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Trip Advisor Add One Of A Kind Notice To Koh Chang Resort Listing

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Trip Advisor Add One Of A Kind Notice To Koh Chang Resort Listing

The dispute between an American expat and a resort in Koh Chang over online reviews has taken another twist this week with Trip Advisor posting a one of a kind notice on the hotel’s page.

The unique notice warns users of the review site of the potential consequences of leaving a negative review of the Sea View Koh Chang resort as American expat Wesley Barnes found out to his cost.

This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a Tripadvisor user in relation to the traveler writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result. Tripadvisor serves its users best when travelers are free to share their opinions and experiences on our platform – both positive and negative. The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.

In September Mr Barnes was arrested at his place of work in Bangkok and taken south to be charged with criminal defamation after resort management filed a police complaint about negative online reviews he’d written on both Trip Advisor and Google.

Barnes spent a short time behind bars as he raised funds to post bail.

The story blew up and went global leading to the charges being dropped after the American agreed to issue a formal and sincere apology to the hotel and its staff, issue another apology to the Trat provincial tourism office for bringing negativity to the regions tourism sector and inform the American embassy of the facts surrounding the dispute.

Mr Barnes also had to agree to contact Trip Advisor to explain the situation and ask for the removal of the “Red Badge” from the hotel’s page as part of the settlement agreement.

According to The New York Times, Mr Barnes left Thailand quietly this week just before the unique message was posted by Trip Advisor, who it’s reported paid for his legal fees in Thailand.

The message Trip Advisor has posted to the hotel’s page on their website may lead to another round of legal action by the Koh Chang resort as under Thai defamation law this is damaging to their business and grounds for a court case.

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Armed Bank Robber Who Stole 500,000 Baht Arrested

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Armed Robber Makes Off With 500,000 Baht From GH Bank

A 46-year-old Thai man who held up and robbed a Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural in Bangkok earlier this week has been arrested.

The incident happened just after 2pm on Wednesday at the Bangbon branch at Soi Ekachai 86 when the man armed with a knife and a plastic gun entered the branch and hopped over the counter helping himself to half a million baht before fleeing the scene.

He was picked up after detectives followed his movements using CCTV from the surrounding area.

The robber made a full confession telling officers the gun was made of plastic, adding he’d robbed the bank to feed his gambling habits.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Thai woman who came back from Myanmar to Chiang Mai without entering state quarantine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials.

The 29-year old works as a hostess in a karaoke bar and may have visited several shopping malls and a cinema in the city.

The governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, said a press conference will be held later today with a timeline of where the woman has visited.

He reminded the public to follow COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and regular hand washing.

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

A whale skeleton between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered 12 kilometres off the coast of Thailand just to the west of Bangkok.

The remains of the 12 meters long almost perfectly preserved skeleton is thought to be that of a Bryde’s whale, were found in early November.

The experts hope that the discovery might provide “a window into the past”, specifically for research on sea levels and biodiversity.

Pictures shared by Thailand’s environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa show the bones apparently almost entirely intact.

Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

He said that over 80 percent of the skeleton has so far been recovered that includes ribs, vertebrae, fins, and one shoulder blade.

As per the experts, the head of the skeleton is alone estimated to be about three meters in length.

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