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An engineering student at a leading University in Bangkok has shot and killed himself in his house in Bangkok’s Bueng Koom district.

Beung Koom police were alerted to the incident very early this morning at a house on Soi Seri Thai 41 in Klong Koom sub-district, at 12.30am.

The 24 year old student was found dead in his bedroom with a gunshot wound to his right temple. A .38 revolver was found in his right hand.

Police said he was studying agricultural engineering at a leading university in Bangkok. He normally stayed at a boarding house but was visiting his parents at the time.

His family speculated that he might have been depressed after failing to graduate following six years of study.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Khao San Road evolving, all ages daytime event planned for Halloween

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Khao San Road has changed after the coronavirus outbreak and continues to evolve. Not only are the backpackers gone from the “backpacker mecca,” but the road in Bangkok’s Banglamphu neighbourhood has gone through renovations. Now, Bangkok officials plan to hold an event for “all ages” during the day. Chaos can still be expected at night.

During the pandemic, 48.4 million baht was used to revamp Khao San, improving the drainage system and leveling out the road and sidewalk. There’s now designated space reserved for emergency vehicles. While many bars have reopened, they now mostly cater to a local Thai customer base rather than foreign backpackers. Looks like some bars are even still selling “laughing gas” balloons.

Now, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration wants to draw people to street again and are holding a daytime Halloween event called “Sawasdee Khao San.” The event will go on from 9am to 12pm on October 30 and 31 with activities like a drawing competition, Thai arts and music performances, an exhibition on Khao San Road and lots of food. A costume competition will also be on Halloween.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang says in addition to encouraging tourism after the pandemic, they want to promote “Modern Thainess,” but he did not go into detail about what exactly that means. It doesn’t sound like Khao San’s reputation as a “rite of passage” for backpackers with grungy bars and strange street food like scorpion on a stick.

Since there aren’t many foreigners visiting Khao San, the vendors at the event will cater to local demands with famous Bangkok food. The BMA teamed up with the Tourism Authority of Thailand along with private companies to hold the event. Events are planned to be held on the street once a month to attract visitors.

Khao San Road continues to evolve. It’s become less of a grungy party district for travellers on a shoestring budget and more of a “cool” nightlife spot for locals.

Khao San continued to evolve, with bedbug-infested guesthouses replaced by boutique hotels, and downmarket TV bars showing pirated movies transformed into hip design bars peopled by flashpackers in designer threads. But the most interesting change has been in the way Thais see Khao San. Once written off as home to cheap, dirty fa·ràng kêe ngók (stingy foreigners), Banglamphu has become just about the coolest district in Bangkok. – Lonely Planet

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2 Thai protest leaders immediately re-arrested after being released on bail

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Authorities have re-arrested 2 of the leaders at the centre of anti-government protests right after they were granted temporary release on bail. Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, known as “Rung”, and Parit Chivarak, aka “Penguin”, were released yesterday from Patum Thani prison, north of Bangkok. They were being held on charges of violating the emergency decree and released alongside fellow protester Nutchanon Pairote, after Thammasat University professors paid bail of 200,000 baht for each of them.

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But they were promptly re-arrested on the basis of another warrant issued by police in the Bangkok sub-district of Chana Songkhram, this time charged over another mass gathering in violation of the emergency decree. They are being held pending another detention request being filed by police with the Dusit Municipality Court in the capital today.

It’s understood fellow activist, Nutchanon Pairote, who was apprehended alongside Panasaya the first time, and also released on bail, has not been re-arrested. He says protesters are celebrating after Cabinet approved a debate on re-drafting the Constitution.

“It is our first victory. We still cling to our 3 core demands in order to make Thailand a truly democratic country. If there is another gathering tomorrow, I will insist on going as I can’t leave any of my friends out there who are dedicating their time to fight for the country.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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From 40 million visitors to 41: first STV tourists arrive

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In 2019, almost 40 million tourists arrived in Thailand. Yesterday, it was 41. As the Thais say, cha cha… Thailand is slowly, slowly, re-opening its borders after the Covid-19 pandemic forced a total shutdown in March. Yesterday, the Kingdom welcomed its first tourists in 7 months, with the arrival of 41 Chinese tourists from Shanghai. The group landed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on a chartered flight laid on by Spring Airlines, a low-cost Chinese carrier.

The visitors are here on the recently-launched Special Tourist Visa and upon touchdown, had to download a special app to track their movements while in Thailand. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, also confirmed they will carry out 14 days’ quarantine, before they are free to travel around. The STV grants them a stay of up to 90 days and can be extended twice.

“Most of them planned to visit the beach and they already reserved hotel rooms.”

For anyone wishing to apply for the STV, your first port of call will be your local Thai Embassy and this website. Good luck!

Meanwhile, the southern island of Phuket had been expecting to welcome around 120 Chinese tourists on October 8, but that visit never materialised, with various reasons given for the delay. Some officials pointed to the island’s legendary vegetarian festival, which is currently underway, saying they did not want to deter domestic tourists who might be afraid of an increased risk of the virus from ‘tourists’. Others said it was simply because officials on the island wouldn’t have the manpower to deal with both events. And others still pointed to the small matter of nobody having applied to come.

The STV scheme appears to be finally up and running however, even if Phuket appears to have been left out of the picture for now. Yuthasak confirms another 147 Chinese tourists are scheduled to land at Suvarnabhumi on October 26, adding (very optimistically) that they’re expected to spend around 800,000 baht each while here.

Thai Airways has also confirmed it will bring 120 visitors from Shanghai to Bangkok on October 28. This group will consist of various categories, including tourists, repatriating Thais, and others arriving on ‘medical’ visas (people can apply to come to Thailand for various medical procedures).

In 2019, the Chinese made up the vast majority of foreign arrivals in the Kingdom, at around 10.99 million, just over a quarter of the total number of international tourists. Yuthasak is hopeful the return of international visitors is the beginning of the tourism sector’s recovery. It’s almost certain there’s a very long and winding road ahead.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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