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“The race weekend at Buriram was the most attended and has been voted the best of the season on its debut.”

There was a lot of expectation but the Thai GP was an incredible success and has now been named the best of the season by the MotoGP Paddock and the decision communicated to the Grand Prix Commission.

The event at Buriram was also the best attended with over 220,000 people heading to Chang International Circuit over the three days. They were treated to a modern classic as Marquez fought it out with Andrea Dovizioso down to the final corner, coming out on top for the first time in one of the pair’s many head-to-head duels in the last few seasons.

It was an exciting and fitting debut, with the Thai venue and crowds providing the perfect backdrop. Rewarded for the incredible organisation, facilities and atmosphere at the event, the Thai GP will now look ahead to 2019 in a bid to retain the prestigious prize.

Newin Chidchob, President of Chang International Circuit: “On behalf of both the people of Buriram and Thailand, we are extremely honored to receive the MotoGP Grand Prix of the year 2018. We are sincerely grateful for the recognition we have received for PTT Thailand Grand Prix. Of course, during the preparation of the event we ran into countless obstacles, but in overcoming them we grew, and ultimately resulted in the success of the event.

“A big thank you to all our event and circuit sponsors especially the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and PTT Public Company Limited for the immense support during this event. We must also thank the people of Buriram, for showing the capability of Thai people to the world.

“Many of the unique functions of the event such as the “E-Tan” truck which we utilised as the event’s shuttle bus. The Muay Thai (Thai boxing) expo to showcase Thai martial arts and culture.

“Not to mention all the volunteers who came to simply pick up the trash and keep the event clean. Everyone really came together to make this sports entertainment experience for our visitors from around the world unforgettable.

“Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our good friends Dorna Sports who saw potential in us and gave us the opportunity to be a part of the world’s greatest motorcycle series. We promise to always use the experience gained in every event to create a better PTT Thailand Grand Prix every season. Thank you!”

Herve Poncharal, President of IRTA: “The whole MotoGP paddock was keen to discover how the new Thai GP would be, we were impatient for it to arrive and there was plenty of expectation. In the end we can be assured it was the best GP of the season due to many different aspects – we expected good, but we didn’t know quite what they would be able to achieve.

“Everything went smoothly, the commitment of the organisers was fantastic and they faced any problems through the weekend quickly, trying to find solutions as soon as possible.

“The crowd, the people…every single person involved was happy and always smiling. The fans’ support was incredible, the access to the circuit was fast and they demonstrated that they understood MotoGP – creating a commercial area close to the paddock, giving good exposure to our businesses, investors, sponsors, teams and riders.

“It’s also significant that a new event in this area – an important region for MotoGP – has achieved this result. It’s a perfect example for other countries to follow and this prize is fully deserved. From my point of view it will be hard for them to improve!”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “I was delighted to welcome Buriram onto the MotoGP calendar and I’m delighted to see the Thai GP be recognised as the best this season.

“Asia is an important market for the Championship and events like Buriram only further underline the incredible popularity of our sport in the region. They are a perfect blueprint for future events and we’re excited to return to Buriram already.”

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480 kilograms of marijuana seized on Laos border

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Police have seized 480 kilograms of, what they say is, “high-grade” marijuana in northeastern Thailand in a routine roadside search. The search was conducted near the border in Nakhon Phanom province. Police say the smugglers were looking for alternate routes now that the roads and traditional border crossings from Myanmar and Laos had been closed.

25 year old Likit Boonprasit was detained by border police after they found 12 fertiliser sacks containing the marijuana that was divided into 480 1 kilogram bricks of compressed marijuana. Likit says he was paid 30,000 baht to deliver the ganja to Bangkok but says he wasnt sure of the exact location as he was being directed by phone as he made his way to the capital.

Likit says the marijuana was smuggled across the Mekong river in long-tail boats from Laos, an operation path that is clearly popular with international smugglers. Just last month, police seized 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 138 kilograms of compressed marijuana in the same district, where, again, a pickup was stopped on the road near the Mekong river. Similar to the most recent bust, the marijuana and meth pills were in fertiliser sacks.

Police say the meth pills were on their way to Myanmar from Laos, where they were smuggled by a long-tail boat across the Mekong river. Such a detour into northeastern Thailand, police speculate, is necessary for smuggling operations as the border areas between Myanmar and northern Thailand have been sealed as part of Thailand’s wider border closures.

However, such operations that include a detour to Thailand have proven to be risky as more than 3 tonnes of marijuana have been seized in the last month alone.

Thailand legalised medical marijuana last year, with the hopes of allowing farming of the plant to boost the economy. It is the first country in SE Asia to legalise the drug and has consistently made quick adjustments to laws and jurisdiction to stay ahead of the blossoming medical marijuana business in the ASEAN.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Half a tonne of high grade compressed marijuana seized in NE Thailand

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Thai border police have seized half a tonne of “high grade marijuana” Nakhon Phanom province, north east Thailand, saying a border with Laos and the Mekong River. Border police announced the seizure of 480 kilograms of marijuana during a routine roadside search.

Police announced that a car was intercepted on a road near Ban Khok Sawang. The driver, 25 year old Likit Boonprasit, was detained and later arrested by border police. They found 12 fertiliser sacks containing a total of 480 1 kilogram “bricks” of of compressed marijuana. He told police the marijuana had been smuggled across the Mekong in long-tail boats from Laos.

The man said he would be paid 30,000 baht to deliver the marijuana to Bangkok. He told police that the delivery instructions were to be sent to him as he headed towards Bangkok. More than 3 tonnes of high grade marijuana out of Laos have been seized in Nakhon Phanom over the past month.

At the end of last month border patrol police seized 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 138 kilograms of compressed marijuana in That Phanom district, on a road near the Mekong River.

In that case police found 3 fertiliser sacks containing 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 4 other sacks with 138 kilograms of Marijuana in an abandoned vehicle.

Police claim the pills were being transported from Myanmar, via Last, as an alternative route into Thailand. They were then smuggled by long boat across the Mekong river.

Road routes and traditional border crossing have been closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Thai man in Surin greeted by crocodile in his toilet

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Surprise! A Thai man in Surin province was greeted by an unexpected visitor as he took an early morning toilet break. The man, 52 year old Korn Yudirom, says he got up at 3am to use the toilet, which is located separately from his main home. The man thought water was left running in the toilet, after hearing noises after he left, but it turned out to be noises from a crocodile.

The noises grew louder as he approached the toilet which prompted him to check around the house. It was there that he says he met the crocodile, with its mouth open, making threatening sounds (sorry we don’t have a recording).

The rare incident, which happened yesterday in the Prasat District of Thailand’s northeast Surin province, had Korn alerting his relatives to witness the unsightly scene while calling for help. A rescue team was sent in to remove the 2 metre, 80 kilogram crocodile, which was hiding under a bed with its mouth still open.

But the mission was not easy as rescue workers say their “special equipment” wasn’t quite fit for purpose and were unable to catch it before it swam into a nearby pond. Finally, they caught it and tied its mouth shut.

After some investigating, Korn says the crocodile escaped from its home about 300 metres away. Rescue workers say the crocodile was sent back to its home after it was caught.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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