On Thursday 7th October 1999, five armed rebels took 89 people hostage inside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok.
At one point the gunmen threatened to start shooting their captives – one every half hour – if their demands related to the results of the 1990 election were not met. However, they soon relaxed their demands and began to release the hostages.
Shortly before the gunmen left the embassy a series of gunshots were heard from within the compound but there are no reports of any casualties.
The Thai government eventually allowed the hostage-takers to flee by helicopter to the border with Myanmar.
The group were understood to be armed with AK-47s, hand grenades and grenade launchers.
This documentary, The Negotiators, shared by CNA Insider is well worth a watch.
Phuket’s Newest Water Park
Aerial video of Phuket’s newest water park being built.
It’s close to Phuket town and Central Festival.
Second-Hand Jaguar Garage In Bangkok
This cool little car repair shop in the backstreets of Bangkok focuses entirely on refurbishing old Jaguars. There were some classic models and some newer ones too from the 1970s onwards.
The owner explained that he gets the old cars shipped from the UK, repairs them and sells them on again in Thailand, Singapore and Japan.
If you’ve ever tried to buy a second-hand Jaguar in Bangkok you’ll know what a big markup there is on prices compared with the UK, where they were originally made.
Expect to pay a minimum of 500,000 Baht for a refurbished Jaguar XJ8 in Thailand. These iconic 1980s and 1990s models can be picked up in good condition in the UK for under £1,000.
Buying a decent Jaguar in Bangkok isn’t the easiest task unless you’re after a new car. But the owner of this repair shop knew his stuff and the man you want to talk to if you are thinking of buying.
Thailand 2011: Beach Road Pattaya In The Afternoon
A midday stroll along Beach Road back in 2011.
Amazing the difference a decade makes to a place.