A Canadian woman, arrested in Chiang Mai for spraying graffiti on an ancient wall, says she’s sorry for what she did and “terrified about what comes next”.
22 year old Brittney Schneider, was in Chiang Mai last Thursday when she said she and some others got “ridiculously drunk.”
Speaking to Canadian media, she says they started to walk back to their hostel, but came across a bottle of spray paint and picked it up. She, and a friend from Liverpool, England, started spraying graffiti on the brick walls.
“I came to as I finished writing the ‘B’ and I stopped because I knew it was bad,” she claimed when speaking to The Canadian Press. She says she soon came to her senses.
“But it was already too late.”
Security camera footage shows Brittany, from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada and a friend, 23 year old Furlong Lee, spraying paint on the walls of the famous Tha Pae Gate in the northern city.
Tha Pae Gate, originally built in the 13th century and then rebuilt and renovated a number of times, is part of an ancient wall that forms a square around Chiang Mai’s inner city. It’s a popular tourist attraction.
The pair were charged with vandalising “ancient artifacts”, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of 1 million baht or both.
Police say Lee, who is from Liverpool, England, admitted that he wrote “Scouser Lee” on the wall, while Schneider wrote the letter “B” underneath it. After they sprayed the wall they returned to their hostel and went to sleep, according to Brittney.
Watch CCTV video of the incident HERE.
Less monitoring, more enforcement – Prawit warns northern officials
PHOTO: The Thaiger
Thai Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa were in Chiang Mai yesterday to give provincial governors and state agency officials a ‘heads up’ in preparation for another looming season of forest fires and haze.
The North suffers perennial choking smog from approximately February to April, and Prawit passed on a message from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha who, he said, was fretting over the impact on people’s health.
He said the Environment Ministry would take the lead in coordinating with neighbouring countries and related local authorities to monitor the fire problem both in and outside Thailand.
The fires are lit in northern Thailand, and over the border in Myanmar, as burn-offs to prepare for the next year’s crops. Last year’s choking smoke haze was headline news for months.
SOURCE: The Nation
Chiang Mai hotels face a quiet end to 2019
PHOTO: Spice Roads
Chiang Mai hotels are bracing for a quiet end to 2019, along with other Thai tourist hotspots, due to the strength of the baht, an over-supply of rooms and the growing popularity of home-sharing accommodations like Airbnb.
Hoteliers in the northern city are also suffering the fall-out from the smoke haze crisis earlier in the year which put off a lot of forward tourist bookings.
Occupancy rates have fallen in Q3 20%, compared to an 80% rate at the same time last year. Hoteliers say that, usually, this is a relatively busy time for the northern city with school holidays in Europe and China. This year’s Chinese ‘Golden Week’ (October 1-7) was also very quiet compared to previous years.
They predict the average occupancy rate of less than 60% may be the ‘norm’ for the rest of the year. At the same time the number of rooms in Chiang Mai has risen an additional 10,000 rooms to 60,000 rooms in just two years, so there is a glut of rooms competing for dwindling business.
The rise of home-sharing accommodation in northern Thailand is further exacerbating the problem for the traditional hotel market. Hoteliers are also blaming this year’s negative publicity about the smoke and haze during March and April.
According to the Bangkok Post, in the first eight months of this year Chiang Mai welcomed 6.38 million tourists, down 2.2% compared to the same period last year.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
Burmese man arrested for dealing in methamphetamine pills
PHOTO: Naew Na
Naew Na reports that a joint operation between Lamphun immigration and the Muangjee police has resulted in the arrest of a 27 year old Burmese man. Lamphun is just south of Chiang Mai and has a large population of Burmese migrant workers.
‘Thun’ was arrested yesterday along with drug taking equipment and 206 methamphetamine tablets. He was charged with possession of an illicit drug with intent to sell, and using the drug.
He has now been handed over to the Muang Lamphun police for processing and probably deportation.
SOURCE: Naew Na
The Thaiger Newsletter
Top 10 things to do in Phuket when it rains (2019)
Top 10 scams in Thailand (2019)
Top 10 spas and massages in Phuket
Top 10 news sources in Thailand (2019)
So you’re moving to Vietnam?
14% of condos around Bangkok are empty – good time to buy
Immigration overhaul – TM6 disappearing and TM30 App being launched
Voice TV report paints grim picture of Thailand’s tourism problems
Patong Mayor hands out useless, cheap face-masks
Thai poll favours new airport in Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok
Biometrics identify 8 fake passports in 3 days
Indonesia’s President Jokowi says he is “embarrassed” by fires
Top 5 reasons why Aussies choose medical tourism in Thailand
Stricter controls and paperwork putting brakes on residential property market
British Instagrammer locked up in “filthy Bangkok cell’ over missing passport pages
Four metre, 15 kilogram king cobra found in a Krabi village
Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25
Thailand road toll: 554 dead this month, 11,462 this year
Thailand’s swift response to the ‘fall armyworm’ pest
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
Strong baht and divisive politics threatening Thailand’s economy
Saudi Arabia eases visa restrictions for US and European visitors
Toilet break goes wrong when trucks collide in Pattaya, injuring two
Buddhists call for boycott of Hilton & Waldorf Astoria Hotels with the opening of Siddhartha Lounge
30,000 baht reward offered after prisoner walks away from Bangkok prison
21% of Thai teenagers are gambling
1000s flock to Hong Kong’s Chater Garden for pro-democracy rally
New controls on three toxic agri-chemicals take effect on October 20
“Auf Wiedersehen” to overstaying German on Koh Samui
Thai DJ arrested for murder of mistress – “gun went off accidentally”
หนุ่มแท็กซี่ฉาว ท้าต่อยเจ้าของธุรกิจเต๊นท์ กลางงานสนามหลวง
ไทยแชมป์วอลเลย์บอลอาเซียนกรังด์ปรีซ์สนาม 2 รางวัลรายบุคคล
ตรวจหวย1ตุลาคม2562 ผลรางวัลที่ 1 เลขท้าย 2 ตัว 3 ตัว เลขหน้า 3 ตัว และรางวัลอื่น ๆ
ถ่ายทอดสดหวย 1 ตุลาคม 2562 ลุ้นรางวัลที่ 1 สลากกินแบ่งรัฐบาล
สีจิ้นผิงกล่าวสุนทรพจน์ ครบรอบ 70 ปีก่อตั้งสาธารณรัฐประชาชนจีน -ลิงก์ถ่ายทอดสด
คลิปไฮไลท์วอลเลย์บอลเวิลด์คัพ 2019 นัดที่ 5
คลิปไฮไลท์ วอลเลย์บอลเวิลด์คัพ 2019 นัดที่ 1
Paramount เตรียมรีเมค FACE/OFF หนังบู๊ระดับตำนาน
ประยุทธ์ โต้ รัฐบาลไหนก็มีตำหนิทั้งนั้น “ถึงเวลาก็อ้างอย่างที่ผมอ้าง”
อารัมภบท รักฉุดใจนายฉุกเฉิน My ambulance ตอนแรก 6 กันยานี้
วอลเลย์บอลหญิงชิงแชมป์ยุโรป 2019 โฉมหน้า 4 ทีมตัดเชือกรอบรอง
บิ๊กไบก์หัวร้อน ตบหัวลุงพิการผัวะ ‘รถกูเป็นอะไร มีปัญญารับผิดชอบไหม’
“มิน พีชญา”ทุ่มสุดตัว นัวผู้ชายเกือบสิบ ป่วยโรคติดเซ็กซ์ ใน”สองนรี”
ไฮไลท์ผู้เล่นตัวท้อป 8 ทีมสุดท้าย วอลเลย์บอลชิงแชมป์ยุโรป 2019
เคาะแล้ว สนามโคราช จัดแข่งวอลเลย์บอลคัดโอลิมปิก
- Phuket3 days ago
Top 10 spas and massages in Phuket
- Hua Hin3 days ago
Tale of two cities – Hua Hin vs Pattaya
- Economy3 days ago
Thailand’s growth forecasts for the rest of 2019 slashed again
- Events4 days ago
Alcohol sales ban in Thailand Sunday, October 13
- Chiang Rai3 days ago
Journey back to Tham Luang in ‘The Cave’ – VIDEO
- Phuket3 days ago
Phuket Town – In CNN Travel’s “Asia’s most picturesque towns”
- Thailand4 days ago
European tourism drops 1.5% year on year due to strong baht
- Thailand4 days ago
Wet weekend for most of Thailand