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Cannabis Craze Sweeping Thailand

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Thailand now has one of the world’s most liberal marijuana regimes.

The country legalised cultivating and consuming cannabis in June, reversing a hard-line approach of long prison sentences or even the death penalty for drug offences.

The regime has sparked off a boom in weed-related businesses hoping to cash in on a new customer base.

The BBC’s South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports on what’s behind the dramatic change.

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The Vin Diesel Of Thailand

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The Vin Diesel Of Thailand

A man in Chiang Rai has dedicated his life to becoming Vin Diesel.

Growing up, Arthid Duangsri struggled with his identity. What’s more, he couldn’t get girls. But one day, his friend pushed his long hair back and said, “you know what, if you were bald you would look like Vin Diesel.”

This changed everything.

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140-Year-Old Chinese Mansion For Sale

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140-Year-Old Chinese Mansion For Sale

A crumbling 140-year-old Chinese mansion that has been abandoned for more than a century has been put up for auction.

The Phraprasert Wanich House has become known as ‘Wang Bat’ after the fruit bats that nested in the long-abandoned structure next to the Chao Phraya River.

To help maintain the property and raise funds for the community, officials from the Thai Treasury Department thought of auctioning off its lease term for 30 years to private investors who will renovate the historic building.

The starting price? Only $290,000.

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