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American backpacker refuses to pay for girl he brought back to hostel, punches staff

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An American backpacker tourist, visiting Chiang Mai, had to be restrained after getting into a squabble with hostel staff after being asked to leave the premises.

The video of the altercation was shared on Reddit by ‘EatPrayFart’.

Following a night out, the backpacker brought a girl back to the mixed dorm room that he shared with nine other people. The report alleges the two had sex and were making a lot of noise.

The following morning the man was asked to leave the premises for breaking hostel rules. The staff also demanded he pay 200 baht for allowing the girl to stay in the dorm with him.

The man refused to pay and a fight followed, caught on camera, in the reception of the hostel.

In the footage the American man can be seen punching a member of the hostel staff before being restrained by another man. Some comments in the original post say that the man was also asked to leave by some of the other people staying in the dorm.

The report suggests the man was later taken into custody by Chiang Mai police.



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    Robert Best

    February 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    No respect Mr America you bad boy probably mamma boy Thai police sort you

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    dickweed

    February 22, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Click bait title
    Misleading title.
    He didn’t pay this cheap hostel. The girl got paid.
    Grab my bag and you get hit a lot harder than that

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    ben

    February 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    this is stupid as they can get

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    Didier

    February 23, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Many of these anglophone – Anglo-Saxon people are a complete disgrace in this country! No respect at all and arrogant like mad!

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    Adam

    March 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I hope he end up in jail for a month at least and have a criminal record and deported and never let back into this country. A complete scum bag.

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    Jojo ralbo

    March 15, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Ship him out this us piece of poo

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    Terry

    March 15, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    FN foreigners, sober the F up, show respect, or go the F home. Yeah, I’m a foreigner here too.

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How to save $24,000 a year – the move to Chiang Mai

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An Australian couple say they’ve saved almost $24,000 a year after a move from life in Melbourne to Chiang Mai.

Michelle and her fiance Jason moved from Melbourne in the southern state of Victoria to northern Thai ‘capital’ Chiang Mai at the start of 2018.

Freelance journalist Michelle has shared her savings and new lifestyle experiences in International Living.

“Before moving here, I knew Chiang Mai offered low-cost living and that the savings I’d make would mean I’d be in for a nice lifestyle upgrade. But I didn’t realise just how good the value was.”

How to save $24,000 a year - the move to Chiang Mai | News by The Thaiger

Rent

Michelle says the couple now save more than $10,000 per year on rent, $5,000 on transport and $2,600 eating out compared to their previous expenses back in Melbourne, Australia.

“In Melbourne, my partner Jason and I paid $1,738 (plus bills) for a two-bedroom apartment in an old building with no amenities. This worked out to $400 a week, cheap by Melbourne standards.

“Compare this to our modern condo in the trendy Chiang Mai suburb of Nimman, which comes with a pool, gym, sauna, library, rooftop area and more. We now pay less than half what we were paying for rent in Melbourne.”

But Michelle says you can save  lot more if you are content with older places a in slightly less-fashionable locations.

“Friends of ours rent a much older place, with no amenities, in the neighbouring area of Santitham for 7,000 baht ($290) per month,” Michelle wrote.

Find a place to rent in Chiang Mai search HERE.

Travel

“Cars are expensive to run. Back in Melbourne, it cost me at least $50 a fortnight to fill up my Hyundai Elantra – that’s $1,300 a year, just on petrol. Add to that the cost of insurance (in my case, $812 for comprehensive cover) and registration ($800), and you’re looking at a total of $2,912.

“Multiply that by two (Jason’s car expenses were roughly the same as mine) and the grand total is an eyewatering $5,824.”

In Chiang Mai the couple no longer need a car, as many places are within walking distance or they just use the Grab ride hailing app – on average about 68 baht per trip.

How to save $24,000 a year - the move to Chiang Mai | News by The Thaiger

Hair and beauty

Michelle are that hair and beauty treatments are much cheaper in Chiang Mai than back in Melbourne.

Michelle say she sent $250 every six weeks for a cut, colour and blow-dry.

“I also used to treat myself to a pedicure ($30) every three months, which meant my beauty expenses – not including cosmetics – would set me back around $2,120 a year.

In Chiang Mai Michells says a cut, colour and blow-dry starts at around 2,850 baht ($118), while a pedicure is about 300 baht ($12) – an annual saving of $1,128.”

“In Chiang Mai – a full-body, one-hour, oil massage for as little as 200 baht ($8). In Australia, that same massage would set you back at least $60.”

Eating

“I estimate we spent at least $150 on either restaurant or takeaway food every week. Even takeaway Thai would cost about $40 for both of us”.

But in Chiang Mai she says they make huge savings on food, despite eating out every night. She also says Chiang Mai is much cheaper when it comes to buying a beer compared to Melbourne.

“The other night, we spent 220 baht ($9) for two servings of pad Thai, a plate of pork ribs and two mango shakes,’ Michelle added.

“We eat out every single night in Chiang Mai for about $100 per week. Compare this to our weekly restaurant/takeaway spend in Melbourne and we’re saving about $2,600 a year on dining out.”

“Back home, a beer would cost about $10.

“Here you can sip on a cold brew for as little as $2. Even if you only drank one beer a week, that’s a saving of $416 a year”, Michelle said.

How to save $24,000 a year - the move to Chiang Mai | News by The Thaiger

You can read Michelle’s full article about the couple’s re-location and savings HERE.

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German tourist dies after ghost-riding on his high power bike

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A German tourist has been killed after ghost-riding (riding in the opposite direction to the traffic) on his high-power motorcycle. He crashed head-on with a pickup truck in Chiang Mai road early this morning.

The tourist has been identified as Jan Single. Police also found a quantity of marijuana in a zip-lock plastic bag he was carrying at the time of the incident. The man’s Honda Rebel 500 motorcycle was badly damaged. It collided into the front of a pickup driven by 26 year old Suttahwee Suesat.

Chiang Mai rescue workers responded to the accident on Mahidol Road in Tambon Pa Daed in the main city district at 1.45am.

The driver of the pick-up told police he was driving quite fast at the time and suddenly spotted the motorcycle driving directly towards him in the wrong lane of traffic. He said he was unable to stop in time and collided with the motorcycle.

Witnesses told police they saw the Mr Single ride his motorcycle to a 7-Eleven. When he left the shop he headed off on the wrong direction. The witnesses said the German appeared to be intoxicated.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Chiang Mai songthaews and tuk-tuk drivers complain about Grab

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Chiang Mai songthaews and tuk-tuk drivers complain about Grab | The Thaiger

Drivers of red public songthaews and tuk-tuks have submitted a petition to Chiang Mai’s provincial governor complaining about the Grab ride-hailing App.

The Grab service is offered on a very intuitive smartphone app and provided by normal drivers. The petition said the Grab App had caused their income to drop by more than 50%. They say the service is illegal and want authorities to do something about it.

The deputy governor Phutthipong Sirimat says he would pass this case to the Dhamrongtham Centre and director of the provincial land transport office for further investigation.

The petitioner’s leader, Korn Kankanokporn, says drivers’ incomes had dropped from around 2,500 to less than 1,500 baht per day since Grab arrived. He says Grab use personal cars and motorcycles, which had no public transport licence and were hence illegal.

The group has made similar complaints before without success. He said his group would employ the Chiang Mai Lawyers Council.

Chiang Mai songthaews and tuk-tuk drivers complain about Grab | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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