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Tiger Mauls Chief Monk At Controversial Tiger Temple

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Tiger Mauls Chief Monk At Controversial Tiger Temple

In what many will see as karma at play, the head monk at Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple was mauled by a male tiger late Saturday afternoon and is now in intensive care at a local hospital.

The attack happened as Luangta Jan, a director of the Tiger Temple, was walking the 7 year old male tiger called Hern on a leash. Witnesses say the abbot pulled the leash to halt the tiger and at this point it suddenly turned on him, first scratching his face leaving a large gash from his forehead to mouth, before biting his right arm.

The abbot was rushed to Thanakarn Hospital where he underwent a four hour operation and is now in the intensive care unit. There has been no official statement from the hospital or Tiger Temple on the severity of the monks injuries or his condition following surgery.

The Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, in Kanchanaburi province has been in the headlines several times in recent months as campaigners push to have the park shutdown and government officials threatening closure. Despite claims the park is illegal and threats to remove all the animals, it is still operating as normal and continues to attract hundreds of tourists everyday who can pose for photos with the big cats and feed them.

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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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