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The first of a few productions about last year’s massive cave rescue at the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai is going to be released on November 28. It is a feature film called “The Cave” (Nang Non) and will be released in Thai theatres as well.

The film focuses on the rescue itself as the director said working with the censorship board, set up to control copyright issues around the story and the people involved, were a nightmare to work with.

Director Tom Waller said he wasn’t allowed to have any contact with the 13 young men who were rescued from the caves so had to work around the story of the actual rescue instead.

A trailer was released yesterday. “The Cave” will also screen at the London Film Festival starting on October 2. The film has confirmed other festival dates, including a North American premiere at the Vancouver festival and a European debut in the Thrill section of the London festival. These will be followed by a commercial release in Thailand from November 28 through SF Cinemas and Major Cineplex.

Director Tom Waller, a Bangkok-based Thai-Irish producer and director, spoke at a screening of his 2008 indie film “Soi Cowboy” saying he’s focused on the unsung heroes of the rescue.

He said the film includes the stories of an Irish diver who aided the rescue, an American who was on-site, and a farmer who allowed the water pumped from the cave to flood her fields.

Tom’s other films for De Warrenne Pictures include “The Last Executioner,” “Patong Girl” and “The Elephant King.”

Netflix and Ivanhoe Pictures are also preparing a series on the events surrounding the June/July 2018 rescue when the Mu Pa (Wild Boars) soccer team, consisting of 12 schoolboys and their coach, became trapped in the Tham Luang caves in northern Thailand.

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Thai police officer arrested with nearly 200,000 meth pills in his luggage

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PHOTO: Thai PBS World

A serving policeman has been arrested by police in Chiang Rai province after 198,000 methamphetamine pills were found in his luggage on a Bangkok-bound bus.

Mae Sai district policemen at a checkpoint in Tambon Pong-Ngam, stopped a Nakhonchai Tour bus bound for Bangkok from Mae Sai, for a routine check. The officers found a locked suitcase on the luggage rack above the front seat, occupied by Pol Lt-Col Surachit Thavuth, and asked him to open the bag for inspection.

Pol Lt-Col Surachit Thavuth is a police investigative inspector in Uthai Thani in central Thailand.

Surachit managed to run out of the bus and hid in the roadside bushes, but was eventually apprehended and brought back to the bus to unlock the bag, where the methamphetamine pills were found.

Surachit told the police he went to Mae Sai to take delivery of the drugs for transport to a drug dealer, whom he identified as ‘Oak’, in Bangkok in return for 100,000 baht. Following his arrest, Thai PBS reports that Surachit was temporarily suspended from duty and a disciplinary committee has been set up to deal with the matter.

Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen said the national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda ordered the investigation to be expanded to find the mastermind behind the drug deal.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Police arrest Chiang Rai woman with thousands of counterfeit US$100 bills

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PHOTOS: Facebook/32nd Border Patrol Police

Counterfeit US dollar banknotes valued more than 16 million baht have been seized at a Chiang Rai house after police organised a sting. A 54 year old woman was arrested over the matter last Thursday. The sting followed a tip off to border patrol police about the fake USD notes being circulated around tambon Rim Kok.

Police say they discovered two metal boxes containing fake US$100 notes in the house of Masaras Nitisakyothin.

Police arrest Chiang Rai woman with thousands of counterfeit US$100 bills | News by The Thaiger

Police also found hundred of black notes the same size as the $100 bills believed to be a part of the process of making finished counterfeit notes

One box contained 4,949 banknotes, a second box contained 524 banknotes, the total valued at more than 16 million baht.

Police conducted a sting where an undercover officer posed as a buyer of the counterfeit currency and contacted the owner of the fakes. They met at a nearby petrol station where the woman then took the policeman to her house, showing him the process of making the bills. He then called in border control police, revealed that he was a policeman, and arrested the woman.

The woman has been charged with possessing counterfeit foreign currency with intent to use.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

Enjoy the dramatic report below, complete with ‘action movie’ soundtrack and finger pointing…

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Museflower Life Festival – Holistic wellness weekend in Chiang Rai, October 11-14

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Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai is delighted to announce  its fifth annual Museflower Life Festival, celebrating all things healing, holistic, and green with more workshops and classes than before, coming this October 11 – 14, 2019.

Internationally known as northern Thailand’s first all-inclusive vegetarian holistic wellness retreat, Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai is especially known for its affordable, professional wellness offerings and delicious food picked fresh from its onsite organic farm.  Now in its fifth year, the annual Museflower Life Festival is one of the few dedicated international holistic wellness festivals in Thailand, and the only one held in northern Thailand.

Workshops, fitness classes, health counseling sessions, alternative therapies, signature spa treatments, nutritious Asian vegetarian buffets, wellness gifts and prizes at the Museflower Life Festival aim to share knowledge and inspire people to learn more about holistic wellbeing, and let people know what Museflower is all about.

The festival draws international participants, many who are repeat attendees who have formed a warm, close knit wellness community of liked-minded people.  The festival is a truly international experience with both teachers and guests coming from Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, USA, and Australia.

This year’s festival lineup includes classes and workshops on movement and chanting meditations, Kaoshiki Dance and Crystal Singing Bowl meditation, forest bathing, soul writing, storytelling around the sacred fire, yoga, and Chi Gong.  Guests can also swim in the Himalayan crystal salt swimming pool, detox in the hot mineral baths, and choose among the many relaxing body treatments at Museflower Spa.

Among several new classes this year, the Healing From Fatigue & Burnout Workshop, teaches how to ground yourself, identify opportunities for change, and learn how to get your life back in balance; the Inner & Outer De-cluttering Workshop helps you clear away mental, emotional, and physical clutter that no longer serve you, to create a new space for the life you want; the How to Use Improv to Heal Workshop uses improv, comedy, and creative thinking in a group setting to help build your confidence and express yourself better.

“Museflower Life Festival allows everyone to come to discover and try different wellness modalities that they normally might not have access to, or learn about new alternative therapies, all at a very low cost.   It’s also a great opportunity to get together with like-minded people, connect and learn,” says Tania Ho, Museflower Retreat & Spa’s founder, owner, and resident holistic practitioner.

Visiting practitioner Mabel from Hong Kong, a regular festival participant, said last year’s festival “was a mind-blowing experience with a clear bond between us. Everyone shared their wisdom and there was such a strong connection between us.”

You Min from Singapore said her favourite experiences were “Amazing food, and the close community and relationships that were built during the festival.”

The event is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, with an entrance fee of THB 1,200 per person.  The pass is applicable for activities from 10 am. – 5 pm to attend all talks, workshops, fitness and wellness classes, holistic therapy demonstrations, swim in Thailand’s first Himalayan crystal salt pool, and more.  The day pass includes a delicious, nutritious, lacto-ovo vegetarian lunch buffet picked fresh the same morning from the retreat’s on-site organic farm and egg farm.

Guests who want to join only a single class can pay 600 baht per 60 minute class, 900 baht per 90minute class, and 1,200 baht per 120-minute class.  Guests who join the full program and full day pass will go home with lucky draw prizes and a gift bag filled with healthy goodies.

A special retreat program and rate is available for in-house guests who are staying for the entire Museflower Life Festival Retreat program.

Museflower Life Festival takes place takes place October 11 – 14, 2019.  A discount festival package room rate is available for the full festival weekend program, priced from 19,420 baht (USD 630) per person to 22,420 baht (USD 727) per person, depending on room type.

On Saturday and Sunday October 12 – 13, the festival is open to outside guests who can purchase a Day Pass at 1,200 baht per person. The pass is applicable for all activities from 10 am – 5 pm including a vegetarian buffet lunch.

For Life Festival program and details, visit:  www.museflowerlifefestival.com

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