300 baht. It was also revealed that the fee was scheduled to come in effect last year, but the decision was postponed due to the global Covid-19 situation.

The details of how the fee will be collected will be announced at a later date in the Royal Gazette once the policy has been approved.

Of the 300-baht fee, 34 baht is expected to be used for the insurance coverage, Mr Phiphat said, with the remainder being used for management of local tourist destinations.

Thailand expects to receive some 10 million visitors in 2021.

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