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A British tourist has fallen to his death from a Chiang Mai condo last night (Sunday).
 
57 year old Phil Edward Miller Hardwicke died after landing on a bench next to the third-floor swimming pool at the Lanna 3 Condo on Huay Kaew road in Tambon Chang Phuak, Muang district. Horrified witnesses say he fell from the 15th floor of the condo building. There were people swimming at the pool when they saw the man fall to his death.
 
Condo staff have told that the man had been renting at the condo for and had lived alone there for several months.
 
The room was tidy and nothing appeared to have been stolen but Chang Phuak police say the room had been locked from the inside. Police also found a diary that he had written about alleged conflicts he had with his family.
The man’s body has been sent for a post mortem at Chiang Mai Hospital. The British consular office in Chiang Mai has been informed about the incident.


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Chiang Mai abbot defrocked over sexual abuse charges

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An abbot in Chiang Mai has been arrested and defrocked for allegedly sexually abusing “more than 10” boys at his temple in Hang Dong district.

37 year old Phra Phansak Thitsilo, has now had his title reverted back to his lay name, Phansak Saenkhamwang, following his arrest at Wat Sriwaree Sathan in Tambon Sob Mae Kha. The warrant was issued on October 11 after several boys and their parents filed complaints with Provincial Police Bureau 5.

The mothers of the boys had collaborated their stories following their sons approaching them individually. When the mothers met to discuss the issue they decided to go to police.

The former Abbot has been accused of buying sex from multiple boys under age 18, paying them in either cash or valuables.

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Chinese arrivals down by half in Chiang Mai

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A crisis meeting for tour operators has been held in Chiang Mai where they learned that Chinese tourism was down 50% in the first nine months of 2018.

Some measures were put forward to woo them back – including setting up Chinese language classes to improve communication with the tourists from China.

Reasons blamed for the big drop included the boat tragedy in Phuket and negative publicity from the Don Mueang airport security guard slapping the Chinese passenger. The Chiang Mai News say that “the Chinese were feeling disrespected.”

There were lots of stories discussed about misunderstandings so it was proposed that the authorities set up Mandarin language courses. Other proposals included setting up a call centre, especially for the Chinese.

Everyone concurred that something had to be done to stop any further drop in numbers. The strength of the Thai baht and the weakening Chinese Yuan were also mentioned. Many agreed that a good start was made by immigration to stop under the table payments with the “No Tip” signage.

Chinese arrivals down by half in Chiang Mai | News by The Thaiger

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Mu Pa drops in on Gen Prayut at Government House

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Members of the Mu Pa football Academy and team are back in Thailand following their whirlwind overseas tour of Argentina and the US, including an appearance on one of the most popular talk shows in the world.

This morning they had a meeting this morning with the Thai PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House.

Accompanied by Phayao Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn, who headed the dramatic rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai when he was the Governor of Chiang Rai, the team presented the PM with the Asia Game Changer Award they had received in a ceremony from the Asia Society when they were in New York.

The PM thanked the young soccer players and their coach for bringing fame to the country and reminded them to always remember all those who were involved in the rescue operation, especially former SEAL member Samarn Kunan, who died in the course of the rescue attempt.

They have also confirmed with Gen Prayut that none of them had agreed to any movie rights as earlier reported in Thai media.

The boys and their coach had just returned from a tour to Argentina where they attended the summer Youth Olympics and the US where they appeared on the popular Ellen Show.

Here’s their interview with Ellen Degeneres…

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